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Guest books are known from real life. Online they are a simple form to make websites interactive. The concept can also be used in wikis as a simple way of interaction.
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- Pattern Name: GuestBookPattern (aka RecentVisitors)
- Context: Wikis are seeking ways to activate readers to become authors.
- Problem: The first step is the hardest. Many people appreciate wikis and read them (lurk) for months before starting to write (if ever). It's difficult for many to raise their voice in the public and take a risk.
- Solution: Create a page GuestBook to leave informal comments.
- Resulting Context: People are used to guest books and know that they can write what they want without taking a risk. So the guest book will be used over time. The effect may not be extraordinary but sometimes a contributor will walk that way into the wiki community. Each single person counts.
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