CZ:Editorial Council Resolution 0011/Member position statements

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This page contains the official positions of Citizendium Editorial Council Members about Editorial Council Resolution 0011.

The governing rules for discussion are found at Editorial Council Rules of Procedure. The following are reminders.

  • Council Members should place their comments, limited to 600 words maximum, underneath their names on this page. Comments will be ordered based on when they first appeared on this page; new comments should simply be appended to the bottom.
  • Members may edit their comments throughout the discussion period.
  • Each Member will be required to read this page before voting.
  • This page will be closed for editing when voting begins.
  • The closing date for position statements can be found on the resolution page and will be announced on cz-editcouncil, followed by reminders. Note that Members may move to extend discussion.

Original Member position statements

  1. David E. Volk: I would like to address a few concerns raised by the private comments:
1) lead editor is not any kind of power position. By this term I meant lead editor for the first draft on the style guide, nothing more. He would not have power to overrule others, but is rather the first volunteer for his workgroup. The Chemistry style guide was basically written like this:
a) I wrote a first rough draft
b) I sent email to active chemistry group participants and asked for more input
c) We edited the guide
d) Other have continued to add material as they see fit, without my involvement or consent.
2) The style guide is mostly for reminding people of things not to forget and pointing out where to find things. Style of prose is not something that will generally be included in the style guides. This material is covered by CZ-wide policy already and often ignored anyway.
3) The style guide's main purpose is to be helpful to authors and editors, not to ruin their writing experience or drive them away.
4) The style guide will be a living, growing thing, edited by both authors and editors of the workgroup
At one point not so long ago, CZ did not use subpages, now it does. When I first got here, we did not have chem_infobox or elem_infobox, now we do. A style guide for authors helps to point out these new things as they arrive.
  1. Robert King: I always supported this concept. I think it's a great idea to make sure that authors within their respective workgroups stay informed on the latest & greatest tools at their disposal. --Robert W King 08:26, 22 June 2008 (CDT)






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