I propose we ask to get this done properly - rather than abusing MediaWiki
to store weather data.
The proposal could do with some fleshing out.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Milos Rancic
Sent: 17 July 2009 22:15
To: Wikinews mailing list
Subject: Re: [Wikinews-l] Weather bot
On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 5:07 PM, Brian
If you go up a page from Milos' detailed list
there's a world map with
temperatures. This looks very like the old WeatherChecker output but I
it's really overlaid temp. numbers. The whole
thing looks really good, but
pictorial form is what most people are used to digesting weather data in.
I've seen that map now... This is "Template:Weather/world map" . I
didn't do that; it was done by one of the previous leads of sr.wn.
According to the map type, it seems to me very easy to make it to work
for all regions (i.e. I suppose that there are regional and country
maps which may be used with geographical coordinates, too).
BTW, I've stopped for a while to work on the Weather bot because of my
personal duties, but I'll continue with it next week.
The last information about the Weather bot, which I gathered, is that
I may make it more efficient with forking bot processes (processor,
memory and bandwidth consumption are not relevant; just Wikimedia
servers behavior is relevant). That means that I would be probably
able to make "the basic useful generic bot" which would generate data
for the biggest cities in the world, and regional/continental biggest
cities/capitols -- and run it from my server for all Wikinews
editions. And if someone is willing to make more specific bot for
their own Wikinews, they should do that from their own server.
I have to abstract localization better, too. (Basically, it works,
but it is not so easy to localize the bot; note that English has to be
localized, too, even keys are in English.)
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