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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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  • $\begingroup$ Shouldn't this be on meta ????? $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Dec 23 '12 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – domotorp Dec 23 '12 at 21:36
  • $\begingroup$ I think Academia is more suitable for the question in the title. However questions about the site should be on [meta]. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Dec 23 '12 at 22:07
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    $\begingroup$ Another possibility, if you're so inclined, is the new Google+ TCS community $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Dec 23 '12 at 22:31
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    $\begingroup$ or you can start a blog and ask there :) $\endgroup$ – Alessandro Cosentino Dec 24 '12 at 4:39
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Andy Drucker Dec 24 '12 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ Hi domotorp, I've done some basic proofreading of Chaps. 1-4. Will send to you. $\endgroup$ – Andy Drucker Dec 24 '12 at 17:56
  • $\begingroup$ Now looking at the comments, I think it is best to move the question to meta - can anyone help me to do this? $\endgroup$ – domotorp Dec 24 '12 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Dec 24 '12 at 20:33
  • $\begingroup$ Thx! So let me know if anyone knows about such a site... $\endgroup$ – domotorp Dec 24 '12 at 22:41
  • $\begingroup$ 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 =) $\endgroup$ – vzn Dec 25 '12 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Andy Drucker Dec 25 '12 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$ – vzn Dec 26 '12 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ more on community tcs reviewing idea on "community brain", windows on theory blog $\endgroup$ – vzn Jan 2 '13 at 18:41
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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.

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