Update from the future (2019): FunWiki is still alive ... somewhat. FrOsh aren't told about FunWiki until after VentCleaning?, and I know that my year the FrOsh found it fascinating and spent about a week browsing through it. Looking through random links in here I get the sense that earlier classes used this like a sort of social media and as a way to communicate with each other. For us, the Wiki is mainly an archive of East's past, though we do add to the already established pages when its appropriate. I don't know how many people from 2001 will be reading this but I still felt like this page should be updated! - BerlinPaez, class of 22|
Censorship on FunWiki
This issue has re-emerged because certain nodes on the Wiki have been censored (most notably the EricDitweiler page). In my opinion, MattBrubeck has a clear and obvious right to censor FunWiki, since it's stored either on his Turing account or his personal computer, and he is the one who could be be held responsible for its contents. I don't think anyone else has a right to censor FunWiki, with one exception: if Matt puts forth a clear policy on material that is not allowed, then anyone should be able to remove that material (with an appropriate notice to the author).
I'd like to ask the person who has been censoring the Wiki to come forward and announce who they are. I would also appreciate if Matt would come forward and give us some kind of guidelines for censorship, if there is going to be any, or if he would just prefer to deal with incidents as they occur.
Hopefully the diff and Edit Copy features in the new Wiki software will help ease concerns about irresponsible editing.
More On Censorship
I beleive the censorship on the EricDitweiler node was perfectly acceptable, because it may have caused harm to someone who had nothing to do with the Wiki at all. The node specifically named an untenured (I believe) professor who may or may not have given a less-than-complimentary nickname to the assistant Dean of Faculty. This could certainly have unwanted effects on this professor's career.
Really, the whole EricDitweiler node reminded me a lot of DeanMichelle on West-Dorm-L. Some people got in a bit of shit for saying less-than-complimentary things about our former DORL, and giving her less-than-complimentary nicknames. That's why west-chat happened. Sure, Eric might never see the WikiWikiWeb, but that doesn't mean that someone won't tell him about it. (Note: I do not actually know the whole story on this...this was what I understand happened...if I'm wrong, let me know...)
Although I do not promote censorship in general, in this case I think that it was...maybe not justified...but something like that. This was information that could cause not just offense (which I'm fine with, you can offend whoever you want), but could lead to the termination of a wonderful teacher and person's professorship.
I would fully support putting back up all the information you want to about Eric, as long as the information discussed earlier here is left out.
Point taken about the issue of the nickname; people should clearly avoid saying things on the Wiki which might get people who know nothing about it in trouble. I think that student comments should be free. As far as I know, I don't think students can be punished for saying uncomplimentary things about the faculty or administration, within reason (earnest death threats would be an exception). --CurtisVinson
FunWiki coming of age
I think it's too early to make any predictions.
Well, contrary to expectations FunWiki has retained a decent level of activity since it began. While it still has a problem with information becoming obsolete between school years, most of that will be corrected at the beginning of the fall semester. There will still be dead sections, of course, but hopefully they will be small.
Old wiki pages tend toward an "iceberg" phenomenon: forward links to them disappear or are buried several layers into the wiki; they become seldom-visited and don't interfere with browsing the active "tip" of the forum. Pages that are visited often are kept up-to-date by their readers. The WikiWikiWeb is fairly self-maintaining. Maintenance follows readership, and all is well.
Update from the future (2019): FunWiki is still alive ... somewhat. FrOsh aren't told about FunWiki until after VentCleaning?, and I know that my year the FrOsh found it fascinating and spent about a week browsing through it. Looking through random links in here I get the sense that earlier classes used this like a sort of social media and as a way to communicate with each other. For us, the Wiki is mainly an archive of East's past, though we do add to the already established pages when its appropriate. I don't know how many people from 2001 will be reading this but I still felt like this page should be updated! - BerlinPaez, class of 22
Should RecentChanges display ip addresses as it does currently, or be totally anonymous?
Reasons for anonymity:
Reasons for displaying addresses:
Do we care about the different prices between DelTaco tacos and TacoBell? tacos? I'd have to say yes. CaesarSalad? I can't defend that. And will not attempt to. It's a fine line. Use your own judgement.
Creating silly WikiNames is not a really bad thing, and it's not surprising that it happened a lot in the first several days. The important thing is that we realize there are other, more valuable ways to use the Wiki. It was bad when users were just creating new pages. As long as real content is being added also (and it is), we will do fine.
HowToUseWiki has some tips for adding pages. Read them and refine them.
This from the creator of the ItrGames node? :-) :-) :-)
You feel old and foolish now? :-)
A very pleasing HonorCode discussion has materialized out of thin air. That page would now be a prime example of the right time to put a Wiki page into document mode.
It's progressing gradually. The first step was reordering the threaded contributions. This was done quietly while the discussion took place. Now some of the threads are being refactored into document mode. Some authors are also refactoring this OpenForum page into a more readable form.
Some of the pages on FunWiki lend themselves much better to thread-mode contributions, such as the HonorCode page and this OpenForum page. There is no good way to turn contrasting opinions into a cohesive document. At best it is very hard work and still loses the original feeling of the threaded conversation.