WikiDocs

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Revision as of 12:45, 2 March 2006 by DonRedman (talk) (link to transclusion table (Imported from MoinMoin))

Basing the Documentation on the Wiki

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This is CurrentWork.

WikiDocs Concept

The goal of WikiDocs is to base more of the main site's content on the very good documentation that has evolved in this wiki.

The main concept of WikiDocs is therefore that there will be no separate documentation. All docs will be in the MusicBrainzWiki. Think of it like an open source project with a development and a stable release: The wiki markup text and the versions stored in the wiki are like the source code in CVS. The wiki as rendered by the wiki engine is like the development release, it contains the bleeding edge ideas, docs, discussions etc. This is good but confusing for new users. Thus we make something like a stable release of the wiki which consists of a structured portal to a moderated mirror of the wiki. See WikiDocsConcept for more details.

The Components of the WikiDocs

The structure of the WikiDocs system will be as follows:

The Wiki and WikiDocs

In the future the MusicBrainzWiki will be the source for all content of MusicBrainz. There will only be very few exceptions (about 20 pages that form the MainSiteStructure).

In the WikiDocsConcept the MusicBrainzWiki is seen as a community. This community uses, changes and develops the content of docs, help pages, discussions, guidelines etc. The wiki community has been very efficient in doing this because both the experts (the solution providers) and the non-experts (the question posers) collaborate in the same space.

Thus, most of the wiki will be open for everyone to edit. We will not control the content in the wiki. We will, however, excerce some control over that part of the wiki's content which is integrated into the MainSite. This happens via the ModeratedRevisionTable.

Accessing the Wiki

The MusicBrainzWiki will be accessible in two ways:

  1. as a wiki, via wiki.musicbrainz.org/SomePage and
  2. through a WikiWebService via www.musicbrainz.org/doc/SomePage

Accessing the Wiki as a Wiki (via MoinMoin)

If you access the wiki through the MoinMoin interface, you will be able to edit (nearly) all pages. This interface (I think they are called "themes" in MoinMoin) has a look and feel that is similar to but still distinct from the MainSite. The main distinguishing factor is the black dotted border around the page's content.

Accessing the Wiki via the Wiki Web Service

A visitor of MusicBrainz will first see the MainSiteStucture's content. Then he will seamlessly move into the WikiDocs which will be served to him via the WikiWebService. If a page is not listed in the ModeratedRevisionTable, the web service will serve the resepective page from the MusicBrainzWiki. None of these pages are editable.

The page a user sees is directly taken from the wiki. It has the same look and feel like the MainSite. If the content has not been moderated, it will be shown within the same black dotted border that signals "this is work in progress". There should probably also be a note that says that this page is maintained by the wiki community and a link to the same page in the MoinMoin wiki interface so that it can be edited there.

Changes in Wiki Culture

The wiki community will have to be very aware that they create the content for the home page. Then WikiNeedsaNewCenter. We have therefore moved the center from HomePage to WikiHome. WikiHome should become the homepage for the wiki as a wiki. While the "homepage" for the moderated wiki content will of course be the MainSite.

Also, I suppose that the wiki itself should be opened up some more. The transclusion mechanism keeps people who do not wnat to deal with wiki nature effectively out of the wiki. Our current AntiSpamFeature (http auth) is a second barrier that I would really like to remove. I have searched for some alternative AntiSpamFeatures and listed them on that page.

Related Implementations

Related projects and ideas on other wikis:

  • WikiTransclusion used by the High Availability Linux project for their documentation.

Progress of this Project

The WikiDocsPlan will describe the steps towards a complete WikiDocs system (I just don't have the time to write it up yet --DonRedman)

There has been a first attempt to do this in a separate wiki, but this has been stopped because of some concerns for this wiki.

DonRedman has written DonsWikiDocsConcept to describe his concerns and offer a solution. This is of historical interest only. There is also a full discussion (mostly between Dupuy and DonRedman).

Then RobertKaye and DonRedman have met in Hamburg, drank some beer and thought of this WikiDocsConcept.

JohnCarter has taken up the job of the actual WikiMigration, in which this wiki has been moved from UseMod (former) to MoinMoin (current).

Initial idea

This is the original WikiDocs concept which is now superceded by the one described above


Can all WikiDocs moderators be listed, maybe on this page? --Zout