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Regarding the claim that a wiki "allows many users at a time," it needs to be pointed out that users cannot simultaneously edit the same wiki document. MediaWiki has set up sections to allow people to work on different sections at the same time, but if more than one user is editing the same section, one will receive an error message when attempting to save the editing changes made.

In an educational setting, I have found it useful to have students in classroom or real-time online settings work in Google Docs during the initial and volatile creation of a first draft. Google Docs is more robust at allowing multiple editors to work on the same document, negotiating the conflicts that arise. After a rough draft is finished (or at the end of the real-time session), students are encouraged to move their work to a wiki, so that asynchronous editing can continue.

Regarding the article, can you explain how your article will provide different information that what is currently at Wikieducator_tutorial/What_is_a_wiki? Will it have more of an applied focus? Did you want to experiment with different sorts of information and media that might eventually be incorporated into the tutorial?

Jrradney (talk)11:12, 5 August 2010

I think the thrust would be different, in that I simply wanted an article, and the tutorial is intended to be a 'how-to' and in particular, 'how to work at *this* wiki'. Re experimenting with media: you *do* realise that I'm waaaay out in the country, and have to get on my bicycle and pedal a la Fred Flintstone to use electricity?  :) Tallong 21:48, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Tallong (talk)10:48, 6 August 2010

No, I didn't realise that. Where? See if I can find you on Google Earth...

Seriously, I would like to do that. We used to live in Nemiah Valley (without electricity, unless I started the Honda generator up). See if you can find Chilko Lake in British Columbia, Canada on Google Earth (sometime when you're in town, maybe--wouldn't want to make you overcycle for that one). When you have found Chilko Lake, look east about 30 km. until you find Konni Lake, we lived from 1985 to 1988 on the SE shore of the lake (Google Earth shows the actual cabin). Coordinates are 51°28'33.33"N by 123°51'5.75"W

--Jrradney 04:57, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Jrradney (talk)17:57, 6 August 2010

I think this is us: -34.718548,150.083071 Tallong 03:03, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

Tallong (talk)16:03, 18 August 2010

The co-ordinates take me to what seems to be the right part of Australia...What gorgeous country it seems to be. I cannot remember if you have any landscape photos on your user page; the picture at the top of my user page shows Chilko Lake in the distance with a friend in the foreground. I would love to be able to see Australia with my family someday. --Jrradney 03:42, 21 August 2010 (UTC)

Jrradney (talk)16:42, 21 August 2010

Yes, it's pretty outrageously beautiful here. If you were able to handle what looks like a very serious hike in the photo on your user page, you would be fine here. Re seeing Australia: y'all would be welcome to camp out here; I do mean 'camp out', as at present that would require a tent in a sheltered spot. A couple of years from now, we might actually have a house.

As long as the wife and kids like dogs, cats, horses and wildlife, it would be fine. It's very good for the spirit here.

Tallong (talk)12:12, 24 August 2010