is the lubricant behind the social function of wiki. It's what makes wikis a happening, a social place and not yet another source control / shared edit web application.
A secondary role is that it helps WikiGnome
s deal with spamming, vandalism, etc.
Because of its important role, it has also become the prime real estate in WardsWiki
and an important target in the WikiAttentionEconomy?
, so a new form of unethical editing emerged in late 2004, beginning 2005, consisting of adding or removing whitespace - just to bring the page back to RecentChanges
prime real estate position. For folks who have nothing important to say and who would therefore attract no interest with their initial contribution, this is one way to keep repeating the same thing so that maybe somebody will eventually pay
some attention to it.
ThingsOnWikisMind, tale of the two wikis
Recently (in 2005), I started to pay attention to MeatBall
. I have used MeatBall
previously and was generally impressed with the contents and its presentation. BTW, those of you who haven't yet done so should go read the BarnRaising
In 2005, lack of access to WardsWiki
led me to seek temporary refuge at MeatBall
. I started watching its RecentChanges
. So quiet that you can hear a pin drop.
Back in the "good old days" at WardsWiki
of 2004, missiles were flying everywhere in RecentChanges
. Just dodging the sidewinders keep me fit in my armchair. I wished it were more orderly.
So what is RecentChanges? It is a MessagePassing mechanism. It's WhereTheMindGoes.
If the mind goes too quickly in a human, it is termed "seizure"; too slow, it is "suspended animation".
A proper balance between the extremes is probably TheWikiWay
I would not GaveUpOnRecentChanges
unless I GaveUpOnWiki
. If RecentChanges
turns too quickly, I just reduce my usage of it. Too slow, I go visit another RecentChanges
in a different wiki of interest.
Epilogue: Sparring between RoberAbitbol and SunirShah got me interested to visit MeatBall to take a look.