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Library vs Wiki RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Everyone,

    Sorry if I post this into the wrong forum, there is no general IT chat that I can see. I was wondering if there is any main difference between a Wiki and Library (like Technet Library)? 

    I am wanting to setup a Library for my team, as I prefer the layout, which is the ease to navigate using the index as well as search feature. While I have not played around too much a SharePoint Wiki, in the past I have generally found Wiki's a pain in the sense I have to rely on the search feature and not the index. 

    So if a Library it is just another Wiki just with a bit better management, then I will just look into Wiki's more thoroughly, but if it is a different engine that is used, then I would look into that a bit more.

    Google just returns physical libraries....

    Kind Regards,

    Cupis

    Monday, March 14, 2016 8:53 AM

Answers

  • Hi Cupis,

    Yours is definitely a more philosophical question than most, for sure!  :)

    I think in general terms, a Wiki is set up for more contributors.  The idea is that everyone has a chance at contributing to the knowledgebase.. but (as you've noted) in less of a structured way.  That's why search against a Wiki is so much more important.  A library is more strictly owned and tightly controlled.  Sure, you can have multiple contributors, but they'll contribute in a more restrictive framework, and their content will be reviewed and either approved or rejected. 

    Does that make sense?  Your choice will be based on how much control you need, vs. how much flexibility and a greater set of content you want to make available (and manage?). 

    Hope this helps.  Would love to hear what others think here,


    Kevin Remde US DX - IT Pro Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://aka.ms/FullofIT http://twitter.com/kevinremde


    • Edited by Kevin Remde Monday, March 21, 2016 6:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cupis Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:05 AM
    Monday, March 21, 2016 6:40 PM

All replies

  • Hi Cupis,

    Yours is definitely a more philosophical question than most, for sure!  :)

    I think in general terms, a Wiki is set up for more contributors.  The idea is that everyone has a chance at contributing to the knowledgebase.. but (as you've noted) in less of a structured way.  That's why search against a Wiki is so much more important.  A library is more strictly owned and tightly controlled.  Sure, you can have multiple contributors, but they'll contribute in a more restrictive framework, and their content will be reviewed and either approved or rejected. 

    Does that make sense?  Your choice will be based on how much control you need, vs. how much flexibility and a greater set of content you want to make available (and manage?). 

    Hope this helps.  Would love to hear what others think here,


    Kevin Remde US DX - IT Pro Evangelism - Microsoft Corporation http://aka.ms/FullofIT http://twitter.com/kevinremde


    • Edited by Kevin Remde Monday, March 21, 2016 6:41 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cupis Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:05 AM
    Monday, March 21, 2016 6:40 PM
  • Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for your response. I also mailed Technet support about this, hoping to get hold of the Technet Website support team, but got the subscription team. Thankfully they still managed to get an answer back, which follows a trend to mine and everyone else's thinking, which is apparently just like any other wiki structure just controlled.

    Thanks for the response.

    Kind Regards,

    Cupis

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 5:51 AM