Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Wiki Thinking

Wiki thinking returns web use to the original conception of the web's inventor Tim Berners-Lee, a place to edit, annotate and enhance each other's web pages. In contrast to private composition and the comment thread debates of blogging and discussion groups, wiki work is about performing in public to some degree. A wiki requires going beyond arguing about it, or thinking about or reflecting about it. Just do it. Make the change; edit the page; and then wait. The tension can be high in anticipation of approval or of further edits by others. Collaborative editing came of age with the birth of wiki servers. So, when does wiki use apply and not apply? Is it sufficient for all editing needs, or are there partner applications that are essential? Are there privacy and blocking features to control the throttle of editing accessibility? This blog summarizes key wiki developments.

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