Destiny Sherman's First Wiki Notes

These are the notes I took and observations I made of the readings and wikis that we were directed to for our WikiName assignment.

Wikis in Plain English

Wikipedia entry on wikis

Wikis allow for collaborative modification of content and structure.

Wikis are different from blogging software
Wiki is Hawaiian for "quick".

Wiki concept
There is generally no review before page modifications are accepted.

Many wikis do not require registration of user accounts.

Private wikis require user authentication to edit, and even read, pages to avoid abuse of the system.

Some wikis keep a record of changes made to wiki pages, often every version of the page is stored
Wikis offer a search function, whether it's a title search or a full text search.

Most wikis have a backlink feature, displaying all pages that link to a given page.

Users can create any number of index or table-of-contents pages, with hierarchal categorization or whatever form of organization they like. Wikis provide one or more ways to categorize or tag pages to support the maintenance of such index pages.

"Wiki" refers to
Wikis can be created on a "wiki farm", server software is implemented by the wiki farm owner
Wiki software is collaborative software that runs a wiki system
Wiki philosophy states that it "makes it easy to correct mistakes, rather than making it difficult to make them."

Many functions allow viewing of recent changes
On controversial topics that have been subject to disruptive editing, a wiki may restrict editing to registered users.

Wikis take a soft-security approach to vandalism, making damage easy to undo rather than attempt to prevent damage

Wide Open Spaces

Fundamental principles of wikis
Wikis sit on a continuum between
Wikis are unique in that users define for themselves how their processes and groups will develop, usually by making things up as they go along.

Wikis work great as
No new wiki page's purpose is too trivial.

The structure of wikis is shaped from within, not imposed from above. Users do not have to adapt their practice to the dictates of a system but can allow their practice to define the structure.

Nothing about soft-security software prevents it from being hosted behind a firewall
Many wikis tend toward plainness in design
3 common Intellectual Property schemes
SecondCopyrightImpossibilityTheorem = every copyright policy will be incompatible with at least one other copyright policy in at least one direction. This will occur even where all parties concerned desire the copyright policies to be compatible.

There is no unified set of software characteristics that are shared by all wikis

Above and Below the Double Line

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