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Last edit: 00:46, 16 March 2012

Hi Will,

I'm helping David with the Math Exam Resources project. It would be great if we could get the UserRightsMagic extension installed so we could, for instance, only show edit links to people who can edit the math exam pages.


00:46, 16 March 2012

Actually, I'm having trouble getting that extension to work on my own test wiki, and it looks like it has some bugs anyway, so don't worry about it right now. If I write a replacement for that extension, would we be able to use that instead?

03:06, 16 March 2012

Hi Adrian,

I spent some time this morning poking through the documentation to see if I could find anything else that might give a usercan:edit hook and didn't see anything that would work. In regards to installing a self written replacement, I'm forwarding your question to our technical sys admin (Scott McMillan). Generally, we're open to installing things but extensions need to be secure, robust and vetted before we add them to the live wiki. Scott should be able to give you more info about extension requirements. He's out of the office today but we'll follow up next week.


18:13, 16 March 2012

Ah, here is an extension that works: RightFunctions. If we could get this installed then that would be great.

12:59, 18 March 2012

Thanks, I somehow missed that extension. We'll have to evaluate it on our verification server - I'll get back to you in a day or so.


19:09, 19 March 2012

Do we have a working solution? We'd like to start spreading the word about those pages early next week and it would really be awesome if we could have that kind of functionalities in place then?

18:00, 21 March 2012

Hi David and Adrian,

Sorry for my slow response; the above extension was added to our production server (the live wiki) last night and you should be able to use it now. Our technical administrator did have some concerns with the extension: mainly, in no way should this extension be used to manage access to secure or confidential content. I don't think this is a problem for your goal of hiding editing or formatting elements but please be advised that it does not create any true permission-based security and all content should be regarded as being discoverable on the wiki. Because of the possibility of this extension being misunderstood, we generally ask that you do not heavily promote its functionality beyond your project (and to generally remind your users that confidential or private information should never be added to the wiki). Please let me know if that makes sense or if I can provide further info.


20:39, 21 March 2012

Also, please let me know when you're ready to start spreading the word about the MER project and I'll feature it on the front page of the wiki.


20:43, 21 March 2012


We'll be ready to go full out by the end of the week, so we would be delighted to get front page coverage from Monday. Most math exams are in 20 days from now. So we hope the resource will be heavily used in that time.

As for the extension, we just want to use it in order to hide some edit buttons and technical information that would just pollute student's browsing. It does make a lot of sense not to use this as a way to protect confidential or private information and I do not see us having such a use in any possible way. Thanks for the reminder and warning, we really appreciate all the efforts you guys are taking to help us with this project!


20:57, 21 March 2012

Thank you! The extension does seem to be working as I had hoped. As David said, we aren't planning to use this to secure anything; it's just for hiding irrelevant things from non-contributors.

23:26, 21 March 2012