We've heard a lot of complaints about the wiki being hard to navigate, containing a lot of obsolete stuff and generally not being in a good shape. Even though I fully agree with that, the reason the wiki is in a bad shape is because of lack of edits in it. Wiki is supposed to be a community documentation where people fix mistakes they find and slowly make incomplete articles more complete. This unfortunately is not happening that much.
When you look at the list of active users (any edits in the last 3 months) - http://www.cegui.org.uk/wiki/index.php/ ... ctiveUsers
- the list is not large at all. Even though the wiki gets 7132 unique visitors per month (according to google analytics), only 9 can be bothered to edit something? (and one of them is just a bot I run
The wiki used to be painfully slow, we've fixed that (or rather, sourceforge.net update fixed it). Source code highlighting didn't work, we've fixed that. Categories were non-existant or messy, we've fixed that. Articles didn't have any info about version of CEGUI they were written for, we've fixed that (See Template:VersionBadge).
Right now the only thing we lack is manpower to clean the wiki, upgrade articles for newer CEGUI versions and make new quality articles. Please don't be afraid because of your English skills, there are a lot of people out there capable to fix spelling errors, not so many capable of writing good wiki articles. Also don't be afraid to start small, incomplete articles and let other authors refine them. This is how it should work. Right now the articles are usually created in a semi-finished state and never touched again (which is entirely the wrong approach).
In the meantime I have created a new category and massed unknown articles into it. The category
contains stuff we need to put into HowTo
. If you feel like helping a little bit, pick one from the Uncategorised category and put it somewhere by just editing the [[Category:Uncategorised]] to [[Category:HowTo]] for example.
Furthermore I have a bot called "Capek" that I can make wiki-wide regex replaces, mass categorisation, etc with. If you have any suggestions/uses for the bot, please share them. If you have any other tips for us how to make the Wiki better, reply to this post. We are by no means Wiki experts (this is frankly the first Wiki I am involved with and I doubt CrazyEddie is wikipedia enthusiast himself).
I am planning to create a wiki page with a TODO list or something so that it's easier to get into wiki editing.
Thanks for listening