[cgiapp] Future of the wiki
mark at summersault.com
Tue Feb 2 13:52:29 EST 2010
On Tue, 02 Feb 2010 01:06:16 -0500
David Kaufman <david at gigawatt.com> wrote:
> Hi Gurunandan,
> Gurunandan R. Bhat wrote:
> > I had offered Mark to port content on the wiki to Movable Type a few
> > months earlier. At that time, Mark had very valid concerns - that MT
> > does not offer key features required of a wiki. But that was MT4 and
> > a re-evaluation of MT after the release of MT5 recently might be
> > interesting.
> I like MT (2 or 3 years ago) but am not familiar with recent versions --
> can it be used like a Wiki? I thought it was strictly blog software.
Probably the strongest case for-or-against this idea is the fact that
Movable Type appears to be using MediaWiki for their own wiki, instead
of something based Movable Type.
Movable Type has a number of features to support wiki-like work, but it
is not designed to be a wiki and would likely require some significant
modification to work this way. In it's favor:
- It's easy to install
- It has a beautiful UI, both on the public and admin sides
- It has basic "revisions" support built-in
- It supports many authentication methods
- It supports "Markdown" syntax for posts.
Someone else mentioned having a shared authentication system that could
be used both the mailing list and the wiki. That could be nice, but
gets us into looking at a category of software that's more like "Google
Groups", which supports the list/forum concept as well as a wiki.
Something like Google Groups that was open source would certainly be
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