Filed under: Collaborative work, Commentary, Info resource, wiki
“Greenwashing” is explained by the Greenwashing Index as “a company or organization spend[ing] more time and money claiming to be ‘green’ through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. It’s whitewashing, but with a green brush.” Hannah Klein Connolly offers a similar account of pinkwashing: “the activities of companies and groups that position themselves as leaders in the struggle to eradicate breast cancer while engaging in practices that may be contributing to rising rates of the disease.”
Taking greenwashing and pinkwashing as models, I define “Wikiwashing” as “representing a web site that is not a wiki as being a wiki.” What makes a web site a wiki is that anyone in the group of people primarily intended as the audience and user base of the wiki can edit the wiki web site. Ward Cunningham, a wiki pioneer, describes the wiki in the following manner:
A wiki is a body of ideas that a community is willing to know and maintain. That community has every right to be cautiously selective in what it will groom. This particular wiki [Cunningham's] has been blessed with thoughtful, diligent, diverse and open-minded volunteers, who have invested years learning what works here and what doesn’t. When volunteers tire and depart, others take their place. I remain amazed that this works without mechanically enforced authority. Possibly it works because there is no mechanically enforced authority. In any event, I remain grateful to all volunteers, past, present and future.
Filed under: Blogging, Software devel, Tips and tricks
I recently moved my WordPress installation to an “https://” address, that is, I now route all traffic (except the user’s first visit to a page) over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). As the title of this blog posting suggests, the upgrade was maddening. I encountered a “too-many-redirects” error, which turns out to be a bug in WordPress 3.0.2. and probably other recent builds. Readers more interested in how I dealt with this problem should skip to the section entitled My experience with SSL, below. As will be seen, although I succeeded, I was not able to find a general solution to the problem. Those want to read more generally about my decision to use SSL connections should start at the section immediately below and continue to read until the end.
Over at the Evolution: Education & Outreach blog, I have posted some important news. The journal will be available on PubMed Central after a 12 month embargo (“moving wall“), starting in about six months. Read about it at http://blogs.springer.com/evoo/?p=361.
Editors and Editorial Board members are excited about this new development. The intention was to create a resource for learning about evolution that everyone can use, not just those fortunate enough to have access to it by way of a university or research institution that can afford to subscribe because they buy journal access “in bulk.” This includes a large proportion of our intended audience, which consists of primary and secondary school teachers, teaching faculty at colleges and universities, and, of course, curious individuals who want to expand their understanding of evolution.