Resignation as UFOPaedia administrator


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#41 Jo5hua

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 01:30 AM

Greetings!

I will need to ask Pete what he thinks about getting Administrator access. At the moment I am only hosting it and we haven't talked about this, but I will be willing to administrate when it comes to feature implementation, development, debugging, as well as upgrading the wiki. This of course while leaving submission moderation to the moderation team.

Let me know if there is any feedback questions or concerns!

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 07:12 AM

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 02:40 PM

By the way there is no Create Account signup form on ufopaedia right now. I bugged Jo5hua about this already but he doesn't have access to fix (see above).

I'm a long time player of X-Com, TFTD (a brief and failed campaign), XCOM2012 and currently enjoying XCOM2. I'd like to help a bit w/ xcom2 articles. I'm also a web dev so I notice stuff like the duplicate ranger page and want to fix it because it hurts search rank for the real ranger page:

duplicate: http://www.ufopaedia...Ranger_(XCOM_2)
real: http://www.ufopaedia.../Ranger_(XCOM2)

I call the latter "real" because it had the more recent updates and the tag (XCOM2) is correct.


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yay i can post now. Is it supposed to take a week after signup? Or a day after connecting facebook? if so it's an unclear part of the process.

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 05:10 PM

View Postrobertpateii, on 26 March 2016 - 02:40 PM, said:

I'd like to help a bit w/ xcom2 articles. I'm also a web dev so I notice stuff like the duplicate ranger page and want to fix it because it hurts search rank for the real ranger page:

duplicate: http://www.ufopaedia...Ranger_(XCOM_2)
real: http://www.ufopaedia.../Ranger_(XCOM2)

I call the latter "real" because it had the more recent updates and the tag (XCOM2) is correct.

It's technically not a duplicate page (the same info isn't present on the XCOM_2 page, that page is actually blank except for a little bit of wiki markup code), it's actually a redirect page. Redirects are a necessary part of the wiki because it helps to point you to the right page when you are searching and enter in "XCOM 2" instead of "XCOM2". Dunno if a redirect hurts the search rank per se, I guess it depends how many people search for XCOM 2 instead of XCOM2. When all is said and done though, you end up at the correct page. Posted Image

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yay i can post now. Is it supposed to take a week after signup? Or a day after connecting facebook? if so it's an unclear part of the process.

Where? Here or at the wiki? If you mean here, then no, it shouldn't. There may be a problem somewhere preventing signups or delaying the registration email from being sent. We know about it, Pete was contacted about this so hopefully there is a fix. Sorry for any delays! Posted Image

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:03 PM

The redirects are more to ensure that other pages that link to the page by the old name don't break. It's not a bad idea to use the 'what links here' on the redirect pages to see which pages still use the old name and go fix them. Once the redirect page becomes orphaned, it can be safely deleted. If they do show up in the searches, clicking on it should take you to the proper page.

Speaking of orphaned pages, I believe we do have a few XCOM2 pages that aren't linked to by any other pages.

But I digress, yes the new signups are still disabled. I guess we'll have to wait a bit for Pete and Jo5hua to iron out the details there. For the time being, I suppose us members could facilitate any edits for those still waiting to sign up?

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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:02 PM

Zombie,

ah, i see. Seems SupSuper fixed it after i bothered #openxcom about it but I didn't realize that until now. I was expecting a 301 redirect but apparently that's not how mediawiki handles redirects. Instead it adds a meta canonical link which makes sense for their use case. TIL.

When i said "Is it supposed to take a week after signup? Or a day after connecting facebook?" I meant here on strategycore.co.uk.

NKF,

Thanks, as long signups being disabled on ufopaedia is a known issue by the admins then I'll be content to wait. I don't have any other pressing edits at the moment. If I do I'll post here. Appreciate the offer.

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 10:07 PM

Any idea when signups will be allowed again? It's been two months and today someone was asking on the xcom subreddit how to create an account. I tried to help the guy out by creating an account as an admin but it looks like it didn't work.
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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:30 PM

You'll need to speak to Joshua about anything technical - I PM'd yourself, Thor and NKF in a conversation with him to make introductions but you guys didn't join in :)

I've not got server access myself yet but any technical issues you'd be best PM'ing Joshua or emailing him as that's his area now.
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Posted 18 June 2016 - 10:57 PM

View PostPete, on 18 June 2016 - 05:30 PM, said:

You'll need to speak to Joshua about anything technical - I PM'd yourself, Thor and NKF in a conversation with him to make introductions but you guys didn't join in Posted Image

I've not got server access myself yet but any technical issues you'd be best PM'ing Joshua or emailing him as that's his area now.

Just sent you an email with two questions.. One is regarding admin access so I can go ahead and resolve the signups issue asap. =)

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Posted 25 July 2016 - 05:04 PM

Hey guys, how are signups coming? Also the ufopaedia seems extra slow to load at the moment.

Thanks for your effort.

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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:13 AM

I did a nudge in the PM chat a few nights ago, but still waiting I'm afraid.

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 03:39 AM

Good evening everyone! Here is the update I have provided to the admin thread regarding the website =)


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Great! I was able to finally log back into StrategyCore as the password reset link isn't working. I was able to log in via Facebook login.

We have moved the server to a new and MUCH much faster server. UFOPaedia.org is now also on a global Content Delivery Network so the website pages will all load near instantly no matter where you are in the globe. Along with this I have personally rebuilt the entire website and I am very happy to report that the performance/slowness creep issues have been resolved. Previously the website would have an extremely high constant server resource load after a bit of time --- but I'm happy to report that the new rebuilt site has been running stellar with less than half a percent of resource load with same traffic.

You may click the website and click any links and the website will respond incredibly quick, a far cry from it's previous state.

As you may notice registrations have also been reopened with basic spam filtering. Though this is not enough and we have a road plan in action for the website. Below is a list of plans for the site which we have planned in order to improve everything that is UFOPaedia.org
  • Finalize initial rebuild of website and work out any remaining bugs or quirks on the website to bring the website to 100% in it's current state.

  • Once the website is 100% fast bug free no issues working great, we will bring up a redundancy backup website server which will have a live second-to-second update of all website content and database data. The website will have full redundancy and mirroring. This will be like www2.ufopaedia.org and will serve as a backup should it be needed.

  • We are then creating a beta.ufopaedia.org as we need to upgrade the content management system of the website, MediaWiki. Currently UFOPaedia is running legacy MediaWiki 1.22.0 and the latest version is 1.27 stable. The upgrade will be a massive overhaul of the code base and will provide a long term solution to the bot spams as the code base is far more mature and has many anti-spam measures built in.

  • Once updated we will add a few more extentions which will ensure we have a near 100 percent spam firewall to keep the website integrity at it's best.

  • Along with extension reinforcement the actual template theme of the website will be updated. We will be using the latest MediaWiki template which we have all grown to love along with many modern upgrades such as Responsive HTML and CSS. Currently the website will display properly on a Desktop monitor with a large resolution, but unfortunately when viewing the website via tablet or mobile device with a smaller resolution, the design is not friendly and does not change with the screen resolution. The new website will be mobile friendly and will format it's content display properly for easy of use and readability on smaller devices and resolutions. Currently the website is receiving 30 percent of it's traffic on these smaller resolution devices, so this new updated MediaWiki template will be a huge improvement on all those visitors.
This is what we have so far and I would like to ask the rest of the administration and team what other things we can do to improve the website and experience. XCOM is alive and strong after over 20 years and the world depends on us for all our XCOM information. Let's bring this to the next level and LEVEL UP!

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 07:17 AM

This looks amazing. People with such dedication should get a medal or something.
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Posted 22 January 2017 - 04:14 AM

View PostNoXTheRoXStaR, on 05 March 2016 - 07:36 AM, said:

Hobbes has brought up several very good points. UFOPaedia was Hobbes and to a another extent Tycho's brain child.

View PostHobbes, on 05 March 2016 - 01:36 PM, said:

No, we were not, a lot of other people were behind it in the first place like Gazchap, Zombie, etc.. I was made an administrator a little by accident (IIRC no one actually asked me, they simply made me an admin but this was 10 years ago). I was one of the most active admins in the last years but this was never my site, although a lot of new people had that impression.

The UfoPaedia Wiki was GazChap's. He started it all. I actually signed up a little late in the game as I didn't even know what a Wiki was. ;) Folks like NKF, Danial, JellyfishGreen, BombBloke and MikeTheRed were already hard at work when I joined (though, I wasn't exactly that late, and you [Hobbes] signed up just after I did). :)

As for becoming an admin, the whole thing started December 2005 when there was a boatload of spammers creating pages and advertising on current pages. Back then, the only SysOp was GazChap himself. I compiled a list of all those spammers and emailed that to GazChap and also mentioned that it would be nice if there were more SysOps because he wasn't always around. MikeTheRed had also messaged GazChap about the spamming situation and he nominated NKF, BombBloke, yourself and me for the job. So yeah, it was a surprise to probably all of us. :D

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:57 PM

View PostZombie, on 22 January 2017 - 04:14 AM, said:

The UfoPaedia Wiki was GazChap's. He started it all. I actually signed up a little late in the game as I didn't even know what a Wiki was. Posted Image Folks like NKF, Danial, JellyfishGreen, BombBloke and MikeTheRed were already hard at work when I joined (though, I wasn't exactly that late, and you [Hobbes] signed up just after I did). Posted Image

As for becoming an admin, the whole thing started December 2005 when there was a boatload of spammers creating pages and advertising on current pages. Back then, the only SysOp was GazChap himself. I compiled a list of all those spammers and emailed that to GazChap and also mentioned that it would be nice if there were more SysOps because he wasn't always around. MikeTheRed had also messaged GazChap about the spamming situation and he nominated NKF, BombBloke, yourself and me for the job. So yeah, it was a surprise to probably all of us. Posted Image

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Ok so do you want to help us admin the site? Currently the site is stable and fast now on a super high-performance server..... We need help though on the admin side... Anyone else thoughts on this? Thanks let me know!

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 11:49 PM

Zombie's already an admin, though we could always use a few more as many of our existing admins aren't around a lot these days.

By the way Jo5hua, not sure if it's the site or it's on my end, but over the last week when I click through a link I end up on a 0 byte page and have to reload to get the page to appear properly. Not all the time, just seems to happen once in a while.

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:29 AM

I think it would be helpful to clarify that I'm a SysOp admin, not a Bureaucrat admin - two different beasts. The other group is checkuser which I'm not a member of either (though, I wish I was as I can see a bunch of possible spammers in the user list which aren't blocked yet but without the ability to check IP addresses I'm helpless). Could've sworn I had that privilege at one time, maybe not though. ;)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 07:37 PM

View PostZombie, on 04 February 2017 - 04:29 AM, said:

I think it would be helpful to clarify that I'm a SysOp admin, not a Bureaucrat admin - two different beasts. The other group is checkuser which I'm not a member of either (though, I wish I was as I can see a bunch of possible spammers in the user list which aren't blocked yet but without the ability to check IP addresses I'm helpless). Could've sworn I had that privilege at one time, maybe not though. Posted Image

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Okay... I would definitely like the additional overseeing of possible spammers especially now that we have opened up the site and began upgrades to it. I am not familiar with the site admins yet as I just came in recently =)

View PostNKF, on 03 February 2017 - 11:49 PM, said:

Zombie's already an admin, though we could always use a few more as many of our existing admins aren't around a lot these days.

By the way Jo5hua, not sure if it's the site or it's on my end, but over the last week when I click through a link I end up on a 0 byte page and have to reload to get the page to appear properly. Not all the time, just seems to happen once in a while.

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Please send me a message with your Skype if you have one and we will look into this asap.. Please send me some links that you can paste here or in private message and I will look to replicate and resolve the issue asap. Thanks!

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:55 AM

View PostJo5hua, on 05 February 2017 - 07:37 PM, said:

Please send me a message with your Skype if you have one and we will look into this asap.. Please send me some links that you can paste here or in private message and I will look to replicate and resolve the issue asap. Thanks!

I haven't really used my Skype a great deal, but I'm enkayeff on there if you need to get in contact.

I wish I could send you some concrete examples, but the problem is that it doesn't always happen and when it does it could happen on any page.

I usually see it when checking out the diff pages for some of the items that pop up on the recent update list to check out what's been done. Sometimes it will happen when simply clicking through a Wikilink to another page. Another occasion was when I was blocking the most recent spam account. Instead of going to account block page, it just loaded up the blank page until I refreshed.

It's rather sporadic, so I'm wondering if it's just me that's experiencing this.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:48 AM

You aren't alone NKF, I get the same thing every once and a while. Most recent was the Armour page for EU as well as the UFO Detection page. But like you said, refreshing the page fixes it. ;)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!




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