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4:42 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have been hearing a lot about how great Wikis are and am wondering if anyone has had experience adding and running a Wiki on their website. My experience is pretty much limited to Wikipedia and I have not really run across many sites using Wikis in my day-to-day web surfing. So I have a few questions:

** Are Wikis hard to set up on an existing website? (Meaning lots of server-side work to get them up and running)

** Are busy Wikis a nightmare to keep up with? Since anyone can pretty much edit on site documents, it seems there would be a lot of comments and edits that would need to be reversed, research for validity, or corrected on a daily basis.

** What are the best uses for a Wiki?

** Does Wiki content have the same SEO benefit as adding a blog or forum to a website?

** What Wiki software offers the best ease of use, performance and largest active user base? (pay or free does not matter I would want the best)

Thanks,

JD

5:00 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi jdancing,

Thank you for starting this thread as I too find wikis interesting. The software that powers wikipedia is media wiki. I downloaded it earlier today and tried to open it in winzip but I got the message:
Error reading header...

5:15 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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wiki software is not limited to one or two programs: wiki engines [c2.com]
5:15 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are Wikis hard to set up on an existing website? (Meaning lots of server-side work to get them up and running)
No, very easy, provided that you know the basics of PHP.

Are busy Wikis a nightmare to keep up with? Since anyone can pretty much edit on site documents, it seems there would be a lot of comments and edits that would need to be reversed, research for validity, or corrected on a daily basis.
This depends on whether you a few members that will help you out, but if you don't you can bet it will be a nightmare. You could require membership before people could edit, this would at least cut it down a bit.

What are the best uses for a Wiki?
MediaWiki seems to be the best, but haven't used them all, so maybe someone else can help you here?
5:48 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Besides the Wikipedia type websites that use them like big dictionaries, where can I find websites that are using Wikis in a variety of different/innovative ways?

I'd like to get a better feel for the utility of having a Wiki on a website and perhaps spark some ideas how to best implement on site with a closed membership base I am developing.

5:48 pm on Dec 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What are the best uses for a Wiki?

Just about anything. Intranet wikis can replace a good deal of management overhead IMO.

Are busy Wikis a nightmare to keep up with? Since anyone can pretty much edit on site documents, it seems there would be a lot of comments and edits that would need to be reversed, research for validity, or corrected on a daily basis.

I'd require membership but again...all depends on your intended use.

What Wiki software offers the best ease of use, performance and largest active user base? (pay or free does not matter I would want the best)

I'd also go with MediaWiki..
9:08 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I use wikis for my personal homepage and use it as a scratchpad throughout my day. You can quickly and easily add information to a wiki and build your own knowledge-base.

I'm partial to DokuWiki lately.

 

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