Never Used a Wiki? It's easy!

What is a Wiki?

The idea of 'Wiki' seems strange at first, but dive in and explore its links. 'Wiki' is a composition system; it's a discussion medium; it's a repository; it's a mail system; it's a tool for collaboration; it's a way of communicating asynchronously across the network. A Wiki is a web site where anyone can edit the pages through an HTML form. Linking is done automatically on the server side; all pages are stored in a database. This sounds simplistic, but a Wiki is a very unique way to collaborate on the Web

The addictive and productive quality of a Wiki is that making pages is as simple as typing several CapitalizedWordsRunTogether. As soon as you save your typing, a new page is created. If the new page doesn't have any content yet, the page link will have a question mark in its name; follow that link and you can fill in the new page. With this setup, you can update and create pages from anywhere there is a web browser handy.

For the reader who is accessing a wiki to find resources or gain understanding, there is no longer an excuse to think, "They should have said it this way" or "Why didn't they talk about xxx on the page?" Instead, poke the Edit button and go for it! (Well, actually go play in the SandBox for a few minutes, first.)

It's good to separate in your mind a Wiki host program compared to the implementation of a wiki program. The TikiWiki host program (which you're using at this site) is one of many distributed by various development teams. In contrast, each implementation takes on content and character as it grows. If you want to see two mature implementations of a wik, visit the grand-daddy of all wikis at http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki?WikiWikiWeb, and the largest international reference encyclopedia Wiki at http://www.wikipedia.org. What this wiki becomes is dependent on you and other users' contribution.

Lifted from the distibution page that comes with phpWiki, written by SteveWainstead:

A WikiWikiWeb is a site where everyone can collaborate on the content. The most well-known and widely used Wiki is the Portland Pattern Repository at http://c2.com/cgi-bin/wiki?WikiWikiWeb.

I found these statements there particularly relevant:

The point is to make the EditText form simple and the FindPage? search fast.

In addition to being quick, this site also aspires to Zen ideals generally labeled WabiSabi?. Zen finds beauty in the imperfect and ephemeral. When it comes down to it, that's all you need.

You can say hello on RecentVisitors, or read about HowToUseWiki and AddingPages. Go ahead, join the discussion, play with it, and have fun!

Created by admin. Last Modification: Thursday 21 of September, 2006 14:40:57 EDT by brian.