MeatballWiki is a wiki dedicated to online communities, culture, and hypermedia. A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content using a simplified Markup language. A virtual community, e-community or online community is a group of people that primarily interact via communication media such as Newsletters Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate" generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic Hypermedia is used as a logical extension of the term Hypertext in which graphics audio video plain text and Hyperlinks intertwine to create a generally non-linear Founded in 2000, its original goal was to focus on collaborative hypermedia, but current topics range from intellectual property to cyberpunk to the confusion of URIs. Intellectual property ( IP) is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as musical literary and artistic works inventions and symbols names Cyberpunk is a Science fiction genre noted for its focus on " High tech and low life. According to founder Sunir Shah, it runs "a hacked-up version of UseModWiki". UseModWiki is a wiki engine in the Perl programming language It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. 
MeatballWiki was started in 2000 by Ontarian website administrator Sunir Shah on Clifford Adams's Internet domain usemod. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages An, or message board, is a Bulletin board system in the form of a discussion site Sunir Shah is a Canadian web designer best known for creating one of the first Wikis MeatBallWiki. UseModWiki is a wiki engine in the Perl programming language It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. com. . It began as a friendly fork from the original WikiWikiWeb created by Ward Cunningham, in order to provide a place to have discussions about Wiki outside of the original WikiWikiWeb. In Software engineering, a project fork happens when developers take a copy of Source code from one software package and start independent development WikiWikiWeb (also known as WardsWiki) was the first Wiki application ever written 
Ward Cunningham created WikiWikiWeb with a primary focus on computer programming design patterns. In Software engineering, a design pattern is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem in Software design. While the scope of WikiWikiWeb was broad and free-wheeling, users who strayed too far from the focus were considered by some to be WikiSquatting, which means developing their own separate community within the WikiWikiWeb. Some users felt that those who wanted to engage in discussions about the wiki itself and how it operated, referred to as WikiOnWiki discussions, were going beyond the scope of WikiWikiWeb.  MeatballWiki was therefore created as a place for such discussions. As Sunir Shah stated in the WikiWikiWeb page referring to MeatballWiki: “Community discussions about how to run the community itself should be left here. Abstract discussions, or objective analyses of community are encouraged on MeatballWiki. ”
MeatballWiki is located on Clifford Adams's Internet domain usemod.com, on which Adams also runs the UseModWiki forum, which is a wiki about the UseModWiki wiki engine. UseModWiki is a wiki engine in the Perl programming language It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Wiki software is a type of Collaborative software that runs a Wiki system MeatballWiki and UseModWiki are thus two separate wikis located on the same Internet domain and using identical UseModWiki software. 
As host to numerous wiki-related project journals, MeatballWiki has in turn influenced much of the design of UseModWiki. For most of 2001, UseModWiki was also used to run all versions of Wikipedia. UseModWiki is a wiki engine in the Perl programming language It is licensed under the GNU General Public License. These interrelationships led to MeatballWiki exercising a major influence on the Wikipedia community, as shown by numerous references to MeatballWiki on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Meta-Wiki site. The name Wikipedia is one of several different related terms based on the words Wiki and Encyclopedia.
The original intent of MeatballWiki was to offer observations and opinions about wikis and their online communities, with the intent of helping online communities, culture and hypermedia. A virtual community, e-community or online community is a group of people that primarily interact via communication media such as Newsletters Being a community about communities, MeatballWiki has become the launching point for other wiki-based projects and a general resource for broader wiki concepts.  It describes the general tendencies observed on wikis and other on-line communities, for example the life cycles of wikis and people's behavior on them. 
What differentiates MeatballWiki from many online meta-communities is that participants spend much of their time talking about sociology rather than technology, and when they do talk about technology, they do so in a social context. 
One of the key concepts on MeatballWiki is barn raising, which is when a community gathers to take on a specific goal, providing a social event wherein members of a community learn about each other and become knit together. A Barn raising is an event during which a community comes together to assemble a barn for one or more of its households particularly in 18th- and 19th-century rural 
Sunir Shah created the first internet Barnstar award on MeatballWiki. Sunir Shah is a Canadian web designer best known for creating one of the first Wikis MeatBallWiki. The concept of "Barnstars" used on MeatballWiki, Wikipedia and many other wikis is a way of recognizing, awarding and celebrating specific individuals within the community who helped with the monumental tasks.