It is pretty much easy to go and edit a wiki, whether it be the granddaddy of them all in Wikipedia or even like the Lucha Wiki or various other sources that use that general framework. Wetpaint is a web site that provides individuals with a very Web 2.0-styled web site, that shows individuals essentially a users guide for anything to do with Wikis. This means that one side of the page provides individuals with a number of different Wikis that individuals can use, edit, and otherwise change for the better, while there is a set of instructions that individuals can follow that will ensure that they can make a Wiki about whatever that they would like. The different categories of Wiki sites are perhaps the best delineated and constructed of any place that I have seen on the web, while the categories that are present are very intuitive and allow viewers of the web site to find what they are looking for easily. Finally, the listing of newly updated and changes Wikis provides individuals with some sense of what sites are being given the most focus, and which need a little bit more in the way of work. Overall, it seems like the wiki community is still growing, even as the amount of possible content to Wiki decreases. It is through the efforts of sites like Wetpaint that make the Wiki experience one that will never die or get old. As individuals wish to delve further and further into information, the need for Wikis will only increase, even if the subject matter is increasingly esoteric (say, if there was a Wiki about the show “Get A Life”). The fact that Wetpaint is so intuitive and able to speak to the current users of the Internet, as well as those individuals that may not have that much education in the field, ensures that it will be the stopping ground for individuals that wish to either create or find a Wiki that focuses on their interests. If you run a Wiki, look to create one for yourself, or even just want to go and find something new that you can edit, check out Wetpaint. I feel that it is the definitive site for anything regarding the Wiki style of information, and individuals of all types should check out the site. Give it a go at your earliest convenience, whether now or later.

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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