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New wiki notice

March 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

I sent this out to the users that registered with an email address on maiwiki:

Hiya! This is maiki, the one that runs this wiki. I recently found that the database has so many bot registrations, it is now 17GB! While we don’t have an issue with spam in the articles, I did run out of hard drive space, so I am going to start over with a new wiki instance.

My plan is to migrate all the content over from this wiki to a new one, and turn off user registration. I will manually add folks to the wiki that wants to edit it, which has only been a handful of us, and that should take care of it.

I would also like to relicense everything under CC0 ( The current wiki is CC-BY-SA. The reason is that most of the content on the wiki is created by me, and I want to dedicate it to the commons.

If you do not want your content relicensed with CC0, please let me know and I will remove your contributions from the new wiki. ^_^


The future of third-party releases on MediaWiki

I thought about it for a day, and decided to set the wiki to only be editable by those with a confirmed email address. The main reason is that I don’t have time to fight spam now, and this may help. It isn’t a permanent decision, though I fear that I may just leave it like that out of frustration.

Eventually I hope to find a different method for combating spam, and if I went ahead with my plans for a wikae cluster and filled it with active communities, it might work. I’ve got to think about this, but I don’t have the energy to do so now.


I am bummed out by the amount of spam I am getting in MediaWiki. My impulse is to turn on confirmed editing (meaning they need to confirm their email address), but that isn’t the wiki spirit. On the other hand, only folks that I know are using it. Sad.


March 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

Adam created a cool template for embedding and aligning external images in MediaWiki.

I wanted to keep copyrighted materials out of the file list so I can easily archive the wiki and share the data, so Adam made it easy to get the same effects as the native markup. Through discussion we decided to make the template generic, and e also created a personalized version of the template for the Rise of the Runelords campaign they are documenting. Groovy!

Here is the latest MediaWiki AbuseFilter (number 5):

!("user" in user_groups)
& article_namespace = 3

The first line checks if the visitor is logged in, and the second checks if they are editing a User Talk page. I got the namespace number from Manual:Namespace.

I made a special warning message, and then if they try again it simply disallows it. I am going to see how many hits it gets, before blocking the people/bots that trigger it, to make sure normal folks don’t get caught by it.

Learning to code

January 27, 2013 — 3 Comments

I am learning to code. It is scary.

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Thinking in wiki

December 30, 2012 — 2 Comments

I’ve been really into wikae lately, as is apparent by how much I written about it. A wiki is a particular set of features and workflows, and it has its own mindset.

I am thinking in wiki.

This site is becoming more of a journal, where my posts are either about flash in the pan events, or part of longer thought out articulations. The frequency of posts has gone down, because I am doing more mind-mapping in other places, like text files in git repos, and in various wikae.

It has brought a few things to light for me, about how I write, and what I am trying to create. Here are a few examples:

  • Temporality – A lot of the things (most?) I blog about are not important to me after a few months. That means I have old announcement posts and tons of broken links that have no value, but I keep them to provide temporal context. I am not convinced it is that useful.
  • Anti/Social – I think blogging is very important, but it does bother me that blogs are essentially silos. This isn’t really a critique, just that instead of loading up blogs with like buttons and allowing people to leave comments with their social network credentials, it is probably more worthwhile for the majority of bloggers to assess what collaboration looks like for them.
  • Our tools are aging – The software that runs some of the most important spaces on the web, like MediaWiki and WordPress, were developed a long time ago. It is easy to find feature requests from years ago, still being pleaded for. Again, not a critique, just an observation of what popularity does to software, and how dominance affects the culture and motives of the community that supports it.

These aren’t new, obviously. It is just me glancing at the gap between two software projects/workflows (WordPress/blogging and MediaWiki/wiki). Then I think about StatusNet, and how it looks like it could be practically abandoned for other projects. In one sense, that is a bummer, and I’ve invested a lot of time in it. On the other hand, maybe it isn’t so bad for things to get torn down and built back up, especially considering the transient nature of status updates, almost all of which are unimportant to me a few days afterward.

I’ve really pushed MediaWiki hard in the last couple of months. I’ve bumped up against a lot of walls, and some of them stopped me. But overall, I am happy with the result, which is a system to collaborate with those that want to, and a relatively decent way to create bodies of useful content. I am rushing as fast as I can to configure all the extensions I think I will need, so I can eventually just focus on creating. That will be the real test.

Wikae spam

December 28, 2012 — 1 Comment

My wikae are getting spammed, so now I’ve got to step up my game. ^_^

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Mediawiki + epub

September 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

I haven’t tested it out yet, but Wikipedia can export to EPUB. That is exciting! I really think of Mediawiki as a publishing platform. If they improve the visual editor, I imagine it would pass up other platforms for collaborative writing.