Some of you are familiar with the LDSClerks newsgroup, started by Kent Larsen. It's been a rather active newsgroup for several years. A couple of years ago, Kent added a companion wiki, located at http://www.mormonstoday.com/ldsclerks/index.php
There was a flurry of activity on the wiki for a few months, and I had hopes that it would really take off. However, it has failed. It pains me to say that, as I devoted dozens of hours to the effort, and I know several other people did as well. But hopefully we can learn from that. Here is my analysis as to why it failed.
1. Lack of administration. Although contributors can do much, there has to be an administrative presence. Although I laud Kent Larsen's efforts in many areas, he has inexplicably completely ignored the wiki, which gradually started having database errors and other problems that needed to be fixed, but weren't, despite repeated pleas for help. As of today, the site is not even accessible.
2. Lack of operational principles. Wikipedia succeeds because there are policies and procedures that the community enforces, and there are enough sysops and bureaucrats to make it happen. the LDSClerks wiki never spread around any administrative authority to anyone besides Kent, so there was a single point of failure.
3. Insufficient critical mass. Although there were eventually 30 or so users, there were only 4-6 who made contributions of any signficance. A wiki needs more than that. But I have hopes that an effort under the direction of the Church would be more likely to achieve a critical mass.
4. Contributions accepted from the public. I firmly believe that a clerks' wiki should require login for contributions so that we can know who is making the contributions. Related to this is the problem with spam contributions, which was a major problem with the LDSClerks wiki -- it's a real downer to be trying to move the work of the Lord forward, only to see pages filled with pornographic links.
If there is a new Clerks' Wiki effort that gets started, I hope we can prevail upon Kent to at least make the content available for transfer. It would be a pity to waste all that effort.