Parser 2011/Real-time collaboration

People interestedEdit

PotentialsEdit

BenefitsEdit

  • Could greatly enhance community bonds by allowing mentors and newbies to edit together
  • Get to consensus faster when editing an article
  • More of a social space
  • Especially good for focused groups like WikiProjects that depend on small numbers interacting intensely
  • Most groups who need to collaborate fast already use Google Docs or Etherpad or some such; (the WMF does a lot already) which makes translation to public wiki form tedious. This could bring them back to public wikis
  • Remove all Edit Conflicts

ObstaclesEdit

  • Wikitext is not just formatted text, has embedded templates, parser functions, etc. etc.
  • MediaWiki's model is one user : one edit.
    • Could resolve this by creation sessions owned by a user, having others join, then adding other usernames to commit comment
  • If combined with visual editing, can make the software stack even more complex.

Relevant conceptsEdit

StatusEdit

Believed to be interesting enough to explore, not officially on the agenda.

Mark Holmquist posted to the wikitech-l list announcing a test instance of MediaWiki with an experimental extension enabling this feature: [1]

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