[LON-CAPA-users] Can we have a wiki?

H.K. Ng lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:53:33 -0400

I like the idea of having a wiki. The wiki can replace the current 
help page and will probably be more useful. Anyone else in favor of a 
wiki? If so, we can next decide who is going to host it, which 
software to use ....


At 10:20 AM 4/11/2009, you wrote:
>I think a LON-CAPA wiki would help increase the number of users by lowering
>the learning curve.  We could put tutorials on the site, fix documentation
>errors and omissions, and point out bugs to new users, so they don't get
>frustrated rediscovering them.  Having a wiki does not seem unusual:  Moodle
>has one at http://docs.moodle.org/en/Main_Page (powered by Mediawiki);
>Drupal has one (powered by Drupal).
>Mediawiki, which runs Wikipedia, is open-source, and fairly easy to install
>(on Ubuntu, it's automatic).  Copyright and license require some thought.  I
>recommend doing what Wikipedia does:  copyright is retained by the
>contributors; license is Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.  That
>license allows the content to be sold, so, for example, I could include the
>documentation in a lab manual and charge students for the whole package.
>That license would also allow content to be freely transferred between
>LON-CAPA & Wikipedia (since they would both have the same license).
>Allowing contributors to retain copyright, rather than transferring
>copyright to, e.g., the University of Michigan, prevents a change in
>license.  (The website could not shut down, then reopen with all the content
>relicensed under a commercial license.)
>Christopher King
>Chemistry Department
>Troy University
>Troy, AL 36082
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