Today we got a blog, and for now I have an admin account. This post serves both as an announcement and for checking with the community on how to run the blog.
How it could work
Make sure you check the chatroom for blog-related discussions! It'll be easier to keep up to date with blog related things if we don't need to browse through a long backlog like in the main room.
People who would like to write a blog post can contact a blog admin, and ask for a blog account. With a blog account you can start working on a post, and save the draft for later. When the post is ready, it'll be possible to share a temporary link to the preliminary version (posted in chat), so it can be reviewed (including code review). We'll also need some editors/proofreaders (preferably native English speakers) who can go through the posts and fix mistakes (let me know if you can do this!) When you think that the post is ready, it can sit in a queue until it will be published according to a schedule.
I propose that we try to follow a regular posting schedule to make sure the blog will not stall. I suggest we start with only 1 blog post per month, and increase the posting frequency if the queue is filling up faster than the posts are published.
This means that posts may be published a a couple of weeks later than when they're actually written, but I think it has two important advantages:
- It makes sure that we can keep a schedule and won't run out of posts
- It'll let people write posts when they get the inspiration. I want to make sure that people won't write post "because it's time for a new post". It's very important that writing should never become a chore for volunteers. We can accept posts whenever they come in, and keep them in the queue until they can be posted according to the schedule.
We should be flexible on this though.
In addition to blog posts, WordPress lets us create static "pages". Here's an example (the default). Not all SE blogs have an About Page, but many do. Here's the one for Gaming.SE. The About Page of the SE blogs I checked contains some description of what topics are posted on the blog, and a link to a description about how to contribute posts (as well as the chatroom).
I think that right now we don't need an About Page similar to these, as it'd create the feelings that the topics are restricted. But a page about contributing might be valuable (which will make it necessary to describe what kind of posts can be contributed).
What do you think about this? Should be have an about page for the blog and what should it contain?
MathJax are supported. See here if you're interested in CDF support. Hopefully notebook attachments will be supported as well.
It was suggested several times that we post the first post when the site graduates, and that it could be an introduction to the site, with links to interesting posts. What do you think? Any co-authors who'd be willing to work on this?