A private wiki is a wiki that can not be readable by all users. Only users in
member groups can see and/or edit private wikis. The Main Page (note: this only applies on wikis who use "Main_Page" as the title for their main page!) on these wikis, and a few other pages (for technical reasons), are whitelisted (so they can be read by everyone).
If a bureaucrat wants to make their public wiki private (or vice versa), then they may go to Special:ManageWiki (on their wiki) and check/uncheck the "private" box.
Add users to private wiki
To add a user to your private wiki so that they can edit and read please do the following, (after they've visited the wiki while logged in to their account):
- Go to Special:UserRights
- Enter the users' username
- Add him/her to the
Hiding the Main Page from view
As the Main Page (
wiki/Main_page) is not private, it may present you with a problem of rather having contents exposed to others or being left without an easy-to-access homepage. A workaround of this is to create a new page (for example, Home), then place a redirect from the Main Page to Home; this can be done by writing
#REDIRECT [[Home]] as the complete contents of the page.