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Please remember to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). - dcljr 03:47, 26 August 2006 (MST)



Welcome! I'll be busy with the NP show today, but I wanted to get a quick response in. I looked over the issues in your sandbox and it's nice to have someone who knows about wikis, I've been learning as we go along. With regard to the redlinks issues: some of them I wasn't aware of, and some I intentionally avoided editing (like help) until I knew exactly what I wanted to include. Feel free to edit those pages as you like and, as time permits, I'll focus on them too.

Some answers to questions in your "Other Issues" section:

  • Is there an interwiki map here?
    • No. I had actually just started reading about this the other day. It's definitely on the "to do" list, though there are only a handful of wikis that I'd bother including here.
    • Evidently, it's always been enabled and there were 174 links in the default list. I've added them to the discussion page and will find a way to modify those pages to have a "most used" list, "full list" and "suggested" list. - Sans Deity 18:15, 6 September 2006 (CDT)
  • Why are sig timestamps in MST when server time is UTC according to Preferences?
    • I have no clue. I'll dig around a bit.
    • This should be corrected now. - Sans Deity 17:22, 6 September 2006 (CDT)
  • Why using [[internal links]] to bolden title words in first sentences of articles (see, e.g., Counter-apologetics) instead of '''triple-apostrophes'''?
    • Because we saw it done that way...and didn't check the manual of style. :) This should be probably be changed, though I'm curious whether or not it's a better solution.
  • Search for "fubar" results in following statement (provided by MediaWiki:Nogomatch): There is no page titled ":fubar". (note placement of colon)
    • I'll look into this one too, I'm pretty sure that it's due to changes we attempted to make when setting up the wiki. Essentially, I wanted the URL to display as Shawn ran into some problems with, I think, the Apache rewrite...I just haven't focused on changing it.
    • Still investigating this, it's an odd one. - Sans Deity 17:22, 6 September 2006 (CDT)

As for the other items, feel free to change them, and anything else you find wrong. If the reason for the change is unclear or if you feel there's a gross conceptual error that should be avoided, perhaps you could add them to a list in the Help section, or something. In any case, I'm off to get things ready for the show, thanks for contributing! - Sans Deity 09:06, 26 August 2006 (MST)


Dcljr, I'm blown away by all that you're doing to bring this wiki up to speed with a professional look. Thank you thank you thank you for all the work that you've done this weekend. --Kazim 04:20, 28 August 2006 (MST)

Hey, I just remembered something that we wanted to put in a while ago. We were going to have a template that linked Bible verses. I was just messing with it again and it currently looks like this: {{Bible|John|3:16}} -> 3:16 Bible-icon.png

The problem is that when you use a book with spaces in it, such as {{Bible|1 Kings|1:1}} it looks like this: 1:1 Bible-icon.png. The extra space messes up the intended link. Is there a way to replace spaces in the second field with "%20"?

--Kazim 08:19, 28 August 2006 (MST)

Hmm. I don't know, I'd have to just look around Wikipedia to find out (which, unfortunately, I'm not going to do right now — I need to get to sleep at some point). I know it'd be a lot easier if you were linking to a wiki (with interwiki linking enabled — Matt's apparently looking into that), since then you wouldn't be constructing the URL "from scratch" but just using a wiki-link, where spaces don't matter. (Even "blind searches" can be done this way, using [[Special:Search/Search term(s)]]. BTW, this would fix the problem you've had with {{WP-name}}.) Might have more to say about this in a few days... - dcljr 03:11, 29 August 2006 (MST)
Well it turns out that there is another wiki called "wikibible" -- which appears to just provide a search function for Bible Gateway, but it might work. I've heard you talk about interwiki links but I have no knowledge of how to set them up.
I've been researching this and it's going to take some work. There is no easy, automated process, you have to actually jump into the database and modify tables in order to setup the links. The nice thing is that it doesn't matter whether the link is a wiki or not, you could setup an interwiki link to Bible Gateway or I'll probably do this, but let's put together a list of what we want/need first. -- Sans Deity 10:20, 29 August 2006 (MST)
I've set up a page at Project:Interwiki map to start hammering out the details. - dcljr 17:28, 29 August 2006 (MST)

Admin page

The entries there are fine. Indefual hasn't been around, but I think his primary interest was in getting this up and running for us. - Sans Deity 09:05, 28 August 2006 (MST)

Speaking of the admin page, you'll need to update it again - I've added you as a sysop. I have a new project at work which is keeping me busy and preventing me from doing much work on the wiki, at least for the next week or so. Considering your knowledge and contributions, it just made sense that you shouldn't have to wait around for me if something needs to be done. Hopefully this status change, is acceptable, I probably should have asked first - but it's easy to change. -- Sans Deity 08:42, 30 August 2006 (MST)

No, that's fine. Thanks. On larger wikis (especially the large Wikimedia ones) I tend to resist becoming an admin (in fact, I'm only an admin on one other, low-traffic, non-Wikimedia wiki) because I don't really want the additional responsibility that comes with the additional power(s). But this wiki is still pretty low-key (i.e., no disputes, vandalism, etc., to speak of), so it should be okay.... - dcljr 14:31, 30 August 2006 (MST)

Interwiki comments

You wrote, on my talk page (sorry for the cross-page discussion, this was just the quickest way to get a response out before I head to work):

"Please compare these links to the default links listed on the talk page and modify/remove from this list." I'd like to respectfully object for the following reasons: Each wiki is free to use their own list of interwiki links and I've never liked some of the choices made by other sites (/ MediaWiki maintainers), especially metawikipedia — a perfectly horrible choice, if you ask me. In the list I started I was trying to use "logical", "obvious" prefixes. Maybe I misunderstood your note, but it sounds like you're preferring to stick to the default choices listed on the talk page."

For clarification (and I'll try to get some work done on this later today), the list that appears there is the default list which exists in the database when the wiki is installed. As it turns out, the interwiki function has always been enabled for each of the sites in that list. I'll probably delete some of the ones on that list, but here's what I think needs to be done, at a minimum: * The main Project:Interwiki map page should:

    • Describe the interwiki function and include a table of available/most common/recommended shortcuts
    • Include a link to the "full map" Project:Interwiki map (full) (which may be smaller than the current list, as some defaults should be removed)
  • A new page, perhaps Project:Interwiki map (requests) should be created and, essentially, take the purpose and content of the current Project:Interwiki map page (a place to request new links - and a place to note those that should be removed)
  • For each of the current recommended/suggested sites:
    • If it already exists on the default table, that needs to be noted and:
      • We need to decide whether or not it's "ok as is" or whether it needs to have a different shortcut
    • If it doesn't exist, it should live on the Project:Interwiki map (requests) page until added
All of this has been set up, though changes may need to be made - Sans Deity 11:24, 7 September 2006 (CDT)

That's what I was thinking, in a nutshell. - Sans Deity 09:30, 7 September 2006 (CDT)

Latin or English nomenclature

A while back, there was Talk:Argumentum ad baculum a bit of a discussion, and it was decided that logical fallacies should be kept under their formal (usually Latin) name, and that English synonyms should be redirects to the Latin page.

I'm not fundamentally opposed to changing the rule, but I'd like for there to be consistency. --Arensb 14:08, 5 April 2007 (CDT)

Consistency was the goal. In some cases, it may be argued that the formal name is the more popular version. In some sense, it doesn't make any difference where the article lives as the redirects essentially make them equivalent. The only place where this becomes truly problematic is when we're looking at a page on logical fallacies that links to all of them, or the appropriate category page. On an article page, I think I'd actually prefer a list that links to the formal name and includes the common name in parentheses, for clarity. The category page seems to be the only sticking point. I'm wondering if a redirect page could also have the category link - so that the category page has a link to both articles, even though one simply redirects to the other? -- Sans Deity 16:22, 5 April 2007 (CDT)
Putting redirects in categories seems like the best solution, IMHO, if it works. Kind of like an index that lists synonyms of a concept. --Arensb 16:29, 5 April 2007 (CDT)
Yup, it works. I guess I should start categorizing redirects, unless someone can whip up a bot to do that. --Arensb 16:32, 5 April 2007 (CDT)
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