[Newbies] Re: [DOCS][Q] How to certify authorship for contributions to the Squeak Swiki? [Was: Re: User account for squeak wiki.squeak.org]

David Mitchell david.mitchell at gmail.com
Wed Jul 22 13:02:31 UTC 2009

I would recommend starting a new Squeak MediaWiki wiki as a test. Are
there free providers of MediaWiki to use in the interim?

For content, watch the recent changes on the current wiki (or better
yet, ask for the current wiki logs and look at what is getting read).
Every time a page is edited (read), move the content to the MediaWiki
and review for accuracy. (I think Andreas proposed a wiki-garbage
collection approach like this).

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 12:06 AM, Benjamin L.
Russell<DekuDekuplex at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Jul 2009 08:52:42 -0500, David Mitchell
> <david.mitchell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Since each edit changes the meaning of the sentence significantly, it
>>> should be credited with the name of the editor and the time and data
>>> of the edit. ?However, each such credit vastly exceeds the space of
>>> the edit itself.
>>I think you are solving a hypothetical problem. Something that arcane
>>would probably need more than the single letter to note the meaning of
>>the change.
>>But, if you think this is a barrier keeping the wiki back, what is
>>your solution?
>>Is there some other wiki software that solves this issue? Or forum software?
> MediaWiki [1] provides this kind of functionality, and powers
> Wikipedia.  Other programming language wikis powered by MediaWiki
> include HaskellWiki [2] and Clean Wiki [3] as well.
> I have used all three wikis extensively, and find this tool extremely
> convenient for wiki editing.  In addition to providing a separate
> revision history page for each wiki page, it provides various kinds of
> markup tools, useful for highlighting and referencing.
> Since each change is automatically logged and listed and can be
> summarized, the tool provides motivation for contributors to submit
> even minor edits and corrections, in addition to new material, and
> since each edited version can be compared for changes with the
> previous version and undone, it discourages vandalism.  I usually look
> for a relevant wiki based on this system whenever I need to contribute
> material on a programming language.
> -- Benjamin L. Russell
> [1] Manske, Magnus, Brion Vibber, Lee Daniel Crocker, Tim Starling,
> Erik Mo"ller et al. "MediaWiki." MediaWiki.org. 16 Aug. 2005. 22 July
> 2009. <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki>.
> [2] "Version - HaskellWiki." HaskellWiki. Haskell.org. 1 Jan. 2006. 22
> July 2009. <http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Special:Version>.
> [3] "Version - clean." Clean Wiki. Software Technology Research Group.
> 13 Feb. 2008. 22 July 2009.
> <http://wiki.clean.cs.ru.nl/Special:Version>.
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