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I think the TV Tropes wiki used to just call it "IN SPACE!" and changed the name later. I suspect that's why a number of pages here at arcanawiki have links to just "In Space". More than were linked to "Recycled in Space". On the other hand, user error (mostly mine) could also be a reasonable explanation. Just to be safe, I made a redirect page so both versions direct here now.

I've never been able to get them to work properly … there's a page somewhere where I rage quite on one after repeated attempts.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 20 Jul 2020 08:17

I added a few more examples, but I botched the bibliography link. It's been too long since I've done this!


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by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 19 Jul 2020 01:52
r_b_bergstromr_b_bergstrom 26 Apr 2020 16:03
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Jack (Hero)

It happens. There are a lot of shiny things to get distracted by here at Arcanawiki. :)

by r_b_bergstromr_b_bergstrom, 26 Apr 2020 16:03
The ColonelThe Colonel 26 Apr 2020 01:17
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Jack (Hero)

Yeah - to be honest, I found the initial attempt by the original author, tried to make it work and then, once I decided that it didn't work, wandered off without actually fixing it …

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 26 Apr 2020 01:17

Just on a lark, I checked out wikidot's registry info in the whois database again, and was pleasantly surprised that it was recently updated. While there doesn't seem to be anyone at the wheel collecting money or upgrading accounts at wikidot, they none-the-less just a few days ago renewed their registry through 2022. So, it's likely this particular crisis is averted for now.

It's probably still a good idea for all the admins to save backups a few times a year, just to be safe.

We are just a couple days out from the cited expiration of wikidot's domain registry. I have saved myself a backup of the site. I haven't seen a better alternative than DokuWiki, but I've been focused elsewhere and haven't looked as thoroughly as perhaps I should have.

r_b_bergstromr_b_bergstrom 25 Apr 2020 20:03
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Jack (Hero)

Were you talking about the problem with the links to body-snatcher and soul? I fixed that by just moving some brackets (though the target pages don't exist yet). Or was there another problem I'm not seeing?

by r_b_bergstromr_b_bergstrom, 25 Apr 2020 20:03
The ColonelThe Colonel 13 Mar 2020 16:46
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Jack (Hero)

Looks like you can't bury another link inside anchor text - tried several attempts to fix the broken code and I can't figure it out either.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 13 Mar 2020 16:46

Found a lead - this character is meant to be the son of one of the supporting characters from Sonic the Hedgehog - although who Kristie Kesuiko might be remains anyone's guess. Google has nothing obvious on her.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 18 Feb 2020 12:34

Seems to have trashed the page far more thoroughly than the Chinese spammers…can't fix this, needs a revert.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 10 Feb 2020 10:10

Hmmm… DokuWiki and the randominc plugin might work for this, but if anyone knows of any options, I am game.


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Thanks for the heads-up. I know that I wasn't very active here in recent years - first due to a succession of moves to different parts of Germany and now due to another major project (translating German folklore tales into English), but I really don't want the Arcana Wiki to go away - I still use it regularly, even if I rarely contribute.

As a first stopgap measure, I have created a backup and put it into this Google Drive Folder. I will do so now and then in the coming weeks, and if you have admin rights I encourage you to create your own backups. I also created a Google Sheet to this folder where you can add your own name and email address if a move should become necessary.

Now, the backup format is simple enough that I believe I should be able to develop a Perl script that converts its format to that of most other wiki formats, after which it we need to enter this code into a new wiki platform - tedious given that we have 5008 articles right now, but doable with a day's labor or two. Unfortunately, the backup doesn't save any tags, so I will probably run HTTPTracker over the site for future reference. We will have to enter these manually (in whatever form the new wiki system require), but that's vastly preferable to converting all the articles by hand.

The question is which Wiki system to choose for this project. The one unique feature of Wikidot.com that I'd like to duplicate was that it allowed pages to call up random other pages with particular tags - such as with the Random Nations generator. Does anyone know which other Wiki system does this?


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I posted the same thing over in the larger wikidot help community, and the responses there were pretty disturbing. If what they say there is true, then wikidot management has gone "radio silent" to most communication. Supposedly a host of features are broken and not getting fixed. One such bug they mentioned is search functions, which I can corroborate I've noticed being extra buggy lately and often ignoring pages that I know for certain exist both here and on another wiki I work on. Supposedly there are also issues when trying to send invitations to new users — I haven't experienced that personally, but I also haven't had reason to send an invite in a couple years. The "whois database" lists the registry for wikidot.com as expiring on April 28th of this year. I don't want to be alarmist, and I'll freely admit my level of "research" into this is quite limited and essentially is nothing more than listening to rumors posted in that forum… but there's a non-zero chance that wikidot could just vanish at the end of April. I hope they are wrong.

We might want to consider migrating the site, and that might take some serious man-hours to do. At the very least, I would encourage my fellow admins to log in to the admin panel and save/download yourself a backup of the wiki. I saved one for myself tonight, but if wikidot expires we may have trouble trying to reconnect elsewhere. Having a copy in your back pocket seems like a good precaution.

As I mentioned in another thread, I was having trouble with billing for my wikidot account.

Well, I posted the same thing over in the larger wikidot help community, and the responses were pretty disturbing. If what they say there is true, then wikidot management has gone "radio silent" to most communication. Supposedly a host of features are broken and not getting fixed. One such bug they mentioned is search functions, which I can corroborate I've noticed being extra buggy lately and often ignoring pages that I know for certain exist (this has happened both here and on another wikidot wiki I work on). Supposedly there are also issues when trying to send invitations to new users — I haven't experienced that personally, but I also haven't had reason to send an invite in a couple years. The "whois database" lists the registry for wikidot.com as expiring on April 28th of this year. I don't want to be alarmist, and I'll freely admit my level of "research" into this is quite limited (and essentially is nothing more than listening to rumors posted in that forum)… but there's a non-zero chance that wikidot could just vanish at the end of April. We might want to consider migrating the site, and that might take some serious man-hours to do.

At the very least, I would encourage my fellow admins to log in to the admin panel and save/download yourself a backup of the wiki.

I have a billing issue with my wikidot account. I'm listed as free, but I've paid fairly recently and should be ProLite.

I sent one email to moc.todikiw|selas#moc.todikiw|selas on January 19th when I noticed the problem, and one to moc.todikiw|troppus#moc.todikiw|troppus on the 21st, and one to moc.cni-todikiw|lapyap#moc.cni-todikiw|lapyap on the 26th.

I have not yet received a response from any of them, so I sent a second email to each of them on January 28th. I made sure the latest email expressed that the radio silence was worrying me, and that I'd appreciate a response even if it was just a quick "we're looking into the problem".

As of this morning (Thursday, January 30th) I haven't heard back from any of those addresses. The moc.cni-todikiw|lapyap#moc.cni-todikiw|lapyap one bounced both attempts, despite being the contact info listed for them on PayPal.

Does anyone know a better way to reach the billing and processing team at wikidot?

I really like wikidot. I really want to give wikidot my money. I'd just like to also get the upgrade that I paid for. Any suggestions?

Why history/politics tags? Thought it might be useful for the generator if it could stick such a character, Cincinnatus like, into a timeline.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 22 Jan 2020 09:48
The ColonelThe Colonel 20 Jan 2020 16:27
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Master

Do we need a separate category of disambig pages to store … well, disambig pages at?

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 20 Jan 2020 16:27
The ColonelThe Colonel 15 Jan 2020 11:12
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Mark Of Cain

For reference I got a "you have saved a draft copy, do you want to edit this or edit the original" message - so if I have wrecked anyone else's edits I'm sorry. There was no reference to any edit lock.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 15 Jan 2020 11:12

I really debated whether to:
make this bare-bones mildly redundant page so that he could come up in character lists and random generators,
just make it a redirect page to the article about Tubal and his brothers,
or just go change the link that was pointing at Tubal-Cain so that it pointed at The Sons Of Cain Invent Technology.

I went with the version that populates random generators, but I'm not sure it was the right way to handle it. Oh well.

Hmmm. by r_b_bergstromr_b_bergstrom, 15 Jan 2020 08:44
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