In a recent forum thread regarding multi select data grids, Larsvader claims shame for not looking in the wiki for the information he needed. His sentiment is commendable, but I can not help but think that I share, if not bear, the burden of that shame. Why ? The knowledge he needed was available, yet he did not find it.
If Larsvader ‘forgot’ to look in the wiki, how could the site better help ‘remind’ him ?
The world was rather different one year ago. Lehman Brothers still existed and the WaveMaker Developer Community was little more than a cool and increasingly active forum site. We had begun work towards launching a wiki. Today the site is more active and offers more developer resources than ever before.
The value of the site to WaveMaker users however, has increased exponentially due to the community members themselves. Folks like Niek, Lenny and the custom widget king, Tom regularly and repeatedly prove that collectively we are far more knowledgeable than any individual. The collective ‘brain trust’ factor of the community dwarfs that of just a year ago.
The example Larsvader was looking for was in the wiki ‘Dev’ space, aka ‘the dev’. The dev space is multi functional. It acts as an index to the forums while giving community members a place to exchange knowledge beyond the forum format. It often can continue into details that the main documentation does not cover. It also may be unpolished at times and have typos or rotten links in places. As such, it has not been promoted as a site entry point or landing page. Maybe that should change ?
Like the community itself, the dev and all of the wiki are far more powerful with the contributions of the collective brain trust. In that spirit I request your input regarding ‘the dev’. If community members are not in the habit of looking in the dev for solutions, how will you ever think to contribute content to it ? Should a direct link to the dev be on the community home page ? If you find a forum thread that should be required reading on a topic , is it easy enough to add the link to the wiki ? If not, how can we make it easier ?
The collective brain trust of the WaveMaker community is nothing shy of amazing. Thus I turn to the collective and ask how can we better capture and share the knowledge of the collective ? For at the end of the day, we all want more tips, code snips, examples and samples AND to be able to find them when we need them.
See you on the forums.