I've not managed to get the Wikimedia Method to work yet so I'm not sure how 
easy you fill find it.

If you do get it to work please let me know.

> On 20 Mar 2018, at 02:16 am, "John Lewis" <j...@hyperbolicinnovation.com> 
> wrote:
> How do Wiki Farms work? 
> I want to build and sell a product that is a private MediaWiki site
> that can ingest logs and display them in templates and still have room
> for people to add notes about the device or service being logged using
> the Cargo and probably the ExternalData extensions.
> The problem is that I haven't seen the back end of a Wiki Farm yet so I
> don't know how one typically works. 
> I know what I need. I need to build a site with the necessarily minimal
> plugins for functionality, a way to upgrade the mediawiki instances, a
> way to potentially upgrade php, a database with 1-2 schema per site,
> and probably all of the templates packed into one plugin for ease of
> management.
> My first plan would be to make Ansible do everything on the back end
> and have a php button kick it off. There are probably a bunch of
> weaknesses in the strategy, but they were so small that Redhat bought
> Ansible Inc. so they can use Ansible as part of the new base for
> Satellite.  https://www.redhat.com/cms/managed-files/09.2%20CloudForms%
> 2C-satellite-and-ansible-by-Red-Hat-Doing-More-Together.pdf
> This manual https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Wiki_family has a few
> different methods. Extensions are either in beta or not maintained. 
> The  Ultimate minimalist solution are symlinks and an array. Writing a
> program to writes another program perfectly every time is not something
> I know how to do just yet. Using git to upgrade all of the web code
> sounds like a good idea right now though.
> I think copying the WikiMedia method would make a little more sense
> because I have an account there and I see that it works and haven't
> heard any complaints recently. The whole thing is template based and is
> primed to be done by ansible which is also template based.
> I could try Drupal-style sites, but I never had good luck with Drupal.
> I am still going to bit by the fact that they will have to be private
> wikis that don't share most users except for the the farm
> administrators is going to add another issue potentially. I will also
> need to eventually get another factor of authentication in because
> people demand it, but there is probably something in PHP already. https
> ://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Two-factor_authentication already works
> apparently.
> I do need to figure out some failover so I don't have to babysit the
> thing too much and so I can upgrade the Operating System.
> I want to attempt this project, but I don't know if I know enough about
> Wiki Farms yet to start. Guess I can try it and fail a few times and I
> can tell you what I didn't know, but is there anything obvious other
> than marketing.
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