HN Collaborative Tech News
If you haven't read it yet, I think it's a good start to read the Hacker News thread where all began.
Ok so we can talk on freenode IRC servers, #hncollaborative.
How it works
Basically we'll run the blog through Hyde/Jekyll. So it'll be easy for everyone to submit new articles, review them and fix them. An important thing is that the process of publishing articles is peer reviewed: the goal is to publish high quality posts. Everybody is welcome to say what he thinks about an article, and if when we have a consensus on a post we'll be ready to publish it.
Why a static blog generator and not a Wordpress/Django/Rails/whatever? The goal of this blog is too be used by hackers, and it should be simple to submit articles. So what's simpler than writing posts in plain text (well Markdown) & submit a pull request?
I think it'll be hosted on Github page (if it allows custom domain name for free users otherwise there is plenty of good options out there to host a static website for free, Appengine for instance).
How to help now (while the site isn't launched)
Well there are many ways to help for now:
- giving feedback about the idea (join us on IRC or submit an issue)
- I saw some people are willing to help by making a design for the website, maybe you should submit an issue for this to discuss it
- spread the word, if you know someone who may want to help/join us talk to him/her about the project
How to help once the project will be launched
- submit articles
- review other articles
- spread the word
- upvote/comment articles on HN if you think they are good
Do you think we should create a G+ page while the blog isn't launched to allow us to keep in touch?
Moreover I think we should release the content under a free license (BSD?).
This repo is temporary, and will probably move it's own account when we'll have a name. Which brings me to the last point, we don't have a name yet so if you have any good ideas.
For now I see one big pitfall that we should be aware of: everebody will submit articles at the begining and nobody after. So when we'll launched the project we'll probably not publish all articles in one shot (the goal is to have a constant amount of article published).
If you have question just open an issue! If you think something is important, open as issue too!