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SpaceAholic
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posted 09-04-2007 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An authenticated/structured source of information for collectors which can be collaboratively enabled and updated by subject matter "experts" in respective areas of the hobby might be beneficial (something on the order of a Wikipedia-like format but with better Q/A of inputted information).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-05-2007 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A moderated wiki for space collectors is an idea that, at least I believe, has a lot of potential. I had been looking for a better use for the Resources section of collectSPACE, and a way to tap into the nuggets of information that arise as a result of discussions on Messages. A wiki seems like the answer...

...but before I get too far ahead of myself, what do others think? A wiki is only so good as it has contributors feeding it information and editors/moderators who have the time and wherewithal to polish that raw data. Which one are you or are you neither?

garymilgrom
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posted 09-05-2007 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think a cS Wiki is a good idea and would be an excellent resource for collectors. I'm not an expert in the field but I would volunteer time and effort to the project.

Gilbert
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posted 09-05-2007 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent idea.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-05-2007 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is a Wiki?

I am no computer nerd and limit my "surfing" to a handful of the usual space related websites. What would a Wiki give me that cS does not?

medaris
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posted 09-05-2007 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for medaris   Click Here to Email medaris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wiki is just a reference to Wikipedia, the online open encylopaedia. It's unlike atraditional encyclopaeida as anyone can edit (most) of its pages. This does make some of the entries a bit hit or miss, particularly newer pages, but it's free, and it's there.

The idea of a space version is great. Why not just use cS membership as the requirement to edit pages? This would mean that there was at least an audit trail on any 'unexpected' changes, and provide a potential sanction. (I'm thinking, for example, of people elsewhere on the internet who might want to explain in great detail precisely why they believe that the moonlandings didn't happen etc.!) Having knowledgeable volunteer editors who could reverse changes and add balance would be an obvious step.

space1
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posted 09-05-2007 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't mind helping moderate the hardware related entries in such a Wiki, but I have to admit I have no idea how much time it would involve.

Matt T
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posted 09-05-2007 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure how specialized you would want to take things but I'd certainly be interested in editing spacesuit hardware. With an emphasis on M-G-A era US suits if I'm going to be really specific.

SpaceAholic
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posted 05-31-2009 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears the foundation for such a Wiki may already exist.. this Space Archeology Wiki has been around for a couple of years...

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