Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Glass Haven Knowledge Base

One of my good friends and the owner of my online home, The Glass Haven, has created a new wiki, the Knowledge Base. She's hoping to turn it into a one-stop resource for lampworkers and glassophiles. Currently there's not much in it, but we hope more people will add to it!

Adding to the wiki is simple, but there are some things to keep in mind.

1. You must be BOTH a Glass Haven member and a Knowledge Base member. You must have at least 25 posts on the forum in permanent areas (not in, say, the Padded Cell, which is scrubbed out weekly.) Exceptions can be made to the 25-post rule for members of established businesses, or well-known lampworkers who wish to publish tutorials.

2. Anyone who meets the above criteria can post. You may edit your own text, but you cannot edit other people's. You may, however, add your own information, dissenting opinions, added material, and the like.

3. There are some serious feuds in the lampworking community. Anyone seeking to alter a political enemy's post maliciously will find him or herself banned before Robin can finish saying "Holy editing pen, Batman!"

4. You will get to link to your shop or website--hey, free advertising!

We hope that eventually the Knowledge Base will be a good resource for the community, and could help avoid the issue of copying. Let's say Generous Q. Lampworker publishes a tutorial out of the goodness of her heart. It is popular, but a year later she sees Wannabee Butnotte Creative has posted her tutorial on her, Wannabee's, site --and has claimed ownership. As we monitor who uploads what when, the Knowledge Base could provide evidence of authorship, publication date, and definitive textual version.

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