Wikis and Community

Shelley Powers started a Wiki last year that I thought had a terrific concept behind it. The effort never really took off and it has been beset by spamers and vandals. She shares some thoughts:

Lesson Two learned: One backup is not enough.

Lesson One learned: wikis updated by the general public only work if there’s enough people interested in helping to maintain it to offset the spammers, trolls, and script kiddies. In other words, the only viable public wiki is Wikipedia.

And from her comments:

True a wiki can work if you have a strongly engaged community willing to maintain it. But I think you have to start with the community and then add the wiki.

Read more in “Scorching in the IT Kitchen”

I’m feel terrible I never got around to contributing. Has it been a year already?