I agree with every word.
Glossary of terms can be just a basic dictionary and linking every word
to a more detailed wiki article would be awesome, but what advantage
does Wikia have over Wikipedia? or it's just the licensing that's
Wikipedia is rather picky about what it accepts. For example, we could not put any of the technical crossbow articles there (e.g. "this is how you make a medieval crossbow stock"). Also, Wikipedia does not promote s.c. "original research", meaning that all information has to come from a published source (e.g. a book). So, Wikipedia would work fine for generic crossbow information, but not for our "do it yourself" style content. For details, see:
All together...I like the idea with the wiki....however how do we deal with the existing wikis out there? I mean we can take advantage of those articles, but I never really dipped my head in to see how that system works and now that you mention it...I'm wondering how would a group like ours get in on the development of the already existing content. Do we need to sign up and add members? I'm kinda getting lost here
...It's just my computer time is limited since I'm on the net only once in a while and even that's at work, so all help is appreciated.
What Wikis are you refering to? We could use Wikipedia content (or link to it) with no problem, it's also CC-licensed. I think the best approach would be to use Wikipedia when possible, but put the more technical and/or detailed information into our own Wiki.
Also about Creative Commons license... this is also something new to me and I'm glad you mentioned it considering our site has had numerous copyright issues that I had to settle in the back ground [as a result of which I became slightly discouraged]. I don't fully understand it yet, so perhaps you or anyone else can shine some light on the copyright/licensing system and tell us a bit more about your experiences with it.
Ok, this is how it goes. So, when I write something to these forums I keep the copyright to my work. Unless I've accepted to license my contribution under, say, a CC license, nobody else can copy or modify it. Wikipedia summarizes this nicely:
[EDIT] Did a little research on the matter and have a few things to add. While Wiki is a great place to expand on the terminology used since it's technically an always developing encyclopedia, we can do simply a list of basic definitions and link them to on or off site resources, whether they are topics on this forum or resources such as your site. Not throwing the Wiki idea out and will definitely take a closer look to see how we can benefit from it with this in mind >>> All the topics hosted here are technically public information since Forumotion's services are structured just so and this information can be compiled and transferred to a Wiki at any time and by any one, only one problem...since Forumotion takes no responsibility for the content there is no transfer tool and all things will be manual when we do decide to start building up the Wiki's.[EDIT]
For a glossary of terms a Wiki is definitely an overkill. If that's the only goal then these forums - or Wikipedia - would work just fine. However, I was thinking along these lines:"Crossbow building Wiki - the best place to find crossbow building information on the web"
I would definitely be interested in writing to that Wiki. What about you guys?