Week Six Reflection

This week we moved on from reading about and making observations on wikis to actually working on a wiki. We created our own personal pages, then formed groups to practice creating and editing content in a collaborative setting. This assignment was a lot easier for me because I already had some experience working with this particular wiki as I had taken Elements of Electronic Rhetoric with the same professor last semester, but it did surprise me a little to find how much I had un-learned over Christmas break. While I would still consider myself adept at using WikiWords and basic formatting such as bolding fonts and using bulletpoints, I had to re-learn the [[URL | Title]] format for off-wiki links, and I gained several new skill such as using block quotes and inserting/editing pictures. This was also the first time I used the wiki with the understanding that I and anyone else could edit any page, as last semester we could only edit our personal pages and those we created from them using wiki words.

My group chose to work on WikiAsPersonalNotebook and WelcomeRitual. Most of my participation revolved around taking what others had previously written and elaborating on it. For example, I took one portion that read,

“A great approach to GettingStarted on a wiki would be to learn how to use the wiki. This includes everything from editing pages and entering code to wiki etiquette. When it comes to the technical aspects, you may want to spend some time practicing editing pages in a SandBox.
Once you have some sort of almost-idea of the Wiki and the WikiPurpose, try to find a WikiNewbie Page or a page OnFirstEnteringAPage. Also, FormattingRules change from wiki to wiki, so learning our wikis guidelines is helpful helpful helpful”

added my own content and did a little bit of editing, which resulted in,

“A great approach to GettingStarted on a wiki would be to learn how to use the wiki. This includes everything from editing pages and entering code to wiki etiquette. When it comes to the technical aspects, you may want to spend some time practicing editing pages in a SandBox. Play around with headings, font effects such as bolding or italicizing, creating bulletpoint lists, and adding links and pictures to a page.
Once you have some sort of almost-idea of the Wiki and the WikiPurpose, try to find a WikiNewbie Page or a page OnFirstEnteringAPage. Also, FormattingRules change from wiki to wiki, so learning our wikis guidelines is helpful helpful helpful! It would also be useful to have a look around at pages that other wiki users have added, so as not to be out of the communication loop.
After you’ve done such reading, the fastest way to transition from “Semi-Lost” to “Not Lost” is to simply jump in and start adding and refactoring material. Unless it has been stated otherwise, any page is fair game, and you are welcome to create your own by using WikiWords. The only rules are whatever WikiSocialNorms have been outlined by the users, and these are usually very loose guidelines such as “don’t be totally rude/disrespectful” or “try to stay sort of on topic.” Other than that, do whatever you want! Add whatever content you believe is relevant. and feel free to edit other people’s pages. Don’t just complain about a page being full of typos or incorrect information. On a wiki you have the power to fix those things.”

A complete list of the changes to the pages can be found here for WelcomeRitual, and here for WikiAsPersonalNotebook.

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