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How to manage the content of a wiki?

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator for a long time and I’ve had some edits on medical wikis as well. The reason why I mention it now is that I know exactly how hard it is to manage and supervise the content of a wiki. Before, we used VandalProof, a tool which allowed us to review edits really efficiently. But now we have a supertool, Huggle:

Huggle is an application for dealing with vandalism, written in Visual Basic .NET. It was originally developed by Gurch.

Huggle is a tool for dealing with vandalism. Its nature requires that it is capable of editing pages quickly, and of making many edits in a short space of time. Such features should be used with caution. Use of Huggle by new or inexperienced users is not recommended. Use of Huggle is subject to Wikipedia policies and guidelines.

You can create a whitelist for experienced users and a blacklist for vandals. You can revert the edits and leave warning messages on user’s talk pages with only one click. It’s also possible to review several edits simultaneusly (by opening new tabs).

Here is the manual and you can download it here.

A screenshot from the Wikimedia Commons page

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Attish #

    Come on, if someone writes a nice tool, why not write it in a language normal people use? Like C, C++, Java, or hell, even C# would be better.

    By the way, why doesn’t someone take the pain to rewrite it as a MediaWiki extension?

    September 2, 2008
  2. Gurch #

    Attish:

    Because I originally wrote it for personal use only, and VB.NET is easy.

    C#.NET and VB.NET are more or less equivalent, just with different syntax; conversion between the two can almost (though not quite) be done mechanically. Bearing that in mind I see no reason to change it, given that I’m still actively working on it and I’m more comfortable with VB.

    MediaWiki extensions are server-side, this is a client-side application that uses the MediaWiki API. I’m not sure how it would be rewritten as an extension.

    September 3, 2008
  3. Roxana #

    Hello!
    I am new to this wiki tech and I was asked my boss to think about setting a wiki for our projects. Since it is behind the company’s firewall, and only colleagues will edit it, there is not fear of vandalism but I was wondering if you could give me some information regarding other admin issues such as backup, upgrades, plug-in upgrades, etc.
    I would really appreciate your input on the issue!
    Thanks!

    February 5, 2009
  4. Chris #

    Roxanna,

    You might consider a wiki called Deki by MindTouch.

    If you are a Microsoft shop with Windows Server you might try Microsoft SharePoint.

    Good Luck!
    Chris

    March 9, 2009
  5. sk #

    Hey, Nice post. I have researched some Excellent C#.Net interview questions and answers

    January 10, 2010

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