Introducing PBwiki Public Editing

19 Nov

Our new feature for public wikis who want global participation and editing on their wiki. Public editing allows anyone to immediately gain access to your wiki — users only have to click “edit” and create a PBwiki account.

This is great if you want everyone to have access and you don’t want the added step of approving everyone. Added benefit — you can create permission levels for these users and even remove them from the wiki.

Administers can turn on public editing in the settings panel. Look for ‘wiki security’ and chose ‘ Anyone can edit this wiki’

Check out these hugely popular wikis already using Public Editing:

And they already LOVE it!

“The success of the BarCamp and Twitter wiki derives largely from the exceptional editing experience of PBWiki. So productive!” – Chris Messina

“We are using it on and love it! Yay public editing :)” – Jenny Spadafora

This feature is only available for 2.0 wikis. To gain access to this feature upgrade your 1.0 wiki by clicking the “Convert now” flag at the top of your wiki screen. Converting is easy, free and takes one minute!

How do you like your publicly editable wiki?

8 Responses to “Introducing PBwiki Public Editing”

  1. Donna Lawson November 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    I started creating my wiki a couple of days ago. I looked for this capability yesterday and was unable to find it. I have spent yesterday and today entering all the high school students into classroom accounts so they would be able to edit the wiki.

    However, I was elated to see that public editing was now available so that the students could still create and edit pages on our wiki. When I went to ‘wiki security’ the option ‘Anyone can edit this wiki’ was not available as a choice. Is this option only available on your premium accounts?

  2. kristine November 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm #

    Hey Donna,
    Private wikis don’t have the public editing feature. The easiest way to invite a class of high school students who have email address to a private wiki is to turn on request access.

    This means that when a students goes to your private wiki, they can request access to edit and view the wiki pages.

    To learn more about the many ways to invite students to your wiki, check out this blog post:


  3. Donna Lawson November 21, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    Thanks for your reply, Kristine. I’ve given all the students access and will be giving them their user names and passwords after we get back from Thanksgiving break.

    I entered all the teachers’ emials to the site last night and have had a few of them visit it already. I think this is really going to work out.

  4. Russell Anthony November 21, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    I have a list of editors for two folders on my wiki, they can edit my main page – but not he page in the folders. How can I make this work?

  5. rachel November 24, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    Hi Russell – do you have any special folder security settings?

  6. yongl December 7, 2008 at 11:46 pm #

    Permission levels for users and even i can remove them from the wiki.That sounds highly secure! Brilliant

  7. Chris Hall December 12, 2008 at 3:07 am #

    Is it possible to let anyone edit the wiki even without having an account?

  8. Kristine December 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Everyone who edits a wiki – public or private – must have a PBwiki account.

    Using public editing on a public wiki means that new users can set up an account in under a minute and immediately gain access to your wiki.

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