It'll be interesting to know more details about the performance problems that SMW has at Wikia or in general, because there are many people who use SMW for large scale data integration will be really interested in learning the issues and how to work around them (if they won't be fixed in time).

Markus and Tim, can you be more specific here?
Thanks,
Jesse

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 1:36 AM, Markus Krötzsch <markus@semantic-mediawiki.org> wrote:
On 22/03/11 03:01, Yaron Koren wrote:
> Very interesting... I didn't know that was their official response now.
> I don't think that conveys the full relationship they have with SMW, but
> it's still good to know.

The performance problems that Wikia has with SMW are very real, even if
caused in no small part by the SMW configuration that is used on the
sites. In any case Wikia runs the largest SMW installations that are
around today, with millions of facts in single databases and complex
queries on top of them.

We are currently cooperating with Wikia for helping them to improve
performance, and I hope that this will make it easier for them to fully
embrace the use of semantic extensions on their sites.

- Markus

>
> On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Robert Murphy <mrandmrsmurphy@gmail.com
> <mailto:mrandmrsmurphy@gmail.com>> wrote:
>
>     Did you all know that this is what wikia sends to people who ask for
>     SMW?!
>     I'm glad I've gone with Referata.
>
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>     From: Wikia Support <support@wikia-inc.com
>     <mailto:support@wikia-inc.com>>
>     Date: Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 12:18 PM
>     Subject: RE: Wikia Contact Mail - Semantic Mediawiki, Semantic Forms,
>     Semantic Drill Down {12501}
>
>
>
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>       Hello ***,
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>
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