[Members] New Wiki?

Will Sheward will at willsheward.co.uk
Thu Feb 18 09:22:22 CST 2010


Alexander Gnauck wrote:
> Mediawiki works for Wikipedia, because all you do is enter a search
> term in the search box and find your content. IMHO the page is very
> different than our Wiki. I think our Wiki should be for members and
> end users. My understanding was that we don't put all content on the
> new xmpp.org page. Maybe Will can comment on which content should be
> there.

The current plans for xmpp.org are that content down to the level of, 
for instance, the current Extensions page (http://xmpp.org/extensions/) 
will be on xmpp.org but that documents below that level (such as 
XEP-0001 - http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0001.html) would not be 
maintained via the wordpress installation that we'll be using for the 
new site.

There are a few reasons for this:

1: Maintaining a very large number of pages via WordPress would be a pain.
2: Pages at that level tend to be altered more frequently and/or 
maintained collaboratively by a larger number of users than the 
relatively static 'promotion' type pages at higher levels.
3: Material of that type seems suitable for presentation in as 'plain' a 
format as possible so that people can view it without any 
logo/image/sidebar etc distractions and/or print it out or save it for 
offline viewing.

Before the wiki conversation started I has assumed that we'd keep things 
like the XEPs in their current format but sticking them on the wiki and 
having them referenced from the main site later on seems like a good 
idea to me.

However, I agree with Nyco when he said that we have "a lot of things to 
do and consider before we spend/waste time on the choice of an alternate 
wiki".

Tidying up the existing one, removing old content, deciding what it's 
there for, who should be contributing to it and motivating them to do so 
(addressing Peter's earlier point about new wiki software not 
necessarily making people more likely to contribute) comes first I think.

Will.






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