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Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Apr 11 2020 11:29am
by xtinctionRebeller
I need a wiki to organize bicycle maintenance info. I need to make decisions about which mid-drive to buy.

Superficially ebikewiki.com could serve that purpose, but I find their answer to security unacceptable. To create an account you must go through Discord which then forces people through Google's reCAPTCHA. I will not solve Google's CAPTCHAs. I'm glad Google plans to start charging a fee to use reCAPTCHA.. I hope it reduces the number of instances.

I didn't read all 70+ posts in this thread but a search showed no mention of CAPTCHAs. hCAPTCHA is an ethical alternative to reCAPTCHA.. perhaps it could solve the security issue.

I never saw the wiki we are talking about here. I would like to. When wikis come under attack and no one wants to be janitor, the fix is normally to make the wiki read-only at that point. This is what seems to have happened with Thinkwiki (a site for Thinkpad owners). It sucks that it can't be updated but at least there is still interesting info there that people can read. Why is the wiki completely gone? Was all the information lost?
mark5 wrote:
Aug 19 2018 9:57am
In case there was some wiki content that someone wanted to salvage, here's an MS OneDrive link to w.zip (536 files, 3.8MB). It's supposed to contain the latest version of any E-S wiki file that archive.org might have. File structure looks odd to me but it beats having nothing.
Thanks but that's a bit rough going. I expanded the zip file but when I open the files in a browser, the browser just shows the raw HTML instead of rendering it.

(edit) I just realized I had to visit files in the index.php subdir. Seems to work.

Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Jun 25 2020 4:34pm
by Sherylin
I am new here and read this with interest and found that many here suggest that the wiki is a great resource for new people.
If the code etc is such a mess then maybe what could be done is to put the information into its own separate category called "Newbies" or something similar.
This way new people can peruse this area for information that has been collected by the great minds that write for this forum.
Just an idea, but I think it has weight as it is often difficult to find just one area on a forum for new people to find information.

I know that I for one would love an area just for new people to find basic information about many things rather than try to think of ideas for searches when we are not even sure what it is that we are even looking for. That is stressful.
How do you look for something when you do not even know what the something is that you are looking for?

Anyhow, that is my two cents worth.

Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Jun 25 2020 11:14pm
by amberwolf
That's one reason we have the Welcome Message to New Members thread at the top of every forum page list. It has links to other threads that have some of that information you're after.


But yes, it could be useful to collect all the useful information into a single forum. There is a Technical Reference Area that contains some of that, and while much of it is fairly advanced, there is some basic stuff there.

If you find threads or posts you think would be useful there, you can link them in a post here, and we can link them in the Sticky Index Threads for each forum section, and/or the Technical Reference Area forum.

Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Jun 26 2020 12:11am
by Sherylin
amberwolf wrote:
Jun 25 2020 11:14pm
That's one reason we have the Welcome Message to New Members thread at the top of every forum page list. It has links to other threads that have some of that information you're after.


But yes, it could be useful to collect all the useful information into a single forum. There is a Technical Reference Area that contains some of that, and while much of it is fairly advanced, there is some basic stuff there.

If you find threads or posts you think would be useful there, you can link them in a post here, and we can link them in the Sticky Index Threads for each forum section, and/or the Technical Reference Area forum.
Yes I seen those links and messages and I thank the person responsible for writing it.
However I was answering the person who wrote this article about the question they had in the opening of this article.
I can only think of one video though that would be helpful and it is an hour long lecture on lifepo4 batteries that is VERY good in my opinion.
Should I link that here?
Thank you. :D

Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Jun 26 2020 12:14am
by amberwolf
Anything at all that you find useful, that you think would be useful to someone else, can be linked. If you give a good description of why you find the link useful, it's even better, because it gives something for others to search for. ;)

Re: How many of you really use the wiki?

Posted: Jun 26 2020 3:22am
by Sherylin
Thank you :D