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Pointless musing follows:

Is a wiki inherently a ModeratedForum??

A traditional moderated mailing list or newsgroup has these properties:

  1. What participants say can be unsaid by other participants
  2. This ability is limited to a subset of the population
  3. Other participants see only the result, after screening

More common on online bulletin boards is this model:

  1. What participants say can be unsaid by other participants
  2. This ability is limited to a subset of the population

without #3, so the public sees everything until such time as the elite moderators do their stuff and remove some material from circulation.

A wiki works on this model:

  1. What participants say can be unsaid by other participants

Even where there are filthy steeeenking sysops who are "more equal than others", a wiki is essentially a bulletin board where everybody is a moderator, and everybody sees all comments until such time as some get screened out.

This isn't meant as an apology for superpowerful sysop users, just a self-reminder that wikis shouldn't be treated as unmoderated fora. They are inherently moderated, with some ImpliedResponsibility? on the users' parts.

Yes - if anything they are supermoderated - or at least they can be. It's all about the culture.


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