Create a wiki

InfoInfo TalkTalk
Search:    

New wiki creation has been disabled. To create a wiki for a local community, fill this out and we'll get you set up!


Are you trying to create a wiki for a local community? If so, please fill out the [WWW]LocalWiki community recommendation form and we'll get you set up!


What is a wiki? | Good ideas for a wiki | Bad ideas for a wiki | Next steps

Wiki Spot is different — we're a nonprofit, member-supported effort dedicated to helping communities use wikis. We gladly provide a home to all projects that meet our Community Guidelines.

Create a wiki:

roundabout_wikispot.png


Wiki Spot is a non-profit, public-benefit organization and we require that your wiki meet our Community Guidelines.

Wiki Spot will send an e-mail to the account that you are logged on with. That email will have a simple link in it that will let you create a wiki. You'll find lots of further instructions and links to help pages on your new wiki's front page.


What is a wiki?

A "wiki" is an interlinked set of Web pages written by the people who use it: the beauty of a wiki is that anyone can edit and contribute. Wiki Spot is a nonprofit, member-supported effort dedicated to helping communities use wikis.

The most famous example of a wiki is [WWW]wikipedia, an encyclopedia written entirely by its users. Of course, creating another encyclopedia of everything would be counterproductive; however there are plenty of other applications for wikis! Think of the wiki as a versatile medium than can be used for many applications.

Rather than creating a wiki for the sake of wikis, you should be creating a wiki to fulfill a need that you already have. The best potential wikis are those that have a community of people who would contribute.


Good ideas for a wiki

The most famous example of a wiki is [WWW]wikipedia, an encyclopedia written entirely by its users. Of course, creating another encyclopedia of everything would be counterproductive; however, there are plenty of other applications for wikis! Think of the wiki as a versatile medium than can be used for many applications.

Rather than creating a wiki for the sake of wikis, you should be creating a wiki to fulfill a need that you already have. The best potential wikis are those that have a community of people who would contribute.

City Wiki

How about a wiki about your town — wouldn't it be great to have a comprehensive guide to everything to do and see in your town? A wiki can be more accurate and up-to-date than other resources because anyone at any time can improve it. City wikis can be a great resource for the people in the city where you live. A shining example of this is the davisDavis Wiki, a wiki made by the residents of Davis, California about their town. Whereas a Wikipedia page about [wikipedia]dogs would have information about the diet, health, reproduction and history of man's best friend, the davisDavis Wiki page on dogs has valuable information about owning a dog in Davis such as where the dog parks are, a list of groomers, veterinarians and other service providers in the area, as well as a list of apartment complexes that allow dogs.

Common-interest wiki

A wiki can bring together any community, even one where community members don't live in the same geographic area. Suppose you play the ukulele. While wikipedia has a [wikipedia]generic page on ukuleles, mostly about the history of the ukulele. An ukulele wiki could put ukulele players from across the world in contact with each other, allowing them to share advice, upload audio samples, show photos of instruments, discuss current trends in ukuleleing, share their favorite artists, and meet up with other ukulele enthusiasts in the area. Perhaps you can think of a person/place/thing/event a group of people can contribute their knowdege about. Together, everyone's knowledge becomes more than the sum of its parts.


Bad ideas for a wiki

The goal of a wiki is to create a collaborative resource for a community, therefore a wiki that has too narrow of a focus is a bad idea. While wikispot is free of charge, creating a wiki uses CPU and hard drive space, which do cost money. Creating useless wikis taxes useful ones. Here are some topics that do not fit the criteria:

Wiki Spot is a non-profit, public-benefit organization, and we require that your wiki meet our Community Guidelines.


Next steps

Start creating pages! Have Fun! To create a new page, simply search for the name of the page you wish to create and then click the "Create a new page with this title" link. Another way to create a new page is by making a link to the page you wish to create from a page that already exists, following the link, and clicking "Create this page."

As you develop your site further, look at some of our other help pages:

If you like what we do around here, consider donating to help keep Wiki Spot running and awesome!

Ideas, Questions and Suggestions!

Note: You must be logged in to add comments

2007-10-20 03:47:36   How about a "family wiki"? I'm thinking of "running one up a flag pole" with my extended family and seeing if "anyone salutes"! Hey! If it catches on we may have thousands of "family wikis" linking us together all the way back to Noah! May need some "family wiki" guidelines though. eg "No fair criticizing deceased family members—they can't defend themselves!" —RichLindvall


2007-10-27 17:10:42   Is anybody thinking of mixing some features of social networking sites with the nonprofit wiki idea? I know tons of people would want to join a non-commercialized social network. The family thing could be worked in I bet, too. I live in Davis and I'm trying to get a project like this going! People tell me the compliance (lawyer-related) costs would be too much to do it non-profit — does anybody know if that's reasonable to believe?

[WWW]Here are some thoughts on how it would work. —Charles Lang


2007-12-27 08:42:17   Ok I feel really stupid, but I didn't know what to use as my username when i tried to set up my profile. The instructions aren't really that specific and I'm not that familiar with what other people were using. I thought that when I permanently disabled the profile that it would just be deleted and I'd be able to set up another username with the same email address, but that's not the case. Is there any way to make this happen? Or can I only set up a wiki profile at this point by creating another email account? —69.89.111.77


2008-03-05 14:36:59   Hi sorry to bug you, in the new user registration form, what the field Name is supposed to be? Is it username to login, or my wikispot name displayed in the header/window title? Thanks —202.69.98.152


2008-03-19 15:59:45   Hello! I would like to create a private wiki for my library system. Our public library would like to use the wiki as a resource for our government-funded organization, though we would like to maintain some privacy since we will be posting some information about staff members here. Does this fit within the community guidelines? Am I able to host a private wiki here?

Thank you! —nmikysa


2008-07-26 18:35:49   Hello! This site looks great. I want to start a wiki on a particular family of board games written from a SPOV (sympathetic point of view). It would be a multi-lingual wiki with as many languages as wanted (starting with about 5-10). Often there would be articles in several languages about the same topic. The articles should be based on "truth", but allow original research. Sometimes a critical article may be written, e.g. about a game (if it is not very well balanced or if it has other known draw backs) and - and that's the touchy matter - about a person (e.g. a game inventor, a researcher) if (a) s/he is a public person; (b) the negative statements can easily be proved on the web (and are proved by providing links) (c) the negative stuff is directly related to board games. This could include disruptive behavior on the web (if a person is notorious for it) or the my-games-are-better-than-everything-else-attitude. These critical articles would be no more than 1-2% of all the articles and are generally discouraged unless they are about something rather well-known. I also would like to allow a wide variety of licenses: public domain, CC, GNU ... Please comment. —MrMancala


2009-02-03 17:21:45   I would like to rename our wiki. Our community organization has taken on a new name. Is this possible? I would prefer not to create a new one, and leave the old name dangling in cyberspace. Thanks. Larry O —LawrenceOheron

The group is 99% decided on a new name. I am inferring from your question that I can not myself make the change. Pls confirm if my inference is correct and that I must let you know when we are ready. Thanks, Larry O

Philip, pls make the following changes to our current short name ([WWW]http://auna-rochesterny.wikispot.org/) to the new name ([WWW]http://notana-rochesterny.wikispot.org). Thank you. Larry O'Heron


2009-03-12 12:10:10   Is it a good idea to use a wiki to create groups for my college intranet?Extremely urgent —203.129.195.140


2009-04-17 01:14:59   I have created a Wiki for the Southern Nevada branch of Organizing for America in which we wish to set up a community-based outlet in which we can share information about our contacts, our events, and resources. The commercial site I am now on classifies us as a business when we are a community group. You look interesting. Do you consider us a business or a community group? None of us are paid to do what we do. —72.193.228.232


2009-05-09 08:02:24   Would it be okay to create a wiki to use to write a novel collaboratively with a set group of people? —128.120.178.22


2009-10-04 20:38:12   ha wow bout one to help kid with website and computer technology —aheyman


2009-10-11 15:02:35   I would like to create a wiki dedicated to my homebrew fantasy role-playing game world using the CC Attribution-Noncommercial-Noderrivs license. Is this an appropriate place to do that? —209.105.204.82


2009-10-29 09:53:40   I am sorry to bother you. I am having a difficult time registering a new username with a previously disabled e-mail account. I cannot log on nor can I create an account using the e-mail address. What should I do? I am also wondering if username is my name or my e-mail address. Thank you for the help. —76.209.228.72


2009-11-13 16:35:21   I would like to create a wiki as a source and collaboration page for sustainable community design. We are a business but want to use the wiki not to promote ourselves, but to share our research. Our idea is to bring our collaborators to the wiki and have them share their research as well. Is this an acceptable site under the Community Guidelines? —209.117.99.26


2009-11-18 19:19:10   Can you create a Pony Club Wiki for a local pony club? Thanks!


2009-11-20 17:23:54   hi! can I make a commercial wiki? for business? obviously in a wiki way...interactive ;-) can I? —93.43.17.66


Just Curious, how much does it cost to host a wiki site?


2010-04-30 16:50:26   My idea - not completly thought through yet - is a wiki with a small number (30?) of commonly used words in different languages for travelers. It would include audio as well as phonetic spelling. I can get about 15 languages from friends and go from there if this is a workable idea. —SusanRobsky


2010-05-27 14:38:24   Is it possible to change the appearance of the Wiki? The blue theme, for example. I need a darker one for my Wiki. Thanks. —Herian


2010-06-15 20:46:36   *ahem*, when do you create a wiki cause I'm just sitting around reading this —MikeJr

This is a Wiki Spot wiki. Wiki Spot is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps communities collaborate via wikis.