A post in the gear discussion forum,Knee Bindings was exported to a wiki article The Kneebinding Scoop. While the information is valuable and very interesting, I'm unsure of keeping this as a wiki because it is the unique contribution of one member, while wikis are intended to be collaborative. As such, any modification of this post in a wiki is unfair to the original poster. The correct way to create a wiki article in this case would have been to include the original post as a source and attribute it by linking. The article should have been written to include other viewpoints and reviews in a way that changes could be made to technical aspects without changing the words of a single author, who should have been attributed as a sole source in this wiki. In my opinion, Wiki articles that are the contribution of one member should be locked from any further modification, and should only be posted as articles with the consent of the original poster. Alternatively, this wiki could morph into an excerpt of Rick Howell's comments surrounded by appropriate collaborative information.
We do not have guidelines in place yet, but I think we will need to adopt this approach soon. This thread is to discuss what the members want to adopt as posting guidelines and limitations for wiki articles. I need your input in order to have that feature serve the community, and limit the potential for commercial and individual abuse, and to ensure articles are relevant and collaborative. Issues such as citing sources, authentication and interactive editing are all new for this site. I also see the need to bring in additional moderator help to deal with the greatly expanded scope of what was once only a forum. Your help in this is appreciated.
Edited by Cirquerider - Fri, 06 Feb 09 19:51:50 GMT