Can you link to a page with ads? I also want to avoid festooning the poor wiki with ads. So far, I've not seen ads on wikia, but I've only used this subsite: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK
I had hoped for a wiki that would allow edits with nothing more than an openID, but it looks like wikia requires creating a local accounts on their site. Sourceforge allows logging in via OpenID, but requires that the ID is attached to a local account.
Both use MediaWiki, so I'm looking for a way to turn on public editing on Sourceforge. If that works, the only advantage of wikia would be slightly shorter URLs.
It looks like the normal way of changing the default group rights is by changing a text file on the server. This page (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/LocalSettings.php) notes that some wiki farms (aka sourceforge) may have site wide policies against anonymous edits and thus not allow/offer changes to the "localSettings.php" file. We would want to edit these two settings (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:User_rights): $wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false; # no edit for anon or not-logged-in
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = true; # allow edits without being manually added to editors group
Louis - do you feel like asking the powers that be at SF for control over that file or getting access to the "Special:Configure" UI? It looks like that page, provided by "extension:Configure", is visible to users in group "configure." http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Configure
If that doesn't work, the Wikia intro page suggests that subsites there are open by default.