Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

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Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Steven » July 6th, 2011, 12:24 pm

It is with great pleasure and much excitement that I introduce you to the AusBonsai Wiki.
First of all a big thank you to Ken (KCPoole) who has spent many hours seeding the new AusBonsai wiki with content. The AusBonsai Wiki is launching today with over 1050 articles thanks to Ken’s selfless donation of his time to our community.

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The AusBonsai forums are a great place to mingle, ask questions, share the cool projects we've been working on, find out what is coming up in your area and show off our bonsai adventures. But they're really not designed as a structured place to learn or to provide information as a quick and accurate reference. Also, I’m sure everyone gets a bit tired of the same basic questions being asked over and over again!

The new AusBonsai Wiki is designed to solve those issues plus more.

What is a Wiki?
The name "Wiki" (pronounced "wicky" or "weekee") was chosen by Ward Cunningham - the creator of the first Wiki. It is a shortened form of "wiki-wiki", the Hawaiian word for quick.
A wiki is a web site that is generally editable by anyone with a computer, a web browser, and an internet connection. Wikis use a quick and easy syntax to allow users to apply formatting to text and create links between pages. This simple formatting syntax means that authors no longer need to learn the complexities of HTML to create content on the web.
The main strength of a wiki is that it gives people the ability to work collaboratively on the same document. The only software you need is an Internet browser. Consequently, wikis are used for a variety of purposes. If you make a mistake, it's easy to revert back to an earlier version of the document.
The largest and most talked about Wiki on the Internet is Wikipedia.
Here is a link to a great YouTube video that explains how a wiki works in plain English.

The only requirement to edit and add to the AusBonsai Wiki is that you sign up for an account and that the RULES of the wiki and AusBonsai are to be followed. Viewing content and pictures does not require registration. We do not moderate what you type in the wiki, we trust and believe that the community will contribute in good-faith, in order to improve the encyclopaedia, not to ruin it. IPs are logged and pests will suffer banishment!

To learn how to edit our wiki, SEE THIS LINK
For a more in depth users guide, SEE THIS LINK

I assure you that the forums will continue to be the same friendly community they are now. The AusBonsai Wiki will just enhance the free sharing spirit and provide an excellent educational tool for all who are interested in learning the art of bonsai. Plus when frequently asked questions are asked on the forums, we'll be able to point folks to the AusBonsai Wiki.

Thank you all so much for your AusBonsai community contributions, both past and future!

Regards,
Steven
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby kcpoole » July 6th, 2011, 12:37 pm

Why do we need it ?
When I first got interested in Bonsai, I spent hours looking at Books and websites in addition to weekly lessons at "The School of Bonsai", for information and ideas not yet covered, or to research subjects wanted to find out more info on.

I found the old BT forum which was great, and spent hours there asking Questions's and searching old posts for what i was looking for.
Just like here, we found the same questions being asked over again, and instead of the newbies searching the site, (which can be hard to do effectively, and very time consuming really), they just asked again hoping someone would give them the answer. Usually someone would reply with the repeated info, and again the old hands who had already said the same things several times would stay mute.

Sound familiar? I notice the trend happening here too lately :shock:

Anyhow, Several years ago, I stumbled upon a post there that mentioned a BT Wiki, and from that moment I was hooked! I thought I had found Bonsai info nirvana. As a result, I ended up refreshing lots of content there, particularly the Aussie Bonsai Nursery pages. http://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index.php ... _Nurseries

When Ausbonsai was started by Steven, I mentioned the wiki to him, and this is the result.

THanks Steven it's a great resource and will be even moreso over the next few years as many people contribute

Ken
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby BirchMan » July 6th, 2011, 12:48 pm

Fantastic idea, will have a browse now and hope to contribute my experiences to the knowledgebase! :cool:
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby alpineart » July 6th, 2011, 12:50 pm

Well done guys , it will be good to use for an old hacker like me . Ausbonsai is Definately the "College of Knowledge" now Cheers Alpineart
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby fae » July 6th, 2011, 1:07 pm

WOW Congratulations Ken and Steven :clap: :clap: :clap:

Have just spent a few minutes on the site and have found lots of great information.

This is a great site for anyone just starting into Bonsai.

Very well done.
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby cre8ivbonsai » July 6th, 2011, 1:27 pm

fae wrote:WOW Congratulations Ken and Steven :clap: :clap: :clap:

Have just spent a few minutes on the site and have found lots of great information.

This is a great site for anyone just starting into Bonsai.

Very well done.
Fiona


totally agree, thanks Steven and Ken for all your hard work :clap: :tu: This looks like it'll fast develop into an invaluable and easily accessible resource for everyone, especially as a "first port of call" for "newbies". Great idea guys!
BTW the banner looks great as well, I noticed that and had look before I'd even started browsing the posts today :cool:

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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Craig » July 6th, 2011, 1:29 pm

:tu: Great work Steven , and :worship: :worship: Ken, your dedication know no bounds, well done mate, now time for a :reading:
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby chipper5 » July 6th, 2011, 2:48 pm

What a brilliant idea! It's just fantastic, one stop shop for access to great info!

Will this be added to in the future with different techniques and ideas?

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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby kcpoole » July 6th, 2011, 2:58 pm

chipper5 wrote:What a brilliant idea! It's just fantastic, one stop shop for access to great info!

Will this be added to in the future with different techniques and ideas?

Chipper5 :D

Yep Most definitely
If there is anything specific you wish to see added, Post soem suggestions, or better still create a Wiki login and start editing :-)

It is easy to Get up and running and the only thing we ask is to confirm any Processes, procedures or info as we want it to be accurate.

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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Bretts » July 6th, 2011, 3:35 pm

You have done a fantastic job KC, Congratulations on a mega project. :clap: :tu:
It's too bad your in such a hurry cause the stories I could tell you, Bushels and baskets of stories, hole crates full of stories. But if you can spare a moment I will tell you one story.
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Ali » July 6th, 2011, 4:45 pm

Just what I need, thanks Steven and Ken :cool: you guys rock :yes:
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Handy Mick » July 6th, 2011, 5:26 pm

Love it guys,
I'm no good on computers and even I edited stuff, EASY.
Well done
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby izzykay » July 6th, 2011, 5:29 pm

Very nice! Great work :yes:
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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby kcpoole » July 6th, 2011, 5:44 pm

Handy Mick wrote:Love it guys,
I'm no good on computers and even I edited stuff, EASY.
Well done
Mick


You must be pretty Handy tho :lol: :lol: :lol:
Thanks and hope we see lots more editors soon :yes:

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Re: Introducing the AusBonsai Wiki

Postby Joel » July 6th, 2011, 5:44 pm

Nice job guys!
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