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Re: Emacs Website. Was: 21.2 release. Was: dabbrev can hang in presence

From: Alex Schroeder
Subject: Re: Emacs Website. Was: 21.2 release. Was: dabbrev can hang in presence of fields
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 11:07:57 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090006 (Oort Gnus v0.06) Emacs/21.2 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

address@hidden (Eli Zaretskii) writes:

>> <plug>That's what I like about the Emacs Wiki.  When I'm not there,
>> somebody else will be.  The entry barrier is just one click away -
>> anybody can edit the pages.  And once you fix something, there is no
>> implicit expectation that you will continue to do so.</plug>
> Are you suggesting the same for the Emacs home page?

I would, if I thought it would stand a chance.  I just assume that
either the GNU people running the server don't want to install weird
software (such as the wiki script), or people are affraid of abuse.
But other than that, yes, I think it is a good solution.  It works
fine on the wiki.  It has now 731 pages, and managed to get lots of

      Hits               Bytes      Visits      PViews      Month

    73,336         559,873,686      11,519      66,214   Jan 2002
    75,276         592,474,181      11,548      71,494   Feb 2002

And still I can remember only one case of abuse and it was easily
corrected by the next person coming along (the old pages are kept for
a certain time).

So I think there are no significant drawbacks and it would fix the
maintainer problem.  I never voluntered for the Emacs page on gnu.org
because that means responsability and work -- on the emacswiki,
however, responsability and work is shared.

If installing a wiki doesn't work for you for the reasons given above,
then perhaps "outsourcing" as much information as possible to the
existing wiki is the way to go.  The main page could just say "Emacs
is an Editor and more.  This site only features the Emacs manual
(link), the elisp manual (link) and the NT Emacs FAQ (link).  Pointers
to CVS, the latest released version, the online FAQ, etc. are
maintained over at the Emacs Wiki (link)."

Ok, enough plugging.  :)


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