Social tools/History

Social tools originated at ArmchairGM, which was later bought out by Wikia, Inc., and despite Wikia not developing social tools anymore (since 2008), the social tools family of extensions continues to thrive.
  • December — ArmchairGM, an American sports-oriented social wiki site, is founded and eventually social tools are being developed, primarily by Aaron Wright and David Pean, with some (FanBoxes) being developed by Rob Lefkowitz and also by Ashish Datta (PictureGame) and Jeffrey Tierney (MarchMadness)
  • December — Wikia, Inc. buys ArmchairGM for "more than $2 million [USD]"[1]
  • 28 February — First public release of the SocialProfile MediaWiki extension [2][3]
  • 21 June — Wikia opens its SVN to the general public, revealing that many SocialProfile features were taken out before the public release.[4]
  • 1 July — Rob Lefkowitz's staff access on Wikia is revoked[5]
  • July — slowly more features from Wikia codebase are being added into SocialProfile extension
  • 12 August — Aaron Wright (Awrigh01), the co-author of SocialProfile leaves Wikia[6]
  • 4 September — release of SocialProfile version 1.2 with merely one big changed thing: special page aliases[7]
  • 20 September — release of SocialProfile version 1.3 with SystemGifts and UserGifts features and E_STRICT & E_NOTICE bugfixes[8]
  • 8 December — Halopedia is moved back to the standard Wikia codebase [9]
  • 22 January — Siebrand adds UserWelcome into core SocialProfile because he sees SocialProfile as an extension package, like the Uniwiki extensions.[10]
  • 10 June — UserActivity and UserSystemMessages added into SocialProfile → version 1.4[11]
  • 20 January — Jack Phoenix contacts Jimmy Wales (who in turns contacts Gil Penchina, who contacts Jack) about open-sourcing ArmchairGM's skin; in the end, nothing becomes of it[12]
  • 8 February — In a private email to Jack Phoenix, Gil Penchina admits that Wikia "dropped support" for social tools
  • February — PictureGame, QuizGame, PollNY, FanBoxes and possibly some other related extensions disabled on Halopedia per community consensus[13]
  • December — Wikia begins to update their codebase to MediaWiki 1.16 and in the process social tools are removed from their SVN[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]
  • 14 August — social tools are migrated from Subversion (SVN) to git
  • 10 July — contributed patch to work around bug 49280 committed to git
  • 22 July — PollNY fixed to be compatible with MediaWiki 1.21.1
  • 27 July — QuizGame fixed to be compatible with MediaWiki 1.21.1[27]
  • 28 August — ArmchairGM codebase (revision 40097 from Wikia's SVN) committed to GitHub because Wikia's SVN has been shut down
  • 29 August — FanBoxes fixed to be compatible with MediaWiki 1.21.1[28]
  • 12 September — initial working versions (version 3.0 of both extensions) of the SportsTeams and UserStatus extensions are released
  • 3 October — version 2.0 of SiteScout released[29]
  • 5 October — Challenge , an old extension used on ArmchairGM from 2006 to early 2007 or so, released, despite not being yet feature-complete[30]
  • 10 October — ArmchairGM codebase also duplicated to Gitorious
  • January — ArmchairGM codebase also duplicated to Wikimedia Phabricator
  • 10 September – (task T145286) Extensions under the social tools umbrella which didn't already have officially removed their deprecated entry points (any other extensions that weren't listed had already removed their old entry point, besides Challenge and MiniInvite), which are: BlogPage, Comments, FanBoxes, LinkFilter, MediaWikiChat, PollNY, QuizGame, RandomFeaturedUser, RandomUsersWithAvatars, Video, WikiForum, and WikiTextLoggedInOut.
  • December — Gerrit change 325133 and version 1.10 (Gerrit change 278868, Gerrit change 325141) of SocialProfile released: SocialProfile now has support for Extension:Echo , the notifications extension (task T64520)
  • 22 January — The ImageRating extension was requested to be migrated as a gerrit repo in Special:Diff/2369518.
  • 24 January — The ImageRating extension was migrated as a gerrit repo by QChrisNonWMF in Special:Diff/2371164 and officially recognized as an extension under the social tools umbrella.
  • July — Social tools' MediaWiki compatibility policy changes: all social tools now aim to be compatible with the latest Long-Term Support (LTS) release of MediaWiki (1.35 at the time) instead of the latest stable release of MediaWiki.
    This change was necessary because given the limited resources, it's not feasible to anymore try to target the latest stable version of MediaWiki.
  • Late May — FanBoxes , PictureGame , PollNY and QuizGame now support using images already uploaded to the wiki instead of requiring the user to upload an image (or images, in the case of PictureGame) when creating a new userbox/picture game/poll/quiz question.[31]

References edit

  1. Old revision of Wikipedia's article about Wikia
  2. Jimmy Wales' blog post about SocialProfle
  3. r31383
  4. Changeset 10 on Wikia's Subversion
  5. Changeset 150 on Wikia's Subversion
  6. Changeset 958 on Wikia's Subversion
  7. r41067
  8. r41068
  9. Blog:Halopedia upgrades on Halopedia
  10. r45982
  11. r51713
  12. Department of Justice: Idealism is dead
  13. Forum:Abolishing the Polls, Quizzes and Picture Games on Halopedia
  14. Changeset 31795 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes UserGifts
  15. Changeset 31796 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes UserProfile extension
  16. Changeset 31798 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes PictureGame extension
  17. Changeset 31799 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes PollNY extension
  18. Changset 31802 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes QuizGame extension
  19. Changeset 31803 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes FanBoxes extension
  20. Changeset 31817 on Wikia's Subversion — Sean Colombo removes a lot of social code
  21. Changeset 31908 on Wikia's Subversion — Sean Colombo removes CommonNY.i18n.php from Wikia's SVN
  22. Changeset 31911 on Wikia's Subversion — Sean Colombo removes Wikia's version of RandomUsersWithAvatars
  23. Changeset 31947 on Wikia's Subversion — eloy removes FlickrImport extension from Wikia's SVN
  24. Changeset 39110 on Wikia's Subversion — Sean Colombo removes UserProfileStatus, a Wikia Search-specific fork of UserStatus, from Wikia's SVN
  25. MediaWiki selects eight students for Google Summer of Code 2011 on Wikimedia blog
  26. Changeset 40097 on Wikia's Subversion
  27. Gerrit change 76219
  28. Gerrit change 81687, Gerrit change 81688
  29. Gerrit change 164689
  30. gerrit:164770
  31. topic:social-tools-file-picker on gerrit