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KM3K wrote:MacCentris, I'm glad you like the idea of contributing to a wiki because that's one of the things I've been thinking of doing. My hosting plan offers automated install and upgrading of MediaWiki. I think that's what wikia uses, right?
I agree with LordSkylark in that a wiki may be more difficult to administer because of vandalism, but I plan on using all the anti-vandalism tools that are available like MacCentris recommends. I think it is useful to have dedicated forum members like yourselves contribute to the Zork Library's content.
In addition to a wiki, I think promotion of the site and the Zork content it contains is important. I think more can be done to promote TZL. One way to get people used to the new content organization would be to have a portal-style front page for http://www.thezorklibrary.com . It would have a little info on what Zork is, plus links to the Wiki, the Forum, the Zork Compendium, and initially my Zork installation guides, at least until those are merged into the wiki.
A facebook page would be the logical first step in my mind, but I think a twitter account would be useful as well. Both would be used to keep Zork in people's minds and inform them of what's new at TZL. Once we get some of these changes up and running, I think it would be a good idea to inform the Legends of Zork official forum about this to try and get some of them to come and talk here too.
MacCentris, you also talked about Google rankings. I wasn't aware of Google ranking forums lower, but that makes sense. I've found that my installation guides often rank higher than DAT's installation guides, despite thezorklibrary.com getting several times the number of visitors kevinbecker.net gets and there being many more links to TZL on the web. I think you're right that moving content to a wiki will improve the ranking.
Hopefully this gives everyone an idea of what I'm thinking about as the options I may pursue to improve The Zork Library. Would these be things you'd like to contribute to?
MacCentris wrote:Yes it's what Wikia uses, I've read about people installing it in their website and it seems to be a fairly easy process http://www.wikihow.com/Install-MediaWiki though it would require a lot of work to finally arrange all the existing content so basically I would not recommend turning an already-established site to a wiki. I think there are options on turning part of the site to a wiki format, however if you don't know MediaWiki at all (are you or DataAngel familiar with it?)... perhaps a free wiki would be ideal. MediaWiki does not offer support for certain features (this board for example). Opening external links in new windows by the use of (target="_blank") is completely ruled out and there are a couple of things on how the coding works that a regular HTML/PHP savvy will be stumped by. I've been using it for a year and six months and can say I'm in an intermediate level of editing at least. There are several free wiki options out there.
MacCentris wrote:A great idea, please post links here for group in Facebook and Twitter once you create it, I use both so I'll add myself right away.
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