By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on November 24, 2007 at 12:05 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Fundraising, Projects

In order to help cover the operational costs of the wiki without relying on ads, we’ve decided to go to a paid membership model.

Basically, this means that for $10 a year (yes, year; less than $1 a month) users will be able to get to surf Battlestar Wiki without seeing ads. Non paying members will not have to fear: they’ll still be able to access all the content on the Wiki, just with ads.

We’ve just rolled this out and more details are up at [[BW:MEMBERSHIP|the English Battlestar Wiki]].

Of course, any questions can be directed either here at the blog, on the Wiki, or in our Battlestar Forum!

By Shane | Posted on September 23, 2007 at 5:29 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance, Projects

That’s right folks. Following our huge design success over at the Eureka Wiki, we dedicated to give the Battlestar Wiki the same face lift. The skin is currently active under all languages, but is not the default yet. What do we need from you? Feedback! You can post your feedback here, on the [[Talk:Main Page|wiki itself]], or the Battlestar Forum. Little changes are still being worked on and the features from the Eureka Wiki with rotating character images has yet to be completed.

To try it out, click on “My Preferences” –> Goto “Skin” Tab –> Select “Battlestar” –> Hit “Save”.

For those of you who browse the wiki, you can view the new design with a preview of the “Main Page” by clicking here. I also like to point out that the “BsgBook” and “BsgMonoBook” will still be a skin to choose from for those who like the more fluid look.

Updated! Here are some screenshots I took of the Main Page and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica portal.

Battlestar Wiki Main PageBattlestar Wiki Portal Page

By Shane | Posted on June 17, 2007 at 7:19 pm |
Posted in Category: Projects

With some help from the author of the bot, it is now working, however it runs locally on my laptop until the server can be upgraded with a newer version of Redhat. So you may submit your page to the bot, however be sure when you fill in your

maxarchivesize

variable that you make the K or MB uppercase. Otherwise you will get one thread per archive and you could end up with over 143 archives with one thread a piece. Also any long talk pages that exist on the wiki, please go ahead and place the code to archive the page — it would help out a lot! Thanks and Enjoy!

By Shane | Posted on June 13, 2007 at 12:11 am |
Posted in Category: Projects

You can, that is if you want it to run on the Battlestar Wiki. Today I submitted the family file for the “Python Wikipedia Robot Framework” project which allows Python scripts to run as automated tasks on the wiki. As these things are semi or fully automatic, they fall under the [[BW:BOT|bot]] project and are subject to approval before getting a “bot flag”. The “bot flag” allows the username “changes” not shown by default. This policy covers all wikis, and not just the English wiki.

A bot can be designed just for one language or several. And there are many types of lanuguages bots can be code in. They most common is perl and python, however bots can be coded out of anything.

Have an idea for a bot? Bring it up on the [[BW:BOT|bot page]].

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 7, 2007 at 2:56 pm |
Posted in Category: External Portals, Projects

The project page for our [[BW:EP|External Portals]] project is now online.

Feel free to discuss other social networks that Battlestar Wiki should have a presence on [[Battlestar Wiki talk:External Portals|here]].

So say we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | 12:35 am |

Based on the votes from the [[Battlestar Wiki:Think Tank/MySpace Presence|Think Tank proposal on the subject]], I’ve decided to do a soft-launch of our MySpace portal.

The location: http://www.myspace.com/battlestarwiki

Official launch will take place on Friday, June 8th.

To ensure a successful official “hard” launch, we’re encouraging visitors with MySpace accounts to put us in their “Top Friends” lists on their MySpace page.

And for those of you who don’t particularly care for MySpace, Mercifull is working on a Battlestar Wiki group on Facebook which we hope to launch soon.

We hope to expand on other social networks as well, so if you have suggestions as to what those are, please feel free to suggest them as responses to this blog post.

So say we all!

By Shane | Posted on April 15, 2007 at 12:40 am |
Posted in Category: Projects

There are 52. Why do I ask? Because we need some help finishing the Media Wiki “Picture of the Week” Project! To help head here and start! It’s very simple!

By Shane | Posted on April 8, 2007 at 2:41 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance, Projects

As you can see we are starting to get things back up in order of importance. The blog, our communication tool to you, is a must vaild link between all the wikis. None of the wikis are up yet, but all the databases are restored and are in perfect “stable” state for when they do come back online. Squid is not yet online. Since we don’t expect heavy use since Battlestar is down for the Season, we expect to get it up and running soon. Please bear with us if you notice some down time while searching the site.

Also, Myself, Joe, Steelviper, Frank, Mercifull, Spenc, and Peter and the other admins on Battlestar Wiki, will be introducing some new features and we hope you can enjoy them once everything is online!

Myself and Joe would like to thank you for your calm patience.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on February 14, 2007 at 6:13 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Projects

With the confirmation announcement of Season 4, we are going ahead and renting another server exclusively for the database needs of the Wiki.

The cost for the server is $119 per month and should be online within a few days.

By Shane | Posted on January 21, 2007 at 3:18 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Maintenance, Projects

Today another bot (semi-automated or automated) program is now running on all the wiki. What it does it check the English Wiki, as it has most of the data, looks at the interwiki links and makes sure the other language “article” has a link back to the parent. It would also place any other language that it finds to the article. This bot has the sysop flag to allow updating of protected pages.

Check out the userpage on the English, for complete understanding on how this works. This bot is considered a “maintenance” bot so it will run every month (automatically) and can be run manually if a lot of interwiki links get created.

For your pages to get “caught” by the bot, you must place the interwiki on the English wiki…for now. Please check up the updated Standards and Conventions that deal with this matter.

By Shane | Posted on January 5, 2007 at 10:05 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Projects

The two are the French and Turkish wikis. They are both up and running. Admins for both will be announced in a few days.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on November 10, 2006 at 6:37 pm |
Posted in Category: Fundraising, Projects

I have signed up for both Amazon.com’s and BarnesandNoble.com’s affiliates programs. You should see links for Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com on the merchandise pages, as well as the main page.

I am in the process of building a mini-store on-wiki and adding search boxes for each site to the blog.

AdBrite update: In addition, Shane is working on integrating the AdBrite footer bar at the bottom of the wiki pages. It will be in the area underneath the categories and above the footer.

Comments, suggestions, and ideas welcome.