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[edit] hmm

I think this is where people can leave messages for you

--Merlin 01:46, 17 Jan 2005 (EST)

but you'd have to check here in order to get the message, right?


it worked!!! thanks. this is great.


[edit] Some questions answered

Hi there. I've worked a bit on some other wikis, so I may be able to help you out on some of your questions.

What does "patrolled" mean? From what I've seen, "patrolled" allows you to make the wiki less open to the public by having every article either patrolled or not patrolled. I haven't seen the admin process for wikis, but I think you can set "sysops" who can mark articles as patrolled. What this actually does to articles, I have no idea.

Seems like there's a disparity between a page for a user and the page that gets linked to when using their name in the clear. I wonder how other wikis solve that without the need for manual moving and forwarding" This is the case. It's generally there so for example, if you sign up with username "God", and there's an article on God, you don't mix everything up. Instead, the user gets User:God and the original article stays at God.

I don't get it. How is this different from discussion? It isn't. Basically, you put a user profile on the front page, and people who want to leave you a message do it here. Plus, if your talkpage is updated, it should show next time you log onto the wiki. Unfortunately, you can't get updates for replies on other people's talk pages. Thus it's a good idea to post on the other person's page "I replied to your post on my talk page".

Hope that helps. --Akchizar 03:55, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

Thanks, Akchizar! --Merlin 08:34, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

[edit] What does "patrolled" mean?

(Moved from elsewhere) A page is marked as patrolled whan another user has reviewed the edit to verify that it is not spam. Wikicities has some explanation.

Any logged-in user can patrol pages. It's primary function is to help the WikiGnomes keep the signal-to-noise high by avoiding duplication of effort. --JamesRifkin

[edit] index.php in the URL

If you're interested in removing 'index.php' from the wiki url's, you should have a look at: Eliminating index.php from the url

--arjenvr 12:51, 21 Mar 2005 (EST)

[edit] 'lo there

Geez, you sure keep tabs on your wiki :)

Which reminds me: some sort of blatant "RSS FEEDS ARE HERE" link is needed on the homepage - I don't know enough about MediaWiki yet and am running short on time, but the hint's delivered.

I just added both Atom and RSS feeds on the front page. I hope it's okay.
--Robin Millette 09:39, 22 Mar 2005 (EST)

[edit] Licence preference ?

moved to its own page: Licence Preference

[edit] Pseudo-ADD

Merlin -- see the new section I added on the ADHD page. I think it covers "Creative Affective Disorder". You didn't make this up.

Also, SAD and ADHD are very different beasts, although frequently coincide. Since lots of folks are turning to you as an efficiency guru, I'd suggest that you shouldn't smush them together in your notes -- might give people the wrong idea. Oh, the perils of fame! Jeff Porten 00:52, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Thanks, Jeff, but what about those (random and unrelated) notes "smushes" those things together?
That's just an area where I'm publicly exposing stuff that I'm thinking about. It ain't science or nothing. :)
--Merlin 08:47, 6 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Mainly, the words "Merlin Mann" at the top of the page. Dunno, I have a sense that your bytes exert more gravitational influence than the rest of ours. Sorta like how the president doesn't make jokes about launching nuclear missiles (recently). If you think I'm full of it, well, it is your page, after all. Jeff Porten 15:50, 9 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Uh, okay, Jeff. Well, either we're misunderstanding each other or we'll just have to agree to disagree. Either way, let's take it offline. Thanks. --Merlin 14:10, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Maintenance

Hey sysop (cough), how about going over Meta:DELETEME (or rather its What links here?-page). Some of those pages have been marked quite a while ago and people start using, marking them as stub or linking to them. --arjenvr 14:35, 10 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Sure thing. See yr user page. Daddy needs schooling. :) --Merlin 14:11, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Deleting pages
Here's the deal: when you installed MediaWiki you were asked to create a "sysop"-account. Right now, that's propably the only account that has sysop rights. To simplify this stuff for next time, you could give your User:Merlin_Mann account sysop rights (can be done at Special:Makesysop).
  • Log in as sysop (or whatever you named it, or your own account that you gave sysop rights)
  • Goto Meta:DELETEME and follow the link in the sidebar to its What links here-page
  • Check out the list of pages and visit them one by one
  • As you'll see, while logged in as a sysop, most pages have a Delete button next to Edit, History.
  • Fire at will. Deleting pages is non-permanent (reversible) so don't worry too much about it.
--arjenvr 09:49, 12 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Sorry. I know how to delete pages. :)
I meant is there anything I should know about the wiki-way process for deciding on deletion?
I'll try to have a look today and get started.
Thanks --Merlin 09:46, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Here are some infomative "wiki way" links on the topic:
Whoah, my bad. My opinion on the process is simply this: delete the real trash and off-topic stuff, the rest will sort itself out through redirects ea.--arjenvr 16:34, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] Another Maintainance Request

In the interest of cleaning up the books section, would you please edit Language.php so that Special:Booksources includes the referrer links? I suggest that it look something like this:

$wgBookstoreListEn = array(
	"" => "$1/merlinsblog-20/",
	"" => "$1/merlinsblog-20/",
	"" => "$1"

--JamesRifkin 14:13, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Made that change. Can you test her out? --Merlin 23:42, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Negatory. This link is for the GTD book. It still lists the default stores. My first guess is that there are two entries for $wgBookstoreListEn. (But that's just a guess.) Do you have caching enabled? (edit: Tested on random ISBN. Same effect. Never mind.) Email me a copy of the file if'n you want: first (dot) last (at) gmail (dot) com. --JamesRifkin
They all seem to be showing up now. I think I fixed it. Working for you? --Merlin 20:44, 14 Apr 2005 (EDT)
w00t! It's refactorin' time. --JamesRifkin 21:15, 14 Apr 2005 (EDT)

[edit] another "3 ring binders Merlin" ?

Are you the same "3 ring binders Merlin" mentioned in ?

[edit] Many Talents Indeed

You truly are a man of many talents. Who knew you could speak Chinese? And so much of it too! --ThePolack 17:49, 1 May 2005 (EDT)

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