WikiIndex:Frequently asked questions

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WikiIndex: frequently asked questions — this meta article contains some 'frequently asked questions' ( FAQ) about this WikiIndex wiki site.

First things first[edit]

Why was 'education' not listed on the Category:Wiki Topic page?[edit]

We have several thousand categories at WikiIndex. Someone decided that was too many to list on one page. So that person decided to organize all categories as a hierarchy, and list only the "root categories" at Category:Wiki Topic. Category:Education is a sub-category of Category:Learning, which is a sub-category of Category:Knowledge, which is one of the root categories listed at Category:Wiki Topic. Is there a better way to handle our thousands of categories? If you want a list of *all* categories, click on the word "Categories" at the bottom of the page and then click "next" a few dozen times. --DavidCary 15:43, 4 August 2009 (EDT)

I'm looking for a simple way to get some statistics on which are the more popular pages[edit]

at -- Maurreen 20:37, 30 September 2006 (EDT)

This is a question for Angela or Gil. :-) Best, Mark
Special:PopularPages was disabled since it's not accurate if a wiki uses caching, so there's no reliable way to get a list of the most popular pages. Google Analytics does provide some info, but it's not all that accurate. You can ask Michael Davis (mdavis at wikia dot com) for data from there. Angela
Special:Mostvisitedpages was re-instated by Wikia sometime mid-2012. Hoof Heartedtalk2HH 06:37, 9 September 2012 (PDT)

Feedback on the UI/software etc[edit]

so I guess I'll do it here... It is a UI glitch to put the five-line copyright blurb right beneath the edit box, above the Summary/Save area. If the copyright blurb were moved down, wholly or partly, so that the Summary/Save could be right below the edit area, then everthing I need (from the edit toolbar down to the Save buttons) would fit on one screen; as it is, it doesn't all quite fit, forcing me to scroll up and down instead of being able to set-and-forget. -- 05:19, 30 January 2007 (PST)

When I came here today, it seemed like the whole wiki was down![edit]

If you Google WikiIndex and try the top links, nothing works. It turns out that "" is not working, but "" is working. Has someone been fiddling with the wiki software? I think this is a MediaWiki configuration option. Please fix it!-- 06:18, 12 February 2007 (PST)

See user talk:John Stanton#Long, annoying URLSmiddle/TC 09:13, 12 February 2007 (PST)
Workaround implemented 15feb07. -- 11:00, 17 February 2007 (PST)


What's with the various languages here? An "international" feel is entirely appropriate. And the articles about non-English wikis would ideally be in both English and the native language. But why are some misc articles also in French? No harm done, but if every article were in a dozen different languages things would get rather confusing... I've seen no discussion here about the theory or ideal goals. At the moment, we are mainly protected by the level of contribution being so low that we are struggling to function in one language -- no need to worry about multi-lingual chaos. -- 11:00, 17 February 2007 (PST)

I agree that articles about non-English wikis should ideally be in both the native language, and also in English (to pander to those who can't be bothered to learn a dozen languages). I don't mind misc articles in 2 different languages. Misc articles in a dozen different languages would be confusing. I suppose we could (a) turn on the MediaWiki multi-language stuff, giving us the "English-language section of the wikiindex", the "French-language section of the WikiIndex", etc.; or (b) fork the wiki. No need to decide until it actually starts to get confusing, though. --DavidCary 01:24, 24 February 2007 (PST)
I see that (a) has already occurred for Deutsch -- the German-language section of WikiIndex is at . --DavidCary 11:16, 3 February 2009 (EST)

How many wiki are listed here?[edit]

As of 2007-02-24

There are:

As of 2007-07-02

There are:

As of 2010-03-08

There are:

As of 2012-01-12

There are:

As of 2013-08-21

There are:

As of 2015-04-19

There are:

As of 2018-06-05

There are:

As of today, 2024-02-20

There are:

Where are your administrative abuse/administrator guidelines pages?[edit]

I asked this, unsigned, 2-3 days ago. It seems like a pretty important question a noob (or anyone) should be able to find easily. No answers yet? Huw Powell 02:01, 3 July 2009 (EDT)
I'm a bit embarrassed to say that we don't have much of a written policy or written guidelines. We're pretty much playing it by ear at the moment. If you think an administrator should do something, please say something at the Category talk:Active administrators of this wiki. --DavidCary 21:10, 6 July 2009 (EDT)
Thank you for your response. Hey, no wiki is "perfect". Huw Powell 01:58, 9 July 2009 (EDT)

Late-breaking news: Category: Guidelines is now our (hopefully complete) list of policies and guidelines. --DavidCary 07:52, 25 September 2011 (PDT)

How much original research can I use?[edit]

I've been on several wikis and had various experiences, as well as hearing good and bad things from fellow users. how much of my own opinion/experience can I put into an article? Totnesmartin 11:06, 16 May 2010 (EDT)

WikiIndex is not the same as Wikipedia. Original research is allowed. Having a point of view is allowed. Although in practice most of the articles do not provide reviews or personal experience of the indexed site, there is no rule saying that you can't do so. I think it safe to say that not every editor here particularly likes this, but it generally only causes conflicts for wikis with a strong point of view. So feel free to express your opinion and tell of your experience. Just be aware that someone else may come along and change it, erase it, or contradict it. --MarvelZuvembie 13:26, 17 May 2010 (EDT)

How long can articles be?[edit]

Generally no longer than 12,000 characters seems to be the norm. Most of the pages with several thousand characters of content have a special reason for being that long, such as consisting of multiple translations of the same content. Even if you get away with having a somewhat lengthy page for awhile, there is always a possibility that eventually someone will ask that it be pared down. Your best bet is to keep pages to short blurbs (a few paragraphs at most) and have external links going to either an about page (in the case of a wiki) or a user page (in the case of a wiki person). Leucosticte (talk) 08:50, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

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