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#1 2007-03-13 18:21:46

KevinRyan
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Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Hello World! 

I'm evaluating Wiki software right now and I'm curious what pieces of software you are all using. 

Can you please list which one you (or your organization) chose and WHY? 

Thank you so much.


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#2 2007-03-13 19:27:36

PeterThoeny
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

This is a very broad question. If you share your needs you will get answers you can relate to.

-- Peter AT StructuredWikis DOT com - http://www.structuredwikis.com/ - http://twiki.org/

PS: To see how TWiki is used, read some user submitted stories and browse the big TWiki installation directory (see "Used by/for" column.)

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#3 2007-03-13 20:38:19

KevinRyan
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Broad questions demand broad answers. 

This is exactly what I want.  I want to know who uses what, and why.  Addtionally, I hope to see a bit of a trend emerge from those who have answered. 

Thanks though.


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#4 2007-03-14 22:06:48

NilsL
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

As one of the developers of Wikkawiki, it should be no surprise that I am using it as the place to store my private notes, addresses etc.

Why? Well, it's written in PHP which I knew prior. I tried some wikis (mediawiki, pmwiki, wackowiki) before, but I got stuck with wikkawiki, because it was easy to modify (one user named wikka as "easy source" which I find a quite nice compliment). And I finally could store files and (rss)-feeds for one topic in one page, which is great for me.

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#5 2007-06-21 04:50:20

Köplinger
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Hi..I use MediaWiki since it is easy to find loads of information on the Wikipedia site.  It is also the option provided to me by my website host company.  I have been very pleased with it.  Right now I just use it for organizing work and projects.  It is great for workflow modeling and if I want to create tables, I use Dreamweaver and paste the code in the edit box and format further from there.  Wikipedia has a great cheat sheet for how-to's and other goodies to maintain your wiki. I also like being able to keep my wiki out of public view, either through the wiki setup or by protecting the directory through my website control panel. You should be able to find any information on this site for selecting the right one for your needs.

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#6 2007-09-06 22:09:26

peterblaise
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Great question.  Of course if you had specifics, you'd tell us what you thought you needed.  But asking what you need in a wiki before you've played with a wiki is a little like asking a blind person what's their favorite color!  How would they know until after they get to see for the first time, let alone for a long while?  Hey, I've been seeing for 50+ years and I can't tell you what my favorite color is (maybe Chinese red, maybe Brewster green, maybe ...).

I'm exploring Mediawiki because it's the leader, with, as far as I can tell:

- the most number of users familiar with it on Wikipedia (meaning I won't have to train as much and people can find alternative training help - I want them to adopt my wiki offering as "familiar" to them, nothing new)

- there are many developers writing extensions (meaning I can find most enhancements that matter to me and hope for or even develop new ones)

- there's an importer to re-purpose Microsoft Word DOCs to help populate a start-up wiki (I can't believe there are so few wikis out there that understand how to accurately and quickly import massive amounts of legacy documents!)

- the total installation is free (meaning I can try it before asking permission to spend money on it)

- it scales big (meaning I can keep it long term).

What I don't like about Mediawiki are:

- the programmers who seem to have built a moat to keep out the next tier of "less technical" adopters.  Go to Mediawiki.org and type in any mediawiki words and see how many come up red - NO LINKS!

- the insensitivity to pre-existing age-old solutions (you absolutely have to hack something to get it working - there is no configuration, reconfiguration, backup, restore et cetera interface)

- the totally disorganized, finger pointing, of the various support programs (operating system, web server, database, programming language, and so on, all point to the others saying, "ask them, we're not responsible"!)

I tried as many other wikis as I could get to work, but Mediawiki worked flawlessly from WOS (Web Server on a usb Stick) from Cornelius Herzog, Germany at http://www.chsoftware.net/en/ and I had a 500,000 word wiki up and running in 6 hours on a 125MB USB stick with absolutely NO footprint on the host computer!  Once I had it working, and showing everyone how neat it was working, what am I gonna do?  Try something else now?  I'm tired of glossy promises with no fulfilment.  I've explored at least:

CentralDesktop
Confluence
DekiWiki
MediaWiki
MoinMoin
PBwiki
Socialtext
TiddlyWiki
TikiWiki
TWiki
UseMod
Wikia
Wikispaces

... and probably more.



Peter Blaise Monahon
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600 Delany Street, Madison East, 4D68
Alexandria, Virginia 22314 US
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#7 2008-02-24 02:12:44

netbee99
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

I think the most important feature of any wiki tool is that it should not scare away the newbees by using strange macros like _BOLD_ ^UNDERLINE^ for editing text. So a good WYSIWYG editor is an absolute must. Also you should be able to insert an image without too much hassle.

Wiki Site layout should be simple and uncluttered. Most wikis have revision history, content change notification, reverting back the changes etc features built-in however extra features like adding to-do lists, threads/comments, document files to pages is what makes wikis a powerful collaboration tool. Use of wiki as a collaboration tool segment will continue to grow as it is very hard to find good online project management tools for small to medium teams.

I have used wetpaint as a private wiki for collaborating within a small team (< 20 members) and I was blown away by the simplicity and layout. I think it has one of the best editor (almost MSWORD like) and some nice features like collating threads from all pages at one point (discussion forum) and also collating all files attachments (from every page) as one central repository.

The only downside is wetpaint is supported by google ads and is hosted on their server so privacy and security concerns will prevent many people to use it as a project management tool.

Please let me know if there is any wiki tool which has all these features and can be setup to run from a shared php/mysql hosted account. Most of tools I tried don't have a WYSIWYG editor, others are so complex to install that you must be the admin and own the server before even thinking of running it from your host.       

One thing is certain, use of wiki tools is only going to increase and they would become more user friendly and feature rich over time.

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#8 2008-02-24 20:01:38

SamePageTeam
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Hello,

Do take SamePage for a test drive: http://samepage.spwiki.com. It has a powerful and intuitive editor that includes amongst numerous other things the ability to upload an image very easily.

It does not however meet your needs for setup from a php/mySQL account. It works of a 'pure' SaaS model i.e. you can quickly create an online domain and use it simply through a browser. Nothing else required.

Best regards,

SamePage Team


Disclaimer: I am representing SamePage on this Forum

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#9 2008-02-25 18:52:25

matt_w
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

As the owner and primary developer of EditMe, I use that service for all my site needs - wiki and otherwise. Any wiki developer can be counted upon to use their own wiki... after all, it's exactly what they wanted. What did I want? Namely, I wanted to look past the traditional concepts of what a wiki is and take a larger view of web content management and how wikis have improved that space. I think EditMe has achieved that goal... it's a great wiki, and also provides an end-to-end content management platform that grows with the needs of the site.

Matt


Matt Wiseley
EditMe - Edit your web.
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#10 2012-01-18 11:48:12

jamescrop05
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

This is exactly what I want.  I want to know who uses what, and why.  Addtionally, I hope to see a bit of a trend emerge from those who have answered.

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#11 2012-05-25 12:44:53

RobertPattinson
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

I tried some wikis (mediawiki, pmwiki, wackowiki) before, but I got stuck with wikkawiki,

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#12 2012-07-22 19:09:56

ascadnet
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Re: Which one are all of you using?? Why???

Hey,

Although biased, Banana Dance was designed specifically for our needs and then expanded into a fully featured solution. You can see the documentation it can produce as well as the flexibility of design/features at some of these examples:

http://help.memberguardian.com/
http://www.ppsd2.com/manual
http://www.campaignjunky.com/Help/
http://www.bananadance.org/Support/Support-Options

I hope this helps.

- Jon


- Jon
Banana Dance Developer
http://www.bananadance.org/

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