I still think a wiki is a good idea. I also suggested it, way back when I was still kinda new here.
There really is a tremendous amount of info that could be written into articles. Even if it *is* noobs doing the majority of the work, it can still be edited by someone that sees a mistake, and fixed. All the history of each edit would still be there to undo something that's "fixed" by mistake.
There was a point for several months when I would have had lots of time to spend on converting threads to articles (but not so much anymore, though I do have a lot more computer time than anything else, given my sleep situation). That's when I really wanted to do it.
The thing is, unless the wiki is actually a *part* of the ES site, and not something separate, somewhere else, I wouldnt' want to do any work on it. I would prefer to keep it all as one thing, on one domain, etc. I'd also want something that cant' be too hard to script somehow (says the person with no clue on scripting anything
), which is to automatically create a wiki user for each ES registration. (yes, I know this means spammers that get thru would also be on the wiki). But in order to get wiki editing powah, one must ask for it, just like one must ask for Guru status on ES to be able to add info to the Tech Reference sections, IIRC.
The nice thing about a wiki is that while one can have a discussion about the article or subject at hand, it is *completely separate* from the actual article, and not even displayed, unless the reader clicks on that tab within the article. So all the talk about what goes into an article can be there, but the article itself remains concise and clean.
Linking to other articles can be done more easily, too, rather than a post that just has lists linking individual posts within a thread, or the original thread author having to update the OP, anyone that wants to link relevant articles together can do so while reading, by editing in the appropriate pointers onto the words within an article. This will not have to be done when creating the article, as it basically would in an ES forum post, but rather can be added later at any time, by whoever has the time at that moment.
It would of necessity start small and grow slowly, as various people have time, but could eventually contain all the useful correct info from ES's discussion forums in a technical encyclopedia of tremendous value.
Additionally, there are bits of software out there that allow the saving of an entire wiki to a local file, for reference at any time even offline. This can also be used by anyone to back up the entire Wiki, so loss of all the ES info would essentially be impossible (unlike now).
Also, AFAIK, the only wiki ever practically started was not on the ES site; but started by another ES member (cant' rmember who), and it got spammed out of existence.