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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCAD View Post
    It would greatly reduce the other chatter that goes on in a thread and remove the "oh no you didn't"s and the "oh yes I did"s. Some of these threads require people to read through a few pages of replies and that wouldn't happen with a wiki.
    That happens quite a lot. Someone will post "why can't I ...." and then there are a dozen more posts as to exactly what and why the person is trying to do that in the first place. Many times we discover that what the person really wanted to do is something entirely different than what they thought they wanted. Couple months go by, and someone new posts the same question worded a different way. It take time to read through all the diagnostic posts to find the answer, or worse yet read through it all and discover that you're on the wrong track. If you are doing this at work, most employers will take the explanation of "I was not surfing, I was trying to find out how to...." but if you boss comes back by 3 hours later and you're still trying to find out how to whatever, it's not always well received. If they browse the wiki, and then post a question it might save everyone concerned some time. Even if they don't, posting a link to the wiki might answer the question without the diagnostics.
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    Downside of Wiki: everyone can edit anything.
    Upside of Wiki: everyone can edit anything.

    I am all for the idea of a wiki. Its a format that many people are familiar with and it (somewhat surprising in my opinion) has turned out to work good, at least as far as I know.

    The question of why there is a need for a wiki when this forum works in a similar fashion has been answered and I agree with that. And to have a wiki to "lift" the questions and answers to would mean personally less want to de-off-topic some threads.

    The main advantage of a wiki that I see is what David brought up first, the members of the FAQ team, as well as their time, come and go and when a driving force (good or bad) leaves, that disrupted the work to the degree that a full halt happened. With a Wiki I believe it is much easier to devote the time you have when you have it (and not feel bad when you don't have time for a while or anymore) to the project.

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    A poll would be good for this thread to see the distribution of opinion
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    I think a Wiki Page would be realy useful, Especially with the AutoCAD basics, I know that this was mentioned in previous posts. I myself, find the FAQ useful and have dabbled in it from time to time. I also have to agree with others who Pointed out Wikis are a great source of information, but are subject to fradulent or false info. I do find Wikis to be quite useful, but even here at work i Use a forum over a wiki. Granted, my work is a much, much smaller community.

    Also I know alot of the times reading through a post is tedious, but i do not find it over cumbersome.

    I guess the Wiki site could possibly clean up and store some of the basics. I mean having an entire page dedicated to lets say "viewports"; what they do, how they work, and how to maniuplate them would be more than useful to many people in the CADtutor Community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Mac View Post
    A poll would be good for this thread to see the distribution of opinion
    Good idea - poll added.
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    I just voted and noticed I was the 6th person to vote. Maybe this threat is somewhat hidden for a poll?
    Anyway, wiki would be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoW View Post
    I just voted and noticed I was the 6th person to vote. Maybe this threat is somewhat hidden for a poll?
    Anyway, wiki would be good.
    The poll was only added a few posts ago
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    Yeah, but I meant to say that this thread it is not noticed very often by others I believe.

    Of topic: using this occasion to mention you have a nice website Lee, you do put a lot of effort in things.
    Not only in programming lisp but also in other stuff like your site. Thanks for adding so much to the community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoW View Post
    Yeah, but I meant to say that this thread it is not noticed very often by others I believe.
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    Of topic: using this occasion to mention you have a nice website Lee, you do put a lot of effort in things.
    Not only in programming lisp but also in other stuff like your site. Thanks for adding so much to the community.
    Thanks Marco - I really appreciate it
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    I sometimes mutter about creating a wiki here at my work. A wiki for our CAD standards and/or a wiki to keep track of all our software and licenses. I've played with wiki using Google sites a bit. I think a CADtutor wiki could be great. I could post links to work FAQs I get for AutoCAD questions right to here instead of making my own.
    Last edited by Blam; 17th Dec 2010 at 10:55 pm. Reason: adding thoughts.

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