What promotes wiki adoption? What hinders it? What do non-wiki users think? This page is about people that write about wiki adoption: First-time users, first impressions, success stories, and failures.

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Andy Szybalski wrote Why it's not a wiki world (yet) and listed some points:

  1. Adoption is hard (lack of easy-to-use WikiFarms)
  2. Radical openness (RadicalInclusiveness)
  3. No clear authority (RespectExperts)
  4. Being impersonal, centralized, and slow moving

He also has WikisAreUgly in his references…

Given that the paper was a term paper, it is of course unsubstantiated and unresearched. It merely summarizes the standard set of complaints leveled even 10 years ago. Rest assured, with millions of wiki installs now (do a Google search), they are on par with blogs that two years ago had roughly as many installs as there are wikis today. Wikis are two years younger than blogs, had for many years a culture of secrecy unlike blogs, and were not placed well during the boom to benefit from corporate investment like Blogger benefited from. The next boom, over the next 18 mos., will see wiki ASPs well funded and taking off. – SunirShah

I agree with SunirShah here. I don’t know about the culture of secrecy part, but otherwise speaking, I feel the same way.

That said, it’s kinda neat to see WikisAreUgly cited in a paper. 😉 “Hey look- someone read something we wrote!” I always wonder about the voyeurs OnTheInternet.

I think blogs have caught on faster than wikis not only because WikisAreUgly, or because blogs had a head start (whether they even had one is hard to pin down), but also because blogs fit in to traditional models of trust and authorship. In other words, wikis are more radical and less familiar than blogs. This is not a criticism, merely an observation. Anyway, wikis are becoming ever more prevalent (and WikiFarms are getting better), and I expect that this trend will continue. – AndySzybalski?.

PS: I’d be happy to be informed of any errors in the article.

Yes. 😊

By the way, it’s good to see you here.

We were critical of the paper, but we’re happy to meet people who are fascinated by wiki. 😊

I’m excited about the farms, too.

“In other words, wikis are more radical and less familiar than blogs”

And it feels like this is not going to change ever. 2014 - 2005 = 9 years, a lot of things changed during this time. Now most people know about wikipedia, but how many of them are aware that they can make edits?

I think most people I know are aware that they can make edits, but nobody feels called upon, they don’t want to expose themselves—to ridicule? To being caught making errors in public? To be caught up in flame wars? I think this is a human thing. When the teacher asks a question, not many pupils want answer.


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