So with Skyler homogenizing authentication across wiki and phpBB forum, it got me thinking:
What are some decent guidelines for what should go on the wiki versus the forum (versus the much debated blog)?
Here's some guides to get things started on wiki versus forum:
* Blogs are good for collective and cumulative documentation with one
or more people adding to the blog, and potentially commenting on each
* Wikis are best when you want multiple people to have full editing
capabilities on the documents in question.
* Discussion forums are best for, well, discussion. They tend to be
bad for document collaboration of any sort, since it's difficult to
create anything definitive from a discussion.
Which tool you choose depends very much on what you're trying to do.
Another one here:
Forum vs Blog vs Wiki
I've pondered a few times the benefits of various tools as a means of building an internet community.
* Forums: Get lots of momentum and conversation happening, but things tend to vanish into the archives and get lost. Topics can also get off-track quickly
* Blogs: More directed than forums, but less flexible.
* Wikis: Most flexible, great ability to cross-link information. Potential to be ruined by vandalism / revert wars. Less structured format doesn't lend itself to debate / discussion / conversation as well, but can result in a more coherent final position.
I feel that, overall, wikis have the potential to generate the best results. Perhaps recent changes can be highlighted and grouped in some way to appear more like forums. Maybe some user-education would help to make people feel more comfortable.
Finally, I have a favorite site for diagnosing or "psychoanalyzing" a Wiki, and it's Wiki Patterns.
Anyway, having some sort of commonly acknowledged use of these virtual tools may be a great way to spur positive growth. Maybe even a guide or education series.
Maybe this has already been addressed in another forum post -- but now that there's a wiki auth cross-list for all users (disclaimer that it's beta), it may be good to revisit...