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New Features - Thread Wiki and Post History

redsolar 9,119 June 3, 2007 at 07:48 PM in Mail In Rebate (4)
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<strong>What is Thread Wiki?</strong>
Many of you have undoubtedly heard of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://slickdeals.net/?sduid=1&amp;sdtid=530283&amp;sdfid=2&amp;u2=http://wikipedia.org" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a> - free web based encyclopedia where all content is contributed by its members. Thread Wiki is a post in a thread right after the first post for better visibility by another thread viewer, where all content is contributed by more than one SlickDeals.net user.

<strong>How does it work?</strong>
Pretty simple, really. Members have complete freedom to <strong>Create</strong>, <strong>Contribute</strong>, <strong>Control</strong>.

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<strong>Create</strong>
When a new thread is created, the first post of the thread will contain a <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40585&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922275" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40585&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922275" border="0" alt="" /></a> button, which you click on to create a wiki - on demand. Once a wiki is created, the second post in the thread appears, listed under the "helper" user <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/member.php?u=210146" target="_blank">wikipost</a> (<a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/member.php?u=181398" target="_blank">slickalerts</a>' sister). The post will contain a pre-set brief information.

<strong>Contribute</strong>
Right after creation, the user who just clicked the button is taken to Edit mode - just as you would with a new post, and adds the information he or she believes is important for a thread. This information can be anything... information about the thread (Cliff Notes anybody?), a new price, a better price, a new rebate, a fillable rebate, a coupon... push your imagination.

<strong>Control</strong>
Okay, so someone added something, and you don't think it's valid, or you think you can do better? Do it. It's controlled by users, and as long as it's within forums rules - it can contain anything, really.

A few more things bound to be asked, a.k.a. <strong>The FAQ</strong>:

<strong>Q: Can I see previous contributions to Thread Wiki?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Absolutely. Just like with real Wiki, you can see every edit. Just click the <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40586&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922801" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40586&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922801" border="0" alt="" /></a> button.

<strong>Q: Can I restore to a previous revision?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yep, you sure can. When in Revisions mode, use <a href="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40587&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922943" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40587&amp;stc=1&amp;d=1180922943" border="0" alt="" /></a> button to restore to a previous version. While at it, you might as well contribute if you need it, as everything is done using a standard Edit dialog. One catch - you can't restore a current version, marked by a slightly different color and <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40588&amp;d=1180923107" target="_blank"><img style="visibility: visible;" src="http://forums.slickdeals.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=40588&amp;d=1180923107" border="0" alt="" /></a> button.

<strong>Q: Can I delete a revision I <span style="text-decoration: underline;">really</span> don't like?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yes.... if you are a moderator <img class="inlineimg" title="Harhar" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies2/harhar.gif" border="0" alt="" />. You can still Mod Alert a revision if you believe it's in violation of forum guidelines, just remember to mention who made it. Remember, use Mod Alert button on a Wiki Post, as you can not modalert the actual revision from the Revisions screen.

<strong>Q: Can I rep the contributor?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Yes, just like with any post in forums where it is enabled, you can give reputation to a contributor. One per post (regardless of how many contribution that user has made), as usual <img class="inlineimg" title="Smilie" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" />. Although you can rep 2 or more different users who contributed to Thread Wiki.

<strong>Q: What if someone tries to add/edit a Thread Wiki when I am doing it?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Not to worry, since all revisions are tracked separately, the information you or ther other person adds will not vanish. So if an edit happens simultaneously, you can still add it by copying it. Once a Thread Wiki is added the button will no longer be there to add, but one can Edit the Wiki Post.

<strong>Q: Can there be more than one Thread Wiki?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: One per thread, sorry <img class="inlineimg" title="Smilie" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" />. You are free to post under your own name, however <img class="inlineimg" title="Wink" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" />.

<strong>Q: Can I easily see what has been updated when looking at Revisions?</strong>
<strong>A</strong>: Absolutely. The new text between <span style="text-decoration: underline;">2 subsequent revisions</span> is higlighted with <em><span style="color: green;">green color and italics</span></em>. Text that has been removed is crossed out. Changes are tracked line by line. So if a line is changed, the changes will reflect that.

<strong>Q: Can anyone Create, Contribute and Control?</strong>
A: Yes, as long as you have a valid SlickDeals.net account (what? you don't have one yet? <img class="inlineimg" title="OMG" src="http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/emot-eek.gif" border="0" alt="" />), which is in good standing and is not under moderation. Anyone (including anonymous users) can view the post, however, just like with any other post in the forum.

<strong>Q: What about vandalism?</strong>
A: As with real wikis, vandalism can be an issue. And just with any wikis, members can fix it without having to wait for a moderator. If you see anyone posting anything inappropriate, anything in violation of forum rules, offensive, etc - feel free to edit it out, modalert the Thread Wiki post, and mention who made the offensive edit. The moderation team will be happy to assist with this. Thanks in advance. Wannabe vandals - beware, a new warning has been added for wiki abuse. Excessive abuse will result in the removal of wiki privileges.

<strong>What is Post History?</strong>
Post history is a feature, which is shared with Thread Wiki, and allows you to view your own post history using the "Revisions" button just like you would with a Thread Wiki. The only exception is that only you can view that history, unlike with Thread Wiki, which is viewed by anyone as described above. The same rules apply, there is a Revert button, the Current Version label, and the only thing absent is obviously the Thread Wiki button, since well, it's not a Wiki. We hope you put it to good use, in case something ever happens to your own post, and you need to restore changes.

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#46
Mr/Mrs. wikipost says "don't moderate me", but s/he doesn't say "don't ignore me"... which is as easy as 1, 2, 3 for anyone that doesn't like this new feature.
  1. Just click on your User CP (upper-left)
  2. Click Buddy/Ignore Lists (bottom-left)
  3. Type in "wikipost" in the Ignore list box and Save.
Voila!

I just used this feature on one of the coupon threads and it's great. Now whenever someone learns of a more recent coupon code they can add it to wiki and keep it updated and convenient for everyone to see. There may be wiki-vandalism LMAO but I think the positive benefits outweigh the negatives.
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#47
Just have to add that this idea rocks. Really useful and helpful.

While someone might do some wiki-vandalisation, a deterrent would be that it shows who last edited it. A good idea would be to nerp people who vandalises by taking away Rep points.
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#48
It may be necessary to sticky wikis, particularly in tech support.

If people are contributing to a project such "The Official Build a Computer Wiki Thread," the thread may lose visibility because it doesn't get bumped as often to the top of a forum sorted on last posting date.
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#49
What a great idea better having good suggestions buried in the middle of a thread
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#50
Think I found a new bug, if you create a thread, a try to create a Wiki in < 20 sec, you get a wierd error, instead of the regular SD error message.
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#51
Here is the exact bug:

Array ( [0] => This forum requires that you wait 20 seconds between posts. Please try again in 8 seconds. ) err
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#52
How do you rep a person posting to the wiki? I don't see a way to do this? Can someone help me out and maybe provide screenshots?
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#53
Quote from Killerz View Post :
How do you rep a person posting to the wiki? I don't see a way to do this? Can someone help me out and maybe provide screenshots?
I don't think you can except by search for one of their posts.
Check the wiki revisions to figure out which person added what you want to rep
Go to advanced search
Type the persons name in the user name section.
Search the deal forums.
Sort by posts.
Click search and that will bring you to a list of their recent posts and you can rep one of those.
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#54
Click on revisions and then click on the reputation
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#55
Quote from slickdeals View Post :
Click on revisions and then click on the reputation
A reply from the man himself! I am honored! I see it now, thanks. Worthy
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#56
Wow, I didn't know that we had a thread for this!
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#57
I'm looking to a FAQ/sticky on how rep affects you. Like why are some people bold, italic - and how much rep do you need to get 400 ignored threads, etc.
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Quote from Gautam View Post :
I'm looking to a FAQ/sticky on how rep affects you. Like why are some people bold, italic - and how much rep do you need to get 400 ignored threads, etc.

The SD FAQ Megathread sticky in Site Issues & Suggestions has most of the information that you're looking for regarding reps. Smilie

As to how many you need to have to get 400 ignore threads, I believe that you have to have 100 reps.
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#59
Is this a custom modification for slickdeals? I'd really like to have this "thread wiki" feature on my vbulletin site.
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#60
I love this thread!! I started CVSing about 3 months ago, but I have a question. How the heck do you get to the Wiki?????? Confused
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