Wiki Reader

WikiReader is the "raison d'etre" for WardsWiki. We are here to create content and to talk about PeopleProjectsAndPatterns and InformalHistoryOfProgrammingIdeas, but such talks have no value if the WikiReaders don't derive any value from it.

There are other reasons for people coming here (like for example: "It's a cool place where I cyber-socialize with other geeks", "I am here to make connections that will help me find a better job", "I am here to get some answers to questions I have at work.", "I am here to promote my pet project or pet technology.") and almost all of those reasons are legitimate and should be recognized as such. But, and there is a big but here, you can have all the reasons in the world and pursue your own personal goals on WardsWiki, if the net result of your actions is adding value for the WikiReaders.

Why should it be this way?

There are a couple of reasons:

The devil is in the details

Yeah, we wish it was that simple. Let's all declare our attachment to the principle of providing wiki readers, and milk and honey will overflow WardsWiki. Not quite. Reasonable people may differ on how the mythical WikiReader is best served, even to the point where conflicts arise. Hopefully more elaboration will follow about the devil is in these details.

Suffice it to say for now, that while it is often difficult to achieve the best decision on how to serve the reader, it is a lot easier for a reasonable person to decide what does not provide value to the reader. But, remember to ask yourself the question "What value does this provide to the reader?" This is always the hard part.

WikiReader is an important but forgotten part of the "larger community" of WardsWiki. Here we refer to people who lurk, read but do not do page editing, aside from the occasional spam reversal/spelling correction chore. Or WikiPenance.


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