Aug 9, 2006

New Wiki needs your help

Mitchell emailed me and asked "do you think that the RCX world is "Fractured" as such? I kinda do, because there is no one place that everyone can look at everyone's stuff, it's just plastered all over the internet."

Mitchell pointed me to www.nxt-mindstorms.com and is asking for contributors to help build the wiki. Check it out here.

6 comments:

robotech said...

The comment: "there is no one place that everyone can look at everyone's stuff, it's just plastered all over the internet" -
I am not sure I completely understand. This comment seems to point to a far deeper issue than the lack of a centralized repository for NXT knowledge. Don't get me wrong: I think the NXT Wikipedia is a great idea.

However I do not think it is either practical or desirable to make it a central repository for "everyone's stuff...plastered all over the Internet". One of the strengths of the Internet lies in its distributed nature: how it distributes bandwidth, server capacity, and (not the least important) fault tolerance. Putting everything in one place is *not* a good idea. Putting links to "everyone's stuff" in a central place *is* a good idea.

Jim Kelly said...

While I applaud efforts to try and develop a "one-stop-shop", I too agree that it's difficult to do...

One of the purposes of The NXT STEP is to point readers to "other places" - we depend on readers to email us or post comments about things of interest... like this wiki.

Please keep us informed if you find interesting NXT news and things in your Internet travels...

Mitchell said...

I think that having some centralized links is a good idea and I now agree that having everything in the one place is completely impractical. But I think that the information about things like NXT-G, other programming languages, how to use the bluetooth etc... could be placed on the wiki.

I spose it all depends on what the mindstorms community wants. If they want something like a wiki, it will work well. If they don't, it will just be ignored. I suppose time will tell.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell, there is already a wiki for FLL at this address; your wiki can point to it:

www.firstwiki.org/index.php/Category:FLL

Brian Davis said...

As for the RCX, it also depends on the level. For instance, if you want to figure out the deep, hard, problems, I always go to LUGNET. But it's not the place to look for answers like "why does my RCX-based robot run backward?".

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Brian Davis

Nxt-Mindstorms said...

As the owner of the NXT-Mindstorms Wiki, I thought I should comment on the purpose of the Wiki. Please don't mistake the Wiki as an be-all and end-all of the NXT world. In the numerous years I have been playing with Lego and Mindstorms, I just haven't seen somewhere where someone either new or old to Lego and Mindstorms can go to find even just basic information. The Wiki is just one site, of hopefully many more to come, that will allow people to seek the information they require alot more easily. I encourage people to link their sites on the Wiki, I would prefer the Wiki have a basic summaray then links off to all the sites that are relevant to the topic, than to have a copy of all information on the Wiki. The Wiki isn't about replacing the other sites, just making it easier for people to find it, wether it is on the Wiki or not.

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