[Pdx-pm] The Perl 5 Wiki

Randal L. Schwartz merlyn at stonehenge.com
Mon Jul 9 08:58:17 PDT 2007

>>>>> "Michael" == Michael Rasmussen <mikeraz at patch.com> writes:

Michael> A relevant question at this point, is a wiki (needed|beneficial) at
Michael> all.  If, Randal, you agree that it is which one(s) are your eyeballs
Michael> supporting?  (All, sorry about the rhetorical question.)  Your post
Michael> about the recent changes rate suggests you are not very interested in
Michael> any form of Perl wiki.

Well, I have made some contributions to all three of the wikis I've mentioned,
but I stopped when I saw that there weren't a lot of other contributions, as
my contributions were primarily corrections, and if there's nothing changing,
there's nothing to correct.  I even requested the formation of perl.wikia.org,
although only halfheartedly.

Michael> Schwern demonstrably believes one is (needed|beneficial).

I'm not sure about that, hence my question.  It may be that he set it up
"because he could".  As in the "Build it, and they will come" sort of way.
But that doesn't make for a successful wiki... you have to promote it, and
have people who can manage vandalism, and have software that makes watching
recent changes of the pages you're interested in very easy to help manage the
vandalism.  (Aside: I think that's why wikimedia has succeeded where others
have not, because I can watch a select set of recent changes, not needing to
watch the whole thing.  Can Socialtext do the same?)

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