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
Last update: 2009-01-12 11:56