Category Archives: Purpose

Wiki Seeding

In an earlier post, I listed some lessons that helped the Davis Wiki become widely used. One of these lessons that stood out is the idea that wikis need content to breed content. The founders of the Davis Wiki created … Continue reading

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Consolidating the Crops: Revisiting the Main space

The UBC Wiki, as originally described, serves multiple purposes: It is a course repository: The wiki provides a collaborative space for faculty and students to create and share course related content. It is a documentation repository: The wiki provides a … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts About Purpose & Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of the UBC Wiki. Wikipedia has a pretty narrowly defined purpose: it is an encyclopedia. Only content that fits with their mission of being an encyclopedia is allowed to remain.  Inherit in … Continue reading

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The Course: Conundrum

The UBC Wiki is organized into a couple of different namespaces. Two of the major ones are the root space (found at and the Course space ( The purpose of these spaces is to help organize the wiki by … Continue reading

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Growing the UBC Wiki

Welcome to the new Wiki Gardener blog.  A wiki gardener is someone who helps a wiki grow and thrive.  As Sam Aparicio on the Social Text site explains: One of the great things about a wiki is the way structure … Continue reading

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