OSE Principles of Collaboration

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These principles apply to large scale, scalable, open source, global, transparent, and inclusive collaboration.

  1. The holy triumvirate of rules: use a work log, any file is uploaded within 60 seconds of being created, and parts are updated in part libraries.
  2. There are 2 main roles on the wiki: contributors and maintainers.
  3. All collaborators keep a work log. This allows for tracking of collaboration. Without keeping logs - maintainers will have a hard time coordinating and building upon contributions.
  4. Collaboration protocols rely on a shared understanding of these protocols. The protocols are always evolving. They are open to contribution by anybody, and you can edit them on the wiki. If you see a better way to do things, while adhering to OSE Specifications, simple edit a given Protocol. Simply copy a wiki page with the protocol and link from your log. If your changes are sound, they will be merged. You can use the Pull Request Form or contact an admin or maintainer to merge your changes. If a page is not protected, you can edit a page directly.
  5. To find any of 500,000 pages (which will eventually exist) on this wiki, you need to know 3 things. 1 - what you are looking for. 2 - what it is called. 3 - if it doesn't exist or is not indexed, edit the wiki. For 1 - only you can tell that. For 2 - you need to understand the Wiki Taxonomy. Fro 3 - you can do that readily by editing the wiki. Ideally, you also log the changes that you made on your Work Log. To put this another way: understand that the Wiki is a giant sandbox, and we so far have very few maintainers. Note that this is perfectly fine - pages improve over time and the wiki gets more organized. That is how wikis work: it is not a fault, but actually the strong point - of a wiki. Until we have a $30M budget for maintenance like Wikipedia, expect to get involved and help us organize the wiki. If you would like to help, then (1) - learn the Taxonomy; (2) understand that the wiki is a giant sandbox that improves with time; and (3) start editing and indexing, consistent with the Taxonomy.