Moving the Ubuntu Wiki to Mediawiki or something else?

David Pires slickymaster at ubuntu.com
Wed Feb 17 10:28:10 UTC 2016


On 16 February 2016 at 21:12, Elizabeth K. Joseph <lyz at ubuntu.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 12:02 PM, Gunnar Hjalmarsson
> <gunnarhj at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > On 2016-02-16 19:53, José Antonio Rey wrote:
> >> Currently, the Ubuntu Wiki is based in moinmoin, which is a slow
> >> platform due to several reasons.
> >> ...
> >> There's some people who are evaluating the option to move the wiki
> >> outside moinmoin, and have suggested Mediawiki.
> >
> > As far as I understand there are currently two MoinMoin wikis:
> >
> > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/
> > https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommunityHelpWiki
> >
> > Are we talking about both?
>
> The discussion began with wiki.ubuntu.com, but given all of our
> problems with the help wiki (even before the spam bots), both should
> be transitioned to something new.
>
> > As regards the community help wiki, there is a much more urgent issue:
> > Due to a spambot incident, it's actually not a wiki for the time being,
> > since only a small group of editors has access to make changes.
> >
> > There is an open RT ticket:
> > https://rt.ubuntu.com/Ticket/Display.html?id=27950
> >
> > Sure, if the current wiki software isn't sufficient to handle the
> > current sizes of the wikis, I'm all for a change.
> >
> > But...
> >
> > My main concern is about priorities. The emergency wiki issue is
> > described in the RT ticket. Please fix that issue first.
>
> I agree, we should make sure immediate efforts are focused on getting
> edit access back to our help wiki. It's been over a month and a half
> and this has been a really painful time for all contributors.
>
> But maintenance-wise these are related. If we were on a more
> maintainable platform it wouldn't take so long to evaluate problems
> and restore access.


Totally agree with Gunnar and Elizabeth, getting the edit access back
should be the primary efforts.

Regarding moving the wiki outside of moinmoin, in my opinion DokuWiki would
be a good option.

Regards.

David Pires
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