This article describes the lifecycle of a typical wiki article:

  • Created, when an individual manifests his or her desire to contribute to community and creates a new article
  • Revised, the time when community is actively improving the article, adding references, new use cases, etc
  • Stable, when there are few revisions and the article is 90% perfect
  • Deleted, occurs infrequently when an article runs afoul of community standards, terms of use or governing body

In a perfect Wiki, 100% of the topics in a Wiki will achieve stability.

Created

A topic is created on the TechNet Wiki when someone like you decides to share a nugget of information with the community. The information might be entirely original and based on personal or team experience like an installation guide, how-to information for extending a product or feature, troubleshooting scenarios and recommendations, product or feature survival (or field) guide, integration advice, PowerShell examples with description, or conceptual information. Or the information could be one or more existing sources, perhaps as an improvement to the original, an effort to curate an experience around a technology or set of features, or as a way to cede once-locked (or static) information to the community for active stewardship.

For any of these or infinitely many unknown reasons, an article is born.  Depending upon the completeness of the content, the article could enter a long period of revision, achieve stability with no further edits or, in rare occasions, get sent to the recycle bin. The community generally decides what the next phase will be.

Revised

Once an article is created, it will spend time being actively revised by the community. New articles are interesting, especially to community members who use, develop, support, write about, speak about, or advise on the underlying features or technology. These folks will often have additional nuggets of information to share on the topic and so will update the article.

Other revisions will focus on grammar, word choice, layout, and formatting. If the article has been spammed, it will be revised, often multiple times for insistent spammers prior to banning.

Stable

When an article is no longer revised on a regular (weekly?) basis, it is considered stable. In the best case, stability comes after wide review by the community and not from obscurity and zero page views.

Deleted

Articles that violate community rules will be deleted.


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