FAQ

  1. Who runs Write to Reply? @josswinn and @psychemedia set it up.  It started as an exchange on Twitter and ended up here.
  2. Why did you start Write to Reply? We saw the Digital Britain – Interim Report and thought people might like a way to respond to it in detail.
  3. How do you select documents? We’re interested in documents written for public review. These are often government reports that can be freely republished.
  4. I have a document that I think should be available for comment. Can you help? Maybe. Contact us, tell us what document you have in mind and we’ll get back to you very soon. We’re really only interested in hosting documents that further our research and development into ‘commentable documents’. If your document doesn’t test anything we haven’t already done before, then we are likely to say no. We started off by accepting all requests but it got too expensive and became a hassle to maintain 50+ websites. If you’re simply looking to host a document, try http://digress.it
  5. What are the rules? We’re still making them up. Basically, don’t ask to host documents that you don’t have the right to republish. Unfortunately if authors don’t want their document posted here, there’s not much we can do about it except complain LOUDLY.
  6. Do all the sites have to look the same? Yes. We use digress.it, software that we helped develop through the JISCPress project. With digress.it, readers can comment paragraph-by-paragraph.
  7. I’ve spotted an error in the formatting of a document. Oh dear. Please contact us.
  8. What about Copyright? Do we need to get permission to upload a document? Yes and No. Government documents are usually Crown Copyright and allow re-publishing. This is usually subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not in a misleading context along with appropriate acknowledgements. Many public documents are also available under a Creative Commons license. We don’t want to get into a legal tangle. If you’re thinking of republishing a document here, you should be very sure you have the right to do so.
  9. Are you a bunch of radicals out to bring down the government? No. We just think that it should be easier for people to comment on public documents in detail. This is one way of doing it.
  10. Are documents open for comment forever? No, they’re open for as long as the consultation period remains open. After that, comments are closed and the site may also be taken down.
  11. How long did it take to get this site up and running? About two days from our first Twitter exchange to going live (evenings and lunchtimes). It’s not difficult if you know how to use a WordPress blog. All the tools are freely available.
  12. The site is a bit slow! Sorry. It’s running on a resource limited host (currently funded by Eduserv – thank you!). We do the best we can.
  13. How can we support you? With good ideas or donations :-)
  14. I have a question/suggestion. Great! Contact us via Email or Twitter.