This wiki represents a key asset for our community, since allows us to document our knowledge and experience as a learning community, tracking how we do things and who we are. It's collaborative, dynamic, and linkable -- which are all the ingredients for a real growing and "living" knowledge base. In terms of property, it represents real value because someone could purchase our wiki or even part of it and begin earning using that knowledge virtually next-day.
Using the Wiki: The Very Basics
Let me go over a few of the basic wiki functions in the context of an example: On the train ride home one night, there was an advertisement that mentioned "cost-benefit analysis" (CBA). It made me think about how many terms leaders in a business use that may be outside the vocab of other participants, and how many I used that day that might have had little meaning to my audience.
If we were writing any article on the wiki, we could simply enclose "cost-benefit analysis" or "CBA" in double brackets like: [[CBA]]. When we save the wiki page, mediawiki (the software) creates a link to an empty article of this name. The link is red until it is clicked the first time, indicating it is a "wanted page". The first actual click will open the empty page in the editor for composition. Once the article is written and saved, any further links created with double brackets will link to that same article. This makes linking a very simple process.
Creating Sections and Table of Contents
Another handy feature of a wiki is the auto-TOC (table of contents). You can easily create a document structure under titled and sub-titled sections. Wiki will automatically create a TOC at the top of the page based on this structure when the article stretches out. For example, on a CTBA article, you could begin with a paragraph of basic comments on the term, like a working definition, and then have three sections: "History of the Term", "Basic CTBA Ingredients", and "Tips, Resources, and How-to's". In the editor, adding an equals sign before and behind each title (like: "=History of the Term=") will format it as a main section title and mark it for listing in the TOC when the article gets long enough. Sub-sections should be identified by two equals signs before and after (like: "==Origin of the Term==") and further sub-sub-sections by three.
If you would like to link to outside resources, which includes anything outside of the wiki portion of the site -- even portions of the same site that aren't power by the wiki, doing so is pretty simple. Use single brackets surrounding the URL of the site and the link text, separated by a space like: [http://cnn.com CNN].
Categorize, Categorize, and Subcategorize
When posting to the wiki, it's always a good idea to categorize. For example, the article above would naturally fit in the category "Business Concepts", and "Business Terms". To the "CTBA" article to these categories, simply add tags that look like this at the bottom: [[Category:Business Concepts]] and [[Category:Business Terms]]. Any articles with the same tags appear on the same Category page. Once this article is saved, links to the assigned categories will appear at the bottom of the page. Before the first click, any category will be red, like article links before the article exists. When first clicked, an example category page will show that should be edited (click the "edit" tab at the top and add a basic description of the category) and saved to formally create it.