What is Tsukuba?Edit
For most foreigners, Tsukuba is a transient community where they stay for only a year or two before moving on to somewhere else. Most of these people don't speak Japanese and don't have access to local information. Thus the need for information in English or other languages is enormous.
What help exists?Edit
What problems are there with existing information?Edit
There are several problems with the existing sources of information:
They rapidly get oldEdit
For example, a great list of information for newcomers was provided by Eleanor Olds Batchelder only a couple of years ago. However, with the rapid changes in the centre of Tsukuba with the coming of the new train station, a lot of the information in Eleanor's list is already out of date.
Making information takes timeEdit
For one person, organizing information about a city of Tsukuba's size is a full time job.
Updating takes timeEdit
Printed books are difficult to update. Keeping web sites up to date is also tough work.
No single person knows enough to do a really good jobEdit
Because this is such a transient community, most of the people who wrote the guide books to Tsukuba ten or twenty years ago no longer even live here.
How does a Wiki help?Edit
A Wiki solves all of these problems.
Wikis are fastEdit
Wiki is actually a Hawaiian word meaning fast. Anyone can edit the Tsukuba Wiki.
Updating is easyEdit
Anyone can update the Wiki instantly.
Everyone can helpEdit
If everyone living in Tsukuba contributes even a little to this Wiki, it will soon be the best information resource available anywhere about this town.
Wikis don't get oldEdit
As soon as an entry starts looking old, someone can easily update it. This is the complete opposite of a printed book which just gets older and older, and less and less relevant.
Wikis don't take up timeEdit
Because everyone is cooperating together, the Wiki doesn't end up being a great burden for just one or two people.
Wikis don't depend on any one personEdit
Even if some of the contributors leave Tsukuba or leave Japan, the Wiki can be continued by new people, without the burden of having to start something from the beginning.
OK, Wikis are great! What can I do?Edit
You can do anything, including reorganizing the information and adding stuff about whatever you think is important.
Get started today with your favourite article.
I want to help but my English is no goodEdit
Never mind! What is important is to get out the useful information about Tsukuba, not writing perfect English. Write something and let someone else edit it into good English for you.
I have an idea for Tsukuba Wiki, what do you think?Edit
Don't talk about it, do it!
Is it OK to add to someone else's pages?Edit
YES!!!! If you have something useful to say, please go ahead and say it. You don't need permission. Most of these pages are "stubs", placeholders put there as starting points for you to add to.
If you do make a mess, other people can probably sort it out. Don't be surprised if your edits are rapidly modified.
The only thing you should be cautious about is deleting other people's information. Please don't delete stuff which might be useful for someone. Please only delete stuff which clearly doesn't belong here or is obviously wrong.