I think these would really be popular.
As to the larger issue, a single generically named wiki is not what people want. Also, it's not practical. Who owns the home page? Where do I find things? Who controls the placement of information? Who sets the naming standard? Who cleans out stale information? The usability of such deteriorates rapidly. Information simply gets lost. This isn't Wikipedia. By the way, the desire for multiple Wikis exists well below the department level. We have received several requests from several departments for multiple wikis, each targeted at a small subset of their activity. I call em Boutique Wikis
I couldn't help but rebute every singe line:
single generically named wiki is not what people want
Uhmmm...I thought WE were people and have been asking about it. If I am just a person then if there were some other individuals then we would be a group of people that could be called just 'people' for short. Oh, and we ARE asking for a generically named wiki.
Also, it's not practical.
I looked it up on http://en.wikipedia.org/ and got the feeling it is practical.
Who owns the home page?
Where do I find things?
All Wiki's come with the built in automatic pages named: RecentChanges, TitleIndex, WordIndex, FindPage, WantedPages, OrphanedPages, AbandonedPages, RandomPage, PageSize, PageHits. Will they not help in finding things?
Who controls the placement of information?
Everyone can help control and maintain it. It is worth a try. Name one other system at our company that has limited bottlenecking control and is perfect. Try something different. This might work.
Who sets the naming standard?
The naming standard is already mostly done with the concept of WikiWords. The remaining work is trivial because page renames and link changes are simple. The system will report on which pages refer to PageOne and FirstPage and tells you where to fix them. I do it now but not because I have special privileges, I just understand Wikis.
Who cleans out stale information?
If anyone can then anyone could. If I could get rid of crappy unused portlets on our intranet portal and create new and better ones that I would but there is no facility to do that. There is no facility to tell me which ones are old and no privileges to let me. AbandonPages and WantedPages are the answer to that. Ironically our non-Wiki like current content management system is the king of stale information
The usability of such deteriorates rapidly.
The original Wiki on Software Patterns was started on May 1, 1995. I went there and I am not really seeing the deterioration.
Information simply gets lost.
Then search for it, find it and put it back where it belongs. Please see the "Where do I find things" response above on how this is possible.
This isn't Wikipedia.
No, you are right, they understand Wikis and how to use and host them. But we use portal software and we are not Yahoo, we use search but we are not google (ok, bad example, we don't really use search that well) but you get my drift.
the desire for multiple Wikis exists well below the department level.
Only because NO ONE is in charge of knowledge management for it to come from the upper levels and based on the horrendous point that follows, the lower levels do not understand wiki's either.
We have received several requests from several departments for multiple wikis, each targeted at a small subset of their activity. I call em Boutique Wikis
It was at this point, I passed out
Am I off base here? Are corporate wiki's a flop or is this really about something else like lack of control?
I have finally started using my GNU/Linux system again. I briefly used it once prior to now as a file and print server on a large project while at Deloitte Consulting. Since I rolled-off the project it mostly has been sitting in the basement pretending to be an extra network attached hard drive which is probably not much of a glamorous life for even this class of machine.
Recently, I decided to put dotProject on it and update it the OS at the same time. I installed RedHat Fedora Core 4 and for the first time, clicked Install Everything. Install took a while and I didn't know what I was going to get. When It was done, all the prerequisite software for dotProject was there. After an hour of fiddling with Apache and MySQL security, I had dotProject up and running. There are some things like Gantt charts that do not work yet but I will get to those. One thing that didn't work was email. I have been afraid of Sendmail so I neglect to do anything with it. The important thing was that dotProject was working!
I am also looking at putting a Wiki up at work and now that I had a working installation of the magic trio (Apache, PHP and MySQL), Installing Wikka was a piece of cake (after more fiddling with MySQL security again). Once you have LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP/Python/Perl), you have the keys to the world of easy free computing. It is like if you have fuel, oxygen and heat then no matter where you go next, you are going to create fire.
But now, I was on a roll. Since I really was using this Linux box now as a server and less a workstation (X is kinda slow on it) I started to think about the UI of this box. An old Linux Journal article pointed me to webmin. It installed easy and now I was really cooking. With webmin, I was able to use/configure/modify cron jobs, imap, fetchmail, MySQL (no more mucking about with security for me), Samba, Sendmail, Squid and the system time.
I even felt so good about all this that I updated my Linux Counter info and installed the auto-update script. I am sure now that this box useful that it will start to go down on a regular basis.
I will keep the blog updated on my Wiki studies.
I still feel like I can't move until I understand everything about how to do everything in Linux. For example, I seem to stumble over the route command in Linux which is where I am having a problem with my other RH9 based laptop when I am using WiFi card or Sprint G3 connection. It is little setbacks like that slow the move down. I think it is a catch 22. I won't move until I feel comfortable but I can't feel comfortable as LAMPD until after I moved and built my confidence.
At least this journal entry is here to answer their question.
In the last month I have meta-moderated about a half dozen times and have even been given 5 moderator points. Until I saw it in action, I never would have understood the brilliance in this collective quality effort/program. You are basically having a group bring the quality of something they depend upon without an army of central authority. I remember my former consulting employeer's knowledge base always had poor quality because a small staff was responsible for the whole things content. They often didn't know how to classify information correctly because they didn't know the subject matter. You have solved that problem (not for them, they don't have slashcode...they do have Lotus Notes but I guess they have bigger fish to fry).
I'm thinking of using such a technique to build an RFI/RFP question bank up and running and force users of the system to moderate and meta-moderate often. Hmmm...can I do this? Did you patent this concept?
Slashdot, my hat is off to you.
Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie