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Suggested tasks[edit]

To suggest a new feature, see Appropedia:Desired features. Other tasks go here.

UTC timestamp[edit]

Change the time stamp from PDT/PST to UTC (or GMT which is the same thing... for some reason UTC is used at Wikipedia - maybe GMT suggests the user is in the UK, whereas UTC is just a universal time?) --Chriswaterguy · talk 16:33, 21 December 2007 (PST)

Current Work[edit]

Completed Tasks[edit]

Make redirects show in italic on Special:Allpages[edit]

Done - the fix is in the Common.css file.

Import Images from WikiGreen[edit]

These steps were completed for integrating WikiGreen (ExportWIkiSite) into Appropedia (ImportWIkiSite), but could be used to upload many photos from any repository:

  1. download images folder from ExportWikiSite
  2. Remove unwanted folders, such as temp, archive and thumb (these will be recreated)
  3. Flatten directory
    • I know that there is some way to do this with tar, or recursive copy, but I gave up and downloaded the freeware xxcopy (
    • xxcopy "C:\ImageFolder" "C:\ImageFolderFlat" /SG
    • Make sure to use /SG the one normally suggested renames augments the filenames.
  4. Check for duplicates with ImportWikiSite
    • Rename any duplicates, then (if you are importing pages as well) find reference to the old name in the imported pages and change name to the new name.
  5. Use importImages.php
    • For some reason the version show php5 but commands were being executed by php4 so I used: /usr/local/php5/bin/php importImages.php --user=Lonny --comment="From via Eric Blazek" ../WGImgFlat png
    • Do this for each filetype, e.g. jpg, gif, etc.
  6. In addition, something happened to the importImages.php file in transport, so I redownloaded it, and everything worked.

Import Pages from another wiki[edit]

How did we do that?

Renaming a user[edit]

  1. Download the three files at
    • SpecialRenameuser.i18n.php, SpecialRenameuser.php, SpecialRenameuser_body.php
  2. Copy these three files to the /includes directory
  3. Download the ExtensionFunctions.php
  4. Copy the ExtensionFunctions.php to the main directory
  5. Add the following line to the LocalSettings.php near the other require_once lines.
    • include_once('includes/SpecialRenameuser.php'); #LRG 1_14_07 used for renaming users
  6. Log in and navigate to Special:Renameuser
  7. Manually move the Userpage and any Userpage/subpages.
I wrote this up in a more general form at
How to rewrite old signatures? A bot maybe.
See User:Chriswaterguy / User:Singkong2005 for an example.

Site Map[edit]

Interwiki map[edit]

See Appropedia:Admin_tasks/Interwiki_map.

Automatic Domain and Database Backups[edit]


ImageMap Extension[edit]

Available to Mediawiki version 1.9. Allows us to have our featured project image lead to the project rather than the image info.

  1. Make a directory in extensions: ImageMap
    mkdir ~/
  2. Download all files from subversion the newly created ImageMap directory.
  3. Add the following line to LocalSettings.php
    require_once( "$IP/extensions/ImageMap/ImageMap.php" );

Find more detailed information here

CategoryTree extension[edit]

Details and download:

Follow instructions in the README file.

Important: Change the file permissions recursively for extensions/CategoryTree.

chmod -R 771 CategoryTree

--GoodSignal 15:20, 29 April 2007 (PDT)

New User Welcome Message[edit]

New users that register an email are automatically sent a confirmation code to validate their address. This seems like the appropriate place to add general Welcome to information.

Edit the confirmation/welcome message here: MediaWiki:Confirmemail body

Short URLs[edit]

  • See wikimedia and
  • Set path in LocalSettings.php to $wgArticlePath = "/$1";
  • Added .htaccess to root with the following content
RewriteEngine on

# Don't rewrite requests for files in MediaWiki subdirectories,
# MediaWiki PHP files, HTTP error documents, favicon.ico, or robots.txt
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(stylesheets|images|skins|extensions)
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/(redirect|texvc|index).php
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/error/(40(1|3|4)|500).html
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/favicon.ico
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/robots.txt
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/nowiki
# include these last two lines if you use the analog stats
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/failed_auth.html$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/stats

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php?title=$1 [QSA]

Input box[edit]


Some specifics after installing AWstats. See for nice instructions.

MediaWiki Upgrade 1.9.2[edit]


Perl to run the page[edit]

perl /home/lonny1/awstats/tools/ -update \  -awstatsprog=/home/lonny1/awstats/cgi-bin/  -dir=/home/lonny1/

Changes to log file[edit]

LogFormat="%host %other %other %time1 %methodurl %code %bytesd %refererquot %uaquot"
DefaultFile="index.php index.html"

Cron -e[edit]

One every hour on the fifteen minute mark.

15 0 * * * perl /home/lonny1/awstats/tools/ -update

Once per day at 3am:

0 3 * * * perl /home/lonny1/awstats/tools/ -update

Future steps[edit]

  • Password protect the folder [1].

More notes[edit]

Still not working correctly.

Fix RecentChanges cache[edit]

Fix RecentChanges cache (?) so it's possible to view more than 7 days:

A simple code change which seems to produce something more like the intended results (suggested by Woozle from Issuepedia):

in SpecialRecentchanges.php, line 226 -- currently "conds[] = 'rc_timestamp >= ' . $dbr->addQuotes( $cutoff );" -- change the ">=" to "<=".

Woozle says:

"I don't know if this is a known bug or even a genuine bug (rather than a misunderstanding on my part), but maybe you can test that and see if it works as expected.

"Or, more to the point, consistently works as expected... it seemed to do fine for me, but I only did one test."

Done - some months ago. --Chriswaterguy 21:52, 8 July 2011 (PDT)

Misc old issues[edit]

These notes were made at "Appropedia:Site development/priorities/archive" and I was the only editor. I now realize these all fit under "Admin tasks" also. I'm deleting the original rather than creating a redirect, as I want to keep the site development subpages tidy.

  1. WYSIWYG editor - FCKEditor looks very close, but not ready yet. We need a replacement for Uniwiki, which is proving to be a problem for some editors, and which clashes with Mediawiki 1.14. So either we work with wikiHow on accelerating the implementation of Wikia's WYSIWYG editor code (which contains a lot of wikia specific hooks) or we find an alternative interface (any suggestions?) - Done
  2. Social features: better integration with network sites such as WiserEarth and GlobalSwadeshi, and better ways of monitoring activity and engaging with people in Appropedia - mw:Extension:SocialProfile?. (Also: better display of RSS feeds, so people can display their blogs in their userspace; Fan mail; OpenSocial) - Done
  • Setting up a test site, for checking new features and settings and making sure they don't break the site, before running them live. This will be MediaWiki, with all the extensions and settings we have now, then adding new features to see if they work. We've been promised help with this, but if you are able to assist, that would be fantastic. - Done

The next rank of issues include:

Previous list of priorities

(priorities suggested by Chriswaterguy · talk 00:43, 5 November 2007 (PST), updated 23:29, 18 February 2009 (UTC) and 22:54, 8 July 2011 (PDT))

See also[edit]