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The purpose of the FAI wiki documentation space is to guide users in effectively setting up and using their wiki while maintaining a global FAI 'look and feel'.
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The FAI wiki is built on [Atlassian *Confluence*|http://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/]. Confluence is an enterprise wiki which enables groups to quickly collaborate on projects online.

The essential features of a wiki are that pages are designed to be easily editable, and a historical record is kept of all changes. The assumption is that the more people who have edit permissions the better because there is then a greater chance of information being loaded into the wiki and being accurately maintained once it is there. Stacked on top of that are lots of additional features, for example logged-in users can create personal RSS feeds or email notifications for when content is added or changed.

Confluence is organized in *[spaces]*. Spaces are indicated in the menu on the left by a globe icon. Spaces are organized by FAI commission. A main commission space may have an unlimited number of sub-spaces.

Confluence is also organized to have *users* and *groups*. Users log in, and the wiki knows which groups they are a member of.

Permissions to view, create pages, edit, administer Etc. are organized by space and user group.

Users who are members of a group with permissions to edit pages in a space can do this very easily using an online WYSIWYG editor, or a wiki notation editor, or an 'edit this page in Word' feature.

There are several kinds of page in a space; the basic page, a news (or blog) item, a comment, an attachment to a page.