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UChicago Wikis - Basic FAQ

This article explains answers to a set of frequently asked questions regarding UChicago Wikis.

What are Wikis?

Wikis are collaborative spaces on the web where groups of people can write, edit, and share content. UChicago uses a software product called Confluence for its Wikis.

What are spaces and pages?

Within the UChicago Wikis, each individual wiki exists has its own "space." Most of the wikis in the system will be within Global Spaces. Each has its own pages, blog posts, comments, bookmarks, and RSS feeds. If a space is not restricted, it will show up in the directory of wiki spaces. Each user can also set up a Personal Space for web pages and blogs. They can be kept private or made viewable and editable.

Pages are just what you would expect in the context of the web, content that loads into a browser window at one time. Spaces are made up of one or more pages.

Confluence provides some advice on using spaces and pages for your content.

The UChicago Wikis homepage features links to "Create your Personal Space" and "Create a Group Space" in the upper right corner under the Getting started with UChicago Wikis heading.

How many pages can I have within a space?

The number of pages in a wiki space is unlimited.

Which browsers can I use with UChicago Wikis?

Confluence currently supports the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 (Windows only)
  • Mozilla Firefox, latest stable version (all platforms)
  • Google Chrome, latest stable version (Windows and Mac)
  • Safari latest stable version (Mac only)

Confluence provides some more information on supported, mobile browsers, data bases, and java versions on their Supported Platforms page.

Is my editing ‘auto saved’?

Yes. While adding or editing pages, drafts will automatically be saved every 30 seconds.

Why doesn't my public content show up in Internet search results?

We do not allow search engines to crawl the University of Chicago Wiki site in order to ensure that content from top priority University web sites is presented accurately in search results. If you have a specific need to have your content indexed, you can submit your request to for evaluation.

What is the maximum file size per attachment?

You may upload file attachments as large as 25MB to your wikis.

Where can I find more support or information?

Atlassian, the vendor of Confluence provides extensive documentation. The Confluence User's Guide and the Confluence Documentation site are good places to start.

See Also

Keywords:spaces, pages, browsers, file, size, auto-save, bookmarks, search, engines   Doc ID:18190
Owner:Paul B.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-04-18 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-04-05 07:48 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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