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Re: [directory-discuss] Review queue email (was: Re: Tor Browser: Should

From: Ian Kelling
Subject: Re: [directory-discuss] Review queue email (was: Re: Tor Browser: Should we approve it soon?)
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:52:35 -0700

On Fri, Oct 28, 2016, at 09:16 AM, Greg Rundlett (freephile) wrote:
On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 6:44 PM, Svetlana Tkachenko <address@hidden> wrote:
> Good day,
> I can obtain the list of unreviewed entries, and email the list to the
> list once a week so that everybody gets an opportunity to see the review
> queue in their inbox and participate in reviewing entries.

I don't participate in the weekly calls.  I don't have time.  I don't know much about the directory (internal) process.  So take my comments with a grain of salt (which is to say that they don't carry any weight and may not even be valid).

That said, there are currently 384 unapproved pages [1].  This backlog seems to me to be very detrimental to the purpose of the directory.  The directory should be _the_  definitive and go-to source for finding free software applications.

I agree. I recently became an admin and started reviewing entries.
I'm going to make an effort to remove the backlog. 379 right now,
lets see what it's at next time this week. I'm about to put a few hours
on it.

Wouldn't it be a better policy to allow pages into the directory by default, aka an "open listing" policy.  Then, with staff or volunteer time permitting, entries could display some "Verified Free" badge with info on who/when the item was last reviewed and approved as Free.

With the current backlog, yes, but I'm not sure about once the backlog is gone,
and so I'm unconvinced that it would be worth doing now, since I'm
not sure how much time it would take, and how much fsf staff time for
someone change extension settings etc, and
they are understaffed at the moment.

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