Becoming a FOLDOC Guest Editor

I receive a steady stream of new entries for FOLDOC and I'm struggling to keep up. Each entry needs to be edited into the correct form before it can be inserted into the dictionary. To speed things up I use volunteer Guest Editors to whom I distribute this work.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, would be to take submissions I forward to you (along with any existing entry on the subject) and e-mail me back one or more new dictionary entries. This may involve simply marking up the text you receive or, depending on how keen you are, you might want to improve the content by discussion with the original author or using other resources.

Occasionally I just get a URL as a suggestion for the source of a definition. I pass these on to an editor to follow up and summarise to produce a definition. It would thus be an advantage if you have regular web access.

How much time does it take?

That depends on how good the submission I get is, how important a subject you think it is, and how keen you are. Often the submissions are rather incomplete, sometimes they're just a URL so the job often involves a bit of research, others they just need marking up. As a rough guide, between five minutes and half an hour per entry should do. I ask for the entry back within a month but I'm actually way behind in hassling my editors so again, it's up to you how long you take to get round to it.

I'd like to help, what do I do next?

Have a quick look at the instructions for Guest Editors.


Last update: 2009-01-12 11:56
Denis Howe