Re: Worknet/ProWiki, overall architecture?
Thank you for your feedback. It's good to be in touch regarding this.
I forward your letter to Franz Nahrada and Global Villages and other
groups. We're both quite a bit invested in ProWiki, but it's certainly
good to think more broadly what to do. I think it would be best to
choose a wiki that has an active community. Franz has a preference for
fractal wikis but I've never found that vital and actually thinking from
scratch I'd take a different approach.
I started out using Lucid Fried Eggs by Stephen Danic and then switched
in 2003 to a real wiki, PmWiki, encouraged by Rick Nelson. I think that
was adequate for our needs. At the time I surveyed the existing wikis
and was turned off by Mediawiki because it requires the use of a
database such as MySQL. I'm glad that ProWiki like PmWiki uses pages
for storing data. That makes it much easier for me (and I imagine
others) to make custom applications that work with the wiki pages.
It would be good to survey again existing technologies.
Edward if you and perhaps others would be interested in thinking through
an overall architecture for Worknets websites, then I would be
interested to consider using a different wiki. But we'd have to build a
team to commit to developing a shared foundation for our websites and
the functionality we want. That will be relevant if we'd like to
interact more. But then we need to be in touch!
I will be developing our websites intensely throughout the rest of this
year. You can see the approach I'm taking at http://www.ms.lt If I
know your needs, Franz's etc. then I can try to respond. Ultimately, we
need to build a team of developers.
But most important is an attempt and ultimately a commitment to a shared
approach to our websites and related resources.
Edward Cherlin wrote:
> I find that as I try to use ProWiki seriously, there is ever more to
> dislike. Some of that is due to a general lack of documentation from
> the developers and from our site administrators. Some of it appears to
> me as simple design errors. I gather that development on ProWiki has
> ceased, and I would like to change over to a Wiki that I understand,
> preferably MediaWiki.
> o No useful documentation of templates.
> http://www.prowiki.org/prowiki/wiki.cgi?TemplateText is hopeless.
> o I don't understand the directory structure for
> http://www.earthtreasury.org/worknet, and I have seen no
> o As I set out to create a new page, I found that random capitalized
> words became links to pages that have nothing to do with Earth
> Treasury. I see no way to unlink them, or make them point to pages I
> want to create. People, Education, California, Texas, Work, Textbooks,
> Maria, Robert, Freedom, You.
> The only description I find is
> Help (word linking, if configured)
> o It took far too long to find out the instructions for creating a
> link with my preferred text pointing to a given URL. [link text]
> There is more, but this will do for now.