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As the 8th most visited site on the Internet according to the Alexa Internet traffic ratings and with more than 30 million new words a month of content added regularly, Wikipedia has become a symbol of the web's current incarnation — the collaborative project that has developed around the world to compile the knowledge and expertise of everyone.

Wikis are a great tool that allow any topic, anywhere, to be compiled and crosschecked by just about anyone to great effect — whether it is simply to provide knowledge or to promote a business. A wiki is a tool unlike any other. In this book, you will learn everything you need to know to unlock the potential of the Wiki format. The top secrets, techniques, and strategies used by Wiki operators every day are showcased here in a way that makes it possible for the ordinary person to pick up a Web site and start writing right away, sharing or gathering knowledge for the entire world to read. You will learn in this book exactly why the wiki concept has been so successful but also how wikis do things wrong and how they can be done correctly.

The fundamental basics of writing a wiki, including how to format your posts, what to write about, the correct means of writing impartial entries, and how to reference outside sources will be covered in full. You will learn how to edit an existing wiki entry and how to start using your wiki for other purposes. Learn the top 20 strategies for wiki marketing as well as the importance of volume in your wiki and why having a great deal of posts to index in search engines is nearly as important as the writing being high quality.The author has spent time talking and listening to more than a hundred of the Internet's top wiki experts, learning their tricks of the trade and how they have been so successful in presenting their information and have compiled and presented it here for you. You will learn how to start making money with your wiki, how to track changes and revisions, and how different kinds of wikis vary and work in different ways. You will learn how to start building your very own wiki from the ground up using free software and open source tools and why linking and SEO optimization is absolutely necessary to be effective.

For anyone who has ever spent ten minutes on Wikipedia wondering how they could start building their very own information compendium, this book is for you — a complete guide to everything wiki.

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AMay, February 25, 2010 (view all comments by AMay)
Chatfield uses Wikipedia, a Web site most people are familiar with, as a point of reference to expand on what wikis can be used for – from lesson plans for teachers to inter-department memos for executives. This book explains how you can become an administrator of a wiki rather than just a visitor or contributor. Chatfield takes pretty complex information regarding the Internet and explains it in an easy-to-digest way with lots of tables and charts.

This is a great book for a beginner; the FAQ section is especially helpful. The book includes a list of basic formatting, and even though I have limited HTML knowledge, I was able to follow it. I can’t wait to create my first wiki for my wedding this fall to keep guests updated on the menu, lodging and directions! I know I will use this book over and over again.
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MB -Matt, February 15, 2010 (view all comments by MB -Matt)
Never would I have imagined that a whole entire book could be written about Wikis, but I guess anything’s possible. First off, I now know what a wiki actually is (defined in book) and the history of them (unless of course you’re a cave dweller without the iPhone app or internet access, you’ve probably at least heard of Wikipedia).

The internet can be a complicated place. This book has really helped me in maneuvering through the web and understanding so many different aspects of Wikis; like how to add to them, edit them, write my own, etc. Without the insight I receive though this easy read, I would never have even know where to start.

If you’d like to get a full grasp on everything “Wiki” then this is the book for you. If not, and you like to figure stuff out on your own, well, good luck. with that! Overall, I give this book 4 stars. The part where symbols and codes are defined (the style guide) I thought was particularly insightful.
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LJ_Moore, January 27, 2010 (view all comments by LJ_Moore)
Other than having heard of the ubiquitous online encyclopedia, “Wikipedia”, many people may not know that a wiki- a web site that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections- is a powerful tool that is radically changing the social, educational and business climate. Brian Chatfield’s Complete Guide to WIKIS is a no-nonsense, clearly written handbook to understanding what the increasing use of wikis means in terms of how information is gathered and recorded, and how to harness and utilize that power for education, business, and personal growth.

Chatfield writes intelligently, but avoids the technical jargon that can confuse what are straightforward concepts. Chapters include case studies taken from successful, well-known wikis, (Wikipedia, Baseball Reference Bullpen, Ganfyd, Project Backpack, Sourcewatch, Curriki) providing wiki novices with an introduction to wiki types, history and applications, their proliferation, and concise instruction on how first to edit and then create project-specific wikis. For those already familiar or expert with wikis, this guide expands on hosting, security, automation, tips for tweaking and tailoring wikis, comparing wikis with content management software, as well as predictions about the creative applications of wikis on the horizon.

As Chatfield notes in his guide, wikis are not just technical devices, they are also the engines driving our future organization and filtering of information. As living, collaborative documents, wikis are increasingly becoming the new model for our collective knowledge. This guide provides both the specific technical instruction necessary to create and develop wikis, as well as an awareness of how to interpret that information in light of a fair understanding of both the strengths and weaknesses of wiki technology.
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ISBN:
9781601383198
Author:
Chatfield, T. Brian
Publisher:
Atlantic Publishing Company (FL)
Foreword by:
Yeh, Chris
Foreword:
Yeh, Chris
Subject:
Wikis (Computer science)
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
Internet-Web Publishing
Copyright:
Series:
Back-To-Basics
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.70 in. .75 lbs.

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