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About wikis

Posted Mar 24, 2005 in Miscellaneous.

I've decided that I absolutely love wikis. They've been around since 1995, but I didn't encounter one until I discovered the Wikipedia about three years ago. I have since contributed to a few of them, but it wasn't until recently that I started playing with them in anger.

What really impresses me about wikis is their social effect, particularly in the way they are self-policed. Acts of “wiki vandalism” do happen, but they are rare and easily dealt with.

At its heart, the World Wide Web has always been a valuable information resource. Wikis make it possible for people who are relatively unfamiliar with the web to still make a contribution to that wealth of information. Their organic growth mimics the World Wide Web itself.

Anyway, I'd be intrigued to find out if anyone has successfully built any kind of business website with wiki software.

Comments

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    Matt Haughey has. His other site (http://haughey.com/) is powered by phpwiki, which he slightly modified back in 2003 (http://a.wholelottanothing.org/2003/09/css_wiki_zen_ga.html).

    Posted by Basil Crow on Mar 24, 2005.

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    Thanks for the link, Basil. I just went to have a look, and what he has done is very interesting. I hope you don't mind, but I edited your comment - at the moment, my comment system does not allow HTML - another reason I was thinking about adapting a wiki!

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Mar 24, 2005.

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    I really like Wikipedia as well. It's amazing how much it has changed how I search for information and what I use for references now. Encarta has lost all of it's sparkle for me.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Mar 25, 2005.

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    I am using a wiki at Netbros (http://www.netbros.com/). Mainly my own little nitch. The site http://www.spack.org/ is also driven by a wiki.

    Posted by David Collantes on Mar 25, 2005.

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    Wiki is really a fantastic concept. Wikipedia impressed me so much that this year I started a site with a friend of mine called Wikipes (http://www.wikipes.com), a wiki for recipes.

    It's been reviewed favorably by Yahoo and has shown up here and there on sites. We already have an ever growing collection of recipes, everything from the exotic to the kinds of foods you'd find in a coffee shop.

    Posted by kartooner on Mar 25, 2005.

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    Forgot to mention that Wikipes is powered by Dokuwiki. A slight oversight on my part in not mentioning the Wiki tech. Too much on my mind at the moment I'm thinking. ;)

    Posted by kartooner on Mar 25, 2005.

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    If you are looking for wiki software check out MediaWiki. I've been awefuly impressed with it so far. Ive seen a lot of discussion boards (DealDatabases Tivo Hacking Forum for Example) that SHOULD be Wikis, and NOT discussions.

    -Jason

    Posted by JasonR on Mar 29, 2005.

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    I totally agree, Jason. MediaWiki is a great piece of software. I'd still be interested to see what (if any) commercial uses have been found for wikis or wiki technology.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Mar 29, 2005.