Wiki Design Principles

Wiki has turned out to be much more than I'd imagined! That is not to say that I didn't imagine a lot. These are the design principles I sought to satisfy with the first release of Wiki. -- WardCunningham Note that this page is only a reconstruction from memory of intentions I held at the beginning. Additional principles, like server robustness, have been forced upon me. There are many Wiki authors and implementers. Here are some additional principles that guide them, but were not of primary concern to me. Comments:
See: WikiWikiHyperCard, WikiHistory.
In the list above Unified and Precise are the least generic and convincing points, especially if one thinks of how they apply to non-English wikis or to other engines like MediaWiki. Perhaps they can be reformulated as sub-points of Convergent? Cf. its opposite: «MeatBall:ViewPoint is nothing like a wiki».
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