Category Archives: General

General updates and blog posts

Code Duplication Reduction

This week, our team has continued to work towards the 1.27.0 upgrade while providing our users with quick and useful support.

We’ve identified a number of additional bugs this week that have to be fixed, and in some cases have started working towards a solution.

The main technical highlight of the week has been some initial ground work being laid on T98 – Write a ShoutWiki library. This project will allow our team to continue to maintain our custom tools and extensions, specifically made for our wiki farm setup by reducing code duplication in various simple but essential pieces of code. This in turn, makes it easier to update these tools to allow us to focus on adding additional features and providing great user support.

I am personally very happy with the place ShoutWiki has been in the last week. We’ve had some of the best staff-user engagement we’ve seen in a long time, while making some great progress on some of our technical projects.

There will be no update next week – the majority of the team will be taking some much due holiday, however we will be answering essential queries through our support ticketing system and keeping the ship afloat. We expect to see you again in two Sundays time!

Phabricator: ShoutWiki’s new bug tracker

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Today we’re announcing public access to our new bug tracking and project management system.

Phabricator is a powerful open source system initially developed by staff at Facebook. We originally moved to Phabricator in 2015 to take advantage of the set of repository hosting tools that are included within the software.

Our move was prompted by the Wikimedia Foundation’s adoption of the software who are also using Phabricator as their bug tracking and code hosting system.

As some users have noticed, our old bug tracking system, powered by Bugzilla has been down for a considerable amount of time. Bugzilla was written in a mix of Python and Perl, whereas Phabricator is written primarily in PHP, the same language as MediaWiki. Over time, Bugzilla has become increasingly hard to maintain with our current software stack, and when we migrated many of our backend tools to our new server in, we made the decision that it was time to migrate to Phabricator.

One of the key features we are excited about in the bug tracking software is the ability to assign multiple projects, whereas in Bugzilla a bug could only be filed under one component and product. A task may be filed under various projects where it affects different features.

Phabricator accounts are currently independent of ShoutWiki.com user accounts, and you can create an account using your email address and password or using a Google or GitHub account. We are currently attempting to implement the MediaWiki OAuth handler developed by the Wikimedia Foundation so you can link your ShoutWiki account with your Phabricator profile.

The Phabricator software is designed to be modular adding different modules for different aspects of functionality. Maniphest is the bug and task tracking module in Phabricator and has a simple interface for filing a bug. When submitting a task, you only have to submit a title and a description which can all be amended later. The projects box can be filled in if a particular feature is causing you issues and will auto-complete project names for you.

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You can securely find Phabricator at https://phabricator.shoutwiki.com.

If you have any questions or issues with Phabricator, you can find us on the Freenode IRC network in #ShoutWiki, email support@shoutwiki.com or comment below.