Information for OPL Editors

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The OPL Editors oversee inclusion of new problems to the Open Problem Library (OPL). When problems are contributed, they are put in the Contrib directory of the Open Problem Library. It then falls to the editorial board to review problems and decide if some/all of them should be copied into the OPL. Each editor is responsible for a particular portion of the OPL.

Processing problems

When new problems appear in a subject area, the appropriate editor should take the following steps.

  1. Look at each problem in rendered form. If there are any obvious problems (e.g., it does not render, or it references a particular textbook page), then it is skipped.
  2. Decide where the problem belongs in the OPL Taxonomy. If the problem has tags, it can help point you in the right direction, but the final decision is up to the editor.
  3. Compare the problem to existing problems in that Subject/Chapter/Section:
    1. If the problem is essentially a duplicate of an existing problem, consider if one version is clearly better than the other. If the existing problem is just as good, keep it and reject the new problem. If the new one is better, copy it into the OPL, tag it, and make the existing problem a pointer to the new one.
    2. If the problem is not a duplicate, copy it into the OPL. Then, see if it belongs in a more-like-this group with existing problems. If so, tag it as such.
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