Sam's notebook

MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017 May 12th, 2017, 4PM

Programming

It’s MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017! So I’ve been documenting a couple of things, and I’ve added a bit to the Xtools manual. The latter is actually really useful, not so much from the end-user’s point of view because I dare say they’ll never read it, but I always like writing documentation before coding. It makes […]

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forking wikis May 28th, 2013, 9AM

Open content Programming

I wish wikis were less collaborative! I wish they were more like software projects, where if one wants to modify anything, one gets one’s own copy and does anything at all to it. No, I’m not really saying that there should be fewer centralised places of communal effort, these things are great… I just want […]

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Freopedia advertising November 13th, 2012, 6AM

Open content

This week’s Gazette has an announcement about Freopedia and the editing sessions we’re holding at the Fremantle Library. (That QR code, by the way, goes to http://www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/home/List_of_News_and_Media/November_2012/Help_promote_your_city; the code illustrating that article is for ‘Nastco stock photos’.) Relatedly, here’s an interesting article from the Smithsonian Institute about why it’s nice to edit Wikipedia with friends, […]

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Don't Write Code (write descriptions of things) November 12th, 2012, 4PM

Open content Programming

I wish I didn’t know how to code. For a programmer, the solution to every problem is to write more code. But sometimes, all that is needed is to write proper words. To explain things and explore them through prose. Not to remove oneself to the meta-realm of trying to understand the general structure of […]

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Wiki Wednesday August 22nd, 2012, 5PM

Open content

Because I never make the time elsewhere to get anything done, I have decided to schedule in an hour or so — just a tiny bit of time, but regular (and here I am, for the second time) — every Wednesday afternoon at the local library, to focus on Wikimedia stuff. Not that I’m very […]

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Upgrading MediaWiki and SMW July 25th, 2011, 7PM

Programming

I was updating MediaWiki to 1.17 last night, and kept getting a:: Fatal error: Call to undefined function wfWarn() in /var/www/w/extensions/SemanticMediaWiki/includes/SMW_Setup.php on line 49 because I was setting up SMW with $wgServerName: require_once(“$IP/extensions/SemanticMediaWiki/SemanticMediaWiki.php”); enableSemantics($wgServerName); and this has been deprecated in 1.17. As for why SMW is using the nonexistant mfWarn(), I haven’t got time to […]

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FreoWiki is go! (Or GoFreo is a wiki?) April 14th, 2011, 2PM

Open content

We had a great gathering last night at Little Creatures to talk about FreoWiki (including what to call it; one suggestion is GoFreo). Some topics… It’s all set up and good to go, at http://freo.org.au/; The site overall is licenced under CC Attribution 2.5 Australia, but people can put whatever licences they want on individual […]

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