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'''MediaWiki''' is the software [[Consumerium]] uses on its [[R&D wiki]] which you are using right now. It is one of several [[wiki code]] options, seemingly the one that has a [[wikitext standard]] suitable for large numbers of people to collaborate on in many languages. http://mediawiki.org
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'''MediaWiki''' [http://www.mediawiki.org (.org)] is the software [[Consumerium]] uses on its [[R&D wiki]] which you are using right now.  
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It has grown a sturdy, reliable and versatile now with support for '''[[mw:MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle|multilinguality]] and [[Wikidata|structured data]]''' ( in the works ) support in MediaWiki. Figuring out how to best use it's extra [[namespaces]], [[templates]], [[categories]], [[MediaWiki/extensions|extensions]] and [[MediaWiki/widgets|widgets]] for achieving Consumium [[goals]] is of the essence of the Consumium effort.
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During the [[Timeline of MediaWiki|years of it's evolution]] MediaWiki has grown to include novel ways of extending the software with possibility to have [[categories]], extra [[namespaces]], [[templates]], [[MediaWiki/extensions]] and later on with [[MediaWiki/widgets]]
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[[mw:MediaWiki history]], [[mw:Release notes]] and [[mw:Roadmap]] shed light on the developments of the MediaWiki software from Magnus Manske's original "PhaseIII" code rewrite into PHP Who'd known that PHP scripts run one of the planets biggest sites [[Wikipedia]] and has thus been proven to scale to serve tens of thousands or even hundereds thousands of requests per second.
  
 
It is not however ideal as a piece of code to work with our [[hardware requirements]] or [[protocol requirements]], e.g. it does not currently integrate with any [[mobile device code]], [[chat code]] otherwise then that the people using the Wikis might also be using IM, such as irc or email to communicate with each other.  Nor does it implement some features of the [[content wiki]] or [[opinion wiki]] that will be needed eventually to deliver [[Consumerium Services]] such as [[signing]] versions of articles, which is needed for non-centralized integrity burden of proof.   
 
It is not however ideal as a piece of code to work with our [[hardware requirements]] or [[protocol requirements]], e.g. it does not currently integrate with any [[mobile device code]], [[chat code]] otherwise then that the people using the Wikis might also be using IM, such as irc or email to communicate with each other.  Nor does it implement some features of the [[content wiki]] or [[opinion wiki]] that will be needed eventually to deliver [[Consumerium Services]] such as [[signing]] versions of articles, which is needed for non-centralized integrity burden of proof.   
  
Therefore its use at present is really just a test, and to make it easier to collate text from other [[GFDL]] services, most of which also use mediawiki.  [[Consumerium developers]] will have to make their choices based also on the constraints the [[Consumerium License]] might place on using [[GPL]]'d code.  This might not be an issue, or it might be a huge issue, we just don't know.  The [http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2004-April/000005.html MediaWiki 1.3 release] is now available and should be compared to [[GetWiki]].
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Therefore its use at present is really just a test, and to make it easier to collate text from other [[GFDL]] services, most of which also use mediawiki.  [[Consumerium developers]] will have to make their choices based also on the constraints the [[Consumerium License]] might place on using [[GPL]]'d code.  This might not be an issue, or it might be a huge issue, we just don't know.   
  
 
The long term choices of [[wiki code]] and its integration with other code are things the [[Consumerium Governance Organization]] will decide, and this [[Development Wiki]] is here to discuss.  As part of [[reflexive design]], we will generally use the tools we are trying to test, before deciding to use them.  This will often bias [[sysop]]s and others in favour of what is in use now!  We should be very aware of this [[systemic bias]].
 
The long term choices of [[wiki code]] and its integration with other code are things the [[Consumerium Governance Organization]] will decide, and this [[Development Wiki]] is here to discuss.  As part of [[reflexive design]], we will generally use the tools we are trying to test, before deciding to use them.  This will often bias [[sysop]]s and others in favour of what is in use now!  We should be very aware of this [[systemic bias]].
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== Sites using MediaWiki ==
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the most popular page using MediaWiki is Wikipedia. But MediaWiki is also used by tens of thousands other different wikis, public and private.
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Some of the most popular wikis are:
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- Wikia (a wiki farm)
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- wikiHow
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- WikiLeaks
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It is also in use by a large amount of companies as an internal Wiki (e.g.: Novell and Intel).
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Also the government makes use of MediaWiki:
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- Intellipedia, used by the United States Intelligence Community and
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- Diplopedia, used by United States Department of State
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=== New features in MediaWiki by version and year ===
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{|class="wikitable"
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|+Release notes
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!MediaWiki
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![[git]]
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!Years supported
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!Features added
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|[[/1.20|1.20]] (preliminary)
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES-1.20;hb=master RELEASE-NOTES-1.20]
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|[[Future]]
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|-
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|[[/1.19|1.19]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES-1.19;hb=REL1_19 RELEASE-NOTES-1.19]
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|[[Future]]
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|-
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|[[/1.18|1.18]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES-1.18;hb=REL1_18 RELEASE-NOTES-1.18]
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|[[2012]]
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|-
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|[[/1.17|1.17]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_17 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2012]]
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|-
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|[[/1.16|1.16]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_16 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2011]]
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|-
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|[[/1.15|1.15]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_15 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2010]]
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|-
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|[[/1.14|1.14]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_14 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2009]]
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|-
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|[[/1.13|1.13]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_13 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2009]]
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|-
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|[[/1.12|1.12]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_12 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2009]]
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|-
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|[[/1.11|1.11]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_11 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2007]]-[[2008]]
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|-
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|[[/1.10|1.10]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_10 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2007]]-[[2008]]
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|-
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|[[/1.9|1.9]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_9 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2007]]
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* Special:-pages can be [[localized]]
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|[[/1.8|1.8]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_8 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|-
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|[[/1.7|1.7]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_7 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2006]]
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* PHP4 support dropped
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* Tracking [[Interlanguage]] links added to database
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|-
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|[[/1.6|1.6]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_6 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2006]]
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* [[Templates]] can have default values
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* [[w:CAPTCHA]]s introduced
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|-
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|[[/1.5|1.5]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_5 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2005]]-[[2006]]
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* Checks for email validity by requiring validation link in the email sent to be clicked
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* Major schema change
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|[[/1.4|1.4]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_4 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2005]]-[[2006]]
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* "RecentChanges Patrol"
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* New searchable logs
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* An email notification patch for [[watched pages]] and User-pages called [[Enotif]]. See [[m:Enotif]] for more precise info
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* Overriding interface language
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* Ability to set rel="NOFOLLOW"
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|[[/1.3|1.3]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_3 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2004]]-[[2005]]
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* [[Categories]] work
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* Any number of additional [[namespaces]], which is very good for us. Now we can have namespaces for [[companies]], [[product]]s etc.
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* RSS & Atom [[feeds]]
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|[[/1.2|1.2]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_2 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2004]]
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* Bureucrats ( ability to add sysops onwiki )
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|[[/1.1|1.1]]
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|[https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/gitweb?p=mediawiki/core.git;a=blob;f=RELEASE-NOTES;hb=REL1_1 RELEASE-NOTES]
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|[[2003]]
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* [[XML]] [[export]]
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* [[wikitable]] syntax
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|[[/pre-1.1.0|pre-1.1.0]]
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'''<tt>[[mw:Release notes]]</tt>''' need to be read through to map which functionality was added when and then in a timeline article match what the Consumium [[design paradigm]] to getter a better view.
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'''See also:'''
 
'''See also:'''
*[[Content wiki]]
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*[[Opinion wiki]]
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*other [[technology]] we are using or planning to use
*[[MediaWiki modifications]] - For figuring out what has to be hacked, why and how
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[[Category:MediaWiki]]

Latest revision as of 14:55, 2 December 2013

MediaWiki (.org) is the software Consumerium uses on its R&D wiki which you are using right now.

It has grown a sturdy, reliable and versatile now with support for multilinguality and structured data ( in the works ) support in MediaWiki. Figuring out how to best use it's extra namespaces, templates, categories, extensions and widgets for achieving Consumium goals is of the essence of the Consumium effort.

During the years of it's evolution MediaWiki has grown to include novel ways of extending the software with possibility to have categories, extra namespaces, templates, MediaWiki/extensions and later on with MediaWiki/widgets

mw:MediaWiki history, mw:Release notes and mw:Roadmap shed light on the developments of the MediaWiki software from Magnus Manske's original "PhaseIII" code rewrite into PHP Who'd known that PHP scripts run one of the planets biggest sites Wikipedia and has thus been proven to scale to serve tens of thousands or even hundereds thousands of requests per second.

It is not however ideal as a piece of code to work with our hardware requirements or protocol requirements, e.g. it does not currently integrate with any mobile device code, chat code otherwise then that the people using the Wikis might also be using IM, such as irc or email to communicate with each other. Nor does it implement some features of the content wiki or opinion wiki that will be needed eventually to deliver Consumerium Services such as signing versions of articles, which is needed for non-centralized integrity burden of proof.

Therefore its use at present is really just a test, and to make it easier to collate text from other GFDL services, most of which also use mediawiki. Consumerium developers will have to make their choices based also on the constraints the Consumerium License might place on using GPL'd code. This might not be an issue, or it might be a huge issue, we just don't know.

The long term choices of wiki code and its integration with other code are things the Consumerium Governance Organization will decide, and this Development Wiki is here to discuss. As part of reflexive design, we will generally use the tools we are trying to test, before deciding to use them. This will often bias sysops and others in favour of what is in use now! We should be very aware of this systemic bias.


Sites using MediaWiki[edit]

the most popular page using MediaWiki is Wikipedia. But MediaWiki is also used by tens of thousands other different wikis, public and private. Some of the most popular wikis are:

- Wikia (a wiki farm)
- wikiHow
- WikiLeaks

It is also in use by a large amount of companies as an internal Wiki (e.g.: Novell and Intel).

Also the government makes use of MediaWiki:

- Intellipedia, used by the United States Intelligence Community and
- Diplopedia, used by United States Department of State


New features in MediaWiki by version and year[edit]

Release notes
MediaWiki git Years supported Features added
1.20 (preliminary) RELEASE-NOTES-1.20 Future
1.19 RELEASE-NOTES-1.19 Future
1.18 RELEASE-NOTES-1.18 2012
1.17 RELEASE-NOTES 2012
1.16 RELEASE-NOTES 2011
1.15 RELEASE-NOTES 2010
1.14 RELEASE-NOTES 2009
1.13 RELEASE-NOTES 2009
1.12 RELEASE-NOTES 2009
1.11 RELEASE-NOTES 2007-2008
1.10 RELEASE-NOTES 2007-2008
1.9 RELEASE-NOTES 2007
1.8 RELEASE-NOTES
1.7 RELEASE-NOTES 2006
  • PHP4 support dropped
  • Tracking Interlanguage links added to database
1.6 RELEASE-NOTES 2006
1.5 RELEASE-NOTES 2005-2006
  • Checks for email validity by requiring validation link in the email sent to be clicked
  • Major schema change
1.4 RELEASE-NOTES 2005-2006
  • "RecentChanges Patrol"
  • New searchable logs
  • An email notification patch for watched pages and User-pages called Enotif. See m:Enotif for more precise info
  • Overriding interface language
  • Ability to set rel="NOFOLLOW"
1.3 RELEASE-NOTES 2004-2005
1.2 RELEASE-NOTES 2004
  • Bureucrats ( ability to add sysops onwiki )
1.1 RELEASE-NOTES 2003
pre-1.1.0


mw:Release notes need to be read through to map which functionality was added when and then in a timeline article match what the Consumium design paradigm to getter a better view.


See also: