Everybody has permission to raise issues. The font is too small. The language is too vague. The language is too restrictive. The decision doesn’t seem right.

Everybody also has permission to propose solutions, though. The proposed edit or addition adds value to the raised issue. More than, “This should be different,” it says, “This should be this.” It puts a specific choice on the table for people to discuss.

You have permission to propose solutions. They don’t have to be perfect. They don’t even have to be right; a wrong proposal still moves us closer to a right one. Your proposal just needs to be specific, and it needs to be yours.

Share it. Own it.

One thought on “Proposals

  1. Thank you. I find myself using this method when I’m editing — saying “This word needs an apostrophe” or “This needs commas, not dashes.” The place that editing falls apart as a comparison is when I just don’t understand what I’m looking at.

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