Can YOU tell the difference between a Wiki and an old-skool CMS?

by Volker Weber

... we are looking for participants to commit to spending some time writing up their experiences, suggestions, and best practices around a certain topic ... This content will then be reviewed and posted as a Wiki article.

Easy: you get to work for free. ;-)


Interesting - I would like to know where the quote is from!

I have been working recently with a scientific consultancy, helping them to develop very simple, off the shelf wiki technology to deliver, debate and shape collaborative work in the world of environmental adaptation (please excuse the link - neither they nor I derive any commercial benefit so I hope it is allowed!) and this has inspired an awful lot of other bodies working around the issues of environmental change to start looking at this approach too.

Certainly in the world of scientific research, where long-term collaborations (are supposed to) eventually lead to publications, which then get peer-reviewed before full publication, this is seen as quite a brave and progressive approach. But in the sphere of climate change and environmental adaptation, and the attempts to guide policy on these issues, the sheer urgency of the problem has inspired their exploration of faster and more dynamic mechanisms for getting the work 'out there'.

On the other hand, in the commercial sphere inviting people to contribute their work for free might be a bit cheeky ... ;-)

Nick Daisley, 2008-01-30

Wait... wasn't it a piece of the Web2.0 thing that especially in commercial environments customers may be do the work to create a key value for "free"? Or did you never review the book reviews when ordering a book on any of the online bookstores?
Or in any of these "Networking" things... you provide your network and they sell it to others by charging the "premium" fee.

It's all about "what value do I get"... and when reviewing books gives me an option to tell others that I did (not) like it, then that may be the value.

Sure... you need a way to give your customers a feeling that they do not work for free...

Volker Juergensen, 2008-01-30

I have never really thought of it as a Web 2.0 thing - but indeed, I have done plenty of book reviews on Amazon and elsewhere, recognizing that my pearls of wisdom would thereby be rendered into the public domain, and also note that the edit pages on Wikipedia state (with my emphasis):

'If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly or redistributed for profit by others, do not submit it.'

And sure 'nuff, you will find Wikipedia content being presented in many other places, whether with or without any reference to its source.....

Nick Daisley, 2008-01-30

Nick, I am quoting this comment.

Volker Weber, 2008-01-30

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