I'm sooo excited today...because the MAKE Ventura Wiki has returned after a multi-month hiatus! You often have no idea how much something means to you until it's taken away, and let me say that the Wiki has a huge value to me personally. Not only because I've contributed such a large amount to it, but mainly because it is so much EASIER to teach people how to use our equipment when you have instant access to all the information recorded there at your fingertips.
It's so much more efficient to not have to recreate the wheel every time someone brings in a piece of material to find what are the step by step instructions on this machine, what are the best settings, EVEN knowing what does NOT work is extremely helpful! It's so much more convenient to have all that information available at a single place, rather than having to dig through the web, or even worse...physical piles of examples and trying to decipher archaic engineering handwriting (yes! you!!!!...you know who I'm talking about!!!!).
To me, the wiki is so much more than a collection of random information, various projects, instructions on our equipment. It's a history of our Makerspace. A testament of all that we've accomplished so far. The collective wisdom from all those members who have come before us.
And the best part is that as time goes on it will keep getting better! Because as more and more people use it, more members will contribute to it. More contributors and more information means less learning curves for everyone! Each iteration increases in value for everyone! Each iteration makes it easier for the next!
I'm so looking forward to easier...
By: Chris Lindvay