The wiki is a type of website that allows anyone on the internet to add new content or make changes to existing content. It can be thought of as an open platform for sharing and adding information from different sources, where users can edit any page, add images or video, and create new pages about topics of their choice. Wikis are typically very easy to use and change because they have built-in editing features that allow users to quickly and easily modify content in just a few clicks!
What is a wiki
A wiki is a type of website that allows anyone on the internet to add new content or make changes to existing content and it is typically very easy and fast for users to change content in just a few clicks. A wiki can be used for anything! Wikipedia, for example, is the most popular free encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers around the world. Wikis provide an open platform where people can share and add information from different sources. On wikis, users can edit any page, add images or video, and create new pages about topics of their choice.
Why should you create one
There are a number of reasons you might want to create a wiki:
You need a place for your team to store and share information about your work.
You want to start a shared project with people in your field and you need somewhere public to post updates, or to store files for later use.
You want to organize the knowledge in your area of expertise. Wikis make it easy for anyone interested in the topic to add new content or make changes
These are just some reasons why someone may decide they want to create a wiki!
How to start your own wiki
1. Create a Wikia account and sign in
2. Click on the following link: https://docs.wikia.com/wiki/Wikia:How_to_start_a_new_project
3. Follow the simple steps under “Choosing Your Wiki Type”, “Naming Your Wiki”, and “Setting Up Your Site” to get your wiki started!
Types of wikis that are available
Wikis come in all shapes and sizes, but there are generally two general types to choose from:
Type 1: The classic wiki allows every user to create and edit any page. This type of wiki is typically not moderated, so it can get very messy with spam or vandalism. If you’re thinking of using this type of wiki for your website, please take that into consideration.
Type 2: A closed wiki limits who can edit or add content to the site. Users can only contribute if they have the right permissions, which means wikis are more likely to stay organized without any spam or vandalism.
If you still aren’t sure what kind of wiki might work best for you, feel free to request a demo in the comments below. I’d be happy to help you create a wiki for your organization!
Examples of wikis that you can use right now
I live in Canada and I chose to use “All Canadian Wiki” as my example.
You don’t even need to register an account on the site before you can create your own pages! This is a great advantage for people who want to write collaboratively on something they’re interested in, but might not necessarily know enough about all the different topics. Wikis also encourage posters to find as many sources as possible so that readers can be as informed as possible.
Wiki etiquette and policies
Wikis are typically open for editing by the public. There are several things to be aware of when editing a wiki, which is called “wiki etiquette”. This means users need to know how to edit without interfering with other people’s work, notifying others about their edits, and not making edits that disrupt Wikipedia’s editorial vision. There are also policies at Wikipedia that state what information should go into certain articles. For example, an article about a person should only have the basic biographical information about them, including date of birth and death if applicable. The article should also mention any awards or honors they have received.