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"Editor logs are for you, as daylogs are for everyone. Ed logs should have something to do with editorial decisions, policy or musings. Do as thou wilt." --dem bones, in a message to the admin.
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Editor logs contain musings by the administration, as well as a record of various actions they've taken. Below contains further description of both of these, and changes to the database that affected Editor Logs. There is also a summary of Significant Editor Logs for easy access.
Editor Logs past and present
In the old days of Everything2, Editor Logs were the only place the public could find out what writeup was 'nuked', who did it, and why. Now, writers are informed by message what is removed, Node Row shows what is currently being axed and Node Heaven lets noders review the history of what they've had nuked.(NOTE: as of mid 2011, with the introduction of Drafts, MFD, Node Heaven and 'nuked' are bygone terms; write-ups are instead 'unpublished' and reverted into draft status.) Editor logs are the main public record of communication between Admins and users/guests.
Presently, there are two types of Editor Logs: 'Paper trail' logs, and expositional logs.
Editor Logs have had no established policy about what to log or even if to log. There is no agreed or established protocol about what to put in a log. Just as with Daylogs, anything seems to go: ruminations on noding, an explanation of a content situation which admins have discussed that users might be interested in, and lists of writeups and nodes some editors have nuked, altered, chinged and cooled.
With the advent of Klaproth, there wasn't a need to log minor Editor actions in the Ed Logs. However, there is a strong feeling by some in the Administration to demonstrate their monthly actions by logging them. This gives a sense of accountability, and paired with the more expositional logs also helps to give a sense of what the administration wants to keep or throw out in this database.
Editors are always accountable upwards. Gods can see who nuked what. One member of the administration regularly checks Klaproth's messages.(Edit: Klaproth has been retired, see Writeup Deletion for current protocol.). Noders can at any time ask gods about nuked nodes, even if Klaproth's the nuke message was anonymous. Gods can and do investigate the reasons behind a nuke, if a noder has a complaint or a question about it.
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Index of Editor logs, in reverse date order
Below is a brief summary of many Editor Logs. I have only listed those that contain information that might be of general use to users of Everything2. The Editor Log can be accessed via the month's hardlink. In the summary, each sentence refers to a seperate editor's log.
October - wertperch praises jaybonci for his hard work, and encourages more writing, better feedback, encouragement of newbies and publicity.
September - The god formerly known as the Content Editor cassparadox pontificates on why she, and possibly you, visit this site. ███ takes the time to grace us with his
August - Aerobe proposes a way to reach new users, as well as inviting you to help new users by rewriting E2's help docs. The Debutante explains that as e2contact were completely pointless, the group was disbanded; she invites discussion in the daylogs about appropriate monitoring of the catbox.
February - tentative discusses the increase of poetry being contributed, reiterates the importance of giving feedback to both you and others, as well as giving suggestions for explaining your downvote. cassparadox crunches the numbers of contributions to quests recently and reveals the secret recipe: "E2 NEEDS MORE QUESTS".
November - RedOmega lists all of last month's 'minifestos' in one place, as well as telling us of more discussions by the Content Editors. Aerobe starts the voting on a new tagline and blurbs for the site's front page. cassparadox shares their editorial philosophy with you (again). ███ denies accusations that admin listen into messages you send to other users, and asks that you trust him on that.
October - Aerobe invites suggestions to change E2's Welcome message. RedOmega shares the topics of recent discussions by Content Editors. ███ discusses: a perceived gender gap among admin, if a hostile environment exists on e2, that anyone can start a quest, and why he is shutting down the mentoring system and requiring admin to node at least once this year.
September - RedOmega thinks E2 should be more communicative, so writes about personal attacks, nuking policy, and reasons why the site isn't very active.███ says E2 will not stand for threats, stalking, or harassment, whether online or spilling into 'real life'; he also notes that reposted nuked writeups will most likely be nuked again.
February - ███ expresses reservations about public access to the offsite archives of the catbox and retracts the silly demand that-- although he is the current webmaster and 'voice' of this website-- all his comments in the archives be ████████.
January - alex belatedly introduces the new filter for hiding very low reputation writeups, reveals the Registries feature, and clarifies very specificly and in small simple words that when you're not cool, e2 would not like you or your writing to be here.
May - alex invites you to write the editors a letter; he describes potential new candidates for E2 Staff as those who 'sit right' with him. The Debutante introduces us to the e2contact and hall monitors organisation.
December - alex was pleased many faced up to the challenge; reiterates that negative rep writeups don't necessarily mean deletion; explains 'node insurance'; and advises that if you are vexed by something to /msg him or the staff instead of using the catbox.
November - the Editor in-Chief formerly known as Pint comes to the realisation that his role is now redundant, so he falls on his sword. alex closes the door firmly behind jack; oversees implementation of the something that noders were recruited for in January, while being a little surpised that after nine months of notice people still weren't aware the something would happen; and is thankful for all the input, but now is looking forward to output.
October - the god formerly known as Apatrix (the one who recruited noders for something to do with something a few months back) takes over E2, promises the world. Oolong refuses to change his username, and has wrenched kthejoker's Lead Developer Badge of Sweat and Blood from his cold dead hands.
August - Apatrix reminds us of /ignore, as well as revealing E2's policy regarding automata. In what seems to be a continuing E2 administrative tradition of announcing the possibility of something that will happen, TheDeadGuy announces that at some point soon there will be a group of admins called e2Contact, who would support new and existing users by contacting them, as well as punitatively addressing unruly or disturbed chatbox users. Augustine clearly describes what they've been up to since becoming a Content Editor three months ago, including what happens when greeting new users and reactions to removing and hiding certain new user writeups.
May - TheDeadGuy advises more writing as the ultimate solution to what is wrong with e2. Apatrix and the recruited noders who looked at the voting, level and Experience system and came up with a plan have had that plan approved, but they can't tell us what it is yet.
December - Transitional Man disguises an introduction to how to enjoy and contribute to E2 as an epistolary greeting. Jack also writes a letter-- to a podcast-- insisting, yet again, that E2 is not dead.
November - Jack avoids answering questions about the future of e2 by listing a bunch of nodeshells. borgo joins in on the diversion by using many of the nodeshells in a story. kthejoker proposes a new level system, and as no one protested it, he implemented the system in December. Lometa was inspired by this to create a survey here, and summarises the responses.
August - Jack reassures us that this will just be a flavourful writers' site soon. Apatrix argues that we are a product, that should be new and improved, to bring back GTKY, that we want more writers and artists here, and that you can't describe mona lisa's smile. shaogo is glad to be more involved. junkill says CE's are both editors and administrators. eien_meru would like more science here.
July - borgo compares recent development ideas to moths bashing themselves against lights. Wiccanpiper records an example day as Editor. wertperch mythologises e2's history. Lord Brawl discovers that now he doesn't have to write an editor log, he has the time to write one.
February - Lord Brawl discusses the editors discussing returning old noders new content being dismissed as lame, as well as the possibility of a 'museum of e2', wherein those famous old writeups are stored for posterarity.
February - kthejoker asks a rhetorical question about if writeups should have hardlinks in them, and yet people answer it. Lord Brawl asks for input on tweaking EBU, is slightly bemused at people answering kthejoker's rhetorical question, and hates all of you.
January - Apatrix contributes his Editor bio. Lord Brawl answers questions about transcripts, the E2 FAQ, as well as noting some admin changes and pointing to a number of users who have written bios in application for an admin position.
December - Lord Brawl dusts off some Content Editors, and proposes a more active crew, kickstarting it by asking for some Bios. IWhoSawTheFace tugs at the lapels of a fleeing noder and gets some interesting results from asking why they are going. Wiccanpiper and pint contribute their editor bios.
November - rootbeer277 breaks out his top 10 list of common formatting and spelling errors he corrects in user's writeups (coincidentally, other top ten lists appears in the daylog the same day). Lord Brawl throws back the curtains to reveal some the conversations and decisions behind the scenes; this includes the hows and whys of changing a user name, and what happens when a user leaves, asking for all their writeups to be deleted. smartalix, gets to the gritty and thinks new users fail to READ THE FUCKING MANUAL.
October - In early september, dem bones retired as 'editor in chief'/webmaster, handing the webmaster responsibility to dann, who handed the Chief Editor responsibility to Lord Brawl. Formally announcing his role as 'Editor-in-chief', Lord Brawl writes a bit about his experience here; as well as announcing there will be no major changes until the code supports it-- apart from some administration moving about; and he describes some policy and suggestions about what to do when there is a user in serious emotional crises. Also, Wiccanpiper gives some feedback on, er, feedback.
September - Transitional Man suggests one way to become a good writer is to read, read some more, and keep reading. haze uses 'HOWTO nodes as an example in a discussing On Titling Nodes. IWhoSawTheFace tells you his life story and editorial philosophy: he is your biggest fan, and could hotwire your car.
March – Panamaus isn't having fun, so quits (this appears to be the fastest and highest chinged Ed Log). TheDeadGuy hasn't quit, is still having fun. Jet-poop tries their hand at parables, fails spectacularly. (Panamaus requested that their Log be nuked, which toppled the other two logs.)
February – Pint has 7 points of advice for not so awesome poets noding here; a pause in writing/ e2 is a community/ downvotes are not real. (have your own poetic take on Pint's advice? msg me and i will add here!)
January – avalyn comprehensively overviews e2 HTML. Wiccanpiper calls the four corners of their editorial ‘credo’. Haze is now responsible for the Everything Faq, and immediately parcels out the work to other people.
December – Wiccanpiper, newly given Editor powers, goggles at the new tools at their fingertips. rootbeer277 crosses a few tees and dots a few eyes in other users' writeups, and explains the usefulness (while noting useful procedures) of being able to dabble around. Transitional Man fights for content over empty calories, and believes E2 has great potential for constructive editing for writers. smartalix notes the peculiar habit of relying on links to provide context, so that an actual topic is talked around, not about.
2003December - gn0sis details why he's going to Wikipedia. Lucy-S details why she's staying here. TheDeadGuy rambles about the beach.
October - GrouchyOldMan introduces the Content Salvage Team.
September - GrouchyOldMan reviews the copyright redemption quest. Gorgonzola reacts to copyright changes by introducing the 'My Big Writeup List' tool. haze researches copyright law about ownership of rights and public domain. Lucy-S also researches the same.
August - jurph is applying zero population growth to their nuking strategy, as well as attempting to 'greet' new noders as they arrive.
July - haze briefly discusses the difficulty of /msg'ing noders.
May - Wuukiee encounters a mass-noding project of dubious nature and, snicker-snack, slaughters the beast, provoking much thought on how to maintain other such projects, especially gaming indexes. haze enjoys the benefits of good noder interaction.
April - haze writes from first-hand experience a definitive guide to Metanodes. Apatrix muses on a year and a half of Editing and realises that they've mellowed out, advising that one should not knock something until they've tried it.
March - Apatrix reveals that over a third of the Editors do not write nodes any longer; encouragement and understanding is expressed. fuzzy and blue provides some practical ways around being seduced by 'GTNY' and 'Writeups in reply'. haze gives some tips on researching writeups, including ways of citation. TheDeadGuy attempts to quell mob rule with ways to node current events.
February - gn0sis tries out some long vowels in Japanese. Ouroboros briefly discusses noding lists. TheDeadGuy reveals who Guest User could be, and intones 'We are not alone'.
January - Gorgonzola gets his hands dirty sorting out Webster 1913's Native American quirks.
December - fuzzy and blue rhapsodises noding poetry. Starke plays the death card on auto-noded MTG card decks, and explains why. Lord Brawl stares into the abyss and the abyss blinks (H. P. Lovecraft tales removed from the nodegel). TheDeadGuy sings a few non-rhyming songs about Downvote Shame, The Fear of Looking Silly When Chinging and Michael Douglas is Cute.
2001September - dannye suggests ways to node 'How Many xxx Does It Take To Change A LightBulb'.
July - Lord Brawl describes the impact of changes to the C!hing (the number available to users has reduced, but now writeups can have more than one); he describes removing a set of M:tG cards (see also Editor Log: December 2002); and he discusses the 'votes cast' feature'.
April - anotherone nodes a day in their life as an Editor.
January - Lord Brawl describes the removal of and conversations around copyrighted work.
Editor Logs: 2000... Logs from before 2001 are mostly 'paper trail' logs. These were begun by knifegirl -- as noted above in her Everything Editor Log (well, it was noted, but now has magically disappeared!) -- and other members of the administration began joining in. You will find plaintive messages from sensei and wharfinger among these (see Editor Log: October 8, 2000 for an excellent example, inluding sensei's overview of Ed logs at that time). A lot of the tone of editor logs stems from their small voices from the nodegel.
as of Nov 2011, after over 7 years of updating, gnarl has retired from this public service. Edits and additions may or may not be made by site admin. blah? blah blah! Bleaugh.