It’s been in the pipeline for a while. In fact, I should have done this in 2006 ;) Still, now it’s 2009 and I’m happy to hereby announce Couchwiki.org:
“WikiCouch is open to anyone and everyone. It is in keeping with the philosophy of inclusion and open hospitality. We believe in decentralized control, self-moderation and that everyone has something valuable to contribute.”
- Available under the Creative Commons ShareAlike Attribution license.
- Open for editing to anyone. You don’t have to log in – but it’s appreciated if you do – you can also log in with OpenID.
- Independent from the official CouchSurfing organization, but supportive the CouchSurfing community.
- Very soon: a version in French and in other languages if requested by the community.
- We have registered several domains, and there will be a discussion about the domain name where all participants are welcome to join.
- Several nice extensions are installed, and if needed I’ll be happy to install more.
- The costs of running a wiki are very low – to me. No worries about that, I’m happy to take care of the technical and financial aspects of the server.
- In the future we’ll have XML dumps for downloading.
Let me know if there are any issues. And… Enjoy! guaka 01:34, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
Message posted CS groups
- Keep the HTML tags, thanks.
For those that don't know: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dnL00TdmLY">What's a wiki?</a> (Watch it even if you know, it's a really funny educational video)
And <a href="hhhhhhhh">this</a> is one example on how it's been used in the past by this group: ADAPT!!!!!!
Following the confirmed intention from the admins of this website to delete the content of the wiki that is not travelguide-like (which means most of the content). Some people finally opened a couchsurfing wiki for all other content. It is here: <a href="http://couchwiki.org">couchwiki.org</a>.
To see the details of the wiki battle between the admins and the users, visit the <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=3727">wiki group</a>. In particular those threads:
<a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=3727&post=2566865">March 2009: original annoucement</a>.
<a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=3727&post=2837321">April: Edits will be restricted to a small team</a>
<a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=3727&post=2755486">4 months waiting for an answer from the coordinator</a>
<a href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=3727&post=3981801">October: Confirmation that the wiki will be turned into a travelguide and all other content will be deleted</a>
Now two possibilities:
- You want to share information about your place, tips, spots to visit,
- You want to share community information, or anything else that does not fall in the first possibility:
In the second case, you should NOT use the CS wiki, because your content would be deleted in time. You should use <a href="http://couchwiki.org">couchwiki.org</a>, that is meant to have all sort of content.
In the first case, my advice is still that you do NOT use the CS travelguide wiki if it ever sees the light of day. I have got good reasons: It has a very restrictive license that makes its content unusable, in particular by the contributors themselves. And most important: There is a participative travelguide that already exists and that is very successful and that already has a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/">flexible license</a>. It is called <a href="http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Main_Page">wikivoyage</a>. They are both based on the same software so they are identical to use. It is a waste of energy to write the Bible twice. So you should not use <a href="http://couchwiki.org">couchwiki.org</a> for that either :).
Trust the geek on such matters.
So, what I'm going to do right now, is take all the pages that I have created on the CS wiki and move them over there. Some of those pages have been edited by some members of this group and I need permission from the following users before I do that:
LIST OF EDITORS
In the absence of massmailing tool, I find it faster to do that here, while spreading the news.