There are a couple of things to be aware of when using a wiki. Firstly,
as soon as it gets discovered by the spam bots, you're going to start
seeing spam in pages which is a real pain to clean out. The first thing
to do is require people register before they can edit. Next, add one of
the funky image things to the registration process. We had problems with
spammers on a site I help manage, so one of the wiki managers added that
to stop them. Have a look at this page to see what I mean:
Of course, that won't stop all spammers because occasionally someone
comes along and vandalises your wiki, just because they can. So you
still need to be aware and keep an eye on things, watching out for
vandalisation and spam. We haven't had much of a problem with
vandalisation though. Probably only a couple of times in the past year.
For locking pages: you can lock them so noone can edit them, or so that
only certain users can edit them. We have a few pages in our wiki that
are the personal views of some people, so those are locked to be
editable only by those people.
Using page locking you can feasibly put the entire Player website into a
wiki. You'd gain a constant look, easy linking around, and easy editing
and updating for the entire site. At the same time, you would have to
make sure you locked pages you didn't want changed and keep an eye on
pages that anyone can change for spam/vandalisation.
Brian Gerkey wrote:
> Following up on my earlier question about safeguarding against
> unwanted edits, is there a way to "lock" down all or part of a page?
> E.g., if we're happy with a tutorial, can we make it uneditable? I
> realize that in most cases, it's better to let people keep
> contributing, I just want to know what's possible. Forgive my
> complete lack of knowledge about Wikis...
Robotics research group, University of Auckland