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Announcing the slow burial of the Hurd Wiki

From: Joachim Nilsson
Subject: Announcing the slow burial of the Hurd Wiki
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 00:28:50 +0200
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Hi everybody!

This is a bit of a sad post.  It's the announcement of the slow burial of
the Hurd Wiki at http://hurd.gnufans.org

For those of you who have contributed during the years this may not
come as much of a surprise.  Activity has been low, the wiki engine
never got upgraded and account registration has turned into a slow
and tedious manual process ...

... don't get me wrong.  Everything works, the site has an ever so high
availability and already registered users can work just as expected.
But the site admin (I) have gone more and more absent due to work, life,
slowly expanding family and shifted interests.  So account activations
have almost stopped (I have 70 new not yet activated registrations in my
inbox since May) and sudden spurs of Wiki spam, which I've much cleaned
up myself through the years, have gone much unfixed.  Some brave souls
have taken it upon themselves to help out using the web interface to
revert pages spam, but that takes a lot of time.

Oh well, time to get to the point.  Despite its controversy among some in
the Hurd community I feel that a lot of the content in the wiki is still
It's organized in a fairly decent structure, has both well worded and poor
content.  All written in a fairly simple syntax that can be easily
converted to
just about anything popular these days: XML, MarkDown, reST, or any
other "WikiFormat" out there. (I've seen you guys talking about Ikiwiki
and others as a replacement.)

To aid any such venture I'm willing to take the time to create a tarball
of the whole TWiki setup, including webserver configuration and even
provide some limited support during moving/converting to another site/setup.

Until this time (if ever anyone steps up to the plate) the current setup
at gnufans will continue to run for as long as Mr. Deepak Goel is kind
enough to sponsor the domain name fee and as long as there is disk space
on the server.

To reduce the risk of my missing any direct questions or suggestions
about this message, please CC me to my reply-to address above.

Oh, sorry for the x-post.

 /Jocke - Hurd Wiki admin

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