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WIKI by Alan J. Porter

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9.2. The Myth of Inaccuracy

Another of the great myths about wikis is that because they can be edited by anybody they will be inaccurate.

Firstly, as we discussed earlier, anyone doesn’t really mean everyone. You decide who can contribute to the wiki and how they can contribute. So, you can limit access to those you trust. However, be aware that as you tighten access you may end up with just the opinions of a small number of contributors, and you won’t be able to harvest the collective knowledge and experience of the community.

If you are going to lock a wiki down so tightly that only a privileged few can contribute and no one can comment, then you may as well just set up a traditional static website or even produce a printed (or PDF) version ...

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