What is Wikispore for?
The garden of Wikispore bears four fruits:
- A wiki farm for specialized subject areas and new (text and media) forms
- A narrative base for Wikidata topics that don't fit inside other Wikimedia Foundation wikis
- A knowledge repository for different types of knowledge (including oral and visual), including primary source documents
- A testing ground for tentative sister projects
What is Wikispore not for?
Wikispore is not meant to:
- Duplicate content of other Wikimedia projects, or host POV forks
- Have copyright incompatible with the Wikimedia movement
- Have high-tech experimentation for its own sake, we're primarily experimenting with content social structures
- Violate privacy or allow bad behavior
- Test in large scale, for example mass creating pages using bots
How does Wikispore work?
Wikispore is hosted on Wikimedia Cloud Services, as an experimental and supplementary space to its Wikimedia sister projects. Its fundamental advantage over conventional wiki farms is its integration into the Wikimedia community and ecosystem, so that users can use their existing Wikimedia accounts and link out to Wikispore as a narrative base for Wikidata and as a supplement for topics too specialized to fit inside Wikipedia.
Wikispore is structured for this purpose as a series of supplementary appendices, or Spores, that deal with specialized subject areas or formal distinctions, and each has its own namespace. New Spores can be proposed by the community, and may eventually evolve into new wikis and sister projects, or also migrate/integrate their content into existing ones.
Some might ask, why such a weird name? First, thank you for noticing. Second, the word "spore" is monosyllabic and multilingual, from the ancient Greek word σπορά spora, meaning "seed, sowing", and is ideal for a wiki farm. Therefore Wikispore has adopted a botanical theme, befitting the crucial role of spores in germinating nature.
How safe and sustainable is content hosting here?
As a test project, Wikispore is subject to possible deletion. If Wikispore graduates from this stage, the data here would be very durable and it will be copied and archived in several places. In the event that this project is shut down, it is very easy to export data (see below) and it could be hosted on another MediaWiki wiki.
How can I migrate my wiki here?
If you have existing content from a MediaWiki wiki, it's easy to import using the Special:Import feature. If you need this solution, please ask an administrator on the Greenhouse. If you have text in some other format and need help turning it into MediaWiki text, you can also ask for help there. Please be aware that content must be appropriately licensed as Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0.
How can I backup and export content from here?
Unlike importing, exporting content can be done by anyone via Special:Export. If you require large amounts of pages that would make manual exports cumbersome, a database dump could be made by an admin. You can request help with exporting at the Greenhouse.
How can I search Wikispore?
You can use the Search Wikispore box to look for information in the main "trunk" of Wikispore, just as normal. However, you will find that a simple search misses information that is within a particular Spore (for example, searching for
George Gregory). You can accomplish this by adding the Spore name to the search. So,using the same example, a search for
bio: George Gregory gives a result, whereas a search for
art: George Gregory doesn't.