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MDN Web Docs is switching to a new platform where the content will be hosted and contributed to in a GitHub repository

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    umbrae
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    Very cynical me wonders how much of this is driven by them having laid off their technical writers, and looking for a way to keep MDN relevant without them. Relying on community contribution would...

    Very cynical me wonders how much of this is driven by them having laid off their technical writers, and looking for a way to keep MDN relevant without them. Relying on community contribution would make sense there.

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    1. Deimos
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      I think that's probably a factor in some ways, at least. For example, if they no longer have people whose job it is to review new edits, it's a lot more dangerous to stick with the model where...

      I think that's probably a factor in some ways, at least. For example, if they no longer have people whose job it is to review new edits, it's a lot more dangerous to stick with the model where edits are live immediately and have to be reverted if they're wrong/vandalism/etc.

      Overall it sounds like a good switch to me, though. Just using git and all the tools that already exist around it for reviewing changes, tracking history, and so on is a lot simpler than maintaining a custom WYSIWYG system that ends up having to re-implement a lot of the same features. It's mostly more hidden in the backend on Tildes, but I made a similar decision here to use git for the site's wiki system. I haven't done much with it yet, but there's a lot of potential and flexibility that you get for free out of it.

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    2. tindall
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      I'm sure this is a lot of it. It's kinda too bad they're hosting it on GitHub, but I do understand why - they want as many contributors as possible.

      I'm sure this is a lot of it. It's kinda too bad they're hosting it on GitHub, but I do understand why - they want as many contributors as possible.

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