Why Wiki? Case Study #1

I started a topic on the (Beta) TechNet Wiki on Feb 28, 2010 called the “Windows PowerShell Survival Guide.” It was about 200 words long. It consisted of a list of weblinks (about 15) on all things PowerShell that I found useful. It took me less than 1 minute to log on and post.

I had four goals:

  1. One page that would aggregate different kinds of Microsoft links on PowerShell in one place (examples: blogs, library pages, videos, code samples, tutorials, etc.).
  • Often, you can find these resources at Microsoft *if* your search-fu is strong or you know which “silo” to look in. Ror example you can find some code samples on the Script Center Repository, and some videos on TechNet Edge.
  • I listed some “categories” for links, but left no links in the list, hoping that folks would fill them in with links, and perhaps add new categories.
  • I posted English language links only, because I am regrettably mono-lingual. I hoped others would post other language-specific links.
  • Under the assumption that edits to a wiki article represent enhancements to the information, I chose the Survival Guide/linklist format to encourage participation. A huge amount of time is not needed to click “EDIT”, add a link and some description text, and then click “SAVE”. I hoped there would be a lot of contributors over time. 

One year later, here are the results (as of this writing):

  • Unique Contributors: from 1 to 35 from all-over the world, including Microsoft insiders, MVPs, Partners and customers
    • (4 of them contributed over 30 times)

  • Words: from 228 to 2,342
  • Links: from 15 to 217
  • Embedded video: from 0 to 1


How’d we do? Leave comments. Thanks in advance.

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