On Tue, Jul 03, 2018 at 09:09:16PM +0100, M. J. Everitt wrote: > On 03/07/18 21:01, William Hubbs wrote: > > On Tue, Jul 03, 2018 at 09:20:53PM +0200, Jonas Stein wrote: > >>> I don't care that we have a wiki, but can we please look into killing > >>> mediawiki and look at something with a git backend? > >> I think the wiki is very useful and should remain. > > Like I said, there are wiki packages out there like gollum, ikiwiki, and > > probably others which would allow editing of content via text files and > > use vcs's for version control of the changes, so I'm not advocating for > > shutting down the wiki. I think we should have one that is more > > accessible to users who want to use different interfaces. We shouldn't > > be forcing users to use a full web browser just to contribute to the > > wiki. > > > >>> It would be very nice to be able to edit wiki pages in markdown or > >>> another similar format > >>> and use git to control the changes instead of editing in a browser. > >> I think it is more efficient to convert your yearly contributions to the > >> wiki  manually from markdown to mediawiki, instead to convert the > >> existent wiki pages to anything plus setup a new engine and configure > >> user accounts. > > If that is converted from markdown, all you would have to do is use the > > markdown directly if the new wiki supports it. > > > >> Btw: Would a conversion to another wiki mean that we get another long > >> footer on every wikipage "This page was edited by... do not remove..."? > > I have no idea about that, but that alone shouldn't stop this from > > happening. > > > >> For the special case of the Gentoo Manual: > >> I think the Gentoo Manual is better maintained in a git repository, > >> because it was initially written like a book and sometimes it is better > >> to make PRs for the manual. > > I don't really see the manual as a special case. We should use the same > > interface for everything. > > > > William > 1) I think this idea was floated before, and failed before ..
That's not a reason for not floating it again. > 2) Existing wiki team are badly understaffed, how would this improve > things? How would new maintainers be registered and managed? It improves things by offering more flexable ways for users to edit the wiki. if you want to use a browser you can, or you can use something like git and edit the content that way. I don't know for sure how maintainers would be registered and managed, but I don't know that on mw either. > 3) Are you volunteering to implement this change yourself (infra are > equally understaffed) and manage the change and transition, in addition > to your existing commitments? I'm not on the infra team, so I would have to be added there to be able to do it I guess, but I would be willing to assist if I could. William
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