I liked working on the wiki this week. Even though I went in with the understanding that it was a group effort, it was still a bit strange to see work I had put in being changed, rearranged, and expanded upon, though not off-putting. Most of the work I did was unfinished, which I intended for others to use and expand upon, or for me to go back to later. I liked that I could just throw an unfinished paragraph onto the page and others could jump right in and finish it for me, and I can definitely see this as useful for those who don’t have the time, the will or the know-how to finish what they have to say on a wiki. (Back to the “Two heads are better than one” saying, though in a wiki, the more heads the better.)
My personal wiki page for this class can be found HERE, I worked on the pages WikiAsPersonalNotebook and WelcomeRitual, and although I will post in this blog the work I did, the details can also be found HERE.
This is the work I did this week on WikiAsPersonalNotebook:
I added the first text as a place to start:
“An example of using a wiki as a personal notebook is a personal page. For the purposes of this class, each personal page is linked to using the name of a student. This could be used as an introductory page, a place to keep notes for class, a way to organize personal links such as social media websites, blogs, and frequently visited pages.”
I added the text:
“According to – UruGuru, as well as what we have already learned so far, wikis were intended to share information. The information s shared publicly, able to be viewed and edited by anyone viewing the wiki, often without even having to register as a member of the wiki. However, sometimes an author may want some information kept private. This may be especially true when one is using the wiki for personal notes.
One way to restrict access to personal notes is to allow others to view the wiki but not make edits.
As an author you can also choose to make your wiki “Invite only”.
A good place to begin to set up a wiki as a personal notebook may be the creation of an introductory page. This can be used to let readers know who you are, what you do for a living, your hobbies and interests, favorite foods, places traveled to, and anything else you may want others to know. This is also a great place to add links to other pages. For example, if you wanted to list all the places you have traveled to, you could start by simply typing the link to another page, and on that page would be the list of places to which you have traveled. From there you could discuss your travels, creating more pages for the types of food you have eaten, places you stayed, and inserting photos.”
I also added “management of a project” to the first paragraph I wrote listing ways a personal wiki could be used.
This is the work I did this week on WelcomeRitual:
I made edits to the existing sentence” Get use to being lost and not knowing what your doing most of the time” to “Get used to being lost and not knowing what you’re doing most of the time”
I added the text:
“When first joining an existing wiki, perhaps the first thing one must realize is that a wiki is an online community. Therefore, the polite thing to do would be to introduce oneself to said community.
The creation and future ongoing editing of a personal page is one way to let other wiki users and outside readers know who you are, your purpose for participating on the wiki, and anything else you wish to add to your personal page.
A good place to start when entering a wiki would be to learn how to use the wiki. This includes everything from editing pages and entering code to wiki etiquette.”
Then I remembered that a wiki first needs to be started by someone before others can join, so I thought it might be appropriate to include this. I added this text:
“To invite others to participate in your wiki, your homepage should be welcoming others. If your wiki requires a password for others to create and edit pages, you should let others know how to contact you.”
I think I made a good effort on this project, though I think I could have spent another day on WelcomeRitual. The only problem I really had this week was trying to look in to what a wiki’s welcome ritual should be. At first, I juts thought about standard website etiquette and how that could be applied to wikis, but when I used a search engine to try to find something specific to wikis the search didn’t turn up anything useful (or relevant). Still, I think as a group we did a decent job of navigating the topic. Of course, on a wiki, the work always feels incomplete, at least to me. Maybe it’s supposed to feel that way? I would like to know how to add a caption under photos, if that’s possible. Working on the wiki showed me the differences between a wiki and a blog – there are many differences, one of the primary differences is that a blog usually has one author, whereas a wiki is meant to have multiple authors (collaborators), but both are created to have some sort of audience.