This is my first time as "project manager" for a publication, so if something doesn't look right, please let me know, or fix it yourself. This is a rough project plan for updating our haggadah supplement. Discussion is happening in the chatroom.

  • Monday, March 7: Post request for links
  • Due Sunday, March 13: All Q&A suggestions are in and we decide which to include
  • Due Sunday, March 13: Produce style template, format guideline (including content/jargon guideline and footnotes), and calls for edited submissions
  • Due Monday, March 21: Submit first draft of edited content
  • Wednesday, March 23: Ta'anit Ester/Erev Purim
  • Thursday, March 24: Purim
  • Due Thursday, March 31: Second-party edits of first draft for accessibility, sourcing, jargon, etc.
  • Due Thursday, March 31: Fill glossary (can be done during first- and second-party editing)
  • Due Thursday, March 31: Update introduction to reflect update
  • Due Tuesday, April 5: Produce first draft of update in Word [@IsaacMoses, are you available and willing?]
  • Shabbat, April 9: Rosh Chodesh Nisan
  • Due Sunday, April 10: Feedback on first draft
  • Due Wednesday, April 13: Produce final draft
  • Due Sunday, April 17: Feedback on final draft
  • Due Sunday, April 17: Produce final-final draft
  • Sunday, April 17: Release!
  • Thursday, April 21: Bedikat Chametz
  • Friday, April 22: Erev Pesach
  • Shabbat, April 23: Pesach!
  • That's just two days for distribution before the Seder(im)? Seems too short to me. (I'm no expert in marketing.)
    – Double AA Mod
    Mar 7, 2016 at 14:45
  • @DoubleAA Well, we're not printing and mailing, so it's print on your own, which seems plausible for two days. Though of course if we can get it out sooner that's better. And we can advertise before the finished product is available.
    – Scimonster
    Mar 7, 2016 at 14:46
  • @Scimonster advertising without a link to the download is going to be of very limited value. If possible, it'd be best if we can release in time for the Sunday before Pesach, when people will be doing prep but not in the final throes.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Mar 7, 2016 at 15:02
  • @IsaacMoses Did i perhaps give too much time to the earlier parts and not leave enough for after? From my experience with DOA-MY the first- and second-party edits took a while. But it might be less here because it's not a whole book that we have to edit.
    – Scimonster
    Mar 7, 2016 at 15:07
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    @Scimonster Probably the best thing is to start from the target date and work back, allotting the time available as best you can. How long community edits take will depend on how much material there is and how many people pitch in. In at least one of our previous publications, not everything that got suggested got edited, and what no one cared to pick up and edit didn't get in. Incidentally, I think that's the closest we've had to a decision process regarding the suggestions, so you don't necessarily need a "we decide which to include" step.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Mar 7, 2016 at 15:15
  • @Scimonster is there need for any global quality upgrade of H-MY, in light of the quality efforts we've made in subsequent pubs? Does it need global dejargonification? Footnotes/bibliography work? A glossary?
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Mar 7, 2016 at 15:17
  • @IsaacMoses I think updating all of the footnotes/bibliography might be too much work, but we can always make individual suggestions to add. I think a glossary is good, so i included it.
    – Scimonster
    Mar 7, 2016 at 15:52
  • We should also look through questions that are already in the book to see if, since that publication, there are new or improved answers that we might want to add in. Mar 7, 2016 at 16:57
  • @MonicaCellio Isaac already said as much in chat, and i already added as much in the "links" post. :)
    – Scimonster
    Mar 7, 2016 at 16:58
  • @scimonster sorry, wasn't up to date. Also, thank you for organizing this! Mar 7, 2016 at 18:49

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Question title, which needn't be identical to the original one on Mi Yodeya?


Ploni Asker asked: Question body goes here. Be sure to remove hyperlinks; you can turn them into footnotes1 or parenthetical comments, or remove them if they're not important enough for a print publication.2 Use the regular markdown formatting. (Hint: if you use the edit link on a question or answer you can cut/paste the original markdown. Don't save your edit, though -- cancel!)

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