Last Christmas my son got a set of Kapla blocks which have since become his favorite toy. For the uninitiated, Kapla blocks are small, flat blocks of wood around 4″ x 1″ x .25.” wide. They are the simplest toy you can think of, even simpler than LEGOS. Most adults look at the blocks and say, “What in the world would I do with a bunch of wooden sticks“? But children know exactly what to do with them. The blocks are so basic they can be morphed into just about anything a child can imagine…a boat…a train…an airplane.
While playing with Kapla blocks one Saturday morning it occurred to me…wikis are the Kapla blocks of software. They’re so basic that they can be morphed into anything…an intranet site, a team page, a customer community. They are the ultimate in open-ended content creation. However, their lack of structure is sometimes daunting to us adults who have spent our lives learning to color inside the lines. We don’t always know how to get started when confronted with a blank canvas.
The clever folks at Kapla address this problem in an elegant way. In the box they include an idea book showing various works people can build with their blocks. A rigid, step-by-step instruction guide would be too stifling – not to mention useless – to a young child.
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In Confluence 2.10, we wanted to give our users their own book of ideas. That’s why we extended the Demonstration Space to include three examples:

If you want some ideas on the kind of pages you can build in Confluence, download Confluence 2.10 with the bundled Demonstration Space. Click through the example pages. Edit them. And Feel free to borrow some of our ideas. Or, if it’s instant gratification you seek, visit our hosted Demonstration Space. Like Kapla blocks, Confluence will morph to your imagination. Just remember to tap into your inner child!

What Wikis can Learn from Kapla Blocks...