While suggesting stuff to Elysia to include in this FAQ-like post, I thought about Wiki FAQs. That way I could edit it myself instead of just suggesting stuff to Elysia.
Yes, this is a contested topic.
Wiki for Tutorials
It's like syntax highlighting.
I guess there are three reasons for this thread:
- To ask whether there are any serious objections to a Wiki FAQ, especially one that leaves the current FAQ intact.
- To determine whether the moderators would be willing to install a Wiki for use as an FAQ.
- Failing all else, to see how many people would be willing to support a user-initiated Wiki FAQ.
Notice I said "failing all else". Please, nobody start a Wiki FAQ without discussing it first -- or we'll have a flood of them. dwks' CBoard Wiki FAQ! Salem's CBoard Wiki FAQ! Elysia's CBoard Wiki FAQ! twomers'! CornedBee's! Moderators' FAQ Inc.! Associated Alliance of Users Beginning with A! (I can see CBoard disintegrating into a squabbling mass of users over this . . . .)
Anyway: failing all else, why don't we start up a Wiki FAQ? It's not difficult -- there are tons of free Wiki hosts out there. It doesn't even have to be officially affiliated with CBoard -- just some members linking to it all the time and putting it in their signatures would get it started. We could try it, and if it bombs, so what. If it becomes successful, there could be a link to it from the existing FAQ, without breaking anything.
(It probably wouldn't be a good idea to get rid of the existing FAQ entirely, though. !?)
It probably wouldn't be that difficult to add a Wiki FAQ to CBoard. However, I've never tried it myself, and so I don't know how involved it would be. Perhaps there are reasons for not having one, perhaps the moderators simply disapprove of it for some reason. Perhaps they think it isn't popular enough. (I sense another poll coming . . . .)
Who knows, maybe a Wiki could even be used for something other than FAQs -- for example, for posting completed projects. Long threads with updates about the program get scattered throughout the board. Stickied threads with many different programs don't work very well for updates.
Ideally, there ought to be a thread with links to threads about programs. Or we could reserve a board for it. Isn't that what the Projects etc board is for anyway?
But I'm getting off topic. Another reason you don't want to put me in charge of a Wiki FAQ.