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Why a Wiki

Some sites are blog oriented with an emphasis on timely, current information, news, opinions, and sometimes speculation. Some sites are forum dominant with lively discourse leading to knowledge.

How a Wiki is Different

On a typical wiki page the knowledge has risen to the top. The most highly evolved version of the answer is always visible. A wiki, like a forum is largely self-correcting, but you do not have to experience the process unless you want to.

In a typical forum discussion the answer is somewhere near but rarely at, the end. Finding the answer is a treasure hunt and you pretty much have to follow the clues and hope you recognize it if or when you stumble upon it.

A forum discussion

  • starts
  • takes on a life of its own
  • sometimes reaches a solution / conclusion
  • carries on and devolves, digresses, gets sidetracked or dies


Someone looking for answers can

  • start a new discussion
  • wait for the answer to emerge

or

  • search for a discussion that looks relevant
  • read through the unfolding story
  • try to identify the answer if it is there
  • try to recognize the point of diminishing returns, devolution, digression, sidetrack or death

Some people want the answer, some people enjoy the journey.

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