Wiki of the Month March 2015
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Overview and history
RopeWiki was started in October 2012 as a knowledge repository for the rather unique techniques used by canyoneers, such as the figure 8 block. A robust and flexible route description system was later added using Semantic MediaWiki features, in November 2013. It now has a number of SMW-backed features such as a rating system, trip reports, and "favorites" lists for registered users.
Usage of SMW
There are many sites on the internet describing canyoneering routes, but they are spread out and in different formats so finding a list of canyons that one might visit in a particular area was difficult. RopeWiki solves this problem by making it easy for contributors to attach a rich set of data to canyon descriptions so that they can be found through a hierarchical region structure, on an interactive map, by recent trip reports, or with a certain set of difficulty criteria. The main form for submitting new route descriptions is the Canyon form.