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When I first came to this wiki (early 2004) it was in a very bad shape. On the [[Home Page|HomePage]] there was one big list, and there were only a few links between the pages. The list had gotten so long that it contained links to [[Outdated Pages|OutdatedPages]] and you could not find your way though it. Now things have gotten much better, a lot of pages are done in [[Good Wiki Style|GoodWikiStyle]]. The wiki has become very useful and currently (Dec. 2004) much more pages are added to the wiki. The main effort to note here is [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]], the [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s and [[Edit Type|EditType]]s.  In my eyes the whole wiki is not intertwingled enough, although I hope that usage of [[MusicBrainz Terminology|MusicBrainzTerminology]] will help a lot.   
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''This page describes the first project in which the [[MusicBrainz Wiki|MusicBrainzWiki]] was cleaned up in 2004. Now it is of historical interest only.''
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By [[User:DonRedman|DonRedman]]:
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When I first came to this wiki (early 2004) it was in a very bad shape. On the [[Wiki Home|HomePage]] there was one big list, and there were only a few links between the pages. The list had gotten so long that it contained links to [[Outdated Pages|OutdatedPages]] and you could not find your way though it. Now things have gotten much better, a lot of pages are done in [[Good Wiki Style|GoodWikiStyle]]. The wiki has become very useful and currently (Dec. 2004) much more pages are added to the wiki. The main effort to note here is [[Restructuring The Documentation|RestructuringTheDocumentation]], the [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s and [[Edit Type|EditType]]s.  In my eyes the whole wiki is not intertwingled enough, although I hope that usage of [[MusicBrainz Terminology|MusicBrainzTerminology]] will help a lot.   
  
 
'''Therefore'''  
 
'''Therefore'''  
  
I started to do a few things. First I split the [[Home Page|HomePage]] into different sections. Making a new page for each section. These pages now contain [[Text Instead Of Lists|TextInsteadOfLists]] so that it is more explanative.  most of this is finished now, but pages like [[Editing Guidelines|EditingGuidelines]] still need a lot of work (see also the [[Big Mess|BigMess]]).  
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I started to do a few things. First I split the [[Wiki Home|HomePage]] into different sections. Making a new page for each section. These pages now contain [[Text Instead Of Lists|TextInsteadOfLists]] so that it is more explanative.  most of this is finished now, but pages like [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s still need a lot of work (see also the [[Big Mess|BigMess]]).  
  
Then I made Categories. These start to be useful. See [[Talk:Categories|CategoriesDiscussion]] for more details and [http:?Category%43ategory Category­Category] for information on what a Category is.  
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Then I made Categories. These start to be useful. See [[Talk:Wiki Categories|WikiCategoriesDiscussion]] for more details and [http:?Category%43ategory Category­Category] for information on what a Category is.  
  
 
==Open Construction Sites==
 
==Open Construction Sites==
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* [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s -- [[User:TarragonAllen|TarragonAllen]] is slowly copying these from the server.  
 
* [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s -- [[User:TarragonAllen|TarragonAllen]] is slowly copying these from the server.  
 
* [[Edit Type|EditType]]s -- [[User:Dupuy|Dupuy]] has started this but he seems to have stopped in mid-way.  
 
* [[Edit Type|EditType]]s -- [[User:Dupuy|Dupuy]] has started this but he seems to have stopped in mid-way.  
* [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]s (still uses plural form: [[Editing Guidelines|EditingGuidelines]]-- This is the remainder of the [[Big Mess|BigMess]]. This will probably take a while before we even know how to handle this.  
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* [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]s (still uses plural form: [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s-- This is the remainder of the [[Big Mess|BigMess]]. This will probably take a while before we even know how to handle this.  
  
 
I suppose that it will take us about half a year to complete all of that.  
 
I suppose that it will take us about half a year to complete all of that.  
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==Remainders of the first restructuring==
 
==Remainders of the first restructuring==
  
There is still a (small) [[Big Mess|BigMess]] left in the Moderation section.  There are loads of pages that deal with Style issues, editing issues and so on.  These are going to be [[Editing Guidelines|EditingGuidelines]].  
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There is still a (small) [[Big Mess|BigMess]] left in the Moderation section.  There are loads of pages that deal with Style issues, editing issues and so on.  These are going to be [[Editing Guideline|EditingGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s.  
  
 
We are currently (Oct 2004) copying the entire [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s to the Wiki. the result is not clear yet, but you can find the pages through the category style.  
 
We are currently (Oct 2004) copying the entire [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]]s to the Wiki. the result is not clear yet, but you can find the pages through the category style.  
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I imagine something like this as a result.  
 
I imagine something like this as a result.  
 
* [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]] links to all pages that describe a section of the official style each.  
 
* [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]] links to all pages that describe a section of the official style each.  
* [[Official Style Guidelines|OfficialStyleGuidelines]] has just a #REDIRECT to [[Official Style Guideline|OfficialStyleGuideline]] and should eventually be deleted
 
 
* I will (one day) write an [[Introduction To MusicBrainz|IntroductionToMusicBrainz]] and [[General Style Principles|GeneralStylePrinciples]] who will both be explicitly aimed at new users, who are confused with [[MusicBrainz]].  
 
* I will (one day) write an [[Introduction To MusicBrainz|IntroductionToMusicBrainz]] and [[General Style Principles|GeneralStylePrinciples]] who will both be explicitly aimed at new users, who are confused with [[MusicBrainz]].  
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<ul><li style="list-style-type:none">[[Beginners Guide|BeginnersGuide]] does that now. hm?
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* I also feel that we have excessively bloated [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s, and I hope that collaborative work on this on the Wiki will help to find the parts that are not needed (e.g. I do not understand what the first part of the [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] is for)  
 
* I also feel that we have excessively bloated [[Style Guideline|StyleGuideline]]<code><nowiki></nowiki></code>s, and I hope that collaborative work on this on the Wiki will help to find the parts that are not needed (e.g. I do not understand what the first part of the [[Box Set Name Style|BoxSetNameStyle]] is for)  
  
----Author: [[User:DonRedman|DonRedman]]  
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[[Category:Wiki]] [[Category:History]]
 
 
[[Category:Wiki]]
 

Latest revision as of 13:28, 12 November 2011

This page describes the first project in which the MusicBrainzWiki was cleaned up in 2004. Now it is of historical interest only.

By DonRedman:

When I first came to this wiki (early 2004) it was in a very bad shape. On the HomePage there was one big list, and there were only a few links between the pages. The list had gotten so long that it contained links to OutdatedPages and you could not find your way though it. Now things have gotten much better, a lot of pages are done in GoodWikiStyle. The wiki has become very useful and currently (Dec. 2004) much more pages are added to the wiki. The main effort to note here is RestructuringTheDocumentation, the OfficialStyleGuidelines and EditTypes. In my eyes the whole wiki is not intertwingled enough, although I hope that usage of MusicBrainzTerminology will help a lot.

Therefore

I started to do a few things. First I split the HomePage into different sections. Making a new page for each section. These pages now contain TextInsteadOfLists so that it is more explanative. most of this is finished now, but pages like EditingGuidelines still need a lot of work (see also the BigMess).

Then I made Categories. These start to be useful. See WikiCategoriesDiscussion for more details and [http:?Category%43ategory Category­Category] for information on what a Category is.

Open Construction Sites

Currently we tackle many things at the same time. So as a reminder not to start another new project (to me and others) I list them here:

I suppose that it will take us about half a year to complete all of that.

Remainders of the first restructuring

There is still a (small) BigMess left in the Moderation section. There are loads of pages that deal with Style issues, editing issues and so on. These are going to be EditingGuidelines.

We are currently (Oct 2004) copying the entire OfficialStyleGuidelines to the Wiki. the result is not clear yet, but you can find the pages through the category style.

I imagine something like this as a result.

  • I also feel that we have excessively bloated StyleGuidelines, and I hope that collaborative work on this on the Wiki will help to find the parts that are not needed (e.g. I do not understand what the first part of the BoxSetNameStyle is for)