Not all who contribute content to Wiki are operating in author
mode. The primary goals of a WikiAuthor
are to support, improve, create, and encourage DocumentMode
content. The WikiAuthor
achieves these goals by working collaboratively or alone to form pages that elucidate, define, present, or teach.
- A WikiAuthor avoids the use of first and second person references because s/he knows these encourage discordant-contrarianism.
- Instead, the WikiAuthor attempts to author without personalities to encourage collective-prose.
- A WikiAuthor does not contribute responses to arguments in ThreadMode pages.
- Instead, the WikiAuthor attempts to author statements or conclusions that retain meaning outside of their conversational context.
- A WikiAuthor does not sign ThreadMode contributions unless they are a transient way to clarify miscommunication.
- Instead, a WikiAuthor adds their signature to the list of contributors to a completed DocumentMode page and refactors miscommunications once they have been resolved.
- A WikiAuthor does not post questions for others to answer, as this encourages conversation instead of prose.
- Instead, the WikiAuthor uses PromptingStatements
- A WikiAuthor does not argue a point in ThreadMode.
- Instead, the WikiAuthor will try to author a new DocumentMode page that presents the dissenting point of view. The WikiAuthor does this because s/he prefers to see two well presented cases rather than an interwoven debate.
is energized by diversity. Because of this, the WikiAuthor
like to see points flying back and forth hidden within a single page where a user's power of persuasion is more compelling than the actual perspective being presented. Instead
, a WikiAuthor
prefers it when each page perfects a single point of view. Instead
of arguing against
something, the WikiAuthor
endeavors to argue for
something else. For example, instead of railing against BigDesignUpFront
on the BigDesignUpFront
page, we create another page named TheSourceCodeIsTheDesign
that argues for this point of view instead of against the BigDesignUpFront
point of view. This way, readers evaluate ideas rather than arguments. This is the WikiAuthor
A Wiki user need not always operate in the mode of a WikiAuthor.
This is a preference, an ethic. It is not a list of unbreakable rules. A WikiAuthor
says only that these are his or her preference without saying it should be everyones.