ThoughtStorms Wiki

I'm thinking about turning a wiki into a CompetitiveArchitecture?

How could you do it?

  • Only allow one page to contain certain words or outlinks? If another page wants to have that word or link, the authors need to rewrite the earlier page? Or merge their new ideas into it?

: Hmmm... maybe this already partially happens due to the FlatNameSpace which reserves each PageName for one page? Different groups are competing for ownership of the word?

  • Only allow limited number of links to any particular page?

Why might it be interesting?

  • It might put pressure to discover existing pages and try to improve them, rather than just create a new, nearly identical page.
  • Might lead to all kinds of interesting structuration of the texts as pages and links shift around, finding the right modules. (OnModularity)

Why it might be disasterous

  • Loads of incentive to vandalize other people's pages to steal their words. :-)


At the end of this short thought experiment, I guess it might be useful where you have a limited, co-operative community, but less useful for larger communities with different interests.

NB: This isn't exactly the idea of competitive mentioned on WhyIsntEverythingWiki, which is about a space for arguments between different view-points. (See also TypedThreadedDiscussion / DisputationArena)

FractalWiki, WikiArchy and Meatball:NakedWiki are also ways of changing the ground rules of wiki and seeing how the structure of texts evolves differently.

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