What is a Wiki

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Wiki's original description is the simplest online database that could possibly work.

  • Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly.
  • Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself.
  • Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.

In other words. Once created the Wiki can go in any direction the community wants. You want a section for your favorite chocolate chip cookies recipes, you can add it and others can change or add to it. Every thing is traceable to the user and repairable by the administrators.