By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 6, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
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In an attempt to keep up with the financial needs of Battlestar Wiki, I’ve decided to integrate Kontera in-line advertisements into the website. Some of you may have noticed them today.

If you visit IGN or other sites, like Airlock Alpha, you’ll note the use of such ads “in-line” with the text. The links are highlighted in a different color (an orange), rather than the yellow or red links of the default style sheet.

Undoubtedly, some of you might find them annoying. Sadly, I find them necessary in order to further secure the Wiki’s financial health for the interim.

For right now, the Kontera service is merely being tested. We don’t know what to expect in terms of revenue from this service, and will not probably know for a few months. If we run across any problems, we’ll shelve it.

Should you find them annoying, I do recommend buying a membership to the wiki (and to our Battlestar Forum). It’s all done through PayPal, so we don’t receive any of your financial information—just whatever money you choose to donate to us. By donating, you’ll be added as a member, and when logged in you will not be bothered with any advertisements! Once you’ve donated, make sure to e-mail webmaster@battlestarwiki.org with your user name on either (or both) the Wiki and our Forums, so we know who to apply the membership to on our end. ;-)

Thanks for your understanding, all! Feel free to comment here on the blog, via e-mail, or via the Fourm. I won’t throw you in hack.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
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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 Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on August 1, 2009 at 4:01 am |
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Battlestar Wiki now has a Tumblr blog. Yes, we know, why the frak are we doing that for?

Well, it’s a means of sharing BSG/Caprica/Galactica 1980 news, content, and all sorts of media to people on a pre-existing service. Stuff that we really don’t want to cover on the Battlestar Wiki blog, since the blog itself is meant for more “serious” business. It also allows other people on the Tumblr network to share our stuff, because we’re all into that Web 2.0 viral felgercarb.

Also, we’ll likely allow people to post their own BSG related stuff on there, as so long as it keeps in line with our ultimate objective: to cover everything canonical and official in the BSG universes.

If you’re interested in helping out, please e-mail us here.

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on July 22, 2009 at 2:31 am |
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We (meaning Joe, for now) will be adding Battlestar and Caprica news to our Twitter feed.

If you’re not following us on Twitter yet, then you best start getting to it, nuggets!

http://www.twitter.com/battlestarwiki

Good Twittering!

By Shane | Posted on June 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm |
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One of our random visitors in the Battlestar Forum posted a link to their website on how to make the patch via Adobe Photoshop. Very cool stuff! Maybe even help us get the site redesigned for better iPhone/Smart Phone support.

Check it out here!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 15, 2009 at 11:50 pm |
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Just to let our followers know, Battlestar Wiki will be upgrading to MediaWiki 1.15 (and all extensions) sometime later this week—either beginning Friday or over the weekend. Some downtime may occur, however nothing too Earth-shattering.

During this update, we will re-implement the Google search in lieu of the MediaWiki’s default search.

As of right now, we have already updated the Battlestar Wiki Blog to WordPress 2.8, as well as the plug-ins. This took less than 10 minutes without fail.

Now for what our immediate future holds:

  • We will be creating mobile skins for Battlestar Wiki, thereby allowing the Wiki to be accessed via handheld devices such as iPhones, Blackberries, and all those lovely web-enabled gizmos you kiddos like to use nowadays. Updates on this forthcoming feature as we have them.
  • We are looking for one or two contributors to help us maintain our Twitter feed. Basically, we are looking for fans to tweet (or re-tweet) BSG and Caprica news, as well as fandom developments. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to webmaster AT battlestarwiki DOT org.

More to come! Now I’m personally off to bed. So sleep we all!

By Joe Beaudoin Jr. | Posted on June 8, 2009 at 9:37 am |
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My longtime friend, Michael Hinman, operator of Airlock Alpha (formerly known as SyFy Portal before NBC-Universal bought the rights to the “SyFy” name) notified me by e-mail yesterday that Battlestar Wiki was on a list of 16 websites that were being considered for the category of “Best Website.” Of course, I didn’t say anything until Michael Hinman and the team at Airlock Alpha publicly released the “Long List” of Potential Nominees late last night. That list is here.

Now this list will be pruned down to five (5) websites that will appear on the final voting ballots. The “Final Five” nominees from each category will be announced on June 15.

Read more about Airlock Alpha’s 2009 Portal Awards here.

Regardless of whether or not we make the “Final Five” nominees for Best Website, I would like to take this opportunity to express how humbled I am that we were even considered for this honor. Further, as always, I would also like to reiterate that it is because of every contributor and visitor to this website that we are here today—without all of you, Battlestar Wiki would not be in the position it is presently in without your support.

So say we all.

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

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 Jonathan | Posted on April 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
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The Writer’s Guild Foundation has asked that we share the following press release about a big event they are hosting on Tuesday May 5th from 7:30-9:30pm at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California. If you live or will be in that area we strongly recommend that you attend the event.

AN EVENING with RONALD D. MOORE
Tuesday, May 5 – 7:30-9:30pm – At the Writers Guild Theater (135 S
Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90211)
Light reception included

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from the writer, developer, and excecutive producer of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA… one of the most successful sci-fi series in a frakkin’ long time. Ronald D. Moore is one of the most successful writers of television science fiction working today. He is writer/executive producer of Battlestar Galactica. Previous writing and producing credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Good Vs. Evil, Roswell, and the acclaimed HBO series Carnivale. He is the winner of two Peabody Awards, an Emmy (plus many nominations) and a Hugo Award, as well as a WGA nomination.

Thanks,
Jonathan

Purchase tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/63131 or call 800-838-3006

Prices:
$20 General Public
$15 WGA members
$10 Student with ID
(prices slightly discounted online)

By Shane | Posted on April 1, 2009 at 9:39 am |
Posted in Category: Uncategorized

So I generally stay out of our entertainment section of our forum, but I got a message via our Mod reporting forum that someone indicated that this content was “Spam”. In this case it was “Spam” as it was posted twice in the same thread, however it was the first time I ever seen or read it. It did publish yesterday. The title in the Onion is ‘Obama Depressed, Distant Since ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Series Finale‘. It features Obama reading the Battlestar Forum.

I saved the page for posterity, but here is a screenshot of it:

Obama reading 'BSF'

Obama reading 'BSF'

Very cool find!

By Jonathan | Posted on March 29, 2009 at 2:12 am |
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We were contacted by a high ranking public relations person from G4 to alert us to a special segment on last night’s episode of Attack of the Show.  Grace Park, who plays Sharon on BSG, stopped by the show for a bit to answer fan mail and questions about Battlestar Galactica.

G4 has been kind enough to allow us to show Grace’s segment to all of you using our blogs, wiki, and forum.  You can view the segment below.  Many thanks to G4 for granting us permission to do this.  Hope you enjoy.

Thanks,
Jonathan

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By Shane | Posted on March 26, 2009 at 1:18 am |
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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.