Wiki has turned out to be more than I had 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
- Open -- Should a page be found to be incomplete or poorly organized, any reader can edit as they see fit.
- Incremental -- Pages can cite other pages, including pages that have not been written yet.
- Organic -- The organizational structure of the site is to be open to editing and evolution as with the text itself.
- Mundane -- A small number of (irregular) text conventions will provide access to the most useful page markup.
- Universal -- The mechanisms of editing and organizing are the same as those of writing so that any writer is automatically an editor and organizer.
- Overt -- The formatted (and printed) output will suggest the input required to reproduce it.
- Unified -- Page names will be drawn from a flat space so that no additional context is required to interpret them.
- Precise -- Pages will be titled with sufficient precision to avoid most name clashes, typically by forming noun phrases.
- Tolerant -- Interpretable (even if undesirable) behavior is preferred to error messages.
- Observable -- Activity within the site can be watched and reviewed by any other visitor to the site.
- Convergent -- Duplication can be discouraged or removed by finding and citing similar or related content.
So does this imply that the principles you're seeking to satisfy now have changed?
No, only that this page is a reconstruction from memory of intentions I held at the beginning. Additional principles, like server robustness, have been forced upon me.
Can principle components of these eleven factors be derived using PrincipalComponentAnalysis? My attempt at this:
So by this change in axes, 'Mundane' contributes positively to low barrier of entry but negatively towards organisation of data.
Would these be architectural attributes? I would think so.--RichardHenderson
- Low-entry-barrier (for users) : Tolerant + Open + Mundane + Universal + Unified + Overt.
- Organised-data : Convergent + Precise - Unified - Mundane
- Growth-oriented : Organic + Incremental + Universal
- Open : Open + Observable
See WikiWikiHyperCard, WikiHistory.
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