Confluence Wiki Requests, FAQ, Tips and Policy
After you've read the policy, the request form is here:
Where can I request a wiki?
Note: You do currently need to either be on campus or use VPN to access this
Brown has licensed the software from a company called Atlassian. The product name is Confluence.
Ok, where is the policy page?
Once I have a wiki, where do I log in to make changes?
Yes. Confluence User Documentation
Is there documentation on how this thing works?
That depends on whether the wiki owner has chosen to make the wiki "world-readable" or "login required".
Do I have to log in to read a wiki page?
You need to log in to see it because it was created with a "log in required" setting. The wiki spaces you see without logging in are ones that anyone can read.
I'm looking at the wiki page, but I don't see my wiki in the list. Where is it?
First, log in. Click the star to the right of the wiki spaces you want to see in your own list. Then click the "My" tab. Your browser should default to the My tab in the
future. To see all spaces again, just click on the "All" tab.
I hate searching through that big list of wiki spaces for one or two wikis. How do I make that easier?
No. A part of our service definition states a log in for wiki page editing. That log in
account must be a Brown University username and password. If you know someone who does not have one but
needs to edit your wiki pages, please contact the Brown Card Office to begin the process of getting that person a Brown University username and password.
Can I let someone who is not at Brown edit my wiki?
Technically speaking yes, but it would be against our policy. The reason we have this policy is we found that people would spam the server with material that is not
representative of Brown University and with such volume it would sometimes make the server unavailable.
Can I simply turn on the Anonymous page editing permission?
You should have received an email from your original request with a link back to your request. Use that link, log in and then add the official Brown username or official
Brown email address for the person you want to have access.
How do I give people access to my wiki?
That depends on where the page is in your wiki space. Think of the user permissions and your page hierarchy like an inverted pyramid. As you work down your page
hierarchy, you can get more specific/more restrictive permissions, but you can't get less restrictive as you work down the page hierarchy unfortunately. For someone to have access to a page down in the hierarchy,
they also need to have permission to the pages above it.
How do I give someone permission to just one page in my wiki space?
Contact the Brown Help Desk.
I never got/I lost the email from my original request with the URL to add people or update my request. What do I do?
If you are the administrator/owner of the wiki, log in, click Browse Space, click Space Admin, click Permissions. Either change the permissions to your existing people or
How do I change the permission levels for people with access to my wiki?
Yes. Builder is a third-party plug-in that can help you to customize your site to look just about any way you like. The only downside is you need to really know what
you're doing with cascading style sheets. So if you know css and want to customize a bit more. Go right ahead. Here's the Builder 2.x
Do we have Adaptavist's Builder installed?
Second question first, contact the Brown Help Desk.
What other plugins are installed? How do I get a new one installed?
Here's the list of installed plugins and macros: Adaptavist Content Formatting Macros, Adaptavist Theme Builder, Advanced
Extractors, Attachments Macros,
Basic Macros, BloggingRPC, Calendar, Chart, Clickr Theme, Code Macro, Compatibility Macros, Confluence Contributors, Confluence Usage Stats, Dynamic Task List Macros, Excel, Group Signup, HTML, IM Presence
Macros, IM Presence NG, Information Macros, Layout Macros, Left Navigation Theme, Live Search Macros, Near Infinity Survey Macros, Page Information Tools, Table of Contents, Tabular Metadata, Task List Macros,
TinyMCE Editor, Tracking, User Listener, Voting Macros, WebDAV
For more information on how any of these work, please find their associated home page through your favorite search engine.