Atlassian is a company that sells an enterprise wiki called Confluence. They obviously believe in their product, and in the principle behind wikis – they’ve set up an open wiki community to share “patterns” and “anti-patterns” and there’s some really nice stuff there – brief outlines of different approaches to setting up wikis successfully (patterns), and approaches that seem to hinder takeup and participation (anti-patterns). There are also “people” patterns and anti-patterns, such as wiki-gnomes (pattern) and wiki-trolls (anti-pattern) – all in all a wonderful resource for anyone considering setting up internal wikis to foster greater collaboration. One of the commenters on the site refers to the barn-raising tradition in the rural US, where neighbours gather from miles around to help someone raise a new barn for their farm. You help on my barn, I’ll help on yours, and it’s all wonderfully practical. Thanks to Emanuele for this reference.
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