Feedback requested on new M43 resource

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As I've posted about elsewhere in the forum, I've recently started building a wiki-based M43 reference site I'm calling Taken With M43. My basic intent is simply to create a place that can be a centralized location for information on all the various cameras, lenses, accessories, etc. that comprise the M43 system. At this point I've constructed the skeleton of the site and am starting to add and organize content.

One thing I'm trying to decide is just how in-depth I want to go with this site. As part of that exercise I've created an article on the first M43 model the Panasonic G1. This article contains a breakdown of the G1's specs, a few paragraphs about the G1's introduction and technology, provides some information about how it compares to other contemporary models, includes links to a few notable online reviews, provides downloadable user manuals and relevant catalogs, and lists the additional functionality provided through firmware updates.

Do you think this level of detail too little? Too much? About right? If too little, what would you like to see added? If too much, what would you excise?

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For me definitely about right. Enough information to make it worthwhile to visit bc i will learn something but not overkill like reading a detailed technical PDF article you come across on the internet
 

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A couple of small suggestions if I may

[1] Social share buttons really are a must today;
[2] Year is spelt yesr on https://wiki.takenwithm43.com/index.php?title=Category:Browse

Looking good otherwise.
1) Good callout. Hadn't really considered that as I almost never use those things, but that should be pretty simple to implement.
2) Fixed. You really dug through that category hierarchy. I wasn't sure anyone would really use those.

Thanks for the feedback!

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Since it's a wiki, you can hand over the amount of detail to the contributors, unless you plan to curate edits.

For me, I'm often trying to understand things about gear that the specs don't reveal. For equipment I think categories like "common challenges" or "debatable features" would appeal to many who seek wisdom or experience in these forums. As an example, the autofocus of the Panny 20mm 1.7 could be a topic in a common challenges category. There's a lot of info buried in forums that can take a long time to read and extract. If it were quickly accessible in a wiki format, then at least the wiki could serve as common reference.

Other appealing categories under a camera page might be known-good settings for certain purposes, like sports or astro.
 

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Since it's a wiki, you can hand over the amount of detail to the contributors, unless you plan to curate edits.

For me, I'm often trying to understand things about gear that the specs don't reveal. For equipment I think categories like "common challenges" or "debatable features" would appeal to many who seek wisdom or experience in these forums. As an example, the autofocus of the Panny 20mm 1.7 could be a topic in a common challenges category. There's a lot of info buried in forums that can take a long time to read and extract. If it were quickly accessible in a wiki format, then at least the wiki could serve as common reference.

Other appealing categories under a camera page might be known-good settings for certain purposes, like sports or astro.
In my experience there are vanishingly few people who choose to edit these types of wikis. Realistically, I look at the wiki software as functioning as the platform that makes it simple to connect the various articles together and offers some sort of consistent wayfinding mechanism. So while I'd love to have a broad community of users adding information, I don't see that as likely to any major degree. As such, I expect that most of the content will be whatever I add.

I love the idea of adding sections in these articles to document the sorts of challenges or limitations you suggest; I don't want these articles to read as though they're advertising copy written by the manufacturers, which is an easy trap to fall into. The difficulty is trying to figure out that balance so that the article doesn't get too bloated still remains useful for the casual reader who may just want to get a sense of the specs or try to understand the differences between the various models. Maybe we can create some sort of sub-pages or tabs to capture the sorts of details you're talking about.

Another idea I've had is to create a simple interface where users can share images taken with various cameras or lenses. I think that could we a useful resource and also a way to encourage user engagement.

Obviously there's still a lot of work to be done here, but part of the reason I'm doing this is to create a spot to document all of the information and wisdom buried in forums that's all but impossible to find.

Thanks for the suggestions. Feel free to try to take a crack at adding the information you're looking for. Otherwise, I'll kick your ideas around and see if I can find a good framework to make it work.

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A couple of small suggestions if I may

[1] Social share buttons really are a must today;
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I added a basic social media toolbar that appears at the top of articles. I'm not sure I'm in love with this particular implementation, so I may play around with it a bit more.

Does that look like sorta what you had in mind?

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Here is perhaps some information regarding the origin of the term 4/3. Whether it's true or not, it's interesting to see.
I agree it's an interesting video. Thanks for sharing.

As for its veracity regarding the origin of the term, I'm not certain either. I'd long ago heard that the name comes from the fact that the sensor measures 4/3", but since that wasn't actually the dimension of the sensor, I had discounted that. Now, Mr. Undone's explanation has me wondering again. I'll have to do some more research to see if I can find a solid source.

As for the rest of it, he makes some good points about the advantages and disadvantages of the smaller sensor. I'm not sure I totally buy everything he says about relative DOF and bokeh, though.

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I swapped out the extension I used to implement social sharing buttons with one that offers a simpler, more streamlined look that is more in line with my personal vision (see below)

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I've kept it simple with just Facebook, Twitter and Google Translate (not so much social sharing as a level of additional accessibility). What other services would you like or expect to see represented?

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Here is perhaps some information regarding the origin of the term 4/3. Whether it's true or not, it's interesting to see.

I agree it's an interesting video. Thanks for sharing.

As for its veracity regarding the origin of the term, I'm not certain either. I'd long ago heard that the name comes from the fact that the sensor measures 4/3", but since that wasn't actually the dimension of the sensor, I had discounted that. Now, Mr. Undone's explanation has me wondering again. I'll have to do some more research to see if I can find a solid source.

As for the rest of it, he makes some good points about the advantages and disadvantages of the smaller sensor. I'm not sure I totally buy everything he says about relative DOF and bokeh, though.

- K

Just to close the loop on this, I've updated the section where I discuss the Four Thirds name and I've also linked Undone's video in the External Links section of this same article because he does such a solid job of explaining the derivation of the name.

- K
 

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