Category talk:Wiki engine

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Organizing wiki engine information and interlinking[edit]

  • We have a category for each wiki engine, which is where we see all the different wikis which are using it;
  • We have a wiki description page for wiki engines where they have a wiki (most wiki engine's have an official {wiki} website which is powered by the software, as a flagship example). maybe we should describe the features of the wiki software at top of the category page ("The following wikis are powered by '''SuchAndSuchWiki'''. This software has nifty features X Y Z."), and we include a link to the wiki description page ("The home page of this wiki engine is [[SuchAndSuchWiki]]")

...Then on the wiki description page we describe the contents of the wiki itself ("This wiki supports the user and developer community for the 'SuchAndSuchWiki' wiki engine") and we include a link to the category ("See [[:Category:SuchAndSuchWiki]] for a list of wikis powered by this wiki engine").

There may be some overlap, but generally we go into more detail about the software, on the category page. And we talk about the information they are providing on their homepage, in the wiki description page.

I've done MediaWiki as an example of what I mean. -- Harry Wood 06:20, 31 Jan 2006 (EST)

further organisation questions[edit]

Should the wiki description page be in the Category:Wiki engine? I would say not, otherwise we end up with each wiki engine listed twice (since each also appears as a sub category). -- Harry Wood 05:56, 31 Jan 2006 (EST)

Unpopular wiki engines[edit]

How to handle wiki engines where we find only one wiki using it. Maybe the article page should be added to Category:Wiki engine, and we don't bother creating a category for it? -- Harry Wood 05:56, 31 Jan 2006 (EST)

Yes, that sounds fine.
Alternatively, we could pretend that all those unique wiki engines are all using the same wiki engine. We would name that wiki engine something like "Unique wiki engine".
Or "Unpopular wiki engine", if we wanted to criticize their creativity :-). --DavidCary 04:18, 5 Feb 2006 (EST)
"Rare wiki engine" would be short and polite (NPOV) while still accurate. "Unique" would not be good applied to a class, especially if two or more were sufficiently similar that neither should be called "unique" and/or if one might find a second user and therefore definitely not be unique in one sense. robinp 01:51, 7 Feb 2006 (EST)
Actually there's already something called Category:Proprietary which was presumably created with this kind of intention. I reckon maybe we should put these wikis into the that category, then just mention on their article page, that they are powered by proprietary software called 'blahblah'. Note this will significantly reduce the number of subcategories in the 'Wiki engines' category. -- Harry Wood 10:05, 13 Feb 2006 (EST)

Naming of wiki engines[edit]

Why is it UseMod Wiki, but OddMuse (not wiki)? TedErnst 11:46, 22 Jan 2006 (EST)

Good question Ted. It should probably be just 'UseMod', but that'll take a bit of changing! -- Harry Wood 05:56, 31 Jan 2006 (EST)

two MediaWiki?[edit]

The list includes both

  • MediaWiki
  • MediaWiki?

Do we really need both? --DavidCary 04:18, 5 Feb 2006 (EST)

That's a good question we need to look into that --Raymond King | talk 01:56, 7 Feb 2006 (EST)
Specifically we need to find which page says "[[Category:MediaWiki?]]" (or tag template equivalent). 'MediaWiki?' seems to be equivalent to 'MediaWiki', which is fortunate in that it means the problem doesn't really matter, but unfortunate in that we don't know which of the 296 mediawiki pages has that wrong '?' on it! -- Harry Wood 09:59, 13 Feb 2006 (EST)

BoltWire[edit] is not in list. Manorainjan (talk) 22:06, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

It doesn't look like we can list it - section 4.[1] Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 12:30, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
4) BoltWire may not be sold or redistributed in any form, with or without modification, apart from written consent from me.
   This includes offering a web hosting service featuring Boltwire. 
   Please refer others who wish to use BoltWire to the BoltWire website directly.
I did not intent to offer/sell the engine to anybody. It is different from to inform about its existence. And the link in the template equals 'to refer directly'. Manorainjan (talk) 20:20, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Manorainjan – I must have had a really bad day back in September 2014 when I replied :-( Please accept my apologies.
I have taken a fresh look at BoltWire. BoltWires' owners are clearly claiming it is a wiki engine, and they are making some valid and plausible claims in support of a wiki engine. Indeed, there are already a few long-established wiki engines which are targeted at the content management system direction. IIRC, TikiWiki is one such CMS orientated wiki engine, so I am in total agreement with you that BoltWire should be listed here on WikiIndex. I am just curious that BoltWire owners do not provide a list of existing BoltWire users (well I can not find it on their website), nor is there a live public demo of BoltWare in action. Are you aware of any BoltWare users? My main reason for this curiosity is simply weather to create its listing as a category or merely an article. A category would be needed if we can index other wikis running BoltWare, but if there are zero (or only one) - it can be an article. Look forward to your input, best regards. Sean, aka Hoof HeartedAdmin / 'Crattalk2HH 10:41, 9 January 2018 (PST)

Wikia not an engine[edit]

I keep seeing "Wikia" in the "Wiki engine:" slot of pages at WikiIndex, but when I check those wikis at i see "Powered by MediaWiki".

  1. Is it ok to update those articles at WikiIndex from "Wikia" to "MediaWiki"? --EarthFurst (talk) 09:28, 30 April 2016 (PDT)
  2. Should Wikia even be listed in Category:Wiki engine? Seems to me to be a wiki host, not an engine. (not even Wikipedia's article about Wikia says "wiki engine") --EarthFurst (talk) 09:28, 30 April 2016 (PDT)

The Wikia-Software is certainly based on MediaWiki. But it is so heavily modified, that for us, it counts as its own wiki engine. At the same time wiki is a Wiki farm. We do not have any clear policy or any guidances at all to clearly decide or distinguish what is a modified or simply customized engine and what is a new engine. On the API-Wiki of Wikia it is said: "Since Wikia is built on top of MediaWiki, the MediaWiki API can be used to access most of the data on our sites. In addition, the LyricWiki API gives access to LyricWiki and the Wikia Custom API provides access to many of our Wikia-specific features". Manorainjan 10:01, 30 April 2016 (PDT)

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