Revision history for RhetoricalCharacteristicsOfWikis


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Last edited on 2013-09-01 08:45:50 by MorganAdmin
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One powerful inventional (//heuristic//) feature of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the document, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
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One powerful inventional (//heuristic//) features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the document, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.


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Edited on 2013-05-19 10:07:33 by MorganAdmin
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Every node has to live somewhere, even if it's hidden in the Index.
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Every node has to live somewhere, even if it's hidden in the Index. Linking nodes and organizing them becomes a concern.


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Edited on 2013-05-19 10:07:02 by MorganAdmin
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Naming nodes to construct this NetworkOfTopics demands cognitive overhead writers haven't had to face before. Linking nodes ditto. These are new choices writers have to make and new practices to learn.
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Creating and naming nodes demand cognitive overhead writers haven't had to face before. Linking nodes ditto. It's not that these are Bad Things. But they are new choices writers have to make and new practices to learn.


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Edited on 2013-05-19 10:04:32 by MorganAdmin
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An essay on a wiki becomes a NetworkOfTopics. An essay in print is a network of topics, too, but the network isn't navigable. On a wiki, it is. A wiki establishes the TopicAsAffordance.
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An essay on a wiki becomes a NetworkOfTopics. An essay in print is a network of topics, too, but the network isn't navigable. On a wiki, it is.


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Edited on 2013-05-19 10:02:29 by MorganAdmin
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An essay on a wiki becomes a NetworkOfTopics. An essay in print is a network of topics, too, but the network isn't navigable. On a wiki, it is.
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An essay on a wiki becomes a NetworkOfTopics. Which is what an essay is in print.


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Edited on 2013-03-03 08:55:40 by MorganAdmin
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=== Topical ===
=== Topic naming ===
=== dialogic / dialectical ===
=== collaborative ===
=== essayistic or associative rhetoric ===
=== in flux ===
===public ===
=== webbed ===
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== Topical ==
== Topic naming ==
== dialogic / dialectical ==
== collaborative ==
== essayistic or associative rhetoric ==
== in flux ==
== public ==
== webbed ==


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Edited on 2012-07-31 13:48:22 by MorganAdmin
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An essay on a wiki becomes a NetworkOfTopics. Which is what an essay is in print.
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Edited on 2012-07-31 13:46:38 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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Edited on 2012-07-06 08:26:37 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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Edited on 2011-06-09 06:43:54 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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One powerful inventional (//heuristic//) features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the document, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
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One powerful inventional (''heuristic'') features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the document, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.


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Edited on 2010-05-24 15:49:03 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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part of the larger web of local pages and global sites. TB-L envisioned the web as a read-write-web, but it fell short at first. Wikis bring the rhetoric of composition back into the mix, and so //web// becomes a verb. That is, writers have to weave their pages into both the local wiki and the larger web outside the wiki. And this means that one aim a wiki might have is an outlet into the larger web: a page, pages, or other means (category?) that provides input from and outputs to the web at large: no wiki ++is++ should be an island.
For more on this, see XXX on networks and mapping the web. One of the rhetorical functions of a participant may be to monitor and provide inputs to the wiki and outputs from the wiki, in order place its position.
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part of the larger web of pages and sites. TB-L envisioned the web as a read-write-web, but it fell short at first. Wikis bring the rhetoric of composition back into the mix, and so //webbed// becomes a verb. That is, writers have to weave their pages into both the local wiki and the larger web outside the wiki. And this means that one aim a wiki might have is an outlet into the larger web: a page or pages that provide tunnels or access to the web at large.


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Edited on 2010-05-24 15:42:58 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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open to all comers, and taking place in a public space. Performance is an affordance of the wiki, and so draws in ideas of rhetorical performance. Open to all comers, at different levels engagement. Readers don't have to write, but may read or read the thread of development. Buskers.
part of the larger web of pages and sites. TB-L envisioned the web as a read-write-web, but it fell short at first. Wikis bring the rhetoric of composition back into the mix, and so //webbed// becomes a verb. That is, writers have to weave their pages into both the local wiki and the larger web outside the wiki. And this means that one aim a wiki might have is an outlet into the larger web: a page or pages that provide tunnels or access to the web at large.
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inviting all comers, and taking place in a public space
part of the larger web of pages and sites


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Edited on 2008-05-26 17:53:47 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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Edited on 2008-02-25 07:59:56 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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One powerful inventional (''heuristic'') features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the document, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
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One powerful inventional (''heuristic'') features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the docuemtn, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.


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Edited on 2008-02-25 07:59:28 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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One powerful inventional (''heuristic'') features of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the docuemtn, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
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One powerful feature of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the docuemtn, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.


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Edited on 2008-02-24 11:18:16 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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NeedForRhetoricOfWiki
PurposesOfAWikiHandbook
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PurposesOfARhetoricOfWiki | PurposesOfAWikiHandbook ''rename this node''


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Edited on 2008-02-24 10:47:05 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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While wiki pages might be structured by thesis / support (to better increase the signal to noise ratio), the wiki as a whole opens to more complex, web-like structures than this. Typically, topics are related hierarchically: one topic is more important than or equally important as another, as in an outline. On a wiki topics can be related associatively by linking; and, further, the relationship named by the link text and placement of the link. So, a wiki page can link to TheCauses and TheEffects both; and can lead to each or both at different places in the page.
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While wiki pages might be structured by thesis / support (to better increase the signal to noise ratio), the wiki as a whole opens to more complex, web-like structures than this. Typically, topics are related hierarchically: one topic is more important than or equally important as another, as in an outline. On a wiki topics can be related associatively by linking; and, further, the relationship named by the link text and placement of the link. So, a wiki page can link to TheCauses and TheEffects?both; and can lead to each or both at different places in the page.


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Edited on 2008-02-24 10:46:41 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord is not the same as any other unit of compostion. TopicNaming begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues. WikiSupportsTopicalWriting.
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Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord is not the same as any other unit of compostion. TopicNaming begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues.


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Edited on 2008-02-24 10:45:55 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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open to multiple, returning contributers, and so written to invite collaboration and SupportingCollaboration
While wiki pages might be structured by thesis / support (to better increase the signal to noise ratio), the wiki as a whole opens to more complex, web-like structures than this. Typically, topics are related hierarchically: one topic is more important than or equally important as another, as in an outline. On a wiki topics can be related associatively by linking; and, further, the relationship named by the link text and placement of the link. So, a wiki page can link to TheCauses and TheEffects?both; and can lead to each or both at different places in the page.
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open to multiple, returning contributers, and so written to invite collaboration and SupportingCollaboration?
While wiki pages might be structured by thesis / support (to better increase the signal to noise ratio), the wiki as a whole opens to more complex, web-like structures than this. Typically, topics are related hierarchically: one topic is more important than or equally important as another, as in an outline. On a wiki topics can be related associatively by linking; and, further, the relationship named by the link text and placement of the link. So, a wiki page can link to TheCauses? and TheEffects? both; and can lead to each or both at different places in the page.


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Edited on 2008-02-24 10:45:35 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord is not the same as any other unit of compostion. TopicNaming begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues.
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Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord? is not the same as any other unit of compostion. TopicNaming begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues.


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Edited on 2008-02-24 10:45:21 by MorganAdmin [Reverted to previous revision]
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===== Rhetorical characteristics of wikis =====
By virtue of being open and on the Web, and by virtue of the design as "the simplest database that can be implemented" (Leuf and Cunningham), wikis encourage and support a dialogical, collaborative, essayistic or associative rhetoric over a monological, thesis/support rhetoric. The openness of the wiki makes it difficult to lock it down to a final, authoritative, complete, single-voiced version.
== Topical ==
that is, written and structured by TopicalWriting spaces (Bolter)
Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord? is not the same as any other unit of compostion. TopicNaming begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues.
== Topic naming ==
One powerful feature of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the docuemtn, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
== dialogic / dialectical ==
== collaborative ==
open to multiple, returning contributers, and so written to invite collaboration and SupportingCollaboration?
Writing on the wiki can be collaborative, which demands that we find a way of organizing and managing the collaboration.
== essayistic or associative rhetoric ==
== in flux ==
the state of the text, the state of knowledge, by its nature of being online and being so easy to work with.
Wiki writing by its nature of being online and being so easy to work with - is always in flux. We used to make this claim about writing with word processors. But word processed text typcially led to fixity in paper; so while the text was in flux on the way to print, writers aimed at fixity. The wiki changes that.
== public ==
inviting all comers, and taking place in a public space
== webbed ==
PurposesOfARhetoricOfWiki | PurposesOfAWikiHandbook ''rename this node''
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rhetorical characteristics of wikis
By virtue of being open and on the Web, and by virtue of the design as "the simplest database that can be implemented" (Leuf and Cunningham), wikis encourage and support a dialogical, collaborative, essayistic or associative rhetoric over a monological, thesis/support rhetoric. The openness of the wiki makes it difficult to lock it down to a final, authorative, complete, single-voiced version.
topical -
that is, written and structured by /TopicalWriting spaces (Bolter)
Writing on a wiki is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord? is not the same as any other unit of compostion. /TopicNaming? begins to address the rhetorical and compositional issues.
Writing on a wik is linked topical writing. That is, writers have to create topics - named spaces in which to write - which are linked together or otherwise structured, and structured more ways than linear order. On a wiki, we don't write in just words, sentences, paragraph, parts, but collect those units into topics and arrange those topics in various ways. The topic - the node, the space, the lexia - that's created when a writer creates a WikiWord is not the same as any other unit of compostion.
Topical naming. One powerful feature of wikis is the ease with which writers can create nodes and links: Jam two words together or somehow create an intercap, and you create both a new, named space to write in, already linked into the docuemtn, and ready to further link to. But this apparent ease conceals the overhead: writers have to do two things: they have to find a place to put the node, and they have to name the node before writing in it. This suggests that we know where we're going at the moment we start: a good place to be but often more wishful than accurate and possibly constraining. In the course of addressing the topic, the we might take an unexpected direction, which will demand, in turn, renaming the node and possibly changing the starting point. This means that writers need to learn node naming strategies.
dialogic / dialectical
collaborative
- open to multiple, returning contributers, and so written to invite collaboration and /SupportingCollaboration?
Writing on the wiki can be collaborative, which demands that we find a way of organzing and managing the collaboration.
essayistic or associative rhetoric
in flux
- the state of the text, the state of knowledge, by its nature of being online and being so easy to work with.
Wiki writing - by its nature of being online and being so easy to work with - is always in flux. We used to make this claim about writing with word processors. But word processed text typcially led to fixity in paper; so while the text was in flux on the way to print, writers aimed at fixity. The wiki changes that.
Wiki writing - by its nature of being online and being so easy to work with - is always in flux. We used to make this claim about writing with word processors. But word processed text typcially led to fixity in paper; so while the text was in flux on the way to print, writers aimed at fixity. The wiki changes that.
public
- inviting all comers, and taking place in a public space
webbed
PurposesOfARhetoricOfWiki
PurposesOfAWikiHandbook | PurposesOfAHandbook - rename


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