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hey, this looks great! one other idea: mediawiki offers an open source 'pre
structured' wiki similar (very similar) to the structure used for wikipedia.org
the software could (i believe) be pushed in to replace the socialtext
implementation, though not sure what that would entail for them.
why do this? it would allow for a much more robust platform, replete with
custom glossaries and term archives, easier sorting and searching and so on
- particularly valuable if the wiki ever needs to scale.
full link to the download under GPL is at:
At 04:47 AM 7/28/2004, danah boyd wrote:
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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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