What is Hydra

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Hydra is the custom technology that powers the Gamepedia wiki farm. Named for the legendary Greek monster, Hydra takes its name from the monster’s ability to grow many heads from a single body. In general terms, this enables us to power all of the wikis on Gamepedia from a single core installation of MediaWiki and makes it simple for us to manage MediaWiki updates and the addition of new features from a central location.


History

In 2011, Curse was running more than two dozen individual wikis, each with its own core MediaWiki code-base. This meant that each time an update was released each wiki had to be updated in turn, eventually leading to near constant updating being needed. Seeing a need to alleviate this problem, a team was put together to create a solution.

Hydra was launched in September 2012 powering 25 wikis, and quickly grew to include more than 150 wikis by the summer of 2013. Today, Hydra powers over a thousand wikis and allows Gamepedia to be running the most advanced and up-to-date wiki software of any major wiki farm.

Team

Former team members:

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