Argh. There are too many Perl Wikis. Only a few (perhaps a dozen) are large enough that their maintainers could take a vacation and have the community keep the Wiki propped up. Most of them are just the result of endless fragmentation, and there isn't enough attention going around to read them.

I like it that way. I keep an eye on the Wiki's I'm interested in. I avoid the ones I don't. Public Wiki's are community tools - if there isn't enough community interest to maintain them then they're not going to get a lot of contributions.

This isn't related to the number of Wiki's - it's related to whether people are actually interested in the topic, and whether they feel qualified to contribute. The large numbers of Wiki's out there don't stop new focussed Wiki's being effective. To pick two recent examples the Echo Wiki and Kwiki Wiki are both getting lots of contributions.

Everquest is successful because it's better that the MUDs. Otherwise how would it have attracted its initial base of users. Now it's a large community that community itself is an attractor - but it had to be doing something new and interesting initially.

Personally I don't think there is a large active Perl Wiki because there are existing well established locations for the Perl online community (perlmonks, perl.com, clpm, etc.) A new Wiki doesn't stand a chance of supplanting these existing communities - it doesn't offer enough benefit.

Not to say that the meta-Wiki stuff isn't fascinating ;-)


In reply to Re: Was, a Wiki for Perl by adrianh
in thread A wiki for Perl by mnc

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