Here are some observational notes concerning the topic of the week: The Wiki
-Wiki’s are messy. The words are tight, the spacing limited. Some pages are jam-packed with info, which may overwhelm the reader. Check out this example of what a hostile student is described as on this Wiki page, called of course, Hostile Student.
-On Meatball Wiki, there is an option to start a discussion, like on this sample page for information on HealthyConflict. This brings in the opportunity to start a thread, with discussion posts and comments on any or all pages of the Wiki. However, not all Wiki sites agree with this type of mode, check out what Why Wiki Works Not says about it on their Wiki site, C2.
-Writers can alter, edit, modify, etc. at any time in any way. Literally. No joke.
-What we learn isn’t all bad. How many times in school did you hear, “Do NOT use Wikipedia for research!” from your teachers? I know I heard it a lot. My English teacher made a what-seemed-like-daily lecture on why she hated Wikipedia for the basic entirety of my senior year of high school. But honestly, Wiki pages and Wikipedia aren’t all bad. They just aren’t made for certain research, or are they? Thoughts?
-Some Wiki pages just work. C2 did for me. They break it down simply. Sure, there is a lot of scrolling, a lot of writing, but whatever. That is a Wiki. It’s content. A lot of content. However, C2 makes it easy. They break it down by definition, cause and effect (if there are), common misunderstandings, and the best of all, by examples. It’s clean, it’s easy, it’s understandable. Yay.
Questions to mull over:
1. What works better, thread mode or document mode? Is one more effective over the other?
-Thread: Meatball Wiki
2. How reliable are Wiki pages and Wikipedia? Are we with our high school teachers or against them?
3. What we are used to vs. What it is: I observed a page on a Wiki, this one to be direct, and the first thing I saw was a typo. The thing is, I can change it. I can fix the typo that so desperately needs to be fixed. But, if we are just coming for quick information, a simple drop-in, is this going to deter us away? Knowing what Wiki is and how it is used/modified, etc., is this a non-issue? Does it make it less authentic because it looks less authentic? Does professionalism have a voice here? What does this do to the information?
Feel free to post your own question if you have one.