by pieterh on 23 Feb 2010 13:02

Yesterday I got a distressed email from a contributor to a community whose master admin appears to have gone slightly crazy. Deleting pages and threatening to delete the entire site. Sadly, we get this kind of thing quite regularly. Which made me think that there is something wrong with the model that gives a single person life-and-death control over an entire community.


by pieterh on 23 Feb 2010 08:29

jhubert writes: As of late, Wikidot.Com has been under ever-more intensive attack by spammers, who add links to innocent wikis leading to sites attempting to sell you PhD theses, used cars, pool supplies, and even more dubious offers. This has led many site admins to desperate measures such as locking parts of their wiki or even restricting them to members only, harming the spirit of openness that is the very foundation of the wiki community.


by pieterh on 17 Feb 2010 15:19

There is a bug in the Wikidot syntaxone that's been annoying me for agesand I'd like to get your opinion on it. As you can see from this paragraph, a double hyphen (used as em-dash) gets treated as 'strikethrough'. This means that correct English writing gets messed up. It also means that text which contains an em-dash (—) can't be struck-through.


by pieterh on 17 Feb 2010 07:52

Yesterday we sent out emails to site admins who are still using one of the old IP addresses in their custom domain DNS 'A' records. It's been some time that ping wikidot.com returns the new IP address and now we're switching off that old front-end IP address.


by pieterh on 16 Feb 2010 12:13

Another Tuesday, another rant. To be honest I've been lazy with the blog lately. Anyhow, this week we're focussing on the bug tracker, clearing out as many issues as possible. My own contribution has been to change the theme to Cherry Red Deep Blue.


by pieterh on 05 Feb 2010 13:28

Today we pushed a simple improvement to private categories: if you create a page called categoryname:_public, Wikidot will show this page when a user tries to access the private category and does not have view permissions. You can thus customize what the user sees. Make sure any images you use there are in a public category (e.g. the default).


by pieterh on 03 Feb 2010 09:05

Facebook's Haiping Zhao explains how he's been working for two years on way of making PHP run much faster. Facebook is now running that on 90% of their servers and they will release the source code this evening. This could be very interesting for Wikidot, since we use PHP and any improvement in performance would be great.