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Old 08-01-2004, 08:53 PM   #1
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The "wiki" ?


Ha, yes sorry, stupid question time!

What actually is "a wiki"?

I can't find any proper definition. Yes I've looked at the one here at LQ, and appreciate that it's got load's of useful stuff, but doesn't explain exactly what a wiki is. It doesn't seem to fit into any definition as I understand it i.e. it's not really a glossary, it's not really a list, it's not even like an encyclopaedia of whatever, so what is it ?

ttfn
 
Old 08-01-2004, 09:03 PM   #2
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As I understand it, it is a user supported knowledge base. Main difference between it and an encyclopedia: all of the articles are submitted by the general public.
 
Old 08-01-2004, 09:05 PM   #3
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A wiki (pronounced "wicky" or "weeky") or WikiWiki is a website (or other hypertext document collection) that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows that content to be edited by other users.

The term can also refer to the collaborative software used to create such a website.

Wiki (with a capital 'W') and WikiWikiWeb are sometimes used to refer to the Portland Pattern Repository, the first ever wiki; proponents of this usage suggest using a lower-case 'w' to distinguish the generic terms discussed here. Wiki wiki comes from the Hawaiian term for "quick" or "super-fast".
From "Wikipedia" ghe
 
Old 08-01-2004, 09:06 PM   #4
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http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wiki&r=f
 
Old 08-01-2004, 10:07 PM   #5
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Wiki wiki comes from the Hawaiian term for "quick" or "super-fast".
Ahh, that explains what tux is wearing on the wiki page. Although I must say that I'm dissapointed in Google
 
Old 08-01-2004, 10:41 PM   #6
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Ahh, that explains what tux is wearing on the wiki page. Although I must say that I'm dissapointed in Google
Yup, Jeremy told me to dress Tux or he was gonna fire me.. so I dressed up Tux in a hula skirt..
 
Old 08-01-2004, 10:42 PM   #7
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Hmmm, that has to be the very first miss on google I've ever seem
 
Old 08-02-2004, 04:24 AM   #8
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Thankyou, one and all, for bothering to supply answers to what even I consider an innane question.

Ha, innane it may be, but it's one of those that there seems to be quite a lot of info about. So much so, that I couldn't "see the woods for the tree's"!

Thanks again for clearing ? that up.

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John
 
  


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