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#rcc09 : Developing a wiki community

February 20th, 2009

RecentChangesCamp is under way and I’m attending a session on developing wiki communities. Several Meyer Memorial Trust people here and several Foodista folks at this presentation.

Some general thoughts and things mentioned:

Community needs to be built around a content from which possible community members are dedicated to and passionate about. It needs to flow with their normal tasks and create reason why to participate.

You need a few core people who are dedicated to keeping the community going. This can be because wikis have bursts of activity and you need some one can sustain across bursts.

Wiki communities can be helped by contacting people who contribute to the wiki and asking how they can be more helpful.

People like rewards, recognition for their activity. That needs to be done and tapped into in order to help build community.

Highlighting the fact that others can use the content and be helpful to them can give people a more altruistic reason for being involved.

Wikia does a good job at highlighting communities, highlighting articles created by the community.

Members of a wiki can get value when you reminded them that they are part of a larger community and a mission, a guiding statement. It helps create purpose and leads to fulfillment when that goal is being accomplished. Their contributions become more than just a few edits.

WikiHow is benefiting community wise because of retired folks and laid off people. It means more people involved and helps connect them to part of a larger community as they deal with life changes.

Community needs to understand that there is no page ownership. When dealing with older people, you need to patient and explain ownership issues.

Community Wiki and Meatball Wiki are two wikis which talk about building community on wikis.

There can be a trust issue to getting people involved with wikis. Because wikis run counter to the idea of not having authority.

RecentChangesCamp 2009: Your Invitation! (we would enjoy you being here)

January 8th, 2009

This is a cross post from the RecentChangesCamp site/wiki.

“When? Where? I want in!”

February 20-22, 2009

University Place Hotel, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Add your name to the list of attendees.

We’ll convene on at the Univeristy Place Hotel on the Portland State University campus Friday morning (February 20) and wrap-up Sunday afternoon (February 22). There is no cost to participate other than transportation, just  We may even be able to help you find lodging.

“Give me more!”

Recent Changes Camp was born from the intersection of wiki and Open Space. Going far beyond technology, we’re interested in wiki culture and other networks/groups/etc. that share many of the values implicit in it — from cultural creatives, to public participation and free culture advocates. If you use a wiki or you value open collaboration, Recent Changes Camp is created for you. RCC is about openness and inclusion, collaboration and community, creativity and flow. Further down this page you can check out a sampling of sessions we’ve enjoyed in the past, along with pictures and videos from previous events.

This unconference/BarCamp has been held at least once every year since 2006 (and twice in 2007). Unlike a conventional conference, where everything’s pre-planned and structured, RecentChangesCamp is a gathering where we decide for ourselves what we’re going to get out of it by offering sessions on whatever we want. There’s no agenda until we make it up! Now, that might sound a bit chaotic if you’re never been to this type of gathering, but be prepared to be surprised at how much people can learn and create when they collaborate spontaneously.

With an emergent agenda, it can be hard to describe specifically what you will get from participating in Recent Changes Camp. In large part, that is up to you to be responsible for. Participants often say greater sense of wiki community, broader sense of wiki way and wiki tools, or more excitement about the our future together as well as inspiration and discovery. Conversations at 2006 Portland RCC generated the wiki-ish tool used to organize 2009 Portland RCC.

Sessions covering an array of interests

At Recent Changes Camp, everybody is welcomed. You don’t need to be an expert on anything, and you certainly don’t need to consider yourself a geek. Collaboration thrives on diversity! All you need to bring is an open mind, and a willingness to participate, whether by teaching or by taking an active role in discussions. And, don’t forget, an unconference is what we make it, so let’s make it enlightening and fun.

Gallery of Good Times

A 2008 session on structured wiki

The schedule wall

John Abbe describing Open Space

See more photos tagged recentchangescamp at Flickr.

RCC in Motion

Documentary of the 2006 RecentChangesCamp, shot and edited in-camera by Geri Weis-Corbley (of the GoodNewsNetwork) to great effect. Part one:

Part two:

Video from RoCoCo (Montréal 2007):

Testimonials and earlier invitations

  • RoCoCo was great! I met a lot of other people working on some really awesome wiki projects who had a lot of respect for wikiHow and were dealing with many of the same issues we’re dealing with here. The conference is user-generated, which meant that the talks were interactive discussions…I highly recommend people go if they get the chance…” —Nicole Willson
  • “It was great, everyone there had the wikiLove and was very pleasant, it really sounded like they all read How to Have a Great Conversation. There was a few unconferences about how we can use technology to obtain other goals, too. Things like activism were explained through technology, even tho it is in its own partly against technology.” —Nadon
  • “I went primarily to meet other wikiHow people, and this was amazing. But what I did not realize was that the OTHER attendees would be fascinating and passionate about wikis and that they would have so many ideas about how to use wikis for all kinds of things. Anyone looking for a little inspiration in life may wish to sign up and attend the next wikiHow event. Great for the creative juices……….” —KnowItSome

Invitation from: 2008 Palo Alto | 2007 Montreál French (English) | 2007 Portland | 2006 Portland

So are you going to be there or what? Put your name on the attendees list!

RecentChangesCamp 2009

October 27th, 2008

Fan History is going to RecentChangesCamp again this year. If you love wikis, I can’t say enough good things about this gathering and you should go! The 2009 gathering is being held in Portland, Oregon from February 20 to February 22. (If you’re possibly coming from out of town, let me know and we can see about sharing a hotel room.)

If you’re not familiar with RecentChangesCamp, it is a wiki conference that uses the open space model in terms of organizing the conference, determining the programming tracks, etc. It means that everyone who attends has an investment in it and if there is a wiki related issue that you have a pressing need to discuss with people, you can most definitely do it here.

At last year’s RCC, there were people from WikiHow, Wikia, AboutUs, WikiTravel, Fan History, Wikipedia, academic institutions who used wikis, WikInvest, Vinismo, SocialText, a debate wiki, and more. I learned a lot from the people who attended.

This year, I’d really, really love to see more fandom wiki people show up. There are some unique issues that fandom people can have to deal with that would be great to discuss with other fandom people. How do you handle mentioning members of fandom? What are the copyright issues that fans should be aware of? What corporations should fans be careful of in terms of intellectual property when creating their wiki? How do you develop an audience for your fandom specific wiki? Who can you talk with about wikis to get guidance when things don’t look good? How good of a model is Wikipedia for fandom? Is wiki code too big of a barrier to entry to get large scale participation among the general fandom population? How can you avoid wank on your wiki? What are fun things you’ve learned about fandom as a result of working on your wiki? Can you play an active role in your wiki or is there too much fandom liability for the creator to be the major editor of it? How can wikis be used in the fan communities and on existing fan sites? Yes, a lot of these questions apply to the wiki community as a whole but fandom politics can give some of these issues interesting twists.

If you’re thinking of attending, yay! Please let me know. Maybe we can create a mailing list for fandom wiki people in the run up to RCC, get together before the RCC for lunch or something else to help really start developing fandom oriented wiki networking so that we can begin to get a good support group in place.

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