Cass R. Sunstein on Wikis - Dictionary of Arguments
Wikis/Sunstein: Wikis for critical legal questions are led in the American Ministry of Defense. Some of them also concern national security issues. Some of these files are renewed daily.
With the problem of working through large amounts of text, fragments were distributed to groups that created wikis, which were later merged. So it happened in 2005 with documents about prisoners in Guantanamo by volunteers of the liberal blog Daily Kos; the Wiki dKosopedia was created.
Wikis also help to take account of rapidly changing data, e. g. within companies. While books are not yet written, processes and costs change. In Wikis, the material can be processed by any employee.
In this way, individual knowledge is constantly taken into account.
Wikis are not written by individuals. We all write them down. This can result in a Daily Us ((s) instead of a "Daily Me").
Ward Cunnigham, the developer of the first Wiki server in 1994, wrote that wiki is inherently democratic, each user has the same possibilities as everyone else. (1) See also (2).
VsWiki/VsCunningham/Sunstein: does this fact make the Wikis not susceptible to vandalism?
Ward CunninghamVs: experience shows that this is not the case, even without precautions. (3)
Documentation/Wikis/Sunstein: a currently important application of wikis is the technical documentation of ongoing projects and documentation in many open software projects.
The motivation here lies not in economic incentives, as in prediction markets, but in the interest of the participants to keep things going.
1. See Bol Leuf and Ward Cunningham, The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web (Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2001), 15.
2. Für einen Überblick: WikiWikiWeb site, the place to go is http:/c2.com/cgi/wiki; it includes many thousands of pages with discussions of software design.
3. Bol Leuf/Cunningham ibid. p. 17._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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