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[Fwd: migrating our wiki platform to mediawiki]

From: Guus Schreiber <schreiber@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 11:41:02 +0200
Message-ID: <4694A5AE.8090508@cs.vu.nl>
To: SWD WG <public-swd-wg@w3.org>

Any objections from this group on migrating the Wiki platform?

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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  
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,

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