If Discourse should have a ‘community driven document’ feature someday, I would like to see these things.
- Someone post.
- People provide feedback.
- OP corrects and improves post continuously. It become somewhat well written document.
- Admin grants post as like ‘Community Proved’, ‘Hall Of Fame’, ‘Best Tutorial’ or whatever honorable.
- Post get specialized style view as like independent document.
- If OP edit it, send diff view update mail to subscriber addition to regular reply. Or generate ‘diff view’ reply automatically.
- If necessary, other granted users can edit post.
- People still can reply as usual topic thread.
- There are TOC page or category for granted posts.
It might look like ‘FAQ + tutorial + Best Articles’ list for community.
I like wiki’s concept. wiki.archlinux.org and wikipedia are my favourits.
Wiki’s approach is ‘Document first, then conversation’. But I believe ‘Conversation first then document’ approach is better for more participants.
I saw so many people who are afraid of ‘edit document looks like official and formal’. They are just afraid of it and hesitate it. But OK about commenting their opinion independently.
We have nice conversation platform already. Also we have nice document editor. I think we just need somewhat special place and style for ‘Document like posts’.