[open-science] Why do you use MediaWiki?

Pierre-Carl Langlais pierrecarl.langlais at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 14:08:07 UTC 2015

Hi everyone,

I guess the main reason that sums up it all is : a huge community of
developers, well-funded by the Wikimedia Foundation. That means a wide
range of extensions, help and support. Imho, it is actually  easier to
customize a MediaWiki software (by combining the appropriate extensions
and some css magic) rather than attempting to use a lesser known version
of wiki (which may be fine initially, but means a lot of struggle to
find the appropriate information or set up some additional functions).


Le 20/01/15 14:49, Lukasz Bolikowski a écrit :
> 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
> him/herself.
> 3) Visiting users (viewers) see a familiar UI.
> Best regards,
> Lukasz
> 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?

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