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RE: [Fwd: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki]

From: Miles, AJ \(Alistair\) <A.J.Miles@rl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 17:48:07 +0100
Message-ID: <677CE4DD24B12C4B9FA138534E29FB1D030E4487@exchange11.fed.cclrc.ac.uk>
To: "Guus Schreiber" <schreiber@cs.vu.nl>, "SWD WG" <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

I would have a strong objection to migrating existing content to mediawiki, because a lot of the content uses moin-specific syntax which would be lost in the migration. Also the revision history is extremely valuable and referenced from emails.

I would not object to having a new mediawiki instance in addition to keeping the existing moin instance, and starting new work on mediawiki.

Cheers,

Alistair.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-swd-wg-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-swd-wg-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Guus Schreiber
> Sent: 11 July 2007 10:41
> To: SWD WG
> Subject: [Fwd: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki]
> 
> 
> Any objections from this group on migrating the Wiki platform?
> Guus
> 
> 
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki
> Resent-Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 01:26:17 +0000
> Resent-From: chairs@w3.org
> Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 10:26:27 +0900
> From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
> To: chairs@w3.org
> 
> 
> Dear W3C chairs,
> 
> Through your staff contacts, and from some of you directly, 
> the W3C systems team received a steady flow of requests to 
> consider switching the engine running w3c wikis from moinmoin 
> to the mediawiki engine, notably for its section editing 
> capability, and for its semantic annotation plugin (semantic 
> mediawiki).
> 
> Mediawiki is the engine used to run the wikipedia site, and 
> may be already familiar to many of you.
> 
> 
> After careful evaluation, we concluded that the migration 
> would be possible but tricky. In particular:
> * we should be able to keep the same URI space
> * existing content in our wiki will be copied to the new engine
> * it may not be possible to migrate revision history for all 
> the documents.
> We would look into saving the revision history somewhere in 
> web space, for the record.
> * user accounts look difficult to migrate. In the worst case, 
> all users would have to re-create accounts. In the "best" 
> case all users may have to reinitialize their password
> * plug-ins may be migrated, if possible, on a case-by-case basis.  
> "Themes" are unlikely to be migrated.
> 
> 
> Consequently, we would like to hear from you, if you are 
> chairing a group currently using a wiki on the moinmoin 
> platform, whether you would object to the migration to the 
> mediawiki engine, given the potential issues listed above.
> 
> If possible, please answer within the next week if you have 
> any strong objection.
> 
> We can not, yet, give any timeline for the migration, but 
> will have a better idea of a time scale after receiving your answers.
> 
> Thank you.
> For the W3C Systems Team,
> --
> olivier
> 
> 
> 
> 
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