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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-05-2008, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Why not a wiki

Forums are good for discussions, but a Wiki is made for storing knowledge. There are many free ones out there. You could cover all your "how To" topics in a searchable, community editable way. People can comment on wiki posts, and correct mistakes.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2008, 01:58 PM
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Re: Why not a wiki

I agree with you. We've been discussing integrating one. It's not so much an issue of opening a wiki, as it is of doing one in a way that works well with the forum and makes sense - for instance, using the same logins.
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Re: Why not a wiki

I like that idea too. Maybe I will start working on some soon


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A wiki would be FANTASTIC!


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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-12-2008, 02:34 PM
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Re: Why not a wiki

OK, a test site is up:
https://www.fmvperformance.com/fmvarticles/

You'll log in through SMF over there.

Keep in mind this is a test only.

By the way, if anyone has experience with MediaWiki, I could use some help in:
A) properly setting any settings I should
B) Working on the template. I'm having a hard time understanding their template code, it's written a much different way than I'm used to.
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Sweet! -clicks-


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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-15-2008, 02:20 PM
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Re: Why not a wiki

Could somebody try editing please, tell me if you can (you have to log in to edit).
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2008, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Why not a wiki

K. You are doing it wrong.

You can't just put a general wiki out there and expect it to form into something useful. The first page you put up there is a bunch of broken links for an Escort. You can't become the wiki police either. Giving only certain people access to edit, or censoring existing stuff is not a good idea. Let people be creative.

You need to change the process taking place in the forums. I suggest a New rule: No Stickies. If something is a sticky, it should instead be in the wiki. Stickies just don't cut it.
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Re: Why not a wiki

replacing stickies won't work. Stickies are useful for discussion, and are directly in line with the forum. The wiki is an additional resource for those that would like to take advantage of it, not a replacement.

As for access, all forum members have access. We are not allowing guest access... but then, all people have to do is register and they have access. There's no post requirement.

I will not be personally working on the wiki, other than to help organize it (as I did by setting up a basic Fiesta page). You guys had an interest in having a wiki - I have set it up - you may use it, or not, as you desire.

I'd be happy to take any suggestions regarding setup, or any help in design.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-25-2008, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Why not a wiki

Pardon me if this sounds rough:

I don't know why you wasted your time. It's not a resource at all. It's a bunch of broken links on an escort.

Stickies are not a good source of information. They are not well indexed, they are not distinguishable from regular forum posts, and are not community editable. They also do not stay updated very long. Often, they even have wrong information. They depend on the writer of those stickies to keep them up to date. You expect users to sift through tons of forum posts before posting their own question, and inevitably bark at them for repeat posts. In reality, a user should be able to search the wiki for the right information, and if they don't find it, they post a question on it. If the post becomes useful, it's encouraged by the community to add this information to the wiki, so it is not lost in a mess of forum posts.

Your site's greatest utility can come from providing a unique source of information and support to Mazda enthusiasts.

I have seen the transition of several organizations to the use of a Wiki. The wiki on this site is hidden, not in the current process/rules being enforced by the community, and thus it will never ever be used.

I would suggest removing all the forum stickies and making them into links to a place on the wiki. The wiki will allow them to be cross referenced, indexed, corrected, clarified, and augmented.


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