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

Marco Ferretti marco.ferretti at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 12:18:43 CST 2006

On Wednesday 15 March 2006 18:06, Neil Herber wrote:
> I am not sure that changing the words will make it any easier to
> understand PmWiki farming, so I propose that we retain the current
> terms, but use them more precisely (as I described in an earlier
> email). This will require some editing on the doc pages that relate
> to farming, but no code changes or rethinking the analogies. In
> particular, it won't require changing or otherwise explaining the $Farm
> prefix.
> Not that http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/PmWikiPhilosophy has the
> principles ranked, but it is interesting to note that favoring
> writers (who need to know absolutely nothing about farming) is #1,
> while easy installation is #5.
> Any of the other terms that spring to mind (or have been suggested so
> far) have their own baggage that they drag along: master/slaves,
> mother/daughters, father/sons, webs, and so on.
> If no-one has any strong objections, I will put these definitions at
> the top of the WikiFarms page:
> * 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.
> * The "home field" is where most of the PmWiki code (particularly
> pmwiki.php) lives.
> I don't think there needs to be a "formal" name for "farm admins" and
> "field admins"  (I found that these terms used up valuable brain
> cells to no great advantage). There are just admins, and one or more
> may have access to the home field which can affect the entire farm.
> Neil

I am totally quoting Neil here. 

When I first started to deal with pmWiki farms ( a couple of days ago ) 
something like this would have saved me a couple of re-reading the page.



If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use
in reading it at all.
		-- Oscar Wilde
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