Reoink – Sharing an Oink-Graph among Multiple Rooms

An oink belongs to the room where it’s posted. That means that a user who is not allowed to enter the room can’t access or view the oink. That’s natural and is basically what the room is all about in Oinker.

Though Oinker’s visibility model is designed to be private by default so that you share information only with your roommates, Oinker provides a way to circulate information beyond the border of rooms. That is a feature called ‘Reoink’.

If you feel some oink is interesting and want to share it with other users who are not a member of the room or just save it for yourself, you can do that by re-oinking (re-posting) it in another room of which you are an owner or member.

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An interesting part of Reoink feature is that a re-oinked message is not a copy of the original, but the same oink which the members of both the source and destination rooms share. For example, when a member of the source room changes the content of a re-oinked message, the members of the both rooms can view the change. That would be straightforward, but what about this? When you connect an oink to the reoink as a sub-node (or child), every member of the both rooms can not only view the sub-node, but also add an oink to it to grow the oink-graph that has the original reoink as its root.

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Therefore, Reoink feature allows you to share a oink-graph starting from a reoinked node among multiple rooms and let outside users to join to grow the graph.

Since any member can reoink an oink reoinked from another room (reoink chain), you can’t control who can view your reoink. It’s possible for someone you don’t know to view your reoink in a room also you don’t know and contribute to growing the graph. So it would be almost like publishing an oink unless you reoink in your private room.

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It would cause problems to allow a member of any room to change a reoinked graph freely, so Oinker doesn’t allow you to make destructive changes to the relationships of an oink node from another room.

It would be no doubt that Reoink feature is one of the most important features in Oinker and sets it apart from other collaborative knowledge management tools. It has a potential risk of unexpectedly leaking oinks to other rooms when connecting oinks (in the future, it’s possible to add a feature to warn it), but its potential is certainly interesting. If you share your knowledge generously with others via reoinking, you might get returns more than expected.

One thought on “Reoink – Sharing an Oink-Graph among Multiple Rooms

  1. The Reoink process reminds of Ted Nelson’s Transclusion. It would seem that the node structure to support this is complex in the sense that the node must keep track of context when nesting. I would certainly like to learn more about the Oinker structure!

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