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[URW3] Fwd: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki

From: Ken Laskey <klaskey@mitre.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 21:42:16 -0400
To: public-xg-urw3@w3.org
Message-Id: <CDAD75C9-43D9-40D1-8C9B-C6362CAFA814@mitre.org>
W3C systems folks are considering migrating to a different wiki.  I  
do not have experience with mediawiki and while I really do not look  
forward to getting used to a new tool, it might be nice to have more  
editing capability.

Does anyone have an opinion on staying with moinmoin or migrating to  


Begin forwarded message:

> Resent-From: chairs@w3.org
> From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
> Date: July 9, 2007 9:26:27 PM EDT
> To: chairs@w3.org
> Subject: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki
> 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

Ken Laskey
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