[pmwiki-users] RFC: PITS 00701 -- WikiFarm confusion

Bellave Jayaram bellavejayaram at cox.net
Tue Mar 14 14:13:48 CST 2006

IMHO, even though I don't like it, it is too late to change the terms since
anything else will either be too geeky or very similar to farm and field
anyway. Actually I don't like the cookbook, recipe, ingredients metaphors
either but I don't think anyone wants to change that now. 

Pmwiki is caught between being non-geek friendly as well as being
programmable enough that people (note I didn't say geeks!) can do magic with

As long as both camps can find the info they need, ultimately it doesn't


-----Original Message-----
From: pmwiki-users-bounces at pmichaud.com
[mailto:pmwiki-users-bounces at pmichaud.com] On Behalf Of Patrick R. Michaud
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 12:57 PM
To: Neil Herber
Cc: pmwiki-users at pmichaud.com
Subject: Re: [pmwiki-users] RFC: PITS 00701 -- WikiFarm confusion

On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 11:09:18AM -0500, Neil Herber wrote:
> At 2006-03-14  09:36 AM -0600, Patrick R. Michaud is rumored to have said:
> >So, I could use some help here from people who have set up
> >WikiFarms and struggled with it -- what is it about WikiFarms
> >(and the associated documentation) that is confusing?
> What confused me right off the bat was the terminology.
> I expected a "farm" to be a collection of "fields", just as in the 
> agricultural world. But in the original instructions I read, the 
> place where pmwiki.php was installed seemed to be called the "farm 
> field" or something similar, and it could be an active field, as well 
> as being the code repository for the farm.

Perhaps "farm" and "field" are the wrong terms here, or invoke
the wrong metaphor.  The essential idea behind wikifarms is that
a single installation of PmWiki can be used for multiple, almost
totally independent wikis.  This allows them to share a common
set of core files (which makes it easier to upgrade them all at once),
and a common configuration file (farmconfig.php) that makes it
easier to institute a common set of settings and configurations
across the multiple wikis.  

So, we can even consider a change in terminology if anyone has
a better term for what happens.


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