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Moved from User Talk:Manorainjan 03:00, 5 August 2015 (PDT)

Oh, sorry. I've been working with on-line communities since the early 1980s and wikis since 1996, so I'm well aware that every community has its own unwritten standards and accepted behaviours.

From the original description at WhatIsWiki, I thought it would be acceptable to edit it, especially as it explicitly invited me to do so! I didn't realise you were its author, and it certainly wasn't my intention to offend you by changing your text. My changes were merely copy editing to improve the readability, as any publishing editor would do. My changes definitely acknowledge you as the writer and the essence is certainly yours.

That said, would you accept my changes to WhatIsWiki?

Or, are there improvements you could make to my text?

I'm sure we can reach a consensus on text that retains your technical accuracy whilst appropriately targeting the "beginner" audience for which WhatIsWiki appears to be intended.

79.64.37.201 02:55, 5 August 2015 (PDT)

Thank you for moving the discussion here.

Can I suggest the following for the content of this page?

I think it would be better targeted to the audience for which this page is intended.


What is a Wiki — a wiki is a software application -- usually implemented as a Web site and accessed via a Web browser -- where users and visitors can quickly and easily add or edit its content, typically by clicking an "Edit" link or button. Wikis are intended to facilitate content creation by encouraging collaboration and cooperation. Unlike content management systems that only allow administrators to edit content, pages on a wiki can usually be edited by anyone, often without creating a user account. Wikis may be publicly accessible via the Internet, limited to a designated group via an organisation's Intranet, or run privately on an individual's computer.

In principle, you can write whatever you want on this wiki, but the community of this wiki expect you to limit your contributions to the topic of this wiki, avoid offensive language, and respect copyright. We keep our wiki clean and delete SPAM or other unwanted content in a timely fashion.

Below are some external links to learn more about wikis:

More on Wikis / External links[edit]

Try It![edit]

Try it out: On any page, click on the edit link. Don't worry, you won't break it!


not only a website[edit]

Most wikis - I guess - may be on the web. But the concept of wiki is not restricted to the WWW or even directly linked to it. There are many wiki on intra-nets of companies for a purely internal use like the development of a product and therefore not visible to the public at all. But they are collaborative projects. And their efficiency is not disturbed by incompetent passers-by. Actually this is how wiki was invented, as a tool for technical development of a product. the public access was a later addition. Manorainjan 03:09, 5 August 2015 (PDT)

A web site is not necessarily public (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website) but I have added a clarifying sentence, above. Does that address your concerns? 79.64.37.201 03:23, 5 August 2015 (PDT)
A wiki is not basically a website. If You think so, than You do not understand how a wiki works. To call a wiki a website is absolutely superficial. The website is only what You see, not what it is. Why don't You first get informed, before You try to inform others? wp:Wiki. The underlying problem persists: "The problem is, that You do not know as much as You think You know." This is a matter of Your attitude not of pieces of information. You will not change that within minutes. Manorainjan 04:55, 5 August 2015 (PDT)
Are you suggesting that I should mention that a Wiki is a software application? Although every popular public or private Wiki is accessed through a Web browser and is implemented as a Web site, and a user's view is almost invariably that it is a (dynamic) Web site, it is certainly conceivable that a Wiki could exist which is not accessed through a browser. Accordingly, I have amended the text above. Please let me know what you think. 79.64.37.201 05:42, 5 August 2015 (PDT)