This practice applies in contexts where there is a need for more heavy-handed oversight of the community.
There are Collaborative translation situations that call for tighter oversight by the organization that founded the community. For example, if much of the content is health-related, you want to make sure that the content and its translation is accurate.
In situations like that, the complexity and overheads associated with this kind of oversight, can grow non-linearly with the size of your community.
In this kind of situation, you may want to make a conscious effort to keep the crowd small. Instead of opening up your site for contribution by the whole world, only recruit a small community of very active and trusted contributors.
Links to related patterns
- Break Up Crowd Into Teams is another way to deal with the same problem.
- See also Entry Exam and Require Minimal Involvement Level.
- Kiva.org and Translators without Borders are two organisations that have benefited from this practice.