I unveiled the Wiki on Thursday and by Friday night I had two contributions. Thank you Jax and Kieran. Especially to you, Kieran because by making the odd contribution and by asking me outright: “what is the policy on contributions?”, you have forced me to consider something that really does need to get considered.
First of all, I do want contributions. In theory this is a massive undertaking, never ending and practically limitless and there’s no way I can do it all on my own.
But, at the same time, no two libertarians think alike. I don’t want turf wars where A and B compete to edit and de-edit the same page. It’s going to be bad enough when some trot does it - as they will - so, I don’t want it happening amongst friends.
Here’s a potential answer:
1. Only edit your own pages.
2. If you really can’t stand what someone has written create a page of your own
The owner is the creator unless he assigns ownership to someone else. Ownership is assigned by making a statement to that effect on the page in question. Anyone can contribute to the Discussion/Talk pages.
So, that means that anyone can create a page? Yes, I guess it does. And the eagle-eyed will notice that this radically alters the nature of the Wiki. It’s not my exclusive show any more and I will have to link to pages that other people control. So, perhaps the name ought to change - not that it actually has an official name just yet.
I’ve long wanted something that goes into greater depth than the average blog posting, something that could explain what I think and why I think it, and something that could be updated in the light of new thoughts (or old thoughts long forgotten) and new information. The only problem has been the lack of suitable software. MediaWiki isn’t quite perfect but it is near enough to test the concept, which, in case you were in any doubt, I think is a goer.
It’s far from complete – indeed, I doubt if it ever will be – there’ll always be something to add, but the key thing is that the structure is there and it can be built on.
Do feel free to leave comments either here or on the discussion pages (warning- you’ll have to log in first but that’s easy-peasy). If I use anything full credit will, of course, be given. You will discover that it is possible to edit pages but it’s probably best if you don’t unless you can live with having every last comma deleted.