[MediaWiki-l] What PHP version do you use?

Boris Steipe boris.steipe at utoronto.ca
Mon Dec 7 20:34:39 UTC 2015

Just to counter that, you are overlooking a crucial point ...
On Dec 7, 2015, at 11:44 AM, Ray Paseur <ray.paseur at armedia.com> wrote:

> I believe that using the latest software is almost always a good idea.  We are going to upgrade eventually - why deny ourselves the benefits of the latest software by putting off the upgrades?  The only argument in favor of delay would be a breaking change, and this is something that the authors of the software must publicize.

I hold off updates as long as at all possible, the reason being that over the last years new versions of the software have almost never come with tangible benefits to my core use. It is almost always just fixing edge-cases we don't care about and better support for things we don't use. Why? Because we have developed a workflow around the software as it existed about three years ago and there is really no reason to change that. The benefit of not using the latest is that we get to skip releases and frankly every single release just takes way, way to long to install and verify and fix across our multiple Wikis. Every release I can skip gives me half a day of my life! 

The release cycles are too short. As far as I'm concerned, MediaWiki works oK, if it would do just what it does; that would be nice, and aspiring to anything else is just not what I'm interested in. The only reason why I'm constantly on the lookout for alternatives to MW are the frequent required/recommended updates.

I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this.

Now, if a new version would come out that would autoupdate and configure itself and make sure it keeps on working with my (completely standard) extensions, that would be nice. Too modern?


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