What do you get when you take one part rich media wiki platform, one part community, and one part AutoCAD? Give up, you get the AutoCAD Wiki Beta on wikihelp.autodesk.com. Wikis are nothing new to the Internet (Wikipedia), nor are communities like the legendary CompuServe boards from years gone past, Autodesk Communities, or AUGI. In the sense of a true wiki, the AutoCAD Wiki Beta is being positioned as a "creative hub" for users to create and share content, such as tips, videos, articles, and links to other sites. Content creation and sharing is done using in-place editors right on the pages of the site; you must be logged into Autodesk.com to create and edit content. You can view the wiki without needing to be logged in.
Content that is created or edited on the site goes through a moderation process before it is posted. Based on the level of changes, a technical review might be made to the content to ensure it is accurate for visitors. All postings will be moderated to ensure that the content that is being posted is appropriate for the site, which means you should not find links about blue pills, how to collect ultra-rare Beanie Babies, or where not to buy AutoCAD from. In general, content being posted should be about the products that are being discussed or covered on the wiki.
The intent of the site is about sharing learning content that will help your fellow AutoCAD users. We want it to be an enjoyable experience for those contributing or simply viewing content. We also want to keep it a fresh site with new content that comes from both the community and Autodesk employees.
The Autodesk Wiki site offers a "Sandbox" that allows you to get you feet wet without the fear of breaking the site. Once you have a grasp on things, feel free to jump in are rate content or even to post a tip or two. You can also embed videos that you might have on YouTube or Screenr.com that you feel would help users of AutoCAD learn a new or old feature. With the wiki beta, we are giving you the community a platform to step up and show others how you are using products like AutoCAD.
For additional information on the wiki, check out the following video by Lynn Allen.
This is a beta and something we are trying out right now, so its success is in your hands. So what are you waiting for, start sharing your tips, links, or videos today.
Lee (aka LAmbrosius on the AutoCAD Wiki)