How do you describe your wiki to others?

5 Dec

I’m curious how you invite others to your wiki. We’ve heard from users who describe their wiki in all different kinds of ways.

What do you say to get others to successfully join your wiki?

Is it:

“Hey Michelle, you should join my wiki. You can edit pages with me on it…”

-or-

“John, you should try my PBwiki. We can keep our files in one place….”

-or-

“We should just use my PBwiki instead of sending all these emails back and forth.”

You get the idea…what words do you use to describe your wiki so others will join? Leave us a comment with your best invitation — and please include your profession!

7 Responses to “How do you describe your wiki to others?”

  1. Gerald Aungst December 5, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    I’m teach gifted support, and part of my job is providing enrichment materials for classroom teachers. I have started answering requests for materials with, “Sure! Here’s a folder with a few things you can use. But all of this is also posted on my wiki, along with a ton of other things you can download.” The folder includes the wiki address and a page of basic instructions for accessing the wiki (along with a “guest” account for anxiety-free browsing). I’m finding that getting teachers to use it like a traditional web site is a better first step than promoting the editing features immediately.

  2. Dean December 7, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    You should be asking the questions. What type of invite templates would you like, so everyone can customize their own invites, i.e. wikis, blikis, education, business, etc. You could localize the invite templates on the pbwiki datafile.. for each wiki.

  3. Daniel December 9, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    I ask collaborators to read my wiki page and comment. Mostly, they can sign up for an account and sign on on their own. If they want to edit, I simply change them into writers.

    It’s so easy!

  4. Larry D. December 10, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    I provided the wiki address to my English 4 students and has “teased” them by showing in class some of the things I have posted to the site. Getting them to go to the site has been a slow process, but I am having some come back to class saying that they love the site!

  5. Debera December 11, 2008 at 2:23 am #

    I sit on a lot of committees and everytime we are reviewing, preparing a document, I say, we should do this on a wiki. I often get a blank look in a face to face meeting or dead air on a teleconference call. But persistence pays off and I have had some people come over to the wiki side of life. I really like using a wiki with my Board of Directors. This is a great tool!

  6. kevin December 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    i hate the wiki. lol i love it

  7. kevin December 18, 2008 at 2:02 pm #

    we love it it’s so easy to use.

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