wiki changes

Allison Marles apm at alumni.uwaterloo.ca
Sun Jan 9 20:19:23 EST 2005


Yay Deb!! :)

Thankyou so much.  I like the new look too. :)

Allison


On Sun, Jan 09, 2005 at 07:59:02PM -0500, deborah wrote:
> By popular request:
> 
> I've made some major changes to the wiki today.  The most important is
> that the wiki is currently password protected -- you need to configure a
> password in order to modify a page.  This is absolutely not real
> security, and everybody is still welcome to edit all the wiki pages.  In
> fact, the password you need to use to modify the page is in plaintext
> multiple times on every single page of the wiki.  This is just to
> prevent bots (that is, automatic programs that run without user
> intervention) from spamming the wiki.  To update a page on the wiki,
> click on the "Preferences" link which is on the top and bottom of every
> single page.  You'll see three fields at the very top: username,
> password, and administrator password.  In the "Administrator password"
> field, enter "cennoreth".  Click "Save".  Now you should be able to edit
> pages to your heart's delight.  Unless you have special cookie settings
> on your computer (and if you don't know what I mean, then you don't),
> this password should be saved so that it persists the next time you
> connect to the wiki, and you never need to enter it again.
> 
> Another change I've made should be invisible to everybody but might
> discourage any spammers who come in manually instead of through bots:
> historical revisions of what the files are no longer going to be linked
> by Google.  Since the only reason the spammers come in is to modify
> their Google PageRank scores, this new system might discourage them if
> they bother to look.
> 
> The last major change I've made is stylistic.  The new version of the
> wiki software supports stylesheets, so I've decorated the pages a bit.
> If you don't like, feedback to me, I'll see what I can do.  If you do
> like, pay it forward if you can: donate a bit of money or time to
> someone in need.  I've been at this for five hours today, if that's
> useful info.  :)  (If people think these requests are rude, I'm sorry.
> It's just that I sometimes feel bad that I don't volunteer much anymore,
> but I do spend time on my other things.  So I'm passing on the guilt.
> Feel free to ignore.)
> 
> Let's hope this helps...
> 
> Next project: the mail archives.
> 
> -deborah
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> know what you think!"  -- Archer's Goon, Diana Wynne Jones
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