John Robinson wrote:
>I thought it ought to be mentioned that the lack of search capability
>is not just annoying to editors, it reading of the encyclopedia for
>study virtually impossible, expecially for someone new to the site.
>Would it be possible to put the Google search box in as had been done
>in the past? I realize that's lame in comparison but it's better than
It's no good as a long term solution, but it's something.
And it does work, kind of.
Has anyone thought of setting up a RSS feed for Wikipedia? I know that
there was one back in the early days but there doesn't seem to be one
now... (and from memory the old one wasn't an official feed).
How much work would be involved in setting up a feed with some daily
selected articles and a random topic?
the past few days I've been experimenting a bit with Apache, mod_perl,
MySQL and creating an entire own website. I've never done that before,
and I think I've learnt a lot from this.
Now, for some reason, against all of your advice, I have started to
program a Wiki, and by now it's already become a suitable basis for a
Phase-IV Wikipedia software, including a database schema.
It really doesn't seem to be very difficult to re-program the current
software in Perl, this time taking all the problems into account and
designing everything right from the start (incl. single-login,
multi-language watchlists, a better translation system and skin system
(separated from the code), etc.) I've also made a lot of considerations
and decisions with respect to database design and performance.
Should I continue with this?
there is another bot running on the German Wikipedia and the user wanted
to set the bot bit in the user database so that the changes made by the
bot won't appear in the Special:Recentchanges.
Could some one of the developers set the necessary bit?
Attached you find the original message from Nils who created the ApeBot
in German where he is asking to do the changes.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Wikide-l] Botrechte
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 14:13:15 +0200
From: Nils Kehrein <usenet2003(a)affenkrieger.de>
kann jemand meinem kleinen Bot (neuer Username dafür "ApeBot") die
entsprechenden Rechte geben, dass die Änderungen nicht mehr in
[[Spezial:Recentchanges]] auftauchen? Hat sich nämlich schon wer
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Erik Zachte wrote:
>The last database dump was made 18 days ago.
>Brion does this normally once a week and he is on
>another assignement till tomorrow.
>Does this mean that Wikipeia loses 18 days of edits
>if a diskcrash occurs, or are there other backups as
I sure hope not... But it does look that way (I have those cur dumps on my
hard disk just in case now).
>If SQl dumps are all we have, would it not be better to
>schedule an automatic dump each night?
>Or does this bring Wikipedia to a halt for a prolonged time?
Brion may have since devised a better way to do this, but I remember him
having to put each wiki in read only mode for at least several minutes each
to do the weekly backups (the larger the wiki the longer it took).
I'm sure this could be done automatically if you could trust a script to have
the type of access controls needed to make a wiki read only.
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav)
Amillar wrote on [[Wikipedia talk:Bots]]:
I believe my IP address has been banned because I swamped the server with a
script. (It was retrieving and not updating, but being automated I suppose
it qualifies as a bot anyways. I thought it was slow enough, but apparently
not.) Strangely, though, my IP address does not show up in
Special:Ipblocklist. How do I go about verifying that is what happened, and
perform appropriate apologies and grovelling to get re-instated? Thanks for
any advice. -- Amillar 19:16 15 Jul 2003 (UTC)
He was later much more specific on [[User talk:Amillar]]:
The IP I'm having trouble connecting from is 126.96.36.199. Just to verify,
I resolve www.wikipedia.org as 188.8.131.52, to which I can ping and
traceroute but not open port 80. Thanks. -- Amillar 15:15 21 Jul 2003 (UTC)
I thought this sounded easy enough to fix, since I had seen a list of such
bots in the /apache/conf directory on larousse. But after some grepping, I
couldn't find any IP address in his block listed, or his domain name
(aracnet). I'm out of ideas, does anyone else know what's going on?
-- Tim Starling
There seems to be a security flaw in the image deletion. It seems
anyone can delete old versions.
So a practical attack becomes possible: just upload a new (junk)
version of an image, and delete the old one.
This is made worse since even sysops can't undo image deletion.
Perhaps deletion of old image versions should be restricted to
Crap, crap, http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_logo_contest was just vandalised.
If it is ok with some people, I think I should code a feature so that non-registered users are not
allowed to delete anymore than 50 characters in a row. (as you just have found out, i hacked
around with difflib.php in order to get some ideas for the difflib.py that i worked on, so i could
do this quickly).
I believe 50 characters might even be too much.
I think the same should go for adding?
Next, we have to consider that if joe-IPaddress gets a warning that " you have tried to delete 50
characters or more, this is not allowed unless you register" might start to game the system with a
The simple fact is,however, that they could already do that before this security feature is
HOWEVER, seeing this warning might incurr more aggressive behaviour on the whole.
What do you think?
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I think it would be cool if I wrote a program to monitor wikipedia
hourly or so from my home computer. When the program gets the 'could
not connect to wikipedia' command, it sends a single line ssh command
to the server which will kick it in the pants.
What would that single line be?
Email me offlist, I guess, if there's a db password in the