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How the BIS FAQ was made.
I thought it may be worth saying how this FAQ was put together in case
anyone came along later and wondered.
Initially it came about due to my bone idleness, the board needed a FAQ,
but like everyone else I preferred to post than to waste time doing
something even slightly useful ;-)
First I outlined the plan on the board
It was well received,
the questions and ideas started to come in almost straight away, as did
the names of those who volunteered, with almost no pressure ;-) , to
answer the questions. After a week or so I compiled the list of questions
that would hopefully be answered. Some folk decided to ask and at the
same time answer their own questions, that was fine too, it added to the
mosaic that the FAQ was to become. The list of questions was compiled and
broken up into sets of 3 questions, and divided between the mugs, errr,
sorry, I mean volunteers. I also sent the full list to everyone in case
anyone had too much time on their hands :-)
All I had to do now was wait, and the FAQ would write itself. The answers
started coming back, and were all of outstanding quality, after another
week (or so, probably closer to two) I put them all in one document and
printed it out. 17 pages!! (ok, that included notes, ideas and references,
but it still scared me!) 17 pages of excellent material. It had
originally been my intention to credit each answer to the person who
answered it, however, as I compiled it, it became clear that this was not
a good idea. It would have broken the flow of the FAQ too much. More
problematically, some of the replies were similar and there was often
more than one answer to a single question, so I merged the answers where
possible, joining them by editing them and adding a few words of my own,
it would not have been fair to attribute my words to others. The solution
was to credit all the volunteers at the end. I hope this is acceptable
to the people concerned. In a later version I hope it's possible to give
better and more precise credit. And that was about it, the final
compilation was easier that I thought due to the quality of material I
had to work from. The final stages were numerous revisions (by Emma and
myself), and proofreading (by Barb - but don't blame her for any mistakes,
I made a few revisions after that stage). A couple of late answers were
squished in, and there stood the final FAQ.
I hope you enjoy it
To everybody who helped:
I thank you for your time and effort, you have done an excellent job.
This is your FAQ, you can be justly proud of it.
Finally here's a question that fits better here than in the FAQ, from
Mizzie (she made me include it) :-)
Q. Who is responsible for providing this
A.It's top secret, but we have learned:
Codesmith compiled it with invisible
ink during an assignment in a cupboard;
using her laptop, Emma transcribed it
to a ghost-writing mode.
Frightened by an elk that had wandered
through Improve The Fool, MickeyMoose
knocked a bottle of spirits onto TMF's
motherboard. The hamsters escaped as
lamb sensors turned tail and automatically
generated this Foolish post-out.
Cheers to Codey and Emma!
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