Wiki culture

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  • Entry point
  • Newcomer welcoming
  • Sustaining participation
  • Core values
  • Is there an umbrella wiki culture?
  • Is wiki culture unique? (Or is it just social psychological processes playing out in a wiki environment?)
  • Sock puppetry
  • Blocking/Banning
  • Is wiki culture North American? Is there room for multiple cultures e.g., in different human cultures/languages?
  • Forking
  • - Index of wikis
  • How tos
  • What are the boundaries between wikis?
  • What is the higher purpose? (Get this clear and come back to it)
  • Why run a small wiki (and struggle)? Why not use a larger wiki with funding etc.?
  • Wiki culture is by default Wikimedia Foundation based because its the largest - how to work in this space?

Jtneill's thoughts

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In this conversation, there was discussion about struggling with people issues on wiki - how to get them involved, how to influence their involvement around core values, how to be inclusive but how to deal with disruptive editing.

Wow, the tension rose and got stuck into how to deal with "troublesome" people!

I prefer: The Library of Babel. Fork away.

Much of the tension discussion about managing unwanted editing for me also relates to 5 goods needed per bad (Gottman's 5 to 1 ratio: [1]) for sustainable relationships.

This discussion is like a [[Project:]] namespace talk page!

For me: Wikis + fun (without this :( )

Wiki is just quick editing of web pages - that's all! (it is light, easy, fast)

Joakims thoughts

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I leave my thoughts about Wiki culture here, however, in Swedish. 
It's based on situative cognition, such as Greenfield & Lave (1982), Rogoff's view on socio-culture (2003):
Undervisning via Wiki sker via informella upplägg. De som deltar i Wikikulturen tar del av och förändrar 
en eller flera artiklar. I wikikulturen är artikeln det kulturella verktyget. Det kollaborativt utvecklade kulturella verktyget förändrar i sin tur de som deltar. 
Den kollaborativa framväxten förändrar både deltagare och artikel. Varje artikel på en Wiki bildar en micro-kultur av de personer som deltar.
Wiki = informell undervisning. Där användarna är de lärande och själva ansvariga för att ta till sig kunskap
och skicklighet. Ofta sker detta kollaborativt eftersom att flera personer jobbar på en och samma artikel, de
diskuterar och förbättrar artiklarna. Förändringar av artikeln kommenteras av och det är en social interaktion
till de andra som läser historien bakom artikelns kollaborativa framväxt.

See also

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