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It has been suggested that Appropedia:User_requests be merged into this page or section. (Discuss).

This is now mostly outdated, and should be combined into more specific locations based upon the tasks. --Lonny 22:21, 15 April 2007 (PDT)

For Staff[edit]


Done - November 06.

  • Try to implement short names:
    • See test working at (a test time-lagged copy of appropedia)
      • So far only problem is titles with ampersands break at the & sign.
      • Why do people caution against a short name that reads the directory your mediawiki is installed in. Why do most opt for a directory that does not exist, such as, where wiki is not an actual folder?
The thought that comes up is that there might be some search order behavior that might actually find a hit if there is a real directory involved? --Curtbeckmann 17:02, 29 September 2006 (PDT)

Regular backup[edit]

  • Regular backup schedule and instructions [1]
  1. Click Databases
  2. Click phpMyAdmin
  3. Click Export
  4. Click appropedia
  5. Select Save as file
  6. Click Go
  • Look for new scheme based on new server allowing shell access.


Help Pages[edit]

Less spammable email addy[edit]


  • Posting less spammable email addy:
    • If you want to post your own spam resistant email address, use something like:
    • name[[Image:atsymbol.png]]organization[[Image:dot.png]]org
    • to show
    • nameAtsymbol.pngorganizationDot.pngorg
This seems cool. Can it be a template? I'll get to work on it :-)
Seems to work. See Template:Em. Takes three arguments. Where to offer this to users? --Curtbeckmann 19:35, 4 October 2006 (PDT)

How to mark notes for tech admin work[edit]

  • Use {{deeptechadmin}} that puts a marker and includes it in a category?

Interwiki Linking[edit]

  • Add interwiki links as necessary (note: when we have shell access we can add all quickly with REPLACE INTO interwiki (iw_prefix,iw_url,iw_local) VALUES[2], although many are already done):
    • Login to phpMyAdmin and navigate to Server: Localhost -> Database: appropedia -> Table: w1interwiki.
    • Click the browse tab for a list of all rows in the table.
    • At the bottom of the page, select insert new row.
    • On the following page, fill in the keyword for interwiki linking in the value field of iw_prefix. Then type the wiki URL into the field iw_url. Make sure to append $1 to the URL (this will be replaced with the article name). e.g.$1 for Wikipedia.
    • NOTE: do not select a function for either fields. This will convert the values you have entered. Ignore the fields iw_local and iw_trans.
    • Click go, and check to see if a new entry has been added to the table.
      • Additional note: when I first tried this, I clicked the insert tab at the top of the page and did the same as above. It did not work, but also did not appear to cause any problems. If you experience problems with interwiki linking, please have an experienced phpMyAdmin user check it out.
    • add the wiki dictionary.

Encourage more Spanish[edit]

  • Encourage some Spanish projects and sites... here is some language from wikipedia en espanol, para describir este sitio.
    • Wikipedia es una enciclopedia libre escrita por voluntarios de todo el mundo. Los siguientes artículos pueden servir de ayuda ya sea para leer, editar o participar de los objetivos de este sitio.

For BOD[edit]

New user notification[edit]


  • Template for Topics
    • Introductory Description (brief)
    • How it works (in Depth)
    • Examples
    • Pros
    • Cons
    • Common Errors
    • Projects
    • Links
  • Template for Projects
  • see Category:Templates
  • banners, userboxes or infoboxes to differentiate between projects, programs, topics, tools, etc.



Done --Chriswaterguy 10:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Find the best then add to help pages.

For All[edit]

Portals and categories[edit]

See Appropedia:Portals_and_categories KVDP 02:21, 26 October 2012 (PDT)


Done --Chriswaterguy 10:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

  • Topics are now called categories to match with inherent wiki format
  • keep building list of topics, but insert them as categories
    • e.g. Kirsten Thompson - Male contraception ~ Category:Male contraception
  • Keep talking about namespaces versus other ways to differentiate the different areas of Appropedia.

Other media[edit]

Done --Chriswaterguy 10:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

About Appropedia[edit]

Done --Chriswaterguy 10:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Suggestions for other areas[edit]


  • resource, books, tools reviews format suggestion:
    • title/ suitable unique descriptor
    • author/source
    • review (personal comment), signed? Reviews have value when they come from somebody's experience
    • relevant picture, maybe not the cover
    • relevant quote(s) quotes or a single picture for reviews are generally allowed under copyright rules
    • space/structure for further comments

Unlike the main articles, which should attempt unified result through peer review, I believe reviews themselves should show personal opinions, with some editing as needed for neatness/spelling/appropriatedness, to avoid a "from the pulpit" endorsement of a given resource.


Done --Chriswaterguy 10:38, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

  • Consider distancing the categories from encylopedic entries and/or just doing some type of transclussion.


  • Once we have a curricula area, encourage teachers with language such as:
Hey teachers - Post your curricullum in the Curricula area 
Students can make comments, or ask questions (or consider a seperate Q&A page)
See ____________ for an example
To start just search for something like Myname_mycourse
Start editting and do not forget to add the [[Category:Curricula]] at the bottom of the page


See Appropedia:Promotion_of_Appropedia

See also[edit]