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Re: [admin] W3C Wiki migration

From: Ben 'Cerbera' Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 10:14:32 +0100
Message-ID: <003001c7dd8a$5e122020$0201a8c0@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "Karl Dubost" <karl@w3.org>
Cc: "HTMLWG" <public-html@w3.org>

Karl Dubost wrote:
> * Revision history for all the documents  will be *lost* in Mediawiki.
>    We would look into saving the revision history
>    somewhere in web space, for the record.
> * The user accounts will be probably *lost* too and will have to be 
> recreated.

I am against the migration.

The current wiki has become familiar to those who are using it. They can 
help other people begin contributing.

Moving to MediaWiki means current contributors have to learn yet another 
awkward punctuation-based wiki markup language, along with new 
idiosyncrasies and UI differences. Whilst they are learning about this, they 
cannot be helping new contributors.

The only complaint I have about the current system is a slight lack in the 
expressiveness of the markup. For example, <code> elements for inline 
references to elements names and using familiar HTML elements instead of 
obscure sequences of punctuation characters. But I don't consider that 
significant enough for a mass migration to a whole different system, 
especially when that system is much the same.

As such, I think we are better sticking with what we have and are familiar 
with. But I won't block a migration if there is widespread support for it.

Ben 'Cerbera' Millard
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Received on Monday, 13 August 2007 09:14:58 UTC

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