[Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage project launch/migration update
strainu10 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 20:37:39 UTC 2012
What languages are you launching with and what is the procedure for
launching new languages?
2012/10/16 Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org>:
> Hi folks,
> a quick update on the launch of a travel project under the WMF
> umbrella, and the import of the existing Wikivoyage site.
> * The name of the new site will be wikivoyage.org, per community vote.
> Language domains will live at (foo).wikivoyage.org.
> * A mailing list has been set up at
> * We're not planning to import "Wikivoyage Shared" (which is a media
> repository similar to Commons) and are encouraging the community to
> help with transferring appropriately licensed files to Wikimedia
> * The Wikivoyage Association is currently finalizing details of a
> domain name transfer with WMF. They have also recently secured
> * The technical launch team at WMF consists of Chris Steipp, Daniel
> Zahn, Sam Reed, Matthias Mullie, and myself. Everyone is encouraged to
> help. Technical updates will be posted to
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikivoyage_migration and related pages.
> We're using #wikimedia-wikivoyage on irc.freenode.net to coordinate,
> so feel free to join us there any time and use it for other related
> * We've received a tarball of extensions running on the Wikivoyage
> sites, have imported them into Wikimedia's Git repo, and are currently
> reviewing them and making changes where needed to ensure they're ready
> for WMF. See https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikivoyage_migration/Extensions
> for a list of extensions if you want to help (and feel free to comment
> on the priorities suggested by the Wikivoyage folks)
> We may not be able to deploy all extensions; we're using the two week
> time-box for the launch as the main forcing function.
> * The hairiest part is to properly migrate user accounts. We can only
> migrate with users' permission, so Wikivoyage will kick off an opt-in
> process shortly to ask users to consent to transferring their private
> account data. On the WMF side, we have to reconcile account names with
> existing ones and require renames if necessary.
> We'll set up an initially private test instance in Labs and iterate
> over it with a (possibly reduced) content import, to ensure that all
> the tricky legal bits (e.g. attribution) are handled correctly. Then
> we'll set up the production cluster wikis.
> * Our goal is to go live by the end of this month. That might slip
> depending on the domain name transfer and unexpected technical hurdles
> or emergencies on the WMF side. We will aim to minimize downtime for
> current users, and to ensure that the old sites can be available in
> read-only mode for a little while longer to make it possible to
> compare site behavior.
> Let me know if you have any questions about the process. :-)
> All best,
> Erik Möller
> VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation
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