Or, "How to let a whole bunch of people collectively maintain, improve and update a 'Frequently Asked Questions, with Answers' document, allowing the editor to maintain his sanity, while still maintaining editorial control and thereby preventing spam"
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PLEASE READ THIS!This is a work in progress. As much as I hate the words "under construction," I have released the source code in a somewhat less than ideal state, with little documentation, because many people asked me to do so sooner rather than later. Your understanding is appreciated. I do plan to clean up the source, add obvious improvements, and complete this documentation.
RationaleFor years I maintained something called the World Wide Web FAQ. I had a great time with it, and certainly benefited from the notoriety it gave me; but eventually I didn't have time to maintain it well. Like most people in that position, it took me years to admit it and even more time to come up with a reasonable solution.
I could have searched for a new maintainer, but there was no guarantee that the new person would find the task any less overwhelming in the long run.
I realized that the best solution was a collaborative system, allowing any interested party to become a contributor to the document.
Downloading the ComponentsFor your convenience, you can right-click the following links and choose "save link as" in order to pick up a copy of the current "web browsers OpenFAQ," which you can use as a starting point for your own OpenFAQ system. This archive is in .tar.gz format:
This file is also available by anonymous FTP from ftp.boutell.com in the directory pub/boutell/openfaq as the file openfaq.tar.gz.