migrating to mediawiki

Brian Rice water at tunes.org
Tue Oct 18 16:13:32 PDT 2005

On Oct 18, 2005, at 3:53 PM, Faré wrote:

> Dear Tunespeople,

Are there Tunespeople any more? There are partisans and casual  
observers, mostly. Someone reply if they disagree.

> are there people here with some energy for maintaining the Tunes
> project? The Wiki is in a sorry state, and needs to be redone.
> Two solutions:
> (1) someone steps up to maintain cliki -- merge the latest
> araneida/cliki sources, add some proper spam control, remove the ugly
> low-level access control. (Maybe contact kiwi authors and use that
> instead < http://wiki.alu.org/Kiwi >)
> (2) someone steps up to migrate things to mediawiki. water did that
> for the slate wiki, and he is quite pleased with it. Mediawiki can
> also serve as the host for the more "static" content of the tunes
> site.

Additional notes:
- We wouldn't have to lock down mediawiki as we have our cliki, since  
unlike CLiki it has its own team of maintainers who have built in  
spam control and reversion controls.
- There are "talk" pages for the droning babbling debates people like  
to have about microkernels and forth and such.
- Lambda the Ultimate is close to using mediawiki for a Programming  
Languages Technology wiki to consolidate the info on their years of  
forum contents.
- mediawiki supports inter-wiki links and redirects, so that we can  
easily shunt entire technical articles to Wikipedia or LtU where they  
are covered better there.
- mediawiki does support categorization and tables of contents and is  
otherwise extensible.

> Is there a volunteer for (2), or at least for (1)? If not, I'll do it,
> but it might take more time.

Start up a new instance of mediawiki now, fully lock down the CLiki,  
and hand out a pointer to it. The alternative is to ask the CL  
community to re-implement the features.

No one here on this mailing list is willing to code, I'll wager.  
We've spent too long not making (TUNES) software that it's a bit  
silly to ask now.


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