UDWiki:Administration/Policy Discussion/Update the Wiki Software (2)

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This is another formal request for Kevan to update the MediaWiki software that is the backbone of the Urban Dead Wiki. As it stands, the MediaWiki software is over two years old. We are running version 1.9.3, this policy requests that Kevan updates the wiki to the current (stable) version, 1.15.4.

This new release has a few years worth of bugfixes and new features, such as expiry dates on page protections, finer control over permissions, ability to merge page histories and image undeletion to be enabled by default. There are likely more features that I have missed.

It is also requested, that in the event of a software update that the following is done:

  • That the Semi-protection policy is implemented
  • That the extension Special Namespaces is installed. This will allow sysops to create namespaces without having to fiddle with the servers. Requests for the creation of a namespace will be done though Policy Discussion.
  • It is also requested that the pseudo-namespace Guides: is turned into a proper namespace. This can be done though installation of the extension above (which would allow a sysop to create the namespace,) or manually by Kevan.
  • It would also be appreciated if the CheckUser extension is updated.

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  1. Author vote. Linkthewindow  Talk  14:06, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  2. Non author vote. Moonie Talk | Testimonials 14:10, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  3. There's not - a - single - reason why this shouldn't happen. -- Spiderzed 14:18, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  4. Stagnation is death, progress.. isn't? I dunno. Seems good, though. Technical Pacifist 14:19, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  5. Why not? --Evan ArnoldiTalkStoriesTimeMachine 14:37, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  6. -- 14:39, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  7. Yes, please. I can't count the number of times I've had to tell people, "Sorry, but it can't be done with this version of the software, even if you can do it on that other wiki," for the simplest of things. Aichon 20:51, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  8. Chunky biscuits. --Funt Solo QT Scotland flag.JPG 20:52, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  9. Hey DDR, we might actually be able to get rid of those ghosts! ~ Red Hawk One Talk | space for lease 21:00, 20 July 2010 (BST)
    The ghosts will be protected and kept as historical pages :D Linkthewindow  Talk  22:12, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  10. <Cyrus>Can you dig it?</Cyrus> For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee 21:25, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  11. I agree with that as well. New wiki is needed for a nice surviving! --HunButcher 22:06, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  12. Ham --Michalesonbadge.pngTCAPD(╯°□°)╯ ┻━┻ 22:06, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  13. Goop. - Poodle of Doom 23:38, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  14. No reason not to. --KyleStyle 23:54, 20 July 2010 (BST)
  15. Pretty please. With brains on top. --WanYao 05:38, 21 July 2010 (BST)
  16. Of course. --Colette Hart 08:27, 21 July 2010 (BST)
  17. Sounds like a good idea to me --Rooney 12:23, 21 July 2010 (BST)
  18. -- Adward  14:54, 21 July 2010 (BST)
  19. Yup, maybe he'll listen now. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png 09:52, 22 July 2010 (BST)
  20. Don't see why not. --Dawkins DAWKINS IS WATCHIN' [T][P!][W!][] is currently: having his arm torn off by a zombie. 23:47, 22 July 2010 (BST)
  21. Yeah, update it. --Paulisdead18 05:16, 23 July 2010 (BST)Paulisdead18
  22. Luna 05:37, 23 July 2010 (BST)
  23. We want an update, and we want it now! We want an update, and we want it now! --•▬ ▬••▬ • •••• •▬ ▬•▬• ▬•▬ #nerftemplatedsigs 12:25, 23 July 2010 (BST)
  24. --Zensaga 16:06, 23 July 2010 (BST)
  25. --Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 17:19, 23 July 2010 (BST)
  26. --LithedarkangelMeth!The Great Meth Man 08:04, 24 July 2010 (BST)
  27. Of Course --Austin Hunt 02:03, 25 July 2010 (BST)
  28. -- Lelouch vi Britannia commands you: update the software! Lelouch vi Britannia is helping make Ridleybank green_ and gives Achievements 19:42, 25 July 2010 (BST)
  29. It is my belief that the newest version would allow us to use <choose> and <option> to randomly select one thing from a list of many. We could have the main page display a random featured article. Just imagine that. --VVV RPMBG 07:51, 26 July 2010 (BST)
    Since this went to voting, 1.16.0 has been released. I suggest Kevan get that instead. --VVV RPMBG 07:14, 29 July 2010 (BST)
    It's a bit late to modify the policy, but yeah, I agree with this statement. Linkthewindow  Talk  12:05, 29 July 2010 (BST)


Voting Closed

Policy Passes unanimously with 29 votes. -- Cheese 20:16, 6 August 2010 (BST)