[Mediawiki-l] Partitioning a mediawiki installation

Filippo A. Salustri salustri at ryerson.ca
Fri Jun 4 15:13:14 UTC 2010

I really like mediawiki, but there's one thing I cannot do easily, it seems,
so I'm looking for advice.
I need to be able to partition the collection of pages into areas that are
private and semi-private and public.
I know there are a variety of access control extensions, but they all seem
rather complex compared to how, say, foswiki, handles it.
I know about namespaces, and categories, and subpages, but they all seem
like so much more work than just setting up "webs" in foswiki.
I need to provide "private" areas where only individuals can get access; I
also need to separate content into a few large collections that won't
overlap by default.
No matter whether I consider namespaces, or categories, or subpages, there's
always a lot of extra work needed to ensure new pages are properly named or
categorized.  The names of the pages themselves seem to get longer than I
want, because of specifying namespace or parent-page names; or I have to
ensure my user community always puts in the right categories, which is a
burden on them.
There are serious advantages to using mediawiki, but this partitioning thing
is a dealbreaker.  And many of the extensions seem to require more
hand-holding than I really want to provide.

So, given this, does anyone have any advice for me?

Fil Salustri

Filippo A. Salustri, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Ryerson University
350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON
M5B 2K3, Canada
Tel: 416/979-5000 ext 7749
Fax: 416/979-5265
Email: salustri at ryerson.ca

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