[Openstack] Dealing with Out of Date wiki pages

Ryan Lane rlane at wikimedia.org
Wed Aug 28 19:42:19 UTC 2013

On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM, Bob Ball <bob.ball at citrix.com> wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Daniel P. Berrange [mailto:berrange at redhat.com]
> > Sent: 28 August 2013 10:27
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 01:06:01PM +1000, Tom Fifield wrote:
> > > TL;DR - Obsolete page on the wiki? Consider moving it to the
> > > Obsolete namespace.
> > > Alternative proposals and thoughts very welcome!!
> >
> > So I think a better option is to define an "Obsolete Content"
> > template which would add a prominent banner across the top of the
> > page which warns users that the content is out of date and asks
> > for contributions to update it.
> I agree that using a template in this way would be better than moving
> pages to the Obsolete namespace.
> I do think that we should have some automatic process to mark pages as
> possibly obsolete as well.
> Perhaps we could make better use of the categories?  My thoughts are
> having a category for pages that will automatically be marked as obsolete,
> a category for potentially obsolete pages, one for obsolete and another for
> pages which will never be obsolete, or pages kept in that state for the
> archive (e.g. blueprints).
> Each page could also have a designated owner who can be contacted when a
> page is being considered for moving to the obsolete category - even if it's
> just a comment at the bottom of the page, or another category - to give the
> human review element.
> I'm not very familiar with mediawiki - but perhaps templates would be
> better used for all of the above.
One plus of using an Obsolete namespace is that it removes the pages from
the default search results when searching in the wiki.

Maybe a template that applies a "To be obsoleted' category + a bot that
moves pages from the "To be obsoleted" category into the Obsolete namespace
after a period of time would be better? I have a feeling that documents
being moved into the Obsolete category are docs that will never be updated,
though. My original recommendation was for them to just be deleted, so I
think the current approach is more lenient. I guess I'm just a deletionist

- Ryan
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