Bringing lessons from wikis to create tools for a read/write web.
( The experience of re-launching my personal website into files with git + make + editor is a reminder of the power of allowing writing to happen all over the place, in fragments (the digital equivilent to the "napkin" or envelop. And the sense of liberation in allowing documents to organically gather "themselves" overtime -- avoiding the publish and forget ephemerality danger of the blog / tweet. What's indeed really useful are publishing tools that encourage one to revisit fragments, pull them together and work them into fully formed documents (as a wiki page does). ) ( Having hard coded an HTML homepage, then using pandoc to convert to markdown, improving the editability. Reminder of how useful a makefile/cookbook enabled server would be to take any website, and to markdown-ify it, edit it, regenerate HTML, etc. )