Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Friform wiki

Martin Swahn of Frispel has put up a wikipage for discussion of friform. Discussion will be in Swedish, so the huge troops of eager Americans will have to wait. It's here, and it's still totally empty. I guess I have to start it.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jonas Karlsson said...

Since I'll sound a bit negative in this comment I'll have to start by saying that I really like the initiative and hope it turns out well.

The standard problem with this kind of activity, wiki:s and such, is that you want to wait and see if anyone else writes anything, with the effect that no one writes at all. Usually you have a small group of devoted people that start things up by writing a lot in the beginning, with notes like "will add more stuff later", without actually adding anything later.

I don't want to sound too negative though. I've had some bad experiences myself, especially with the wiki I created for our group which were used by me and Kristoffer, but if this thing'll work that's great. Wiki:s are usually less suitable for discussions, but more appropriate for articles. I don't know how to discuss pages on the Frispel wiki, as I don't find a separate discussion page like Wikipedia's. Of course I could add suggestions and questions for clarification at the end of the page, but that would leave the pages looking unorganized and unfinished. This is of course a general problem, and has nothing to do with Frispel.

Having the wiki in English would be a plus, since it would be easier both to export things from the wiki and import things from other discussions on the web.

Could you tell me something about Frispel? I'm currently too busy/lazy to read their homepage carefully. (I'm actually planning the friform scenario for Saturday, an activity I think you support.)

5:33 pm  
Blogger Sven Holmström said...

I have seen wikis being used as discussion places, it's not optimum, but it works...until the discussions grow to huge.

I think this wiki might be a good starting point for a combination of discussion and articles.

"Could you tell me something about Frispel? I'm currently too busy/lazy to read their homepage carefully. (I'm actually planning the friform scenario for Saturday, an activity I think you support.)"

Frispel writes scenarios and arrange friform at cons. They have also the intent to create one Frispel fanzine per year. They have kept to that promise two years now.

They also work quite closely with the older group NisseNytt. NisseNytt was very active in the 90's and had a quite well spread fanzine (could even be bought at Presstop, as I understand). NisseNytts Andreas Björkelid is the man behind the famous Lovecraftian Uppsala triology. He also writes in Frispel #2.

Sometime later (donät hold your breath) I will make a review of those two fanzines here and maybe also of the sole number of NisseNytt that I own.

11:30 pm  
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11:01 pm  
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4:03 pm  
Anonymous Martin Svahn said...

I'm looking forward to the reviews of Fripel...

About the Wiki: I haven't had access to internet during the summer and am going to write more in/on/at it now as the term starts. I hope you join me there...

4:34 pm  

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