[Smt-talk] Wiki

Steve Haflich smh at franz.com
Tue Aug 2 09:40:03 PDT 2011

I let this pass the first time, but 

   Daniel Wolf <djwolf at snafu.de> wrote:

   As Bob Kosofsky pointed out, a wiki is a piece of software and
   Wikipedia  is but one application of that software.

this definition of "wiki" feels incorrect to me.  (It is no more
accurate than the incorrect notion that comes to the mind of a naive
English speaker upon hearing the musical term "prologation".)  If one
visits the Wikipedia page for "wiki" one finds:

 A wiki is a website that allows the creation and editing of any number
 of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup
 language or a WYSIWYG text editor. Wikis are typically powered by wiki
 software and are often used collaboratively by multiple users. Examples
 include community websites, corporate intranets, knowledge management
 systems, and note services. The software can also be used for personal

So, a wiki is not software.  It is one of a great many private and
public websites running a copy of one or another wiki software package
(which itself typically runs atop some other web server software).
[The] Wikipedia (there is only one!) is the particular wiki operated by
the Wikipedia Foundation.

Steven M. Haflich <smh at franz.com>
Musicologically unaffiliated

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