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Old 10-31-2006, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK! I'm curious about this new wiki feature of the forum. Apparently wiki are pages on a topic which we all can edit. For instance, I could write everything I know about a particular cultivar of banana, Gabe could come along after me and correct my many errors, and Mitchell could add pictures of his plants and his experience w/ that cultivar. At least that is about how Wikipedia, the interactive on-line encyclopedia works, w/ a fair amount of editing these days. I've been teaching a 2 week course segment on Linguistics almost entirely from Wikipedia materials for several years now, so I know the quality of such pages can be very good.
What I'm wondering is, what do we want to write about? For instance, I've decided to make a pole greenhouse this winter, rather than a cattle panel greenhouse, because I plan to take down the plastic sheets in the Spring and turn the frame into a grape arbor. If I stick to the plan I'll build an 8'x12' greenhouse each winter next to the arbor, and add it to the arbor in the Spring.
I doubt if that would draw enough interest to get a lot of material added to a "pole greenhouse wiki", but we might get a dozen designs for greenhouses on a "Greenhouse Wiki". We could even have a rating or check system- cost, appearance, longevity, versatility, success in over wintering, etc.
On a more general note we might need something like a 'freeze' on data after a period of time, and/or approval and editing by moderators. I remember those spammers we had a while back, and could see them ruining a wiki or making it difficult to recover very quickly.
Anyway, any good topics? TC? Soil & fertilization? Species?

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