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What is a wiki?

"A wiki is a website where users can add, remove, and edit every page using a web browser. It's so terrifically easy for people to jump in and revise pages that wikis are becoming known as the tool of choice for large, multiple-participant projects." [1]

"Different people have different ideas about what a wiki really is, but whatever angle you look at it, a wiki is software that handles complex problems with simple solutions. Cunningham and Bo Leuf designed WikiWikiWeb, the first wiki in 1995, to be an open, collaborative community Website where anyone can contribute. Since then, programmers have created many wiki-inspired programs and wiki Websites. Most of these stay true to the goal of simplicity. Wikis can be used for a large variety of tasks, from personal note-taking to collaborating online, creating an internal knowledge base, assembling an online community, and managing a traditional website. The possibilities might make wikis seem like a daunting system, but commitment to simplicity makes wiki tools a breeze." [2]

"A wiki is organic , open and observable. These three properties uniquely map to what is meant by "wiki", here and elsewhere; any other use is misuse. Organic means concepts can be easily named, described, expanded on, and linked into the site. Open means this organic growth can be done by anyone in TheAudience. Observable means all these changes to the site can be tracked via a pervasive PeerReview system, around which the community forms." [3]

What does that mean for Fan History?

Anyone can edit Fan History. They just have to do so with in the context of Fan History's rules's and philosophy. Fan History covers a specific core content, in a specific way. This was developed over the first year and a half of Fan History's history.

Most wikis are fundamentally about community. Fan History? Not so much. Fan History is a tool for fandom. Fan History seeks to cater to fandom as a whole to serve a number of specific needs including but not limited to:

  • Provide a place to share experiences in fandom;
  • Document the history of fandom;
  • Provide a directory of members of fandom;
  • Provide a directory of various communities on-line and off;

Some of these needs necessitate that Fan History almost not develop a community to help reassure fandom that Fan History is not a platform for specific communities in fandom to enforce their historical view in fandom. This perception would limit Fan History's potential audience and Fan History's usefulness as a fandom tool. (It is also why Fan History has no notability requirement, and has a philosophy of MOVE, not REMOVE.) To this end, the administration at Fan History tries to encourage people to edit but to avoid developing a contributor base with community identity as Fan History users. This runs counter to traditional wiki philosophy. Given the topic and purpose of the Fan History, this move is a necessity.

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