WhyWikiWorks

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Summary: "StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants" is vague; What we mean is language building.

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< * TheoryBuilding & LinkLanguage. People working on a wiki ''build language'' as they communicate and form concepts. The language that is built is documented, rather than requiring re-explanation. People who come in are StandingOnTheShouldersOfGiants. OK, previous wiki contributors aren't necessarily ''giants'', but the idea is the same. Wiki contributors don't have to rewrite the same introductory text over and over; they just add new and interesting ideas at the end.

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> * TheoryBuilding & LinkLanguage. People working on a wiki ''build language'' as they communicate and form concepts. The language that is built is documented, rather than requiring re-explanation (ExplicitInformation, not CommunityLore.) The benefit carries out beyond the wiki- the words and language used elsewhere link back into the wiki (see WikiDebateBase,) continuing the conversation (HyperTextApproximatesConversation.) People who speak from the wiki's language stand on the shoulder of giants-- the collective work that has come before. People don't have to rewrite the same introductory text over and over; they just add new and interesting ideas at the end.


What is it about wiki that makes it a successful technique for creating Web sites?

First and foremost, the energy and persistence of the community drives a wiki, whether it be dealing with content, organisation, or conflict.

If at this point you’re saying, “Yeah, but it’ll never work”, you should investigate WhyWikiDoesntNotWork.

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Discussion

I guess I’m a little tired of WhyWikiWorks pages being about how SoftSecurity works. SoftSecurity is important, but it’s really more about WhyWikiDoesntNotWork. I tried instead to think of some positive principles that make the wiki process a success. I dunno – I guess the rearguard action of always talking about WhyWikiDoesntNotWork invites too much suspicion. I wanted to say, “Hey, these things are what make wiki so successful,” not “these are the things that keep wiki from failing miserably.”

I guess there’s two seperate WhyWikiWorks threads:

  • Why wiki works, despite anyone being able to edit anything. (Vandalism.)
  • Why we like wiki. Why wiki is neat tech, what it can do for you, what’s so cool about ConsolidateInformation, stuff like that.

I was thinking of an analogy: WhyCarsWork? would describe 4-stroke engines, pneumatic tires, transmissions, and drive shafts. WhyCarsDontFail? would describe bumpers, safety belts, and airbags. Similarly, WhyWikiWorks covers how this medium moves forward, and WhyWikiDoesntFail? describes how this medium keeps from crashing into walls (or, rather, from falling apart when it does).

I guess I’m looking for something like, “Why use cars? Because you can go anyplace that roads go to.”

Something like that, but for wiki. Perhaps: “WhyUseWiki?.”


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