Bliki

A bliki is a wiki using a lot of date pages, making it a lot like a blog. See also: WikiBlogPattern.

MartinFowler has a page from 2003 talking about WhatIsaBliki.

On MeatballWiki at the time, people talked about the importance of keeping an OnlineDiary to build trust, and some started keeping a single page where they a micro blog, e.g. DaveJacobyDiary or DaveRafteryDiary, or maintained a section on their NamePage, e.g. SunirShah. When AlexSchroeder started his own site, he soon switched to separate date pages, creating a bliki.

One thing to not is that all these day pages give the wiki a temporal nature. It loses the WikiNow. The more features you add to make your wiki blog-like, the easier it gets to use as just a blog. Why go back to revisit all the old pages? It makes no sense once the temporal nature is there: you don’t want to edit your old opinions, you don’t want to falsify the record, and over the years, the old pages start to seriously outnumber the new pages. The past starts to be weight, shadow that is being dragged along. And so you start layering pages upon pages, instead of rewriting the old ones you just write the same page, slap a date onto it, and put your revised opinions there.

Perhaps this is unavoidable.

Some of the tweaks that facilitate this:

Comments are optional. You can offer separate comment pages (like Wikipedia does with the talk pages). You can offer comment pages with a form that allows easy appending of text.

Once you start doing that, and you do a lot of it, isn’t that just a blog? Where is the wiki nature in that? Perhaps the only thing that remains is “editing blog pages in public, maybe for a long time; page history and recent changes tell the full story”. That’s not bad. But it’s seems like very little wiki spirit.

LionKimbro once observed that all organization of information is time-based, see TaggedTime for more.

TimurIsmagilov, with his CyberRachel, describes how he manages the time.

Overall, I prefer my notes to be in WikiNow. This way, it is easier to return to them years later. However, for many things it just makes sense to explicitly note the time.

My diary is a perfect example: every paragraph there has a date. I’ve written so many dates that a special button for that has been added to the engine.

I also keep some notes and photos related to people. People change, therefore I write the time there. Years later I would be able to recall many things precisely thanks to that.

new: 2021-03-29 12:36 UTCAlex Schroeder: I wonder whether the equivalent on a larger scale would be to create a DatePage for every one of your paragraphs, e.g. release notes, small opinion pieces, such things that take more than just one paragraph, and tag them with the “actual” page they belong to, and then linking to the “actual” page, where there is some timeless info at the top, followed my the last few (ten?) date-stamped pages tagged appropriately.

Whether to put things in date-stamped pages or date-stamped paragraphs is then simply a matter of convenience: what is a convenient chunk size for editing, given the limited web-based tools that we have?

new: 2021-03-29 19:12 UTCTimurIsmagilov: That could work nicely if there was some kind of social-network-feed-like interface for them, where all data-stamped notes are shown together and you can edit them or add new entries in place.


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