Talking about wiki articles

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I saw a banner on Wikipedia or somewhere about improving how discussions happen on the wiki. Rather than storing conversations in the wiki, and building a tool around communicating there, I think external systems should be used when possible. Because conversations aren’t as useful living as second-class citizens in a database next to articles. And I don’t expect Mediawiki or other software to become chat platforms.

Three URL patterns come to mind:

  • crafted URLs to create DIscourse posts, works when user is expected to already participate
  • mailto URLs with subjects and bodies pre-populated
  • jabber URLs, to join a conference

Because Discourse exposes everything as a JSON feed, any CMS should be able to pull in messages in a sane way, meaning you can still carry conversations next to content, it is just the interactions are served better on a different platform.