I am glad that we took a break from blogging and have spent the past 2 weeks really “attempting” to understand the who, what, when, where, and how when it relates to Wikis. Learning how to write the code that makes up Wikis was a very frustrating, yet informative first step. All the reading we were assigned to do (as well as various others that we were able to research on our own) the most interesting thing that I discovered about a wiki page is that its never really complete.
Yes, the author can stop adding to the post but it feels almost as though there will always be someone that wants to add a little bit more.
The topic of choice will definitely determine your audience type. The more specific and niche’ the topic, the more condensed your audience will be. Its important to keep that in mind when starting a wiki page. I am not here to say that one way is better than the other, definitely just something to keep in mind.
The other thing that really stuck with me is the lack of privacy and accuracy when it comes to a wiki page. Dark Side of Wikipedia is an article I found that brings to light what people DO NOT talk about when creating or contributing to a wiki page. This was probably the most interesting thing I read.
Now that I know more about how Wikis work and what it is I’m looking at when I read though a Wiki page, I will be able to better understand the good from the bad, the accurate vs. the false, the specific vs. the broad. Theres definitely a wiki page out there that is of interest to everyone. Finding the right one might take a little detective work but that’s what makes this process so interesting! Dive in!