A wiki page is a web page known primarily by its name (in contrast to a datetime stamped post) that is editable from web browsers, versioned, and allows browsing version history & past revisions, that has a few IndieWeb examples, and community examples like the IndieWeb wiki and Wikipedia.
A wiki page is different from (and often hosted in addition to) sequential / time-ordered posts, though both the edits and the entire versions from a wiki page's history are sequential and time-stamped.
What makes a page a wiki page beyond just a page?
Essential qualities (of a wiki page as compared to other e.g. static pages). A wiki page is:
- editable - the page is editable from web browsers, ideally any web browser, desktop, mobile etc.
- versioned - versions of the page are saved/stored, ideally with their own version-specific permalinks, typically with a permalink for each edit as well.
- version history - a visible list of revisions
- browsable versions - the ability to view past revisions and edits
What are other common attributes of wiki pages?
- multi-authored - typical wikis and wiki pages have the ability for multiple authors to edit and change them. However, from an indieweb perspective, multi-authorship is not really an essential quality. E.g. indieweb posts and content authoring solutions are designed primarily for a single author.
- multi-platform interface - this is kind of a given for any indie *web* solution. A web standards based UI = multiplatform interface.
- categories / tags - MediaWiki in particular has the ability to "tag" a page with an explicit "Category:" which then turns into a link to a collection to all pages tagged with that Category. hashtags on indieweb post also work that way, and could possibly be re-used for indie wiki pages.
- templates - MediaWiki in particular has templates you can create and then use inside multiple pages. See template: HTML based template formats for more thinking on how this might work with static HTML pages.
- backlinks - MediaWiki in particular has the "What links here" feature which you can click and see a list of all the pages that link to the current page. Such a feature could be useful for indieweb posts and wiki pages too - being able to one click see a list of all your pages/posts that link to a particular page or post.
- user contributions - MediaWiki in particular has a "contributions" page for each user/author that shows the edits that the author has made, to which pages, in reverse chronological order.
IndieWeb community members that have wikis on their own personal sites:
Chris Aldrich uses MediaWiki on a subdomain of his site at https://wiki.chrisaldrich.net/. He set it up on 2019-03-24, the anniversary of the first wiki. His use is inspired by the article The Garden and the Stream: A Technopastoral by Mike Caulfield. He uses it as a supplement to his personal website to act as an extension of an online commonplace book.
- Was at http://caseorganic.com/wiki/ from 2011-07-11 to ~ 2012-08-15) which supported:
- login via IndieAuth!
- editing by others if they login via IndieAuth and are on a whitelist(?)
IndieWeb community members that have some partial work towards a wiki on their personal sites:
Tantek Çelik has a redirect on his own domain setup for wiki pages at /w/ since 2010(?), e.g.:
This way he can at least share URLs he owns to his wiki pages, where presumably a future self-hosted wiki will live rather than redirecting to the PBWorks silo.
Martijn van der Ven
There are also various wiki hosting sites / silos.
IndieWeb Community members that are using a silo (currently) to host their wiki (but likely want to or are trying to move it to their own domain)
Thoughts on how an IndieWeb wiki could be implemented:
- In short: Static Pages Plus HTTP Headers
Additional variants of wiki pages: