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 Integration of the Mint Wiki

Created 7 years ago, edited 7 years ago.
Status changed 5 years ago
Author:

Rovanion
Status:
Under dev. review
  Score:
 146
162 votes
Idea:

The Linux Mint Wiki is as of now scarcely used and hardly ever mentioned. Looking into other communities where the wiki is used the wiki is the main source of information used to support users. Distributions such as Archlinux, Debian and Gentoo all have great wikis and they are great for helping oneself out.

So I propose that the Linux Mint Wiki would be incorporated into community.linuxmint.com and also become the one stop for sorted, orderly information about Linux Mint and everything about and around it. Awnsering questions on forums and IRC-channels is a great in it's own way but not closely as persistent as a Wiki.

Ways to incorperate the Wiki into community.linuxmint.com would be to have automaticly generated links to the wikipages about your different hardware parts. And I am very sure that there are many more ways to incorperate the wiki into the system.

Comments:

1 month ago

sercamiz
Yes, to find immediately what you need to solve a problem in connection with your hardware would be a plus  
8 months ago

mideal
Definitely. We need a Wiki(pedia-like, no "Extrawurst"), at least for promotion reasons.
"But Mint has no Wiki!" is an argument sometimes heard when it comes to the question "Which distro". While the forums *work well* and ubuntuusers and archwiki do *our* work somehow users may have reasonable questions why there is no MintWiki.
 
1 year ago

dandv
Wherever this community ideas site is hosted, sucks. See https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/5563

How about we use the GitHub wiki? It supports Markdown, is easy to contribute to, and is never down.
 
2 years ago

siafulinux
Could also be integrated onto the desktop as a "Get Help" option.

Then it should load into a separate application (not browser) so it looks more like a desktop app? Not entirely necessary but would make it look more integrated and well rounded than simply opening the browser IMHO.
 
3 years ago

jahid_0903014
Site deleted  
5 years ago

Alexio
I just created a new Linux Mint Community Wiki where only registered users can make changes. It is hosted for free by WikiDot and uses a green blog-like template. If you want to contribute to this community wiki you are all welcome!  
6 years ago

psyckers
Thats sounds like a nice and robust alternative.  
6 years ago

Rovanion
@clem The best way to maintain and keep up to date all the content on this site is to allow for more than one user to edit each piece of content. This will prevent the content from dying when the user becomes inactive.  
6 years ago

clem
The wiki as such won't come back. It was replaced by the tutorials module on this website. What we could do though, is this:

- Introduce categories for tutorials
- Have a front page generated from the best tutorials in each category
- Let the user browse these categories
 
6 years ago

oscar799
Idea put forward for consideration  
6 years ago

psyckers
Wouldn't it also be cool if the Linux Mint wiki interacted with the other Linux distro wikis and so have an even wider sense of the Linux community.  
6 years ago

blueXrider
Re: Where is the Linux Mint Wiki?

Aging Technogeek wrote:
"The Linux Mint Wiki was locked almost a year ago due to continued vandalism and spamming that rendered it unusable. When the Community Website was opened recently, Clem Lefebvre, the Mint creator and head developer, made the decision to close the Wiki and integrate its functions into the Community site.

The Mint team is very small and all volunteer, so this made more sense than putting extra load on a dev or moderator who was probably doing as much as he/she had time for already.

The site is still in beta status so not all Wiki functions are fully integrated, but quite a few are there. Check it out."

 
6 years ago

Steampunk-Nick
great idea!  
6 years ago

M_onkeyman
I find myself constantly going to the Ubuntu or Debian Wikis for quick help, even though I'm on Mint. A wiki would undoubtedly help with Mint's community aspects and mainstream recognition.  
6 years ago

orionthehunter
It might just be me, but I find wiki's easier to navigate than forums.

I'm not discounting the usefulness of a forum, but perhaps we could script sticky'd articles or otherwise generally useful forum articles to be generated as wikipages. Or at least just make it cross reference-able.
 
6 years ago

Elisa
I don't think LinuxMINT needs a wiki so badly, although Teuca's mentioned wiki URL looks nice but IMHO there is the most important in Mint stuff - the cool and helpful forums.linuxmint.com corner where almost all questions are answered... So a newbie needs more to be answered and helped that a VIP design, sparks etc. :lol:
Information, have answered any trouble questions - this is most important IMO...
 
6 years ago

mikefreeman
Totally agree!  
6 years ago

grim
Totally agree! Merging it with the community site would be amazing!  
6 years ago

wanda
Linux mint needs a strong wiki ,i like this yes.  
6 years ago

wanda
Linux mint needs a strong wiki ,i like this yes.  
6 years ago

Shostako
Linux mint needs a strong wiki, and this is a fantastic idea.  
7 years ago

DJCrashdummy
@Teucca: amazing idea and design of this wiki!!!  
7 years ago

Rovanion
@Teucca That is an awesome design!  
7 years ago

Teucca
The best Wiki I ewer seen!
http://linuxguide.altervista.org/Guida Mint 9.0/guida_mint9.html
 
7 years ago

axel668
There's a Linux Mint Wiki ? Cool !  
7 years ago

Rovanion
Maybe the solution would be wikified permissions on this community site.

Wikipedias are self-maintained and very liberal in who is able to what. The current permissions on the community site are very strict. The user who creates a hardware profile or a tutorial is the only one with write access. This could in the long run result in a lot of duplication. Because of users not updating their hardware pages and tutorials other users will have to create their new pages.

One thing that would solve all these problems would be more liberal permissions. Every registered user would have equal write access to all hardware profiles and tutorials, a change history would be needed to be able to view changes and restore old versions. And just like Wikipedia it would become self maintaining.
 
7 years ago

baffle-boy
i dont think this is necessary at all, people can write guides and articles on this community website, what i think IS necessary is movin a lot of the guides in the forums over to here.  
7 years ago

dbpatankar
Bring back wiki please........  
7 years ago

justin
@gotjazz This is still in early stages. The wiki we did have was not actively updated and we encountered a situation where the best decision was to take it down.

That is not saying it cannot come back in some capacity at a later date, but simply that at the current time please use the forums and IRC. I understand the concern here - there is little that can replace a well-written wiki.
 
7 years ago

gotjazz
hrm a wiki is the most important part of almost every distro's homepage. atm i don't see how this community site - as nice as it is - could replace that.
 
7 years ago

justin
@Lopau this is the replacement for the wiki - it has been taken down. This was decided some time ago.  
7 years ago

Lopau
Mint Wiki WAS in http://linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/
What happened?? Is giving me "403 - Forbidden" error. I think it had a good tutorials.
Really, give it some attention, or migrate the ideas to this community, please!!!
 
7 years ago

chenge
yes,where is the mint wiki? google don't know.  
7 years ago

clem
I definitely want to add a module for people to post tutorials and resources, and eventually if it's done properly it could replace the wiki entirely.  
7 years ago

holyguyver
Yes & I think there should be a link on this site to the forum too as the forum is a part of the Linux Mint community isn't it?  

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