By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 11, 2008 at 12:45 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Guys, Gals, and Robots,

We had a brief issue with the log-in system. The fault was MediaWiki’s—apparently a PHP function was removed in their SVN for some undocumented reason, and for a reason neither Shane nor I can fathom. However, we have fixed MediaWiki’s FUBAR and the single user login should now be working, aside from the minor issue of the cookies. To work around that, please remember to check off the “Remember using this computer” before logging in!

Please shoot us any questions, comments, or concerns either via this blog or at our e-mail address.

Good hunting!

By Shane | Posted on June 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

A mistap on the MediaWiki developers removed and important function that works for Centeral Auth. I re-added the function, but I will make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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 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 March 28, 2008 at 6:17 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, FrakMedia, Maintenance, Mediawiki

An update on our earlier notice… The site’s been updated to MediaWiki 1.12 and all the kinks that arose from the upgrade, all of them being minor, have been knocked out.

And the Wiki appears to load faster, to boot. So that’s always good!

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 27, 2008 at 9:36 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Shane has updated all of Battlestar Wiki to MediaWiki 1.12.

There are a few minor snags, such as the portals that weren’t using the proper formatting and the reversion of the search engine to the MediaWiki default, but other than that the upgrade was smooth.

Of course, if any of you see anything peculiar, please feel free to [[Battlestar Wiki:Contact Us|report it]].

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on March 24, 2008 at 8:35 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance, Mediawiki

I know I’ve talked about having a mirror of Battlestar Wiki before throughout the years, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I’ve brought up the issue again.

For those that don’t know what the frak I’m talking about, basically a “mirror” is a copy of a website that is hosted on another computer (typically named a “server”). This is opposed to a mirror that [[William Adama]] looks at when terminating the [[Adamastache]].

The purpose of a mirror, outside of the Adamastache example, is to post a copy of the website that people can access in the event the main site should be temporarily unavailable. And since we’ve had that happen a bit in the past, and with the dawn of Season 4 nearly upon us, I’ve reopened investigating the use of a mirror as a sort of exit strategy. (Again, unlike [[Top Ten List|Adama's lack of one]] when dealing with the [[Cylons (RDM)|Cylons]].)

In any event, I’ve talked about it over the years that we’ve been in operation and decided to take another crack at it. And this time, it seems to be going quite well, and thus I’m discussing it here.

Right now, the tentative mirror for the English Battlestar Wiki can be located here. Do note that it has no images in the articles yet, just text. I expect the images will be done tonight.

As of right now, I’m redirecting the “” domain for the purposes of the mirror. That domain should be available and redirecting to the mirror site in 24 to 48 hours. The primary domain, “”, will remain unaffected, as well as our “.net” domain that acts as a redirect to the .org.

Also, we’re currently only mirroring the English wiki and our media repository. Depending on how things go, the other language wikis will be mirrored as well.

So say we all!

By Shane | Posted on November 29, 2007 at 5:30 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Today after fixing the bots, I ran the interwiki bot and wanted to see how well each wiki has been adding links. Some wikis I was just getting fusterated with, but here is the score in “school grade”.

  • de: B-
    • Links are added, then forgotten. Redirects from EN help, but they hurt other wikis when the bot checks
  • zh: D+
    • Found interwiki links in templates after the </noinclude> tags.
  • es: F
    • Need serious development
  • tr: F
    • Ditto.
  • ft: F
    • Ditto.

So with that said you know what to do. Check all interwiki links when you visit a page and make sure they are correct, working, and make sense. (i.e. Miniseries should not link to Season 1)

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on October 3, 2007 at 7:27 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Just an FYI to everyone using or wanting to use the new skin.

I’ve ironed out the issues with the skin and it should work properly in all three major browsers: IE 6 and higher, Firefox, and Safari.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 25, 2007 at 3:33 am |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

Thanks to those who have tested out the new Battlestar skin, we know of at least two issues that are IE 6.0 related. Essentially, they can be seen [[:md:Image:bswiki ie6.JPG|here]]: the twice-repeated header image and the off-to-the-side rotating character image.

Otherwise, the skin is known to work in Firefox 2.x and Safari. We’re looking for Opera and IE 7 testers, so if you want to try out the skin, simply follow the instructions that [[User:Shane|Shane]] laid out here.

Feel free to leave feedback either as a response to this post or on [[Talk:Main Page|this wiki talk page]].

Update  (26 September): The skin has been tested out on IE 7, and the only issue that’s been discovered is that the rotating character image is not properly aligned. The issue is being addressed.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on September 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm |
Posted in Category: Maintenance, Mediawiki

This is just a brief note that MediaWiki has released the first Release Candidate for version 1.11. As such, we considered upgrading, but have held off since the fixes we are looking for are not a part of the current release candidate, and the changes from 1.10 to the current 1.11rc1 are too minuscule to consider undergoing an update at the present time.

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!