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Good advice, taken almost verbatim from the Wiki Wiki Web at
Thread mode is a form of discussion where our wiki community holds a conversation. It is the beginning of a process of distilling experience...

Thread Mode is good up to a point. It soon becomes "old", and the conversation takes a lot of room relative to the valuable nuggets held therein.

There are at least four ways you can contribute to a page in thread mode:

1. You can ADD a comment furthering the conversation. Please sign and date your comments like this, especially when writing in the first person.-- Steven Black [2004-03-25]

2. You can EDIT older comments signed by others to improve the flow. Rearranging, merging and editing comments is a real contribution to communication if done with care and respect. But rather than edit something with which one disagrees, perhaps changing its meaning, the conscientious topic editor will draw a line and comment below the line. Remember that, on balance, Document Mode is better. Try to summarize inclusively without missing important nuances.

3. If you see several conversations going at once, you can SPLIT them apart, putting all comments about a given subject on their own page. Leave a short summary with the name of the new page in the old page.

4. If comments seem to be converging then prepare for Document Mode by suggesting single paragraphs that CAPTURE the ideas present in the discussion. These are better anonymous or collectively signed so that all contributors know they are welcome to fine tune them.
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( Topic last updated: 2004.03.25 03:30:54 PM )