by Alexandra in WMass
Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:51:21 AM EST
I decided a few days ago, falsely emboldened by my newly acquired knowledge of HTML, that I would figure out what the ET Wiki was all about. There had been some hint that it might solve the troubled rational and orderly side of my mind, which kept coming back to a quote from a New York Times reporter talking about blogs in 2004: "Never have so many people written so much to be read by so few" and wondering how much good writing, analysis and investigation written for ET disappeared into the archives to never easily be retrieved.
So what is ET wiki and is it of any use? I looked and to my surprise I found ...
Update [2006-2-8 15:46:5 by Alexandra in WMass]: see end of the diary for some updates
bumped back up ~ whataboutbob (2-11)
ET wiki is "intended to act as a repository of wisdom and a glossary for the European Tribune community". That was a good beginning. I was ready to learn more and followed the instructions "if you're new to Wikis have a look at the documentation referenced under tools or mess around in the wikiSandbox until you get the hang of it".
But that's where the surprise came. It turns out you have to travel to China to find the WikiSandbox. As of this posting the WikiSandbox instructions read as follows:
< a href=http://www.beijingimpression.com>Beijing Tour</ a>,Active China travel agency based in Beijing offers Beijing budget & deluxe tours,tour and travel information on Beijing hotels,Beijing flights,Beijing attractions, Beijing restaurants,Beijing shopping,Beijing travel service,China tour. Beijing Travel, < a href=http://www.beijingimpression.com>Beijing Tours</ a>, Beijing Hotels: China Tour Operator Beijing travel and tour information on Beijing hotels, attraction, dining, shopping,travel service as well as China tours.
I think someone had been messing around in the sandbox before I got there. I decided to do my own tour of ET Wiki. After all there were some fairly clear categories listed to help me find my way around. I can report back that our Thinktank has also migrated to China, that Energy and Environmental issues are really all about Beijing hotels and that when it comes to EU politics it's all about some fake Do Rank spam control links.
As for the "ET community" if you believe the wiki we are in great peril, although I'm not sure I'm translating correctly. See for yourself:
Now, thank goodness we have afew to populate the economics section with his interesting article on the flat tax and the tools for action are alive and well thanks, I gather, to the work of gradinski chai and Melanchthon.
Now on the theme of "tools for action" a little search for previous comments about ET wiki revealed some discussion last October about a Locust Watch site http://www.LocustWatch.org which seems to be related, or maybe not, to ET.
Finally, since our wiki seemed "pas vraiment dans son assiette aujourd'hui", that is, not quite himself or herself today, I clicked on the dKosopedia link of ET wiki's home page. I was somewhat disappointed. My quick look at dKosopedia revealed a site for which, it seems, new content is written independent of what's already on Wikipedia and what I imagine must a wealth of content in the archives of Dkos. Why duplicate efforts?
So my question remains how does ET wiki work and what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, to paraphrase the famous anti war song refrain? Should I just come to terms with the closet librarian in me and realize that it's ok for all this good work to be ephemeral even if "never have so many people written so much to be read by so few"? Perhaps the answer is not in Wiki but in some keyword system that allows for better searches of past posts.
What do you think?
Update [2006-2-7 21:53:9 by Alexandra in WMass]: Since I wrote this I've learned how to add links to the wiki and added a few, it's a rather random selection. It's very easy to add links just click on edit in the top right corner of the screen then either put the URL starting with http or to hyperlink text:
*[[http://www.eurotribwiki.com/pmwiki.php/Main/HomePage|European tribune wiki]]
gives you an indented European tribune wiki
[Update [2006-2-10 14:18:37 by Alexandra in WMass]:] I edited the wiki categories a bit we now have:
Under COLLABORATION TOOLS:
* ET Community members
* Tools for Action
* Wiki-ET Technical tips
And under TOPICS:
* Art and Culture
* European Union Politics
* Politics and Policy by Country
* Misc other
--- Feel free to make suggestions