[LON-CAPA-users] Can we have a wiki?
Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:29:00 -0600
True enough. Though I must admit that only just now, after your post,
did I go back and look carefully enough at the FAQ-O-Matic to find the
itty bitty (smallest font on the page by at least one step) link at
almost the very bottom of the page titled [New Answer . . .] which
allows one to add to the faq-o-matic. Until just now, I was under the
mistaken impression that only the developers could add to it :(
I do also like the idea of a wiki. I think a lot of people are now
pretty accustomed to them, and most of the ones I've seen generally have
a "Post" link featured fairly prominently, so it's clear how to add to
the general knowledge base. Perhaps it is again time to attempt
Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:
> Just to point out that we have an FAQ-O-Matic, which nobody used, and
> which is now really outdated.
> - Gerd.
> On Apr 14, 2009, at 9:53 AM, H.K. Ng wrote:
>> 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
>>> the learning curve. We could put tutorials on the site, fix
>>> 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:
>>> 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
>>> (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
>>> relicensed under a commercial license.)
>>> Christopher King
>>> Chemistry Department
>>> Troy University
>>> Troy, AL 36082
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