Jerz: Writing for the Internet (EL 236)


25 Oct 2006

Wiki Workshop

A wiki (based on the Hawaiian word for "quick") is a kind of hypertext document that is optimized for quick edits by multiple authors.

Wikipedia is the best-known example of a Wiki, but see also Muppet Wiki or Lostpedia. Maybe there's already a wiki out there on a subject you know a lot about. If so, you are welcome to work with that wiki instead of Wikipedia for today's exercise.

For today's exercise,

1) start by scanning through the Wikipedia tutorial
2) find two or three articles on Wikipedia (or some other wiki, if you wish) on topics that you know a lot about, and improve those articles. You might correct a mistake, add a citation, or put a note that says "citation needed" if you think a claim is unsupported. You might instead choose to start a brand new article.
3) in a few days, go back and see whether anyone else has modified your work.
4) write a blog entry in which you describe what you did and what you found (with links)

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Although I know an equal amount about the first subject I looked up as the person who wrote in Wikipedia,they omitted my contribution. The second site I looked up, I corrected a few grammatical errors that were still intact as I re-checked the site days after.

Posted by: jeremy barrick at October 31, 2006 10:41 PM
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