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MeatballWiki is a wiki dedicated to online communities, network culture, and hypermedia.[1]

Founded in 2000, its original goal was to focus on collaborative hypermedia, but current topics range from intellectual property to cyberpunk to the confusion of URIs.

According to founder Sunir Shah, it runs "a hacked-up version of UseModWiki".[2]


The Founding of MeatballWiki

MeatballWiki was started in 2000 by Sunir Shah, a forum administrator from Ontario, Canada, on Clifford Adams's Internet domain[3] It began as a fork from the original WikiWikiWeb created by Ward Cunningham, in order to provide a place to have discussions about Wiki outside of the original WikiWikiWeb.[4]

Ward Cunningham created WikiWikiWeb with a primary focus on computer programming design patterns. While the scope of WikiWikiWeb was broad, users who strayed too far from the focus wanted to engage in discussions about the wiki itself and how it operated, referred to as WikiOnWiki discussions, were going beyond the scope of WikiWikiWeb.[5] MeatballWiki was therefore created as a place for such discussions. As Sunir Shah stated in the WikiWikiWeb page referring to MeatballWiki: “Community discussions about how to run the community itself should be left here. Abstract discussions, or objective analyses of community are encouraged on MeatballWiki.”[2]

MeatballWiki and UseModWiki

MeatballWiki is located on Clifford Adams's Internet domain,, on which Adams also runs the UseModWiki forum, which is a wiki about the UseModWiki wiki engine. MeatballWiki and UseModWiki are thus two separate wikis located on the same Internet domain and using identical UseModWiki software.[3] For most of 2001, UseModWiki was also used to run all versions of Wikipedia.[citation needed]

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