Not that anyone at all asked my opinion, but the typical "wiki" thing to do when starting a new project like this is to have the person or persons involved store up a decent portion of the work on either their personal pages or just on their local hard drive, and then apply all those changes in a single sitting. That way when users see it, there's already a decent amount of content, and it never has to look unpolished.
This is somewhat speaking from experience as well. I've made some changes in the past that I unintentionally left in an unpolished state on the public pages, and a wiki is only as nice as its crappiest pages.
All that being said, I'm looking forward to the seeing the references stuff. I think it'll be cool, though I'm not a good enough reference guy to actually help a whole lot.
Doomcat, I... sort of wish I'd thought of that. I'm used to using a personal "sandbox" when working on a single complex page, and it's normally not useful to store up a bunch of minor edits, but in this case the majority of the work is in writing rather than making masses of similar edits. I'll put it here, and we can decide later whether or not to have one big page or a small section on each article.