On 20/02/14 21:32, Bartosz Dziewoński wrote:
It's worth noting that WMF branches also include
temporary hacks to
keep current JS/CSS and cached HTML output compatible (for at least 30
days), while release branches never contain them (and thus require
HTML caches to be purged during the upgrade process).
This usually only affects changes to the Vector skin which is not the
default there (I'm not sure if it's even available), but nevertheless
wikiHow might prefer one of these depending on how their caching layer
is set up.
If wikiHow's setup is sufficiently different, it might be worth
considering making their own branches from the master - test and fix
things from what was the current master, deploy it, move the test up to
the new master, and repeat. This would do the same as with the wmf
branches to avoid a lot of the usual difficulty involved in upgrading,
but could perhaps also be tailored to be more specific to the systems
It would require pretty consistent maintenance of their own, but it
could be worth it.