On Thu, 29 Jun 2006, Oliver Betz wrote:
> You don't know how many (potential) users consider this to be a hot
> topic. Many people don't want to run completely open Wikis because of
> vandalism, SPAM, legal problems etc.
This is exactly true for me. Because I don't have time to learn how to set
up and use external authorization methods (I'm a professor, not a
programmer), I'm now strongly considering alternative wikis, such as
Also, although phpwiki seems like a very nice and reasonably powerful
implementation overall, I have to admit some frustration with the number of
apparently serious bugs that I've run into in just the first couple days of
experimenting with the latest version of phpWiki. I've already mentioned a
couple of them on this mail list:
1) The upload plugin doesn't work, because it incorrectly saves an uploaded
file 'test.png' to uploadstest.png rather than uploads/test.png
2) Enabling "captcha" doesn't work for some reason -- the image doesn't
display -- so it effectively disables edits when enabled.
3) We had to create an alias for apache to use in order for TeX2png to
work, because it wasn't finding the relative path images/tex
I have not yet tried any other wiki, so I don't know whether I would have
run into similar kinds of glitches.
Returning to the subject of documentation, it would be nice if there were
trouble-shooting advice for new installations -- "If this doesn't work,
then check this", etc.
Also, a set of example config files illustrating different methods (both
internal and external) of implementing authentication on typical servers,
along with a brief discussion of their pros and cons, would be extremely
Prof. Grant W. Petty
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
1225 W. Dayton Street
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 263-3265
Fax: (608) 262-0166