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 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 February 25, 2008 at 5:25 am |
Posted in Category: Fan Participation, Feedback

For those of you that have answered the survey and offered us opinions, I will be contacting some of you with follow up questions and comments by the end of this week.

The reason I’m doing so is because some respondents were vague or unspecific as to what needed to be changed or modified.

For instance, we’ve had people that simply said that some articles were inaccurate, but didn’t note which ones were inaccurate or why they felt this to be the case. Obviously, we want to know more, and so we’re going to make sure we grill people. :)

So don’t be too surprised if you receive an e-mail from joe(AT)frakmedia(DOT)net with follow up questions. Of course, if you don’t want to answer them, I’ll understand and it’s not a problem.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 24, 2008 at 1:08 am |
Posted in Category: Fan Participation, Feedback, Think Tank

There’s a proposal for a ticket system for the Battlestar Wiki (and other FrakMedia! projections) going on [[Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank/Ticket System|here]].

Basically, the ticket system would allow people to submit reports on technical, clerical, and content issues pertaining to the Wiki, for those unfamiliar with the Wiki’s editing interface.

Please feel free to add your thoughts as a reaction to this blog, or at the think tank page linked above!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Fan Participation, Feedback

In reaction to the feedback given through the survey, we’ve moved the search bar to the side, above the navigation menus.

Users may have to execute a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5 in Windows or Shift-Cmd-R in Mac) to see the changes. Also, this is only for the new “Battlestar” skin with the cut-off corners — the Monobook skins always had the search bar on the side.

Please let us know what you think about this change by replying to this blog post!

Furthermore, let us know what you think in general by filling out our [[BW:SURVEY|survey]]!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 21, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback

So far, we have over 100 responses to the survey in the past few days, and this is very impressive!

I’m also quite pleased with the quality suggestions given in the responses as well. Because I am pressed for time, I won’t list all the comments we’ve received, but a summary of them (as of two days ago) is available on the [[BW:CN|Chiefs' Noticeboard]].

Of course, don’t let any of this stop you from telling us what you think. [[BW:SURVEY|Take a few moments and fill out the survey!]]

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 4:03 pm |
Posted in Category: Feedback, Think Tank

In response to one of the many suggestions that people have submitted through our [[BW:SURVEY|survey]], many of you wanted a better and superior search engine.

Now you have it! Instead of using the default search engine provided by the Mediawiki software, we are now using Google’s robust search engine, which provides you with a better searching experience on all the different language editions of the Battlestar Wiki!

Also, some of you have mentioned that you did not like the location of the search bar (or were unable to find it in fact!) in the main skin and we’re responding to that to. We’re currently working on [[Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank/Sidebar Redesign|redesigning the left sidebar]] as well, so drop on in and give us a few suggestions if you’d like!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 2, 2008 at 7:43 am |
Posted in Category: Drifiting Thoughts, Feedback, Outside Sites

The word “wow!” is often overused in the English language, next to “cool!”, “yo!”, “dat s**t”, et al.

However, I feel like using it now, as it was my initial reaction to an article written by Mike Hinman at SyFy Portal. Simply put, I had neither expected it nor thought it was a subject worthy of discussion. Alas, I was wrong. :)

The article in question, “SyFriday: Living Life Out in the Open” , was written in reaction to my detailed blog entry regarding the buy-out offer from Wikia. (The links open in new windows, so have at them then tell us what you think either via the blog or on the Fourm.)

In the article, Mike reveals his initial reaction to reading the blog entry: “Sheesh, that’s an awful lot of information to be sharing … maybe it’s too much?” He briefly goes into a story about how he asked his webmaster friend whether or not I had revealed too much. Of course, as that webmaster told him, Mike does much the same thing himself on his site, SyFy Portal. I can attest to this, having known Mike for nearly eight years now (if not more, time flies!) , and have visited the website rather regularly since it was a seedling on GeoCities!

As Mike points out in the article, openness is a good thing. (At this point, I’m going to assume that you’ve read Mike’s article… and if not, please do so. It’s a quick read.) Now that you’ve read the article, you’re probably asking why transparency is of importance to me.

You see, transparency is important — actually, quintessential — because, as Mike very correctly points out in his article, it builds trust. It builds trust within the community, as well as between viewers and contributors to the Wiki. Without it, we would hardly be the resource we are today, for trust is an extremely difficult commodity to come by. All you need to do is look at the various problems with Wikipedia, both past and present, which stem from the lack of important transparency. Their present issues are gremlins that we have never faced because of our true openness, and the fact that we’re not struggling under our own weight.

Now, I’ll grant you that there’s no such thing as “full transparency”, because there have been people who’ve confided with me their issues regarding the Wiki. I hold their communications in the strictest confidence and, as a matter of both honor and of trust, I don’t spill my guts on those kind of things, for personal information is typically revealed in such communications.

Aside from that exception, in the case of Wikia and all the other issues we face together as a community, I’ll definitely always comment on them openly, even if it appears to put me at a disadvantage. This is because these are issues that affect the community and, in talking about such things, I hope to give you an inside view into the workings of how and why we do the things we do. The reason your fellow contributors and I go to the trouble to do this? It’s so very simple, but apparently so hard to accomplish.

To earn your trust.

And if we’ve done that, then I’m happy, for we’ve done the (seemingly) impossible and that’s made us mighty.

Thank you! :D

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 19, 2008 at 6:56 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback, Outside Sites

I’ve found out today that both Battlestar Wiki and Battlestar Forum have been mentioned in an article by Virginia Heffernan. While the article’s subject is primarily about the failure of Friday Night Lights to become a franchise, it mentions both the Wiki and Forum in its text rather prominently as contrast between established franchises (like Lost and BSG) to FNL. Read the article here!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on December 22, 2007 at 12:30 am |

I’ve known about the following article for roughly two to three weeks now (time gets warped during the Holidays, so I’m not going to be committal here), but it’s an article on the Battlestar Wiki and Wiki Frakr written by Sarah Toton. You can read the article here.

As long-time visitors to the Wiki know, Toton previously gave a presentation on the Battlestar Wiki at MIT5 which caused a stir, resulting in pretty interesting feedback, at least in my view.

Anyway, I’ll post my reactions to it in the coming days, probably after Christmas. Maybe sooner. (Again, I’m not being committal here, with this time being the holidays.)

In the meantime, I encourage everyone to discuss the article either here, there, or at the Battlestar Forum.

By Steelviper | Posted on November 18, 2007 at 4:32 pm |
Posted in Category: Feedback

If you use the default skin, you may have noticed some images up at the top. We’d love to have some feedback, both on the current images, as well as suggestions for other images you’d like to see in the rotation.

Update by Joe: We’ve added several new images, including [[Pegasus (RDM)|Pegasus]], [[Gaius Baltar]], [[Number Eight]], [[Viper Mark II]], [[Laura Roslin]] and [[Lee Adama]]. We’ll be adding more in a few days! Keep an eye out and have a Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on November 16, 2007 at 8:09 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback, Outside Sites

To follow up on my previous blog post, I found out that we were also featured amongst the top 10 Battlestar Galactica fansites on the internet according to Zack Barangan of AOL.

We rank in at number 8 and here’s what was written about us:

Most Comprehensive: This Wiki has the answers to all of your ‘Battlestar’ questions. Compiled through tireless research and dedication to the series, this ‘BSG’ encyclopedia boasts an A-Z listing for terms from both the original series and the reimagined one. From Adama to Zephyr, if it happend in the ‘Galactica’ universe, you’ll find reference to it here.

Read all about it and see what other websites made the cut!