In this workflow, the "work area" would be the author's PC. The downside is your point about author re-work if formatting isn't up to standards, etc.
Yea, that's the piece I am worrying about. Not only was it a challenge with the Magazine, but before that, we used to have folks submit articles directly to the "News" environment - and then, it was really bad. :-P
Style Guides are good for the Magazine Team and are very good at enforcing consistency for presentation. The problem with having "the public" follow the Style Guide is it can be perceived as overwhelming, and they might just decide not to bother. Or, they thought they followed the Style Guide but since it's not programmatically checked, the Article still needs formatting (which is workload) or is rejected (which is unfortunate.)
This was the most difficult piece before. I suspect it's always the most difficult part.
It would be awesome if we could think of a way people could be guided by a system into automatically producing what is needed. Maybe we can create a Joomla! Extension they install locally so they can use it to create and review the article, and then submit it using cURL or something... Thinking, thinking...
I wasn't aware that there are others who have expressed interest to be editors, so that's good news. I do think the work will be easier if we have more editors. Can you contact them to see if they are still interested? Maybe we should set up an editor team thread for them to work through some of these issues?
These Leadership and Writing Team agreed to be a regular that "Editor Team." Half of them have posted in here, but half have not yet. The idea was that the team would help get the magazine produced each month -- both by helping write articles and also to help get other articles in shape. Dex, Jen, and Nicole have posted in. I'll ping the others. Having a regular and nice sized team will certainly help.
- Dex Randall Joomla! Community Magazine Co-Editor
- Mike Moloney, Joomla! Community Magazine Co-Editor
- Paul Orwig, Joomla! Community Webmaster
- Chris Szabo
- Faisal Qureshi
- Jen Kramer
- Nicole Rhoads
Writers Pool (one article every other month)
Months: 01, 03, 05, 07, 09, 11
- Ahmad Alfy
- Mark W. Bender
- Rob Clayburn
- Wilco Jansen
- Ro McKernan
- Tim Stiffler-Dean
- Brian Teeman
Months: 02, 04, 06, 08, 10, 12
- Ron Chatman
- Brett Hooker
- Fotis Evangelou
- Jonathan Lackey
- Júlio Pontes
- Amy Stephen
- Arlen Walker
It would be good to shut the Sandbox down from Search Engines, as Robert is suggesting.