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Wiki interactions are free-form, so you may invent your own style, your own way of doing things. The basic rule seems to be -- Do the Right Thing. Here are some ideas to try out --
Write a signed document
- Write a page, an article, an essay, or some similar block of thought, and put your User Name at the end so folks can see who wrote it. Signed articles invite comment, just by being on a wiki. Since a signature says "I wrote this", it would be best to leave the text of a signed article alone, and simply add comments to the bottom of the article, like a reviewer's notes. In other words, if you disagree with a signed article, state your disagreement rather than editing the article to make it agree with your view. Comments are usually signed, but not always.
Write an unsigned document
- An article with no signature, an anonymous article, is usually an idea that wants improvement. Anyone who comes along can edit the article, or even claim ownership by hanging a signature on it!
Start a thread
- A "thread" is a series of connected comments, a running discussion. Threads might evolve from any kind of document, if people get into dicussing the contents of the originating document. To keep straight who said what, it's usually a good idea to sign contributions to a thread, or at least initial them like this -- jer
Split a thread
- Sometimes a branch, or subtopic, of a thread seems to take on a life of its own. These subtopics might be happier if they were split off into a new page, with a link from (and back to!) the originating page.
Refactor a page
- Sometimes, enough is enough. When a page becomes too unwieldy read and understand, it's time to restructure it, perhaps into several pages, with links on the original page -- "Moved to..." and topic contents on the original page replaced with summaries.
Inject a comment
- Insert a comment into a running discussion with some kind of indicator that there has been a shift in authorship. I like to use a different level of indentation from the previous paragraph. If the break is severe enough, use a horizontal rule with a little identifying header.
Do it your way
- The main idea is to communicate. If you have a better way of doing that than the examples you see on this or other wikis, try it out! Show your stuff. You could start a whole new trend of doing things a better way, and we'll all benefit from it.
-- Jerry Muelver