wi·​ki | \ ˈwi-kē How to pronounce wiki (audio) , ˈwē- \

Definition of wiki

: a website that allows visitors to make changes, contributions, or corrections

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Today, wikis are common stops on the information superhighway; however, they only date to 1995, after computer programmer Ward Cunningham introduced his software WikiWikiWeb to the world. The software, whose name is based on a Hawaiian term for "quick," allows website visitors to contribute content to its pages and comment on and make changes to information posted by others. A site using the software is referred to as a wiki.

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Recent Examples on the Web Genesis Market maintains a wiki to help make the site easy to use. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 Traditionally, growing organizations adopt a clunky, non-intuitive intranet platform or hack on top of a cluttered wiki. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Establishing one central company access point to these standard operating procedures, such as a wiki or Intranet, can organize these procedures by department and role and will help ensure they’re being adhered to. Yec, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 See Debian's wiki for more and note Red Hat's decision to deprecate btrfs entirely in RHEL 7.4.) The Clear Linux FAQ also points us to an elderly Github issue in which a user requests a ZFS bundle and is shot down. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 17 Feb. 2020 NetHack itself had meanwhile splintered and branched out into lots of variants, as documented in the NetHack wiki. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, 19 Mar. 2020 On r/CurlyHair, moderator Minniesnowtah says that keeping the forum inclusive means curating the sub's wiki and posts accordingly. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, 24 Apr. 2018 According to the Batman wiki, it’s Joker who ends up rising to power and taking over the False Facers. Gina Vaynshteyn,, 7 Feb. 2020 Ri-Lee Howell, named for the late Riley Howell, is a Jedi Master and historian of the Jedi Order, according to the character's new bio on Wookiepedia, the Star Wars-centric wiki. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wiki

1995, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wiki

WikiWikiWeb, a website with such programming introduced in 1995

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21 Sep 2021

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“Wiki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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