Brion Vibber wrote:
If you want to try this, start by rewriting
Title::userCanRead(), which control write and read access to given
pages. You'd also need to add a more intelligent way to assign page
permissions & user privileges.
are: How do I go ahead? Are there better ways to
achieve what we want?
Honestly, I'd recommend you just give all your users read/write
permission to all pages... If they change things they're not supposed
to it's recorded in the audit trail and incorrect changes can be
Ira Abramov wrote:
as Brion mentioned, MediaWiki is built for openness,
and will require
quite some tweaking.
Well, I see user groups as a way to revert incorrect changes even before
they happen ;-)
I.e. user groups aren't dogma for me, they are just the first thing that
comes to my mind. If there's a better way to achieve the desired
behaviour, I'll gladly accept that.
It's just that I don't see that manual reversion is a viable
alternative. If the project is successful, it will have with several
hundred authors and several ten thousands of readers. Readers are
encouraged to drop comments (and the Discussion pages of Mediawiki are
perfect for that purpose), but they are definitely not supposed to alter
the texts proper (that's a requirement, and I'd need extremely strong
arguments to renegotiate that).
The "Wiki way" would be to allow changes and revert them if inappropriate.
It's just that this isn't going to be a "real Wiki". There are pages
that everybody is supposed to alter (such as Discussion pages, which are
perfect for purposes of the project), and there are author pages that
only the respective authors are supposed to alter. It's a somewhat
artistic project, and to remain artistic, the artists must be able to
say that "this-and-that page is what me and he and she and those wrote".
It's a kind of middle ground between a Wiki and a single-author WWW
site: not everybody is allowed to do everything (as would be in a Wiki),
and there's still a lot of collaboration going on.
I know that what I want is un-Wiki. It's just that the True Wiki Way is
at an oh-so-slight angle from what I need, and I'd like to have (or
pave) a road that suits both angles :-)
Ira Abramov wrote:
last time I looked at Twiki it seemed like a much
better platform for
such permission schemes, give it a look.
Actually I was quite active in the TWiki community for a while :-)
The main thing that makes TWiki unsuitable for the current project is
that it's style is geared towards technical people. It's using CamlCase,
its syntax requires several pages of text, it allows entering arbitrary
HTML code (both a safety issue and a barrier against editing if a HTML
nonexpert tries to modify an thoroughly HTMLized page), and I dimly
remember the process of editing was geared to making techies comfortable.
Mediawiki is geared towards non-techies, and that's the perfect match
for more "artistic" projects like the forthcoming one.
I'm eager to hear additional advice and alternatives.