Wiki Threads

jayoungr

Adventurer
Reviving this thread to say that six months later, I'm really missing wiki threads. Is there any way something similar could be revived? I realize it probably can't be done on the forums themselves, but is there a way to make a wiki list of links etc. somewhere else on the site? Anything?
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
We could start a separate EN World wiki using some hosted wiki service or something. This software itself doesn't include any wiki functionality.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Turns out there is a wiki plugin which creates a separate wiki with the forum powering the comments. But given how little the current Resources section is used, I’m hesitant to add another graveyard to the collection.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
Turns out there is a wiki plugin which creates a separate wiki with the forum powering the comments. But given how little the current Resources section is used, I’m hesitant to add another graveyard to the collection.
I get your point. Maybe make a survey somewhere to see if anyone besides me has interest in it?

Alternatively, what about being able to tag posts or threads? I know the Big Purple has that functionality, but I'm not sure how it works.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
What does that mean?
On the previous boards, you could label a thread as beign for a particular edition - click on the label, and if filters to just posts about that edition. That was a form of tagging.

Unfortunately, what users would probably want is freeform tagging, in which a user can type in whatever words they want to tag a post or topic for later filtering. In a large population freeform tagging quickly becomes a morass in which you can find nothing, as there's no consistency in the tags.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
On the previous boards, you could label a thread as beign for a particular edition - click on the label, and if filters to just posts about that edition. That was a form of tagging.
You can do that now!

what users would probably want is freeform tagging, in which a user can type in whatever words they want to tag a post or topic for later filtering. In a large population freeform tagging quickly becomes a morass in which you can find nothing, as there's no consistency in the tags.
Ah yeah. We’ve done that in the past. It doesn’t work very well, as you say.

Not sure how any of that replaces wiki threads though!
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Not sure how any of that replaces wiki threads though!
It is a user-experience thing.

In theory, you can find everything with just plain search. In practice, there's a whole lot of noise. If you are looking for discussion, that's probably just fine - any thread on a given topic may be close enough for chatting in.

But, if you are looking to store and recall particular information, the general search is clumsy. In theory, tags could make that easier. In practice... tags would be a mess just like the rest of the content.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
It is a user-experience thing.

In theory, you can find everything with just plain search. In practice, there's a whole lot of noise. If you are looking for discussion, that's probably just fine - any thread on a given topic may be close enough for chatting in.

But, if you are looking to store and recall particular information, the general search is clumsy. In theory, tags could make that easier. In practice... tags would be a mess just like the rest of the content.
The point about wiki threads isn't discoverability, it's the fact that everybody can edit them. They're used for collaborative projects. It's an entirely different thing to tags.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
The point about wiki threads isn't discoverability, it's the fact that everybody can edit them. They're used for collaborative projects. It's an entirely different thing to tags.
In particular, I'm kind of sad that we can't add to the "Best of the 5E forum" wiki thread anymore, except by posting. That was probably the one that got the most use from multiple people.

The initial posts for the "Enhancing" threads were nice too.
 

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