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 Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 4, 2008 at 1:38 am |

The episode guide for “[[He That Believeth In Me]]” is online. Omitted are the last two acts of the episode, due to our agreement with SciFi Channel/NBC-Universal. The last two acts, as well as information within them, will be online at 12:01 P.M. ET.

Also, as we’ve done in the past, we [[BW:AIRLOCK|lock articles]] that pertain to the episode in order to ensure the website is online and accessible during and after airing

We don’t foresee the webserver crashing, but do expect some slowness as our traffic briefly increases.

Of course, you may discuss the season four premiere and any BSG topic on our exclusive Battlestar Forums.

Thank you for your patience and understanding! Enjoy [[Season 4 (2008)|Season 4]]!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 18, 2008 at 6:53 am |

Given the amount of questions and comments given through our [[BW:SURVEY|survey]], plus the amount of respondents we’ve received through our survey, we’ve redone and expanded our FAQ page on the Battlestar Wiki.

Check out our FAQ by [[BW:FAQ|going here]].

Of course, if you have questions that should be added in our FAQ, please send them our way or add them to the page yourself!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 28, 2008 at 7:12 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, English Wiki

The English Battlestar Wiki has reached 3,000 articles. Ironically enough, the 3,000th article is on the [[penis lantern]] — [[David Eick]]’s name for the decorative, metallic chrome, semi-flaccid, phallic-like lighting fixtures on [[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]].

Our 2,999th article was a disambiguation page on those with the name [[Tom]] (including [[Thomas]] and [[Tommy]]).

In other news, the [[de:|German wiki]] is five articles shy of 700 articles!

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 January 10, 2008 at 9:17 pm |

The winners of our [[BW:RAFFLE|membership raffle]] are as follows:

  • aaronquinn: $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble
  • Eban2: 1 year extension to [[BW:MEMBERSHIP|membership subscription]]

Congratulations to our winners! If you’d like to enter the raffle, sign up for a [[BW:MEMBERSHIP|membership]]!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 3, 2008 at 2:48 am |

Given the release of the [[Galactica 1980 (Region 1 DVD)|DVD release]] of [[Galactica 1980|Galactica 1980]], there is a drive to develop articles relating to the series.

If you have the box set or just want to copy edit over the articles that have been submitted, you are more than welcome to help join the development drive!

[[BW:1980|Check it out here!]]

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 1, 2008 at 2:44 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, English Wiki

If you’ll witness our various [[Original Series]] episode pages, you’ll note that we now offer viewers a chance to watch Original Series episodes, thanks to Hulu.

The links to each episode are located in the information boxes on the top of each episode’s page. Simply click on the “Watch via Hulu” link and click on the play button.

Once more episodes of the [[Re-imagined Series]] show up on Hulu, we’ll be adding those in there.

Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to voice them!

So say we all in 2008!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 26, 2007 at 6:39 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, English Wiki

So it appears we’ve hit our 2,500 article mark.

Again.

Yeah, it’s an interesting story… Suffice it to say we condensed a lot of the mentioned-only pilots in the [[Re-imagined Series]] into the [[List of pilots]] article.

So anyway, we’ve hit our 2,500 article mark again. Which is a beautiful thing.

This time, the 2500th article was on [[Encyclopedia Galactica]], a 1979 publication that covered the [[Original Series]]. If you want to read it, BattlestarPegasus.com has the PDF version here.

Runner up is an article on [[Seamus Kevin Fahey]], writer for the not-yet aired episode, “[[Faith]]”.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 4, 2007 at 6:00 pm |
Posted in Category: English Wiki, Think Tank

Shane and I have discussed changing the titles of administrators and bureaucrats to something more in-line with the Galactica universe.

We’ve started a proposal for that [[Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank/Admin name change|here]].

The current proposal lists that the titles of administrator and bureaucrat would be changed to “deckhand” and “chief”.

Please register your opinion or any alternate suggestions [[Battlestar Wiki talk:Think Tank/Admin name change|here]].

So say we all! :-)

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 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?