Generally, Stephen J. Vaughan-Nichols does a decent job covering the OSS/Linux beat, but his recent article "Wikis Are a Waste of Time" overlooks some important details about wiki technology. Like, that a wiki is all about the community behind it. Wiki is more culture than technology.
I was all set to write a scathing and insightful rebuttal to Stephen, but then I found a response from "hkswan" that actually is insightful and appropriately non-scathing. So I call attention to it here, and sent some poor bloke that I Googled and found to have used hkswan as his handle on some random wiki out there.
I got your name from an obscure page linked from a Google search. If you are the hkswan who posted this response (http://www.eweek.com/talkback_details/0,1932,s=25992&a=178925,00.asp?m=17536) to Stephen Vaughan-Nichols' recent article on wiki, I commend your eloquence in response. You're dead on that it's implementation that makes a wiki work, not the technology.
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