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If you have a question about WikiIndex or directed towards all the WikiIndex people, and it's not already answered in the WikiIndex:FrequentlyAskedQuestions, please post it to ... um ... (should I tell people to post it here to Talk:Community Portal, or to WikiIndex talk:Community talk ?). —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DavidCary, 21:56, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

Wikis with same name

Is there any policy on how to handle multiple wikis with the same name? When trying to add Programming Wiki, I found Programming Wiki, which is a Wikia. This must have happened before, so how is that normally handled?

Also, is this the right place to ask such questions? Ahy1 19:09, 13 August 2006 (EDT)

Hello Arild,

We do not have a good way to communicate on this wiki. For those of us who read it daily, it works fine, but for weekly or occasional folks it is a wee bit confusing. Any suggestions would help. Second, we have been using disambiguation pages for multiple wiki with the same name. We also have tried placing two templates on the same page, but no decisions have been made. Will try to find you examples. Best, MarkDilley

I've started a page for your Wikka Wakka programming wiki here:Programming Wiki ( TedErnst | talk 15:05, 14 August 2006 (EDT)
It is not my wiki. I just found it and tried to add it to WikiIndex. Now I know what to do next time I run in to multiple wikis with the same name. Thanks. Ahy1 15:18, 14 August 2006 (EDT)

If there are two wikis with the same name, I usally distinguish them by engine. So I think that There should be a proggramimng wiki and programming wikia. Swordman 08:32, 10 September 2011 (PDT)

Two more wiki that share a name:
There seems to be a little disagreement about which one gets the WikiIndex Chrono Wiki page.[1]
They are two separate wiki, and require two separate WikiIndex pages, right?--DavidCary 19:02, 3 November 2011 (PDT)

merge request

singular versus plural

I fail to see any significant difference between Category:Languages and Category:Language. Could we merge those pages somehow? Preferably under the singular form, to avoid the WikiNamePluralProblem. --DavidCary 22:36, 3 September 2006 (EDT)

Please David, go ahead and make this wiki better!! Best, MarkDilley

OK, I made Category:Languages redirect to Category:Language. Then I obsessively removed all references to Category:Languages. Anything else I should do about that? While I was doing that, I noticed Category:constructed languages and Category:ConLang. Should I merge those as well? Under which name? Or perhaps Category:constructed language, since I have this anti-plural vendetta? --DavidCary 10:21, 24 September 2006 (EDT)

Is there a policy on plural/singular? Wikipedia uses plurals for categories, which makes sense to me... the important things are to do what is most intuitive for users of this wiki (linking from pages about wikis), and to be consistent. --Chris Watkins/Singkong2005 talk 00:28, 19 December 2006 (PST)
Is there now a policy for whether to have categories as singular or plural? At Category talk:Weblogs I asked about two categories and the reply was “Please condense the two categories! .., redirect the singular to the plural? ..” --EarthFurst 16:20, 9 August 2007 (EDT)
No, exactly the opposite:
There is a policy of using a singular name if at all possible -- to solve the wiki:WikiNamePluralProblem -- on the original wiki (for technical reasons that may not apply here).
There's currently no policy here on WikiIndex.
I prefer using the singular -- perhaps because I became comfortable using the singular everywhere on the original wiki.
--DavidCary 20:57, 5 September 2007 (EDT)
How do categories work is using plural: ".. category "Lisp" should be a subcategory of "ProgrammingLanguages"". And Category:Wiki_Location includes Cities as a subcategory. I like the idea of each category have a singular name (and not plural). --EarthFurst 23:49, 22 February 2010 (EST)
I'd prefer the plural form, although I know the singular in Wikipedia etc. It seems to be that the category page titles seem more reasonable. But whatever the decision is made, one form should be redirected to another. I really don't want to block the singular form principle for wikiindex. Best regards --Wolf | talk 02:58, 23 February 2010 (EST)

Still wondering if categories should be singular or plural. Personally I don't care which (singular or plural), because I've found something at WikiIndex which concerns me more (ie. CamelCase). I prefer things to be correctly spelled and using CamelCase at WikiIndex seems unnecessary for dictionary words (example: video games). I'm fine with CamelCase being used for proper names (example: WikiIndex).
By the way, Vikings Wiki is currently in Category:Languages (plural) and the redirect doesn't result in it being in listed in Category:Language (singular). --EarthFurst 00:45, 27 November 2010 (PST)

I now have preference for categories being plural. I think WikiNamePluralProblem can be solved with {{Tag|CategoryExample|example}}. --EarthFurst 02:20, 6 February 2011 (PST)

category name

There are several wiki that talk *about* wiki is emphatically on-topic. It's a kind of meta-discussion. The original wiki is *not* such a wiki -- people at the original wiki try to push such conversations to Meatball ( Wiki:WikiOnWiki ).

I want to tag those wiki (but not the original wiki) with an appropriate category tag.

What should I name this category? [ [category:wiki on wiki] ]? [ [category:metadiscussion] ]? [ [category:self-analysis] ]? Something else?

--DavidCary 10:21, 24 September 2006 (EDT)

broken template

The wiki template (used on most pages of the wikiindex) is broken.

Since it effects many pages, should we move the discussion here to Talk:Community Portal, or leave the discussion to where we started it at Talk:PlanetMath?

Today I see that someone (?) fixed the "RecentChanges" part of the wiki template, but now the "wiki_wikinode_URL =" part of the template is broken. For example,

  • Visual -- there is a valid-looking wikinode URL passed as a parameter to the template, but it doesn't get displayed in the normal page view.
  • Hooze -- has no wikinode (yet).

--DavidCary 12:20, 3 October 2006 (EDT)

User:Smiddle, Sean Fennel and I have all had our hands in this template, both breaking and trying to fix it. For the time being, I've simply reverted it to the last copy that we know was working properly. I'd guess User:Smiddle will give it another try at some point. Thanks for helping to sluth it out, David! TedErnst | talk 12:30, 3 October 2006 (EDT)

Categorising by licence

It's a surprising ommission, but from what I can tell you aren't categorising sites by licence. Any thoughts on doing that? --Kingboyk 14:02, 27 October 2006 (EDT)

This is a community generated site, so if you'd like to work on categorizing by license, please feel warmly welcomed to do so. TedErnst | talk 16:56, 27 October 2006 (EDT)

license discussion

I see that discussions about "What license should we use for our wiki?" are scattered across thousands of wiki. I keep thinking that having one central place to summarize all the arguments and facts about copyrights and licenses (as they apply to wiki) would be much better. Perhaps wiki license ?

On a related note, what about talking about licenses in general? Is there some wiki (other than WikiIndex) where discussing software licenses, music licenses, etc. would be more on-topic ?

--DavidCary 11:04, 11 April 2007 (PDT)

Shouldn't there be an individual detailed article about each wiki licence, with them all being put into a category? (Category:wiki license perhaps.) If you did something like that, there could be a summary of each licence in the category and that summary could point to the more detailed articles.
I think a category/many articles approach might also help a visitor interested in a specific licence get forwarded onto information about specific wikis that are actually using that license. David Shepheard 15:06, 12 January 2010 (EST)

cooperative research

Is a wiki ?

It seems like it, but I'd ask them just to make sure. — User:Sean Fennel@ 02:35, 26 November 2006 (EST)

RPG Wiki?

Does anyone know a Wiki for amature role playing games (like on Yahoo Groups and web forums and such)? I can't seem to find one. -- 11:57, 24 January 2007 (PST)

Yes. There is an entire Category:Role-playing of wiki, such as RPG and others. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by User:DavidCary 17:36, 8 February 2007

the other wiki index

You can see how easy it would be for people intending to type one of these to accidentally type the other:

Now I'm sure the first thing that comes to your mind is that we need to launch some sort of "defensive counter-attack" responding their "attack on our identity". Naturally that involves high-powered ...

Or, I suppose, we could Do the Right Thing. Promote wiki:WikiPeace.

So, what specifically is the Right Thing to do?

--DavidCary 11:02, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

Hi. I just discovered I am the creator of, and obviously it looks like we had similar ideas. This site has gone the route of having a wiki page for each wiki out there, while we merely spider the statistics. I thought of doing what this site has, but opted for the more simple 'one-page-of-just-statistics' thing. I don't think we 'compete' really-- neither of us are going to make big dollars here. I would hope that we could cooperate and coexist. Thanks --Davejenk1ns 10:19, 10 July 2007 (EDT)

DavidCary, I am going to call and talk to Dave Jenkins soon, reminds me that it would be great to talk to you too! Best, MarkDilley

spot of vandalism. over to you

There was some vandalism which I reverted (I didn't look through all the recent changes, so there might be some I missed). I'm heading out for a day or so, so hope others will be on lookout for vandalism. --EarthFurst 19:34, 27 June 2007 (EDT)

Some pages on a wiki currently have "no" logo specified. (Perhaps because that wiki doesn't have a logo yet). However, today all those pages (incorrectly) show a "logo" that says "nadimo wiki". What's the best way to revert to displaying the generic "no logo specified" message when no logo has been specified? (And only the page about the nadimo wiki displays the "nadimo wiki" logo?) --DavidCary 18:06, 30 June 2007 (EDT)

Hi David, looks like the problem got fixed! I didn't see it and I didn't see it get fixed :-) I love wiki!!! MarkDilley


I'm lucky enough to be in Taiwan for Wikimania 2007. If any other WikiIndexers are around, hopefully we can run into each other. I don't have a mobile that works here, but leave a message at my Appropedia user page if you're around. (Note I usually go by the username Chriswaterguy... the Singkong2005 is an old name which I haven't changed here yet). --Chris Watkins/Singkong2005 talk 04:40, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

"Society Gardens" for wikis focused on the more serious side of life.

I like the idea of Wikia's Society Gardens which:

  • promotes and celebrates Wikia focused on the more serious side of life
  • values longevity
  • explores opportunities for collaboration

However, I think this would work much better on WikiIndex, where we're not restricted to Wikia sites. What should we call it? (Society Gardens would be just copying, and perhaps there's something more suitable.)

Note the talk page, though - inappropriate wikis have been added, though it's been handled well and no conflict has arisen. It will be good to have clear criteria for inclusion and allow editors to remove obviously inappropriate ones without a lengthy process. --Chris Watkins a.k.a. Chriswaterguy talk 04:50, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

Interesting. Thank you for pointing it out. Perhaps the WikiIndex version of it could be called something like "Wiki of the Long Now"? (Alluding to the Wikipedia:Long Now Foundation and the wiki:WikiNow ). --DavidCary 23:21, 7 August 2007 (EDT)


Is considered a wiki? (Comic info editable by anyone with an account, but system structure only editable by admins) --EarthFurst 12:28, 7 August 2007 (EDT)

Looks like a very nicely set up Content Management System, but not a wiki in my mind. --Tiberius 14:57, 20 November 2007 (EST)

Wiki City Rome

"'Wiki City Rome' to draw a map like no other" by Greg Frost and Patti Richards 2007

It sounds interesting -- put a little yellow dot on a big screen, showing the location of every cell phone in the city in real time. But what is the connection to "wiki"? --DavidCary 21:56, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

looks interesting, but I agree with you David... not seeing the wiki... ~~ MarkDilley

Custom Wiki engines

I just found a wiki were they claim to use a custom engine, which has no name and has not been released as such. Should there be a Custom category under Wiki Engines? Felix Pleşoianu | talk 13:16, 9 September 2007 (EDT)

That sounds like a good plan John 23:09, 11 September 2007 (EDT)

pin wiki?

There a wiki about pins? (The kind of pins with words and/or images on them. Examples: One Inch Buttons, Campaign buttons and Award pins) --EarthFurst 21:26, 13 December 2007 (EST)

Non wiki pages - used as their wiki

Hi Folks, what do people think about pages like The face of jam - my first instinct is to request they move somewhere else, like AboutUs or a WikiFarm - what are other folks ideas? Best, MarkDilley

DramaWiki URL blocking updates

I decided it might be a good idea to edit a few of the WikiIndex pages with high page counts and change the old size template (without the wikiFactor) to the new size template (with the wikiFactor). I tried to edit DramaWiki but got the following message:

Spam protection filter
The page you wanted to save was blocked by the spam filter. This is probably caused by a link to an external site.
The following text is what triggered our spam filter: I've had to remove this, as it is stopping me post here - it was the base URL of DramaWiki
Return to Welcome.

Please would an admin sort this out. The best thing would be to pull this wiki URL out of the spam filter, but if you can't permanantly remove this from the spam filter, at least remove it temporarily and edit the page before you put it back. (And if you really need to put it back, I think you should make the page a protected page and add a message on the talk page, because anyone else who tries to edit it will get dumped onto the Spam protection filter page too.) David Shepheard 15:35, 18 May 2009 (EDT)

C++ Standard Library Wiki

I tried to add the "C++ Standard Library Wiki" to the WikiIndex. I seem to be having troubles getting WikiIndex to accept the plus signs, so it's at C plus plus Standard Library Wiki for now. Is there a good way to put it at C++ Standard Library Wiki ? --DavidCary 09:52, 20 February 2010 (EST)

No. It depends on the old software version of this wiki installation. The last stable version is 1.15.1 - the migration is not too easy. John Stanton is the only one who can do the upgrade. (and, before you ask: No, I'm not experienced with MediaWiki upgrades.) Best regards --Wolf | talk 06:41, 21 February 2010 (EST)
Special:Allpages includes "C++ Reference", "C++ Reference wiki", and "C++ Standard Library Wiki", but clicking on those three sends to blank pages (blank pages are "C Reference", "C Reference wiki" and "C Standard Library Wiki" respectively) --EarthFurst 21:11, 21 November 2010 (PST)

I like the visual wiki


I like it too :-) seems that we have some work to do, since we decided to hot-link the wiki logos instead of uploading (and categorizing) them. --Wolf | talk 05:53, 27 May 2010 (EDT)

Spotted a Bug!

Uh, in the "whose online" section, I found more than 150 of my name. I'm pretty sure this is not good.Swordman 13:10, 26 August 2011 (PDT)