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#1 2006-02-23 22:01:10

PeterThoeny
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Popular TWiki Plugin: CommentPlugin

The pre-installed CommentPlugin allows users to quickly post comments to a page without an edit/preview/save cycle. A small texarea box is typically put at the end of a page, which allow thread-mode like discussions in TWiki pages.

It is also possibly to add content in a structured way by defining templates for input forms and output formats. For example, you can define a form with text input fields and selector boxes, and append the result as a row to a table. EditActionItems is a simple example that has three input fields that are appended to a table. If you have more complex data structures you can build TWikiForms-based applications using FormattedSearch.

This Plugin has some similarities to the Sparrow project, pioneered by Xerox PARC to maintain structured content collectively (although I do not think the CommentPlugin author was aware of Sparrow when he designed this Plugin.)

Learn more about the CommentPlugin at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Plugins/CommentPlugin

I am not aware of any other wikis that have similar features except for the proprietary Jotspot. Compare TWiki and JotSpot.

TWiki is listed here on WikiMatrix at http://www.wikimatrix.org/show/TWiki

-- Peter@Thoeny.org - http://twiki.org/

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#2 2006-12-02 17:09:45

bushka
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Re: Popular TWiki Plugin: CommentPlugin

Hello Peter,

We are a group working in a collaborative way, but with bad tools. We are very interested by Twiki (and want to ask for the services of your staff for development), but :

1. We need to have for each wiki's article a button opening a discussion with features as sophisticated as those of IPB (Invision PowerBoard), in a community persepctive.
So are we interested by ipbwiki, integrating IPB & wikimedia.
Is it possible to integrate Twiki with IPB ?

2. We also need to have for each article a "CMS button" opening a form window like in databases (to index the article) and working hand in hand with the search engine (research made in the fields of a form looking like the one used for indexing the article).
Is it possible ?

3. If an answer posted in a discussion (opened with the "discussion button" of an article) seems interesting in itself, we need to "promote" it by indexing its content by clicking on a "CMS button" (availlable for each answer) opening the same form window that for the articles.
Do you think it is possible, knowing that those answers would be powered by IPB ?

We are also interested by PMwiki, but we are not able, even with wikimatrix, to appreciate the differences between both. Could you help us (telling us your simple opinion) ?

What do you thing of this way of thinking the integration of wiki and forum ?

I am sorry for my bad english. Does somebody speak french near you ?

Thank you for your advises.

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#3 2006-12-15 05:44:43

PeterThoeny
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Re: Popular TWiki Plugin: CommentPlugin

Thanks for asking.

1. We can help you integrate a discussion board into TWiki. Alternatively, we can create a discussion board application in TWiki since TWiki is an application platform. In fact, I have just done that for a client in the financial sector.

2. If the discussion board is done as a TWiki application with TWikiForms, search on fields is very simple, and manual indexing is not needed. I would need to know more details if this is done with an external discussion board software.

3. I am not sure I follow your question. If I understand right, you would like to have an approval step for posts. This can be done with an "Publish" form field flag. I have written a corporate blog TWiki application that had this approval process.

Difference between PMwiki and TWiki: I am not very familiar with PMWiki, it looks like a wiki with many useful features. TWiki has the largest number of plugins (over 240) to enhance the functionality of the wiki. TWiki is the only application platform among the open source wikis. That is, only TWiki allows you to create discussion boards, blog apps, inventory systems without changing the wiki itself (users can create those apps without asking an administrator.)

Please contact me by e-mail if you would like get help; we have also clients in Europe.

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

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