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Re: The Great Content Migration



Karsten Wade wrote:
On Fri, 2007-11-30 at 16:35 -0600, Mike McGrath wrote:
(sent to both docs and websites, though not cross posted)

OK, but I'm going to talk on this list and hope some of the right people
are on here.  Maybe it belongs on f-websites-l?  I don't think we
actually have any content that needs permanent moving from the wiki to
docs.fp.o, so this is all just general websites stuff about
fedoraproject.org.

That could very well be, I guess I had just assumed you guys had content on the wiki but having thought about it you've had a pretty solid release / authoring procedure for a while now. I guess it's just the web team thats catching up :)

Now that F8 shipped and F9 is on the horizon, its time to look at moving some more of that content out of the wiki and either into docs.fedoraproject.org and fedoraproject.org. This won't be a fun task.

Pros: 1) We'll have more control and process around the content that goes to these sites. This allows us to make it more 'official'. 2) It will be more easily translatable. 3) Less reliance on Moin

Cons:
1) It raises the barrier to create these pages
2) It adds more process
3) Its difficult to determine what content belongs where.

It doesn't have to raise the barriers or add more process or be
difficult, if we had a CMS.

I'd like to see us running *two* instances of Plone.  The hacked up
craziness for docs.fp.o that Jon is doing, and a straight-and-plain-Jane
version for fp.o.

Can we do that?

I think it will be very unlikely to have multiple instances of Plone (one for docs and one for the web team)

I've created an initial http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Websites/Removables page for stuff thats in the wiki that is a good candidate for the static content. The trick here is that, and lets be honest, much of what is on the wiki right now is garbage.

In what sense?

Content duplication, multiple redirects, poor software on the backend for what we're doing, no integration with FAS, out-dated inaccurate information. I guess when I look at the docs site I see good accurate information and when I go to the wiki (and when people come to me with links from the wiki) I often feel like some (not all) of the content just is old or otherwise inaccurate. Either way, very little of it is for users and I can see a non-developer getting lost easily.

For example, the tours. What's the clickstream supposed to be to get to: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Tours/Fedora8

There's a lot of good content there, but its not linked to from anywhere on our site except beats AFAIK: http://tinyurl.com/2glg9l One thing I'd discussed with Max and Jesse on the phone once is getting reps from all the main groups together for a few meetings before we release. This bit us this time around for a couple of things like sometimes calling it the "Gnome Desktop Spin" when in fact its just the "desktop spin".
/me makes note to talk to John about that.
I see a huge mix of items that are there because that has been the only
place for putting non-source code content.  Meeting minutes, short
how-tos, scratch notes, task lists, tables, process forms and templates,
etc.  We could imagine replacing each of those items with a separate
technology.  But they aren't really garbage, in the sense of being
worthless.  They just belong somewhere else, ultimately.
That's a good point, I had thought fedorapeople would take some of this load off (and it has) but it does feel ill suited to many tasks (like meeting notes)
I'm not really concerned about size so much as target content.

What do you guys think?

This is what I think we want to do:

1. Call the wiki "community documentation"; define that to mean:
   - Very fluid
   - Quality and consistency of writing not guaranteed
   - Community needs to vet and police
   - Good, simple procedures in place
   - Every page needs an owner or the 'wiki police' are going to
vaporize it

But who's the target audience for the wiki? In the past its sort of been targeted for everyone but the content was mostly just for developers.

2. Move any content that does not fit that description into Plone for
fp.o
   - Still give projects/contributors appropriate access and control
   - Content can have lifecycle (EOL, archiving, etc.)
   - Information architecture is easier

In addition, consider ...

a. Running MediaWiki as the "community docs" wiki engine

We've looked into migrating to MediaWiki (I've considered migrating as well as just making Moin RO at some point and having people migrate the content manually. Power in numbers :) So far though both have initially seemed like a lot of work and I don't think any serious consideration / plan has been put together.

b. Having Moin be the "docs wiki" that is used by the Fedora Docs
writers and contributors for drafting content that is going to land in
XML

Once Jon's Plone instance is up will you guys need a wiki anymore at all (for your actual docs workflow and stuff?)

   -Mike


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