[Mediawiki-l] Annotating a protected document on a per-user, per-section basis

Ittay Dror ittayd at qlusters.com
Sat Jan 27 20:05:31 UTC 2007

i can't give you a working extension, but the way i'd do it is:
- users have no edit rights on pages 
- use the talkright extension to give them edit rights on the talk pages
- use the PageProtection extension on sections in the talk pages they create
- wrap this in a function that creates a section when a user comments and protects it. this can be an ajax function that is called from a form you embedd into the pages

i posted a while ago code that does a similar thing, but doesn't allow editing of comments. see http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/mediawiki/78333

hope it helps,

Kelly Jones wrote:
> I've posted an existing document to a MediaWiki and broken it up into
> sections (not pages). I want registered users to comment on each
> section as follows:
> * Users can add/edit/delete their own comments section
> * Users (except admins) can't edit/delete other people's sections
> * Users (except admins) can't edit the original document at all: it's protected
> * Users' comments will be fairly long: multiple lines, not a single line
> * At the bottom of the page, users can add general comments, not
> specific to a given section
> What's the best way to do this? Using the inputbox extension (thanks
> for letting me know about this, Lonny!)? Or something else?
> What I have now is ugly and doesn't do some of the things above:
> http://wiki.lspace.org/index.php?title=Sandbox&oldid=10855
> [pretend this page is protected and named APF-the-light-fantastic]
> Bad things about this:
> * Each "comment block" is a new page, which may confuse users-- they
> want to add a comment and end up on a blank page. I realize I can
> use "Preload" (or even inputbox) to pre-load a template when a new
> page is created, but that still seems ugly.
> * Once a "comment block" page is created, the search engine may return
> it as a result, confusing users (they want to see the document with
> annotations, not a single annotation). The comment block pages are
> "subpages" of the original, but that's still not great
> * Since the "comment block" is just a regular MediaWiki page, users
> can edit/delete each other's comments (this part actually doesn't
> bug me too much-- it's important that the original document be
> uneditable, but it may be OK if users can edit/delete each other's
> comments)
> * Overall, I sense my approach is kludgey and incorrect. I'm sure
> there's a more standardized/"correct" way of doing this.

Ittay Dror, 
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