Wikiapiary – a useful website for MediaWiki admins

A fairly simple idea of gathering statistics from all MediaWiki’s they can find resulted in surprisingly useful website with huge potential. Wikiapiary knows which version of software your wiki use: the skin, extensions, version of MediaWiki itself.

More importantly wikiapiary can show the stats from the point of view of the software: for example here is the page about Semantic Result Formats:

Plot of Semantic Result Formats usage statistics

What’s interesting facts can be found here:

  • some of the extensions are not as popular as we thought them to be. For example Semantic MediaWiki is installed only in 10 percent of the wikis
  • Many wiki admins don’t upgrade their software very often: pretty interesting fact in the world of WMF where nobody give a damn about being compatible with as much versions of MediaWiki as possible.

Usage

Why do I claim that Wikiapiary is a super useful website?

  • For start it provides the list of extensions and skins, ranked by popularity, which has never been done before. It’s important for me as wiki admin
  • Secondly it creates a connection between the developers of the extensions and their users. As a programmer I can monitor how popular my extension is, can ask my users to upgrade their versions in case of security risks, maybe propose custom services for them
  • Thirdly it creates a repository of MediaWiki websites based on which it’s possible to organize contests, write case studies, make research and share the experience about proper wiki gardening.

I think that Jamie Thingelstad, the author of Wikiapiary is doing a great job and I’ll try to help him in any way I can.

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One Response to Wikiapiary – a useful website for MediaWiki admins

  1. Thank you for the great blog post and writeup on WikiApiary! I’m so happy that you and others are finding value and are helping move the site along!

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