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I've set up a Wiki. Should we use it?
August 5, 2012
9:21 pm
Rob
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I've been wondering if a wiki would be better for sharing info than Google docs and Dropbox. So I just installed MediaWiki which you can find here.

I know it's in widespread use but IMHO it seems to be very difficult to learn and use. Instead of having a WYSIWYG user interface it requires you to use wiki markup code and HTML to add links and style your content. I haven't had a chance to look for a better alternative that's also free. 

Here's a link to a user guide that more concise and easier to read than the documentation that comes with the program.

What do you think? 

August 6, 2012
5:56 pm
Wyatt McBain
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I personally like the idea of a wiki. I think it would be a good way to learn, not just for me, but for anyone else interested in contributing. Because that is sort of our deal here, learning that is, I think we should do it.

Even if it doesn't get used by a lot of people, I think it could benefit other people down the road. Just like we are using other space's wikis for our research…

August 6, 2012
6:07 pm
Rob
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I found a free open source Wiki with a WYSIWYG get interface but I haven't had a chance to install it yet. And before finding it I started creating a Wiki using Wordpress. 

MediaWiki belongs in the 1990s not the 21st century.  We're not going to use it.

August 6, 2012
6:15 pm
Rob
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I just took a quick look at it.  It may have a modern WYSISWYG interface but it's going to be a PITA to install.  I got errors when I extracted the files and it wants ME to create a MYSQL table.  I haven't had a program make me do that in years.

I'm going to worry about it later.  It's a beautiful evening and I want to get some work done outside.

August 6, 2012
7:54 pm
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I read the blog at http://www.eevblog.com and checked to see what he uses for his wiki:

Check out media wiki: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki

August 6, 2012
7:56 pm
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MY BAD !!! That is what you just installed and did not like. Your link was not the same as mine.

Never mind- I'll shut up now.

August 7, 2012
1:50 pm
Rob
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I put together a couple of Wordpress pages with some content for our Wiki. Tell what what needs to be added to it or if you want access to do it yourself.

Main Wiki Page

Maker / Artist groups & businesses near Rochester (would be a sub page)

 

August 8, 2012
1:48 pm
Wyatt McBain
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If I have admin rights, do I already have access to it? I think it's good for now. I can't believe there isn't a good wiki plug-in out there. I might take a look.

August 9, 2012
11:36 am
Wyatt McBain
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Did you try Wiki Lite? Its got over four star reviews.

 

I'm going to try and install the plug-in. I'll wait for a day or a reply until I do?

August 9, 2012
12:17 pm
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What's the difference been Wiki Lite and the full version?

I noticed it hasn't been updated in 9 months and the developer hasn't answered any questions for months.  That makes me nervous. I prefer to use plugins that are actively supported so we don't have to worry as much about unplugged security holes. I've been hacked because of them and it's no fun cleaning up the mess.

August 9, 2012
12:53 pm
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Just spent some time looking for other Wordpress Wiki plugins and didn't find anything worth trying.  But I did find out that there is a WYSIWYG editor for MediaWiki.

It looks like it is easy to install but I'm working on an important blog post. I'll get to it ASAP.

August 9, 2012
2:13 pm
Wyatt McBain
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Take a look at this first. I just had a whack at it.

LINK

 

Edit: The full version just has a little more capability. Categories, rules, etc. The Lite version is actually really simple and it's been included above. I'll take a look at the other program you are talking about tomorrow. I don't mind giving it a shot, and I'm actually very interested in doing it. Just don't want you to get too caught up.

 

Take a look at the light version above. They don't allow you to just purchase a license for the Pro. You have to pay a monthly fee. They are actually highly rated as a developer, when I looked no questions had been asked for the past six months. Could be wrong.

August 9, 2012
8:06 pm
Rob
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Wow, nice job!

August 12, 2012
10:16 am
Wyatt McBain
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The Wiki can now be found on the menubar. I think it's the best solution because it integrates right into the site. Think it's off to a good start.

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