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Why a wiki?
A wiki is a wonderful way to collaborate on projects. It allows people to make changes quickly and easily with simple formatting characters, to put in a small piece, or a long discussion. The great thing about a wiki is that one can make a small addition without having to take responsibility for a whole project. The whole community can participate in small or large pieces.
A wiki is very fluid, and yet a history can be maintained so that none of the changes are lost. It is very similar to CVS in this respect, but easier for the non-technical person to use.
Mediawiki is a very full featured wiki. Many features contributed to our choice, but several stand out:
- The interface is attractive and easy to read.
- It has a well-developed system for user logins and change tracking
- It does not use WikiWords to create links
- Each article has a "talk" page so that important changes can be discussed without cluttering up the article page.
The two major downsides to Mediawiki is that it is more time-consuming to administer (so please be understanding) and that it doesn't have a built-in spellchecker.
How to use it
Please login. This will give you a username and a page of your own on which to brag, preach, lament or act mysterious. It also gives you access to a watchlist to keep track of pages you are interested in and allows you to choose how you want pages displayed.
Some pages to look at:
- Recent changes shows the most recent edits.
- Practice editing should happen on the Sandbox.
- "My watchlist" is a way of keeping track of changes on particular pages.
- Each page has a corresponding discussion page. Use this page to discuss major changes, questions, etc...
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- Collaborative Technologies
- Tech Support
- Free Geek Startups
- Policy Development
- Intern Schedule