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Setting up a wiki for GNU Project volunteers?

From: Carlos O'Donell
Subject: Setting up a wiki for GNU Project volunteers?
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:25:57 -0500

Wikis are useful software that allows developers to work
collaboratively and quickly on informal documents that are part of the
day-to-day running of the packages or project activities.

This includes documenting such things as:
- Email thread summaries
- Status updates
- Meeting notes
- Summaries of discussions around best practice activities

In researching this kind of wiki setup I have discussed the issue with
various GNU Maintainers and the consensus seems to be that such a
system should have the following qualities:
- Based on a VCS e.g. git
- Uses a supported wiki platform e.g. dokuwiki
- With a sensible markup e.g. markdown plugin for dokuwiki

What do people think about setting up a wiki?

Several packages already have wikis like:
The GNOME Project (
The GNU C Library wiki (
The GNU Debugger wiki (
The GNU Compiler Collection wiki (

However, we have no good central community wiki to put document those
things listed above.

Does anyone have a strong opinion on which wiki software should be used?

Selection criteria for a wiki? I'm suggesting dokuwiki + git.

Access controls for the wiki? Anyone who volunteers or wants to
volunteer their time to the GNU Project?

Where could we host a wiki like this without causing confusion with
official project content?

Lastly, for direct discussion of the GNU Coding Standards and
Information for GNU Maintainers please see Wiki summaries
could feed into discussions on bug-standards or bug-standards
discussion could get summarized into the wiki to build consensus for
particular changes.

Looking forward to any feedback volunteers want to provide.


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