I am new to this forum and new to E-vehicles. That makes me one of the target audiences, right?
So, I just wanted to give my 0.02 here. In my view, there are 2, maybe 3 kinds of people that may use the Wiki, and the Wiki probably needs address their needs accordingly. The people categories:
- Noobs (like me) - with the assumption that they know nothing about E-vehicles and/or nothing about electronics and/or nothing about bike/vehicle mechanics and look for information on all of this (i.e., what is an E-bike, what different motors, what do I need). However, some noobs have a tendency to grow more experienced (hopefully me as well) and will need more detailed knowledge over time.
- Experienced users - with the assumption that they already have built one or more bikes, and are looking for very specific information probably posted by other experienced users (e.g., are there better fets out there than the currently used IRF4110, and do I need it for my 3kV 75kW electric single person airplane)
- Others, aka sellers / buyers / People who want to read other diaries or built threads / whatever. I think this is out of scope for a Wiki.
Now, from a Wiki structural perspective, this may translate into the following main structures
, and this closely follows stingray17's design as well:
- A General Introduction for noobs, with direct links to basic descriptions of the most relevant information.
- A Hierarchical E-vehicle (aka functional) knowledge repository (the "real" Wiki), that goes from very high level (different kinds of E-vehicles,), going to intermediate level (different kinds of controllers), going into the nitty gritty details (creating lite BMS for a 12S Lipo pack, or replacing a LVC resistor with an adjustable pot on a specific controller). Several people already provided this overview.
- A Technical Foundation (aka physical) repository with explanations and links to the electrical/chemical/physical properties of the raw materials/components that are being used.
- A FAQ, that crosslinks through all of the above, including the forum. And it will probably turn out that the FAQ will actually follow the structure for noobs and for experienced users. This closely resembles Joseph C's list
Aligning this with the current forum assumes that the knowledge in the above described structures can either be found in the forum or can be added as new information. Therefore, I think the format of the Wiki-articles
should allow both.
- If information is already completely available on the forum, a Wiki page could just contain a clear description of the issue and some direct links to the specific forum posts where the information can be found.
- If information is partially available on the forum, a new Wiki article should have appropriate references to the previously posted information on the forum.
- and if it is completely new information (rarely), a new Wiki article is ok.
Now, there are many ways to build the Wiki, and no single one is the best. I think that we may find out that a parallel strategy will turn out the best:
- First agree on a general structure
- Then have some people work on key articles, locking down other key articles that really need to be produced by experts
- And let the rest of the Wiki grow organically