We are receiving a lot of spam lately. I will block users who vandalized more than 10 pages indefinitely without warning, because they're probably proxys / socket puppets anyway. But perhaps we should consider (temporarily) disabling anonymous edits, though it is really against the anyone-can-edit philosophy of a Wiki. But I just reverted and blocked two people this morning alone. To everyone, if you revert spam by an anonymous user, please check their contributions as well (click on the IP address in the history) and check everything. --Mischko 04:30, 1 November 2007 (EDT)
- I just fixed several spams. What do I do to let y'all know that such-and-such IP belongs to a zombie? --Åqúàŧĩkī - É - Ŧ 05:16, 1 November 2007 (EDT)
- @Aquatiki: Just leave a message on an admin's talk page. Thanks!
- @Mischko et. al: Thanks for your diligence cleaning that junk up! Last night, Teknomunk and I found a potential fix for this problem. I'm trying to get all caught up with everything today, so I'm hoping to have the fix in by sometime tonight (see my short-term todo list).
Creation of Genre "Queercore"
I'd like to know if it is possible to create a Genre to bring all the "Queercore" artists together.
In Wikipedia's words (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queercore): "As a musical genre, it may be distinguished by lyrics exploring themes of prejudice and dealing with issues such as sexual identity, gender identity and the rights of the individual; more generally bands offer a critique of society endemic to their position within it, sometimes in a light-hearted way, sometimes seriously." (Msbrowntoyou 10:39, 5 November 2007 (EST))
- Sure. Any recognized musical genre can be created as a Category. 15:57, 5 November 2007 (EST)
- Gotta throw in my two cents on this one. ;-) Read further in that Wikipedia article, and you find a comment that "Queercore groups encompass many genres such as hardcore punk, synthpunk, indie rock, power pop, no wave, noise, experimental, industrial and others". I find that establishing Queercore as a musical genre is iffy at best.
- To me, a musical genre is determined by the music, and quite individually. As pointed out elsewhere on Wikipedia, music falls into such diverse genres as "heavy metal, hard rock, classic rock, folk, or blues". It all depends on which particular song you are talking about.
- To consider Queercore (and similar "art movements") a musical genre, you are essentially taking the music out of the equation. It would be just as easy to establish a genre related to pro-choice commentary, which would include such diverse—and quite unrelated—songs as " " and " ".
- Personally, I find the "base denominators" a more workable method of defining music. I find it a bit silly trying to label things as "soft rock", "hard rock", "classic rock", "alternative rock", etcetera, when they all fall under the heading of rock and share similar roots and influences. I only differentiate when a significant and unique musical character can be defined. (Such as heavy metal, which can be characterized by heavy amplification and distortion, a focus on bass/drums/guitar, "loud and harsh" vocals, and other criteria.)
- I think it would be better to identify the individual work by the music, rather than seek to address the theme involved. Otherwise you risk a precedent of grouping unrelated music together. I love that country cover of " ", but I hardly think it belongs next to the ... ;-)
- — jF 22:47, 7 January 2008 (EST)
"Too many connections"
I get the error Too many connections all the time. Can anything be done about this, e.g. upgrading the server or whatever? --MiSP 17:28, 15 November 2007 (EST)
- Thanks for the info. Although we didn't respond back when this was happening (I was scurrying to fix it), it was definitely helpful to know when this was happening, so thank you for letting us know!
- Our situation has calmed down and I think we've been running without a hitch for a few weeks now.
- -Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 00:44, 14 December 2007 (EST)
Proposed new Main page layout
I've gotten feedback a number of times from users who are new to the site and are a bit confused. I love the way the main page looks though, so I just took the feedback and created a layout that has the items in different locations (Song Of The Day and Album Of The Day are now near each other since they're very similar in what they do), and added a search bar that would be visible to new users (since they might not know to scroll to the bar on the side of the page). These are just small tweaks, but I think it might make first-time-visitors a little more comfortable. I also think SOTD was in a box by itself just as legacy code from when I put it in a box when there was almost nothing else on the page (oops).
If anyone has an opinion, please leave it on the layout's talk page (I'll wait a day or two just to make sure everyone interested gets a chance to see it).
Here is the experimental version of the tweaked layout.
Thanks for the input!
-Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 00:50, 14 December 2007 (EST)
- Looks good. I suppose the features that doesn't work there (like the main menu and the Editor's Corner) will work once it's put at the main page. By the way, wouldn't Editors' corner, i.e. plural, fit better? --MiSP 04:18, 15 December 2007 (EST)
- Yup, the broken parts were temporary (had to do mostly with where it was located). That's a good point about the Editors' Corner. I'll change that.
- I've only gotten positive feedback about the new layout, so I've put it up now. I'm going to change UberBot so that he works with the new Song Of The Day layout, but everyone may want to keep an eye on that in case I mess up.
- Thanks for the feedback everyone (here and on the layout's talk page),
- -Sean Colombo (talk|contribs) 00:56, 21 December 2007 (EST)
Putting same language together
Hey there, there exist the categories "Language/de", "Language/German", "Language/german" "Language/deutsch" and "Language/Deutsch". It would be better, if there would be an feature which changes "language/de" and "language/deutsch" automatically into "Language/German".--22.214.171.124 09:27, 20 December 2007 (EST)
- What about missing languages? Like Old English, Middle English, Medieval French etc.? The MetalSnake 10:51, 5 January 2008 (EST) have a lot of those and I don't think it would be correct to have them in english, french etc. --
- If you go to Special:Categories, it gives a list of every category that has a page attached. The languages that you mentioned probably have not been categorized yet (yes, categories can have a category). Just for language pages, make sure and put a category sort key on the category link, i.e. [[Category:Language|Middle English]]
- - teknomunk (talk,E,歌) 14:57, 5 January 2008 (EST)
Too Many Connections
Ive started getting the "too many connections" error...(Nexus 01:59, 28 December 2007 (EST))