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Re: Invitation to new 'conlang' wiki

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Thursday, July 13, 2006, 10:51

Philip Newton writes:
>... > > IMO, having several distinct, and even distinctive, wikis > > available for the world to tap into conlanging has to be > > A Good Thing. The more the merrier, I say. > > To me, it seems a bit like having several World Wide Webs ... some > information is in CompuServer internal forums, some available under > AOL keywords, some via URLs... a bit like having some information on > WikiA, some on WikiB, some on WikiC, with "internal" linking being > difficult and probably all but nonexistent.
In general, I think distributed information is better since you're not hit so severely by data loss or server crashes. In this case, a common index of all conlang Wikis would be great, though. And probably mirrors. And an off-line Wiki snapshot. :-) In particular, I hate online dictionaries that don't allow me to download a snapshot. The fear of sudden and eternal server outage is very valid. In a thousand years I'm sure there will be no bit of information left if it is organised in online services as it is now. (Furthermore, my standard Unix tools are usually much more capable of searching the data base than the web interfaces.) Too few dictionaries share their data base, though. A pity! **Henrik