I put a question on Twitter, "What are your best Wiki adoption tips?" Got some great tips from Eduardo Jezierski, Watford Gap, Csuspect, Peter Campbell, EricaG, davidLeeking, Seth Schneider, Ericskiff, Kalabird, bethdunn, and Greg
But, I'd love to see a range of examples that de-construct the development of a wiki in a nonprofit setting.
If you've been following social media closely over the past 3-5 years, you know that this isn't an original idea. Perhaps you most likely remember this amazing deconstruction by John Udell of the Wikipedia entry on “Heavy Metal Umlaut“. It really helped you understand the inner workings of the collaborative construction of content on Wikipedia.
Fast forward three years later. The use of wikis for communities of practice, behind the firewall, to support project teams, to reduce email, or whatever is becoming more common. We're seeing more nonprofits using wikis and more nonprofits wondering about how to use wikis.
One question I'm wondering myself - what does effective wiki facilitation really look like - literally ... I know there are many wiki patterns - how they evolve, are they are facilitated, what works, what doesn't -- just read Stewart Mader's book. But I'd like to see nonprofits and hear nonprofit technology practitioners take on this.
I'd like to see some wiki screenshots -- the first iteration, the second (when people added content) and the last or later when the wiki facilitator did some editing or weeding or organizing.
The screenshots below are grabbed from the podcamp.org wiki. I didn't facilitate it, but I participated. Keep in mind this is a community wiki space. I don't know exactly how large the community - but they are wiki savvy. You can see a simple example that I tried to extract myself from looking at the history.
Screenshot of podcamp Wiki. This is a page for a call for sessions. This is the first version of the page. There are two requests - a call for sessions to present and a call for sessions wanted. There is one or two examples.
A call for sessions goes out from conference organizers through many different channels - blogs, etc. The community responds by adding their proposed session name and link to them.
The Wiki moderators takes the list of sessions and starts to put it in a schedule. The event organizers did some email contact with folks to tweak scheduling and aggregate sessions, etc.
Got a wiki development/facilitation nonprofit story you'd like to share with a couple of annotated screenshots? Leave a comment and point to them. Add them to flickr with this tags: npwiki and nptech. I'll round them up and do a pattern analysis.