When a discussion concludes, there are several ways we can reintegrate the discussion into the General/CocoaDev site.
- If you have asked a question and received insight, either from a response or through your own further efforts, make sure all the relevant information is on the page.
- If it is a somewhat esoteric but very involved discussion, retire it to General/RetiredDiscussions.
- If it is a piece of essential knowledge about an everyday situation or class, add it to the relevant pages, or create new ones and add them into the fabric of the site - old General/CocoaDev hands will be happy to help with this. (The process of taking a page and rewriting it to be short, comprehensible and integrated into the site is called refactoring.)
- If it is neither, orphan the page (remove all \%\%BEGINENTRY\%\% tags from the page).
- Above all, it is up to the originator of a question to refactor a page if he feels the information he gained would be very useful to others, but feel free to ask others to review what you have done and/or help you out.
After around a month or so, static conversations that have not been dealt with by their participants should be retired (especially pages with heavy discussion on), refactored (especially pages with easily-extracted but non-obvious information on) or orphaned (especially pages with question-and-answer sessions about a fairly specific set of circumstances) by anyone who feels like it.
Be brave! Most information will never be needed again, and will only clutter the site if refactored. Retiring should only be done for very involved conversations in which many clever ideas were brought up, because otherwise General/RetiredDiscussions will become a junkyard, not a gemstore. Orphaning simple question-and-answer pages is not a crime!