This is a WikiBadge that may indicates that some people have volunteered to actively maintain a page (and usually it's children as well). it aims to encourage upkeep and wiki "liveness" by letting visitors know those pages are not completely dead, providing a contact person, and giving credit to people who are doing good editing work. It doesn't imply ownership - feel free to edit as usual, whether you are a maintainer or not.

Important Note: We do not use this badge at Zwiki.org

This badge can turn into administrivia. High-profile, large, frequently changing pages can probably benefit most from it. On short or leaf pages, it may be unnecessary and may actually discourage other editors. So if the page works without, perhaps you should leave it out.

Click the page title above to list the currently "maintained" pages in this wiki.

What can I expect from a page maintainer ?

You can expect them to know something about the page and it's children, both it's content and it's history within the wiki, though not necessarily to answer all your questions. They are likely to update the page if you point out problems to them, but you can't expect them to do work you're not willing to do. What you can expect is that if they aren't able to actively maintain this part of the wiki, they'll remove their name from the page maintainers list. So if you see a "maintained" page that's stale you can gently remind any maintainers of their commitment, and this too is a useful service.

How do I use this badge ?

History & Discussion:


reconsidered --SimonMichael, 2003/05/19 05:13 GMT
As I mentioned on GeneralDiscussion, I don't think it works too well on this wiki. I'd now use a WikiCleanup page, if needed, as the central place for a maintainer list, current activity notes, and discussion. (On this site, GeneralDiscussion seems sufficient).

I'd still like a way to increase page liveness, but I don't think this badge as described above is it.

reconsidered --PieterB, 2003/05/19 05:58 GMT

> As I mentioned on GeneralDiscussion, I don't think it works too well on this
> wiki.
> I'd now use a WikiGardeners? page, if needed, as the central place for a
> maintainer list, current activity notes, and discussion. (On this site,
> GeneralDiscussion seems sufficient).
>
> I'd still like a way to increase page liveness, but I don't think this badge
> as described above is it.

I'm -1 on removing PageMaintainers/PageMainter? badges. I think the PageMaintainers badge is usefull, but not used enough on Zwiki. ZopeRoadmap? works because, there is somebody feeling responsible for the page (me). I think the broader problem is that nobody feels responsible for maintaining lots of wikipages (except SM of course ;). I alos find it usefull to be able to see the pages somebody feels responsible for, and who to contact on a subject.

reconsidered --SimonMichael, 2003/05/19 07:15 GMT
I just find it too much work to maintain my PageMaintainers listings when active on many pages. Also I think the badge does inhibit spontaneous edits. I think it's most useful when that is desired, ie when you do want to announce some ownership/stewardship of the page.

... --PieterB, 2003/05/21 08:49 GMT
Mmh, would introdocuing some other badge to indicate that you have interest in a certain subject (and want to contribute) be something? Something like:

ParticipantPeople?: PieterBParticipate?, ...

It doesn't look very userfriendly.

problems: plural, ownership walls --DeanGoodmanson, 2003/05/21 20:32 GMT
Another problem with the badge is the problem between the title and the badge. Does the plural refer to the badge or multiple maintainers?

I do believe the ownership makes distracts from contribution.

I would like to here a way for a person to claim ownership over a page, with the intent that others are not asked to edit, only comment.


comments:

try this again ? --simon, Sat, 13 Aug 2005 13:23:08 -0700 reply
I'm thinking of trying this again in a more limited form. Let's discuss on PageReviewer.