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This page describes the habit and rationale of starting wiki pages with a short introduction. It does so in the pattern form (see WikiPatternLanguage).

The short introductions become especially useful when you consider the habits of people online: the [F-shaped reading pattern] and [[very selective reading]. Putting the summary on top lets the users decide whether they should devote their time and attention to reading the page and perhaps even joining the discussion -- otherwise the risk of wasting their time makes them less likely to participate. Even if there is no consensus on the what the page should contain exactly, it's still useful to have some work-in-progress summary, or at least a general explanation of the topic. On the other hand, to avoid [information pollution], the conversation (and other hard-to-digest forms of information) are best put later on the page. This also helps avoiding lazy people who will only read a few sentences from elaborate and complicated article, and add polemic that really is just [bikeshedding].


PatternForm (WikiPatternForm from WikiPatternLanguage)

FridemarPache: Thank you Helmut for the harmonized description of PageIntroduction.



Conversation

FridemarPache makes a new start: As the style of introduction of a page mirrors the style of the living community and can be a key factor for the success of the community and beyond, it needs some friendly conversation to establish it. He therefore makes room for a consensus based, (contributors signed) exemplary Introduction.

AnonymousDonor [original intro under critique]: This page describes the useful habit and rationale of starting wiki pages with a short introduction. It does so in the pattern form (see WikiPatternLanguage).

FridemarPache: I agree that enormous knowledge is concentrated in the pattern form, However I miss:

I don't have a good feeling with

HelmutLeitner: Fridemar, I very much appreciate your engagement and suggestions to improve the usage of pattern work. Of course, the content of a pattern form is open for discussion and adaptation, as everything in a wiki, although we have little experience how to do it. The strictness of the form is artificial (Zen). I won't mind if you add author credits. It is good that the "useful" was removed, because it is redundant in the idea of patterns as solutions to problems in certain contexts (but not in others, which fits to your argument). We can remove intimitating uppercase, now that there is a hero that is not intimitated (Zen).


['copied to the top'] The short introductions become especially useful when you consider the habits of people online: the [F-shaped reading pattern] and [[very selective reading]. Putting the summary on top lets the users decide whether they should devote their time and attention to reading the page and perhaps even joining the discussion -- otherwise the risk of wasting their time makes them less likely to participate. Even if there is no consensus on the what the page should contain exactly, it's still useful to have some work-in-progress summary, or at least a general explanation of the topic. On the other hand, to avoid [information pollution], the conversation (and other hard-to-digest forms of information) are best put later on the page. This also helps avoiding lazy people who will only read a few sentences from elaborate and complicated article, and add polemic that really is just [bikeshedding].

FridemarPache: Thank you Radomir for removing the (imho) unnecessary claim "useful" in the Intro and instead of this giving links to usability studies. As wiki has much more to offer as being only a passive reader's medium, I miss the integration of the authors part in the above pattern. So I am glad to see you here as an author of a living community, who was happily provoked by the empty intro, to "fill the gaps". There might be a lot of Zen, say Wiki:WabiSabi qualities, that cannot be caught by a fixed pattern, so I would like to see the page intro as an expression of flow and not as a (possible) fossil.


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