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collaborative editing

The technology of collaborative editing dates back at least to Publius and the Federalist Papers in the quill-pen era. Since then it has become more efficient.

Referring to the editing is operational, and invokes the lower level skills such as linguistic point of view standards for pronouns, spelling and meeting naming conventions. Above all it means avoiding bad page names: calling something by the wrong name ensures that your collaborators will not find or edit it.

A wiki is only one example of a collaborative editing technology. A large public wiki involves many standards and constraints that do not apply to smaller projects. A simultaneous policy wiki might have a number of other concerns, such as the need to cite their experts when making a strong argument against a widely held position. When considering only the editing itself, however, it is only the standards for attributing evidence/source/authority to these arguments that is of concern. The collaborative writing itself is a higher level concern than the editing technology.


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