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From Robert Newson <>
Subject Re: wiki choice: moinmoin vs confluence
Date Thu, 09 May 2013 10:53:40 GMT
I'm definitely in favour of building up the docs/ effort to replace
the wiki as *the* place to find out how couchdb works. I can't quite
picture what will be left of the wiki when that's achieved. I guess
the pages where we list contributors and couchdb-based projects, but
not too much else.

I'm -0.9 (see on
switching to Confluence. The choice of wiki technology is a tiny
factor, in my opinion. No wiki is useful without active maintenance.
Unless there's a horde of editors just waiting for the switch before
they'll help out, I think it's a distraction from the real issue.


On 9 May 2013 11:46, Dirkjan Ochtman <> wrote:
>> Anyway, I'm really excited about CouchDB and I really want to contribute to
>> the global documentation out there, but MoinMoin ain't making it easy. I
>> really think that a move to a better documentation tool could be a huge
>> push to CouchDB's adoption. Thanks for listening.
> Have you seen the new Sphinx-based docs? I think they're a huge
> improvement over both the wiki and the book drafts. Personally, I
> think it would make a lot of sense to invest more time in those,
> rather than moving wiki content around. We could port wiki content
> that's missing from the docs to reST so it gets included in every
> CouchDB release (where it's easily accessible through Futon).
> I think the biggest problem with the wiki is that wikis require a lot
> of what I tend to think of as "gardening" to make them easy to
> navigate. I don't think MoinMoin is the larger problem here (though I
> tend to agree that it's pretty unattractive).
> If we want to go one step further with reST, it would even be possible
> to have similar handling for the blog. I use Pelican for my personal
> blog and it uses reST as well. We could have a directory "blog" in the
> tree somewhere where people can collaborate on blog entries which
> subsequently get published to the interwebz.
> Cheers,
> Dirkjan

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