Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Unstructured wikis not useful

Just gonna spit the obvious - a blank page where a bunch of people just come in and write a bunch of text on a page - almost completely useless.

Wikipedia, on the other hand, is highly structured - and with each incremental step of structure it's added, it's usefulness and popularity have skyrocketed.

Wikis also need a tremendous amount of process - much of which can be inferred from the wiki's design, if the design is done correctly.

So, for all the individuals/organizations/companies that continue to release wiki projects/pages/sites that do not include a lot of structure/contstraints/process - just stop. It's a waste of time.

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