RoboWiki: What it is
The RoboWiki is about everything Robocode. The most important mission of the wiki is to make knowledge about Robocode in general, and robot creation in particular, available to the public. It has also proven to be useful for collaborating to create supporting software, like RoboRumble, robot frameworks, and other utilities.
RoboWiki: What it isn't
Try anything and we will see if the wiki is that. =)
This is how it all started:
To: Robocode <Robocode@yahoogroups.com> From: Peter Str=?ISO-8859-1?B?9g==?=mberg <email@example.com> Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 17:42:55 +0100 Subject: [Robocode] A Robocode Wiki Me and a friend have created a Robocode Wiki at: http://robowiki.dyndns.org/ It's for sharing information about Robocode stuff and for easy hosting of home pages of those robots we create. So if you have a robot and no page for it yet, please create a page for it on this wiki. Create the page even if you have a page for it elsewhere. =) For you who don't know what a wiki is: It's a collaborative site where anyone can create and edit content, new pages and everything. Read more about it on: http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikiWiki Regards, /PEZ
- As you can see this was sent to the Robocode mailing list in January 20 this year (2003). The "friend" referred to here is Crippa. The wiki was for a few weeks only for Crippa and me, but we soon realized we should invite the full community. It was an immediate success. Mostly thanks to Albert and David Alves who started to share their expert knowledge in an incredibly generous way that quickly set the standard and has since been followed by the rest of us.
- The lesson I think we can learn from the success of the RoboWiki is that you can come a very long way with simplicity and trust. The wiki is super-simple and the immediate reaction from many people to the wiki technology is that it's too "raw" and featureless. (I think Albert referred to the wiki as wierd, but cool in the beginning). Trust is about trusting that people will behave when given the freedom and power to alter everything on the site. Because they do. Not once in the wiki's compact history has anyone violated the only rule that the wiki states. Read about that rule on the ReadMe page.
- -- PEZ, 2003
Who runs the RoboWiki?
Most importantly, an entire community of people run the RoboWiki, contributing content for the site, robots for the competitions, and technology (like RoboRumble and RoboResearch) to make Robocoding more enjoyable for all of us. Lots and lots of kind people have created the vast amounts of content that comprise the RoboWiki.
The web site itself was founded by PEZ, who was also in charge of hosting until late 2007. Currently, the site is under the direction of Voidious, Fnl, and David Alves, whom PEZ has entrusted with taking care of the RoboWiki. In 2010, Skilgannon, Rednaxela, and Darkcanuck took on co-admin status, as well -- greatly increasing the site's resilience against the bus factor. =)
- The ReadMe page has some basic info about using the site.