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Wiki Pages, why is it worth it?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by surfsup, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. surfsup

    surfsup Well-Known Member

    I am curious, why is having a Wiki addon actually worth it for a Forum?

    What are the Pros?

    Sorry newb question!
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  2. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    My take is that most sites will not benefit from a wiki.

    But some may......

    It's bad form to have a lot of areas of a site which are not heavily used or fully developed. Therefore, if you have a wiki....it better be good.

    On my site, it's somewhere in between the form - which is a free for all, and my static articles, which are well developed. In that sense, it's a bit of a scratchpad where I and others can post things like owners manuals, the history of certain brand names (stoves and fireplace is my gig), etc.

    But a forum...and eventually the RM, can serve the same purpose.
  3. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    A wiki and a forum are two separate entities, and should be treated as such. A wiki is a tool for sharing knowledge, a forum is a tool for discussion. There is no benefit of just adding on a wiki and thinking it will be a huge hit. My experience suggest you need to actively promote it to your users, and be prepared to do allot of the starting grunt work.

    My idea of a good integration of a wiki is to integrate it to your forum by creating a new thread for a new page, with a link, as well as posting in that thread when the page is updated. That way you have the discussion in your forum and that static content in your wiki. I have no need for a wiki, but I have previously had one running alongside another forum, and it was heavily under used, even though there was a ton of good stuff in it. I think the major flaw of it was that there were no indication on the forum of wiki activity.
  4. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    A bad wiki isn't very useful.
    There has never been a good forum // wiki combo.
    Guiltar is likely to change that.

    Here's the formula that will ensure victory.

    Wiki-like editing of posts + Xenforo alerts + creative wiki permissions = Content win = good SEO = success.

    The success will be getting forum members to contribute to the wiki.

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