[Moin-user] feature request open wiki in controlled world

Eric Johnson eric at tibco.com
Mon Nov 29 12:59:02 EST 2010

Hi George,

My take is that you can solve the problem with the tools you have, 
rather than inventing new ones.

For example, one approach we're taking is to have an "official" copy of 
a page (tightly restricted via MoinMoin ACLs), and a freely editable 
copy.  It is then up to the "owners" of the page to watch the freely 
editable copy, and move those changes over according to whatever rules 
they establish for themselves.

If you think about what you've described below, it amounts to almost the 
same steps - a less privileged member has to click a link to get to the 
page that allows "wild" edits, and only members of the the privileged 
group can copy materials back to the "official copy".

Even better, though, for people who are just interested in the 
"official" copy, they can see the changes over time that were explicitly 
accepted by the privileged group, without the noise of piecemeal edits 
that may or may not be allowed.  This approach also allows flexible 
rules about when materials get copied over (official sign-off at one 
extreme, quick daily reviews at another).


On 11/26/10 12:29 PM, George Georgalis wrote:
> Everyone here knows the benefits of wiki. When a "trust but
> verify" approach is applied, the return from allowing open edits
> far outweighs the risk of mis-information.
> But what about in a controlled orginization? Where there is desire
> to use a wiki but policy or procedures prevent it.
> Perhaps a simple module can go a long way to address the
> situation.  The hypothetical module gives users the option to
> view the revisions last edited by AuthorizedGroup or the "wild
> revision" (edits by users not in that group). Pages would default
> to the authorized revision if that is newer than the wild type but
> there would be an indication on the authorized page if a newer
> wild revision where available.
> The biggest problem I see with this is broken links or inappropriate
> references due to mis-qualified page links. But the more I imagine
> the implementation the less I think this would be an actual problem?
> Thoughts? Would this be easy or difficult to implement?  I'm happy
> to post this in the wiki feature request, if people think it's a
> worthwhile feature.
> -George
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