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MediaWiki は世界中にある数千の wiki サーバで動いています。 ウィキメディア運動が運営する 900 のウィキはこの中でも重要なメンバーです。そして、英語版ウィキペディアは世界中で最大のウィキであり、特によく知られています。 しかし、MediaWiki はこれらのプロジェクトよりも広い利用者基盤を有します。 MediaWiki はウィキメディア運動のウィキ群が目指すところと、根本的に異なったウィキにも使われます。例えば、倫理的に好ましくない、中立的でない、または偏っているウィキやコンテンツがオープンソースでないウィキ、更には編集が自由でない数千のウィキも存在します。 MediaWiki 開発者は、MediaWiki を使った wiki 全体のニーズに対応するためにソフトウェアを変更します。彼らはどのプロジェクトがサポートの価値があり、またはないかについては判断しません。

As such, the MediaWiki developers represent their own project with their own separate community, with their own goals and practices; and those goals and practices, while closely matching those of English Wikipedia or whereverwiki, do not necessarily precisely align. There is nothing unrealistic, or wrong, with English Wikipedia having goals which are different from those of the MediaWiki software as a whole. The Wikimedia movement wikis have, and always will have, a particularly strong symbiotic relationship with the MediaWiki project, and often have the loudest voice in guiding MediaWiki development. But as a member of a Wikimedia project like Wikipedia, do not make the mistake of thinking that MediaWiki, or the MediaWiki developers, exist only to 'serve' your project, or to serve the Wikimedia movement as a whole.

wikipediaのようなWikimedia projectの一員であれば、you should think of the developers in exactly the same way you would think of the Wikimedia Commons community. Most Wikimedia movement wikis have a strong and healthy symbiotic relationship with Commons, and the Commons community generally does a fairly good job of balancing the needs of the many wikis it supports. But that relationship is usually not without its moments of tension, and sometimes wiki communities do not feel that they are getting everything they would like. But there is an instinctive recognition that those communities have no 'right' to expect any more cooperation than they get, because Commons is its own project with its own values, and that they will have to convince Commons that whatever it is that they want to do is in the best interests of *both* projects, in order to progress. If you treat the community of MediaWiki developers in the same way, you'll understand much better why things do not always appear to be going the 'right' way.


  • Do be proactive in letting the MediaWiki developers know when a change has had an impact on your wiki project, either positive or negative.
  • Do suggest changes which would benefit your wiki.



  • Don't ever assume that the MediaWiki developers have a duty to consult your project before making a change, especially if your project is large and self-important.
  • Don't assume that the MediaWiki developers have a duty not to make any changes which are detrimental to your project.
  • Don't try to argue that a change must be made because there is "consensus" from your project to do so. A consensus of MediaWiki users would be an impressive thing indeed, given that many of them would disagree on the color of the overhead sky.