WikiProliferation is the idea that we should rapidly and deliberately grow Wiki. It is an important ''part'' of establishing ThePublicWeb.
The major points of WikiProliferation are:
* MassUseOfWiki - getting large numbers of people involved in wiki
* MassCoverageByWiki - getting lots of subjects covered by wiki
An auxiliary point is:
* InterWiki - developing !InterWiki technology, and !InterWiki culture.
Persuing any of these points aids persuit of the others.
The goal of "MassUseOfWiki" is to establish wiki, or wiki-like technology, as an Internet cultural norm.
The goal of "MassCoverageByWiki" is to extend wiki's coverage to pretty much every topic and "place" there is. (See also: TooFewWiki)
== InterWiki ==
The goal of "InterWiki" is to connect the wiki together.
It generally refers to technology, such as MobileContent, and other features listed in WikiFeatures:CategoryInterWiki.
But it also refers to developing the ''culture'' of InterWiki. Things like the TourBus and the WikiNodes:WikiNodesNetwork are essential patterns of InterWiki life that we are developing.
== Paths to WikiProliferation ==
There are many things that we can do to bring about the MassUseOfWiki, MassCoverageByWiki, and InterWiki:
* Tell people about wiki.
* Tell people about ''why'' they should use wiki.
** (Write pages for CategoryWhyWiki. See (*) note below.)
* Learn about wiki, and teach what we learn.
* Write and link to wiki pages.
* Network and promote existing wiki.
* Create and promote new wiki, when there is no wiki for the subject.
* Build more powerful, and easier to use, WikiEngines.
* Build InterWiki technology.
* Put wiki ideas into (traditionally) non-wiki software.
All of these things proliferate wiki.
(The idea of building wiki ideas into other software is not self explanatory- I mean things like:
* Wiki-like documentation built-in to client-side software.
* Wiki-like clipart libraries in drawing programs.
* Wiki-like software development environments.
Not a ''major'' point, but worth noting.)
== Hesitations ==
Some don't agree with WikiProliferation, and would rather LimitGrowth. !WikiProliferation could mean a new SeptemberThatNeverEnded- too many new people, all at once, flooding the system. Wiki might defend themselves with HardSecurity, resulting in a backlash against wiki.
These are valid concerns; People who favor WikiProliferation work to address them by many strategies, including:
* teaching wiki customs
** working on the [http://wikiguide.coedit.net/ WikiGuide] wiki, aimed at beginners
** working on the ScienceOfWiki book
* helping people disperse
** advocating InterWikiCulture - (though, this may serve to concentrate people, rather than disperse them)
** advocating SplitWiki when memberships are too large
** advocating CopyLeft or PublicDomain licenses, lowering SwitchingCost for people who want to SplitWiki or emmigrate
** helping EnlargeSpace -
*** making ScratchWiki where there are none - persuing MassCoverageByWiki, combating tooFewWiki
*** teaching people how to host wiki
*** teaching people how to build community - (see also: GroupForming)
* consciously organize our development - (see also: WikiAdvanceWiki)
== Common Misconceptions ==
Q: Is WikiProliferation about turning ''all'' communications systems into wiki? No IRC, e-mail, IM, Scoop sites, blogs, bulletin boards- ''only'' wiki?
A: No. However, people interested in !WikiProliferation think that wiki are ''far'' underutilized.
See also: WhatCommunicationSoftwareToUse.
Q: Is MassCoverageByWiki about covering ''everything'' that can by talked about by wiki?
A: No. There are ''many'' things that probably shouldn't be covered by wiki.
In particular, anything susceptable to a ChangeFailure should not be in a wiki. For these kinds of things, a message based medium (see DocumentsVsMessages) such as blogs should be used. Because, if you change your mind about something, you don't have to go correct yourself all over.
* Your personal thoughts about life are probably best kept in a blog.
* Your software development efforts should probably be kept in a blog or MailingList.
''However,'' things that have ''staying power'' and are of interest to a lot of people should ''probably'' have a wiki associated with them.
== Unplaced ==
I wrote the following text; I need to work it in some other way. Perhaps a seperate page: WhyWikiProliferation, or something like that.
Q: Why focus on wiki?
A: Wiki are just ''part'' of ThePublicWeb. Many people supporting WikiProliferation also support efforts such as the OneBigSoup, which seeks to integrate communications technologies.
That said, many people interested in !WikiProliferation believe that wiki offers the greatest strategic advantage.
If !WikiProliferation succeeds, !ThePublicWeb will be such a useful place! Ideas will be chained together, and you'll be able to find the people who are interested in the same things as you with ease. If you see a page with a mis-spelling, you'll be able to fix it with ease. If you think a diagram would help in an explanation, you'll be able to add it yourself. If you're interested in tangential conversations, you'll be able to find popular places where people have them, and it'll be easy.
The web will turn into a place written by, organized by, and ''for'' people. Right now, it's more like a disorganized stack of papers and random memos isolated by key words. When you see web sites, you have little ability to interact with what is there.
While Bulletin Boards and Scoop sites and other communications technologies make it easier to mix with ''people,'' it is hard to coordinate and make ''content'' with these people. If you are searching for people, and people alone, that is okay. But if you're looking for people ''and'' well expressed ideas, ''wiki'' has a unique advantage. (WikiIsDocumentBased.)
Q: What about something that does documents better than wiki?
A: When we say "wiki" here, we mean an easy-to-use document based medium (WikiIsDocumentBased.) A new document-based technology, very much like wiki, would likely be embraced by !WikiProliferation. (See also: WhyWikiWorks.)
== Discussion ==
[new:LionKimbro:2004-04-26 18:41 UTC]
"Go West, young man, Go West." :)
I'm thinking: Perhaps we should divide out ObjectionsToWikiProliferation, and WikiProliferationMisconceptions, since their topic comes up so frequently.
The Q&A at the end can be worked into the core text, I think.
[new:LionKimbro:2005-05-30 11:11 UTC]
(*) CategoryWhyWiki is somewhat weak looking to me. What would be nice is bona-fida advocacy pieces in there.
"Here's why wiki totally rocks."
Right now, it's all: "Well, you know, there's this thing, it's called wiki, it can help, maybe. Did you know it's document based? How about that. We hope that wiki doesn't hurt you, or poke your eye out. Some people think it's worth it, you know? Wanna try? Eh?"
I dunno. Something that people can look forwards to.
We ''have'' ideas. We ''have'' these thoughts. No sense not putting them down.
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