That’s a good question. And it just underlines how negligent a blogger I’ve been this past year. The old Wiki Ink plugin has been upgraded by the fantastic web development team here at CTLT, relaunched as the Wiki Embed WordPress Plugin.
This slick plugin allows you to syndicate the content from any MediaWiki page on your WordPress blog, with precise controls for look and feel (such as tabbed browsing of page sections, the option of stripping out “edit” and “table of content” links), and content refresh rates. It’s been a big part of our Resource Management Framework, one that has scaled up across UBC extremely well over the past year.
And yes, Scott could easily have emailed or called me for the updated plugin info. But by sending his query via Twitter, it allowed the plugin to be exposed to potential users who were not previously aware of it. And whaddya know?
Maybe this post will connect Wiki Embed with a few more fantastic uses. There would be nothing so amazing about the benefits of this kind of openness. It goes on all the time. Maybe that’s what so amazing.
This post is in part an homage to the amazing and open Ismael Peña-López, who posted a deeply poetic comment here yesterday. Ismael attributes a metaphor to the equally amazing and open Felipe G. Gil of the ZEMOS98 Collective. (While we are all here, check out this post by Felipe inspired by the indignados uprising, — run it through Google Translate if you need to.) In Ismael’s comment, he suggests Scott Leslie and I are “too obsessed with plugin-overloading the latest incarnation of MediaWiki”. I nearly took umbrage at that, yet here Scott and I are, living down to Ismael’s depiction only one day later.