Is there a permission in MediaWiki that allows a user to edit a discussion but not a page?

That would enable anyone to, say, express a view, but only certain users (e.g. those with a confirmed email) to edit a page.

  • What do you mean by discussion? Do you mean the discussion page?
    – Paul
    Dec 24, 2014 at 21:05
  • @Paul yes, the Discussion/Talk page
    – oks
    Dec 25, 2014 at 10:53

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There is no default permission, but the MediaWiki extension TalkRight seems to do what you request. You use it by installing the extension and adding the following to LocalSettings.php.

$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = false; // Start by preventing users from editing anything
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['talk'] = true; // Let users edit talk pages
$wgGroupPermissions['emailconfirmed']['edit'] = true; // Let emailconfirmed users edit all pages

I'm not sure how well maintained that extension is or will be, so you should be able to do the same without extensions. (Note that I am unable to test any of this code, but it should work.) This also goes in LocalSettings.php.

$wgNamespaceProtection[NS_MAIN_TALK] = array('edittalk');

$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edittalk'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['emailconfirmed']['edit'] = true;

See also the MediaWiki docs for $wgGroupPermissions and $wgNamespaceProtection.


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