A Wiki: Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing, and Productivity Boost

What is an L Wiki?

L is the twelfth letter of the Latin alphabet. It is also the name of a number of places:

Unlike his manga and anime counterparts, the live-action L sits properly (albeit with his feet on tables) and has a sweet tooth. He is also far bolder in his confrontations with Light.

About this wiki

The wiki is easy to use, just click the edit tab at the top of the page. A toolbar will appear, which shows how to use the wiki markup language for formatting text (e.g. bold, italics). The wiki markup is similar to HTML but simpler. You can also add images, links to other articles and web pages.

Derrick Higginbotham, associate professor of English at Barnard College, used a wiki in his course to provide students with collaborative space for close reading and analysis of texts. He used a wiki as part of his “Bible in American Culture” and his “Literary Analysis of the Hebrew Bible” courses.

This table lists the 336 active Wikipedias and 0 mo: interlanguage Wikipedias. It excludes 13 Wikipedias that were closed and moved to the Wikimedia Incubator for further development, and does not include new wikis created by the community. If a wiki you are aware of is not listed here, please post a note on its talk page.


A wiki provides an opportunity for your team to share knowledge and build upon each other’s ideas. This can increase productivity by reducing the amount of time spent looking for information. It can also help cut costs by reducing the need for consultants or training programs.

The wiki’s versioning feature makes it easy to see the changes made to an article, as well as who changed it. This can be helpful if you are collaborating with someone new to the wiki. This helps avoid confusion over what is being edited and when.

A user’s contributions are listed on their user page, Special:Mycontributions. This can be accessed by entering a username, IP address, or CIDR range. This page shows all edits a user has made in the namespace of the current wiki. It may take a while to update, especially after pages are moved between wikis. The edits on this page are not public domain unless the user has explicitly released them under the CC0 license.


As a general rule, it is better to use existing templates (at the WT:Grease Pit) than to create new ones; if you have an idea for a template, it may be worth asking whether somebody else has already written one for the same purpose. If you do write a template, be sure to test it on the page where it will be used, or in the wikitests/sandbox, or in your user subpage, before using it anywhere else; see Help:Templates for more information.

Parameters which are not named in the template call are called unnamed parameters; if a parameter reference has a default value, it is known as a parameter alias. Unnamed parameters are not expanded by the nowiki> tag, so you must include all of the parameter’s wikitext within the nowiki> tag.

When a template is used in an article, any wikitext inside the nowiki> tag is replaced by the template’s expansion. This includes any nowiki> tags, and also the contents of the inserted wikitext, such as a table, list or other recurring text.


A forum is a discussion area for a website. It can be used by a community to discuss topics related to the site, or for other purposes. This is often a more informal way of interacting than writing an email or a letter, and can be less formal than a blog post. Forums allow one-to-many communication (posts) and many-to-one responses (comments). Posts are presented in reverse chronological order, and comments are threaded to make it easier for readers to follow a conversation.

Some forums have specific terms of use, e.g. n00b: newbie; also known as a noob or nub. Others are unrestricted and open to all users, with the exception of commercial content. Some have additional terms of use, such as troll: someone who harasses other users by posting offensive messages. Occasionally, a forum will be closed temporarily, such as when an account has been hacked. Closing a forum is sometimes accompanied by a renaming or moving of the threaded conversations to another section.

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