Incredibly, TWiki is now 10 years young! Although I started TWiki in 1998, the oldest TWiki distribution I found is TWiki19990120.zip, e.g. 20 Jan 1999. TWiki re-defined the wiki space from a pure shared publishing platform, to an enterprise wiki, to a web application platform. JostSpot copied the application wiki concept, but was later relaunched as Google Sites with stripped-out application programmability. Other wikis follow the TWiki foot-steps, such as XWiki and TikiWiki. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Tank You, THANK YOU for all the support you gave over the last 10 years!
In October last year we relaunched the TWiki.org project to expand it to cover the needs of enterprise Web 2.0 collaboration (not just the wiki), to set clear open standards that encourage 3rd party contribution, and to expanded enterprise features. We also defined a new governance structure and code of conduct that is heavily modeled after the successful Ubuntu Linux community. I believe that the twiki.org project can build up on its success with clear leadership and a clearly defined code of conduct. The code of conduct describes the do's and don't's within the community, it already helped reduce the friction we had over the last three years. I encourage you to read it. A number of contributors who disagreed with the code of conduct left the project and created a fork. Since the time we established the new guidelines, 97% opted-in to the code of conduct (1176 out of 1210 community members). We have now more members in the TWikiCommunityGroup than ever.
We are listening to our users, more than ever. We strive to be more user focused, and less self centered on the developers community. The biggest issue we are told is the pain of upgrading TWiki; this is the reason why many TWikis currently in use are 2 to 4 versions back. In January or February we plan to release TWiki 4.3 that solves the upgrade pain, advances TWiki as a Web 2.0 player, and brings many usability enhancements.
We are also improving the twiki.org website to be more user friendly. As a first step, we have now a much improved support website. You no longer need to think of a geeky WikiWord to submit a support question, and you can query existing questions by categories and extensions. Much more work is needed on the twiki.org website: Better landing pages, a redesigned homepage, and improved navigation.
Are you a developer, tech writer or marketeer with interest in open source? Have you ever participated in an open source community? It's lots of fun to collaborate on a common goal. The twiki.org community is looking for additional contributors. As a contributor you can actively make a difference and help shape the product. To get started: