We often speak of ContentOverCommunity
, but in wiki it's impossible to have one without the other. ContentAndCommunity
give birth to each other in a never-ending twisted feedback loop.
Content attracts community creates content inspires community organizes content defines community plans content challenges community protects content...
- Content attracts community. By finding and reading the SeedPostings for a wiki, contributors know that this is the place for them.
- Community creates content. These pages don't (usually) write themselves.
- Content inspires community. New readers are attracted by newer pages, and existing contributors are stimulated by each others' work.
- Community organizes content. Contributors with an idea of the "big picture" practice CollaborativeInformationArchitecture to organize a wiki site, linking together similar ideas, making categories, pruning, grafting, repotting.
- Content defines community. We are the people who do X. We know about Y. We talk about Z. We are the people who made and care for this thing.
- Community plans content. "What if we started doing more of this instead of that?" "Here is a new idea to follow..."
- Content challenges community. OffTopic, IntegrationAndIdentity, CategoryConflict, what are the boundaries of this community? Who is us and who is not? How far are you willing to go?
- Community protects content. SoftSecurity, a CommunitySolution.
I escaped the '+' sign in the MIME type, perhaps that was the problem. Want to try again?
This is an awesome page, and a critical idea. I want to integrate this into a lot of other pages.
I'm immediately thinking, WikiIsDocumentBased, SplitWiki, PublicRefineryProcess, DegreesOfEditorialControl, InterWikiCulture?,...
It occurs to me that we are constructing a theory of sorts. Maybe it's about ThePublicWeb, or maybe it's about the PublicRefineryProcess, or maybe it's some weird cybernetic thing leading towards SL4:HumanSingularity or something else like that.
Regardless, it sure is interesting..!
I'm also stoked by the use of Visual:VisualLanguage..! I want to make some images now to go with other pages. I am in love with Visual:SodiPodi.
So, just a side note about the VisualLanguage: I originally had done the image with "Community" in the upper-left corner, and "Content" in the lower-right corner. And then I switched it around, so they were in different places. But neither looked right -- it seemed like Community was "primary" compared to Content, or vice versa.
I realized, finally, that the UL corner of a written page is where we "start" on a written page, so anything up there was going to have an unfair advantage over something in the LR corner. The UR and the LL aren't as loaded, visually, so I switched things around, and now the two ideas look "equal" in the diagram.
VisualLanguage is so powerful!