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Friday August 31, 2007
05:15 PM

Wiki Improvement Drive: POD

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Edits to the Perl 5 wiki have fallen off recently. Taking a page from a well run Wiki, the Wookiepedia, I've started a semi-weekly wiki topic improvement drive. Each week or so a topic will be chosen (you should suggest some) and folks will focus effort improving the pages on that topic on the wiki.

This week its POD!

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  • Are you only announcing here on use.perl?
    • Its on the wiki news page and perlbuzz picked it up.

      Got ideas for more places I should announce it?
  • I haven’t been there much lately, mostly because the feed doesn’t contain one distinct item per page edit, it just contains one item for each page with the page’s full content, which gets updated when someone edits the wiki. But updates don’t get flagged in many feed readers, and mine is one of them. What this means is that except when someone creates a new page, I never get notified of anything going on.

    And so I never stop by.

    The insufficiently useful feed also makes it a large

    • Let's take this one at a time, keeping in mind that Socialtext is now an open source project and has a plugin system and you can fix this just as well as I can. I don't actually have any access to the server, I do everything through the Kirsten Jones API.

      A few things to keep in mind... Socialtext does have a REST API. You can potentially make your own interface for it. In fact, I've just been informed of miki which is a stripped down version of the Socialtext interface intended for mobile phones. I'll s
      • Socialtext is now an open source project and has a plugin system and you can fix this just as well as I can […] You can potentially make your own interface for it.

        Is that what passes for “low barrier to contributions” now? :-)

        Even if it is easy for me to fix these problems, I would have to learn my way around the codebase first, which also means installing it first. That adds up to an incalculable amount of up-front effort that is orders of magnitude greater than what occasional wik

        • I would have to learn my way around the codebase first, which also means installing it first.... I was just stating why Socialtext captures less of my limited attention span and motivation than, say, Mediawiki would

          Yeah yeah. And if it was Mediawiki folks would be complaining that they'd have to touch PHP. From my experiences with Wikipedia vs a stock Mediawiki, Wikipedia does quite a bit of customization themselves. Hell, the "help" links in Mediawiki don't even work out of the box!

          General whinging ab

          • Great! Thanks to Luke, and to you for making enough noise to get it to happen.

            I’m not saying Mediawiki is that great either, btw. :-) It just gets this particular thing right, whereas Socialtext doesn’t yet.

  • I don't know about others, but unless I see announcements in use Perl I'll completely forget about the Wiki. If I do see them, I'll probably poke around and look for something to edit until I get distracted by something shiny.