Announcing the new EA Wiki!

The EA Wiki is now hosted on EA Hub, re­plac­ing our old Wikia site, which gives us a lot more con­trol over var­i­ous things and re­moves an­noy­ing ads. Wikis are all about crowd­sourc­ing so if you see any­thing wrong or which you think you could im­prove hit edit and change it (or flag it with a no­tice if you’re busy/​don’t feel like do­ing the full edit). Wikis are de­signed to be near-im­pos­si­ble to dam­age (due to all edit his­to­ries be­ing saved) de­spite the fact that you can edit ev­ery­thing so don’t worry about div­ing in even if you’re new to this :sim­ple_smile:

There’s lots more con­tent which could use­fully be cre­ated and or­ga­ni­za­tional work to be done, though var­i­ous peo­ple have already made an ex­cel­lent start. I en­visage the core pur­pose of the wiki as pro­vid­ing a sum­mary of all im­por­tant EA re­lated top­ics, causes, and or­ga­ni­za­tions, while link­ing out to lots of blogs posts, dis­cus­sions, and other use­ful pages around the EA com­mu­nity to al­low eas­ily find­able ac­cess to the best re­sources we have. A hub that ev­ery­one can help keep up to date.

It will also be available for EA re­lated pro­jects which could do with a few com­mu­nally ed­itable pages. If any­one thinks this may be use­ful for them let me know and I can ad­vise on suit­abil­ity and help you get set up. I’m guess­ing a bunch of use cases I’ve not thought of will come up, wikis are pretty handy.

This move was planned for a few months ago when I did most of the setup, but we got blocked on SSO which turned out to be a lot more tricky than hoped due to out­dated ex­ten­sions. Rather than link­ing to your ac­counts on any EA sites I’ve just set up lo­gins via Google ac­counts, which should provide most of the benefits in terms of spam pre­ven­tion and easy ac­count cre­ation. I’ve added a few other ex­ten­sions like se­man­tic me­di­aw­iki which will al­low struc­tured data col­lected from in­foboxes on or­ga­ni­za­tions to gen­er­ate neat ta­bles with a lit­tle in-page query and some which al­low you to em­bed hack­pads, google docs, and a few other sites (ex­am­ples). There are still a hand­ful of bits of im­prove­ment and pol­ish on my to-do list (most no­tably caching which will speed page load times for non-logged in users con­sid­er­ably), but I’ve been en­couraged to ship rather than wait­ing for the wish­list to be com­plete. There’s prob­a­bly a few things which need at­ten­tion, please let me know if any­thing seems to be not work­ing right. If you want any fea­tures in par­tic­u­lar ping me and I’ll let you know if it’s plau­si­ble to add to MW.

Thanks to Peter Hur­ford for the ini­tial idea (I think?) and early work on wikia, Tom Ash and Giles Ed­kins for do­ing most of the re­cent work on con­tent, Yan­ick Stein­beck for cre­at­ing one of the ver­sion of the main page (in­te­grat­ing this with the cur­rent one is on the to-do list!) and use­ful dis­cus­sions, Ozzie Gooen for set­ting me up with ac­cess and try­ing to get SSO work­ing, and ev­ery­one else who’s helped out or en­couraged this to hap­pen.

If you’re in­ter­ested in join­ing in the to-do list is a good place to look for open tasks. We have a chan­nel on the .im­pact slack (#p-eaw­iki) if you’d like to dis­cuss things in real time, and this page will be used for plan­ning out con­tent ar­eas, poli­cies, and things of that kind (though per­haps we’ll end up us­ing this site for that in­stead?).

Happy edit­ing!