Announcing the new EA Wiki!

by Eric_Bruylant 4y20th Oct 201514 comments

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The EA Wiki is now hosted on EA Hub, replacing our old Wikia site, which gives us a lot more control over various things and removes annoying ads. Wikis are all about crowdsourcing so if you see anything wrong or which you think you could improve hit edit and change it (or flag it with a notice if you're busy/don't feel like doing the full edit). Wikis are designed to be near-impossible to damage (due to all edit histories being saved) despite the fact that you can edit everything so don't worry about diving in even if you're new to this :simple_smile:

 

There's lots more content which could usefully be created and organizational work to be done, though various people have already made an excellent start. I envisage the core purpose of the wiki as providing a summary of all important EA related topics, causes, and organizations, while linking out to lots of blogs posts, discussions, and other useful pages around the EA community to allow easily findable access to the best resources we have. A hub that everyone can help keep up to date.

It will also be available for EA related projects which could do with a few communally editable pages. If anyone thinks this may be useful for them let me know and I can advise on suitability and help you get set up. I'm guessing a bunch of use cases I've not thought of will come up, wikis are pretty handy.

This move was planned for a few months ago when I did most of the setup, but we got blocked on SSO which turned out to be a lot more tricky than hoped due to outdated extensions. Rather than linking to your accounts on any EA sites I've just set up logins via Google accounts, which should provide most of the benefits in terms of spam prevention and easy account creation. I've added a few other extensions like semantic mediawiki which will allow structured data collected from infoboxes on organizations to generate neat tables with a little in-page query and some which allow you to embed hackpads, google docs, and a few other sites (examples). There are still a handful of bits of improvement and polish on my to-do list (most notably caching which will speed page load times for non-logged in users considerably), but I've been encouraged to ship rather than waiting for the wishlist to be complete. There's probably a few things which need attention, please let me know if anything seems to be not working right.  If you want any features in particular ping me and I'll let you know if it's plausible to add to MW.

Thanks to Peter Hurford for the initial idea (I think?) and early work on wikia, Tom Ash and Giles Edkins for doing most of the recent work on content, Yanick Steinbeck for creating one of the version of the main page (integrating this with the current one is on the to-do list!) and useful discussions, Ozzie Gooen for setting me up with access and trying to get SSO working, and everyone else who's helped out or encouraged this to happen.

If you're interested in joining in the to-do list is a good place to look for open tasks. We have a channel on the .impact slack (#p-eawiki) if you'd like to discuss things in real time, and this page will be used for planning out content areas, policies, and things of that kind (though perhaps we'll end up using this site for that instead?).

 

Happy editing!