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User Access: $wgWhitelistEdit
If true, users must login to edit.
Introduced in version:1.1.0
Removed in version:1.5.0
Allowed values:(boolean)
Default value:false

DetailsEdit

If true, users must login to edit.

It's not 100% safe, there could be a security hole using that one. Use at your own risks.

MediaWiki Version 1.5 and onwardsEdit

This setting was deprecated in version 1.5.0, and replaced by $wgGroupPermissions , specifically the 'edit' permission.

To emulate the old effect of setting:

   $wgWhitelistEdit = true;

set:

   $wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;

If $wgWhitelistRead is set, you must also disable the 'read' permission for it to take effect on anonymous users:

   $wgWhitelistRead = array( "Main Page", "Special:Userlogin" );
   $wgGroupPermissions['*']['read'] = false;

See alsoEdit