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Wikitravel:Politica infrastrutture tecniche

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This article describes the goals and processes of Wikitravel's technology infrastructure development and maintenance, including software development, graphic design, and system adminstration.

The technology infrastucture for Wikitravel includes the Web and database servers that run wikitravel.org; the databases that hold Wikitravel content; Wikitravel software, including MediaWiki; and graphic design and page layout.

Goals[Modifica sezione]

The technology infrastructure should support Wikitravel's goals; to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable worldwide travel guide. The strategy for getting to this goal, implicit in our use of wiki, is to get contributions from a large number of Internet users and organize them into a useful whole. Some targets that come out of this strategy:

  • Increase the number of people who read Wikitravel articles
  • Increase the number of readers who "convert" to editors
  • Retain contributors
  • Make contributors more productive
  • Provide maintenance and monitoring tools to retain the high quality of guides

These goals are best met by a Wiki Web application that is pleasant to read and to navigate; delivers important information in an intuitive way; is easy to use for new and experienced contributors; has good tools for maintenance and monitoring; and runs quickly and reliably. Our hardware, software and design should support this application.

There are other goals for the technology infrastructure. Internet Brands, Inc., the company that hosts and supports the Wikitravel site, has business goals. The programmers, sysadmins and designers want to learn new technologies, practice techniques, and do cool and interesting work. None of the goals can be met if the principal goal – meeting the needs of readers and contributors -- is not met. In other words, we're all in this together.

Process[Modifica sezione]

Ideas for work that's going to be done for Wikitravel comes from several sources:

  • Bug reports
  • Feature requests
  • Other on-site discussions (talk pages, travellers' pub)
  • Product planning at Internet Brands
  • Upstream MediaWiki changes and other MediaWiki software
  • External factors like service outages, vandalism attacks, etc.

These ideas will be prioritized by Evan, Maj, and others at Internet Brands, with input from the community. Upcoming projects will be listed on the Wikitravel:Bug reports and Wikitravel:Feature requests pages, and will be open for discussion.

Some bug fixes will be tested off-line and committed directly to the live servers. This will typically be for making existing systems work as advertised. Some features will be tested off-line and committed directly to the live servers; these will typically be for new tools (like docents, breadcrumb menus, or related pages) that the community can choose to use or not.

When a feature or bug fix impacts the usability of the site, we'll put up a version of the new interface for community review at http://wikitravel.org/review/ . Typically this will be a read-only copy of the English Wikitravel site, unless experimenting with the changes requires editing and/or another language version of Wikitravel.

Most technical changes will be documented on the Bug Report or Feature Request pages. Some high-profile changes will be documented in the Wikitravel en: logbook.

Where it makes sense, we'll contribute software changes to the upstream MediaWiki software.

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