Re: Wiki's Again
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:50:38 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all!

I just saw this posting by Sharon Villines, my neighbor here at TVC and just have to chime in!

This is just ONE example of the elegant systems work that Sharon does for us here in our community. She is very generous in sharing this information with the whole cohousing world (as is everyone else who shares things on this list!)

TVC is the fortunate daily recipient of Sharon's work -- now you are, too! I applaud Sharon and the work she has and is doing to bring a little more order to the TVC and cohousing world. Maybe we'll see more of this kind of detailed information on running a community after move- in from others on this list who have a lot of experience living in cohousing.

Hats off to you, Sharon!

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
Falls Church VA
703 663 3911

On Sep 21, 2010, at 4:21 PM, Sharon Villines wrote:

Several years ago several communities and cohousers sent me info on their use of wiki's for their community records. I was unable to move on that info because wiki's were still html coding-dependent. My residents are all fully coding independent.

We are now using Google Sites which is fabulous but I'm becoming uncomfortable about using a service over which we have no control. I did find directions for exporting all the data but haven't tried it.

But, the question is, how hard is it to put a wiki program on our server. I just learned Wordpress and it has taken time to get up to speed — still lots to learn. But is the wiki software similar or is there more gibberish involved. It's the gibberish that clogs my brain.

Our people love the wiki, even the technophobes. I did a clone for reserve study people last year if you would like to look at a fraction of the stuff we store there. It is as easy as email or forums and much easier to find stuff and lovelier to look at.

All info welcome,

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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