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A rhetoric of wiki will
develop a set of page patterns and strategies for using them to supplement the /StyleAndPageGuides? built into wikis.
=== develop page patterns === One refactoring strategy is to suggest an internal relational structure for the developing page, eg, separating and linking parts with therefore... and an optional but... (see Wiki:ThereforeBut, and Wiki:ThreadsConsideredDrivel for examples).
A rhetoric of wiki would aim to develop page patterns that writers can use to articulate internal structural relationships that emerge from the conversational thread.
ThereforBut? - claimed as the simplest and most dominant on c2 wiki
=== switch to Berthoff Mode === Ann Berthoff has confronted this problem in her discussion of sentence patterns in F/T/W. She presents sentence patterns as "ways out of chaos," much as I imagine page patterns can work. Some prototypical page patterns might look like
a pattern for stating and considering dependencies: ItDependsOn?
a pattern for stating if-then, with an option
IfThenOtherwise? | IfThenElse?
a pattern for breaking an explanation into several parts
a pattern for articulating parallel points or reasons in a series
Like sentence patterns, these page patterns are not meant to be formulas but heuristics. Consequently, writers do not need a large set but could use a good collection. Many will arise from enactment.
There is a list of refactoring strategies at Wiki:RefactoringWikiPages to use as a starting point for more patterns.
=== more on page patterns ===
Pattern Mode as an organizational strategy can become a generative act. It not only addresses reading and understanding, but makes explicit the (organically initiated and developed) structure that has arisen in the thread mode collaboration.
=== page layout ===
Wiki:WikiPageLayout on WardsWiki? presents some general guidelines on how wiki pages are typically organized - a sort of wiki page style guide.
There some discussion on patterns and pattern forms on Wiki:PatternForm and a list of page patterns on Wiki:WikiPageLayout. But these are not the patterns I'm thinking of.
Nor am I thinking of modes, such as ThreadMode? and DocumentMode? (and others such as FAQMode?, DialogMode?, etc.
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