RFC: Wine API Documentation Proposal
ehoover at mines.edu
Mon Jul 5 09:41:55 CDT 2010
On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:01 PM, Peter Davies <ultratwo at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think the speed and freedom provided by wiki is more important than
> vetting. Most problems would be due to vandalism (easily reverted),
> people will keep an eye on Recent Changes. If the problem is
> overwhelming, we will make editing privileges require a grant by an
> admin on a shall issue basis. Bogus information is a non-issue, people
> with sufficient knowledge to enter convincing information are not
> going to be the sort to enter bogus information. Wikipedia has a high
> level of accuracy despite its openness.
Maybe our concern should not be bogus information but ill-gotten
information. My concern would be that information acquired from reverse
engineering would be "tainted" for Wine development purposes (which is what
concerns me about the soared.org site mentioned on wine-devel). I suppose
that it technically would fall under the traditional Compaq "clean room
reverse engineering" - provided that whomever posted API details on the site
was not also the person posting patches to implement those details in Wine.
I'm not sure how we could best handle this, but it is my understanding that
most of the modern wiki software has an option to require editor approval.
I am hesitant to want to turn on such an option, at least in the beginning,
since I think it would discourage contribution - but it is an option. Does
anyone have a particularly preferred wiki software that they are familiar
with that they think will work well for what we're doing? I don't really
keep track of the different wiki packages, but last time I setup a mediawiki
site I was a bit disappointed by the lack of built-in macros.
While SF specifically mentions a couple wiki packages it looks like they are
pretty flexible with what you can load up, since they will let you create
your own databases - so I think we could setup anything we like. Does
anyone have any reasons we would want to go with somewhere other than SF?
It seems to me like it would provide us with anything we need with the added
bonus of being free.
ehoover at mines.edu
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