Why We Write With Wiki

An amusing amount of "w's in this title. Here we explore why people write in Wikipedia and in more general the motivations for writing in the new wiki we seek to create for The Decentralised, Permanent Web.

# We don't

A first thing to note, is that we don't. Very few people write in wiki, many try. Most fail. Blogs and forums and chat groups are by far the more successful collaborative writing media.

On the other hand only wiki has succeeded in creating aggregations of organised knowledge, rather than simple searchable archives of individual comment.

We should pay attention to the fail, and note the amount (and direction) of effort required to succeed. Wiki's succeed when sufficient directed effort is invested into the social aspects of the conversation around the content. Wiki is a culture supported by minimal tooling.

# Motive

Here we should investigate in depth the motivations of Wikipedians - not just what they say, but what they dream of and wont tell us.

# Lost Context

# See also