The absolute deterioration of the wiki concept is just a matter of time. Once spam mechanisms are developed to eat into these systems, the caretakers will be too busy to stop the public-driven deterioration.
Why have a locked wiki when you can instead just post static Web pages?ward cunningham
When I was at Tek, I was frustrated that computer hardware was being improved faster than computer software. I wanted to invent some software that was completely different, that would grow and change as it was used. That’s how wiki came about.ward cunningham
While there are many different wiki content-management systems available for free or fee, Mediawiki is one of the most robust and and well-maintained systems available to wiki publishers.
Mediawiki is the most well-known wiki software because it is what runs WikiPedia. Mediawiki is simple to use and an excellent way to start collaborating on documentation or articles.
Mediawiki is the most popular opensource software used for creating wiki sites.
First released in 2002, Mediawiki is one of the top wiki engines and runs most of the wiki hosting sites. The name was a play on “Wikimedia,” and many people find it to be annoyingly confusing.
Mediawiki (www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mediawiki) is one of the best publishing wiki engines in existence.
Some wiki engines try to represent functionality that's more CMS-like (e.g. complex workflows and access controls), while Mediawiki's functionality tends to be driven by the needs of open communities with minimal barriers to entry.