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One wiki is the preference to use one W3C wiki rather than lots of individually siloed wikis per WG/IG/CG.
- Anyone from any WG/IG/CG can help
- Allows for more serendipitous positive interactions
- Being W3C-wide means anyone can fix typos
- Lowers the barrier to people slowly helping with a WG/IG/CG
- More people can indicate some level of interest without committing to joining / mailing list noise, etc.
- Such incidental participation helps onramp people to greater participation
- The more such "weak ties" we can encourage at W3C, across groups, the better the chance of harmony across W3C, at least socially / politically, which tends to be a good start towards technical harmony.
Disadvantages of silo wikis
Silo (per WG/IG/CG) wikis have several disadvantages:
- Requires separate login approval barrier (which is sufficient for many incidental contributors to not bother with).
- Discourages cross-W3C collaboration - e.g. cross-wiki links require absolute URLs rather than simple [[single-phrase-term]] wikilinks
- Encourages tribalism
Possible Next Steps
- Make the automatically generated home page for a (community) group link to a w3c-wiki page instead of a private wiki, as the default.
- Only allow the option of a group-specific wiki by warning about the downsides and make the chair explicitly [x] ok to accept limitations etc.
- AB - as this may relate to informal processes at W3C