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According to the WikiMission often information and knowledge is gathered. There are different forms to do so, one of the simplest is to create separate pages. So in a typical wiki many pages (perhaps 30-70%) represent real world objects (books, persons, websites, articles) of the mission domain. In general it is good advice to avoid trivial pages (see ShallowPage). Note that the term object is used in a system analytical sense for any element, so it is not restricted to things, but may stand for persons, other living creatures and concepts as well.
In an encyclopedia wiki like WikiPedia all valid pages can be considered to represent real world knowledge objects.
PATTERN FORM (WikiPatternLanguage)
- Pattern Name: ObjectPage
- Context: the process of gathering information in a wiki
- Problem: put the information in a form that is easy to understand and to extend (for examples by adding information details, comments, discussions, ...)
- Solution: create separate pages for real world objects (like books, persons, websites, terms, ...) that are not trivial, need explanation, are referenced, are expected to draw comments
- Resulting Context: a basis of factual pages as a specialized knowledge base of growing value
- Examples: MeatballWiki: see backlinks of CategoryBook for pages repesenting books. Homepages can be seen as objects pages for contributors. See CategoryCompany, CategoryHomePage, CategoryJournal, CategoryOnlineCommunity, CategoryPeople, CategoryWikiEngine, CategoryWikiProvider, ... (currently 780/3143 = 25%)
- Alternatives: Put the object information in lists (ListPattern?) or in sequential sections of a page (SectionPattern?).
- See also: ArticlePage, HomePage, OffTopic, LocalLanguage?
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