SMW implementation + MW code drop megathread

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So I wanted to start the SMW discussion thread ->

I changed Template:LotS Item in an attempt to include variables automatically in every item page (this takes about a day to populate through the cache). Though I am not sure if we have the correct naming scheme for properties yet; i just did 1:1 with variable name. So I have not followed up in seeing it it works yet. We may need additional category pages inserted by the template.

We are destroying the web server's db and I have no more resources I can throw at it. So we have to transition LotS into a SMW model for a lot of the pages to expand. Figuring this out is key, and starting to no longer be an option to rely on #varpull. This is just the next step in evolution of the wiki.

I am taking a MediaWiki and SMW code drop and database sometime on Saturday 3/27. I expect the whole process to be about 10 hours to ensure little to no down time.

So I propose figuring out if the change I made to Template:LotS Item is usable in some form and figure out any changes we need to make.

Also if there is a site already performing some SMW similar to our objective that we look to their model and adapt it to our needs.

Zoycite (talk)16:42, 27 March 2015

MediaWiki 1.24.1 has some major incompatibility problems for us. 1.25 has some promising improvements, but is not yet stable. So for now I have held off on upgrades and taken a look at optimizing settings to work better for us.

SMW initiative seems to be going along fine. I am doing a mass update to the category links: this takes hours to run. This should slowly start trickling in SMW stuff to places it was added.

I am collecting metrics and figuring out where the hardware/software needs are to let the site work best.

Zoycite (talk)03:35, 29 March 2015

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I've converted http://zoywiki.com/LotS/items/Officers to use SMW and reduced 339 expensive parser calls to 0, and cut the generation time by ~80%. There are still a few things left to learn, but I think we're on the right track. If you have a list of priority items that we should focus on first, we can tackle them in order.

Doomcat (talk)11:52, 27 April 2015