By Shane | Posted on June 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
Posted in Category: Do-it-yourself

One of our random visitors in the Battlestar Forum posted a link to their website on how to make the patch via Adobe Photoshop. Very cool stuff! Maybe even help us get the site redesigned for better iPhone/Smart Phone support.

Check it out here!

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 Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 26, 2008 at 11:52 pm |

There’s been a lot of feedback regarding the design of the site. Some people want a lighter colored design that’s easier on the eyes. Well, we do have one available. (Click here to preview it.)

Now to choose different themes, you need to have a username on Battlestar Wiki. So if you don’t have a username on Battlestar Wiki, get one. It’s free. We don’t bite. Promise. :)

Once you have a username, log in with it. (The log in link is at the very top right hand corner of the page.)

Once logged in, click on “My Preferences“. Then click on the tab named “skin” in the control panel that loads. From there you have your choice of skins! Right now there are three. The lighter of the three is a skin called “bsgmonobook”, which is essentially a version of Wikipedia’s skin, with black text and with an off-white background.

Cool, eh?

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm |

We’re looking for contributors to start up an article on the [[WGA Strike]] and how it has affected the [[Re-imagined Series]].

Feel free to get started by going [[WGA Strike|here]]. You may wish to discuss changes or needed additions to this article by [[Talk:WGA Strike|going here]].

So say we all! Keep the faith!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on November 21, 2007 at 8:13 am |

A pet project of mine is to promote the wiki via word of mouth. A beautiful way to do that is to add links to the Internet Movie Database.

I’ve started doing this with the character pages… yes, IMDb now has pages on characters. For instance, this is the page for [[D'anna Biers]]. As you can see in the biography section, I’ve added a link leading back to Battlestar Wiki.

In addition, IMDb supports external links to websites. A beautiful way to do this is to find each individual IMDb page for each Battlestar episode (regardless of series) and submit an update with a link leading back to Battlestar Wiki.

For instance, an external link to [[Occupation]] would be filed under “miscellaneous links”, with the link to that page on the wiki (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Occupation), and a description like “Battlestar Wiki – Occupation”.

Of course, it isn’t all selfish. In fact, in my Battlestar Wiki “pimping” drive, I’ve gone through and submitted various corrections as well in terms of adding actors, correcting character names (Sarah Parker to [[Sarah Porter]] for instance), and other good stuff. Which is good, because IMDb (for better or for worse) is used by a lot of people, and everyone ultimately benefits from polishing up IMDb.

Although, I do have to point out that IMDb and Battlestar Wiki don’t have the same licensing scheme, so a simple copy and paste job should never be done at all!

So instead of me (or just one or three people) doing these updates, feel free to join in!

By Shane | Posted on October 29, 2007 at 7:13 am |
Posted in Category: Do-it-yourself, Drifiting Thoughts, How-To

Thinking of dressing up at the next Battlestar Galactica convention? Well, you need the proper uniform if you go as an original series Colonial Warrior. Why do I ask? Well the fine folks over on the English version, have selected [[Uniforms (TOS)]] as the Featured Article this month, so you can be sure it has a lot of information of the uniform specs, if you were going to create one yourself. I been told by Spencerian that our site was used before for this purpose for the current series uniforms. So check it out today!

Spencerian's User Image

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 2, 2007 at 7:49 am |

Thanks to the work of [[User:Catrope]], he’s managed to modify my own work into an extension so that it can be used on any MediaWiki-run site. In all honesty, it’s quite better than the hodgepodge of code I threw together.

The extension is here.

For technical support, Catrope will be able to help you, as he is lead developer for that extension!

So code we all!

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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