[pmwiki-users] RFC: PITS 00701 -- WikiFarm confusion
Patrick R. Michaud
pmichaud at pobox.com
Tue Mar 14 14:28:44 CST 2006
On Tue, Mar 14, 2006 at 03:12:06PM -0500, Neil Herber wrote:
> As pedantic as it sounds, what if we agreed on some terminology?
> * A farm (or wiki farm) is a collection of two or more wiki fields
> that use one copy of the PmWiki code.
> * A field is a single wiki with a unique URL. Each field lives in its
> own directory.
These are excellent definitions.
> * The "home field" is where most of the PmWiki code (particularly
> pmwiki.php) lives. Calling this the "farm field" or "farm directory"
> seems confusing to me, because the farm (to me) is the whole - not a
> part. The home field may have wiki content, or it may just be a
> warehouse for the code.
I think "home field" is an excellent name (if I can just keep
the baseball and football analogies at bay :-). It's still a field,
but it's also the field where the code lives.
> * A single installation of PmWiki can be converted to a farm by
> nominating it as the "home field" and adding other fields. (The
> nomination is a concept, not a real process.)
> To simplify matters, the WikiFarms page should talk about how farms
> work and how to set one up from scratch without getting too worked up
> about security and all the possible options for directory placement.
This is what the WikiFarms page was originally intended to do,
but I think it slowly got modified away from that concept.
> A WikiFarmConversion page could describe how to change an existing
> single wiki to a farm.
This is excellent also, although I wonder if the title could make
it clearer that we're converting a single wiki to a farm (as opposed
to converting a wikifarm to something else).
> A WikiFarmAdvanced page could talk about security, moving directories
> to unservable areas, sharing pages among fields, and so on.
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