Complex websites utilising the MediaWiki system to present complex interrelated pages.
A Wiki is a website system which allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. While a wiki is a type of content management system, it differs from a blog or CMS in that the content is usually created without any defined owner or leader, and wikis have little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users.
Wikis can serve many different purposes both public and private, including knowledge management, notetaking, community websites and intranets. Some permit control over different functions (levels of access). For example, editing rights may permit changing, adding or removing material. Others may permit access without enforcing access control. Other rules may also be imposed to organise content.
A wiki enables communities to write documents collaboratively, using a simple markup language and a web browser. A single page in a wiki website is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire collection of pages, which are usually well interconnected by hyperlinks, is "the wiki". A wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing, and searching through information. A wiki allows non-linear, evolving, complex and networked text, argument and interaction.
A defining characteristic of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no review before modifications are accepted. Many wikis are open to alteration by the general public without requiring registration of user accounts. Many edits can be made in real-time and appear almost instantly online. This can facilitate abuse of the system. Private wiki servers require user authentication to edit pages, and sometimes even to read them.
The wiki system we use is known as MediaWiki. This is exactly the same system as used by WikiPedia. As you are probably aware, WikiPedia is one of the most visited websites on the web, and as such, its wiki system is extremely robust, secure and well developed.
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