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>>{{image url="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/89/TPOBAW-score.png" width="350px"}}>>===WikiWallflowers===
//This topic title has a gender bent to it. The term //wallflower// is gendered female and therefore stands as timid. Even the image suggests this. Could be cloned to a new page with a less gendered title and refactored - like WikiNewComers//
I've changed the picture ~Melinda

New comers to wikis can be shy. They say, "I'm hesitant to refactor. I can thread all day long, but I think I need to have more experience before I'm ready to refactor." Some aspects that make us apprehensive:

- Wikis require social interaction, but not all visitors are comfortable enough with their ideas or writing skills to share them in this medium.
//You don't have to be social. you can work in the background, without saying an overt word. gnoming. refactoring. refactoring so others can refactor even more. WikiQuietly. Anon. //
- A common consideration is that if someone edits what is already written, it implies, to some degree, that the writing was in error or lacking signficance. Will the author who is consistenly edited quit posting? see WritingOnAWiki.
//I blame the schools. Let's unlearn this one. Anon//
- Someone has to be willing to go first. Will the same people who sit back to wait for others to begin the conversation do the same in a wiki?
//Probably. But maybe they are waiting for something to work with, respond to. So give them something to respond to. Anon//
- Will the page [[http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?CriticizeBluntly degenerate into flaming]] before a remark can be re-edited or restored to an older version?
//No, it won't. Others will see to that, and we're all one of the others. Just delete the flame or roll back the page. C2 has a discussion on [[http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?CriticizeBluntly CriticizeBluntly]] as just one critical style. Anon//

The payoffs
- more reserved writers may feel empowered by the wikiness. They can quickly edit when they find errors.
- other benefits mentioned in WikisInTheAcademy
- other benefits mentioned by Brian Lamb in [[http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/wide-open-spaces-wikis-ready-or-not | "Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not"]].

related sites:
- http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?OnlySayThingsThatCanBeHeard
- http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WikiSuccessCanInhibitNewWriters
- http://edutechwiki.unige.ch/en/Writing-to-learn

Contributors: JennBeyer, [[MCMorgan]]

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