By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 27, 2007 at 4:29 am |
Posted in Category: Do-it-yourself, How-To, Maintenance, Mediawiki

An interesting issue presented itself a while back. As some of you might know, we have a central repository for our media files (the [[md:Main page|Battlestar Wiki Media Repository]]) where we store our images, sound files, and what not, so they can be shared across multiple language editions (English, French, German, et al).

An outstanding and somewhat irksome issue to me was the fact that I could never check to see whether or not a certain image was being used across multiple wikis, without manually fiddling with the URL in the address bar. So what I did was change “media” (as in “media.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Image:thing.jpg”) to “en” (as in “en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Image:thing.jpg”), “en” to “de” and so on.  Needless to say, a tedious task to do manually, particularly when you want to delete unused or inappropriately tagged images, even with someone who can type up to 110 words a minute.

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By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 26, 2007 at 8:28 am |
Posted in Category: FrakMedia

BattlestarPegasus.com will be retooled to boast the following features:

  • A wiki that permits various interpretations on the series.
  • A reference library of material from behind the scenes of the show, including many never before seen scripts. (These will be released gradually, at a rate of 1 or 2 per month.)
  • News feeds from various genre sites which have news on BSG.
  • Free website hosting for Battlestar Galactica sites.

We are also looking for content: articles, fan fiction, fan art — actually, anything fan created, really.

So if you’re interested in supplying information and your works to BattlestarPeagsus.com, please send them to Joe Beaudoin at joe(DOT)beaudoin(AT)gmail(DOT)com.

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 25, 2007 at 5:02 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Wiki Frakr

The Wiki Frakr has hit 100 articles since its inception on August 1st.

  • Fittingly, the 100th article is on a fan favorite from season 3: Bono Napkin.
  • Runner up was an article on chamalla.

But Bono has a nice picture! Really.

So mock we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 23, 2007 at 9:17 pm |
Posted in Category: German Wiki

The [[de:Main Page|German Battlestar Wiki]] has hit 500 articles!

The 500th article is [[de:Der Tempel der Fünf|Der Tempel der Fünf]], which is the [[The Temple of Five]] seen in the third season episodes “[[de:The Eye of Jupiter|The Eye of Jupiter]]” and “[[de:Rapture|Rapture]]”.

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 22, 2007 at 9:01 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Wiki Frakr

Ah, yes, the whole “nearing numbers” game. Whaa! Whaa!

The Wiki Frakr, our evil twin in the mirror universe which doesn’t take its content all that seriously, is at 90 articles.

If you haven’t checked it out, and find Battlestar Wiki just a tad to serious for your liking, then you want to check out the Wiki Frakr! Yah.

We’re looking for humorous contributors to make fun of the series. (The only “serious” thing about the Wiki Frakr is that we don’t mock the actors, cast, or crew or real life events. After all, it’s just a frakkin’ television show.)

If you want to know how Frakr’d up that wiki is, Galactica 1980 is seen as the greatest show on Earth. Better than Rebo and Zooty, or Barnum and Bailey.

Now that’s what were talking about!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 5:48 am |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts, German Wiki

As I’ve mentioned in previous entries, our German-language edition is closing in on 500 articles. It’s only 7 articles away from hitting the goal as I write this, and it’s a good feeling to me, and I hope to our contributors and visitors as well.

As the second-largest Wiki in the Battlestar Wiki network, I’m happy in the work that our friends from caprica-city.de and others have put into the wiki, and look forward to announcing when they’ve hit the 500th article. :-)

Awesome job guys and gals!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 21, 2007 at 2:29 am |

The English Battlestar Wiki has hit 2,500 articles!

The 2,500th article to grace the wiki is [[Comp-Tel Ship]], an article on the ship that [[Chameleon]] ([[Fred Astaire]]) mentions in the memorable [[Battlestar Galactica (TOS)|Original Series]] episode, “[[The Man with Nine Lives]]”!

The runner up was [[Omega (RH)]], an article on the character in the [[Richard Hatch]] continuation novelizations.

In addition, there are two wikis close to hitting new marks:

  • Our [[fr:Main Page|French Wiki]] is only 7 articles away from hitting 100!
  • Our [[de:Main Page|German Wiki]] is only 26 articles away from hitting 500!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 18, 2007 at 1:56 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

There is a small article on Wikis on the Times Online website. It’s a brief blurb where we, in addition to Wookieepedia and Memory-Alpha, are mentioned.

Check it out.

CULT CLASSICS

The massive success of Wikipedia has encouraged the creation of a slew of similar, but far more specialised, wiki-style web encyclopaedias. However, among those best served by this cyberspace development are the lovers of American sci-fi. For Star Wars fanatics, there is Wookieepedia, with more than 50,000 articles, and regularly amusing Quotes of the Day. The Battlestar Wiki plays to fans of the original and reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, while Memory Alpha covers Star Trek with “the most definitive, accurate, and accessible encyclopaedia and reference” available. starwars.wikia.com en.battlestarwiki.org memory-alpha.org

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 5:47 am |

In the event that this hasn’t been noticed yet, I’d just like to point out that the [[Main Page|English Battlestar Wiki]] is eighteen articles away from 2,500.

Additionally, our second-largest Wiki, the [[de:Main Page|German Battlestar Wiki]] is closing on 49 articles shy of its 500th article as well.

While I’m one to place emphasis on quality over quantity, I’d like to point out that at least 95% of the articles on both wikis are of quality. Admittedly, some are better than others and have been recognized as such, but still, overall, both Wikis are strong in the quality field: which grows with the quantity of offerings on both wikis.

I can only speak for myself when I say I’m very pleased with the way things have turned out; in my wildest dreams, I’ve never thought we’d be this successful and be (as of this writing) the 61,000th largest website on the net, rivaling such great scifi websites as TrekToday, TrekWeb, BattlestarGalactica.com, LostPedia.com and, hell, even the “Wikipedia” killer, Citizendium.

Jumpin’ Lords of Kobol. Wow-wee! :-)

So say we all!

P.S. Yeah, I rounded the number slightly. Sue me.

P.S.S. (12:47 PM ET) Yeah, apparently the number is 59,834; the number when I made this blog post was 61,230-something. Who knew?

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 16, 2007 at 12:32 am |

[[The Twelve Colonies (RDM)|The Twelve Colonies]] in the [[RDM|Re-imagined Series]] is our featured article for August!

Also, we are in the midst of choosing a featured picture for September! Please vote for a candidate or nominate one in [[Battlestar Wiki:Featured pictures/Current Debate|joining the current debate]]!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 12:27 am |
Posted in Category: English Wiki, Fundraising

Visitors to the wiki may have noted that we’ve been adding links to our episode guide pages and official merchandise pages. These links lead to Circuit City, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

While we’ve had links to iTunes and Amazon for a while now, they’re much more prominent and included in the “infoboxes” on the appropriate episode guide and merchandise pages. The reason for this is to help defray operating costs of the Battlestar Wiki. While the ads do bring it a sizable amount of revenue, it is supplemented by additional revenue streams: basically referrals on which we obtain a commission. (Basically, if you buy something through one of our links, we get a small kickback from it.)

Additionally, we’ve been selective with who’ve we been affiliating ourselves with, and with the assistance of Quantcast, we’ve determined the best websites to affiliate with.

That information is provided here.

Basically, the three specialty retailers that align itself with our audience are: Circuit City, Blockbuster, and Barnes and Noble. Unsurprisingly, I’ve seen “Circuit City” ads on Google’s ad rotation, which also aided in our decision to be affiliates to them.

Our affiliation with Blockbuster is still in the works. Also, you should be seeing some B&N links by the end of the week.

So the next time you shop online, consider clicking one of our links and helping us out. You don’t pay any more than you would, but you help us out. ;-)

So say we all.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 3, 2007 at 6:09 pm |

Your voice is needed for the selection of August’s [[BW:FA|Featured Article]]!

We have a few candidates to choose from, but you can also choose your own candidate, if you feel the other’s aren’t up to snuff.

Check it out and cast your vote!

So say we all!