Hello fellow editors!
I think it is time to review the editor of the week role and possibly make some changes. My thoughts are that the role should be split somewhat, and in the spirit of the Unix mindset of one thing doing only one task well, my proposal is to make a role that is solely the meeting chair for the week, focused only on the meeting and running a good one, editors should freely take on this role whenever they are capable to, and the selection could be done as it is now for the EOW role.
The other aspects of the EOW role are truly being done asynchronously by the active board members currently.
The move to this forum for article proposals has been a great success, with the added exposure in the community very evident. It also introduces a scheduling push that runs in the same asynchronous fashion as the discussions do. This is apparent currently with the amount of “in progress” articles usually around 5+ and “in review” around 2+, with nothing scheduled until Jan. 4, 2021. (Aside from this Thursdays article @bcotton is publishing).
So what do we do (if anything, seeing as this is the holiday season afterall) with the apparent bottleneck our current scheduling model is exhibiting?
Back to the EOW role, with meeting chair taken off the table as part of the role, it could then be focused on the other aspects of it’s responsibilities. Which are fairly extensive on their own,
They include the following, but are not limited to just them so please comment as you see fit…
- Moderate comments on published content along with authors
- Contact authors of articles which are in progress to see if they feel ready to move them to review.
- Monitor the discussion area at discussion.fp.o for new article ideas and make sure current ideas are being care taken through the process
- Help new contributors wherever possible.
- Check test schedules for upcoming schedule requirements
There is very likely more I missed. Basically as stated at https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/fedora-magazine/editor-of-the-week/
Just some thoughts on the role.