An Introduction to Ward Cunningham’s Smallest Federated Wiki


Wiki-founder Ward Cunningham shared his idea of a Smallest Federated Wiki SFW during IndieWebCamp this June. In a few short weeks, he brought his idea to life and is inviting others to work with him on it!

What is SFW?

The Smallest Federated Wiki project wants to be small in the “easy to learn powerful ideas” version of small. It wants to be a wiki so that strangers can meet and create works of value together. And it wants to be federated so that the burden of maintaining long-lasting content is shared among those who care.


Project Overview

Source Code


Instance – New Simplest Federated Wiki Install
Live data – Try dragging around the sections to re-order them!
Live data rendered from JSON in JavaScript

Smallest Federated Wiki Collaboration Session

Come to PIE for a short hack session on smallest federated wikis. Max Ogden will also be joining us from San Francisco!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011 from 6–8pm


PIE: Portland Incubator Experiment
1227 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209


The It Getters

I met Rand Fishkin of for the first time at Portland’s SearchFest 2008 in February. I’d crashed my bike the weekend before, and I arrived at the conference late, missing his keynote.

He’s an amazing guy. His speeches are some of the best in the industry. They’re rapid-fire, hilarious, and terrifyingly engaging. They are prime examples of structured and engaging learning experiences for large groups. In person, he’s charismatic, kind, and entertaining.

His blog is always a great read, but an old article about “It Getters”, struck a great chord with me.

In the article, Rand examines the problem that happens when “companies get big, add staff and eventually, the hiring gets a bit sloppy.” “Thus,” he points out, “you can accidentally add lots of “doesn’t get it” and “causes others to lose it” to your organization, sucking away the ability of others to produce more amazing times”.

This handy chart might explain things more easily:

Rand Fishkin's 'It-Getting' Scale

Rand thus proposes “a short and extremely simple set of recommendations for anyone running a company, starting a company, managing a team, or planning their professional life:

  • Discover what “it” is that you get
  • Apply yourself ruthlessly to “it”
  • Become competent at identifying “it” getters in your areas of weakness
  • Surround yourself with them”

The It Getters” originally posted on the Seomoz blog on August 7th, 2008

Bram Pitoyo reviews Coda – a one window web development tool

In this video, Bram Pitoyo will show you how why he likes to use Coda, a one-window web development tool for Mac OSX created by Panic Software (a local Portland Company!). Along the way, he’ll demonstrate a few different features of Coda, as well as some of the more efficient ways to use it.

If you haven’t tried Coda before, you can get the software from the Panic Website.

About Bram

Bram Pitoyo is a major typography nerd and designer. You can follow him online at @brampitoyo.

Other Videos by Bram Pitoyo:

Typography Video Series Part III – A History of Sans Serif Typefaces

Join Bram Pitoyo as he takes you through the abbreviated history of sans serif typefaces, from its origin in William Caslon Jr.’s specimen as “Two-Lines English Egyptian” to the most well-known faces like Helvetica, Futura and Gill Sans.

This is the third and last video in a three-part video series on Typography by Bram Pitoyo.

Typography Series by Bram Pitoyo:

Typography Video Series Part II – A History of Serif Typefaces

Join Bram Pitoyo as he takes you through the abbreviated history of serif typefaces we all know and use today, from Gutenberg to Garamond, Baskerville to Bodoni (and everything inbetween.)

This is the second video in a 3 part video series on Typography by Bram Pitoyo.

Typography Series by Bram Pitoyo: