I look forward to documents that students build with wikis, but probably even more, the chance to provide in-line comments to student wikis, thus helping them revise their writing. The versioning aspect will be just great.
My only fear is the jargon and the remaining wiki feel. I appreciate the way that wiki links are disappearing and being replaced by Moodle help buttons, etc., but I wonder whether it is time to be more radical and to lose more of the wiki jargon. Maybe it is too soon in development and I'm talking about superficial language issues, but I'm still a bit intimidated by this interface. Similar, perhaps, to the way that I'm spooked by the complexity of the workshop module.
Let me start with this suggestion: why not call it the collaborative writing module? Do we benefit from teaching students about the wiki concept/history at all? ... should they care?
What about the drop-down menus? Wikis are flexible, but users need the simplest functions in the clearest spaces.
How about this in the bottom right corner of the /moodle/mod/wiki/view.php?id= page?
Maybe the History link could open up in a new page (like a help link). This window should simply state who made the revisions and when. Perhaps, the history that is used in the quiz module (/moodle/mod/quiz/report.php?id=) could provide a friendlier format.
Maybe admins would have more control:
where the third link could open up another new page (like a help link) that includes the remove pages, etc..
This leaves only the "choose wiki links" menu to translate/relocate. Couldn't those be available via a small statistics icon? Again, a pop-up page could offer a list of data about "orphaned pages" etc., but I would much rather avoid having to see or teach lingo. (Another possibility is that this info could be linked from the History help page).
Finally, (I am a real pain), I was hoping to lose text like this:
I like the clean look of moodle/mod/journal/edit.php?id=. Especially with the "save changes" button at the bottom.
p.s. Speaking of buttons, I've never been a huge fan of the preview (I suspect Ger will disagree). Everything is so easy to edit again, it just seems like an unnecessary feature.
p.s.s. I know the wiki naming convention will probably have to remain, but it is weird enough that it would be great if it were the only foreign item in the module...
p.s.s.s. Ignore this post, if it is frustrating. I sure appreciate the potential of the wiki functionality in any form.