A wikiforum is an invention of Lumenos to use wiki software like it is also an Internet forum. It's like the Wikipedia if you could put questions and speculation in the articles, when the answers aren't there (or you could put articles on talk pages and comment in them). It is like a talk page that is organized in an outline tree like an article, and where you edit/move anyone's comments at any time.
Advantages of a wikiforum over an Internet forum:
- A wikiforum allows information to be reorganized as new things are learned (for example, in a debate map. Note that what you write in mainspace or talk pages, may be relocated/reordered. Be forewarned that some have found this unfulfilling and unproductive.) This allows more useful information to be drawn out and expanded on, instead of buried with all the less-important comments.
- MediaWiki has a diff function, that shows you what has changed between any two edits.
As a wikiforum article develops it will gain more primary sources (these being more lumenotable than secondary sources) and look more like a good Wikipedia article. Then perhaps the discussions can be posted to the discussion pages, if they clutter the article, and the discussion pages are sufficiently viewed.
These are two sides of the wikiforum spectrum:
- A wikipediforum wants the articles to eventually become like good Wikipedia articles. It uses the wikiforum policy in the process of developing or popularizing articles, then may switch to a more Wikipedia-like policy if/when the article becomes popular or developed enough that it benefits from being more deletionist or relocationist. This may popularize them assuming people are more likely to read something they can edit. This is a memeware strategy.
- See wikilu
Advantages of a wikiforum over the typical wiki:
- Instead of trying to make the wiki sound like a single authoritative source, like an encyclopedia, a wikiforum aims to have current, relevant information; the type of information that is often available in wikis or forums. This information often is not found in third-party published sources, as Wikipedia policies require as "reliable" sources.
A lumeniki is a wikiforum or wikiblog for lumenism. For comparisons of this wiki over other wikis see LumenikiLu policies. (Lumenos is overstepping eir self-imposed boundaries again by claiming that a lumeniki is a wikiform, then defining a wikiforum this way. Perhaps we should rather call it at wikilu?)
Quote yourself in the articles
You make a quote by typing four of these things (like so) "~~~~". Look to the upper left corner of your keyboard for them.
"I want to communicate with people through the wiki, so the information is organized and others can find it if they have a similar question. Try to put your questions or comments in the article that they reference. If you want me to know you are editing this wiki, put a message on my discussion page so that I will get a notification when I log on. Then I will click 'Recent Changes' in the left column and see if you edited any article. For example, if you have a question about omnibenevolence, put it in the article called 'omnibenevolence'. If there is no article called omnibenevolence, create one. Lumenos 23:48, February 3, 2009 (UTC)"