By Catrope | Posted on May 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, How-To, Maintenance

After some fiddling around in the early hours of Friday (it’s 1 AM as I write this), Shane and I managed to get Single User Login (SUL) working.

The idea of SUL is that you can log into all Battlestar Wikis (i.e. all languages and the Media wiki) by only logging in once. To enable SUL for you, do the following:

  1. Log out
  2. Log back in while keeping “Remember me on this computer”. (Check this post, as this is a temp fix.)
  3. Go to Special:MergeAccount. You should see a big header saying “Login unification complete”. If you don’t, you’ll have to enter your password in the form and click “Confirm login information”, then click “Unify accounts”. After that, you should see “Login unification complete” as well.
  4. Go to a wiki where you’ve never even *been* before ( the Chinese wiki is a good candidate for most people).
  5. You’re logged in already! You don’t even have to create an account there: it’s been automatically created behind the scenes.

Note that steps 1, 2 and 3 only have to be taken once. If you have any problems using SUL, please report them at the Chiefs’ Noticeboard and I’ll look at them. If you are having trouble, lease send us an email at webmaster [at] battlestarwiki [dot] org as you can not post as a guest.

By Shane | 7:50 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

Until confirmed by Catrope global login is somewhat working. I believe it’s have trouble moving the user accounts across. He will be looking into this. Otherwise everything else went fine this morning. To use the “global account” system you might have to totally clear your cookies from all the wikis so it works correctly.

By Shane | Posted on May 28, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

We have decided to go ahead and update all the wikis to 1.13 before it’s scheduled release (which will be next month) in favor of being able to install an extension that will allow all of the language wikis to use one central login database.

This means there will be one “Shane” account that I could now use at en, de, zh, with only loging in once? Always tired of those creating mulipuple accounts? This is what this solves. Not only are we going to extend it just for the Battlestar Wiki, but it will extend to two other related sites. Battlestar Pegasus and Wiki Frakr!. Those will not be “active” until 1.13 is in official release status and depending on how well it works out, we will expand it’s usage to also the Eureka Wiki.

So that’s the deal. If you see any site problems in the next few hours, this is why.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on May 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts

In response to one of the many suggestions we received during our [[BW:SURVEY|survey a few months back]], we’ve made inroads into making editor easier on Battlestar Wiki. With the integration of the FCKEditor for MediaWiki for the Wikis, people will be able to edit the wiki in a style that is reminiscent of writing up documents in OpenOffice Writer or Microsoft Word. (Otherwise known as “What You See Is What You Get”, or WYSIWYG.)

Should you be an advanced user and wish to disable it, simply go to “[[Special:Preferences|My Preferences]]”. Then click on the “Misc” tab and check off the “Disable rich editor” checkbox.

A few notes for lovers of that weasely technobabble:

  • The “edit tools” at the bottom of the editing page do not function when using the FCK Editor, even in “Wikitext” mode. Editing tools will still work if you disable the rich text editor. (This bug has been reported here.)
  • When saving content using the text editor, links that do not need to be piped are piped, like: [[William Adama|William Adama]]. This bug doesn’t affect the functionality of the link, but may annoy some people who know that such linking is unnecessary. It has been reported here.
By Shane | Posted on May 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

Richard Hatch

On behalf of everyone that works on the Wiki, the Battlestar Forum, and the members of FrakMedia! Productions, we like to wish you a Happy 63rd Birthday! For those who have no idea what Richard Hatch does for the series, you can check out his profile [[Richard Hatch|here]].

By Shane | Posted on May 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Exclusive News, Hulu

First reported on the SciFi forums, SciFi will not post episodes on Hulu of Battlestar Galactica until 8 days after the show has aired on TV. That being said, Hulu posted a release schedule on the Batttlestar Galactica page.

Before visiting be aware! If you have not seen “Guess What’s Coming To Dinner” to be posted, don’t wait too long! It will be released in a two part release with two different release dates on Hulu and SciFi and not as one episode.

continue reading this entry »

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 12:20 pm |
Posted in Category: Hulu

We’ve been getting some e-mails inquiring when “[[Guess What's Coming To Dinner]]” will be put online… well, legally anyway.

We have no answers to this question as yet, but when it does finally comes online, we’ll let everyone know through the blog! :D

By Shane | Posted on May 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
Posted in Category: Do-it-yourself

Podcast ([[BW:POD#Verification_Required|BW:POD]]) verification is one of our highest visibility verification projects and it’s very backlogged in podcasts needed to be verified. Because a lot of people use these transcriptions as a source, it’s nice to have the transcripts double checked before saying that they are “perfect”.

So the deal is this. For every act that you verify, you get one month free of ads. So if you verify a whole podcast, by marking down the times on the pages (signing the act) and making corrections as needed, you get 5 months free on both the Wiki and the Battlestar Forum. After you are done, send myself a message on my [[User talk:Shane|user talk page]] and I will change your account for no-ad viewing. I can only take your word on it as if we do an audit (I doubt we have time…) and find out you were just faking it, we will strip you of your ads-free viewing ASAP.

Basically this applies to anyone other than myself, Joe, Steelviper, and Spencerian. Questions? Good. :)

By Shane | Posted on May 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

Today we had a very successfully maintenance day on the wiki’s and the servers all at the same time. (Go figure…)

In any case, if you didn’t notice already, the servers never went down. That’s because the servers where not to go down, but the backend for us to access their support system was down. Go figure (as I said before.) :) So this is done.

After many many months of the Task Perl Bot not working, it now is working and will start automatically updating the open task list on the English wiki, thanks to our newest bot installed, Media Tag Bot (By Carnildo). I used the new perale backend code to re-code the Task Bot, and it worked fine. A few errors, but working those out with Carnildo.

The Media Tag Bot examines all recently updated media files and checks to see if they are tagged with the correct copyright tags. If not, it will notify the user and tag the media file according to the rules we have set forth in it’s logic based upon the set polices on the Media Wiki. This will help us make sure we are covered legally and have no issues in the future.

If you have any questions on what went on in the past 48 hours, just give us a shout out on the [[BW:CN|cheif's board]] and we will get back to you!
So say bot us all!

By Shane | Posted on May 8, 2008 at 9:50 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Policy

We have been very laxed on enforcing the policies on the Media Wiki, however, the longer we wait, the harder it will become later. As of today, if you do not properly tag uploaded material to the Media Wiki, it will be deleted outright and without warning. Any material found in the media wiki, not properly tagged after our downtime on Saturday will also be deleted.

There are copyright issues and legal issues at stake if we do not tag the images without the copyright notice that comes when files are properlly taged. Saying “Fair Use” and stating where it comes from is not enough no more. You can review the polices of tagging and the Media Wiki policies here. If you have any questions on how to tag, review the templates them selfs as they provided detailed instructions on what to place and how to tag them.

Questions can be brought to the Media Wiki administrators board or the [[BW:CN|English Wiki Chief's board]].

By Shane | Posted on May 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

Our data center is making upgrades to the infrastructure on May 10th, 2008. When the servers are down they estimate that it will be as long as eight hours our more. We hope it’s a lot less time. However, we have two servers on two different areas of their data center.

Since there is nothing we can do about this, please check the Case Orange blog, itself on another server, for updates. We are getting this message out now so you don’t think we have disappeared on you!

If you have any questions, post them here.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on May 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements

I’ve been looking over the web server’s statistical data for the month of April, which ended yesterday, and I’m pleased that we’ve more than doubled our viewing audience that month.

Our usual viewership during the off-season months is 140,000-160,000 people. In April, we ended up with exactly 285,327 people that visited our website over the month. (Please note, this is in the number of unique visitors, not the number of visits, which are two different sets of data.)

We’ve also doubled (or nearly) tripled in every measurable as well since the start of Season 4.

So I’m excited.. and want to thank each and every person who visits this website and helps to drive us on!

So say we all