Wetpaint launched their public wiki service today featuring a nicely designed user experience, contextual advertising, and some great customer wikis, including my own Indian Motorcycle Wiki.
I haven’t invested nearly as much effort in my wiki as some of the other beta sites, which really started out as a simple reference wiki for me to keep track of parts and other information for my Indian Chief. However, in working with the service I can easily see how you could invest a nominal effort to create a high impact wiki site, like this Nascar fan site.
All-in-all I think this is a great v1 effort, not only is the feature set right for the audience but it’s very polished. I have no doubt this will be a very popular destination wiki site for public spaces. I also enjoyed my interactions with the team at Wetpaint as well, my compliments to them for a successful launch.
What I liked about Wetpaint:
1) They have a great interface that lowers amount of effort required to build a high impact wik
2) Moderator controls let you lock pages
3) Comments for every page
4) Tags for every page
5) E-mail features like subscribe
6) Great collection of themes to get you started
What I didn’t like about Wetpaint:
1) Whenever you edit a page it asks you to comment on why you edited the page (it is optional text)
2) There is this notion of page hierarchy or structure, which could actually be considered a positive
3) The editor has pretty limited functions for editing
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