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    Quote Originally Posted by eldon View Post
    That sounds exactly like CADTutor. Is there any need to set up another system?
    Exactly what I was thinking, CADTutor is already much better than a Wiki.
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    I think a Wiki would be very helpful and if by some chance a joker posts something that is wrong or malicious it will be easily discovered and amended by someone else here.

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    David, just curious, in what timescale were you thinking of implementing such a feature - it doesn't look like we have a conclusive vote, I think very few people have seen the thread.
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    Actually, I haven't voted yet as I wanted to see how the disucssion progressed.

    My personal feeling is why don't we try a "test" wiki? Pick a subject and let's have at it. That should tell us in short order if it is a good idea or not. We'll call it a work-in-progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ReMark View Post
    Actually, I haven't voted yet as I wanted to see how the disucssion progressed.
    Ah.. I see we have ourselves a fence-sitter

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    My personal feeling is why don't we try a "test" wiki? Pick a subject and let's have at it. That should tell us in short order if it is a good idea or not. We'll call it a work-in-progress.
    Good plan - test a pilot for a duration, then evaluate again.
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    I don't have a fixed timescale but I was thinking some time during 2011.

    I understand the point people are making about this forum BEING a wiki of sorts but the FAQ/Wiki could improve on what we have. The original concept for the FAQ section was that we discovered that the same questions were being asked many times on the forum and we thought it would be a good idea to compile some model answers to the most common questions so that when those questions were asked again, the response to the OP would be "see the model answer here..." rather than answering the same question each time.

    Unfortunately, it has become clear that a managed FAQ is not really sustainable and my feeling is that since we have a vibrant community around the forum, we could probably create and maintain a useful wiki. Over the years, people have published lots of really useful stuff here and it seems sensible top collate it in a structure that is easily searchable and navigable.

    A test may be a good idea but my fear would be that if it were considered only a test, people may be reluctant to commit their time to a project that may be terminated. I would prefer a consesnus one way or the other and then just go for it (or not).
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    That was enough to get me to vote in the affirmative. Let's do it.
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    I think a wiki would be a good idea and would complement the CADTutor forum. Its not a case of having one or the other, its more a case of having an added feature. There are enough people here with an outstanding amount of knowledge, who dedicate an enormous amount of time just trying to help other people out, and they get nothing for their efforts (other than the occasional clout behind the ear from the boss for spending so much time "surfing" the net). It can only be a good thing. A pilot, rather than a test, would help find out if it would work and also indicate the amount of interest there is for one. Would it be editable just from forum members or would everyone out ther be able to edit.

    From within the wiki could there not be internal links to the FAQ and the various forums? And similarly from the FAQ/forums to the wiki?
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    A wiki would take a little work and a little thought to set up, but I believe it would be worth the effort. We'd have to set up categories, such as drawing objects and commands, with templates for each type of page. We'd need a style (standards) page. We'd need to disambiguate some terms, such as profile, that have multiple meanings.

    Some topics to consider. How do we cover the changes in a command from one version to the next? Do we put all the options on one page and break them out chronologically, functionally, alphabetically--or have a separate page for each option? Would we include AutoLISP or VBA, and again, how would we handle versioning? Would we include examples for each command, include tutorials incorporating several commands, refer the user elsewhere, or do all three?
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    Just bumping this thread as it seems to have been forgotten over Christmas

    I think cyberangel makes some good points. A Wikki is not a quick fix, and will not only require effort, but structure and standards (one of the reasons the FAQ was deliberately convoluted in the writing and approval process). We discovered during the early stages of FAQ writing that enthusiasm didn't make for great material for the resource, partly due to competition in becoming the author of as many contributions as possible. Is the wiki likely to suffer the same issue, along with bruised egos having contributions edited?

    What are the safeguards against disgruntled forum members/banned spammers wreaking havoc in the Wiki?
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