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Sorry... posted 14 Mar 2006, 22:03 in Author Q & AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by UncleMikey, Commoner

That Guest entry was from me. view post

posted 14 Mar 2006, 22:03 in Author Q & AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by UncleMikey, Commoner

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":3eio083t]Wouldn't this site count as a wiki of sorts? What does a wiki need to be 'proper'?[/quote:3eio083t] To answer this question -- most Wikis focus on the encylopedic, rather than discussion. There are 'talk' pages associated with any given page where possible edits can be discussed, but the focus of a Wiki is generally on description. Wikis also allow multiple authors to collaborate on articles easily, rather than just having strings of discussion. Newcomers can see a coherent article rather than having to follow a forum thread. (Not to poo-poo fora. I'm here, after all :-) I'm an old-time BBS junkie. Fora are cool; they're just a different tool for a different job). The encyclopedic section at the back of TTT is fantastic, but not always expansive. A wiki would allow some topics that didn't get full space there to get articles of their own. The biggest danger of a wiki, since there [b:3eio083t]is[/b:3eio083t] an encyclopedic section in TTT, is plagarism. I would not want a PoN Wiki to become, or even to start with, an unauthorised copy of your work! I don't have my heart set on it, by any means, but I do have the means to create such a site and get it started, I think. view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 16:03 in Author Q & AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by UncleMikey, Commoner

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":25bgd0k3]So long as no one is binding them and selling them I'm not sure I would care.[/quote:25bgd0k3] You might not, but your publishers might :-D I don't want to get [b:25bgd0k3]you[/b:25bgd0k3] in trouble, any more than I want to get [b:25bgd0k3]me[/b:25bgd0k3] in trouble. After all, if your publishers get annoyed, they might stop publishing your books, and that wouldn't be a good thing for anybody! That said, the Wiki can be set up with a Creative Commons style license that would, theoretically, limit how information could be reproduced. Enforcement is another kettle of fish altogether. [quote:25bgd0k3]What I would like to do, someday, is my own version of the Silmarillion - a big encyclopedic scrap book of all the stuff I've accumulated over the years.[/quote:25bgd0k3] Ooooooooooooo. I guess one question I would have is, is this something you have your heart set on [b:25bgd0k3]publishing[/b:25bgd0k3] (and thus, being able to make money on -- which you've earned, don't get me wrong!) or would you be interested in using the Wiki, were one to exist, to provide this? The advantage to the latter is you could start more or less right now (well, in your Copious Spare Time, anyway). The disadvantage is that a Wiki is traditionally editable by [b:25bgd0k3]anyone[/b:25bgd0k3], so we'd have to be extra-careful about what edits we allowed to stand for such material if we wanted it to be definitive. And meanwhile, please allow me a moment to be a fanboy and tell you that you've been consistently responsible for my being late to work the last couple of weeks. I only get one hour, more or less, a day to read -- right before I go to work. I'm half-way through TTT... view post

posted 15 Mar 2006, 16:03 in Author Q & AA Prince of Nothing Wiki by UncleMikey, Commoner

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":plup4vi3]Ah, who needs employment... :wink: [/quote:plup4vi3] Should I ever stop procrastinating, start writing down some of the story ideas in my head, and actually get a book contract, I may well agree with you. Meantime, I need the money to buy books other people write! :-D [quote:plup4vi3]Sounds, very interesting, though I think my agent would choke if he heard me say that! The thing is, I'm [i:plup4vi3]committed[/i:plup4vi3] timewise, in a big way, now that I have these contracts for AE. It'll be three years before I have the luxury of considering any other big projects.[/quote:plup4vi3] That's pretty much what I figured, really. And given a choice, I'd rather have the AE books sooner rather than later :-) At any rate, I think I'm going to see about setting a Wiki on some server space I have, run it up the flapole, and see who salutes...stay tuned, sports fans! view post


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