[Newbies] Re: [DOCS][Q] How to certify authorship for contributions to the Squeak Swiki? [Was: Re: User account for squeak wiki.squeak.org]

Benjamin L. Russell DekuDekuplex at Yahoo.com
Wed Jul 22 05:06:09 UTC 2009

On Tue, 21 Jul 2009 08:52:42 -0500, David Mitchell
<david.mitchell at gmail.com> wrote:

>> Since each edit changes the meaning of the sentence significantly, it
>> should be credited with the name of the editor and the time and data
>> of the edit. ?However, each such credit vastly exceeds the space of
>> the edit itself.
>I think you are solving a hypothetical problem. Something that arcane
>would probably need more than the single letter to note the meaning of
>the change.
>But, if you think this is a barrier keeping the wiki back, what is
>your solution?
>Is there some other wiki software that solves this issue? Or forum software?

MediaWiki [1] provides this kind of functionality, and powers
Wikipedia.  Other programming language wikis powered by MediaWiki
include HaskellWiki [2] and Clean Wiki [3] as well.

I have used all three wikis extensively, and find this tool extremely
convenient for wiki editing.  In addition to providing a separate
revision history page for each wiki page, it provides various kinds of
markup tools, useful for highlighting and referencing.

Since each change is automatically logged and listed and can be
summarized, the tool provides motivation for contributors to submit
even minor edits and corrections, in addition to new material, and
since each edited version can be compared for changes with the
previous version and undone, it discourages vandalism.  I usually look
for a relevant wiki based on this system whenever I need to contribute
material on a programming language.

-- Benjamin L. Russell

[1] Manske, Magnus, Brion Vibber, Lee Daniel Crocker, Tim Starling,
Erik Mo"ller et al. "MediaWiki." MediaWiki.org. 16 Aug. 2005. 22 July
2009. <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki>.

[2] "Version - HaskellWiki." HaskellWiki. Haskell.org. 1 Jan. 2006. 22
July 2009. <http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Special:Version>.

[3] "Version - clean." Clean Wiki. Software Technology Research Group.
13 Feb. 2008. 22 July 2009.
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