MediaWiki Answers extension developed by ShoutWiki and Brickimedia
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AdsenseForSearch
CategoryHubs
EditResearch
FacebookConnect
FlexibleCategoryViewer
GetQuestionWidget
NewSkin
SuperDeduper
api
maintenance
templates
Answers.i18n.php
Answers.php
AnswersClass.php
AnswersHooks.php
AttributionCache.class.php
CategoryWithAds.php
CustomMoveForm.php
DefaultQuestion.php
EditSimilarAnswers.php
FakeAnswersMessaging.php
HomePageList.class.php
HomePageList.php
JavaScriptAPI.js
LICENSE
PrefilledDefaultQuestion.php
README
README.md
SpecialCreateDefaultQuestionPage.php
TODO
TrackCategories.php
TrackMainPage.php

README.md

1. About

The Answers extension is a collection of extensions and other tools (including a skin) to operate a questions and answers wiki with MediaWiki as the backend.

2. History

The tools were written by various Wikia developers for Wikia.

The initial public release (http://trac.wikia-code.com/changeset/39697) of the Answers extension was on 22 July 2011, though some components of it (such as the old skin, EditResearch extension, etc.) had been public from the very beginning.

It appears that Wikia stopped working on the extension(s) at some point, after which the work was picked up by Jack Phoenix <jack@countervandalism.net>, the author of this very README file.

3. Authors

4. On directory structure

The original release contained only the directories "FacebookConnect", "templates" and "tests". I moved some other Answers-specific stuff here in an attempt to keep things centralized.

  • AdsenseForSearch
    • an extension for displaying Google AdSense ads on search results pages.
    • used by the Answers skin
  • api
    • MediaWiki API modules, called by various things
  • CategoryHubs
  • EditResearch
  • FacebookConnect
  • FlexibleCategoryViewer
  • GetQuestionWidget
    • allows users to get a question widget for their site
  • maintenance
    • maintenance scripts intended to be run from command line (CLI)
  • NewSkin
    • Answers skin (both old and new versions), its images, CSS and JS files
  • SuperDeduper
  • templates
  • tests

5. Installing

Add the following to your wiki's LocalSettings.php:

require_once("$IP/extensions/Answers/Answers.php");

After that, go to your wiki's [[Special:Version]] page to verify that the installation was successful.