Originally posted by sardion2000
And yes Wikipedia save EVERY revision, deletion etc etc so that if a troll comes in a changes stuff they can always revert back to what it was before.
That's why it's so server intensive.
I think you guys/gals are missing my point maybe because you're stuck thinking in the "Wikpedia" mode. This fear of trolls wouldn't be necessary,
because results of research would be submitted to persons responsible for editing and compiling the material, whether they be moderators, council
members, or nominated "wiki operators". Only those members would have editing rights, thus trolls couldn't jump in and change any old wiki.
Maybe a process like this:
Contributors conduct research/write articles.
Contributors submit that content to the "wiki operator" responsible for that forum/file.
The wiki operator either a) rejects the content, b) requests further editing by the contributor, or c) edits the content him/herself.
(Member voting could be instituted in this stage of the process similar to ATSNN).
The final product is added to the wiki file by the wiki operator. The contributor's work is immortalized, but can also be edited or updated
as need be.
I see that no one has taken the time to download the file I made. Oh well, at least I had fun.
If you did, you'd see that it is different to the
classical Wikipedia format. It is non-linear like wikipedia, in that there are major links in the main menu, embedded links in the body, and an
overall list of all links on the side. Hence any piece of the research can be accessed from anywhere, at anytime. No more sorting through pages and
pages of a thread to get to the info you seek.
However, the difference from wikipedia, and the true beauty of this particular open source code I used, is that links do not direct you to a new page,
rather the linked "chunks" of information open in the same page, in an instant, and directly underneath the current one. You can open and close info
chunks at will. It's like having every, single post in a thread at your fingertips, but hidden or revealed by your choice, and collated into relevant
sections. No waiting for pages to load, no sifting through 14 posts to gather all the information on a particulare facet of the research.
For example if I was at the introduction:
...and then I decide I want to read up on The Great Pyramids first, I click the embedded link, or "tiddler", and bam, it appears instantly
underneath the introduction:
Scroll down and I can read the Pyramid stuff:
Then I decide I want to learn about contributor "JediMaster". I click his name and his info instantly comes up in the middle:
If I want to, I can then close any of the open tiddlers or open new ones. I can also use the link list on the right, or the main menu on the top left.
Or I can close them all and go to the Theories, Observations and Discoveries part.
Also, all of the content is collected into one, simple html file. The entire Great Pyramids Research project all fit into a 150kb file.
[edit on 2005/5/31 by wecomeinpeace]