(cross-posting to Wikimania-l and Wikimedia-l)


As earlier discussions on this topic received relatively little response from 
the community, I'm sending this email to let you know about the new topic 
posted at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meta:Babel#Wikimania_wikis, with 
regards to having a single unified Wikimania wiki.

I have copied the original post below for ease of reading. Please post your 
comments on the meta page.


Hi. I was looking at 
Special:SiteMatrix<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SiteMatrix> and 
couldn't help noticing the whopping 14 separate wikis (and growing) for all the 
different Wikimanias, including a separate wiki for a "Wikimania team". Is 
there any current plans of a more sustainable or streamlined approach to 
running these wikis?

I am aware that this has been discussed a few times before, but no significant 
effort was put into it. Wikimania project 
domain<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_project_domain> is the most 
significant discussion which I could find, but participation was quite low on 
that, with no(?) WMF staff comments.

From what I understand from the above linked discussion, some key points 
against a unified Wikimania wiki was that:

1. We will not be able to preserve old Wikimania wikis as a "time capsule"
2. Older Wikimania organizers may face new organizers "steamrolling" over their 
3. Organizers will not have complete control over the site as old admins might 
interrupt for whatever reasons. (or vice versa)

My though for these points was:

1. Why not have each Wikimania project branch their pages as 
wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016/Main page, or alternatively, have separate 
namespaces for each project (i.e. 2016:, 2017:, etc). We could then protect all 
pages under a project (i.e. 2016/ or 2016:) once a project is over.
2. This could be avoided by protection, as stated above.
3. Make it much less complicated. Once the project is over, all previous admin 
rights will be revoked, and the new organizers will get the rights. New admins 
can be advise to not modify previous project namespaces, or if better, if we 
can block previous projects' namespaces from editing? Furthermore, there could 
be a bot logging all changes made to old project namespaces, for transparency.

Is there any other views on this? Did I miss something obvious? Looking forward 
to your comments. Cheers, Rehman.


Thanks and regards,

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