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From "Andrew C. Oliver" <acoli...@apache.org>
Subject Wiki RSS was Re: Wiki, WAS: RE: Public mail, Wiki
Date Mon, 30 Dec 2002 21:56:04 GMT
I'm moving this discussion over to community as I think discussing this 
further on "members@" unnecessarily excludes the rest of the Apache 

> It doesn't have to be a one-person job, just like CVS commits 
> oversight is parallelized by sending email on the mail list. What if 
> Wiki commits were sent to the project-docs mail list? It might be a 
> second step, a step that will provide oversight.

One more note.  I've got a beta test version of the wiki here: 
http://nagoya.apache.org/wiki/apachewikitest.cgi  (its working against 
the same data dir as the regular wiki so just note that edits are real). 
 I didn't enable wiki -> Mail list notification because I was being 
conservative (WHICH mail list, and if several that might constitute a 
security issue...etc etc)...   however this beta version will give an 
RSS page for any topic by simply prepending "action=rss" to the query 
string.  For example: 
would give an RSS page representing the "recent changes" page.

It doesn't yet work because it requires XML:RSS which I do not have 
access to install on nagoya.  I requested it be installed via 
infrastructure@apache.org so hopefully in a few days I'll be able to 
move this over.  

The point being, this technology will allow passive notification based 
on topic selection in a way not found on mail lists.  And of course the 
sources to the wiki 
(http://nagoya.apache.org/wiki/apachewiki.cgi?ApacheWiki) are clearly 
posted so anyone can patch it and enhance this capability and I'll 
gladly verify and apply the patches (I hate PERL and use it every day, 
while I don't claim to be an accomplished PERL guy I can verify and 
apply patches to perl code decently)..

This will enable subscribe and collaborate behavior and facilitate 
emergence in what I think will be a very interesting and important way.

Of course those blogging freaks will probably pick it up with their 
aggregators, but I thinks thats an acceptable risk.



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