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What’s This Wiki Thing About?

Wiki - Collaboration workspace

Wiki software, used to construct this website and others, is designed from the ground up not only to allow for collaborative input from users of the site, but to encourage it. “Wiki Wiki” is a Polynesian term for “quick”, and Wiki sites are super-quick to use and update. The most renowned is the Wikipedia, at, which is an enormous encyclopedia developed entirely by its expert users. It is a shining and triumphant example of the web’s capacity for constructive anarchy.

And this Wiki can be your collaborative workspace. Explore the links on the SideBar. If you need help making changes, check the Documentation Index - there are very clear instructions there.

What you can do

  • Each “mini-site,” or page-group, has a password that only permits visitors to read its pages. But it also has a password that allows the owner to edit pages and upload files to the group.
  • Change the page you’re working on: On your page-group’s pages, you can click the Edit link, to make changes.
  • See what has been changed or restore the page to a previous version: Click Recent Changes to see what pages have been worked on, and the History tab to see details for the particular page you’re on.
  • Remember the wiki philosophy: If it’s missing, add it; if it’s wrong, fix it…
  • Create a new page: Create A Link to a page, and thereby create that page (really, that’s how you do it!) if it doesn’t already exist.
  • Try it yourself ← that link will take you to the “SandBox”, where you can play around and try stuff out all you like.

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Last edited by TeganDowling.   Page last modified on July 29, 2006, at 08:54 PM

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