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    Question Does this site need a Wiki?

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    As some of you will know, this site has an FAQ section where commonly asked questions about AutoCAD are given model answers so that beginners or others can be refferred to these rather than members having to answer in a thread every time the same question is asked.

    It seemed like a good idea at the time to form a team to implement the FAQ and for a while it went well. However, members come and members go and it has been difficult to keep the project going - in truth, it has stalled.

    So, my question to the community is: would it be beneficial to replace the closed (only editable by a small team) FAQ section with an open Wiki that any member could contribute to? Obviously, the content in the FAQ would be migrated but it strikes me that the community is so good at running this forum that an integrated Wiki could work equally well.

    I'd love to know your views.
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    The problem that you will have with a Wiki is the information will differ from person to person. I think it would be a very useful thing to have but could take a long time to get up and running.

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    How is information in a Wiki vetted?
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    with a wiki i find a discussion page for edits essential. otherwise, you will not know the logic used by a contributor, and the item gets changed back and forth. a good wiki, i expect, is a complex affair.

    but i'm all for it - this forum is excellent at getting the right answer quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daftlad View Post
    The problem that you will have with a Wiki is the information will differ from person to person.
    Well, articles are collaborative efforts and the idea is that this results in a consensus - just as it does at Wikipedia.

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    How is information in a Wiki vetted?
    By the community. Obviously, we may need to appoint editors to keep things in order but my hope is that it would be a light touch approach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CADTutor View Post
    By the community. Obviously, we may need to appoint editors to keep things in order but my hope is that it would be a light touch approach.
    I think you may be looking at more than just a "light Touch".

    I think it would be a brilliant idea and would love to see the finished product and think it would be really useful. I may be jumping the line but personally I think it may involve alot of work.

    Just my view

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    Maybe we could have a "test" wiki? My suggestion would be How to speed up AutoCAD. Maybe it could include information about benchmarking one's system and gauging AutoCAD's affect on virtual memory. Are links permitted in a wiki?
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    ReMark - i could be wrong here, and generally your knowledge is leagues ahead of my comprehension, so it's possible (!), but don't you just stick up a question / topic and wait for people to answer and develop it?
    if you want to include benchmarking, you add it, and wait and see if the community aggrees - otherwise it will be deleted.
    i figured it would be just like the forum pages, regarding links etc. - if they are relevant, they stay, if not, they go.

    or have i missed something?

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    test wiki is a good idea!

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    You bring up a good point. Since I have no "wiki" experience maybe I am under the wrong impression of what would/would not be included. I'll have to do some research on the topic.
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