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The Wiki will be open for editing to approved users with the release of v1.0 stable, due out by the end of this month.

Requirements for approval will published at that time, and will be based in part on a user's participation in the PrestaShop Community, including on the Forum.

Thanks for asking. More news coming soon...

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Shagshag,

Your definition of a wiki is too restrictive. Even by the definition you give: "a wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone _*who accesses it*_ to contribute or modify content". It doesn't say anywhere in that article that only completely free-access wikis are allowed to call themselves "wikis".

In fact, the article itself "describes":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki the various philosophies behind how "open" or "closed" a wiki can or should be.

bq. Basically, "closed up" wikis are more secure and reliable but grow slowly, whilst more open wikis grow at a steady rate but result in being an easy target for vandalism.

There are two main reasons why PrestaShop Wiki users will have to be approved first:

* PrestaShop software is used to sell goods and services over the Internet in exchange for money. False information on our Wiki could end up preventing the proper functioning of a merchant's boutique, possibly costing him or her money in lost revenue and much, much more if the change in Wiki information is malicious in intent.

* Wikipedia and many other wikis are open, collaborative projects that are not profit-based. PrestaShop software is open-source software but we are also a small company that needs to sell services in order to pay ourselves and our expenses. And because we are a small company, we do not have the human resources needed to constantly monitor Wiki content all day, every day. New or modified content could go unchecked for extended periods of time. Therefore, we need to exert a minimal amount of control over what information is given to users of our software, because what hurts our users, especially our paying clients, also hurts us.

Having said this, I can assure you that the approval process will not be highly restrictive. We hope that everyone who meets the minimum requirements -- like you -- will participate in making the wiki as good as it can be.

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:)

Interesting we should be talking about this, as just today there is an interesting article in the New York Times: "Wikipedia Tries Approval System to Reduce Vandalism on Pages":http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/wikipedia-tries-approval-system-to-reduce-vandalism-on-pages/index.html

bq. Wikipedia is considering a basic change to its editing philosophy to cut down on vandalism. In the process, the online encyclopedia anyone can edit would add a layer of hierarchy and eliminate some of the spontaneity that has made the site, at times, an informal source of news. It well could bring some law and order to the creative anarchy that has made the site a runaway success but also made it a target for familiar criticism.

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