Like Tumblr for Wikis (Sample Implementation. Downloadable Code.)

I radically simplified the approach to wiki article reuse. I think for the better. I’d like you to tell me what you think:

http://screencast.com/t/UScpp3Zfc0eV

Keep in mind this is only the start. The idea would be to build communities around the reuse. So, for example, when your page gets rewiki’d a central system logs that, and feeds back to your page a little snipppet of text that says something like “26 clones, 3 forks” and like Tumblr lists all the different sites that have resused it. You could also create a central hub where the most re-used content of the week floats to the top. Etc., etc.

If you have a Dokuwiki instance and a some hacker blood, you can try it out yourself. Instructions here:

http://wiki.topichub.us/doku.php?id=community:installing_rewiki

My coding on this stuff is very hacky. I’d love to do this cleanly through XML-RPC in such a way that the only thing you would need is the bookmarklet (and a standard dokuwiki install). If you’re the genius who can make that happen quickly and cleanly, come share the glory!

Thanks to all the people I’ve talked this last iteration through with, but probably especially Devlin Daley who helped me stumble toward what I wanted to do during an hour long videochat. I came out of it with a clearer sense of what the core product was.

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2 Comments on “Like Tumblr for Wikis (Sample Implementation. Downloadable Code.)”

  1. […] Mike’s screencast of the rewiki prototype lead me down memory lane to a tool we built back in the day called Send2Wiki. Here’s a […]

  2. […] on transclusion and syndication that motivates the Candela WordPress work, and the super-cool wiki federated reuse thinking and building from Michael Caulfield. These are all welcome reminders that the state of the field is not as dire as I sometimes tend to […]


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