The Vetting Machine is the second step in the creation and submission of an article to the Think Tank. This is the location where articles are constructed, laid out and organized, checked for accuracy and reviewed by the editors before being moved to the Think Tank proper. The Vetting Machine also acts as a contact point between authors and editors, where both parties can talk and discuss the various needs of the authors and about the Think Tank itself.
The process of working with a new article in the Vetting Machine will follow these steps:
Once a submitted abstract is approved by a screening editor and the author is added to the Authors usergroup, the author should post his/her abstract into the Vetting Machine to begin the article creation process (for information on abstracts and joining the authors usergroup, see the other two articles in this book).
Originating editors from an appropriate category will begin to work with the author on the new article.
The article will typically undergo extensive review before it is moved out into the Think Tank. This process involves style, substance, fact-checking and more. Expect math-inclined people to speak in tongues, and rampant grammar nazism.
When an article is deemed ready by the Cabal, it will be moved out into the Think Tank. Changes to the article are not finalized before it leaves the Vetting Machine, and discussion/alteration will almost always continue as needed.