Re: Getting started with wiki?

Subject: Re: Getting started with wiki?
From: "A" <aurora -at- identicloak -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 15:44:17 -0500 (EST)

Wikis work well provided a few prerequisites are met:

1) Group members are OK with their words being edited by anyone else
in the group.
2) There's no strong sense of ownership.
3) People do not possess strong opinions about subjects.
4) You don't need to see markup in intermediate documents (non-final
pages, articles, etc).
5) You don't need output in anything other than plain text or HTML.

If any of these fail, the wiki doesn't work. Say that person A said
something that person B doesn't like, so person B changes it, then
person A changes it back, then person B, ad infinitum. Or worse yet,
the wiki becomes a battleground for users airing their own opinions
about the other users and their points.

Some of the problems you can control by only allowing a small group to
contribute to the wiki. Some of them you can't. Wikis are rather
susceptible to turf wars.

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