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    Case against using Distributed Authoring?

    I'm the adminstrator of a number of sites within one organisation.

    Recently, one area has asked that I allow them authorship and uploading access to the site that markets their side of the business. It's a flat HTML site, no real backend at all. Their reasoning is the slowness for updates to be done, however they can offer no evidence for this and up until now have been happy with the changes being made straight away!

    What this means to me is that instead of all site changes coming to me, being checked for code and spelling errors and then uploaded. They will go directly to the site,there by cutting out a major part of my job description.

    The people do not know how to HTML code (but can be trained in Dreamweaver).
    I can see a few things happening as a result of this decision (namely broken links/images), So I'm after any articles or arguments you may have against Distributed Authoring.

    Thanks.

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    Sorry, but I'm in almost exactly the same kind of job, and I think distributed authoring is a great idea as long as it's controlled. You need to set that expectation up front and make sure they understand why.

    What's wrong with implementing a review/approve workflow? Or a CMS for that matter? That can really remove some of your load while at the same time making sure that only "permitted" changes get through to the live site.
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    hillsy,

    One of my concerns was that the approval process was being removed.

    However, in the interest of diplomacy and goodwill I've taken your advice and talked to them about it.
    They still want direct access to the server, but are happy for me to check anything.

    Thanks for the advice

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    Hehe - welcome to the world of intranet development. Talk about the art of compromise

    It's tough, no doubt about it. I find the hardest bit of this kind of work is not the technical implementation, but "socialising" the site/system/whatever with management and creative people who want completely transparent access to the system, but at the same time want it to be manageable. Or, more accurately, don't want to know anything about the management of it and don't care as long as the content's up on the site Real Soon Now.

    Here's a very relevant quote I picked up somewhere:
    "The easier it is to publish content to the intranet, the harder it is for users to find it"
    The only way to solve that is to work together. They need to let you know what they want, and you need to let them know what's possible within the constraints of manageability, time, technology etc.

    Sounds like you're communicating though which is a good start. I'd be really interested to hear how you're getting on and compare notes.
    Last edited by hillsy; Sep 24, 2002 at 15:06.
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