By Shane | Posted on March 31, 2008 at 6:13 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Home Page, Maintenance

After several failed attempts, we have now mastered the automation of the stats on the portal page (If you didn’t know it existed — it does over at http://www.battlestarwiki.org). The stats will run once a week. These numbers do not change often, but we like to keep people up to date for those who direct visitors to that page.

By Shane | 6:10 am |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts, Maintenance

Wow. Myself and Joe are really impressed. If you find any problems with the blog, please report it here. 2.5 has a bundle of changes that might not work well with this theme — which we might update soon!  Props to the WordPress Team. The admin pages is where it really counts, and it’s just fantastic!

By Shane | Posted on March 30, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

In technical terms, yes. :) We been working on a “Widescreen” version of the default skin for a few days now before the start of Season 4. The widescreen skin however will not be the default skin when viewing the site so you must be a registered user to set your preference in the preference options. There should be no problems for any sub-language. Click here to see a preview of the skin in action. Please report any problems to us [[BW:CONTACT|here]].

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 8:39 am |

Everyone,

Michael Hinman, the news coordinator and SyFy Portal Actual over at the superb SyFy Portal, has started an internet radio show called SyFy Radio. The show itself launches on April 2nd and people can listen to it both live and via the archives, should you not be able to listen live. The show runs every Wednesday at 11 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Pacific and runs for 90 minutes.

The beautiful thing about SyFy Radio is that people can call in or talk on their chat room during the show to bring up questions or discuss the show’s contents with fellow listeners. Plus, I’ve known Mike for a long time, and feel comfortable in going on his radio show. (I was offered to go on NPR, but turned them down because of time constraints — I’m by no means a morning person, people who know me know that I work in the wee hours of the night — and the fact that I was not comfortable with speaking on NPR.)

I will be on the show Wednesday, April 23rd. The show starts at 11 P.M. ET, as noted before, and my appearance will be around 11:25-11:30 P.M. I will be answering your questions, so feel free to participate. The topics of discussion will be Battlestar Galactica (Nah… Really?), Season Four, the Battlestar Wiki and Galacticruise. And anything you guys can bring up that’s on those topics.

The show will be streaming live from SyFy Portal’s BlogTalkRadio, which you may access from here.

Disclaimer moment: Do note that this is a family-friendly show, so no foul language, please, and no immature hi-jinks either. We may have fun on the show, but stupidity and high-school level immaturity will send you to a comfy cell in the [[New Caprica Detention Center]]. For food, I’m told they serve hardboiled eggs… or something similar.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 7:47 am |
Posted in Category: Fundraising, Outside Sites

Battlestar Wiki is briefly mentioned in an article on the Fanthroplogy LiveJournal in an article entitled “FanLib: One Year Later“, which chronicles the development of FanLib, as well as issues that the LiveJournal/fan-fic fandom has had with FanLib.

There’s a brief error in the article that I’d like to correct, and it concerns how much FanLib actually pays us. While I’m not going into the exact numbers here, they essentially pay 1/6th of our hosting and technical costs per month. They don’t flip the whole bill.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 29, 2008 at 5:14 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Exclusive News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BATTLESTAR WIKI OFFICIALLY SPONSORS GALACTICRUISE

Vero Beach, FL — Battlestar Wiki, the highly popular Battlestar Galactica online encyclopedia and go-to-destination for fans from every Battlestar Galactica television saga, is pleased to announce its official sponsorship of Galacticruise, the official 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Presented by the official Battlestar Fan Club, Galacticruise will feature a majority of the main cast, guest stars, and crew members from the original 1978-79 version of the series, including Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo), Dirk Benedict (Lieutenant Starbuck), Terry Carter (Colonel Tigh), Denny Miller (“The Gun on Ice Planet Zero” guest star, portraying Ser 5-9), Stu Phillips (composer and song writer) and Terrence McDonnell (script editor and writer). In addition, Aaron Dogulas (Galen Tyrol from the Re-imagined Series) is also joining us for the cruise — with more guest appearances forthcoming!

“Galacticruise will be the greatest way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Battlestar Galactica television series, while enjoying a cruise hosted by the world-famous Carnival cruiseline. It is both a privilege and an honor to be a part of this historic event,” said Joe Beaudoin Jr., the project leader for Battlestar Wiki.

There are many events over the four day cruise, including Q&A sessions, panels with the various actors, and so much more!

Cabins to this once-in-a-lifetime event are filling up fast and booking ends July 1st! Visit the Galacticruise website for more information and join up!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 2:52 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback

Just to let everyone know, our quick, 10-question [[BW:SURVEY|survey]] ends on April 7th. Enter now for a chance to win a Season 3 DVD box set (Region 1), Season 3 Soundtrack, and more!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 28, 2008 at 6:17 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance, Mediawiki

An update on our earlier notice… The site’s been updated to MediaWiki 1.12 and all the kinks that arose from the upgrade, all of them being minor, have been knocked out.

And the Wiki appears to load faster, to boot. So that’s always good!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 27, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Shane has updated all of Battlestar Wiki to MediaWiki 1.12.

There are a few minor snags, such as the portals that weren’t using the proper formatting and the reversion of the search engine to the MediaWiki default, but other than that the upgrade was smooth.

Of course, if any of you see anything peculiar, please feel free to [[Battlestar Wiki:Contact Us|report it]].

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 24, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance, Mediawiki

I know I’ve talked about having a mirror of Battlestar Wiki before throughout the years, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve brought up the issue again.

For those that don’t know what the frak I’m talking about, basically a “mirror” is a copy of a website that is hosted on another computer (typically named a “server”). This is opposed to a mirror that [[William Adama]] looks at when terminating the [[Adamastache]].

The purpose of a mirror, outside of the Adamastache example, is to post a copy of the website that people can access in the event the main site should be temporarily unavailable. And since we’ve had that happen a bit in the past, and with the dawn of Season 4 nearly upon us, I’ve reopened investigating the use of a mirror as a sort of exit strategy. (Again, unlike [[Top Ten List|Adama's lack of one]] when dealing with the [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]].)

In any event, I’ve talked about it over the years that we’ve been in operation and decided to take another crack at it. And this time, it seems to be going quite well, and thus I’m discussing it here.

Right now, the tentative mirror for the English Battlestar Wiki can be located here. Do note that it has no images in the articles yet, just text. I expect the images will be done tonight.

As of right now, I’m redirecting the “battlestarwiki.com” domain for the purposes of the mirror. That domain should be available and redirecting to the mirror site in 24 to 48 hours. The primary domain, “battlestarwiki.org”, will remain unaffected, as well as our “.net” domain that acts as a redirect to the .org.

Also, we’re currently only mirroring the English wiki and our media repository. Depending on how things go, the other language wikis will be mirrored as well.

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 4:55 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

Since MediaWiki 1.12 has been released, we will be upgrading our software to that version within the next few days.  We don’t expect any downtime from this, but just in case we do, at least people will know the reason why.

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance

So this morning I discovered that our Apache server crashed, because of the new SVN server Shane had installed. :(

I apologize for the downtime that this caused. We’ll look into why it crashed after the Eastern weekend.

Again, have a safe and happy Easter everyone!