A WoW-Pro Collaborative Project is one in which many authors come together to contribute to a guide. They may not all be contributing equally – some may only be editing, others writing, others doing formatting. The idea is that it allows massive and extremely useful guides to be written that would otherwise be too much work for a single person.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about some massive guides that I would love to see on WoW-Pro. I even probably have the know-how to write these guides, but they would take up too much of my time. Additionally, a lot of them would really benefit from other players with different experiences from mine.
The more I thought about this, the more the idea of collaborative projects here on WoW-Pro made sense. We have seen this a little in the past, with people updating guides or providing very useful comments. Shikamaru and I even started on a loot distribution system guide together, though it’s been somewhat abandoned by both of us.
But as of yet we haven’t seen any big collaborative projects. This is something I think could produce some truly awesome guides, and I’d like to help organize a few projects. I can serve as editor and sometimes-contributor, if there is enough interest by others.
Here is a list of projects suggested by the WoW-Pro community:
- Instance Healing Guide – This would cover all level 80 heroics and possibly raids as well, with specific advice for healers. It would also have advice specific to different types of healers.
- Glory of the Hero – Rather than full instance guides for each instance, this guide would cover only the specific boss fights, and the methods for getting achievements in those boss fights. Class-specific advice or group make-up advice may also be included.
- Glory of the Raider, etc. – Similar to the above, but for raid instances.
- Instance/Raid Boss Macros – A guide containing short fight explanation macros for all bosses, useful for raid leaders.
These guides would most likely be released in chunks, since they would be fairly massive.
Here are some potential roles that people might have in a particular guide. There may be multiple people in one role, or likewise one person may perform multiple roles.
- Project Head: The person “responsible” for the project, helping find more people to work on it, figuring out what needs to be done, making sure it all comes together. Not the “boss”, but the coordinator.
- Editor: In charge of making sure formatting matches across project pages, also checks spelling/grammar/word choice, etc. In charge of the overall image and presentation of the guide.
- Writer: Writes content for the guide. It’s best if they have some knowledge of formatting, but not necessary if the project has an editor.
- Contributor: May do some writing, mostly pitches in with helpful comments or quick edits.
There may be even more specialized roles for some projects. For example the healing guide might have a writer of each healing class to write sections for each encounter. Or, a guide which needs a lot of pictures might have someone specifically responsible for that.