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7:00 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I see a lot of repeat posts in the forums here I frequent and think it might be handy to refer posters to some articles / threads on the same subject.

I've seen sticky topics used for this at the top of the Ecommerce forum for example but think it might be better to have a dedicated area of the site to refer users to. I know there's a library section but it's a tad disorganised.

Having a structured section, maybe in wiki format and allowing for discussion on the content might go some way in cleaning up the repeat posts, and provide some authority content.
10:38 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Glad I read through all the pages before starting a topic (newbs take note!)...

I was going to suggest what ectect has suggested in essence.

One quality that sets webmasterworld apart is its credibility and authority.

While creating a community-reviewed and moderated Wiki/glossery/FAQ could be the beginning of a hosting/moderation headache, users and mods could post to answers on the wiki from forum threads instead of to external sites, ads running on the wiki pages would generate revenue, the pages would attract new users, etc.

I think the usefulness of it combined with the revenue generating opportunity (ya, nofollow the links there to discourage spam), outweigh the potential headaches.

I hope this idea, started with many of the existing elements on site (library, stickies, etc.), will be seriously considered.
10:40 pm on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Do you mean expanding the forum libraries? or something else? :)

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I mean a fresh start with classic Wiki format but taking advantage of existing content like the libraries, just re-purposed for use in a Wiki that would be expanded as new technologies and topics appear. By topics I don't mean threads, I mean html5, or CSS standard, rbl, whatever... :)
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Nice idea. It would also give us a point of reference to point people to information within posts.

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5:00 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My first thought on this was negative, but as I read, I think this could be huge (great), actually. Some content is topical; other content could be summarized into the accumulated wisdom of a few, and referenced as a whole separate part of the system.

Tutorials, FAQs, essays, etc. could all end up there. This would require a really solid moderation system, but if it could be done right, it would be a tremendous resource and solve one of the big problems, of people asking the same questions (which pisses of mods and makes them cranky).
7:04 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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please turn the libraries into wikis or at least let us users do it. There are 565 threads in the Google SEO forum library alone. Does anyone have a count of the total library threads?
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Adding a ditto here. The forum itself works great, but I'm always searching for THE current, definitive best practice or recipe (for code). Search might bring up dozens of long threads, but a wiki could have the BEST current thought on a subject... and once that thought evolves, the wiki is changed along with it.

For instance, I'm always having to dig through a search to find the most current "improved WordPress .htaccess code". I know jdMorgan has written extensively about this over several threads, but what's the *current* and *best* version? A wiki that's updated from time to time would be perfect for this, and priceless.
10:22 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The current / most relevant idea is the key here. How many times have you searched on a theme and found a reply from 2005 and been left wondering if you're missing more current opinion?
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I have to agree with ectect...what is current? A wiki is great but not only would it have to be moderated it needs to be dated with applicable versions and systems listed. That way even if it is an old fix someone can still come along and verify that yes it does work with firefox 3.5.x but NOT 3.6.x. This relies on the community as a whole come back and say that the fix is or is not valid for some particular version/system but without this we would all end up guessing.

It would also be helpful to have a section for known bugs. That way we can find out that 1) We are not alone and 2) So far no one here has figured it out. Plus for those that like fixing things they can have a single list to view or what they want to putz around with next.
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A wiki might not be the best solution, but a more centralised, diffrent than the forums, library that is specialised in dealing with it's contents rather than a forum dealing with posts might be a valuable 'upgrade'.

Wiki and wiki markup aren't the best systems out there, but something like it isn't a bad idea.
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Well the beautiful thing about the Wiki format is the ease with which a fix offered in a forum post can be added to a Wiki topic.

As I said in other words above, it is not perfect and there are burdens, but it would add enormous value to the site and if monetized a source of revenue. Permissions could limit additions to mods, etc.
 

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