Psst! Wikis Can Be Edited. Yes, By Anyone.
from the how-it-all-works dept
It seems like wikis are becoming the new “blogs” this year. Remember a few years back when just about every company or organization felt the need to launch a blog because that’s what companies did? This was even if they didn’t have a reason to blog, or people who were interested in blogging. It seems like the same thing is happening with wikis nowadays. As the British government continues its often misguided attempts at embracing new technologies, apparently the secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs decided it would be a good idea to set up a wiki about “environmental contracts,” naively assuming it would lead to a high level of debate and discussion about the topic. Instead, as most of you would probably expect, it was defaced. Not just that, but being a political topic, people used the wiki to simply complain about such contracts, rather than “debate” them. With all that happening, the British gov’t minister who put up the wiki has shut it down. It’s not entirely clear what people are thinking about when they put up such sites. Wikis are good for certain things — mainly collaborative efforts toward a certain goal. They are not about debate and discussion for the most part — especially in the political arena. Having the government embrace new technology is a good thing, but they should at least learn what the technology is about before they embrace it.