I help editing a new edition of the Gacs-Lovasz: Complexity of Algorithms book. What is the best way to find some experienced people who would proofread some parts of it? E.g. is there a way to post ads here, for let's say reputation points?? Is this question already an ad??? Why are there more question marks at the end of each sentence????


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Shouldn't this be on meta ????? – Suresh Venkat Dec 23 '12 at 20:38
The second question probably yes, but my main question is the first one, which probably fits the soft-question category, doesn't it?????? :) Nevertheless, I am happy to move it there, if you think it is more appropriate there. – domotorp Dec 23 '12 at 21:36
I think Academia is more suitable for the question in the title. However questions about the site should be on [meta]. – Kaveh Dec 23 '12 at 22:07
Another possibility, if you're so inclined, is the new Google+ TCS community – Suresh Venkat Dec 23 '12 at 22:31
or you can start a blog and ask there :) – Alessandro Cosentino Dec 24 '12 at 4:39
There should be a wiki or forum where readers can submit line-by-line comments/edits on a TCS draft. I would like to see the following features: -authors can submit their pdfs to be proofread/commented on, and all such work should have the authors' consent; -edits are typically named to show volunteer contributions; -chapter-by-chapter, section-by-section divisions to make the contributions easier to use and to avoid reduplication of effort. – Andy Drucker Dec 24 '12 at 17:54
Hi domotorp, I've done some basic proofreading of Chaps. 1-4. Will send to you. – Andy Drucker Dec 24 '12 at 17:56
Now looking at the comments, I think it is best to move the question to meta - can anyone help me to do this? – domotorp Dec 24 '12 at 18:02
I migrated it to meta as you requested. However I agree with Andy. A site for reviewing combining something like arxiv with conference review software with some SE like features would be interesting. – Kaveh Dec 24 '12 at 20:33
Thx! So let me know if anyone knows about such a site... – domotorp Dec 24 '12 at 22:41
strongly support the idea of a community/cyberspace review system but any such project would inherently be fraught with some political controversy. here is a list of ~100 papers still waiting to be reviewed by the community— woeginger p vs np page. also one should study the dynamics of the deolalikar commotion of 2.5 yr ago, 4 good refs to that here along with "some other stuff" too =) – vzn Dec 25 '12 at 17:30
I would advocate that such a project be aimed principally at improving writeup quality and fixing typos/grammar, NOT at checking proofs of earth-shattering claims or deciding whether a paper is conference-worthy. The main intended application would be refining textbook drafts. I would be happy to see proofreaders make helpful suggestions about the content as well, but within a supportive, non-political framework. – Andy Drucker Dec 25 '12 at 18:20
actually it would be possible to launch a stackexchange group for this purpose if there were enough volunteers, & its infrastructure would provide a lot of useful/relevant features (votes to prioritize what to review, reputation to measure merit of reviews etc) but unf there would prob not be very many volunteers & it would be difficult to overcome the new group membership commitment/count threshhold. for anyone interested proposals for new groups go here on area51 – vzn Dec 26 '12 at 17:49
more on community tcs reviewing idea on "community brain", windows on theory blog – vzn Jan 2 '13 at 18:41

You might want to try nb, developed by David Karger's group at MIT. The interface is very slick for online editing, and keeps track of edits and who made them.

This is a brilliant tool, thx! But the question still remains how to find proofreaders... – domotorp Dec 25 '12 at 8:24
That's a much harder problem :). you might want to start with a few people and spread the word. – Suresh Venkat Dec 25 '12 at 8:28
The answers show that the main question of the OP has nothing to do with [meta]. – Alessandro Cosentino Dec 26 '12 at 20:49

It seems to be that posting your request on on CS Theory Google+ community would be quite appropriate, and you might find reviewers that way.


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