Bogleheads® wiki history

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The Bogleheads® Wiki traces its history to events taking place during the spring of 2008.

Early history

The PBwiki

PBwiki Bogleheads Wiki front page

Preceding the current edition was an experimental wiki, initiated on April 9, 2008 [1] utilizing a free version of the commercial Peanut Butter Wiki platform. [2] PBwiki was selected because it is gratis, doesn't require server access, and isn't filled with advertisements. No personal website is required at all, since PBwiki does the actual hosting.

The experimental wiki was mentioned quite casually in a Bogleheads Forum conversation, "Implicit guarantee" of MM funds and Vanguard. The post sparked interest as the topic, Wiki? attests.

A small group of forum members signed up to experiment with the wiki format. [note 1] The team collaborated well and made considerable progress over a short time period. "The Bogleheads Wiki Forum" on tangler.com, a provider of no-cost discussion forums unaffiliated with PBwiki, was established to facilitate communication. For completeness of the historical record, the team also used a second "private" Tangler board, named "The Bogleheads Wiki Administration Forum."

The proposal

The wiki group decided that a wiki might be an appropriate site for bogleheads.org. They started writing a Proposal For The Creation of a Forum Wiki [3] on April 24, 2008, and submitted a final version to forum administrators on May 2, 2008. [4] In the proposal, the group argued the permanent wiki should employ freeware residing at the then diehards.org rather than PBwiki as follows:

  • The Bogleheads Wiki will likely outgrow the limitations imposed by the vendor's free software version.
  • The vendor can decide at any time to charge for the currently free product.
  • The vendor's website may disappear, e.g., if the company goes bankrupt.
  • The vendor might add advertising to hosted Wikis.

On May 6, 2008, Alex Frakt indicated his willingness to host the wiki at diehards.org (bogleheads.org). He and Larry Auton chose the widely used open source MediaWiki platform, and due to their hard work the new Bogleheads Wiki was up and running May 13, 2008.

Migration of content

The initial task the wiki team faced was migration of content from the experimental wiki. The transfer was completed on May 19, 2008. [5]

Main page evolution

Since inception, the wiki main page has undergone a series of revisions and updates. The visual record of these iterations are included below.

The first main page:

The Wiki Main Page on May 19, 2008
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Direct link: Main Page revision 13:52, 19 May 2008

The version prior to implementing a portal design:

The Wiki Main Page on Jan 11, 2009
Main Page, Jan 11, 2009.png

Direct link: Main Page revision 16:58, 11 January 2009

The version prior to matching the forum's prosilver style:

The Wiki Main Page on Feb 03, 2012
Main Page, Feb 03, 2012.png

Direct link: Main Page revision 07:42, 3 February 2012

The version matching the forum's prosilver style:

The Wiki Main Page on December 16, 2012
Main Page as of 16 December 2012.png

Direct link: Main Page revision 20:55, 16 December 2012
Note: Image captured on November 25, 2015. John Bogle's 2015 picture is shown.

The version to accommodate mobile devices:

The Wiki Main Page on November 28, 2015
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Direct link: Main Page Revision as of 21:01, 28 November 2015

This version aligns with Wikipedia:Main Page alternative (outline links). The content displays a featured article (rotated daily) and historical events for the current week.

The Wiki Main Page on April 18, 2016
Main page 18 April 2016.png

Direct link: Main Page Revision as of 20:42, 18 April 2016

Notes

  1. The test wiki had six significant contributors: Barry Barnitz, mikenz, PiperWarrior, simba, David Grabiner, and Xenial (Ken Schwartz).

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