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The discussion that led up to the article
For the next issue of HyperText, IET's quarterly student newsletter of campus computing news, we're going to be running an article about the Davis Wiki. We're calling for requests for pages to be included in a "Highlights of the Wiki" section.
If possible, please include in your suggestions:
A few of your favorite pages on the wiki
What's interesting about them
Some of their main features
And, if the pages are large, complicated, or tricky, some suggestions on how to navigate them
I'm not sure I've encountered pages where navigation was so bad as to warrant explanation. Maybe some of the features of the wiki might be tricky, but reading a page should be fairly effortless!
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2005-09-10 17:04:36 This page seems to be degrading quickly lol. Come on guys, this is a publication that's distributed all over campus - it's a good change to highlight the wiki. (This is Mike not Vivian haha) —VivianPham
2005-09-10 17:07:44 They should give us a word limit and any general requirements and let the wiki write the article. —CarlMcCabe
2005-09-10 17:11:28 "Imaging reading this article, only each time you come back to read it someone else has stopped by to improve it in some small way. Imagine if you too could edit it and improve it. The underlying principle has been applied to a website about Davis that has already seen over a year of improvement and now has 5000 pages that have been added, editied, revised, and are waiting for you to improve" — were you thinking of something like that Carl? —JasonAller
The Payphone Project is my favorite page/set of pages on the wiki. It's collection of information and photographs of payphones around town. Most of these phones will be gone in 10 years or so given the rate of cellular phone adoption. It combines 2600-esque technology lore with the need to archive the fleeting, and it's very, very local. —PhilipNeustrom
2005-09-10 18:35:26 yeah, but payphone info is 99% useless. it's cool, but useless. an up-to-date list of wi-fi hotspots is more useful. —ArlenAbraham
2005-09-17 10:33:06 My picks: Night Time, Town Flora, The Worst Intersection in Davis, In-N-Out Secret Menu, Living Cheaply, Mystery Picture and Good Ideas For Dates. I'm very tempted to add Police Misconduct Stories, as it illustrates how the wiki can be socially relevant in a very serious way, although I worry about some of the content. —JabberWokky
2005-09-17 10:34:13 I'd say a good critera is: Useful, quirky, innovative, Wiki original content and demonstrative pages. That's how I picked the above. —JabberWokky
2005-09-17 10:42:46 A good substitution for the Police Misconduct page, in terms of positive social impact, would be to highlight the ["Honorable Businesses"] and Unethical Business Practices pages. —CarlMcCabe
I retract this comment since it looks like those pages are about to get axed. Nevertheless, I think the ability to see customer comments highlighting the good and bad among Davis' businesses is a great feature of the wiki. I think this will have an increasingly strong effect on the community because it will shed light on those businesses that seem to be lurking in the shadows. Hopefully it will force them to reconsider their practices. ...and yeah, well, Hot Sauce is pretty cool too.
2005-09-18 03:33:41 I'm partial to ASUCD, even though it's a long and somewhat confusing page. It covers a huge amount of material, but in a relatively unbiased way (except against Vicki, of course). I don't know how else any normal person would even know anything the student government did without ASUCD wiki branch pages. Not that I'm dissing The Aggie — the wiki is just a better format here. —BrentLaabs
2005-10-02 11:27:51 That was an excellent article! —JackHaskel