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Web address
Type of site
Created by Sunir Shah
Launched 2000
Alexa rank
positive decrease 1,066,865 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Read-Only Archive

MeatballWiki was a wiki dedicated to online communities, network culture, and hypermedia.[2]

According to founder Sunir Shah, it ran on "a hacked-up version of UseModWiki".[3] In April 2013, after several spam attacks and a period of downtime, the site was made read-only.[4]


MeatballWiki was started in 2000 by Sunir Shah, a forum administrator from Ontario, Canada, on Clifford Adams's Internet domain[5] MeatballWiki was created as a place for discussion about Ward Cunningham's WikiWikiWeb and its operation, which were beyond the scope of WikiWikiWeb. 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."[3] Shah created this site "as a friendly fork of WikiWikiWeb." About the Meatball project, the website says: "The web, and media like it, looks like a big bowl of meatball spaghetti. You've got content--the meatballs--linked together with the spaghetti."[6]

Relationship to wiki community[edit]

The original intent of MeatballWiki was to offer observations and opinions about wikis and their online communities, with the intent of helping online communities, culture and hypermedia. Being a community about communities, MeatballWiki became the launching point for other wiki-based projects and a general resource for broader wiki concepts and has reached "cult status".[2] It describes the general tendencies observed on wikis and other on-line communities, for example the life cycles of wikis and people's behavior on them.[5]

What differentiates MeatballWiki from many online meta-communities is that participants spend much of their time talking about sociology rather than technology, and when they do talk about technology, they do so in a social context.[7]

The MeatballWiki members have created a "bus tour" of wikis.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Ebersbach, Anja; Glaser, Markus; Heigl, Richard; Warta, Alexander (2008). Wiki: Web Collaboration (2nd ed.). Springer Verlag. p. 430. ISBN 978-3-540-68173-1. a community that has reached cult status and that focuses on virtual communities, network culture and hypermedia 
  3. ^ a b "Meatball Wiki". 27 March 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ RecentChanges; first archived "This page is read-only" page.
  5. ^ a b "MeatballWiki". WikiIndex. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Meatball Wiki: MeatballProject". 
  7. ^ Vaughan, K. T. L.; Jablonski, Jon; Marlow, Cameron; Shah, Sunir; Mayfield, Ross (2004). "Beyond the Sandbox: Wikis and Blogs That Get Work Done". ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04). Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  8. ^ Matias, Nathan (3 November 2003). "What is a Wiki?". SitePoint. SitePoint. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 

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