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Site suggestions

  1. Use two equals signs for top-level heading (as on Wikipedia) so as to be less heavy in appearance and marginally "shorter" so as to reduce scrolling need.
  2. Investigate, and either fix or explain, whatever it is that keeps telling me I have new messages but seems to be referring to my talk page, unchanged since the first time I looked at it today.
  3. See my reply about index versus categories on the portal's talk page. I like it, so I'm going to repeat some of it elsewhere.

Robin Patterson 23:52, 6 February 2006 (EST)

Working on the second point. Can only seem to find one other mention of this happening on another wiki. If you can find any more information about it, post here.
Not sure on how to go about the first point... still doing additional research.
Replied to the last point on the portal talk page. --Sam Odio 20:44, 11 February 2006 (EST)

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IP Blocking

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Google AdSense

I'm trying to run an AdSense ad, which requires the inclusion of a JavaScript call. (See: Template:Mpodgoo.) This doesn't work, because the engine cleverly comments out the script call. Take a look at the page source -- not the wiki markup, but the HTML source for the rendered page, which your browser will display (with Show Source or some such).

Will you consider permitting the ad to run? Profit is a good thing, and we can negotiate your cut. — "Bear" 13:39, 16 January 2006 (EST)

You can put whatever ads you wish on your page... although I am not sure how feasible it is to enable javascript as it would be a security hole - have to think on that one --Sam Odio 20:33, 16 January 2006 (EST)

Well... security on an open wiki is something like a lock on the door of a house with no glass in the windows. There is, of course, an unlimited number of ways that fools can muck things up, with or without JS. Perhaps the more serious concern is that bad JS might screw things up for the user, the viewer of a page. I tried running AdSense over on my PBWiki; it displays okay, so I suppose they've decided it's not a problem. PBWiki runs on a pretty cheesy engine, though; not my first choice.

Google is the most realistic way to monetize traffic for the small site; and they serve their ads only one way -- in a large number of flavors, but always via their little script. Is there some way we can accomodate them? — "Bear" 02:21, 17 January 2006 (EST)

I'm surprised the one that cautioned against loosening file upload restrictions is now promoting that the wiki host javascript - which has far more serious security implications. Regardless if you can find any tutorial / readme / etc about wikis blocking javascript (specifically, what file to look in), I will try and figure out how to enable it. --Sam Odio 22:44, 22 January 2006 (EST)

Point taken. But reviewing recently added content is a routine function which non-standard file formats impede. I still don't like them, but I don't think they are a serious threat. Never were a security threat, in the sense of a threat to the operational integrity of the server. I just think it's easier to slip objectionable content in that way. However, our track record shows that -- currently -- the overwhelming majority of vandalism we are getting is link spam, so perhaps my worries were poorly founded.

I would not endorse unrestricted JS here. But Google is a known quantity, spooky conspiracy theories aside. This is analogous to the operation of bots on WP; they are permitted, but only under supervision and after proof. Scripts permitted on BluWiki should be proven innocuous.

I don't know what MediaWiki function excludes embedded JS. It's not a matter of file upload when the script is embedded in the wiki markup. The engine does permit some HTML codes to pass without interference; it's not as though it simply attacks and neutralizes every < sign. I'll look into it. — "Bear" 04:07, 23 January 2006 (EST)

IPs to Block

Moved to Bluwiki talk:Link Spam

Chikungunya epidemic


I'm going to use bluwiki for the next weeks to try to gather informations from the people of Reunion Island. I first try in wikipedia.fr 3 weeks ago but they really didnt want me to continue because it was not enough encyclopedic.

It's clearly an on-going event and i wish every people will go to this wiki to add information. There are 10 000 official cases (under estimated by the french state) and 50 000 unofficial.

I just wonder if you can give some informations about form you use. Is it possible for me to made such scripts ? --Cyouss 18:47, 22 January 2006 (EST)

I'm sorry, I don't think I exactly understand your question. You may be interested in this this contact form - it allows you to receive customized feedback. --Sam Odio 21:27, 22 January 2006 (EST)
Thank you i'll try your form maker. My need is a bit specific : I want to setup a form and when the people sumit it the data are automatically added to a wiki page. I know it's weired because people have just to clik on "edit" to have the same result. But in Reunion Island (56K internet connection) nobody has heard of wiki and for the moment i dont have the time to educate a community to make them use the full potential of "every one editing"
Another think i found useful on socialtext : email notification or rss feed to monitor easily every editions on a page. Is it possible on bluwiki ? --Cyouss 05:54, 23 January 2006 (EST)
What about something like this? If not, it sounds like you need a custom form designed for your purpose - a developer would do this for around $100.
You can monitor editions by "watching" a page. BluWiki can be set to email you whenever one of your watched pages are changed. --Sam Odio 09:48, 23 January 2006 (EST)
Thank you for the reactivity. I'll try to use your exemple or the form on my site. For the development the budget has not yet $100 so I ll wait. I'll focused first on briging people on the page.
My idea come from jotspot and what they called mini-application. I found the idea really interesting to cover a lot of simple needs and interactivity. But i came here for mediawiki simplicity and lightness --Cyouss 12:36, 23 January 2006 (EST)


Please check your email, Sam. I'd like to move on with this issue before the day is out. — "Bear" 17:39, 23 January 2006 (EST)


I know it well. It's the main station in the Railroad Tycoon tutorial game. It has a steel mill that processes coal from the west and sends the resulting steel east to the factory at Richmond.

If there's an article about it here, I hope it's in a category but I suspect it's not. Over 500 users, only two sysops, and only 25 categories. Very democratic, but vast untapped potential for interlocking!

Kind regards - Robin Patterson 19:28, 26 January 2006 (EST)

Wow... didn't know cville was so famous. Oh, and thanks for the suggestion about categorization. --Sam Odio 21:23, 26 January 2006 (EST)


For some reason, my signature template (User:Nerd42/sig) creates a new line after it when it is not supposed to. This does not happen on other wikis. Whats up wid dat?? --NERD42  EMAIL  TALK  H2G2  PEDIA  UNCYC 17:39, 9 February 2006 (EST)

Looks like you didn't close the <small> tag and instead opened a new <small> tag - fixed it (see history on your sig) --Sam Odio 20:30, 11 February 2006 (EST)
Oh good. Hooray!! :) Thank you!! --NERD42  EMAIL  TALK  H2G2  PEDIA  UNCYC 18:30, 12 February 2006 (EST)

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