Category External Link

CategoryExternalLink is for Wiki pages which serve primarily to link to something of interest outside of WikiWikiWeb.

In June 2001 MarkoSchulz proposed to DeleteThisCategory. While quite a lot pages are in this category he saw no benefit or use in this. Hereupon some uses were proposed:

Nobody stepped up to claim that he actually uses this category in any of the ways proposed above. Still the decision was reached that this category should remain. A lot of work went into it and the benefits of deleting it are marginal.

Some discussion moved to CategoriesDiscussion.

I find it interesting that there is a CategoryExternalLinks? page with discussion to keep or delete and nobody has edited or contributed to this page since 2001 and there is not one external link on the whole page. -- DavidLippincott

This page provides a ReverseIndex to pages with external links. It's not a place to put external links.

I expect there will be a lot more merit in this page moving forward.

Just during the 12 months that I have been learning about wikis, I have noticed an incredible growth in the number of wikis that are available.

I really appreciate that WardsWiki, as the oldest wiki, has an extremely well developed sense of community; part of the reason for its success. That being said, other communities such as WikiPedia have emerged and are obviously succeeding in serving information needs of a different nature. I believe there is merit in linking to these from this site, while making it obvious where the link terminates so that one knows where one is likely to end up. Extending the use of a category such as this to allow one to infer who has recommended the link as a significant further benefit. (One of the reasons I buy Microsoft's Encarta is because I 'trust' their editors to effectively filter much of the web's content that I find irrelevant or biased.)

On that basis (and in the hope that many of the www's wikis will find their own sense of enduring purpose) I suspect there will be significant benefit in finding ways to Weave them together (perhaps creating a WwWw? (WovenWWW) or even a WikiWovenWww?). -- HansWobbe

DeclareAndLink, InsertByLinking, and suggest putting URIs OnceAndOnlyOnce on only a single page of the entire wiki. (Software enforcement of this processes might reduce spam). If such a URI was mentioned on several pages, someone could refactor it to a single page, the kind of page that would be tagged CategoryExternalLink.

Are ExternalWikiLink and CategoryExternalLink mutually exclusive (i.e., does CategoryExternalLink refer to static pages that are not part of any wiki) ? Or is ExternalWikiLink a subset of CategoryExternalLink (i.e., does CategoryExternalLink refer to all pages) ?


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