It's a nice size for a symposium. There are apparently going to be lots of long faces about the turnout for Hypertext, which will be about the same size. Perspective matters.
Some initial thoughts:
- Odense is charming, but weirdly empty
- There's lots of smoked salmon around. I think that was caviar at lunch, too. I can live with that.
- Amazing bundles of wiki folk. The program chair is James Noble, whose early work on prototype inheritance is one of the main influences on the design of Tinderbox. I didn't know he did wiki's!
- I met Sunir Shah, whose work I've been reading for years on various wikis. I had no idea whatsover about his age or affiliation, and that in itself is a remarkable wiki effect. He's working on a new project, startup-in-a-box.
- Everyone here is very interested in, and intelligent about, social aspects of wikis. A vast amount of that intelligence goes into spam control. Ward Cunningham was showing a nice quick-and-dirty visualization of activity that reveals lots of malicious patterns of usage. To have this many people and this much talent devoted to a war against vandalism -- a war no one is confident they can win -- is ludicrous. What price openness now?
- People here are very worried about the difficulty of wiki markup. Funny: Tinderbox has always had wysiwyg markup, and plenty of people keep wanting us to support Markdown or something of that ilk. Yes, repeat no?