On the best of my good days I can almost fool myself into believing that I
know what I'm doing here. Mostly. The rest of the time it's a painfully random
happenstance. If I stumble over your skimpy, poorly-written off-the-cuff writeup
when I'm in a good mood I may give it a pass on the assumption that the fact
that I don't get it, doesn't mean there's nothing of value there. On the
other hand, your orotund exposition wafting
mellifluously through the nodegel may have its precious little
bubble pricked over a few glaring typos if it catches me at the wrong time.
Arbitrary, inconsistent and lacking confidence. I'll fess to all of
that right up front, and rely on it as a plausible explanation for why I'm
taking my time easing into the content editor role. I've nuked a half
dozen nodes so far and I stand by all them. Each writer has received a
personal message and a couple have even thanked me for the feedback. One
knucklehead claimed to be delighted with the publicity value of being my first
So I'm taking it slow and I have to believe that I'll be a better editor for
it in the end. In the mean time, I ask a lot of questions.
I may not be much of an editor yet, but I'm paying it
forward in trying to ease the transition to the new E2 copyright
policy. I'm so deeply immersed in the mechanics of this copyright
compliance process that I'm gonna need a decompression chamber if I want to
get out alive! I'm not a martyr to the cause or anything,
this stuff has become a real obsession and I've had the pleasure of working
closely with some wonderful people. But I hope, and I have to believe,
that this will be worthwhile in the end because it sure has had a lot of
calories expended on it.
I'm dreamin a dream of E2 and it doesn't include copyright violations.
It's as simple as that.
The Quest is over, long live the Quest!
Out of the ashes of the Copyright Redemption
Quest, arose the Content Salvage Team (CST) as an ongoing
service to the E2 community. As the Quest drew to an end, the members of the
group put their heads together and made the decision to keep the idea
alive. I reckon this whole thing has been pretty widely advertised
already, but at the risk of being redundant, here's a synopsis. It's
mostly cut and paste from the Content_Salvage homenode, but a little well
placed redundancy can be useful sometimes.
The Content Salvage Team (CST) was formed in mid August 2003 in
response to the new E2 copyright policy. The CST originally operated under
the auspices of the Copyright Redemption Quest
During the Quest, the Copyright Salvage Team (CST) reviewed
over 550 writeups submitted by 97 different E2 authors. 535 of the writeups were
deemed compliant with the new policy and the authors were encouraged to add the
CST Approved tag as an indication that the writeup had passed a formal
inspection. The text of these
reviews was stored for future reference in a series of collaboration documents titled CST_Storage_n. A summary of the compliant reviews was
created in Copyright Compliant Lyrics and Poems.
CST FAQ (How Do I...?)
Below you'll find some "path of least resistance" procedures for
using the CST services. As in all things, there's more than one way to
skin a cat, so feel free to improvise on these suggestions where
necessary. This is just intended to get you where you want to go as
expeditiously as possible.
How do I submit a writeup for CST Review?
Easy as pie! Just contact us like this:
/msg Content_Salvage Please review [MyWriteUpTitle] for copyright
We also ask that you include any special copyright information that you
think is relevant to the review. For example, if you received permission
to quote from the original author, or if you know the work is in the public
domain let us know.
How do I submit a writeup for the CST Referral Service?
Just contact us like this:
/msg Content_Salvage Please add [WriteUpTitle] to the referral
list. The original author is [Me or Fled or Not going to repost] and
this writeup is available for rescue.
How do I request advice or assistance from the CST?
We're happy to field your questions to the best of our abilities.
/msg Content_Salvage My girlfriend's father's brother is good
friends with a former drummer from Adam and the Ants. He says it's
totally cool to post the lyrics to It's just no fun being an illegal
alien. Izzat Cool or what?
Hmmmm, like I said, we'll do our best...
Do I have to submit my writeup for CST Review?
Heck no. In fact the E2 copyright policy is pretty straightforward and if
you are confident that your work is compliant just let er rip. CST
reviews are best used if you aren't sure yet how the policy works, or have a
special situation that requires interpretation.
For lots more E2 copyright info see the Content_Salvage homenode.