Wiki inverted long-standing notions about publishing, based on the realization that the low cost of change of digital publishing, combined with the collaborative potential of the internet rendered traditional notions obsolete. Here are a few of them:
From Omission to Opportunity: Normal publishing saw omission as failure, and worked to remove traces of omission from documents. Wiki seeks to highlight omissions, so that people can find opportunities to extend the work of the community.
- From Approval to Reversion: Normal publishing sought to put approval processes in front of publishing, on the idea that once published things were costly to change. Wiki inverted this, allowing anyone to publish immediately, but then subjecting published material to easy reversion.