[openstack-dev] Wiki

Tom Fifield tom at openstack.org
Tue May 10 22:49:12 UTC 2016

On 11/05/16 02:48, Dan Smith wrote:
>>> Hmm... that's unfortunate, as we were trying to get some of our less
>>> ephemeral items out of random etherpads and into the wiki (which has the
>>> value of being google indexed).
> Yeah, I'm kinda surprised anyone would consider a wiki-less world. I'm
> definitely bummed at the thought of losing it.
>> The Google indexing is also what makes the wiki so painful... After 6
>> years most of the content there is inaccurate or outdated. It's a
>> massive effort to clean it up without breaking the Google juice, and
>> nobody has the universal knowledge to determine if pages are still
>> accurate or not. We are bitten every day by newcomers finding wrong
>> information on the wiki and acting using it. It's getting worse every
>> day we keep on using it.
> Sure, I think we all feel the pain of the stale information on the wiki.
> What if we were to do what we do for bug or review purges and make a
> list of pages, in reverse order of how recently they've been updated?
> Then we can have a few sprints to tag obviously outdated things to
> purge, and perhaps some things that just need some freshening.

Here it is :)


MediaWiki also has some other useful tools installed by default:


There are also a series of plugins, such as the ones for "patrolling" 
edits, and bots for mass updates and triggers that would potentially be 

> There are a lot of nova-related things on the wiki that are the
> prehistory equivalent of specs, most of which are very misleading to
> people about the current state of things. I would think we could purge a
> ton of stuff like that pretty quickly. I'll volunteer to review such a
> list from the nova perspective.
>> * Deprecate the current wiki and start over with another wiki (with
>> stronger ACL support ?)
> I'm somewhat surprised that this is an issue, because I thought that the
> wiki requires an ubuntu login. Are spammers really getting ubuntu logins
> so they can come over and deface our wiki?
> --Dan
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