Hello everyone, this is Nelson. I’m a software engineer in the platform group at Wikia. Today I’m going to talk about our new thumbnailer, Vignette.
Wikia recently started an effort to modernize the platform. Part of this effort includes retiring or replacing services that are difficult to maintain or written in languages that are no longer supported. One of our first targets for improvement was the image thumbnailer. MediaWiki’s default thumbnailer has previously proven effective and useful, but it was time to upgrade to something that matches Wikia’s needs, both in terms of scale and performance.
Around the time that discussions started about replacing the old thumbnailer, Wikia acquired a company called Huddler. Huddler had developed thei…
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