Movement and Containment in Texts and Hypertexts
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Chapter 5: Collaboration and Control |
Models of Collaborative Authorship
It's not enough to say that hypertextual authorship is collaborative. Collaboration can take many forms. In the table below, I identify fifteen models of collaboration; I suspect that there are many others.
Directions of Movement
Wiki pages typically provide public, detailed descriptions of when, how, and by whom they are changed. Change can be expansive, with many contributions adding to the text. Change can be destructive: a contribution can consist of simply wiping out a previous contribution. Change can be restorative: a contribution can consist of simply returning the text to an earlier state.
Here are two views of change to one Wikipedia page explaining the idea of "Namespace":
In these illustrations, I am one of the contributors to the text: "Scribionics", the name of my freelance writing company, is also my account name in Wikipedia. However, unlike many cases in which sub-surface information is available only to the privileged, being one of the contributors to the text does not give me any additional information about its history. I have no insight at all as to contributors' motivations, either: the page evolved quietly for a while, with multiple contributors making trivial changes; I made one more trivial change; then the page was set back to its original state, then set back to the state at which I'd left it, then set back to its original state again, then set back to my state again; then it resumed its quiet evolution.