Wikipedia (and similar)
The Panther Page set out to serve many purposes. It aimed to be the
focal point of Panther information on the Web, providing detailed
information on the various models and history of P&M together with
collecting technical knowledge and links to other information sources.
The Panther Page, launched around 1994, significantly predates
Wikipedia and most forum style sites, which are becoming valuable
repositories of some of this sort of information.
Up until ~2006, I had intended to steadily develop the Panther Page to
include an encyclopaedic coverage of every model and every year. It is
now clear that Wikipedia is a better place for this sort of detailed
factual information. It is better for several reasons:
I have thus started putting detailed model information on the P&M section
in Wikipedia - see particularly the links from the list of models.
For now, I am also duplicating this on the Panther Page.
- It has become the #1 repository of information on the internet
- The software and hardware infrastructure is maintained and
developed as part of a vastly bigger exercise
- It permits everyone to contribute
I encourage anyone with knowledge of a model to contribute. If the
Wikipedia editing interface is an obstacle to you, please feel free to
send me information and I will happily enter it. Note though the
In terms of repositories for technical tips etc, I do not believe that
Wikipedia is the appropriate place. This information is largely opinion
or experience, not historical, factual, referencable material. The Yahoo!
email group archives is now a repository of ten years worth of
technical discussions. There is some very useful information there,
although it is not structured or indexed and the searching is rather
rudimentary. To address this I established a Wiki for technical
information at http://panthermotorcycles.wik.is/
however there has not been a great deal of enthusiasm ato date. Any
comments would be appreciated.
- Wikipedia is keen on references. If the contribution has no
references (preferably to books) then it will probably not remain.
- Wikipedia is very fussy about copyright - especially on
photographs. You essentially have to own the copyright and release it
to the public domain.
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