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(10:33:47 AM) ***dthacker also wonders if there is a login-timestamp wiki syntax such as mediawiki's ~~~~ that would auto sign with user id and date/time.
Wiki pages are great to produce Neutral Point of View (NPOV) content. If we need to know who added what, we check the edit history.
For debates, discussions, opinions, etc, people will often use Tiki blogs, Tiki forums or comments at the bottom of wiki pages. These are more natural formats and it's clear who thinks what and who said what. Comments & forum threading make it clear who is responding to who/what.
However, in some cases, it is useful to have this type of interaction in wiki pages. The TikiWiki documentation Editorial board has monthly meetings to discuss and make decisions. Members can edit, comment and vote on motions.
The way people add their comments is not standard and if we are not careful, it can get messy. This often happens in wikis.
Some wikis use a special syntax for "signature". This would be a way to associate the name of the user and maybe the date to a specific comment. It would be nice to clearly and visually associate the user to the comment. Maybe the comment & signature are in a same box?
It would be nice also for people to be able to express support to an idea in the wiki page, with a thumbs up (+1) or a thumbs down (-1). Right now, the wiki ratings feature let's us vote only once per wiki page.
These syntaxes should be quicktags to it's easy to add. Maybe some of the less important meta data (ex.: date of comment) would be only visible on mouse-over. (and thus not in printed mode). The mouse over could also contain a link to the user's personal wiki page and some data about the user (his avatar, score, etc).
Everyone: please share your ideas on this and how you have seen it implemented elsewhere.
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