This is pretty nifty! Thanks for putting together this dashboard for the data.

I had a question about the pingback mechanism itself. Does it allow us to (a) know when a wiki has upgraded / changed something (mediawiki, php, db, os, etc.)? (b) know when a wiki has been decommissioned, i.e. does the wiki install send pingbacks regularly that lets us track a wiki as being alive vs. being decommissioned?

I couldn't tell with a quick scan of$wgPingback or Ori's original announcement, hence the question.



On 03/07/2018 09:12 PM, Cindy Cicalese wrote:
MediaWiki 1.28 introduced an optional pingback feature [0][1]. This feature
is disabled by default.

The pingback feature allows MediaWiki anonymously to report back
information about its installation to help developers: the MediaWiki
version, database type, PHP version, operating system, system type (32-bit
or 64-bit), machine hardware, web server software, and memory limit.

Aggregate pingback data collected since March 2017 is now viewable at in graphical and tabular form. While this data
only includes sites that opted in to data collection, it shows over 40,000
unique installations of MediaWiki in the last year in a variety of
different configurations.

Enjoy exploring the aggregate data!


Cindy Cicalese
Product Manager, MediaWiki Platform
Wikimedia Foundation
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