Why I Don't [strike]Like[/strike] [edit: Get] Wikis

Without editorial control [edit: tyrannical egotistic editors in chief] wikis are at best a good idea done bad.

Dave Taylor has been hacking shell scripts for over thirty years. Really. He's the author of the popular "Wicked Cool Shell Scripts" and can be found on Twitter as @DaveTaylor and more generally at www.DaveTaylorOnline.com.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Wiki Article

Anonymous's picture

This is an interesting article, obviously written for people who don't know about wikis and the edits are overly harsh.

What goes on at LJ? This

Anonymous's picture

What goes on at LJ? This article about how Wiki's being 'at best a good idea gone bad' should never have made it into the magazine.

We find out that Taylor thinks emailing Word Documents around is *far far* easier than Wikis. Hmmm I call BS.

Wiki's aren't perfect but they are useful. Curiously, right after this article is another called "Using Wikis and Blogs to ease Administration."

Very strange to see these articles back to back.

ms word must die

alrac's picture

Anarchy always sound fun until you try it. Then you learn the hard way that structure and discipline are good things, and help you have actual accomplishments, instead of getting lost and wandering in circles.


Ben's picture

We do use wiki to document our tools , libraries, projects
Wonderful tool!
Taylor's article has noplace in here!
Not everyone likes sugar!

One Click, Universal Protection: Implementing Centralized Security Policies on Linux Systems

As Linux continues to play an ever increasing role in corporate data centers and institutions, ensuring the integrity and protection of these systems must be a priority. With 60% of the world's websites and an increasing share of organization's mission-critical workloads running on Linux, failing to stop malware and other advanced threats on Linux can increasingly impact an organization's reputation and bottom line.

Learn More

Sponsored by Bit9

Linux Backup and Recovery Webinar

Most companies incorporate backup procedures for critical data, which can be restored quickly if a loss occurs. However, fewer companies are prepared for catastrophic system failures, in which they lose all data, the entire operating system, applications, settings, patches and more, reducing their system(s) to “bare metal.” After all, before data can be restored to a system, there must be a system to restore it to.

In this one hour webinar, learn how to enhance your existing backup strategies for better disaster recovery preparedness using Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), a highly flexible bare-metal recovery solution for UNIX and Linux systems.

Learn More

Sponsored by Storix