[Mediawiki-l] My MediaWiki questions

Santosh Krishnan santosh at vividconsulting.info
Wed Jan 26 16:07:24 UTC 2011

Hi Everyone,

I've used an older version of MediaWiki and I've seen how powerful it can
be.  I have a few questions, which I've been unable to answer and am hoping
that you can do so.

My concerns are chiefly around security and user access.

Since I'm not trying to use it to create a user editable Wiki, I would want
to disallow the general user to be able to create any content within the
deployed implementation.  I would want only my designated personnel to
create and maintain documents within it.  I don't know if it's possible to
restrict it on this level.

Second, I wouldn't want it to look like Wikipedia, and specifically, I would
want it to have a visual look and feel in line with the remainder of my
website.  I know that we can implement skins on MediaWiki, but I don't know
how versatile it is.

Third, I would want to be able to restrict certain pages from being viewed
without someone having logged in (and I would want those user IDs to be
controlled by my personnel so that only if one of my guys provides a user ID
will that page be accessible - meaning that perhaps we have private
information and we must first validate that the person who wishes to view it
is first vetted by my team and then my team member will create a user ID for
that person).  Is this possible?

Please let me know your thoughts on this.

Santosh Krishnan

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