Start Playing Wiki

Ward Cunningham created this strange and beautiful poem to introduce people to wiki, and federated writing.It may not be the clearest exposition, but there is method in madness. Feeling lost, and becoming comfortable with being lost is a fundamental part of the epistemology of wiki.

Wiki is a hypertext. When you click a link you will go to that page. Here we have arranged the pages like rooms in an adventure game. There are things you can do here but you can just zoom through without doing any of them. Then maybe you will play again and do some things. Play it lots of times. You will get good at it.

This is a solitaire game. You play alone. No one can see you playing. When you are ready to share your skills, and the writing you've done learning the skills, the federation is waiting. That's when we all win.

That was fun. Now you are ready to zoom through everything. Let's get going.

Thanks for playing. If you come back to this same browser you will find all you have done just as you left it. Think about this overnight. Then come play again tomorrow.