Website maintenance volunteers?

Daniel Stone daniel at
Wed Nov 28 13:24:47 PST 2007

On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:04:39PM -0800, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 08:38:51PM +0200, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > Hi,
> > As you may have noticed, our website is pretty crap.  I had fairly grand
> > plans to fix it, but the current spam influx with Moin has drained any
> > will I had to work on it, and realistically, I'm overcommitted anyway.
> > 
> > So, does anyone want to work on the website? It looks like an ideal
> > solution will involve moving away from Moin, as well as properly
> > namespacing a lot of stuff, cleaning everything up, doing a tiny bit of
> > design work to make it look good, and generally making it something
> > people will want to work with to improve, rather than just battle
> > against.
> Would mediawiki be an option?  I set up mediawiki for Inkscape
> ( which has turned out quite nicely.

I'd really prefer it weren't, purely due to being PHP-averse. :)

> We had some spam issues at first, but I tightened up the settings and
> installed a couple spam plugins, and we've not really had any issues
> since (see RecentChanges).  I added a few moderators who take care of
> the oddball stuff that slips through, but otherwise it's been
> maintenance-free for me.  It's also proven to be quite ameniable to
> theming.  There seems to be quite a bit of experienced mediawiki users
> out there to make good use of its features, too.
> Anyway, my time's also pretty limited, but I've set up many mediawiki's,
> and I think this is something that'd pay off well - I'm frequently
> looking for info that *ought* to be on but isn't.  :-)

Well, a lot of this comes down to content management rather than choice
of wiki; we can make a crap wiki just as easily using either wiki
engine.  I'm sort of looking for someone with the time to sort out all
our content and actively whack people with sticks until it's better,
rather than just switch the engine.

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