Composing OurAudience: A Collective Page
For this seed, we're all going to focus our collective work on a single topic: OurAudience. Everyone contribute to the development of this page, discussing and presenting ideas of audience when it applies to a wiki - specifically how we might think of *our* audience.

We're all coming from slightly different backgrounds (literature, Mass Comm, rhetoric, creative writing) and so all have slightly different takes on how to think about audience in the wiki. Let's bring those out and try to synthesize something from them.

Start by reading about [ TheAudience as they think of it at Meatball ]. As you read the page, following the links, also take note of how the writers subdivided it under headings. That's the trace of a re-factoriing, and it makes re-re-factoring and contributing to the page easier. We can borrow the technique in writing our page.

I've made a few staring notes and have sketched in some possible headings to address. Work with them, or create new ones, or cut or modify those I've started. They are seeds, not oaks.

Over the course of the week, I may interject as TheEditor, giving suggestions for refactoring sections, suggesting directions to pursue, things to check on ... whatever else a wiki editor might do. I set up the first sketch of the page as TheEditor. (Actually, anyone may interject as TheEditor. Just use TheEditor WikiName and make editorial suggestions.)

The Goal

By the end of the week (Midnight, Sunday 21 Nov), I'd like to be able to read a pretty well organized, re-factored, tight, insightful consideration of OurAudience - mainly in DocumentMode. Aim for that. We'll see how it goes.


In developing the page, drawing on outside sources (print or online) can be a plus (not just for the page, but for you as a contributer. It's often easier to get started by responding to something already written.) WalterOng, for instance, really should be mentioned (That's for JonathanHatch) when audiences are mentioned. There are other writers who have considered audiences. Those in Web Design might want to refer to Hammerich, chap 2 and elsewhere (hint hint hint!).

Also good: linking to other pages on the wiki and linking to other pages on other wikis, and creating new topics (WikiWords) - even if they are left open for now.


By now, I'm pretty confident that you would have little difficulty developing 1500 - 2000 words on WikiTopics. And we all can see the difficulty of setting a word criteria for evaluation on this topic. You might visit the page on Monday; write 1000 words or so, only to have your work re-factored on Friday into a close, and tightly worded observation: 1000 words to concentrated in 25. And on some visits, you might not add language so much as reorganize the page (adding headings, perhaps), or even re-factor a section. Refactoring can't be measured meaningfully in words. And I would like to expect that the page - or sections of it - will be re-factored over the course of the week. Re-factoring may involve less words but more time.

So, for points, I'm watching for 1500 - 2000 total words 'or' 3 - 5 hours of closely worked time 'well-distributed over the week. ' I'll assume that everyone is going to spend the time on this, but I want to encourage repeated visits so that the page can develop over time. So you earn points by making repeated visits over the course of the week.

* 50 - one visit, 1500 words or so
* 100 - 3 visits over the course of 1 - 2 days
* 150 - 3 - 5 visits, spread out over the week, one per day.
* 200 - daily visits from Monday 15 Nov - Sunday
* extra points for being the first to edit and the last to edit before midnight Sunday by [ the wiki clock].

I'll pay daily visits to the page to make some notes on who's visited and what changes have been made. But keep track on your own WikiName page of when you visit the page so I can total things up.

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