What is a Wiki?
A Wiki is a large number of linked pages. Any visitor to the site can add, modify or view pages. The best known example is probably Wikipedia, a general-purpose encyclopaedia.
Surely everyone just destroys the pages? Actually, Wikis have been proven to work well. People wanting to help on a site will always outnumber those who want to harm it (again, see Wikipedia). Some pages (notably the front page) are locked to prevent highly visible vandalism, and a wide range of tools (such as multiple page backups, lockable pages, despammers and IP banning) are avaliable for the webmaster to (carefully) use.
What's an Amiga?
Is this site "Red" or "Blue"?
We aim to cover everything Amiga-related. This even includes topics as tenuously linked as MacOS (though we're aware that this isn't a general-purpose computing Wiki) so of course talk of MorphOS and AROS is welcome. The site has more AmigaOS related material at present because the webmaster is more interested in that side of the market, but representatives from all 3 main Amigoid OSes were invited to contribute in the testing period before the Wiki was open to everyone.
I see you're sponsored by Amiga.org - does this affect the wiki's impartiality?
Not one bit. It's not as if we're affiliated to any companies, and Amiga.org is about as neutral a site as you can get. I retain complete editorial control over the site (which, in the spirit of wikis, is delegated to any users).
I get a message saying "Too many connections..."
The Wiki is confgured not to let users download more than 5 pages in ten seconds, to help reduce bandwidth, keep CPU load down and prevent leeching of content. Just wait a few seconds then press refresh. This should only be a problem if you have many browser windows open, are clicking very quickly through links or are behind a proxy with other users (in which case you should set a username when you next edit a page - this will create a cookie to identify you seperately).
Why does the Wiki use CSS when current Amiga browsers don't support it?
Using CSS gives a professional appearance to users not running AmigaOS - this could include people running Linux on an AmigaOne or Pegasos or people without an Amiga looking for infomation on the system. CSS is designed to degrade gracefully - Amiga browsers will display how the Wiki used to look before CSS, so there's no real point in removing it. Also, Amizilla or AWeb-APL should support CSS. See CSS Issues for more.
Why not use HTML tags instead of CSS then?
I don't have the expertise or time to erase every instance of CSS that the Wiki script outputs. Even if someone was willing to make the changes you'd end up with less standards-complient code and a more complicated script setup. I've made some concessions however (e.g. setting body text and background, despite this probably going against W3C specs when there's CSS in use as well).
Why is the front page locked?
Firstly to prevent vandalism, either unintentional or intentional (this has happened before and it wasn't pretty). The front page is what appears to everyone first viewing the site - if they don't like what they find then they'll go away. The links on the frontpage should hardly ever need updating and things that do (eg the MOTD) should only be updated by the Webmaster. If you're unhappy with anything on the front page, just tell us on the Feedback page.
Can pages be deleted?
Yes, but don't unless you know what you're doing. Starting a page with a link to DeletedPage will cause it to be removed in due course if no-one else objects.
But the deleted pages are still around, aren't they?
Aye. Perhaps someday I'll have the time to work that one out if it becomes a problem
Since the Wiki is under the GNU FDL, couldn't people fork it?
Yes - this is legal however strongly discouraged since it would lead to fragmentation. It would be time-consuming to carry out a complete fork anyway, since the script is designed to prevent leeching. You can also be assured that the contents of this site will always be freely avaliable - if I were to abandon the site, a CD-ROM containing the script and content would be mailed to someone who wished to continue the project.
Why have a seperate Amiga Wiki? Why not just use Wikipedia?
Wikipedia has certain standards for "notability" which some Amiga-related articles may fail - for instance the SAM440EP article was moved off the Wikipedia to here. A dedicated Wiki gives us the freedom to add articles which would probably never be accepted onto Wikipedia, like ANN and Horny (the MIDI sequencer )
Aren't you just duplicating information that's probably on other Amiga sites?
In many cases, yes. However many information sites have been left to stagnate or, even worse, disappear when the owner looses interest. A wiki avoids this.
How long has the Amiga Wiki been going for?
The wiki was initially set up on August 9th 2003, when sixteen prominent members of the Amiga community representing all three major Amigoid OSes were invited to contribute initial content (see this AW.net thread). The Wiki was opened to the outside world on August 18th and has remained online since then (with the exception of a few months downtime in 2004). On July 17th 2005, we partnered with Amiga.org to relaunch the Wiki at this current address.