Monday 10th March 2003
So it seems some people don’t want a discussion forum at all, and some think it might be a good idea. Given there appears to be little immediate demand, it seems a good idea to take a step back and look at what annotations should be. Having done that we can decide if our guidelines leave out other kinds of commentary that deserve an alternate home.
Previously, Pauline suggested some guidelines that seem a suitable starting point for discussion:
- Every typed annotation does not need to be sent/posted. It can be selected and deleted.
- “I” statements should be very brief and very related to the entry.
- Personal experience examples should be infrequent and limited to one sentence of few words, and preferrably be wry, very funny, or moderately disgusting.
- Quoted material should be briefly referenced, placed in quotes, and edited down to the information you want to present. Link can be included.
- Avoid copying more than a few pertinent words of the diary entry you are annotating into your annotation.
Is there anything you would add to this? Anything you don’t agree with? I would add some kind of guideline about a suggested maximum length for annotations — not a maximum number of words as there’s no quick way to count them, but perhaps a number of paragraphs (I previously suggested 2-3). And I’d add that a space should be left either side of a link to ensure it works as expected. Other than that… over to you!