Austin Hair wrote:
* We don't own wikimania.org
Who does? The registrant's name doesn't ring a bell.
Of course wikimania.wikimedia.org
would work just as well.
* Having separate wikis for each conference avoids
quite a lot of
unnecessary maintanance each year, such as archiving *every single
page* and updating the user list.
I'm not sure if creating a whole new empty wiki each year is really simpler.
There are quite a lot of pages that are needed on every Wikimania wiki.
Those are mostly templates and translated (placeholder) pages (e.g. "The
Call for participation is not open yet").
a confusing method was chosen – it seems
parts of the database of 2009's wiki were copied to the new database (to
be more specific: revisions of selected pages into the archive table).
Logs weren't copied, which makes the whole thing even more confusing (I
learned about this when I stumbled across an inconsistent undeletion
action of a page which never existed).
How about the following: After each Wikimania, the database is forked
into a new static wiki (it may remain open a while in case there are any
follow-ups on the preceding Wikimania). It is locked and represents a
snapshot of the original wiki at the time of a specific Wikimania.
The actual wiki remains up-to-date, that means after a static fork has
been created, all pages that are not required for future events are
deleted. This shouldn't be too much work.
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