Anyone can edit without logging in.
Edits are fast and easy.
- Spamming, trolling and graffiti are fast and easy.
- Fix broken links, spelling, and add insightful comments.
- See also Zuihitsu.
The system is democratic down to individuals.
- Moderation is absent.
Editable with any web browser
- Therefore cross-platform.
A user-friendly markup language.
- However markup languages vary per-wiki, making advanced usage inobvious.
The ease of page creation leads to a proliferation of pages.
The layout / structure are entirely in the control of the primary editors
- The layer / structure must be defined and defended manually.
- Without enforceable rules, a wiki becomes mob-rule; goals and mission statements are not inevitable.
The ease of submitting partial articles and thoughts creates a maintenance burden.
- Some submissions would require refactoring (heavily-editing) an article to fully integrate changes for an overall good read.
- People have differences in opinion and style, and will frequently feud over pages, paragraphs or even single words.
- Most visitors are passive consumers and won't participate in the wiki concept; they will view a page like a single article which is badly written by a single author.
There is no editor vetting process, and expertise is disregarded (perhaps even with prejudice!).
- Why Wiki Works [ 1 ] was http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?WhyWikiWorks
- Why Wiki Works Not [ 2 ] was http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?WhyWikiWorksNot
- On Wikis And Security [ 3 ] was http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?OnWikisAndSecurity
- Soft Security [ 4 ] was http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?SoftSecurity
- Community Solutions [ 5 ] was http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?CommunitySolution