To be clear, while your response is provocative, I'm asking a much more
mundane question of, if I, for example, cite a Wikipedia message in a
paper, how should I go about it, and unfortunately the software today is
not very useful in that regard. But your email is interesting, so I respond
on those thoughts as well :).
On Monday 27 June 2005 11:32, Sj wrote:
That is a very good question. I've been wondering
the same, along the
lines of "is it really necessary for wikiphiles to use off-wiki
methods of communication? what are the pros and cons?"
I'm of the philosophy that one should use the right tool/media for the task.
For example, I hate checking Web pages to see if something changed: events
should be "broadcast" (or at least made available for a pull).
In a general
sense, finding a way to provide a unified searchable corpus, and a
unified wtchlist, across all non-transient forms of communication,
would be a great help to community-building.
That would be handy.
Of course the advantages to wiki-style email is that
you could easily
retain two different IDs for each message; the core ID of a particular
message, and the revision ID of the latest-updated version of it...
With email discussions as with articles, there are both discussion
messages and the rarer content messages; it would be likewise
interesting to distinguish the two.
Not sure I'm following you here but it sounds as if you would like a