After MojoMojo, the CMSish Wiki software that powers dev.catalyst.perl.org was featured prominently in the CPANTS Heavy 100, there was some concern about how much time was required to install it. However, thanks to the illustrious dane Lars Balker Rasmussen, FreeBSD guys now have it easy. He’s fought through our entire dependency list, and uploaded p5-MojoMojo to the FreeBSD ports tree. Hopefully Debian packages won’t be far behind.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I am the founder of the MojoMojo project. To contact us, you can use our mailing list, or come by the IRC channe)
Aaron Swartz has been taking a closer look at Wales’ claims that Wikipedia is being written by a small group of people.
When you put it all together, the story become clear: an outsider makes one edit to add a chunk of information, then insiders make several edits tweaking and reformatting it. In addition, insiders rack up thousands of edits doing things like changing the name of a category across the entire site — the kind of thing only insiders deeply care about. As a result, insiders account for the vast majority of the edits. But it’s the outsiders who provide nearly all of the content.
I think this enforces the idea that any good user driven site requires both good gardeners, and a mass of casual contributors who aren’t experts in the workings of the site, but contributes with some factoids that works as seeding for good content. We see the same trend on iusethis, where some user creates an app entry, which is improved upon by others, and maintained by the group as a whole. I still believe we have some way to go in clarifying and giving power to the site gardeners tho, at the moment, we do too much of this work. Delegating this to our power-users would be doubly beneficial, as it would empower them, and free us up to spend even more energy on improving the site.
David Wheeler says
Lately I’ve been fiddling a bit with Markdown, John Gruber’s minimalist plain text markup syntax. I’ve become more and more attracted to Markdown after I’ve had to spend some time using Trac and, to a lesser degree, Twiki and MediaWiki. The plain-text markup syntax in these projects is…how shall I put this?… gawdawful
This is a big part of the reason why we chose Markdown along with Textile as the supported Wiki markup languages for MojoMojo. Having edited some wikipedia-pages, as well as Trac , while we were using that for the catalyst dev wiki, I totally agree. Their markup language makes me want to hurl.