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Socialtext kindly gave us space to create a SOCNET Wiki that i've
For those who aren't familiar with wikis, they are a great tool for
recording collective knowledge. This mailing list is full of people
who know so much and i'm always amazed that when a question goes out,
there are inevitably many replies on-list, let alone the number that
come off-list. That said, i've been on this list long enough to watch
some of the same questions emerge and i'm often in need of pointing
outsiders to a comprehensive list of resources.
The current wiki is no more than a template right now, waiting to be
fleshed out. I will do my part by dealing with the questions that i've
seen recently and trying to organize what is out there. All responses
to the public web do get recorded to our archive list that is easy to
search, but often there are far more responses off-list. I'd like to
encourage those who collect such responses to document them at the Wiki
for future generations of questions.
In response to David Carpe's message:
> WIKIS: the problem with a wiki is the ability to generate havoc - few
> as well as wikipedia.com ..most become a nightmare due to the lack of
I would love to hear your experiences regarding this. I currently
participate on over 50 wikis for a variety of different purposes and
have never seen a malicious problem. When Viegas did her
visualizations of wikipedia, she found that the vast majority of
"nightmares" were directly connected to controversial topics like
abortion. While i do believe that many socnetters are religious in
their beliefs (::cough:: Barry), i can't imagine that it will turn
malicious. Am i wrong?
> personally, i prefer forums
> for this type of thing because the archive and search lends itself to
> ongoing discussion (as in, 'already talked about it, click here' versus
> 'already talked about it, give me a day to find the email')
I totally agree that Wikis are the wrong place for discussions. What i
think that they are valuable for is recording ideas, references,
collections of knowledge. This mailing list is searchable, but that
has provided futile for me when i have a question about resources
because they are spread over so many different discussions. I see the
Wiki as a complement to the mailing list, not a substitute. I don't
want to see it used for conversation, just documentation.
Does anyone have any questions/suggestions?
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