What does the wiki in wikipedia and wikileaks mean?

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  • 9 years ago
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    The words "wiki wiki" were on a shuttle bus in Hawaii (meaning "quick"), inspiring Ward Cunningham to use "wiki" to describe the software he invented.

    Unfortunately, thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation and Jimmy Wales, the word has taken on a pejorative connotation that suggests "wiki" means "mismanagement".

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  • Mary
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    4 years ago

    You've gotten some definitions of "wiki", but to put it more simply: A "wiki" is a freely available and simple method of creating a website that contains lots of user generated pages. Many different versions of the software that generates the wiki are available, usually for free, from a number of different sources. Most of them, by default, look a lot like wikipedia, since it is the biggest and most famous wiki, but that doesn't mean they are related and you can change the look and feel as much as you want when you create a wiki site. There are lots of wikis and generally they have nothing to do with each other. Not all of them have "wiki" in the name and many of them don't look like they are created using wiki software. Wikileaks looks a lot like wikipedia because the web designer didn't change most of the defaults in the software used to create the website, which apparently looks a lot like wikipedia by default. But the two have nothing at all to do with each other except that the software used to generate the websites are similar and the look is similar. Millennium@moses: I'm not sure, but wikipedia transfering the domains to wikileaks may be a result of the requirements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Perhaps they purchased the domains to prevent other companies from creating fake versions of their site and siphoning off their users, but when wikileaks, which is really fundamentally different in purpose and effect, came along, they were forced to avoid illegally siphoning off their users. Again, this is just an educated guess.

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  • 9 years ago

    The words wiki means a technology for creating collaborative websites that comes from the Hawaiian word wiki that means "quick".

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Wiki wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian.

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  • 9 years ago

    Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser.

    ...database

    Whatever

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  • Eddie
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    9 years ago

    According to Jimmy Wales, "God-King" and Sole Founder" of Wikipedia, it is Hawaiian for "commercialize the hell out of it".

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