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Using a Wiki forum

A Wiki is a collaborative editing system, a system where people can develop an article as a group as all members of the group can edit the article. Though the features of a Wiki can also make it ideal for an individual writing an essay!

On the forum this is achieved by the administrator making the forum a "Wiki" type forum and setting permissions so that those people they want to be able to edit the Wiki article have edit permissions on the forum. Edit permissions might be given to registered users or restricted to a usergroup. *

In a wiki forum the first post is the Wiki article and can be edited by those users with edit permissions, as such although moderators do have rights such as the ability to delete a revision, the emphasis is on cooperation and so along with the features of a Wiki a new set of Wiki etiquette must be learned.

1) Unless you are using usergroup permissions a registered user cannot be blocked from making edits, so when a moderator tells a user NO then that must be respected, whether that is saying NO to making any edits or a stop instruction where "tit for tat" editing is going on.
2) You might want to make people ask before editing using some of the new Wiki features.

There are many new features with the Wiki system:

Firstly those with edit permissions will see a link to take them to the Wiki editing view. The Wiki editing view will show them the complete revision history of the article.  This view will also allow moderators to delete the latest revision if need be.

Collaboration needs more than just the ability to make or delete revisions though and a Wiki forum has more than just that.
Firstly you can make comments outside of the article either on a particular revision or on the article itself. Unless your forum Wiki has been set up differently you will see add and view links for comments to the left of each revision.  You may find the number of comments allowed by a user are restricted and if you make more comments your earliest one is lost, if the number of comments is restricted to one, then when you make a comment you will find yourself editing your earlier comment.

Along with this ability to comment outside of the article you can edit an article like this:

Code:

Collaboration needs more than just the ability to make or delete revisions though and a Wiki forum has more than just that.
Firstly you can make comments outside of the article either on a particular revision or on the article itself. Unless your forum Wiki has been set up differently you will see add and view links for comments to the left of each revision.  You may find the number of comments allowed by a user are restricted and if you make more comments your earliest one is lost, if the number of comments is restricted to one, then when you make a comment you will find yourself editing your earlier comment.[wikinote]over long sentence[/wikinote]

Along with this ability to comment outside of the article you can edit an article like this:


The "wikinote" will appear to someone in the wiki editing view, but not when just viewing the forum. There are other note types.

"note" - will appear as a colored block of text to all users.
"popupnote" - will be linked to a note that appears when the mouse hovers over an "*" link indicating the note is there.
"modnote" - Only visible to mods. Where a modnote existing editing will be blocked for non mods. This may be used as a way of finalizing an article.

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