[NLC] Eugene community wiki...
matthews at artifice.com
Wed Sep 5 14:04:52 PDT 2007
Dear Neighborhood Leaders,
I'd like to let you know that there is now a community wiki in operation for Eugene, and that it includes a section on each of our neighborhood associations:
There's a link from each NA listed there to a page on it in the wiki, and also a link to the NA's own web site (where that info was available).
You can use the wiki page on your own NA much like a web page for the NA, or just as front information pointing to your own extrenal web site. You can even use the NA page as the top level for your own neighborhood mini-wiki (using subpages).
Right now the page for each NA is blank, but you, your neighbors, or anyone can go there and start flling it up anytime.
So what is a wiki, anyway? Wikipedia, the best-known among them, has an extended defintion at:
In short, 'A wiki is a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work"'
In general it is disarmingly simple to use. Much easier to update and work on with a group of people than most regular web sites or content management systems.
The community wiki is open to usage and contributions by any community member or group, for any appropriate (non-violent, mutually respectful, generally-legal, etc.) community purpose.
It's all new, open, flexible, and pretty cool, and we and the world are figuring it out together. Come join the parade! :-) Later on sometime we can talk about future directions this might evolve toward, too... let me know if you think that would be fun to talk about.
Wikis have revolutionized the encyclopedia world, and an internal wiki has recently revolutionized collaboration within my own company. I hope over time this wiki can help as our community blossoms into its own beautiful, caring, sustainable collective self.
PS: Yes, the wiki domain name does match the domain of the NLC email list. hmmm. ;-)
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immediate surroundings, for all the people and creatures
therein, and for generations to come.
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and upland wildlife habitat protection.
Please help stop destructive infill development. Support
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