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If you would like to open your site content to edit suggestions from your users or site visitors (if you have a public-facing Dozuki site), you can have the Community Editing feature activated by your account manager.

Community Editing makes it easy for users to submit edits and create site content while also imposing a system for site Authors and Administrators to approve, adjust or deny the edits submitted. This system is a user reputation-based program, meaning that your users will earn more reputation as they contribute more to your site, which may grant them certain permissions as they pass reputation thresholds.

There are three major elements that make up the Community Editing feature: User Reputation, Page Permissions and Content Patrol.

Like this idea, but need a system that isn't reliant on reputation? Consider our Contributor Editing Feature instead - this allows site Admins to specify users that can contribute to page modifications and site content.

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User Reputation

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User reputation is a way to keep track of how much administrators or community members have contributed to the site and how reputable they are. Reputation is an indication of how much the community (and, therefore, the system) trusts you. You can earn reputation by doing things that other people find useful. Completing various tasks (like answering a question) earns you certain amounts of reputation, while performing other less-appreciated ones (like spamming) will deduct reputation. Attaining certain amounts of reputation gives you access to certain features, like helping review and accept edits in Patrol.

Viewing Reputation

To view information about your reputation, go to your profile by clicking on your username in the top right corner, and then clicking "View Profile." Next, click on the tab that says "Reputation." This will take you to a tab displaying your reputation over time and your reputation breakdown.

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The first section, Reputation Over Time, displays your reputation growth by date, month, or year depending on how long you have been a member. You can place your mouse over any spot on the graph to view your reputation at that specific date.

The second section is the Reputation Breakdown. Here you will see exactly how you earned those reputation points. This section explains how many times you performed an action (Count) that gained or lost you reputation, as well as how much reputation (Delta) was awarded.

For more specific information about the reputation you earned, click on the "Activity" tab next to the "Reputation" tab. This will show every action you have performed recently. If any of those actions earned or lost you reputation, the amount will be displayed to the left of the action.

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You can view anybody's reputation graph and reputation breakdown by simply going to their profile and clicking on their Reputation tab.

Earning Reputation

Earning reputation in reality requires a lot of time, money, and hard work. Luckily, earning reputation on your Dozuki site is easy! There are many different ways to increase your reputation.

Reputation From Answers

Helping out other members of the community by asking and answering questions using Answers is a great way to increase your reputation.

The following is a list of all the ways reputation can be earned using Answers:

  • Commenting
  • Voting Down a Post
  • Voting on moderator actions
  • Editing tags
  • Editing posts

The system takes care of making sure each person gets the correct amount of reputation.

Reputation From Guides

The other main way to receive reputation is through Guides. The more that people complete or like your guides, the more reputation you receive.

The following is a complete list of how reputation can be earned through guides:

  • A site admin makes your guide Public, thereby "Approving" it for the rest of the site to view
  • Someone links to your guide in Answers
  • Someone likes an Answer linking to your guide
  • Someone completes your guide
  • Someone completes a guide that uses your guide as a prerequisite

When multiple people contribute to a guide, all reputation received from that guide is divvied up amongst each author that has contributed at least 10% to the guide.

Here's an example:

  • Alice started the guide, but over time it's grown and her contribution is now 60%
  • Bob has made a lot of improvements and added new photos, contributing 36% of the total
  • Mallory contributed a few minor edits totalling 4%

If Jane successfully completes the guide, Alice will get +18 points and Bob will get +12. Mallory would not gain any points until she made more substantial changes to the guide. Then, if the guide had any prerequisites, 30 reputation points would be divvied up between its authors.

Losing Reputation

A key to running a user-based website is monitoring user activity. One way this is done is by removing reputation when someone does something that hurts the site or the community.

Losing Reputation from Answers

As easy as it is to gain reputation using Answers, it is also possible to lose it. By making sure to only publish information that is constructive, you will not have to worry about losing reputation. Reputation is typically lost when an answer or question you post is voted down. This only happens when posts are intentionally unhelpful. On rare occasions, reputation may be lost if your post is removed for being offensive or spam. Again, this will only happen if you intentionally post something offensive or with the intention of spamming.

Certain tasks, such as voting down a post, cost a little bit of reputation—not much, but enough to encourage you to be sparing with your criticism. Voting down posts is a very useful way to provide constructive criticism to others, but abusing the power can hurt the site.

The following is a complete list of the ways that someone can lose reputation when using answers:

  • Your answer is downvoted (1-5 times)
  • Your answer is downvoted (6-10 times)
  • Your answer is downvoted (over 10 times)
  • You downvote an answer
  • You flag a post
  • Your post is removed for being inappropriate

Reputation Privileges

Earning reputation can earn users privileges as they prove their worth on the site.

Answers Privileges

You can always ask a question or post an answer. However, as your reputation increases, the system trusts you more and allows you to perform more actions. Here are the actions available in Answers, as well as their required reputations:

  • Receive 50 votes per day: 10
  • Comment: 20
  • Flag a comment: 20
  • Flag a post: 30
  • Vote down: 100
  • Vote on moderator actions: 100
  • Edit tags/topic: 200
  • Edit a post: 500
  • Archive a question: 5,000
  • Reopen a question/answer: 10,000
  • Delete a question/answer: 20,000

For more information on some of these topics, review Moderating Answers.

Guide/Wiki Privileges

Just like on Answers, gaining more reputation allows more actions when working on guide or wiki pages. The following is a list of all these achievable actions and the amount of reputation required:

  • Comment on someone's page: 20
  • Create a new topic: 500
  • Edit a title/tag: 500
  • Edit a Wiki Category: 1,000

Patrol Privileges

The main way to moderate what people post is to patrol the edits that they make to pages. Having more reputation means that there is a higher chance that edits you make will be instantly published, regardless of permission thresholds.

Page Permissions

It is important that contributing to site content is a simple process; if it isn't, valuable information may never be added.

The problem is that these two goals—protecting high-quality existing content and encouraging community contributions—can be diametrically opposed. With the Page Permissions system, original authors of content can set a minimum reputation limit on pages they create. This is primarily in place to reduce vandalism or unwanted changes to page content.

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Every page has a Permissions section. Administrators determine how much user reputation is required to edit the page without the edits requiring acceptance through Patrol. If someone with low reputation (other than the page creator or a member of the creator's team) edits the page, then the edit is not immediately published. An administrator, author or user with enough reputation must accept the edits using Patrol before they go live.

How to Set Permissions

Only administrators are able to set permissions. For everyone else, the permission section is automatically set by the system.

Explanation of Permission Values

0No minimum value, no edits require reputation for approval
#Edits from people with reputation below # require permission for approval (unless made by the guide creator or a member of the creator's team)
Admin Only, all other edits must be approved.

Say the permissions value is set to 1000. A member with 1500 reputation could freely edit the page and those edits would immediately go live on the site. If someone with 500 reputation made an edit, their edit would be held for review. Until the edit is accepted through Patrol, it will remain unpublished on that page.

Unverified Versions

If a page has submitted edits that are under review through Patrol, an Unverified Version including all recent pending edits is available for viewing through a link at the top of the page:

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If viewing the Unverified Version, users will always have the option to return to Verified Snapshot of the page, which is does not include any pending edits.

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Content Patrol

The Patrol feature allows site authors, administrators and users with adequate reputation to review edits submitted by the community.

How to Review Content

To view all edits awaiting review, add /Patrol the end of your site URL to open your site's Patrol page.

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After clicking on an edit awaiting review, the revision changes will be visible and are typically highlighted as shown below. Unchanged text is not highlighted, text that was removed or changed is highlighted in red, and the edits awaiting acceptance are highlighted in green.

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From here you will have one of three patrol options:

  • Accept - Edit is accepted
  • Deny - Edit is denied
  • Edit - You have the ability to make changes to the Edit before it is accepted.
    • If one user makes multiple changes to a page, these edits will show up on the same review page. If you change the status of an edit, either accepting or denying it, all edits listed above this one will receive the same status. For example, if you choose to accept the fourth edit without first accepting or denying edits one through three, it will accept all four of them.

Managing Site Content

To learn more about the tools available to help manage site content created by your contributors, refer to the following page: