posted on Apr, 30 2008 @ 10:50 PM
[continued from above.....]
tinWiki takes, in a way, the opposite attitude from Wikipedia. tinWiki is about that knowledge and facts is *not* a simple and plain matter. tinWiki
talks about the unknown, and about maybe even the unknowable (at least for what's within reach of, say, normal human beings...). tinWiki talks about
stuff like the paranormal, and about hidden political struggles, conspiracies. To me, just having taken that attitude as a starting-point, gives
tinWiki a sort of indestructible and guaranteed sharp edge on the 'axe' that tinWiki is, when cutting through the heavy fog of ignorance and
disorientation which we, humans, necessarily find ourselves in. In comparison, any other kind of attitude than what tinWiki is based on is, as far as
gaining knowledge, unable to 'cut' anything at all. In fact, the presumption of approaching fact knowledge as though it were a book written in plain
language, to be read and summed up in an encyclopedia (which is what we're talking about, of course, when talking about tinWiki), is even risking
adding to the 'fog', by creating information that is unclear and confusing. Wikipedia has a rule that it should not present 'original research'.
That's great, of course, in an encyclopedia that is about summing up existing knowledge.
It's still a problem that there is some kind of basic assumption that information is plain and clear, and can be summed up like a simple story.
tinWiki can be an extremely important information technology, so to say, or use of IT, because of the intention of seeking out and gaining overview
over that which is precisely *not* known.
Anyway, this is something I think can be helpful for tinWiki's future to have discussed a bit. For example, I wondered if many ATS users work on
Wikipedia, and what are their/your most important reason to chose Wikipedia as opposed to tinWiki (when the topic you're writing about is even
relevant in tinWiki, of course). I wish that tinWiki gets bigger and better, and more oriented directly towards its goal. For that I think the site
needs to have clarified in sentences and statements precisely what *is* the goal, and then the site needs to be modelled around such realizations. For
example by keeping the appearance and layout of the pages in a way that fits the goals, and by putting up in very visible locations all the functions
that directly relate to the goals, and by removing and/or downplaying all elements in the website that don't actually have to do with what tinWiki is
trying to be as an encyclopedia wiki website. Getting some discussion and clarification of tinWiki's purpose, and then 'pushing' tinWiki
determinedly on precisely those terms, that's what is the healthy and creative way to go, I believe, for tinWiki to be a better tool in serving its
in my view extremely useful function on not just the web but in society....... Conflicts and propaganda wars are a natural part of humanity, as it
seems, and the best way to progress regarding that, is to put light on all sorts of topics that it seems are important but that, for some or other
reason, get 'buried' and hidden in culture and in everyday life (perhaps from deliberate conspiracy type activity, or just because of carelessness
or maybe from lack of courage and 'fear of the unknown' and so on.......)
Trying to sum up then: what's tinWiki's main 'point'? This should be discussed by anyone and everyone who has any thought on that subject
whatsoever. tinWiki needs more input, more feedback, more criticism, and more creative ideas from ATS-ers and others who want to 'chop down' some of
the weeds and get some more light on all the various topics that people are confused about (with good reason). One way to earn more knowledge is of
course to be some kind of scientist or reasearcher, but tinWiki is basically a place for *all* the areas of information that are a bit in the
'fringe', which is also what is precious about tinWiki, in my opinion.
edit: tiny improvements.
[edit on 30-4-2008 by Optimist]