Absolutely great to see you bumping the Wiki Wortgames
The Wiki is a great idea and Dane has obviously put in a great effort into setting it up. To make it the brilliant resource it can be is now up to AHB members and it will be impossible unless we have some conversation - something you have made possible.
I started to reply this morning as I've been thinking about the Wiki for quite some time but I came to a halt as I couldn't think of a new Wikki header.
Since then, I've re-read your post several times and now have a few thoughts, some random
on the Wiki in general...Wikki Topics:
Maybe the Wikki topics should follow the relevant forums? For example, in your case above, most or all of those topics could go into a Wikki section called, "The Common Ground." This could in turn link to the actual forum (see below). It would blend in well.Starting a New Topic is Currently Too Hard:
A new development has occurred today - the Wikki is now not moderated. I'm not too sure that this is a great idea. For a start, a couple of people here sometimes publish fiction as fact. More importantly, I don't think it overcomes the major problem of people not contributing to the Wiki...
For most people, starting an authorative post or thread, let alone a Wikki topic, is very hard. You might be pretty sure that what you've got to say will be valuable but you're never comfortable...
If I've got a consolidation of existing material or something new to say, the first thing I think is,"Why hasn't someone else done this?" So, I usually wait for someone else to post, wait too long and then forget it, or post it after I've had a few beers! (Often I do this in reverse order!)
When you do post, you feel embarrassed as you always
have a sense that you are blowing your own trumpet or making yourself look good even though you are really only possessed by brewing enthusiasm.
So, even though the Wiki has been opened up today, I'm still too scared to post there though at least it and Wortgames have motivated me to write these thoughts down. Certainly wouldn't have done it otherwise.
Sure, there are a few things I would be confident to post in the Wiki. For example, the BIAB Guide and A Guide to Mashing and Batch-Sparging (with a few modifications) I think would be great and I'll whack these in when I get time. But, it shouldn't be up to me to do this. Other people should decide what goes in.
There are countless threads/posts that currently exist on AHB that are brilliant and should be in the Wiki but we can't expect the authors to 'blow their own trumpet' by copying their material into the Wiki especially someone that is new to the forum but may have some great info.
About a year ago, I remember posting on AHB or maybe writing to a moderator that a, "Most Informative Post/Thread You Have Read," thread be posted on AHB. Not too sure what happened to that but I think something like that is now a good idea.
There are also other brewing ideas here such as, 'No Chill,' that no one has summarised.Maybe...
Wortgames, what about starting a new thread? Maybe call it, "Topic: Most Informative Posts or AHB Threads You Have Read. Sub-Topic: Nominate Info for the Wiki"
If enough people respond to a suggested topic or if history shows that the information has been valuable, then the moderators could post it to the Wiki and give the author credit though most authors in brewing would be just pleased to see info spread.Wiki Topic Development
Rather than the Wiki topics being able to be modified by anyone, instead, maybe a link could be given to the normal forum thread. Here, people could discuss and develop improvements to the thread.
This, in effect, would mean the Wiki would not be open and therefore would stay 'clean' and moderated whilst giving everyone a chance to improve it in a thread.
OK, that's enough from me.
If there's anything I've written here that makes sense, and I think there is as I've been thinking on most of the above since I joined AHB, then please act on it because I'll be too scared to in the morning
PS: Wortgames, if you do start the thread, I have several recommendations I can think of straight away of things that people have written that are great. There are many more but they'll take me time to look up.