Talk:Idea policy

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neutral discussion requested to discover how general users of this wiki want ideas here to be suggested and specified

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idea policy

195.16.185.35 edits this wiki as if policy is: 
• NO SPAM
• ONE PAGE PER IDEA 
• NO MAKING UP NAMES FOR IDEAS
• NO LINKING FROM REQUESTS FOR LINKS and
• NO OPINIONS

?is this the official position of the OLPC team
or a minority opinion of users of this wiki?

if one purpose of this wiki is to solicit 
ideas to help kids using OLPC 2B1 to
"learn learning", maybe a clearly defined
idea policy could encourage more ideas?

no spam?

are commercial ideas completely prohibited here?
are "open" commercial ideas any more welcome than
"closed" commercial ideas? clearly, spams sucks so:

benefit: duh

cost: some good ideas might not get here
especially if people don't have a clear
idea of how you define spam

one page per idea?

one page per idea limits new ideas to one
page.. links to other websites are encouraged
to flesh out the ideas..

benefit: possible infoglut on this wiki is
reduced, in case that is a current problem..

cost: not all such other websites have public 
feedback loops available.. feedback possibly useful
to OLPC is either lost or found, to a lesser extent, 
elsewhere..

no making up names for ideas?

195.16.185.35 claims making up names is 
MARKETING and thus grounds for removal of ideas..
seems a little exagerated..

benefit: ?

cost: difficult to describe new ideas with old names

no linking from requests for links?

aka "no spamming all over wiki".. 

there are many pages requesting links to ideas 
that might  help kids use OLPC to "learn learning",
but linking an idea to such requests seems futile,
as such links seem likely to be removed..

benefit: restrains public from abusing this wiki
as means to promote perhaps selfish interests..
(whatever that means)..

cost: casual users of this wiki might not learn
of possibly good ideas kids might use to learn
learning.

no opinions?

restricting articles to facts asserts a strategy
that is proven effective for wikipedia, which 
also bans "original research".. but will "facts-only" 
bias effectively discover new tools for learners?

benefit: facts-only restricts ideas collected here 
to peer-reviewed-only "safe" information.. no need
to sort through "new" ideas

cost: some yet-to-be-reviewed ideas may not be 
considered, even though they may effectively be
used to help kids "learn learning".. facts-only 
might throw cold water on new creative solutions

examples

here a couple of ideas that, in one awful selfish 
opinion, could B.) benefit from exposure to public 
feedback using the OLPC wiki and A.) grow to be 
a lot of fun for kids to learn with:

olpcities

olpcities describes an idea to provide
a fun interface for kids to "homestead" on
the OLPC network.. 

olpcities contributed several pages to specify
the proposal, but the supplemental pages may be 
removed by 195.16.185.35

wixi

twext tried to better specify a wixi [1]  
proposal for a multilingual language learning
interface on a wiki platform.. removed by 
195.16.185.35.. a less biased approach is 
now attempted at talk:language methods

action

idea policy or whatever you wanna call it
might be useful to define parameters to encourage
public to contribute ideas on this wiki

benefit: get more ideas kids might use (while
spending less time weeding out inappropriate
ideas or links) 

cost: a moment to clearly specify how you want 
this wiki used to collect free public ideas
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