[cablewiki] Newsletter #2
- From: admin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- To: cablewiki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 03:52:16 +0100
Sorry for the long gaps between my emails, but I also have some other
stuff to manage and since many of you have the same problem, I always
have to choose between communicating with the community and working on
the project. But I'm happy to see that a fertile discussion has
evolved through this mailinglist. This makes it a lot easier for me to
focus on the actual project and to figure out in which direction we
should move. As a tipp: Here you can read all the past messages and
Some of you have complained that they didn't know of the 'Operation
Divided by Zero' page on the Wiki. So to all of you that haven't
noticed: We've created a page providing some basic info about the task
ahead, a list where volunteers can sign up with descriptions on
affordable time and skills, and a To-Do List with completion status
As FutureMelt announced, he has created a beta version of the new wiki
where we will test the new extensions, create some prototypes of the
new article structure and build everything we need before we'll
redirect cablewiki.net to its new residence.
We've agreed on separating Analysis and Content pages. That way we can
protect the original content of the cable as soon as the formatting is
on a reasonable standard. On the other hand the Analysis page (now
containing the summary) remains editable.
I've created some prototypes of articles where the analysis page
(named eg. Analysis:04BRASILIA2803) is embedded as a toggle box
(hide/viewable). As you see the head section is also in a toggle box,
but it's not on an extra page. By default it's hidden.
These three pages are only tests to find out which layout works best.
So if you have ideas on how to improve the structure any further, let
us know or better make a prototype yourself. After that we can update
all the other pages acordingly.
Another big point is the translate plugin. FutureMelt has written
about that a few days ago, you can view a working example here:
I've tried to install it yesterday on FutureMelts test server (doesn't
work with our wiki because we're hosted by an ISP), but I couldn't
activate it yet. (when i try to run update.php i get error messages.
Any help on that would be apreciated)
Today I came accross another mediawiki plugin that looks very useful:
Semantic Mediawiki (SMW)
I haven't installed it yet, so i don't know how much of a change it
would require, what benefits it has and how it works in combination
with the translate extension. But i think i could make things like
creation of infoboxes and advanced search (eg listing only cables from
paris to berlin) much easier. As far as I've seen, it would also make
shure that user submitted stuff is automatically fed into a database
imediately, and doesn't have to be scraped by an algorythm. But maybe
someone with more experience with databases than me (which would be
anyone with at least some experience) could give his opinion on that.
So if anyone has even a little time to give here are some other things
that need to be done:
-To get some more attention, we need to spread links to the articles
on sites like crowdleaks.net. Someone could start creating a list of
such sites. Then they would post comments with links to acording
cablewiki-cables whenever a new article on crowdleaks/etc. is
-Someone with connections to coders could ask for help. You could also
post in forums or chats. I bet there must be hundreds of intelligent
and bored coders out there.
-Same thing for translators.
-some people could create a poster asking for help with coding and/or
translating and spread it on twitter/facebook/reddit/b/whatever
-Use your imagination!
Don't ask what CableWiki can do for you, ask what you can do for
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