gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com
Mon Oct 24 19:54:05 CDT 2005
I appreciate all your thoughtful comments. I am completely sympathetic.
--very big snip--
>I am very curious... What would be needed to get more of you
>register and contribute?
My reply is sort of selfish, I fear. It would take -- uhhh --
"critical mass" or "momentum." I.e., the belief that this document,
this community, this wiki, will grow and thrive, at an accelerating
rate -- it will be around for a long time, and get better and better.
If -- hypothetically -- I don't believe this, then I will feel that
my contributions will likely be futile.
I'd guess that this would be a typical answer, if you asked others.
It seems unfair to you, because there's only so much you can to do
make that happen.
It's not just unfair, or a dilemma, or a paradox. It's really an
issue that often arises in game theory. The behavior of each
potential participant depends upon the behavior of every other
I think your best strategy would be to convince potential
participants that their contributions will get recycled into other
revDocWikis if yours does not grow and thrive. Accordingly, no
contribution will ever be wasted.
You could take that even further. Make deals with owners of other
revDocWikis: Anything submitted to yours will be forwarded to all the
others, and posted there, and all submitted to the others will get
forwarded to yours. That way, any potential contributor to any wiki,
no matter how small or obscure, will have good reason to believe that
his/her contribution will ultimately make a difference. If different
wikis appeal to different potential contributors, that could actually
be a good thing, as long as contributions get disseminated.
Of course that would require standardized formats, or at least easily
convertible formats. I don't know enough about wikis to understand
That's my .00000002 cents worth, anyway. Thanks for asking.
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