Would it be useful to have an official method for coordinating WIP FPPs with other users?
PROBLEM: The problem I want to talk about mostly applies to newsfilter posts, but also for others like "Hey, check out this awesome new game/movie/article I just saw!." I haven't made a post to MetaFilter (yet), but a couple of times I've started compiling one, only to have someone else beat me to it by a few hours. I noticed this with the Google Video news post - Rhaomi was already working on a post about the same topic
when the first story went up. And of course, in the last few days there have been multiple doomsday aftermath posts.
SOLUTION: Would it be useful to have an official method for coordinating WIP (=work-in-progress) FPPs with other users? I'm imagining something that could be as simple as a copy of MetaTalk's functionality. Someone could make a post there saying, "Hey, I'm thinking of making an FPP about the aftermath of Camping's Judgment Day prediction. Anyone want to contribute?" Then, later that day or the next day, after 2 or 3 people have put together a nice FPP, it gets posted to the blue by one of the collaborators when he/she feels it's ready.
Perhaps when you're writing a new FPP, if your tags match any of the tags from a topic on the collaboration/coordination section, you'll be notified on the post preview page. Something like "These upcoming topics might be similar to the post you're about to make." Then you, as the author, have the choice of continuing with your post, or collaborating with the WIP one.
some arguments for:
- helps prevent collisions and doubles of new or emerging topics
- solves "I'd better hurry before someone else posts this" situations
- higher quality posts because of more contributors - more links, more insight, less typos, more peers saying "maybe this is a crappy post" or "this was just posted last month" before it ever makes it to the front page and gets deleted
some anticipated arguments against:
- not nearly as effective (in fact, possibly counterproductive) if it isn't checked by most users
- breaking news stories might be delayed. I found the Bin Laden is dead post before it was announced by the president, and enjoyed (probably not the right word) reading people's comments as it was breaking
- "No, we are neither Wikipedia nor [insert crowd-edited content website here]." I understand this is not how the site currently works and that its implementation could mean some kind of paradigm shift or unintended consequences. I'm mostly interested in hearing these kind of concerns, because I only have a vague sense of what it might mean.
- "You mean another fucking color!?"
While typing this up I finally found the Drafts and collaborations
page on the wiki. It looks to me like it was used for a couple of days, then was quickly forgotten. What happened?
Besides that page on the wiki, I can't find any other time this sort of idea may have come up. If anyone could point out a previous instance, that would be helpful.