[LINK] RFI: Public Wiki Servers?
ivan at itrundle.com
Thu Dec 21 17:18:15 AEDT 2006
Dunno Roger - I think that you're looking for a different kind of
collaborative software, such as is offered in forums (bulletin
boards). There are heaps of customised versions of forums out there,
some of which are based on open-source models, others not.
I only offer this opinion since I'm involved in the business of
developing this kind of collaborative software.
If other linkers are stuck on this, contact me off-list for more info.
On 21/12/2006, at 4:58 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
>> 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/
> 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 non-profit Wikipedia".
> 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 privileges.
> 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
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