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

H. Fox haganfox at users.sourceforge.net
Tue Mar 14 14:27:13 CST 2006

On 3/14/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> 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.

At minimum it should be emphasized that farm fields are almost totally

A farm installation is really a master installation with slave wikis.
Unfortunately that terminology has become Politically Incorrect and
shouldn't be used.


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