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So, I was thinking that some cooperation between the different software wikis could be beneficial. I know it has been attempted before, but I think it's time for another attempt.

This wiki is starting to develop nicely now. The idea behind it is to browse, search compare all sorts of software. Not to go in-depth about specific softwares. That's where some other wikis come in. There's also stuff like file formats, ideologies and etc that have own wikis. If we could try to cooperate where we can, we would have new editors coming in more often. Also we could avoid rewriting the same articles on every wiki. The simplest thing we could do is to link to other wikis in articles (e.g. Ubuntu containing a link to w:c:ubuntu). It is also possible to have cross-wiki redirects. For example, PNG redirects directly to w:c:fileformats:PNG. But if we don't link back again it might end up confusing people.

What i'm thinking is for this wiki to also act as a hub, linking to more specific wikis on their pages here. I don't know how contributors from other wikis feel about it, but ideally that would mean that articles about individual pieces of software be moved here. Keeping several copies of an article about the same subject on different wikis would be silly. But, that will have to be up to the individual wikis.

Does anyone else have any clever ideas for cooperation?

I don't really know. Since software is clearly part of technology, I think we can have specific interwiki links here to non-Wikia wikis, like gamedb:$1 -> http://gamedb.tuxfamily.org/wiki/$1, etc. Also, what brings me here? w:c:google? OpenBSDWiki 20:14, May 31, 2010 (UTC)
I've set a bot on this wiki to create redirects to all File Formats Wiki pages. If anyone else is thinking of doing the same, you can ask Wikia to enable cross-wiki redirects. Is there any other wikis where I could do the same (where none of the articles on the target wiki is supposed to be created on this wiki)? Osetc 17:56, June 1, 2010 (UTC)
About the wiki i linked: I replied. Also, you can do the same there (for savegame names). Create a new account and nag me (Puffy). OpenBSDWiki 01:27, June 3, 2010 (UTC)
I'd be willing to cooperate. –koisuru (talk) 23:29, June 3, 2010 (UTC)

Programmer's Wiki Edit

Hello there! We at the Programmer's Wiki are interested in cooperating with you. We have a software category and cover some of the same things as you do here. There's no use asking about sharing content as we already agreed to that by contributing, but would you be interested in exchanging links?

We are already using multiple excuses to link to our neighbors, such as our WikiNode, our Newarticletext, and the recently created links page (which might need to move to Central if we expand it beyond programming - but a child links to its parent). A better example of a WikiNode is here.

I don't mean that we're going to be making sure you do actually link to us; we'll link to you either way, although probably not as much as if we discuss where the links could go. If you want help setting up any of these or have another idea just say so. I can also help with general wiki stuff in case you don't have a resident guru. --Jesdisciple (talk) 13:16, June 12, 2010 (UTC)

Oh, right! I didn't realize this was the same site although I thought we'd talked to a software wiki already.
So if we're going with the three ideas I offered, what wikis do you consider your neighbors? And what links, to wikis or otherwise, would you consider particularly important to Software and/or each of its neighbors? This second question arises because I was answering programming questions offsite and wanted to provide more reference URLs than the other site allowed, but that idea might not be as appropriate for non-programming wikis. --Jesdisciple (talk) 19:34, June 12, 2010 (UTC)
Speaking of questions, perhaps we should be making sure all the software-related wikis all "connect" to the same Q&A wiki. We definently need a proper WikiNode page on central that can be transcluded onto other wikis, and perhaps also a template that can be put on the main pages with links to the other wikis. And regarding linking, I was thinking this wiki could redirect a lot of topic pages directly to other wikis, like with the file formats (see above section). So if anyone wants to start doing that, please go ahead. Or if we're talking about lots of pages you could tell me then I can use a bot like I did with the file formats. I think the most important thing we must remember is that we can't hope to compete with Wikipedia, so we must fill the niches and offer different things (like the SMW stuff on this wiki). If each and every wiki is to be hosting it's own article about, say Mozilla Firefox, we will all just end up having inferior and less frequently updated articles than Wikipedia has. A system where this wiki contained all articles about individual software/programs, w:c:code about programming in general, w:c:python about python specifically and so on, with all "off-topic" subjects linking directly to the relevant wiki would be ideal I think. Osetc 22:17, June 12, 2010 (UTC)
I actually didn't know that more-specific Q&A existed. I'll have to try it out and see how it compares to the others regarding how in-the-know the askers are.
A mainpage template sounds interesting. WikiNodes are fairly obscure to the surfer, after all, but a front-page WikiNode could take up a lot of valuable real-estate. Maybe it should only display the four or five most-relevant neighbors as teasers, followed by a "more..." link.
Regarding competition with Wikipedia, I am currently redesigning an article that was a 'pedia copy into something Wikipedia can't do. You can see my rough draft here. Although the details will be difficult to fill in for that topic, I think the fundamental concept is solid. But I like the idea of fitting the topic to the wiki. --Jesdisciple (talk) 00:14, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
Ha, never mind... [1] Anyway, what are we gonna do first? --Jesdisciple (talk) 00:24, June 14, 2010 (UTC)
Hmm... Are you there? I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have just left...
I'm redrafting our main page so I'll work on linking to related wikis from it. Apparently you know (or are) someone who's really good with CSS. Could you send them my way please? --Jesdisciple (talk) 03:16, June 15, 2010 (UTC)
I'm here, just been a bit busy studying for an exam the last few days. Done now though. What do you want done? Osetc 09:35, June 15, 2010 (UTC)
Well I just completed Template:code and gained a lot of real-estate by condensing links and copying some arrangements I'd seen on this among other wikis. But I have zilch artistic flair (and therefore little interest or proficiency in CSS); all the original stuff I came up with I used logic for, not creativity.
To sum it up, I want to have a redesigned homepage although I hope I can fare most of the way myself with some nudging; I don't like giving my projects to others. (Fortunately I just found the Template:wikia, but the layout will still need work.) --Jesdisciple (talk) 10:33, June 15, 2010 (UTC)

IRC channel Edit

I started an IRC channel named #wikia-software, if anyone is interested. It could just end up abandoned, or it could be used as a channel for this wiki specifically, or it could be used for our little "network" of wikis. Depends on who shows up really. Osetc 11:48, June 16, 2010 (UTC)

Will try to be in regularly. I haven't used IRC much, nor at all for a long time so I'm getting used to it again. --Jesdisciple (talk) 14:10, June 16, 2010 (UTC)

IRC channel Edit

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