SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: IAwiki
Re: SIGIA-L: IAwiki
From: Victor Lombardi (victorlombardi_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 17:36:54 EDT
At 02:03 PM 10/22/2001 -0700, Mary Deaton wrote:
>I must say, the minute Victor said it took him a year to warm to
>thought "Why the hell use something that takes so long to make
Not everything in the world is simple. More complex things - mathematics,
learning to play piano - take a while but are worth the effort. I was
thinking of the original wiki
which is a huge site.
>What problem are people trying to solve here? Do they not like the
>list archives? Or the way mailing lists are distributed? Do they also
>like newsgroups? Or blogs with multiple contributors?
We're trying to create a body of subject knowledge. Mailing lists are
great for timely information, such as the survey I recently conducted.
Wikis, as hypertext systems, can create rich interconnections among
ideas, something that's clumsy or impossible for a mailing list. I love
blogs too, but they are mostly arranged chronologically rather than using
a variety of navigation methods.
>As an encyclopedia of knowledge, I would have no faith in it at all.
>is the mechanism for assuring accuracy of the information? If anyone
>come in an change the thing, how do you maintain its integrity as
>repository of information?
This is mostly a matter of opinion. But perhaps because wikis reflect an
entire community they are more accurate, as there are more points of view
and more fact checkers (and more people to clean out the garbage).
Like any community, there's a little vandalism. But mostly everyone
contributes and appreciates one another.
You could also ask yourself which sources of information you DO trust,
and how much do you know about those authors? A wiki is surely no less
credible than a mailing list in this respect.
>Am I getting old and set in my ways?
I don't think so - you're asking good questions :)
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