On the page [[Native American]] one of the books in '''Further Reading'''
has an external link which takes you to this page:
(Only give a header and a blank page now but in the past has had a list of
bookstores and prices.)
When you edit the page you don't see any code that would generate that link.
If I were to put in a link to find a book I would probably do one for an
Addall search or an ABEbooks search since I find those work best.
http://www.addall.com generates income by being an affiliate of bookstores
as pricescan probably does too.
http://dogbert.abebooks.com is a used book listing service.
So what's going on and what do we want to go on?
> Before I too jump on the application bandwagon ;) -- what can
> sysops do that mortals can't?
Just a few "dangerous" functions that we don't want to give to
the general public: permanently deleting articles and history from
the database; querying the database in SQL; moving articles to
a new name with history (we'll probably make that one more
available after a bit more testing and debugging); blocking the
IP address of vandals.
> I wanted to apply for sysop status and mailed Jimbo Wales, as
> mentioned on the page concerning the topic; he referred me to
> the list, however. Can any of you sysops judge if my "application"
> is valid? And then also fix the page concerning the topic?
I need to do some more work to the software to organize this process,
so we don't really have a formal process at the moment. I remember
your name from several bug reports you've filed (thanks), and you
participate on the list and have a valid email address, so if you'll
confirm for me that you are wiki user "Jheijmans", and I'll fix you
P.S. I also looked at your contributions page, and it's over half
Talk pages. While they're certainly a necessary part of what goes on
here, we also have an informal tradition here (it was stated
somewhere once, maybe I need to put it into the policy pages) that if
you do a lot or "meta" stuff you should at least do a bit of work on
real articles to balance it out--edit some random articles, add a
short bio of someone, etc. Sysops ought to set an example here.
I wanted to apply for sysop status and mailed Jimbo Wales, as mentioned on the page concerning the topic; he referred me to the list, however. Can any of you sysops judge if my "application" is valid? And then also fix the page concerning the topic?
Hi, everybody. I thought it's about time I joined the list.
Instead of just a lockout button, why not also provide admins with the
a) Limit edits to logged-in users, or
b) Limit the frequency of edits to "one edit per minute" for any
given user or any given IP
(You could adjust the time value of one minute in option B above.)
> What I do fear is some script kiddy with a couple dozen rotating
> proxies and a ship-load of bots flooding the database with junk and
> overwriting 20 articles a minute. A panic button to lock-down the
> site would then be nice (Sorry, I can't protect pages fast enough).
> Then that would give a sysop the time needed to block all the IPs
> of the vandal. But again, I don't think we are at that point yet.
I actually do already have a "lock the database" button available
to developers; maybe I should make that available to sysops as well
(as long as "unlock" is as well, of course)?
I also need to start thinking about some back-end stuff like the cron
job for making more frequent backups.
This is my latest, and I hope final, mock-up rendition of Cologne Blue
that I intend to offer to replace the existing implementation of
I enclose a mock-up page: this represents the final look intended in
standard-compliant CSS browsers like Mozilla and IE 6, but will probably
not work properly in non-CSS-aware browsers yet. There's still lots to
do, but the only way to find out is not to build a better mock-up, but
to write the working code.
I realise that this design is not perfect, but it is probably
nicer-looking than the existing implementation, and I'm reading the code
for the new software to see how to make the changes in an evolutionary
way will work with cross-browser support.
I'm also considering the idea of doing a version of this with tables
alone for old browsers that ignore or munge CSS.
If I do the CSS right, the CSS version should work OK for browsers like
Can anyone help me with how to go about contributing code, and where and
how to test it? The first thing I'll need to do is just to clone an
existing style, and call it something like "Cologne Beta", prior to
changing it step-wise into real code.
Once I have something up and running, then we can start voting for
features. As all code will of course be GPL, if you dislike it enough,
you'll be able to change it yourself.
Does anyone know the status of photos taken of works in museums/galleries
(in this case, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver)
"Wikipedia does rock. By the count on the "brilliant prose" page, there
are 14 not-bad articles so far" -- Larry Sanger (12 Jan 2001)
I just blocked 3 IPs of a vandal similar to if not the same as the previous
one. Both events involved more than one IP being used by a single individual.
Please see http://www.wikipedia.com/wiki/Special:Ipblocklist
One of the messages this person left was:
"ADMIN, you gunna block every IP im on? ROFL.. don't waste your time ;) <3
I know, we could whois the IPs and complain to the ISP but my partner is a
tech support supervisor for Earthlink and he says that Earthlink does not act
on these types of complaints. I don't know if this vandal's ISP will be so
ambivalent. Most ISPs seem to not care what their users do so long as EULAs
are not violated.
I'm not sure what to do -- this person will almost certainly come back again.
Jimbo you are an ISP owner, what do you think?