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This site, WardsWiki, unlike WikiPedia, is a ContentCreationWiki whose focus is PeopleProjectsAndPatterns in SoftwareDevelopment.

The ideas of "Wiki" may seem strange at first, but dive in and explore its links! "Wiki" is a composition system; it's a discussion medium; it's a repository; it's a mail system; it's a tool for collaboration. Really, we don't know quite what it is, but it's a fun way of communicating asynchronously across the network.

The name "Wiki" is strange too - what does it mean? The WikiWikiWebFaq answers this and other questions, but the short answer is that "WikiWiki" is Hawaiian for "quick".

You should start with WelcomeVisitors. It describes what we are doing, as well as how to get around, and how to get involved. Watch the pages expand and refine here. Watch the discussions that surround the process. Watch information AutoMagically crystallize!

To find a page on any specific topic, go to FindPage. To see an auto-generated list of pages which have changed recently, try RecentChanges. If you want a short list of randomly-selected pages, try RandomPages. CategoryCategory is the top level of page categorization; you can use it to delve deeper into the site.

Edit pages by using the EditText link at the bottom of the page you wish to edit. Don't worry too much about messing up, as the original text is backed up and can be easily restored (meaning, everyone can see the changes made, and will be able to correct mistakes, erase, and so on, if necessary).

The Text Formatting Rules are quite simple, and the Tips For Beginners will help you learn to apply them gracefully. You'll probably want to start by editing pages that already exist. The WikiWikiSandbox is set aside for editing practice. Go there now to try it. (Please don't edit this page; changes here will likely be reversed within a few minutes).

Once you've made a couple of updates, you'll be ready to participate in discussions on the "Wiki", and before you know it you will be AddingNewPages.

Please read WikiWikiSystemNotice for the latest information regarding the operation of this site.

This site's WikiEngine, WikiBase, has since spawned other WikiEngines, which themselves have become a popular way to document things.

If you want information on the content you can expect to encounter, take a look at OnTopic and OffTopic. WikiInTheNews collects mentions of this site in the wider world.

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