What is a WikiWeb?
A WikiWeb (aka WikiWikiWeb or short Wiki) is an open authoring tool for websites. It can consist of several hundreds or thousands of pages, created and maintained by dozens or hundreds of members. A Wikiweb can be used to unwind a certain project, for the documentation or the support of products, for a joint development of concepts or books, etc. A WikiWeb is also a technology for building an OnlineCommunity?, a cooperations- and communications-technology, a tool for knowledge-management, a.s.o.
One of the special features of Wikis is, that the pages (well, most of them, anyway) can be edited by all users. Members are enabled to deliberately change the existing contents of the Wiki, edit or even delete pages as they see fit. So, the quintessence of a Wiki is, that every member can become an active author rather than a passive consumer of web-contents.
Many people wonder, whether this can actually work, but it - usually - does. On the one hand because "destructive" users are rare, on the other hand because unwanted changes can easily be undone by the next user.
On a sidenote about the history of WikiWebs:
The american software-developer Ward Cunningham was the first to create the software for such a system, his first WikiWeb was started 1995. The name WikiWikiWeb has it's roots in the Hawaiian "wiki wiki" which means "fast".
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