Marks of an effective wiki

  1. A collaborative effort (as seen in the history) --Several participants have contributed. Wikis are collaborative. Each person brings their strengths and contributes things that they are good at to the project.
  2. Visual appeal -- Graphics are used as needed and add to the message. Graphics are not distracting and used where needed to further explain a topic. If does not look cluttered.
  3. Organization -- A table of contents is used, headings and underlines are used appropriately.
  4. Hyperlinks to sources -- An effective wiki hyperlinks sources and gives readers additional information about the topic. Because most people tend to not trust wikis (they don't know the authors), you must include a variety of hyperlinks to be considered an effective source of information. As people follow your hyperlinks, they will begin to look at the information you've linked to. They will learn that you are an authority and that you've "done your homework." Make sure that you have checked your hyperlinks and that they work.
  5. Original, intelligent wording -- The effective wiki summarizes information but never copies it! (Cite your sources.) The wording is intelligent and meaningful and jargon is not used. Wikis may be read by a global audience and authors must keep that in mind.

Beneficial wiki traits


  1. Multi-sensory tools are used -- The use of sound and/or video involves the wiki reader more through the increased engagement of hearing and sight. When it is used effectively, it can boost you into the hall of fame because you have more thoroughly taught your reader about your subject.
  2. RSS Feeds and Cutting edge tools are used -- Pioneers are often recognized for their ability to venture into new places that others are afraid of. Our wiki pioneers will be recognized as they learn about new technology and integrate it into their page. These technologies include RSS Feeds, video, podcasts, and any other new Web 2.0 technology that we come across. Be the first and be unafraid!

Wiki Ideas

Why Use Wikis

Editing Wikis

Wikis & Copyright

Tips For Publishing