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Following are the requirements for our Wiki software. A comparison of many different wikis exists at WikiMatrix; perhaps that will be useful in finding the ideal candidate.

  • Controlled access to specific namespaces/groups, or wikifarming to accomplish the same end
  • Talk pages/comments
  • Watchlists
  • Automatic watchlisting of Talk/discussion/comments when the associated Page is Watched
  • Email/RSS notification of watchlist changes
  • Per-namespace skins


These are features that are highly desired, but perhaps not absolutely necessary.

  • Ease of administration
  • Visual editing: No markup required for changing pages/making comments
  • Blogging, particularly for News pages


Notes on specific wikis

  • InfinityFree (where this wiki is hosted) has auto-install capability for MediaWiki 1.27, DocuWiki, PmWiki, WikkiWiki, MediaWiki 1.30, and MediaWiki 1.29.
  • PmWiki Groups are much easier to implement and administer than MediaWiki Namespaces.
  • There does not seem to be a way in PmWiki to ensure that when you watch a page, its associated Talk page is watched as well. This behavior is automatic in MediaWiki. This seems like a deal-killer for PmWiki.
  • Protecting namespaces in MediaWiki is theoretically possible, but quite difficult. This is an essential feature.
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