By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 18, 2011 at 1:34 am |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Technical Issues

So far, we’ve successfully updated the MediaWiki software to the most recent version (1.16.4). We know of a few cosmetic changes that we need to do to the skins as a result of the update, but we will save those for later Monday as it is 1:30 AM EDT here, and those changes are minor in nature.

We have deployed the WYSIWYG editor, which can now be seen in action on any edit page. If you choose not to use the WYSIWYG editor, there is a toggle above the editing form that allows contributors to do this.

As of right now, we’ve unlocked the Wikis for editing, so have at it!

If there are any technical issues, you are welcome to leave comments on our blog, or e-mail us directly: webmaster (AT) battlestarwiki (DOT) org. We will get to them in the morning.

Thank you for your patience.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on April 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Technical Issues

So, we’re doing something that is a bit overdue, and that is technical upgrades to the Battlestar Wiki software.

Please be advised that editing to any Wiki in the Battlestar Wiki network will be disabled beginning Sunday, April 17 at 10 PM EDT, so that we can ensure that we have the most current version of the Wiki content available prior to the upgrade.

Basically, we are upgrading everything under the sun, that means the MediaWiki engine and all the extensions behind it. We will also be rolling out a stable WYSIWYG editor, and this is probably the most major change to the Wiki at this point.

This will be phase one of our upgrade, as phase two will be a total refit of the Battlestar Wiki interface, which will be more streamlined and interactive.

We do not anticipate any major downtime, and all content will be available for recall: it’s just editing that will be locked down.

We expect to have total functionality available after 10 AM EDT on Monday, April 18, 2011.

Good hunting!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on May 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm |

I’ll be back full swing here in the next month or two, since I’m really worn out from Battlestar Galactica due to my previous involvement with the auction house that executed the two live auctions at the beginning half of this year. However, I’ve been given a few questions which I need to answer here, and they are mainly about the Wiki and our future.

I’ll go over the more common ones:

1. Will there be a “Caprica Wiki”?

Yes and no. While we have gone ahead and registered all the .org, .net, and .com domains for “capricawiki,” we will have those redirect to the battlestarwiki.org website. The Battlestar Wiki will encompass the entire universe of every iteration of BSG out there—the original, its 1980 spinoff, the re-imagined series, and Caprica—and the site will remain “Battlestar Wiki” in both name and function, since Caprica itself is in the universe of BSG.

While we could create a separate wiki dedicated solely to Caprica, this is unrealistic as this causes unnecessary compartmentalization and fragmentation of the user base. It is ultimately far more effective and worthwhile to keep everything on one site.

The same goes for the Battlestar Forum, which serves to encompass discussion of every version of BSG and its related spin-offs.

2. How long will you guys be around?

As long as there are humans around.

Realistically, we will be around as long as we can. Our resources are not infinite and we cannot hope to logically sustain two servers as their current level without new blood. While Caprica is on the horizon for 2010, and The Plan will air later this year, we will be around as long as the resources are available to upkeep the site. We are looking at downsizing our operations, assuming that we cannot find other sites to host to financially sustain having two servers. Times are tough and, despite the various streams of revenue we’ve received from ads, affiliate links and the memberships, the money still ultimately comes out of my pocket.

Therefore, if you have a well-trafficed website that you would like to find a new host for, feel free to drop me a mail at:

joe(at)frakmedia(dot)net

Having just said that, we do have sites that are interested in being hosted by FrakMedia!, which is the name of the “company” that we’ve assembled here. (We’re not really a company in the legal sense, hence the quotes.) We’ll have at least one or two announcements on that coming this June! Look for it!

3. Now that BSG is over, what new content can we expect to see on the website?

You can expect to see an increased emphasis on information from the BSG comics, novels, memorabilia—and even props that were auctioned off since the beginning of 2009.

Further, there is also Caprica and The Plan to consider as well. Yes, it seems like there won’t be much new information from the show itself, but there’s a ton of stuff that will still be documented by the hard working contributors who have made Battlestar Wiki possible.

Not to mention all the other languages that the Wiki can be translated into. German, Spanish, French… Exciting!

So that’s all for now! Take care!

Oh, and also, we now have a Twitter feed as well that I (and possibly other contributors) will be updating periodically. Follow us here.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm |
Posted in Category: Announcements, Feedback, Technical Issues

Just received an e-mail from ACS’s technical support saying that the error that prevented their userbase from accessing the WIki has been fixed.

As for others from other ISPs that may be affected, please know that we’re working with the affected ISPs as much as we are able.

Good hunting!