<img src="http://images.computeraudiophile.com/ca/wiki-20.gif" style="padding: 5pt 10pt 7pt 5pt;" align="left">Over the last year many users asked for a way to create lists and create articles in an efficient manor while collaborating with all the CA readers from around the globe. In response to those requests and my own desire to implement such a feature, I've created the Computer Audiophile Wiki. The CA Wiki is now in Beta and will progress with more feature and more access levels as more miles are put on the tires and it moves out of Beta. I am very excited about the Wiki and think we have an opportunity to expand the available knowledge on CA exponentially. As the famous quote says, <i>"Many hands make light work."</i> What follows is some general information and rules that are critical to the success of the Wiki. A permanent link to the Wiki is in the navigation menu on the left.
Any time that people work together, it is important to make rules that they should agree to follow. The rules written here must be followed by everyone. Noncompliance with these rules will lead to banishment from the complete Computer Audiophile site. This includes several methods of banishment such as IP Address banning and username blocking, and other measures to frustrate banned users attempting to access Computer Audiophile.
While the CA Wiki is in Beta users will not be able to create articles on their own, but will be allowed full access to edit an article after its creation. To have an article created please use the <a href="http://www.computeraudiophile.com/contact">contact form</a> until full access is opened up to all registered users. In addition more Wiki type features will be enabled as the site progresses.
<b>What is a Wiki?</b>
A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems. Most wikis serve a specific purpose, and off topic material is promptly removed by the user community. Such is the case of the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Computer Audiophile has heavily relied on Wikipedia, the number one Wiki in the world, for guidance to make this the best user generated computer audio source possible. The following rules are borrowed from Wikipedia . If these rules are good enough for Wikipedia they are certainly good enough for Computer Audiophile :~)
Instead of copying and pasting or rewriting I have linked to some very important rules all Computer Audiophile Wiki users must abide. Obviously some of the text in the linked documents pertains only to Wikipedia. Please use common sense when reading those pieces of information.
1. <b><a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view">Neutral point of view</a></b>
2. <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia:Protection_policy"><b>Protection policy</b></a>
3. <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia:Vandalism"><b>Vandalism</b></a>
4. <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia:Assume_good_faith"><b>Assume good faith</b></a>
5. <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia:Please_do_not_bite_the_newcomers"><b>Please do not bite the newcomers</b></a>
6. <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/wikipedia:Be_kind"><b>Be kind</b></a>
<b>What the Computer Audiophile Wiki is not</b>
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not paper. The Computer Audiophile Wiki has no size limits. Pages can be linked to other pages and they can be changed quickly. You can write long articles.
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not a soapbox, a place for trying out ideas or a place for talking. This means that you should only put facts in an article. You should not put your thoughts about something in an article. An article is for the truth, not what you think.
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not a link repository. This means you should not make a page that is only links to other websites.
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not a blog and is not a place to be in a group. Although there are group parts in The Computer Audiophile Wiki, the idea is to create an encyclopedia, which is a book of facts, rather than groups of people.
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not censored. Censorship is the hiding and changing of facts.
The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not a crystal ball. The Computer Audiophile Wiki is not for posting information about future events that are not notable and have no references that do not show why they are important and are not certain to happen. This Wiki is about notable events that have happened.
<b>What the Computer Audiophile Wiki entries are not</b>
Discussion forums. The Computer Audiophile Wiki's comment pages are not forums. They are for talking with other people about how to make articles better. For example, on the talk page of a DAC article, you can talk about how someone did not cite what he/she added. You cannot talk about how you think the DAC makes good or bad sound.
Propaganda or advocacy. That means that if you believe in something, you should not try to say that idea in the article. You should say every side of the issue. If you want to talk about your ideas, go to the forum.
Mere vehicles for testing anarchism. Anarchy means a system where there is no government or control. You should not do silly things on an article to see if this can work. We want to make good source of information, not see if anarchy can work.
Personal essays, that say your thoughts on something. We want to make articles about things that many people know is true. Your opinion is not always true.
Primary research. If you have discovered something or found something out, put your ideas in a book for a learning school, not on the Computer Audiophile Wiki. The Computer Audiophile Wiki will talk about your ideas once it is known to a lot of people.
Mere collections of external links. You can put links to other websites at the bottom of an article, but a page should not just be links. That is called spam.
Mere collections of internal links. If a word has many meanings, you can make a page with links to all the meanings of that word. Some pages should have parts with links to other articles, but an article that only has one meaning should never be only links to other articles.
Mere collections of public domain or other source material like complete books, writings, letters, past writing, rules, and other things that are only useful if they are not changed. Instead of putting the entire writing into the article, make a page about the writing. If there is a book of knowledge in the public domain (like the 1911 Britannica), a page from this can be used to make an article.
A news report. The Computer Audiophile Wiki should not have news on new stories.
A vehicle for advertising. Do not make an article on an item just because you work for a company that makes it, or you make it yourself. You can link to a page about a company if it is to show what companies are important in certain topics.
Chris Connaker, Founder of Computer Audiophile, has the final say about what should happen when there is a dispute or when someone does not comply the rules.