What is Hydra
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.
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.
Former team members:
- Brent Copeland - Software Engineer
- Collink - Software Engineer
- Cathadan - Software Engineer
- Telshin - Software Engineer, Team Manager