[open-science] Why do you use MediaWiki?

Mathew Lippincott mathew at publiclab.org
Thu Feb 5 17:14:50 UTC 2015

Public Lab staff here--
I love markdown, so do most of our website power users.  but it is a HUGE
barrier to accessibility on our site. Markdwon is elegant code, but you
shouldn't make your contributors write code.

Computer-oriented people do fine, but everyone else suffers.  We are
currently working on a plan for a WYSIWYG editor, or at least a side-by
side view such as ViewJS or Markdown Pad.  I highly recommend building in
that functionality from the beginning.


On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM, Ivan Ferrero <ivan.ferrero1975 at gmail.com>

> Hi SVAKSHA thank you for your reply!
> I tell you by using an example:
> The Git Hub Fork feature is good, but:
> 1) the topic is a Psychological topic, so using GitHub would require a too
> much hard learning curve
> 2) I don't want people to disperse to other platforms: this would result
> in a fragmentation, the opposite of my project goal.
> My goal is to provide people the opportunity to donate something, or buy
> something in order to sustain the website.
> So I need members to stay inside my platform and to give the platform e
> strong identity
> I had a look at publiclab.org and would be a good solution (with all the
> interaction features I need), but a main purpose of my platform is to let
> members to fork projects.
> i.e.: John creates a project.
> Mike forks John's project and develops it further.
> Alex enters John's or Mike's project and is able to see the project had
> been forked.
> Alex now is able to have a look at both projects.
> The big picture is to have a collection of all the Projects people may
> choose from and improve.
> All this project would be under Creative Commons and free to use.
> What do you think about it?
> Ivan
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> 2015-01-31 11:22 GMT+01:00 SVAKSHA <svaksha at gmail.com>:
>> Hi,
>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Ivan Ferrero
>> <ivan.ferrero1975 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > MediaWiki appears to be the best choice for an instructional wiki,
>> though it
>> > seems harder to install to a non-tech like me. :-)
>> > I keep note.
>> > Maybe I can find someone that takes care of the technical issues.
>> >
>> > As for the fork, GitHub would be the best choice, but I want the forks
>> to
>> > stay under the same domain in order to keep the identity of the project:
>> I agree with Daniel's observation (locking down a wiki to avoid spam
>> defeats the collaborative purpose) but github does offer an
>> alternative for non-git users when it allows all the markdown files to
>> be treated as a wiki. Also  they allow anyone with a github account
>> the freedom to edit documents online. I've described it in bullet #4
>> here: https://github.com/svaksha/Julia.jl#to-submit-a-pr
>> >
>> > 1) it should be able to contain not only the same single project and
>> all its
>> > variations, but all the project related to the topic
>> I'm not sure I grok what you mean by this - by nature git is
>> "distributed", so if you dont want forks of the project then you might
>> want to consider a CC license that has a "No Derivatives" policy. Is
>> that what you mean and would that help you? Ofcourse, the "ND" policy
>> means others cannot contribute to your project. Catch 22.
>> Hope That Helps, SVAKSHA ॥  http://about.me/svaksha>>
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