There are two conflicting forces concerning how time is perceived in wikis:

  1. Dicussions on a wiki are organized by topic, not by time. This leads to a sense of timelessness. This state of timelessness is called the WikiNow.
  2. On the other hand, RecentChangesJunkies focus on RecentChanges; this is where they find what is “on the wiki’s mind” (ie. what the community is currently thinking about).

The contradiction of these two ideas is a strong force in every wiki. Often core community members will focus on recent changes: They are interested in what the community is thinking about and want to engage in a discussion. Visitors from elsewhere come to a wiki following a link to a certain page. From there, they start to explore the site, following links and reading pages no matter how old they are. These visitors are very important to the life of a wiki because when they join a long-dormant discussion, it creates PageChurn, putting that page back on RecentChanges for all to see and participate in once again.

Contrast this to how people arrive on a blog: They may arrive at a certain post, but instead of reading “related” links, visitors will jump to the front page and find out what is on the author’s mind now.

Some have considered that weblogs are about the past and wikis are about the future. Blogs and wikis in space and with LocalNames we can create WikiWeblog’s


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What’s the link between local names and wiki weblogs?

with local names, weblog linking will become much easier. with rss I think it is possible to create a “recent changes” type of stream. so, although weblogs are not currently open to edit as wikis, there are good weblog posts out there. So think of all of our weblogs linking together by many means, local names, rss feed, and links in our sidebars. we can self organize weblogs like we self organize wiki pages. So the self organizing strength of wiki, in a weblog format, which is more easily understood by masses of people currently.

Let me know if I have completly not answered your question! :-) wish you were coming to portland!

I’m not sure what this has to do with time in wiki, (and wouldn’t put it here,) but to answer the question: Local Names can be used to bridge the gap between wiki and blogs. The idea is that if it’s easy to link into wiki from blogs, then people will do it more often.

This requires that the wiki publish its namespace. Hence, LocalNames. It also requires a plugin in the blog, such that it knows to read local names namespace descriptions.

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