By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 17, 2012 at 2:42 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

We will be upgrading the software, and some other ancillary items, that run the Battlestar Wiki. We expect the process to be done over the course of this week, since it depends on how much time I Joe B. has at his disposal.

We don’t really anticipate any major downtime, but as these things go… Baltar’s CNP code might rear its head and aid in the end of humanity.

That is all.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

For new users of the Wiki, we have upgraded our registration process in order to better protect the Wiki against automated spammers, since OCR and randomly generated image captchas are becoming easier for bots to decode and solve.

As of now, our registration process features a question to determine whether or not you are a human (vs. an automated spam robot), as shown below:

The questions asked during the process are not case-sensitive (i.e. “falcon” and “Falcon” will both work), although you must spell them correctly. Otherwise, it will result in an error, as shown below.

There are various questions in the list, and few are picked at random. We aim for them to be easy for those who have even the most basic knowledge of the series.

We will be adding additional questions as needed.

However, if you should encounter problems during the sign-up process, you are encouraged to e-mail me directly: webmaster[At]battlestarwiki[d0t]org. Thank you!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on December 27, 2009 at 11:49 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance

Haven’t blogged in a while, but we have some changes coming up that our visitors should know about.

The first major change is that we’re moving to more cost-effective servers hosted by MediaTemple. After speaking to MediaTemple, Shane and I believe that we can save (a lot of) money doing this, without compromising performance. Believe it or not, while ads to pay for roughly 60-75% of our costs, the remaining chunk is picked up by yours truly. Given the economic situation, and my desire for the Wiki to be self sufficient, it behooves us to be more economically minded.

As a result of this move, we’ve gone ahead and locked out editing for the Wikis, so that the databases can be backed up and transferred over to the new servers. Right before the final server move, we will also lock down the database for the Forum, which will happen sometime tomorrow.

We plan on executing the moves starting Monday, December 28. The goal is to have everything back online by the 1st of the year.

The second major change is in the advertising. Battlestar Wiki has added a third “advertising area” to our website, at the top header. This will increase our ad revenue, making us more attractive to advertisers. For those of you that do not like ads, we do have our membership feature which (for $10 USD a year) you get to see the Wiki (and our Forum) without ads when logged into your user account.

Hopefully, we will also have joined Gorilla Nation by the end of January. Gorilla Nation will be providing the ads you’ll be seeing, with Google Adsense as a backup in the event that the Gorilla Nation doesn’t have ads to show to the demographics that visit the Wiki.

The third change is that our plans to expand the FrakMedia! name are moving forward. Shane has redesigned the website for the LLC, and we already have a few clients lined up. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding that over the next few weeks! :D

For any questions, please direct them to either Joe or Shane.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

For those wondering why the Wiki was in its “up-and-down” mode on Saturday—no, you didn’t miss the airing of a new episode of BSG. (The show’s still over, last we checked, sans “The Plan.”) It was merely Super Agent Shane working diligently on our Apollo server, upgrading it with the newest security patches, releases of PHP, MediaWiki extensions… and all that wonderful good stuff that you probably don’t really care about.

However, just to let you know, the only major change you’re likely to see is the sidebars are all uniform now. That is because the dynamic sidebar extension we were using, SidebarEx, presently no longer functions under the current MW installation we have.

Everything else works fine. (At least we believe so, anyway. If you disagree, just shoot us an e-mail letting us know of any issues you’re having!)

By Shane | Posted on March 26, 2009 at 1:18 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

Tonight I upgraded this blog to 2.7, updated and installed new plugins, and cleared out all the current subscribed users that were part of this site. This last part you must be wondering about…. about half of the users were bots. I didn’t have time to look over each one, but I did look to see if any had posted any comments. Since there was none, I decided that I go ahead and delete them all. There is a new registration system in place as the old one didn’t do much for us.

So if you want to sign up, go back and do so. You will need to confirm your email address within 5 days otherwise the account will be purged from the system.

By Shane | Posted on January 13, 2009 at 10:00 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance

I found a script that I didn’t knew exist in the MediaWiki maintenance folder for such a long time. The script easily changed everybody’s old and invalid skins to the skins that are now active. Because I didn’t know anyone preference I have reset everyone back to the default “Battlestar” skin.

With that being done you shouldn’t have anymore errors when trying to log into the wiki. Sorry for the very very long delay. There was over 1500 users using old skins.. and that was just on the English wiki.

By Shane | Posted on January 8, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

That’s right folks. This morning been all about getting the servers in check and running smoothly for the final season of Battlestar Galactica. As I speak this is what is going on right now and what has been completed.

  • Battlestar Forum – Upgraded to 3.8.0.
  • Battlestar Blog – Upgraded to 2.7.0.
  • Battlestar Wiki – Currently uploading and upgraded to version 1.13.3

The wiki is what is taking the longest. If you are at the wiki right now trying to edit or post something, you will notice my sign while I do it so I can work without wondering what is going on. There are other things that will be going on soon and as Joe has already pointed out some things have already been done.

The forum and the blog will get their 3.0 makeover before Jan. 16 with new designs and new “perks” before the start of the season. The wiki itself has already gotten those, minus the fact that I need to create the heads for the light skin versions. The blog (the one your reading right now) will get the biggest design change. So stay tuned for that. If you notice any problems, after the upgrading is complete please post in the areas designated for that site so we can keep track of all the changes and problems.

That’s about it. Take are and have a happy 4.5 season!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on January 4, 2009 at 2:27 am |
Posted in Category: How-To, Maintenance

As a result of removing the monobook series skins, users using those skins will see a “blank page”. We’re working on resetting everyone’s preferences, but in the meantime please use the following workaround, as Gordon suggested. Here’s the fix:

You can fix the problem by going to this URL while logged in:
This will take you to your preferences page and temporarily override the skin. Once there, select one of the available skins and save your changes, which will update your preferences in our database.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you have had a spendid New Yahren so far. :D

Good hunting!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on December 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

As you might have noticed, we’ve disabled any “Monobook”-based skins, namely BsgBook and BsgMonobook. For those who don’t know, the Monobook skin is essentially the same skin that Wikipedia uses by default. Given the pitfalls of having those skins during our unique aesthetic changes, and given the weaknesses of those skins in general, we’ve decided to get rid of them.

In place of a lighter skin, we are developing the “Battlestar Light” skin, which uses manilla and light brown colors. Right now, it is mostly functional, barring changes that need to be done to the header and the like.

You can see how the skin looks by clicking here. And, if you’re logged in, you can change that skin by going to Special:Preferences, clicking the Skin tab, selecting “Battlestar_Fluid” and hitting the “Save” button.

Right now, the Battlestar Light skin only has a fixed width format, and therefore isn’t designed for either widescreens or for a “fluid” look. However, given that the skin is based off of Shane’s wonderful modifications of the “Gumax” skin by Paul Gu, implementing those features should not be a major issue once final cosmetic changes have been implemented.

You will also note that we’ve began “Galactiguising” message boxes and infoboxes with a “cut corners” motif. That’ll take a bit of work, but we should have that finished by the end of tonight (on the East Coast).

Have a Happy Frakkin’ New Year!

By Shane | Posted on July 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm |

We updated to a new version of “CheckUser” extension that required editing of the database tables. Not realizing it, I forgot to do it for the other wikis as well. All wikis should now be editable. Sorry for the long long delay!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 1:35 pm |
Posted in Category: Feedback, Maintenance

In talking to a few people who have not been able to access the website since our move, it appears that Plusnet internet service provider—serving the United Kingdom—has an issue with The Planet’s DNS entries. The Planet, as you may be aware, is home to our two web servers. Since Plusnet users can’t access the website due to malformed or incorrect DNS entries, people have not been able to access the website from that ISP.

Plusnet and The Planet are working on a solution right now, but I have no ETA on when Plusnet people can access the website without using web anonymizers or web proxies that do not suffer this problem.

This will also be posted on the Case Orange blog here, since that blog is hosted on a server in the UK, and thus not affected by the DNS woes of Plusnet. So tell your UK friends.

Updates as we get them, thank you.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 28, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance

We have completed the move to our new, roomier servers. Everything is working, and most everyone should be able to access the wiki and our other websites. However, it may take as much as 48 hours (on the outside) for the new DNS entires to fully propagate.

If there are any issues, feel free to post them as a response to this blog.