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Lotus Journal - Peer reviewed content, no cash down

Mon 31 Aug 2009, 12:02 PM

by Ben Langhinrichs
Yancy Lent announced today the grand opening of Lotus Journal, a peer review journal for articles about Lotus software and related topics.  For those who don't know what "peer review" implies, it means that rather than reading various articles and trying to decide whether the author knows what he or she is talking about, a group of eminent Lotus bloggers help you to decide.  While I have some ideas for enhancements to make this even better (and will send them to Yancy directly), I think this is a great way to put together articles that is vetted by experts so that you can have increased confidence in the content.  Scholarly journals have used the concept of peer review for many years, and it is an excellent idea to bring to the Lotus software arena.

And it's all free (as in beer, or milk shakes if you are really lucky).  No charge content that has been approved by some of the industry's experts (well, and me).

Another great idea from Yancy Lent!

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What has been said:

886.1. Yancy Lent
(08/31/2009 07:01 PM)

I look forward to your insight on how the review process should work. I'm all ears.

886.2. Jess Stratton
(08/31/2009 07:58 PM)

What about an IdeaJam for reviewing? An article would need a certain percentage or number of promotions?

886.3. Ben Langhinrichs
(08/31/2009 08:44 PM)

As I wrote to Yancy this morning, I hope for less emphasis on voting and more on reviewing and feedback. I want to make sure we get the highest quality articles, not just the most popular. Some of us are better at editing and coherence than others, but just because you are not the best writer around doesn't mean you don't have valuable content, so why not let those who write more naturally help those who do not. Similarly, some of us are stuck in our tidy little caves thinking that everybody else must really care about rich text (for example), so why not give some of the generalists a chance to say, "Hey, Ben, this would be great if you would take it down a notch - nobody else cares about CD records."