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Re: Wiki (was Re: website redesign proposal)

From: Markus Hitter
Subject: Re: Wiki (was Re: website redesign proposal)
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:40:39 +0100
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Am 31.12.2013 06:45, schrieb Germán Arias:
> I think the wiki is important, we just need invite people to update
> and write. In other way, if we put all at main website, this will be
> a lot of work for whichever is the maintainer. And with the time this
> will become outdated.

Yes, wikis or wiki-like content managers are important. For many
projects it's the only way of documentation and, honestly, who searches
.info files these days when there's Google/Bing/DuckDuckGo which put you
on spot in seconds?

> I suggest, remove the news from wiki, and add a main page with some 
> information about what is available at wiki. Like, for example, GNU 
> Octave wiki ( or Emacs wiki 
> (

I'd suggest the opposite, put the main page into the wiki. This way you
have only one web software to maintain and wikis are excellent for
displaying news.

Just yesterday I stumbled across the Qemu page which has a very nice
layout, but is actually a wiki:

Joining this with Sebastians new design could look awesome.

> And, since we have Software Index, we can remove all the apps at
> wiki. Because this is a duplicated effort.

Remove the software index? Not the indexing part, of course, such stuff
can be easily integrated into wiki pages (using "Widgets").

I see the lack of wiki usage. I see outdated infos there, but can't fix
it for the lack of privileges.

At RepRep, a similarly sized community, we have write access for
everybody who creates an account (without moderation) and 14 users with
admin privileges. Works very well, including (a custom hacked) spam
protection. Single-maintainer web site administration should be a thing
of the past, many successful projects (Wikipedia, Ubuntu come to mind)
show how it works better.


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