Most of you know the KISS-principle, although some of you rather link it to the Ninja like painted rock band.
It usually stands for “keep it stupid simple”, “keep it short and simple”, “keep it simple sir”, “keep it super simple”, …”keep it simple and straightforward” or “keep it simple and sincere”.
In fact it comes down to the “Less is more” approach, which should be one of the core principles when developing and maintaining your Wiki articles.
Keep it simply structured
Most Wiki articles start small but quickly grow to a more elaborated document.
It’s a good practice to build some structure from the beginning.
A basic structure can include
– [TOC] tag to get an idea of the content at first sight
– introduction to explain what the article is about
– Chapters (with header layout), to build the TOC
– References (“See also” section), References help to build credibility and provide additional information from other sources.
Keep it simply structured
Although a fancy layout is attractive and nice, keep it limited.
The more complex the layout, the higher the risk that other contributers scramble your article.
Don’t go extreme on colours and exotic fonts…
Use tables only when really needed, don’t box your article with tables.
Kick in swiftly and straightforward
Don’t hesitate to start an article when you feel there is a need for it.
If you have information to share, give it a go!
If you think, for whatever reason, that the article has no reason to exist anymore, you can clean it and mark is as “candidate for deletion”.
Or ping the WIki moderator Ninjas directly to remove it.
Keep information shared and social
In one of my recent Wiki blog posts I mentioned the fair use and privacy rights.
Be fair. if you publish copyrighted information, refer to the proper source and make sure it’s ok to publish it.
When you publish to the Wiki, be aware that your article can be edited by other contributes.
Keep invisibility simple and sincere
A while Ana Paula devoted an interesting article on “The Principle of Invisibility”, see Wiki Life: The Principle of Invisibility.
“Who” should receive the biggest highlight in an article?
In a Wiki it is article itself and the information it contains.
“When editing a page, main namespace articles should not be signed, because the article is a shared work, based on the contributions of many people, and one editor should not be singled out above others.” (from Wikipedia: Signatures)
The Security & Identity Ninja.
Premier Field Engineer – Security & Identity at Microsoft
CISSP, CISA, MCT