London as a Wiki

Heyhey, this is seriously cool: The Open Guide to London is a Wiki, much in the Wikipedia style. In fact, all of the web site seems to be working on the same principle.

Yes, knowledge repositories and other areas that benefit from massively parallel data processing (i.e. a bunch of people writing, fact-checking, revising, and updating) are the right areas for Wikis. A company intranet, or a project worksite is very good ground for a wiki, but wikis are not very well suited for discussion, so they tend to grow out of control quickly. At the very least, they require someone who wants to edit the discussions into a readable form.

However, an encyclopedia rarely requires deep discussion, so a Wiki is a very logical choice for something like that.

Hm. Makes you wonder - what would be the correct way to add discussion capabilities to a Wiki - a WebLog facility certainly helps, but it's still no substitute for a good discussion board. And still, the transference of the discussion onto a WikiPage is a problem.


I've been thinking about something similar to your puzzle about how to best add discussion facilities to a wiki, but from the other direction - how best to use a wiki to archive and categorise posts to an existing mailing list. There are some brief thoughts at if you want to take a look. You can get in touch with me at if you want to talk about this more.

Oh, and thank you for being nice about OpenGuides!


--, 10-Aug-2003

Hm. Why don't you find a good wiki and start the discussion there?

--JanneJalkanen, 11-Aug-2003

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