Wiki’s and improvisation go together like peanut butter and jelly. When wikis work, it is the definition of “yes and” on a huge scale. It’s time we have a large, comprehensive wiki for the improv world.
There have been several improv wiki’s started in the past. Most notably was the wiki over at the Chicago Improv Network. Unfortunately that wiki got swarmed with spam bots and it ultimately had to be taken down. That shouldn’t be the fate of the new Improv Wiki that I’m hosting at the Improv Resource Center. This new wiki uses mediawiki, the same engine that powers Wikipedia, and it has some nice features which should thwart attempts by spam bots.
So what belongs in this new wiki? I’m hoping it will contain information on all things about long form improv of course. Info on theatres, teachers, groups, performers, books, exercises and forms. I also hope that it branch out into other areas and have information on short form, sketch and related info on comedy. We have a great start so far. A great many of the current groups in New York City have been put up in the last week or so. But there is a lot more to do.
I hope you will join me and make the new IRC Improv Wiki a great depository of improv information. It’s not hard to do. Let’s say you wanted to start a page for your improv group named “My Three Puns”. Here is what you would do:
- Create a new account for yourself at the new wiki.
- Go to the browser and type in this URL: http://wiki.improvresourcecenter.com/index.php?title=My_Three_Puns. Notice that the spaces in the name have been replaced by underscores.
- Start adding content about your group.
There is some good help available to explain the formatting for mediawiki, however, don’t worry too much about it. Get the information up there. Someone will eventually come along, yes and you by formatting it to make it fit better into the overall look of the wiki.