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Hint at Content Priority

Context

This practice is useful in Collaborative translation contexts where the amount of work that needs to be done greatly exceeds the collective energy of your community.

Problem description

There are many situations where the amount of work that needs to be done greatly exceeds the collective energy of your community. In those situations, it's quite common to prioritize content that is of highest priority.

But this prioritization can interfere with contributors' ability to choose tasks that interest them personally, which is often an important factor in keeping motivation high.

Solution

Therefore, make content priority be merely a "hint". It can be a strong hint, but make sure that contributors feel free to "vote with their feet", that is, implicitly indicate which content THEY think is most important, by choosing to work on it, eventhough it has not been explicitly labelled as high priority.

Links to related patterns

Real-life examples

  • Almost every successful collaborative peer-production community treat content priority as a hint, instead of a strict directive.