Wow - lots of new info - thanks for the hard work. But I'd suggest not duplicating information that would better be maintained at the official TJD web site. Also, the reason I set the districts up to be short abbreviations here is so that sub-pages won't be uncomfortably long, so redirecting to the spelled-out version of the name strikes me as undesirable. Using UUWiki for activist-related pages, rather than stuff intended for the general public, makes the most sense to me. What do you think? --NealMcB 01:13, 18 Apr 2005 (CDT)
- To be honest I just copied what was done at FLD. I'm getting a better picture of the difference in purpose between this and Wikipedia. You do have a point; it would be redundant to repeat the info that can already be found on a lot of UU websites. I can't really say, about activist-related stuff. I don't really know much about that currently, outside of UUSC. I think something that would be helpful in this area would be to have pages about certain issues (ex: LGBT concerns, environmental concerns, etc) that provide links to the various things at UUA.org or other resources that are relevent. This could make things a bit more user-friendly for those that want more info on the particular topic. Also, the mailing list support pages certainly seem helpful. Once again, I'm not very knowlegable here. The versatility of wikis could prove useful in unforseeable ways, too. --Tydaj 11:36, 18 Apr 2005 (CDT)
- What I'm finding most difficult to adjust to coming from WikiPedia is that a Wiki doesn't neccisarily need to be informative. There's just as much potential to use the openness for more discussion-based articles... tho I think having both an article tab and a discussion tab confuses that a lot too. I'm kinda new here, so I'm not sure if there's a better place here to have this conversation. ♥ Jedi liz 13:46, 18 Apr 2005 (CDT)
Thanks for the dialog! I think it should continue in the Community Portal, and I'll probably move most of this content there and point to it from here.
I agree that we're all feeling out the best way to use UUWiki. Perhaps "activist" wasn't the word I was looking for. I see UUWiki as a way to support a grass-roots collaboration process, which is what wikis are best at in my experience. I think the official home pages of districts, congregations, etc should be on domains owned by those entities, and maintained by them. UUWiki could be used to work out new ideas and material within organizations, and for cross-fertilization between groups of UUs.
As for discussion vs "informative" pages - I think a huge benefit of wikis is that they can be used to generate "consensus" content, which is by its nature concise and unsigned and thus very accessible to new people who stumble across the articles. When there is disagreement on the content, signed discussion on the "discussion" pages, or via mailing lists, is good. The discussion pages can also be seen as valuable content themselves. So UUWiki can have both styles. --NealMcB 09:39, 24 Apr 2005 (CDT)