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How tinWiki isn't a dictionary

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posted on Jun, 19 2008 @ 12:59 AM
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tinWiki users/contributors,

This is a short post to mention one topic that has to do with writing style and what could perhaps be said to be a difference between an encyclopedia and a dictionary. Specifically this topic has to do with article introductions, or, more specifically, how the very first sentence is written. When someone creates a page in tinWiki, the page title, or article title, is the name or title of a topic. I guess that's easy follow what I mean by that.

And what I want to point to, then, is this: articles in tinWiki are about topics -- not about words. What does this mean, or, which consequences does this have? It affects, at least as I see it, one tiny phrasing issue in the first sentence of the article.

Spot the difference:


Red is a color.



Red refers to a color.


In the first example, the sentence says what red is. In the second example, however, I would say that the sentence does clearly not talk about red, but instead talks about red -- the word. Which is, according to my impression, at least, not the perspective that a tinWiki article should take. Since, like I say, articles here should talk about topics, not about words.

See what I mean? Please let me know how this seems to you.

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