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January 30, 2008


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Michael, this is a great idea. You know, I'm struggling with this at work, myself. I've been tasked to give a training/evangelization session on our corporate wiki. We have low participation on the wiki, and most of it is driven by a few crazies like me. What I find myself doing most often is organizing, not authoring. I almost have no time to author new content since I'm busy making other people's contributions readable. It's strange that I never thought to try the stub route. That has worked well on Wikipedia. Actually, my co-enthusiast at work has started to do this. He set up the sales department's wiki space. He created page template and some general page hierarchies.

I definitely think that putting effort into organizing a wiki page is useful. I still haven't decided if having a hierarchical page structure is a good idea. I think that more experience will help me form a better opinion of this.

Again, kudos for bringing forth this idea. Wikis are still very emergent in the business world. Tips like these will help us evangelists convince the non-believers.

Michael Idinopulos

Thanks for the comment. A little structure in a wiki is not a bad thing. My only caution is that you don't want to go overboard on structure. We've all been on overstructured websites where the real content was 5 or 6 clicks away, or where there are dozens of blank pages. Remember, the structure you impose is just scaffolding.

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