Opinionated Wiki

Federated Wiki and the people building and promoting have some strong opinions about how one should wiki that not all participants will immediately agree with.

It is impossible to trace all of the cultures from which Fedwiki hails but Wiki, Github and Open Source will have been influential. There is also an emergent culture of Fedwikihappening, evident in participants' contributions and strongly influenced by statements from leaders like "What we try to do, in Federated Wiki, is..."

## No inline links It's discouraged to create an inline (i.e. normal) link to things that are not wiki pages. This can suggest that external resources are second-class. Mike Caulfield even highlighted it in video #6 . See Link Word.

This can be seen as a solution that is assumed to suit the community associated with the wiki but also reinforces privileging of in-wiki knowledge by cultural (rather than technical) enforcement of local rules, as can be seen in this example of Wikipedia erasing women's voices.

A possible explanation is that short external link names free up namespace for internal links to be more descriptive. It's unclear how these namespaces are related, if at all.

## One idea per page Mike's emails have a few times encouraged us to create pages that are about discrete ideas. I think he keeps saying it because we keep doing other things anyway. One idea per page is an idiom of the wiki journaling project.

## Comments are evil "It's a way of avoiding fixing documents"

Implies that there is an objectively better form for the document. Seems counter to encouraging dissent as valuable as consensus.

"I’d rather Audrey be able to take that article [that she disagrees with] and make it an article that reflects her vision..."

## Don't write a blog on your wiki See also Dissertation Over Discourse, Document Mode, Thread Mode. Despite enforced personal ownership of pages, we are discouraged from writing opinion pieces more complex than one idea.

Discussion

##Whose Wiki Is it Anyway? If we take the fedwiki culture to its extreme, i.e. he notion of no one author, and take it to the entire fedwikihappening, this could mean privileging user voice over programmer choice.

Alex North presents some counterarguments to some nascent idioms of fedwiki.