#1Mar 14th, 2007
Well I knew about the general idea of Wiki and like to use it ,with caution ,of course ,most of the time the "wiki" is pretty well dead on --so far --I like the different views presented ,trying to be unbiased is always fun to achieve
The most recent addition to the world of online discussion groups is the wiki, which means “quick” in Hawaiian. A wiki is simply a web page or group of web pages that anyone can edit. No skills other than typing are necessary to add information to a wiki. Wikis were created by Ward Cunningham in 1995, and his group still maintains the first wiki. The largest and most well known wiki is Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.
One of the advantages of the wiki is its simplicity. No web skills are required to add information. Simply click to edit a page, start typing, save, and voilà: instant webpage. However, this advantage is arguably the biggest disadvantage of a wiki. Anyone can add whatever they like to a wiki, possibly creating a jumble of chaos and disinformation. Proponents of wikis argue that the community involved in the wiki will simply delete wrong or inappropriate information.
On a wiki, any user can simply delete the negative entries that are not relevant or constructive for the overall topic on that page. On the other hand, if a community reaches a consensus over what information should be included on a page, they run the risk of disseminating false or incomplete information. Many users who believe a lie can shout down a single user who knows the truth.
Systems Librarian Mary Ann Chappell has created a password-protected wiki for Carrier Library staff; it will contain a growing amount of information about the new library building, as well as other library projects.