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2007-04-23 06:49:15   So, I have an idea I've been toying with and would like some critical feedback. In Santa Cruz County, a large portion of the community is made up of people who speak Spanish as a first language, as well as many others who have learned or are learning spanish as a second or third language. (I myself am learning spanish.) I'm trying to figure out of making a bilingual wiki would work, and how it would work. I'm thinking that using the preface "Espanol/" to spanish pages would be useful in differentiating between english and spanish pages that essentially are the same articles. Are there any bilingual wikis anyone knows of that I might look to as examples? What do you guys think of having a bilingual wiki? What could be potential problems? I'd love to read anyone's comments about this. —MaryLieth

2007-04-26 20:43:18   Philip and everyone else building new city wikis... I created '' to be a space where generic pages specific to city wiki building could be made available for new admins. I find myself both inspired by DavisWiki and RocWiki and perplexed by the need to so easily cut and paste so many of the basic citywiki pages from there. Not Davis nor Rochester specific content pages, rather pages like the create as templates, using your RealName page, some photos (granted this is an easy fix, just upload my own equivalents) like the DavisWiki troll.jpg, the front page, the wiki_community pages and so forth. So perhaps to conclude my tome, citywiki.wikispot can be home to a bundle of generic pages to quick-start city wikis for long term city wiki building... what think? —HimySyed

Looks like we work fine on the One Laptop Per Child XO:


I ordered a bunch of Wiki Spot Stickers. If you live in [sf]sf or [davis]davis and want some then leave a note on my page (or ask me next time you run into me)! —PhilipNeustrom

2007-06-07 19:41:41   How can I change the page in my wiki to which the main header title of my wiki links? I think that could also be worded, how do I change the default page that opens in my wiki? It was "Front Page", but I wanted to rename that and not have a redirection from "Front Page" to the new page. —michaelbrooks

2007-06-22 06:37:31   Anyone want to help build the Berkeley Wiki with me? It'd be nice to work with others to distribute the work and start building this thing. —AbhiYerra

2007-07-30 18:42:17   I noticed that the LinksHere macro seems to have a problem (what I'd consider a problem, anyway). I have two pages, A and B. A contains a link to B, but B does not contain a link to A. Now I place the LinksHere macro within each page. B correctly interprets a link from A to B, and lists A in the pages that link to B. A (in my opinion) shouldn't report B as linking to A since, afterall, it doesn't really. However, it seems that A can see that B's LinksHere macro links to A, and so adds B to its LinksHere section. I don't know if that makes any sense. The problem could be solve, I think, if the LinksHere macro didn't count LinksHere links on other pages as true links. —michaelbrooks

2007-08-13 04:09:14   Yikes! Now when I click on "People" page, I get the message "Corvallis Wiki Does Not Exist". :-( —RichLindvall

2007-08-15 16:08:54   Thanks, Philip, for the tip on not having multiple events boards. I'll make the changes. Also, would it be possible to change the name from LBCHEN to NWOregonCHEW on the Wikispot directory? I'm sort of making this up as I go and decided that in order to achieve critical mass I needed to broaden the scope of the wiki. (lots of homeschoolers in Salem!) —RichLindvall

2007-08-27 04:40:21   Hey Phil' I can't get the youtube code to work? Maybe you haven't added that yet... How about opening a wmv in a new window (tab) so that the link isn't lost... it's for this page [WWW] so you can see what I mean. —Gord

I did see something the other day on adding youtube to wikis' and how to embed them, but really... it's not needed.
I actually already placed it, as an external, and made the note... so I'm good with that. —Gord

2007-08-29 09:11:08   I got a bit of code showing up at the top of my page [WWW]
Know how I fix that, and how it got there?
I wonder if I should report it as a bug?

-thanks- —Gord

2007-10-09 20:24:11   This may have been answered elsewhere, but how do I enable users of LBCHEW to get the RSS feed from the Events Board directly to their email? How do I find out my URL? —RichLindvall

2007-10-22 21:24:51   Hi I'm wondering what the difference is between the "local" wikispot project and wikitravel (e.g. [WWW][WWW] So I'm really a big fan of wikidavis, and I'd like to do the same for berlin (where I live), but I dunno whether this is a good idea, given the already big network of wikitravel. However, the projects seem different, but my ideas about these differences are confuse (every day life vs traveller's tips). Perhaps you could help me here to weigh the pros and cons ?
Thanks —philacour

2007-10-22 21:28:43   wikifarm or wikimum Hi everyone. What if one could be able to grow a wiki in an incubator like wikispot, and then become independant and migrate to some other place ? Are there any code-bridging facilities available ? Does it go against the ethics of wikispot as a farm ?
Thank you —philacour

2007-10-22 21:35:04   Question for MaryLieth and HimySyed I'm quite interested in your discussion about the multilingual wiki. I believe the "toronto" solution is the best. But I'm currently adding to it a trick allowing systematic "language links", in order to have twin/mirror pages instead of the branching out system of wikipedia. For the moment, it's just a "That page in French/German" type of link (my wiki is a german/french one). I'd like to have your opinion on that, for I don't think it's entirely satisfying to have such a "twin-like" wiki growth.
See there: [WWW]
and the "mirror" page: [WWW]
Best —philacour

2007-12-09 05:41:00   May I get a one-time backup of the NLUG site? We are getting ready to transfer the domain name and make wikispot our primary web-information service provider, and I would like to have a base-line backup so we can say we are safe from any disasters there. I talked with JabberWokky in IRC about this topic tonight, and he suggested I post here. —matthewcraig

2007-12-28 21:43:15   Where do new wikis get their initial content from? Jason and I are trying to gnome the default pages so that there a note about not every entry needing a tab (some are appearing with [spongebob-site]sixteen tabs!), and some other "after observing common mistakes" support for the original admin getting things set up. —JabberWokky

2008-06-28 04:35:20   Hi there. I just signed up to start a wiki and got an immediate email with a url for me to click to activate the wiki. Unfortunately when I clicked that link I get the following error message:

Invalid email link. To create a wiki you must follow the link send to your email account.

Any suggestions? —AndrewThomson

2008-07-14 20:28:31   Our local CSA is deciding whether or not to use wikispot for our nascent wiki (vs hosting a wiki locally on our server). We have some concerns and questions. This seems like the place to pose them:

2008-07-21 00:43:16   Why is the login text displayed as blue on black, it is almost invisible? —Lance

2008-10-12 09:12:21   nice precedent seemles or really good idea to copy and redirect westsac specific pages from davis to westsac? —BlueDot

2009-01-10 22:58:22   Dear WikiSpotters, I'm about to embark on starting a new city wiki (, for Baton Rouge LA) and was wondering if you folks had any opinions on how to best go about starting a new city wiki. Specifically:
- How much structure / content should be on the wiki before going public?
- How many rules or how much organizational structure should be in place?
- What is the role of city wikis in the age of Google Maps and Yelp?
- How do we avoid having the city wiki become a catalog of the area's Starbucks and other mind-numbing chain stores?
Tobin —TobinFricke

2009-01-12 01:07:20   Greetings folks, I made a request at Using a custom domain name/Talk. However the edit did not show up in recent changes, and it seems that the Fresno request hasn't been met yet. Is every thing okay? Be well, -Greg Bard —GregBard

2009-01-12 06:36:31   Flickr Is there any easy way to include an image from flickr? —TobinFricke

2009-01-17 06:24:03   I want to get a wiki together for Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario (inspired by RocWiki). Turns out "kw" is taken for a Wiki Spot name, with never having been edited. Is there any way to reclaim a wiki? —MichaelDruker

2009-01-20 10:41:29   Disregarding the confusion about a wiki versus a wiki entry, there's a entry here that Graham had [WWW]zeroed out with a notice. I restored the content and left the notice in place, but I'm fairly certain that there was an actual wedding wiki that had popped up in the very early days of Wiki Spot, asked if it was okay, and we had all agreed that it constituted a community, as it was facilitating a non-commercial event among members of several families. Do we want to change that? Personally, I see no problem with it. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

2009-03-02 19:36:04   I'd just like some feedback as to whether or not a recent administrative action I made here was justified. The Themes page has been the target of vandalism from some IP addresses originating in Brazil. These people dislike the fact that we have a MediaWiki theme on there and have been removing it and vandalizing other pages claiming censorship when we put it back. This morning, a vandal replaced the contents of the page with hardcore pornography. I reverted it of course. Additionally, I permanently removed the edit because I believe that the wiki spot hub should be work-safe. It would be unfortunate if someone were going through the edit history of that page and suddenly they had a screen full of porn staring them down. Should I do things like this in the future, or do you think a revert comment warning that porn exists in the previous version is sufficient?

2009-03-04 13:30:02   hi everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:-) —Stations

2009-04-19 16:10:36   Two questions: 1) We have a number of older people using our wiki. One consequence is that they occasionally forget the username they create to gain access to wikispot. Any suggestions on how to help them out? 2) Since our wiki is in French, I needed to write instructions in French on how to join wikispot and gain acess to the wiki. To do so, I created a number of dummy usernames, so I could test the consequences of various actions in trying to join. These dummy usernames have no further use. Is there any way to delete them? I suppose there are lots of dead and inactive memberships at wikispots; nevertheless, my fussbudget soul thinks I should clean up after myself. —Harvey (maddaze at the wiki adld) —maddaze

2009-05-14 17:23:46   Ok! question on the use of windows vista and attendant browser, etc. On my laptop, which uses windows vista home, the wikispot wikis (especially daviswiki, since that's what I'm looking at mostly) do not load properly and give continuouls "you are not authorized to view this page" errors. Any thoughts? is there some setting I have wrong? halp! —RocksandDirt

2009-06-11 00:06:23   I remember seeing documentation describing interwiki page includes - but cannot seem to find it anywhere. Anyone seen such a reference or know how to do it. I am working across BufWiki, RocWiki, and Syracuse Wiki and would like to share common page content among the sites. —BradMandell

2009-08-15 04:09:22   Hello everyone, what is the difference between "" and ""? Will both urls take you to the same page? If I edit one, will the other be automatically updated? Thank you. —GiuseppeDeLuca

2009-09-08 02:21:01   Is there a way to automate the process of migrating from outside to wikispot? Hundreads of pages and PNGs to migrate to this service. —exerciciosresolvidos

2009-09-14 17:54:55   With tables I can make a two collumns text, however tables aren't meant for that. What do I do float text or imagens if there aren't div tags? Oh, found out that tableclass can be used to mimic div and span tags, it's a bit strange to use single cell tables just to colorize text or float images but it works. —exerciciosresolvidos

2010-01-29 23:19:56   How can I change the words 'front page' to 'welcome!' on the bar below the wiki main logo, and also, can I change the bar's colour? Thanks. Come over and check out The Liverpool Wiki! [WWW]

2010-02-22 00:40:52   Is there a way to display an uploaded (text) file in the browser, rather than forcing a download of the file? —ChristopherOnken

2010-03-27 02:20:25   I want to send the following letter to a business whose website was spammed on the hub recently. Does anyone have an opinion on this letter or if it's even appropriate? I am curious as to who this Philippine spammer is!


My name is William Lewis and I am an editor on The Wiki Spot project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing resources for communities to collaborate online. Pursuant to our non-profit status, for-profit entities are prohibited from using our service to promote their business.

On March 26, 2010 at 7:57:05 PM Pacific time, an unregistered user with the IP address (registered to Globenet in the Philippines) created an entry entitled real estate on that included a single link to the website (blanked) with the link text "Palm Beach Houses." Based on the link format, the person who is doing this spamming is targeting wikis running the MediaWiki software package which is used to run Wikipedia, among many other sites.

It appears that you have hired a firm to perform "Search Engine Optimization" (SEO). Please be aware that the techniques used are considered to be "black hat." The use of such techniques can cause serious damage to your reputation because spamming is antisocial. Such techniques are also easily detected by Google and will likely lead to your site actually ranking lower than it did before. For these reasons, I suggest that you cancel any agreement you may have with the company who did this spamming for you and that you demand your money back. Furthermore, we at Wiki Spot have seen this spammer in the past and are interested in who they are.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


William Lewis —WilliamLewis

2010-07-28 20:56:09   On [WWW]BuffaloWiki, I'm formatting a table I've used a million times for multiple locations and it's not working. Can someone please check this out for me please? I'm stumped-thx —

Here's the problem page:



2010-09-12 16:27:02   How old is this sight? —WilliamStoneSr

2010-09-14 22:45:39   I just created a new wiki. I don't see some features that I've seen on other wikis. For example, it would be useful to be notified by email when a particular wiki page changes, especially for the administrator. Is this an option?

Also, a feature that I have not seen on other wikis as I recall would be to allow threaded discussions. —PeterBlicher

2010-09-16 19:49:20   Just in case this isn't affecting everyone, we're finding the Search function is broken, and has been for hours.

Traceback (most recent call last):

error: (110, 'Connection timed out')

Thanks for the note! fixed

2012-01-09 16:04:27   how do i add post to my page?

2012-07-26 14:01:22   I created a wikispot and while trying to modify the administrator list, I somehow excluded myself as admin. Now I can’t add any more users, etc. ( —GaryLaxton

"2012-10-14"   Recently the ChicoWiki look was changed, which is fine. However, for some reason my editing permissions have been reset. Now we have some spammer, and it can't be removed. How can some spammer edit, but I can't? I contributed thousands of articles and hundreds of pictures. I am no longer active daily, but I still monitor the thing. What happened? —User/GregBard

2012-11-11 16:35:04   How can we embed HTML code into our wiki? On other wikipedia platforms it is possible to write small HTML into the post of a certain page by using <html>"the code itself"</html> . This allows you to embed fun stuff such as videos and work pages into the wiki page. —alexsenciuc

2014-04-09 14:01:09   Hi guys, I just dropped in a request to put a wiki on Deaf Studies on wikispot/localwiki. I was just wondering how feasible it would be to have a dual media (written English/British Sign Language videos) wiki?
Jonathan —JonathanDownie

2014-11-01 18:54:13   I need help deleting a page a friend and I have made several years ago; it contains a lot of personal information and I don't feel safe with this info out there. I tried contacting <contact AT wikispot DOT org> but they will not respond, could an administrator or someone with mod powers please get back to me on this? —robfox

2014-11-20 07:41:07   How do i Can register recruitment agency in nepal?? —Sudarshansapkota

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