Talk:Preview Introduction

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Here's the stuff on my mind just now.

  • I have 0 experience with this particular wiki software. It seems powerful, but there's tons of stuff I haven't even looked at yet.
  • I think we should think ahead a bit about general categories of information
  • Ditto for the basic seed content we think it's valuable to install. Where appropriate, I think it's cool to link to offsite wikis for more canonical discussions.
  • Not to be focused all on bossy rules, but I think it would be useful to agree on some "best practices"--what makes a good page? Do we want to avoid stubs? Etc.
  • BTW, how do you set up an Interwiki for Mediawiki?
  • Do you kids want to nominate super smart friends to help out here?

Oy. Lots of work here.

--Merlin 15:49, 16 Jan 2005 (EST)

[edit] How about commercial links?

How do you feel about commercial links? For example, I'm sure there are some really good places to get a Space Pen, do you want to do this kind of directory, or should we leave it to google? Same goes for Moleskine notebooks, etc...

--AllenHutchison 02:32, 25 Jan 2005 (EST)

I don't think I'd be against something like a directory of resources or links to other directories of resources. In general, I suppose I'd prefer to stay agnostic of a given vendor, although I'm sure there are exceptions.

Moleskines are a good example--I get a lot of questions about where to buy them in a given town. It might be neat to have a listing with prices, etc.

--Merlin 08:08, 25 Jan 2005 (EST)

[edit] Help Documentation

Introductory help documentation seems really important to me right now, given the number of unseasoned wiki-ers we have here. I've had one request for information on how to read the Recent Changes page already. I haven't been able to find a simple basic introduction that doesn't drown you in words anywhere yet, so would like to start creating our own. I've begin a HowTo. If this isn't the right way to deal with this, please let me know.

--Lelia 00:19, 23 May 2005 (EDT) Majorly edited this upon discovering I was wrong about a few things --Lelia 01:28, 23 May 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Contribution format (questioning the practice of signing each contribution to an article)

I dislike the littering of pages with user names as pieces of information get added. Is this customary? I've seen it only rarely in other places. Some of the pages read more like a conversation than an article - fragmentary pieces of data only vaguely in a logical order. It also means people like me are less likely to fix errors or create a decent page structure because we don't want to disturb 'other people's work' - not the point of a wiki! If a contribution needs to be signed, then I think it belongs in the 'Talk' page for the article (like here).

--Lelia 00:19, 23 May 2005 (EDT)

I'm with Lelia on this. Signed articles are fine for talk pages, but I think that an article is a collaboration, and individual tagging isn't necessary. Of course, some pages, like Unsorted life hacks, are exceptions.

I disagree for two reasons. First, there's no such thing as "the point of a wiki" beyond what the admins or users want it to be. Wiki is software, not social mores. Second, there are often clearly delineated parts of articles here, divided between general information (sans usernames) and personal info (with identification). Being uncomfortable with fixing errors is not the original poster's problem, nor is it a problem with whether or not those pieces have usernames attached. Even the original Wiki distinguishes between ThreadMode and DocumentMode; sometimes, one is more appropriate than the other. But we can have both, even on the same page. --RobertDaeley 12:56, 23 May 2005 (EDT)

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