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Welcome to ChildWiki![edit]

Hope you're enjoying the site and finding it useful. Leucosticte (talk) 11:11, 12 November 2013 (PST)

get rid of the javascript cats[edit]

The javascript cats- which a person must use in order to register a username, create a page, or add an external URL, only serve to allow the government to identify the IP addresses of the edittors, and thereby geolocate them, if not discover their identity.

If you still want an anti-spambot measure, then you can use the sort of CAPTCHA program that Wikipedia uses. 22:10, 12 December 2013 (PST)

It does involve an external dependency, but the CAPTCHA that Wikipedia uses (viz. FancyCaptcha) has been cracked. However, QuestyCaptcha could probably do the job. I'd need to think of some questions for it to ask, though. Leucosticte (talk) 22:55, 12 December 2013 (PST)

One question that you can use is: "What does ASFAR stand for?" 20:22, 13 December 2013 (PST)

It has to be something that's obvious to everyone except the spammers. A lot of times, people will ask something like, "The logo in the top left says that ChildWiki is the Children's __________ Encyclopedia. What is the missing word?" Usually there will only be about six questions in the list, but the spammers don't bother to crack them unless it's a very popular wiki like Wikipedia. Leucosticte (talk) 11:20, 14 December 2013 (PST)

Are you going to switch from the javascript cats to the question-and-answer system? 01:49, 27 December 2013 (PST)

I could give it a try, if you're planning on hanging around and editing if I do it. Otherwise, I'm not going to bother, because there's probably no one else who cares. Another possibility is that I could exempt you from the CAPTCHA. Send me an email at [email protected] and I'll create an account for you that'll be CAPTCHA-exempt. Thanks. Leucosticte (talk) 01:53, 27 December 2013 (PST)

Indeed I do intend to stick around and edit. I have much knowledge on the subject. I'm guessing that the email is required for one of us to send the other the account's password. I created a receive-only email account; it is: yrcw (at) hmamail (dot) com . But I would prefer that the verification system be changed, for the sake of all future edittors. 16:21, 27 Deember 2013 (PST)

Okay, I enabled QuestyCaptcha. Feel free to create your own account. (I was indeed going to create it for you, but forgot to ask what username you would want.) Leucosticte (talk) 17:45, 27 December 2013 (PST)

Thank you. 21:44, 27 December 2013 (PST)


Template:PageSummary currently has three parameters. The first is the short summary; the second is the rest of the long summary (the total long summary consisting of the first and second parameters put together). Right now, the long summary isn't used for anything. Do you have any ideas for what we might use it for? One obvious possibility is a rotating featured article feed that would not be limited to pages in Category:Featured articles. Currently, we rely on Template:FASummary for that. Leucosticte (talk) 00:08, 4 January 2014 (PST)

Not all new articles are significant enough and informative enough to be worthy of being a featured article. So if you want to put new articles into the featured article rotation, then I suggest creating a new template which serves both purposes, which can be used for the particular new articles that make the cut. Cathartes (talk) 22:24, 4 January 2014 (PST)

All these accounts being created for non-active users[edit]

What are they all about? I find it hard not to suspect sinister motives. Should we simply delete them? __meco (talk) 08:19, 20 November 2015 (PST)

They're mostly automated spammers, I think. They're usually pretty harmless. Leucosticte (talk) 10:55, 21 November 2015 (PST)
They're cluttering up the recent activities list for one thing, and they are making this wiki appear unserious. Also these accounts can be used for sending anonymous emails. If we're to provide that, then that should be done in an open manner, I suggest. I've now blocked about 30 of these. __meco (talk) 12:22, 21 November 2015 (PST)

ChildWiki for children[edit]

I would like to direct attention to a conversation currently ongoing over at BoyWiki where most of what's being written would be readily applicable to this wiki also. Please see BoyWiki:Agora/19 November 2015. __meco (talk) 08:23, 20 November 2015 (PST)

Childwiki editing problem[edit]

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So, "Mathematcial, formula, (LaTex)". Can we get rid of these and/or have them iconized on the toolbar as I gather they were meant to be? __meco (talk) 08:31, 20 November 2015 (PST)

It works for me. What browser are you using? What kind of device (mobile, PC, Mac, etc.)? Leucosticte (talk) 16:06, 20 November 2015 (PST)
I'm on a public library-installed diskless node running the Lubuntu OS and the browser is an updated version of Firefox. __meco (talk) 07:17, 21 November 2015 (PST)
I was going to try to fix it, but then I said "fuck it" and just uninstalled mw:Extension:Math entirely. Leucosticte (talk) 15:01, 21 November 2015 (PST)
Well, I don't see why we should have it… __meco (talk) 10:05, 23 November 2015 (PST)