Comments on 2010-11-05 The Wiki Nature of This Blog

I personally like the wiki nature of this blog very much, and if dropping the date prefix makes you happier, more power to you! Just keep the RSS feed, please (-;

– Harald Wagener 2010-11-05 18:18 UTC

Hehe, thanks. I think what I meant was that when I started this site, it was just a wiki. Then I wrote some code to add blogging functionality (mostly comment pages, RSS feeds limited to the DatePage””s, that kind of stuff). And then I slowly started to write more and more blog pages instead of wiki pages.

What’s the difference, you might ask. For me personally, wiki pages – having no temporal context – basically stand in a permanent WikiNow. When a reader comes accross the wiki page, the page says “this is what I say and I’m saying it right now” instead of “this is what Alex thought years and years ago and who knows whether he cares anymore”. I guess the implicit assumption is a wiki audience that will keep rereading the existing pages, questioning them, putting them back into context... Thus, maybe what I’m saying about the Wiki Now is just a dream that won’t work on a one person wiki.

There’s also the question of DocumentsVsMessages raised by LionKimbro, and WikiIsDocumentBased in particular.

Hm, food for thought.

AlexSchroeder 2010-11-05 20:54 UTC

Yes, this is why blogs can be damaging in communities if there is no Wiki alternative. Even popular software communities suffer if they rely only on the hype of their bloggers and don’t promote a community-driven Wiki. It can be hard to find the blog entry with the example you want with Web search, and even quality entries can become poor style or useless with time or after a new release of the software. The comment section of blog entries try to make up for it with people submitting corrections, but there’s only so much you can “fit in the margins”.

AaronHawley 2010-11-09 22:23 UTC

Interesting – I’ve been thinking the exact same thing for my blog/wiki. My intent for some time now has been to write stub blog entries, and then expand them into full pages. But I almost never go back and do that... so I just end up with sort of half-thoughts that are never expanded upon.

awwaiid 2010-12-12 20:47 UTC

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