[OSDPL] Feedback requested: proposed pattern workflow

Jonathan Hung jhung.utoronto at gmail.com
Mon Jan 19 17:18:37 UTC 2009

Thanks everyone for the great comments and feedback. It appears there
isn't anything major that needs addressing, so we're going to move
forward with planning the implementation of the workflow and the
community features that support it.

Attached is an updated diagram illustrating the same process but with
extra elaboration how each stage works.

If you have feedback still to give, please share them even though
we're starting work on implementing this.

Thanks all!

- Jonathan.

Jonathan Hung / jhung.utoronto at gmail.com
Fluid Project - ATRC at University of Toronto
Tel: (416) 946-3002

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:10 PM, Colin Clark <colin.clark at utoronto.ca> wrote:
> Jonathan,
> You've put together a very clear, easy to use, and forward-looking plan for
> our pattern library. I like the way you've balanced openness with author
> comfort, providing various checkpoints for drafting, editing, and sharing
> ideas with the larger community.
> Looks like you've received some good feedback. It's really great to see this
> vision shaping up. Building a healthy community around the OSDPL is
> undoubtedly an important part of Fluid's long term sustainability.
> +1
> Colin
> On 14-Jan-09, at 10:55 AM, Jonathan Hung wrote:
>> Hi everyone.
>> Over the next 3 to 4 months, we will be making a push to get the Open
>> Source Design Pattern library sustainable. In order to reach that
>> point, there is a roadmap for the work to be completed. Part of that
>> roadmap includes the implementation of a flexible pattern workflow
>> that helps guide a pattern author from draft to publication, while
>> allowing input from the community throughout the process.
>> I would like to get your opinion on the following proposed workflow.
>> The workflow aims to balance the author's comfort and privacy, while
>> allowing for a larger community to have their input on a design
>> pattern.
>> Please examine the attached diagram. The main points to get from this
>> workflow:
>> - While in "Draft" state, the pattern is visible only to the author.
>> The author can save and revise their patterns as they wish.
>> - While in "Request for Public Comments" state, all registered users
>> on the OSDPL can view and comment on the pattern. The public internet
>> will not be able to see the patten (although anyone can register for
>> an account). Such patterns are clearly indicated as "Work in Progress"
>> as to not confuse it with "Published" patterns.
>> - While in "Request for Review", pattern Editors review the pattern
>> and collaborate with the pattern author to get it to a polished state.
>> - To have a pattern stamped as "Reviewed", the author must: request a
>> review; and have an Editor review and publish the pattern.
>> - For flexibility, the pattern author can publish their pattern at any
>> time. But doing so will cause their pattern to be stamped as "Not
>> Reviewed".
>> -- this allows for immediate visibility to the world and could create
>> some interesting interactions.
>> -- registered users will be able to comment, rank, and flag patterns.
>> -- it is possible to remove a pattern from the public and considered
>> on a case-by-case basis.
>> Throughout the workflow notifications are sent to the relevant parties
>> alerting them that new content is available for them view, comment, or
>> review (in the case of an Editor). All patterns that are recently
>> published or in a "Request for Public Comments" state will be featured
>> clearly and easily accessible on the site (after some improvements to
>> the site's look and feel).
>> What are your thoughts on this? Too complicated? Not open enough?
>> Needs more community involvement during the workflow?
>> We aim to start work early next week, so your feedback is appreciated!
>> For more information on the workflow, timeline of work, and other
>> proposed work, please see this wiki page:
>> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/x/kQNS
>> - Jonathan.
>> PS. While designing this workflow I felt like a politician....
>> Balancing the rights of the individual while benefiting the greater
>> good. Excuse me while I go and get this awful taste out of my mouth.
>> :)
>> ---
>> Jonathan Hung / jhung.utoronto at gmail.com
>> Fluid Project - ATRC at University of Toronto
>> Tel: (416) 946-3002
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> Colin Clark
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> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto
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