[LINK] RFI: Public Wiki Servers?
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Thu Dec 21 16:58:18 AEDT 2006
>Roger Clarke wrote:
>> I'm involved in several organisations that could make use of a wiki ...
At 15:43 +0900 7/12/06, Jeremy Malcolm wrote:
>Try the Wikia first (http://www.wikia.com). They host many useful
>projects and are open to requests to host new ones for free.
I've now had a look at wikia and its cousins.
But they don't offer what I'm looking for. Notes at bottom.
What I'm on about is the use of wikis by public interest
associations, such as dog clubs, privacy lobby groups, and of course
The Link Institute.
Such organisations need wiki-spaces with a variety of management
models and privileges, e.g.:
1. for the DISCUSSION OF ISSUES:
- create/read/write by anyone
2. for the DEVELOPMENT OF POLICY:
- create/read/write by association members only
3. for the DEVELOPMENT OF CAMPAIGN PLANS:
- create/read/write by Board members only
In all cases:
- delete by the Board Chair only (or their delegate/administrator)
Of these, most wiki services support only model no. 1.
Am I looking in the wrong places, using the wrong names?
Since typing that this morning, I've found the buzzword 'wiki farm':
A first pass located http://pbwiki.com/
I'm playing with it, but it appears that vital features aren't
supported by this particular service, viz.
- the edits made by the last person aren't visible
- there appears to be no ability to display earlier versions
Any further leads or constructive observations much appreciated!
Notes on wikia:
http://www.wikia.com appears to be a fully open collaborative space,
comparable to wikipedia, but not restricted to encyclopaedia-style
entries. Think 'collaborative fan-zine' (The Muppets, Harry Potter,
chess, even Macs - is anyone a fan of the Apple Macintosh any more?).
It's depicted in one review as "the commercial counterpart of the
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikia
http://scratchpad.wikia.com/ is a small shared space within wikia,
set aside for experimentation. Again it appears that
read/write/delete are entirely open, without the ability to restrict
http://www.openserving.com/ is, well, I'm not quite sure what. It
isn't actually operational yet. It appears to be an attempt to
'monetise' (buzzword for 'exploit') the enthusiasm for wikis by
giving people an opportunity to 'monetise' their idea for a wiki. At
this stage, the sole source of money seems to be Google Adsense-style
click-through advertising fees; but no doubt the business plan lists
lots of other possibilities. I gather it's also meant to be be an
open-source alternative to MS Live.
See this of 20 Dec 06:
Some commercial products in the collaborative space:
HyperOffice (reasonable documentation)
SharePoint (appallingly bad documentation - what does it actually *do*??)
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