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Re: Action Mode

From: Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:08:51 -0500
Message-ID: <515DEBE3.9030502@mozilla.com>
To: public-webplatform@w3.org
Generally, yes, I agree.

For changes that have a larger impact, use a while loop (Check-Act-Repeat).

For changes that have a smaller impact, use a do-while loop 
(Act-Check-Repeat).

Which type of loop to use is always a judgement call. Changes that are 
technically trivial may still have a big impact on readers and editors. 
Do the best you can.

--Janet

(P.S. The first name that came into my head for do-while loops was 
"repeat until". Yes, I took CS 101 in Pascal many, many, many years ago.)

On 4/4/13 2:11 PM, Doug Schepers wrote:
> Hi, folks-
>
> One of the community was a bit surprised by these changes, and I 
> realize that we should have socialized them better. I was the one who 
> gave Lea the go-ahead to push the changes to the production site, so I 
> bear responsibility for poor coordination.
>
> I'd like to turn this into a consensus opportunity for future actions.
>
> My instinct (which is not always accurate) was that we should handle 
> designs much like we handle content: encourage action, seek feedback 
> early and often, and iterate towards consensus.
>
> In this case, I feel I failed in the "seek feedback early and often" 
> stage. A better approach, which Lea suggested a couple minutes ago, 
> would have been for her to simply publish the changes on the test 
> wiki, and for us to show them to the community first before committing 
> them to the main wiki; in the future, we'll try to do that instead, 
> since a change like this affects everyone (and even if they like the 
> change, they may want to have a say in it first, and might not like to 
> be surprised).
>
> I do want to emphasize the first premise, "encourage action", 
> especially in a disparate group like this where indecision can lead to 
> inaction. So, in spite of this slip-up, I still encourage everyone to 
> take initiative on actions, and learn from my mistake by suggesting 
> large changes first, then looping around for quick feedback.
>
> Regards-
> -Doug
>


-- 
Janet Swisher <mailto:jREMOVEswisher@mozilla.com>
Mozilla Developer Network <https://developer.mozilla.org>
Technical Writer/Community Steward
Received on Thursday, 4 April 2013 21:09:23 UTC

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