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The following is a list of the different types of users on the site.
These guys come and go with relative frequency. They are the ones that are most likely to post a few questions and then never return.
Tourists that are not tourists are usually noobs. They are eager to learn and eager to contribute to the site when they can.
They want what the experts have.
These are the members that have the knowledge that everyone else wants. They are generally happy to help (time permitting) and have a varying degree of time to do so.
Up-and-coming old timers are eager to share their knowledge and want their name attached to that knowledge. More mature members are interested in those coming up because they have either more time or more patience (after having kids of their own.
These guys are lifers.
diyAudio is a great place to market equipment. Vendors have a target (and in some cases, a captive) audience for their wares.
Each of the above will have different expetise that lie in the following fields:
In trying to promote the use of the wiki, you need to identify what each demographic is going to get out of the wiki. Which carrots can you use and when can you apply the stick?
Put simply, tourists don't want to contribute. They want to google and leave.
Noobs are more likely to be thankful to the community for the help that they receive, both in the forums and from the wiki. This eagerness makes them ideal candidates to do a lot of the admin work on the wiki because they don't yet have the expert knowledge in the subject matter of their choice.
However, one of the biggest benefits that they bring to the table is their fresh perspective on things.
It's the knowledge that these domain experts possess that everyone wants. Experts will differ in how willing they are to contribute to the wiki. They are more likely to use it if it makes their lives easier. If it adds a bunch of work to their plate then they're unlikely to use it.
Of all of the users on the site, these are the most naturally incented group of people to contribute. If they can use the wiki to further promote their products and services, then they are more likely to add content quickly.
However, care must be taken to ensure that the wiki doesn't turn into one big advert. I suspect that the reason that there isn't more wiki content from vendors already is because they haven't clued into it as an advertising medium.
Sticky-thread that tells people that they should create a wiki page for
their project before posting a thread if:
If a user updates a schematic or takes a new measurement, it should be posted to the wiki page as the newest version. Then, the user can update the corresponding discussion thread saying that they've updated it and would like more feedback.
Everytime a new project starts (or starts to wind down), mods should politely ask the user if they'd be willing to wikify a project. This request must include URLs to the best practices guide (not yet written). In fact, this request should be a standard one that mods can copy/paste into the thread.
When a user asks a question about a definition of a word, that user should be encouraged to update the Glossary.
Individual users should keep their own pages of notes. They can then turn these notes into wiki pages later. eg - dfidler:Notes
There should be a list of articles that need to be written in the wiki. I'd suggested, earlier, tagging existing content with the tag WikiArticle (or WikiToDo). This would require use of the 'tag/keywords' features of vB.
Either way, having a single page of threads that need to be wikified gives noobs a place to pick up some content and then migrate it to the wiki.
Add a note in the announcements forum when a project is finished.
The following are the issues that I see today:
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