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== Challenges of working in isolation  ==
 
== Challenges of working in isolation  ==
  
A wiki contributor can experience some of the same feelings homesteaders did. Working in isolation can be lonely. Sometimes the lone worker longs for a parter, a friend who will help brainstorm ideas, or even just another human voice. Sometimes the work feels overwhelming, as if it just takes too long to get to the point where a sizeable portion of the work seems finished. Since barn raising was practiced in so many countries, many wiki communities who feel isolated or overwhelmed with their work have turned to their ancestors and their concept of barn raising as the solution. These wiki contributors decide to have their own form of barn raising: a community content-building event that is rapid, fun, social, and satisfying. <br>  
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A wiki contributor can experience some of the same feelings homesteaders did. Working in isolation can be lonely. Sometimes the lone worker wishes for a parter, a friend who will help brainstorm ideas or simply provide another human voice. Sometimes the work feels overwhelming, as if it just takes too long to get to the point where a sizeable portion of the work seems finished. Wiki contributors who feel overwhelmed and isolated think about what the work would be like if they had some community help, When they think of community help, for some reason a lot of them think of a barn raising and wonder whether the principles of a physical barn raising can be applied to a wiki project. Those who tried it found that it works: one really can stage a community event that makes contributing to a wiki more rapid, fun, social, and satisfying. <br>  
 
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== The benefits of a barn raising<br>  ==
 
 
 
People who work in isolation on a wiki can quickly feel overwhelmed. They feel it might take a very long time (even years) to really flesh out their topic of choice. This is the same feeling experienced by pioneer settlers who tried to clear land and build new farms in isolation. In order to raise their structures faster and feel a sense of accomplishment<br>
 

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What is a barn raising?

On a frontier homestead, the largest and most complex structure was usually the barn. Because barns were built with massive posts and beams that depended on each other for strength, their heavy walls had to be built separately and then raised by a crowd. Settlers who wanted a barn needed a barn raising -- a party or social event in which the community would help complete the heavy work quickly.

Challenges of working in isolation

A wiki contributor can experience some of the same feelings homesteaders did. Working in isolation can be lonely. Sometimes the lone worker wishes for a parter, a friend who will help brainstorm ideas or simply provide another human voice. Sometimes the work feels overwhelming, as if it just takes too long to get to the point where a sizeable portion of the work seems finished. Wiki contributors who feel overwhelmed and isolated think about what the work would be like if they had some community help, When they think of community help, for some reason a lot of them think of a barn raising and wonder whether the principles of a physical barn raising can be applied to a wiki project. Those who tried it found that it works: one really can stage a community event that makes contributing to a wiki more rapid, fun, social, and satisfying.