Ask HN: How do you manage your companies knowledge base?

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  • obsidian-releases

    Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian.

    I was thinking about using https://obsidian.md with a shared file on Google Drive, but still didn't try it.

  • SurveyJS

    Open-Source JSON Form Builder to Create Dynamic Forms Right in Your App. With SurveyJS form UI libraries, you can build and style forms in a fully-integrated drag & drop form builder, render them in your JS app, and store form submission data in any backend, inc. PHP, ASP.NET Core, and Node.js.

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  • BookStack

    A platform to create documentation/wiki content built with PHP & Laravel

    For some documentation we are using https://www.bookstackapp.com/ , we have also few instances for clients internal docs

  • MkDocs

    Project documentation with Markdown.

    * A bucket-load of plugins: Mermaid, PlantUML, SVG embeds, and more: https://github.com/mkdocs/mkdocs/wiki/MkDocs-Plugins

  • mkdocs-material

    Documentation that simply works

    * The "Material for MkDocs" theme: https://squidfunk.github.io/mkdocs-material/

    Nothing stops it becoming just as much of a mess as Confluence, but there's something slightly ineffable about being able to work with your docs as if they were code: refactor them! Reorganise, dedupe, and take MRs to fix stale articles/mistakes.

    Other commenters have mentioned incentivising the docs, but I would finally add that someone, somewhere should take a principled stand around the organisation of the docs (and of course, give them space to fail, and experiment, and try again). Broken links are better than no links in the first place, since search is pretty accessible.

    I was originally inspired by the documentation structure outlined at https://documentation.divio.com/ - although our organisation has evolved away from this into higher-level topics with subsections similar, but not identical to the original idea.

  • web.dev

    Discontinued The frontend, backend, and content source code for web.dev

    One lesson learned from leading https://web.dev is that a lot of people, even technical ones, aren't comfortable with git + Markdown. And then there are people who are comfortable with it but feel that it's too much friction for simple docs updates.

  • Gollum

    A simple, Git-powered wiki with a local frontend and support for many kinds of markup and content.

    I just spent some time looking at this. There's no reason you can't use Obsidian with git. Obsidian just saves md files in a basic folder structure. You can git init in the root of your Obsidian vault directory (.gitignore your .obsidian folder). There's even an "Obsidian Git" community plugin that does the git work for you.

    To serve your md files as a traditional wiki in browsers, there's a git backed wiki named Gollum that also uses md files in a basic folder structure. https://github.com/gollum/gollum You can see where I'm going with this.

    Gollum doesn't have user authentication or anything fancy, it just renders and edits md files. I tried it. There didn't seem to be a difference between Obsidian's and Gollum's markdown. When I committed my entire Obsidian vault to a git repo, I could still choose to have Gollum serve the entire vault, or just a subdirectory in the repo. I could also disable all editing in Gollum.

    While Obsidian is working directly with the md files, Gollum doesn't update until I actually commit the changes. Obsidian is basically an IDE for my wiki now.

    I was mostly satisfied with Joplin syncing to OneDrive prior to today's experiment. But now I think Obsidian + Git + Gollum deserves a closer look. It might be a bit overkill for my personal wiki, but it could work in a team setting if everyone works on the wiki like they would a normal git project.

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