Set of "standard" pages
It would be nice if the download kit included a set of "standard" pages to help you get started. It seems reasonable, for instance, to want a local copy of the TextFormattingRules and many of the pages that it links to.
To make it generally useful, you'd have to eliminate links to pages that are outside of the base set. For instance, TextFormattingRules contains numerous references to UseModWiki, which might not be the home page for given installation of UseMod.
Of course, anyone could develop a set of such pages and make it available, but it would be nice to have a "base set" that got updated along with the software and reflected its latest capabilities.
Thanks, Jerry, I used a lot of these pages.
A small problem I had: Links of the form BaseWiki?:action=blah wouldn't work for me, for instance the index links in the headers of some of your pages. I had to change these to an actual URL, and I skipped a couple of your pages because they used a lot of these links. Is this format a feature that I can enable in the wiki configuration file? I didn't see anything there that obviously related to it. -- DanMuller
Dan, those links are on a page showing link database functions, and most likely could be left out anyway. You could do a global search-replace to convert LocalWiki: to the full path to your ...cgi-bin/wiki.pl?... which would fix the linking problem. -- JerryMuelver
One of the nice things that SWiki provides is that when you instantiate a new Swiki it's automagically populated with a set of starter pages that explain basic things like text formatting, a guest list, and so on. Of course, you can delete all of those pages. The way it's done is simply copying a set of files from the 'template' wiki into the new wiki.
While the exact same mechanism wouldn't work, it occurs to me that it should be pretty easy to provide a .zip file containing a sample database directory for a starter wiki that people can use if they want. And this would make it a lot easier to get a new Wiki jump-started without a bunch of copy/pasting.
$DataDirdirectory. You can also add your own links by editing that file. --CliffordAdams
No, InterWiki is working fine. It didn't occur to me that these were InterWiki links. Once I realized that (thanks to an email from Cliff), I added an InterWiki entry for the local site, with the URL ending in a '?', and everything works fine now. Thanks!
A couple ideas....
intermapfile would not have to be modified to add the local site
See also: MeatBall:MeatballWikiBasicsSnapshot
OddMuse ships with a README file, and upon startup, when no parameters are given, and no homepage exists, it looks for the README file in the cgi-bin directory and in the data-directory, and renders it. If the user just unpacked the tarball, then this should work. The README file contains only the absolute basics, of course, but it's a start. -- AlexSchroeder
One suggestion, it'd be nice if UseModWiki came with a sample wiki with documentation.
To repeat myself from above, yep, I'd strongly suggest distributing a simple pre-built .zip file containing a 'starter database'. -- LairdPopkin
I am new with wikis. I could not find a single place with documentation to the usemod-wiki-program. I had to look around in this wiki to find hints like the action=... commands. I do not know how to become an administrator. I do not know how to delete pages. There should be a UseModWikiDocumentation page. --ThomasBayen
While digging in this wiki I found the answers to my question. But there should really be a link from the main page and in the INSTALL file. --ThomasBayen
We could create a tarballable (via a script) UseModWiki install here on usemod.com which could be the "gold edition." No content would be "allowed" on this wiki unless it was intended to be tarballed as a /StartPackage, as determined by the UseModWiki community. One concern would be the default configuration. I think it should use WikiWiki CamelCase, for instance, but others might want to employ FreeLinks. This alone might be enough to make it fail unless a decent compromise could be made. -- SunirShah