Re: Seeking recommendations on free wiki hosting service

Subject: Re: Seeking recommendations on free wiki hosting service
From: "Chris Christner" <cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 14:32:44 -0600

Hi Walt,

You don't say what you'll be doing with the wiki, but if there's a chance
the subject matter will be even slightly controversial, I'd pick an engine
that has some way to register commenters.

Case in point:

June 17: L.A. Times announces new wiki for editorials in "A Wiki for Your
Thoughts" (

June 19: "Where is the Wikitorial?"--The Times shuts the wiki down
( "because a few readers were flooding the site
with inappropriate material."

In an article about the story, Kathy Gill at writes

"The sad thing is that anonymity coupled with a lack of personal
accountability provides too many individuals -- on the right and the left
-- with the excuse to exhibit excessive anti-social behavior"
"One of the suggestions made Saturday was that the Times require a valid
e-mail address to establish an account and a 24-hour delay between
establishing an account and edit privileges on the wiki...."

Sounds like good precautions, but I notice they've still not reopened
their wiki.


Walt Campbell wrote:
>Can anyone recommend a good, free wiki hosting service? I'm looking to
> create a fairly simple wiki and would prefer to focus more on content
> and community than on backend operations, maintenance, etc.


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