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

DaveG pmwiki at solidgone.com
Wed Mar 15 11:48:31 CST 2006

Neil Herber wrote:
> At 2006-03-15  07:43 AM -0600, Patrick R. Michaud is rumored to have said:
>> FWIW, I did a little bit of searching yesterday to see what other
>> packages use as an equivalent to our "wikifarm" term, but didn't
>> find anything.
> 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). 
Not just more precisely, but less frequently! As I look at the steps I 
followed to create a farm, I think the use of field is the most comment 
term. In place of Farm I kept wanting to use "base" install.


> 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.
Sounds good.

> * A field is a single wiki with a unique URL. Each field lives in its 
> own directory.
I'd remove the first sentence. It adds little. Thus:
"Each field lives in its own directory, which is usually outside of the 
pmwiki farm directory."

Although I prefer the term "base":
"Each field lives in its own directory, which is usually outside of the 
base pmwiki directory."

> * The "home field" is where most of the PmWiki code (particularly 
> pmwiki.php) lives.
I started refering to this as the "base install", separate to the "base 
field" which is the original site.

> 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 
I found them useful when reading, but the reality is, if we just write 
the 5 or so steps it takes to create a farm, then the distinction 
between farm and field admin is meaningless at the install point. Later 
in the process it may become meaningful, but simply define it at the 
later point.

> 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
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