I am an experienced Wikipedia editor and have (for the first time) started a class Wikia site for a new course at my university. I want the site to be as open to the broad internet community as possible.
Have people experienced any severe issues with vandalism or editing with bad intent on Wikia sites?
Any particular precautions I should take at the outset?
Thanks, Eladkse, and apologies for putting material in an inappropriate location.
I do want there to be a place for me and my students to describe what they are working on and what their future editing intentions are. Sounds like it would be better for us to make student pages for that purpose within the wiki itself.
As you may have noticed, each user has their own user profile page, as well as a Message Wall and blog area. Writing a message on your own message wall doesn't let anyone else know what is going on, unless they themselves check the page.
My suggestion would be to get users (I assume your students have their own accounts) to post blogs. The most recent of these would be able to be viewed at Blog:Recent posts on your wiki. This would also allow users to comment on the blogs if they so wish.
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