- Good organization - makes good use of hyperlinks to connect information and ideas
- Flexibility and structure - although structure is important, there must be opportunity to expand and look deeper into a concept or the content
- Collaboration - people working together toward a common goal will have bigger and better results than when people work in isolation or independently, a virtual team
- Passion and enthusiasm - need to maintain a high energy level through quality questioning
- Evolving - in a constant state of change and neverending
- Open editing - anyone can add or edit anything at any time, although some wikis require contributors to register
- Unique content - identify and create something that isn't available
As wikis' use increases in popularity, what constitutes a true wiki will be up for debate. The previous list of fundamental characteristics can be a guide when creating a successful and effective wiki.