RE: Doin' the FAQ

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Dec 04 2003 - 13:48:17 CST

If OVC's ISP can't host the Wiki, I can at UCSC.


At 1:35 PM -0500 12/4/03, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>The difference (having run both) is:
>A Wiki is a simple, free-form digital notebook where each page is on
>a topic, and anyone can edit any topic and add links to other
>topics. This makes them great for collecting unstructured
>information on a topic. Wiki's provide versioning history, etc., so
>that if someone comes along and deletes everything or posts "spam"
>it's easy to roll back to the last good version. For some reason
>that doesn't happen very often, though. The wiki system is very
>free-form -- what structure it provides is social. I've successfully
>used Wiki's as an internal tool at several companies to collect
>information on various topics for reference, and it could be a good
>tool for us to use to collect information on voting.
>Here's the first Wiki:
><> And here's the
>Wikipedia page on voting:
>that seems relevant.
>A FAQ system is much more specialized. It provides a hierarchy of
>questions and answers, with a structure enforced by the system, and
>lots of mechanics specific to FAQ's (e.g. "most popular questions").
>Here's a sample FAQ system:
>Here's a proposal: Since both are easy to set up, if I can get
>things smoothed out with the ISP, I'll set up a Wiki as well as a
>FAQ system, then we can look at both and decide which we want to use
>for what.
>- LP
>-----Original Message-----
>Behalf Of Karl
>Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 1:10 PM
>Subject: [voting-project] Doin' the FAQ
>It probably won't be until this weekend before I can put together the
>basic skeleton faq.
>A wiki sounds look it would be good, but I've a) never used one b) never
>set one up.
>So for the moment, I'm going to have to rely on e-mail and cut-and-paste.
>As editor I'll probably need some means to distinguish faq submissions
>from normal e-mail, probably some subject line convention, like [OV-FAQ]
>anywhere in the subject.
> --karl--

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