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The key tasks of collaborative editing

Ryan says, “I believe that there are several different roles people must play in order for a seminar discussion to be productive. When you are collaborating in a team on a shared document, like notes for instance, there are also several distinct kinds of things you can do”:

  • Add a thought, even a germ of an idea.
  • Ask someone a question about what they said. Extend what someone wrote. Add details. Explain further. Add an example. (The number-one rule of collaborative editing is the same as in improv: “Yes, and.”)
  • Find new scholarly and primary sources and add them to a shared bibliography.
  • Link it to something new. (In the editing interface, you can use the link tool on the right-hand side of the page [or below in small screens] to insert a link to a page that does not exist yet.)
  • Suggest a change by making a constructive comment or criticism.
  • Do some clean-up, e.g. revise, proofread, add or correct citations to sources and add references, or move bits around for a better overall flow.
  • Say thank you, pay a compliment, give a thumbs-up.

Let’s try to practice doing all these things when we work on a shared knowledge base for the class.

There are also some important things not to do:

  • Copy from another source without attribution.
  • Speak on behalf of someone else, instead of allowing that person to speak for themselves.
  • Delete things without adding new things.
  • Avoid taking risks; it’s ok to be wrong, and it’s ok to start with an undeveloped idea.
  • Copy from these collaboratively-written documents without attribution.
  • Let other people do everything.

And then there’s at least one thing that Ryan is not sure about right now:

  • Can you say “I” in a collaboratively authored and edited document? When?
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