Shared:Should you use this wiki?

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Since you are here, you probably think the wiki may be a useful tool in solving your problems. Below are questions and answers that can help you find out if this wiki is the right tool for you.


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Are wikis really that widely used?

Yes: examine this list of businesses and universities using wikis. The list includes well known universities like Georgia Tech, MIT, Duke University, Harvard, Yale and Stanford, and Fortune 500 like Sony, Kroger, and BMW. Even the FBI and our own local Turner Broadcasting use wikis. Most importantly, we have the opportunity to use wikis at GGC. (Microsoft itself uses wikis!)


Do you want to use this to help you teach a class?

Yes: this wiki is currently used by a number of instructors for this purpose. Keep in mind that the degree to which you provide the structure for collaboration has a large influence on how successfully your class will be able to use it. The main page lists several classes that are using the wiki. Feel free to contact the instructors of these classes to get a more personal answer about whether using it in your class would be the right idea or not. Also, most of the instructors using the wiki would be glad to let you copy their structure for use in your class - just ask.
No: this wiki is useful for many other purposes as well, not just for teaching classes.

Do you want a collaboration tool with a web interface?

Yes: this wiki provides a web interface. Editing and viewing are done directly on web pages.
No: you probably need another solution.

Do you want a WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get)?

Yes: this wiki does not provide a WYSIWYG editor. If you really must have a WYSIWYG editor, you should probably consider using another wiki. Keep in mind that we use the same software Wikipedia uses, meaning that editing and creating articles is no harder than contributing to Wikipedia. The syntax is fairly simple and easy to learn.
No: no problem here. We use the same software Wikipedia uses, meaning that editing and creating articles is no harder than contributing to Wikipedia. The syntax is fairly simple and easy to learn.

Is it okay if everyone sees what you post?

Yes: no problem here. This wiki is viewable by the general public.
No: you probably need another solution since this wiki is viewable by the general public. A wiki may still be a great solution for you, just don't use this wiki. If you are at GGC, you may want to request that another wiki site be created that is only viewable by registered users.

Do you want to restrict edits to registered users?

Yes: no problem here. Only registered users can edit this wiki.
No: you probably need another solution since this wiki is only editable by registered users. Opening editing to everyone requires a large number of individuals to diligently patrol changes to make sure they are appropriate which is one of the primary reasons this GGC wiki requires registration to edit pages.

Do you want to be able to track who changed what parts of the wiki?

Yes: no problem here. Clicking on 'Page History' shows who edited what when. Tracking changes in this way enables us to make sure everyone uses the wiki in an appropriate manner.
No: since registration is required for editing, all changes are tracked. If you want registered users to be able to anonymously post, you won't be able to do it on this wiki.

Do you want to be able to post many types of files including PDF, Word, Powerpoint, zip, and others?

Yes: no problem here. This wiki allows you to post many types of files, not just images.
No: no problem here. You don't need to post files unless you want to.

Do you want to be able to post HTML?

Yes: this wiki allows some, but not all html to be posted. If you just want a web page, request one at the GGC Help Desk.
No: no problem here. If you later change your mind, this wiki allows some, but not all html to be posted.

Do I have to learn a bunch of strange code to use the wiki?

Yes and No: you do have to learn a little bit about the codes used to make wiki pages, but there are also some buttons you can use for simple tasks like making font bold, making links, and inserting images. Keep in mind that we use the same software Wikipedia uses, meaning that editing and creating articles is no harder than contributing to Wikipedia. The syntax is fairly simple and easy to learn.
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