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  1. wiki notifications

    We need a Wiki subscription. I would like to know (and would like me team to know) when a Wiki page as been updated or if a new Wiki page has been added. Very important to the communication and collaboration value of the Wiki

    109 votes
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      15 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      I almost hear 3 feedback items here:
      1) Service hooks to integrate with other tools such as Slack, MSTeams etc.
      - This makes sense.

      2) Simple notifications on page updates
      2.1) Ability to follow a page to accomplish (2) i.e get notifications on page updates
      - This resonates with me a lot. I think we need to introduce Follow for a wiki page.

      3) Notifications when anything in the whole Wiki repo is updated. I feel this is a more admin rather than a user level feature .. am I thinking right?

    • Public viewable wiki

      We create release notes documents much like wiki pages in another product and would prefer to do that within VSTS. These need to be public viewable so others outside of development team and organization would have view access.

      90 votes
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        16 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about this. I want to solve this problem as well. I can’t commit a timeline but I totally understand the tremendous value that this feature may open to current VSTSWiki lovers. Thank you so much for making us think hard and improve VSTS.

        Sandeep Chadda
        follow aka.ms/devopswiki to know latest about wiki
        tweet @sandeepchads to talk to me about VSTSWiki

      • Automatically update links when reordering wiki pages

        When reordering the wiki pages, a message appears indicating that links will not be automatically updated, but that I should manually do so myself.

        1) Ideally, this should be done automatically for me and a list of affected pages should be displayed so I can save revisions to all of them in one go.

        2) Alternatively, a copy-able list of the names of affected pages with links to that content (and links to other content within the moved page) should be displayed so that I'm aware of the pages that need an update, without having to have knowledge of what…

        84 votes
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          9 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Wiki Table Contents

          Table of Contents.. A script on the wiki page that updates the TOC whenever any changes are made to the headers in a page

          82 votes
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            16 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            This is what I am thinking regarding this feature and wanted to seek your feedback:
            1) You can add a tag such as TOC to add an automated TOC to a wiki page. If the tag is added, it will convert all HTML Tags

            or all markdown headers preceded with # , ## etc. to a TOC at the top of the page.

            My hypothesis is that 70% of the users would prefer to add a TOC therefore I would argue that we could add TOC to all pages in VSTSWiki by default when they are created so that users are spared to write it in each page.

            2) In that case, users can remove TOC to not show the table of content.

            Would love to hear your feedback on this.

            Sandeep Chadda
            follow aka.ms/devopswiki to know latest about wiki
            tweet @sandeepchads to talk to me about VSTSWiki

          • Allow creation of multiple Wikis per Team Project

            We have multiple teams and each require their own Wiki and set of permissions - for us it is unacceptable that one team can access the other teams Wiki

            76 votes
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              14 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Wow, this was great feedback and real quick too. Repo level wiki is something that we will be releasing in the next 2 sprints (fingers crossed). I will update this thread. If I forget then please check my blogs on aka.ms/devopswiki or tweets @sandeepchads. I will be making some noise there for sure :)

              This is what I will do after we release the repo level wiki. I will close this feedback item and reopen another one for only team level wiki so that I can free up your user votes. Also, that will help me understand the real need for team level wikis. Hope you are all fine with it.

            • Wiki - mermaid & plantuml support

              Love the wiki functionality.

              It would be great to get support built-in or via user extensions for mermaid (https://mermaidjs.github.io/) and plantuml (https://github.com/plantuml/plantuml).

              71 votes
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                6 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Export documentation from Wiki

                it would be useful if VSTS Wiki would allow to export documents to PDF documents.

                65 votes
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                  10 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Can you please raise a bug @ https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/spaces/21/index.html regarding the issue you are facing with printing a wiki page.

                  When you export a hierarchy of pages, would you like to export it to PDF or would you expect other formats as well such as HTML, .docx, etc. or that does not matter much.

                  Sandeep Chadda
                  follow aka.ms/devopswiki to know latest about wiki
                  tweet @sandeepchads to talk to me about VSTSWiki

                • Wiki diagrams

                  Add basic diagrams support to the wiki.

                  59 votes
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                    13 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Wiki + mention

                    It would be nice if could be possible to mention someone right from the Wiki text editor by pressing @ and seeing a list of all users

                    56 votes
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                      10 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Great, I can see that the feedback on notifying users is almost divided on this one :) I would agree with this use case though:

                      “However, if I was SomePerson I would still like to be notified that somebody referenced me on the wiki page so that I’m aware of it. It may prompt me to go review the page to make sure the information supplied is correct, or perhaps I’m not the right person to contact so I would change the page to reference @SomeOtherPerson instead”

                      But I also understand that notification may be a Priority 2 scenario. THe value of @ mentioning a user so that you can easily access the user details is definitely a higher priority.

                      Thanks for the great discussion.

                    • Pull Requests for Wiki

                      The built in Wiki functionality is great, and allows team to easily share code.

                      One feature that my team feels is missing is the ability to easily create a branch off the wikiMaster, make changes, then submit a Pull Request for those changes in VSTS. This functionality would allow changes to wiki content to be gated / reviewed in a similar manner to how Pull Requests are used for code changes.

                      If this is not easily do-able, then exposing the {projectName}.wiki git repository in the list of code repositories is a viable alternative since it could give us the same…

                      39 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Wysiwyg editing in Wiki

                        In order to make wiki easy to use for non Technical users it should provide by default wysiwyg editing experience and tools. Users should not need to know anything about markdown or even see it by default. This is paramount if we want to compete with confluence.

                        37 votes
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                          9 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi,

                          In this sprint we enabled side by side edit/preview experience in Wiki. This allows you to write in markdown and preview your content simultaneously.
                          This is not a complete and comprehensive solution for WYSIWYG but I would like to understand whether this makes your experience a little better?

                          Learn more about side by side preview in Wiki:
                          https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/vsts/release-notes/2017/sep-15-team-services#code

                          Thanks
                          Sandeep Chadda

                        • Wiki: Enable support to embedd graphics made with draw.io

                          Enable support to embedd graphics made with draw.io likewise available with confluence (atlassian). Store raw data of graphic (in general xml) on backing git repository too and embedd by using for example a specific draw.io tag.

                          36 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enhance Markdown Support in Wiki

                            The new Wiki functionality is great. However, the markdown rendering should be enhanced to support more features such as:
                            * render HTML in the markdown
                            * underlining text
                            * indenting text / paragraphs
                            * allows lists / multi-line values in table

                            32 votes
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                              4 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Enable free linking in the Wiki

                              Improve the current Wiki with the posibility to use the [[...]] syntax of wiki markup:
                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki_markup

                              29 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Ability to comment wiki content like in pull requests

                                Like in Word to have a living documentation.

                                21 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Wiki - Per Page/article Permissions

                                  Be able to manage permissions per page or setup separate areas/workspaces that could be restricted from specific permission groups.

                                  For example: if we had a "management" page/area that other users shouldn't be able to read.

                                  21 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow Stakeholders to edit Wiki

                                    Currently, Stakeholders only have read access to the wiki. Stakeholders should be able to edit Wiki just as they are able to do work items.

                                    19 votes
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                                    • Allow for branding of Wiki pages with a .header or .footer definition

                                      We are writing our products user documentation in the Wiki. It would be great if we could have some branding header or footer on each rendered page. I don't want to prescribe a certain design for this, but a `.header` and `.footer` filer in a folder that would simply be incorporated in each page would be extremely helpful. Note this should probably be .md content to avoid accidental xss issues :)

                                      18 votes
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                                      • Wiki - Allow formatting to carry over from other Microsoft Office Suite products

                                        I appreciate the new Wiki feature within VSTS, however, I'd like to be able to copy and paste information from a Word or Excel document into the Wiki and it keep the formatting.

                                        18 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Wiki  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Wiki Collapsible Sections

                                          Would like the ability to add collapsible sections to Wiki pages.

                                          16 votes
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