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Re: Re: Re: A wiki for Perl

by hsmyers (Canon)
on Jun 23, 2003 at 23:34 UTC ( #268349=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: A wiki for Perl
in thread A wiki for Perl

Sounds a bit like Ted Nelson's notion of hypertext (pre web)! You mention 'the occasional vandal' is that because the community of contribution is self-selecting?

--hsm

"Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

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Re: Re: Re: Re: A wiki for Perl
by mnc (Beadle) on Jun 24, 2003 at 00:40 UTC
    My fuzzy impression is that vandalism tends, as is usual for such things, to be infrequent and unsystematic. So the larger and more persistent rest of the community can absorb the impact, and clean up after it.

    Sounds a bit like Ted Nelson's notion of hypertext (pre web)!
    Also like the original web. Tim B-L's original Next-based browser had editing (thus POST). Mosaic was great for web popularity, but one wishes there had been a nice Xlib "text field" widget lying around, which NCSA could have been encouraged to include. Things quickly became broadcast only, and had to wait for forms to recover even a little. :( Imagine an alternate timeline where...

Re: Re: Re: Re: A wiki for Perl
by LD2 (Curate) on Jun 24, 2003 at 17:31 UTC
    I hate to sound idiotic here.. but who is Ted Nelson? (besides being my brother...) - different TN. Anyways, just curious :)
      To quote from:http://www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0155.html
      Theodor Holm Nelson, born 1937, obtained his BA in philosophy from Swarthmore College. In 1960, he was a masters student in sociology at Harvard. Shortly after enroling in a computer course for the humanities, he was struck by a vision of what could be. For his term project, he attempted to devise a text-handling system which would allow writers to revise, compare, and undo their work easily. Considering that he was writing in Assembler language on a mainframe, in the days before "word processing" had been invented, it was not surprising that his attempt fell short of completion. Five years later, he gave his first paper at the annual conference of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). It was around this time that he coined the term "hypertext."

      --hsm

      "Never try to teach a pig to sing...it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

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