On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 2:57 AM, Sumana Harihareswara
A cool software history project, "Architecture of
Applications," asked MediaWiki for a short history of our software.
So we're collecting your historical knowledge, stories and opinions on
MediaWiki's architecture. Go to
to find out more, and go to the orange "Add your piece." box to share
your thoughts. We have a few questions for you to answer.
I want to stress how important it is for the MediaWiki community to be
actively involved in this.
When the book's editor contacted us, he has in mind a traditional
setup, where one or two subject matter experts would write the whole
We decided to go with a more inclusive, collaborative process, for two reasons:
* We know the Power of The Crowd; the more eyeballs, the better. The
collective history of MediaWiki is recorded in wikis, mailing lists,
and commits, but most importantly, in the experience, memories and
opinions of its developers.
* The one or two subject matter experts who could have been able to
write the whole thing were too busy actually doing stuff, to spend too
much time writing a chapter on this. By using a crowd-sourced,
collaborative process, we split the workload, and it allows Sumana and
I to support the community more effectively.
I believe the final document will be extremely useful for new
MediaWiki developers, and I hope that experienced developers will also
find some use for it.
So please, take a few minutes to share your historical knowledge and
opinions about MediaWiki:
You know what they say over at Wikipedia; Nobody knows everything, but
everybody knows something.
Please share what you know.
Technical Communications Manager — Wikimedia Foundation