Name: Deepanshu Mehndiratta
Email: deepanshumehndiratta [AT] gmail.com
Project title: Organizing watchlists, adding articles/edits to favourites, rating edits. Inclusion of sidebar to display recent activity and integration with social gadget on mediawiki websites and external wikis.
Timezone: GMT + 5.5 (Mumbai)
Typical working hours: 4pm - 4am (flexible work time)
IRC or IM networks/handle(s): deepanshum
This project aims at integration of a very minimal social component into the MediaWiki websites and other personal as well as external wikis connected to MediaWiki. The basic idea is to have a collection of all their favourites at one place linked to their mediawiki account without relying on external networks and also to facilitate the implementation of 'Who's been awesome' functionality.
The 'add to favourites' thing could alongside also facilitate "Who's been awesome?" which has been suggested on the Idea's page. The basic way is to order the edits in the order of favourites by users. Also the current 'Post a message' system could be extended to Edits and Revisions to message users regarding their contributions.
Also, the best revision could be shown on the page alongside the article(this would help the users, who wish to know more about that particular subject contact the person who has been rated as the best contributor of the said article.)
Further scope may include publishing of users who have contributed maximum to a field (useful edits and articles on inter related subjects) to be contacted in case if the user wishes to acquire a deeper insight into the subject.
Inclusion of a 'Add to favourites' button(Much like the 'Add to watchlist' button) which would be available both for complete Posts as well as Edits. Which would be along with the 'Add to watchlist' button be integrated with a sidebar(available to logged in users).
The buttons panel could also be (with the help of API integration) be made as a separate gadget which could then be placed on external wikis too.
Here is a small preview of the intended gadgets.
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I have a great interest in opensource technologies and have a good knowledge of PHP and Java. Also, I have working(sufficient) knowledge of C/C++.
The project idea that I have suggested here first came to my mind last october when I developed Wikilive. (Which again was a project based on personal curiosity to fetch Wikipedia pages faster). I think that integration of a minimal social component along with the ones currently in place('Add to watchlist') will improve the experience of a MediaWiki user and also will help them in organizing and bookmarking all the articles/edits they feel are good.
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Past open source experience
Last October I had developed Wikilive a live search for Wikipedia for realtime searching. While developing it, I acquired a basic insight into the Wikipedia API's.
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