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Preparing for Wikis

Readings and activities for WeblogsAndWikis, S 2014.

This week, get some background on wikis in a few readings and then explore some wikis and develop some notes and observations on them.

First, some reading

Three primers to get a sense of what wikis are and how they work.

Composing in wiki spaces is not the same as composing in a private space

Second, a tour

Next, some wiki pages about wikis. With these you can begin to develop questions and frameworks for more consideration.

Wikis are local communities of shared interests. They have developing customs and styles and values and approaches. These tend to be laid out in the local style guides (Ours is the StyleGuide). When you first visit a wiki, you're a visitor. Have a look around to get a sense of the customs.

Wiki pages are always in draft and under refactoring, so they may not be laid out and organized as you would expect in print. Wiki pages are occasionally experimental, and are exploring new not-yet-formed conventions of layout and composing. This part of the activities gives you a chance to get used to that and read through it.

(If you don't like the organization of a wiki page, you can change it. Go ahead.)

As you read these wiki pages, a reading that includes following links, make notes on how the pages are organized, what state they seem to be in; watch for uses of DocumentMode and ThreadMode, watch for ways the contributors identify their work, and for text that has become part of the collective wiki. Watch for calls of RefactoringPages. Watch, that is, for what the writers are doing.


at MeatballWiki

[W]e are PublicArt. We strive to be beautiful. We want to shimmer and make people smile, and we want to do this by attracting and showcasing life.

A look at co-operating in a writing space, and how wikis address multiple perspectives.

A few pages on our wiki

Third, some notes posted to your blog

This post asks you not to compose an essay but some notes. Those notes, however, call for close observation, including close reading of pages and some inference of how those pages are developing. But you've been doing observation in your posts so far in this class, so you're used to it.

I'm asking for a single post by Sunday, but you might do this a multiple posts.

Post some notes on

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