Excited and Delighted- the Wiki experiment

If you haven’t clicked the link in the upper right corner of the site linking to the ParaWiki, then I suggest you do so. It’s really quick the amazing system, and people (like you, dear reader) are already contributing and revising. I’ve always thought Wiki’s were a neat concept.
The idea of a “virtual whiteboard”, so to speak, where you and others can jot down ideas which can subsequently be used, re-used, altered, stapled, and finally polished is really neat, though it’s a mindset I’m still having trouble fully getting into. You really have to let go in a sense, and realize that anything you write may be subjected to the above process– which is neat! It generates really cool stuff. But it also makes things that aren’t just “mine”, which I’m sure I’ll be learning to live with as time goes on.

It’s really kind of a social experiment, especially the big brother of all Wikis, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Can the collective good-will and pitching in of the collaborative process outrun spoil-sports and spammers who would pollute the free nature of the Wiki?


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