[pmwiki-users] Looking for suggestions for neighborhood site
nzskiwi at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 15:21:06 CDT 2009
I've been thinking about this too recently.Please see
and (vote for)
2009/6/16 Tegan Dowling <tmdowling at gmail.com>
> On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 1:32 AM, kjettil <kjettil at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
>> David Spitzley wrote:
>> > Ideally I want to allow separate logins per business or other
>> organization, with separate pages for each, each of them individually
>> stylable. I'm half considering rolling my own, but I'd like hear any
>> suggestions others may have of either specific configurations of pmwiki
>> (I've done about 6 installs for different purposes, but nothing too
>> different from a standard wiki), or of other software which would support
>> such a project effectively.
>> <Snip> All sites work like charm, except ...
>> ... except for sites with "novice" users, where PmWiki's lack of
>> WYSIWYG editing is an effective barrier to user participation. Most
>> people simply don't want to take the time to learn wiki "coding". And if
>> they try, they often get things wrong, end up with an ugly looking page
>> and never try again. In one case, a club site where club members were
>> supposed to contribute text and images, we had to scrap the PmWiki site
>> entirely and instead use WordPress. That reduced the number of degrees
>> of freedom in web design but solved the problem with user participation.
> That's my experience, too -- unless I have a good relationship with a very
> capable representative of the users' group, and together we're prepared to
> watch the site like hawks and jump in helpfully the moment a user has
> trouble (*after* conducting group and one-on-one training sessions that
> communicate, above all, the availability of help when it's needed), you'll
> get users giving up in disgust.
> Most of my wikis have very few users, and I work with them to get them
> comfortable with the wiki markup.
> You might look at something like a "roll your own" social network -- e.g.
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