I'm sorry to have to do this, but if you look at [the last 6 months of changes to this wiki] you'll see that, aside from a very promising flurry of activity in building out the EarthDay and LearningLearning sections, the there hasn't been that much activity here except by me...trying to keep up with the spammers that have been vandalizing the site since August, 2004.
Unlike the earlier period in 2004 (when editing functions were simply not working after our server upgrade and migration to a new network), the Wiki is functioning perfectly. However, it's no longer open to anonymous edits by people who have nothing better to do than to deface the websites and work of other people in the (rather pathetic) hopes of getting a few more web-clicks to their sites selling who-cares-what.
If you wish to edit pages in this wiki, please contact PatrickSalsbury to obtain an editor password. Provided that you're not a spammer, such editor access will be granted happily. (A brief note about what you plan to edit/add and why would certainly help you, here. :-) )
It truly saddens me to have to close down the open-access that has served so well for over four years, and I truly feel that one of the strengths of the Wiki tools is the ability to post questions, post answers, correct spelling, provide links and data (to things other than spam! ;-) ) that help support the topics of discussion, etc.
However, despite my ardent optimism, it's quite apparent to me that there are a great many people in the world who seem to have nothing better to do with their time than to try to hawk pills, porn, and penis-enlargments. That's all fine and good, but not at the expense of my work, my website, or my time. And that's what it really boils down to. I'm tired of having to chase after a bunch of toddlers from all corners of the globe and clean up after their mess. I can't wage that battle by myself (I've tried) and honestly, I have many more important things to do with my life.
If you spend any time at all reading through the Reality Sculptors site, you'll likely agree that there's an awful lot of work to be done, and not surprisingly, a lot of that work revolves around education. It's obviously in short supply...all over the world. :-)
So now we change tactics: You're still warmly invited and encouraged to participate, but we're raising the bar a bit... By removing the ability of the anonymous time-wasters to distract and destroy, it leaves more time to focus our mindpower on the real problems...of which they are only a small (yet fine) example. We will probably have a lower volume of activity in the Wiki, but on a positive note, the signal:noise ratio has just shot up considerably. :-)
Although it may seem that by having to "sign up", the spontaneity of opening up a page and posting a quick edit is gone, it really isn't. It's there for the asking. And once you have your own password, you can edit pages with a click, just as before. And it more closely resembles the communities that have developed over the years on our various mail lists. People sign up, they commit some of their time and attention, and wonderful synergies can emerge.
However, it does require that first step by you. You have to decide now if you want to participate. We can't do it for you, and so far, the only ones who seem to particpate are those who destroy and vandalize. I sincerely hope that changes.
Here's to hoping for a more productive and interesting set of people, topics & discussions in the Wiki! :-)
Aug-02-04 - The wiki editing feature is working again!
Due to some problems when we migrated to the new webserver, the wiki was displaying pages, but not allowing new entries. This has been corrected, so please feel free to dive in and add content where apropriate. Thanks!
NOTE: If you're brand new here and asking yourself "WhatIsAWiki"? Then start with that link first. It will give you the 1-minute intro and let you know what sort of things you can do here. This is not just a regular view-only website! You can add things to it and help it grow! (Just read that 1-minute intro page and learn some of the basic WikiEditingRules and you'll be off and running.)
Wiki is a collaborative web-site tool that lets many people work on editing and building a web site together. You can edit most pages at any time by clicking on the "Edit text of this page" link at the bottom of just about any wiki page. (Some pages, like this one, may be locked to prevent accidental deletion of important information.)
If being able to edit someone else's website seems like an odd or vaguely dangerous idea to you, you might want to read some of the QuestionsAboutWiki so you understand how it all works (and what protections there are) and can explain it to your friends when you start telling them about "this wacky Wiki thing." :-)
You can find out more about the Wiki concept at Wiki:FrontPage.
We're running the UseMod:UseModWiki version of Wiki Software.
Learn HowToLogIn to the wiki, so your posts get attributed to you.
You can find the basic WikiEditingRules here.
After you've learned some basic editing, please create your own personal wikiname (see HowToLogIn) and a personal homepage. Remember to add a link to the Users page!
If you're ready to begin, make sure you have read WhatIsAWiki, and have taken 5-10 minutes to review the basic WikiEditingRules. Then feel free to dive in and add to these pages.
Have fun! :-)