Monday, January 09, 2006

Wiki Cool

Wiki technology allows multiple authors to contribute to the same web page at the same time. Perhaps the best example of how wikis can be used is Wikipedia, the collaborative encyclopedia. Topics cover all the standard encyclopedia items, and users can add new topics at will. Best of all almost anyone can edit any topic at any time.

This might lend itself to abuse, but in general the ad hoc authors clean up after vandalism pretty quickly. You can expand the knowledge base of the human race by creating an article about whatever you know best. Rocks and minerals, extruded plastic, Star Wars trivia or absolutely anything.

Since the stories can be edited so quickly Wikipedia is updated in almost real time in some cases.


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