Hi Brandon. Since you are responsible for running Wikia Stars, Wikia Live, involved in Wikia Fan Studio and help run a star wars instant expert program I thought you would have some expertise and advice for wikis and connecting them to real life.
The sort of wiki we are dealing with here has to be ran and treated quite a bit different than most wikis. This wiki presents the Bible as a source of truth, and suggests history through the lense of the Bible. Most wiki's will set that aside;however, since we cannot this makes a wiki a much more harder thing to keep stitched together than most. Because of this, I personally (and you sort of have to) have been working with my church with a lot of the spiritual ideas and philisophies on the wiki in order to be careful and wise on the content. There are many out there who will twist the truth, or intrepret the Bible differently than what it is meant to be.
Nevertheless, a great deal of the wiki has a lot of references to things admins are doing "in real-life". I was wondering what your advice would be on that distinction between it being something in the real-world, and it being something online. What are your reccomendations on bridiging the gap between digital and in-person communties and collaboration and when its important to have that gap. I know your answer will probably not be the most superb answer, as I don't think you will be able to answer with keeping the preservation of sound doctrine in mind. Still, since you are experienced with going to live events with wikis of your advice on connecting and seperating the two.
Superdadsuper, Biblicalapedia Administrator and Bureaucrat.
Hey SDS. Good questions. It will be inherently difficult to incorporate this wikia into real life opportunities due to its scope. By that I mean you are following a particular interpretation of the Bible. As such, the only people who are likely to be involved are those who share that interpretation. I'm sure I'm not telling you anything you don't already know there, of course.
Probably the best way for me to give you a better answer would be to know more about this project and its worldview. Are there any pages on Biblicalapedia that give an overview as to what the philosophy behind this wikia is?
Unfortunately we do not have any pages that cover this at this time, but in a week or so I should be re-writing the About pages and create a "Beliefs" page. Obviously this wiki is different than most to the core, as we cannot take the luxury that most wikis do of setting aside personal beliefs for the sake of the content. The wiki is trying to attempt to bring an alternative to Wikipedia and its "neutrality" with biblical, ancient-historical, and theological articles.Taking it from a biblical standpoint neutrality is not something that can be done. With this wiki we are trying to base all of our rules, and philosophy based off what the Bible has to say about the matter.
Sometimes it can be difficult to have community consensus, because oftentimes we do not know people's background in their beliefs and where their ideas are coming from. That is why I have been working with those I personally know for the time being because that is something I would know then. When I get the beliefs/about page written, I will link you. The main philosophy about this wiki that separates it from most, is that we cannot make everyone happy if we are going to try to create a wiki that gives witness of the Bible and that it is inspired by God.
I guess the main purpose of the site is to act as a ministry by our content and promote and provide examples of how the Bible is divinely inspired by God. Therefore, by showing the Bible is God-authored then we also try to have an approach that shows how the historicity and the literature exhibits that and point back to the Bible in everything. These days there are so many ideas about things in the Bible that have no indication or root in Scripture, and so we are trying to help provide that. This being a wiki, we have no assurance whether or not everyone who contributes will agree with the established views. There will be many who don't and there are going to be many false prophets and those who change what the Bible says. Rather than just completely shunning these people we want to help give them evidence to say "the Bible says so and so here", but there are times to avoid those who will. Anyone can add content historically and grammatically, but when contributors add theological content we must test it with scripture. In order to contribute theological content that fits in our established views, it requires guidance from the Holy Spirit.
In a nutshell, the goal of the wiki is have content that documents the Bible's accounts in its historicity and literature as proof that the Bible is God-inspired. Also we are to root all of our policies, and content in what the Bible clearly says on it