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On the subject of Wiki Software....

Permanent Link by Dark Silver on Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:25 pm

Now, I know I'm not the most technical guy on the planet, but I do have a basic understanding of technology and its ways. I can install most anything, and configure most other things when it comes to basic web stuff.

then I came across MediaWiki software. For those of you who don't know, MediaWiki is one of the most used pieces Wiki software on the planet. It's supposed to be highly customizable, and easy for everyone to use.

What they dont tell you is that managing the Software, more specifically, the users and groups and everything else, HAS to be done by direct editing of the software's php files. There's no Administrator Control Panel to do this one, nothing that lets you quickly and easily handle configuration issues, or make simple changes quickly.

No, if you want to change something, you have to go into FTP, download the appropriate file, and locate the exact line you need to change (if your lucky enough to know the variable for the change you want to make), edit the line, save the file, and re-upload it to the server, and refresh the server software for the change to go though.

None of this is simple, quick, or easy. Infact, it's very time consuming on someone who is trying to set up the software, and has no experience with it for the most part.

So, for now, I'm struggling with trying to do this, and set it up so I won't have countless random spambots making edits to the wiki I want to put up on the site, so I don't HAVE to spend huge amounts of time administering to it. Really, All I want is a place to put all the information on various gameworlds and what not we create on the board, where it can be easily found and accessed by the people who need it.

Can it really be that fucking hard?
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