Wiki Scorecard

Wiki pages can be divided in categories. I’ve blogged about several of those categories in the post, such as:

Today, I’d like to talk about another type of Wiki page, the Wiki scorecard…

A very wise person once wrote:

“A scorecard provides fast and better insight…”

Okay, maybe it wasn’t a “very wise” person. Maybe I wrote it myself. Maybe I wrote it for a business intelligence chapter in an MS Press book. Nevertheless, it nicely sums up what is cool about scorecards.  As it turns out, scorecards can be dangerous to, considering the “What a stupid I am” anecdote at

On with the story… In the IT world, a scorecard is usually written by some vendor who compares his product to others like so:

Product A Product B My Product
Feature A X X
Feature B X X
Feature C X X
Feature D X X
Feature E X

Conclusion: My Product is the best!

I always wonder if such a list is fair and complete, and I’m always pretty sure it isn’t. If you could look into my mind, the previous scorecard could very well read like this:

SQL Server Oracle

If you pronounce it right, “SQL” almost rhymes with
  “Smeagol”, the hobbit who became corrupted by the One Ring


Oracle rhymes with “Bworrkul” which isn’t really a
  word, but is useful in sport events nonetheless


Hard to say which product won this battle, but my vote goes for SQL Server. Maybe we can decide the winner using the Comments section of this blog post?

Anyway, I feel that Wikis are great for keeping scorecards. The community gets a chance to alter the list of features/benefits or whatever, making it very plausible that this list will be exhaustive in the sense that all major topics will be listed. It’s also a better way to make the score section more balanced: everyone gets a chance to score. It just seems fairer  and less biased that way. Thus far, I’ve only written one scorecard Wiki, here it is:

Comments (6)

  1. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Margriet, this is very interesting. What do you suppose a scorecard would look like per page of the Wiki (as opposed to the entire Wiki versus a different Wiki)?


  2. Tord G. Nordahl says:

    My vote goes for SQL.. Great post Margriet! =)

  3. says:

    Nice new word – Bworkull sounds good as a name of a troglodyte war chief. Let me use it when I'll play a fantasy RPG with the kids 🙂

    Regardind scorecards, it's a good idea to use them in Wikis. Just look at the comparison page of SQL Server editions. Some images should be offered by the editor, for example traffic signs, some colored shapes, or arrows, to have a consistent look and feel of this kind of Wiki pages. When these are added to a page, then the pages should be automatically tagged with "has scorecard" instead of "has table".

  4. says:

    Some additional thoughts…

    A legend for the images should be added.

    Automatic tagging should work only when the images are inserted into a cell of a table.

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