From Social Patterns
People like to be able to work together on documents, encyclopedias, and software codebases.
Use this pattern when you wish to enable your site members to work together to curate their collective wisdom or document their share culture.
Provide an Edit This Page directly on the document to be edited or enable uploading of incrementally updated versions of a stored document.
For direct editing, provide an edit box, much as in a blog or comment interface.
Optionally, give contributors mechanisms for tracking changes, through notifications or with RSS feeds.
Collaborative editing is more "webby" than the alternative (emailing documents to multiple participants and then orchestrating proliferating multiple asynchronous updated copies of a document, with aspirational filenames ending in "finalFinalfinal."
As Seen On
- Google Docs
- Peanut Butter Wiki
- numerous FAQ documents that accompanied active Usenet newsgroups
Sources / Similar Patterns in Other Libraries