I’ve decided to do away with the scenic-shop wiki. I’ve little patience for cleaning up the spam and junk that kept accumulating. It was quite the failed experiment in any case; I’m both disappointed and frustrated with the outcome. This makes two failed attempts at starting up an open forum for technical theatre solutions. Why the failure? 1) Perhaps writing for a wiki format is too challenging or takes too long; though I would describe very few of the successful stagehands I know as slow – so that’s probably not the reason. 2) Perhaps folks don’t want to publish technical solutions without a byline to claim credit. 3) Maybe we’re much more secretive and feudal than I thought. 4) Maybe our free time should be spent drinking beer and eating nachos. Whatever the reason, there’s still the stagecraft mailing list, yale tech shorts (see what I did there?), Google Groups and the Technical Director’s forum.
I hope I don’t sound bitter, that’s not what I’m going for at all. I’m still convinced that there’s a way to implement a community driven reference site, I just don’t know what shape it will take.
Good news, I recently added some anti-spam measures to the Stagecraft Wiki, and as a result have re-enabled anonymous editing. This means you don’t need to login to share your brilliant ideas! (Hint, hint)
I’ve also added a few more pages. Our upcoming show has a grand piano, so I’ve thrown some research up at piano dimensions. I’ll add some cad blocks for the various sizes in a bit.
Also metal tube gauges, cord locks, arboron, and low tack adhesives.
Just finished adding an article about bow rollers on the Stagecraft Wiki. Click here to read more.
I’m starting a functional Stagecraft Wiki for theatre technicians. You will find it at wiki.scenic-shop.com
For those of you in the know, the past few years I have been wrestling with creating a community based resource for theatre technicians. Now the same software that runs Wikipedia is being used to manage a wiki by theatremakers, for theatremakers.
For those of you who worry about such things, the wiki’s content is (and will remain) free to all.
Now all we need is a community of technicians to create and evolve the wiki’s content. I invite you to share your cool materials, solutions, and unique perspectives. I invite you to create a valuable resource for theatre technicians everywhere. I invite you to participate.
Matthew D. Jordan