Archives For 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.
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!
!("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.
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.
My wikae are getting spammed, so now I’ve got to step up my game. ^_^Continue Reading...
Been trying to document the work I am doing, and I haven’t been blogging about anything else, so here is a changelog for let’s say, the last week. ^_^
- MediaWiki: setup, configured and launch the wikae farm thing
- maiwiki – my, um, wiki
- malibram – Malmater’s wiki
- wikae – the base wiki, meta project
- Historiae – a relaunch of the wiki that holds all my creative history and gaming stuff
- Learn Webcraft – for documenting specific software stacks/design that encourage and teach webcraft
- mediacult – TBA (but it will be really cool! ^_^)
- WordPress updates: StatusNet Widget 0.4.1, Responsive 22.214.171.124
- Drupal updates: Drupal 6.27, Drupal 7.18