[open-science] Why do you use MediaWiki?

Lukasz Bolikowski l.bolikowski at icm.edu.pl
Tue Jan 20 13:49:54 UTC 2015

Hi Ivan,

Raphael has some good points, let me expand them.  Assuming you want to 
use *a wiki* for a collaborative website, there are several reasons why 
to choose MediaWiki:

1) Many of your contributing users have probably contributed to 
Wikipedia as well, so they know the mark-up, they can re-use some of the 
nice coding tricks employed in Wikipedia (e.g. copy-and-paste 
infoboxes), they can easily adopt Wikipedia's collaboration principles, 
they already know what categories are for, how to use a talk page, etc.

2) Thanks to Wikipedia, MediaWiki is a very stable and actively 
developed piece of software.  There's a rich family of extensions.  It 
is even possible that one of your power users has written an extension 

3) Visiting users (viewers) see a familiar UI.

Best regards,


On 01/20/2015 02:21 PM, Raphael Ritz wrote:
> On 1/20/15 1:56 PM, Ivan Ferrero wrote:
>> I always hear about the MediaWiki platform: why?

Dr. Łukasz Bolikowski, Assistant Professor
Applied Data Analysis Lab, ICM, University of Warsaw
Contact details: http://www.icm.edu.pl/~bolo/

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