The Official TWiT Wiki:Community bulletin board

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Welcome to the community bulletin board. This is where you can dicuss technical issues, policies, and operations of this wiki. This page is active with all kinds of discussions, choose a discussion and jump right in! If you're looking for the bulletin board the TWiT Staff uses to make requests of the community it can be found at The TWiT Bulletin Board.


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Extension Requests

List here MediaWiki extensions you'd like to see installed. Please provide an explanation as to why. --listrophy 14:11, 11 January 2009 (PST)

  • DynamicPageList lets editors define a set of search criteria to create a user-formatted list. This is useful for the TWiT Wiki because it removes the need to update "... Show Notes" pages. All that's needed to do is create the individual show notes page, assign it the proper category, and DynamicPageList will automatically add it to the overall show notes list. --listrophy 14:11, 11 January 2009 (PST)
  • Semantic MediaWiki allows editors to add metadata to pages, resulting in the ability to search, sort, and display various groupings of text. OK. That sounded complex. Think of it this way: instead of having a page about TWiT 133, the TWiT 133 pages knows (and can report) who were the panelists, which URLs relate to it, and its date of release. It's DynamicPageList on hyper-steroids. --listrophy
  • ImageMap allows editors to use images as links using simple code. I find this a useful tool because it allows for images to be linked and when click, lead somewhere, and this will drastically improve the Episode Infobox. --Taylor Karras 05:10, 12 January 2009 (PST)
  • Facebook Connect The FBConnect extension for MediaWiki replaces the login functionality with Facebook Connect. Are there any plans for implimenting the Facebook Connect Plugin into this Wiki? I think it would be a very nice feature --Hapa 11:30, 22 January 2009 (PST)
From what I remember, Leo has tried implementing Facebook Connect, and it crashed the wiki. I wouldn't mind seeing it implemented, but I wouldn't hope too much. —listrophy ( t | c | Logs: bdpr ) 15:52, 22 January 2009 (PST)

SVG support

Proposal: Namespace aliases

I would like to propose that we create aliases for the The Official TWiT Wiki: and The Official TWiT Wiki talk: namespaces. Those names are really long and can get tiresome to type. We could use TW: and TWT:, Wiki: and Wiki talk:, or another set if someone can think of a good one. These would be relatively easy to implement using $wgNamespaceAliases. For example, to add TW: and TWT:, the following lines would be added to LocalSettings.php.

$wgNamespaceAliases = array(
        'TW' => NS_PROJECT,
        'TWT' => NS_PROJECT_TALK

What do people think? If we implement this, you could simply type "TW:Community bulletin board instead of typing "The Official TWiT Wiki:Community bulletin board". -- Imperator3733 (talk | contribs | sysop | Logs: bdpr) 09:33, 27 January 2009 (PST)

Good idea, but we need to entertain more on what the consequences will be. Most wiki's have a long project name, but I don't know if it'll detract search results for this wiki or if it will help. Might I also suggest the use of shortcuts? --Taylor Karras (t c s) 16:14, 27 January 2009 (PST)
I approve of this idea, so long as it doesn't interfere with interwiki links (which, as far as I can tell are currently disabled anyway). —listrophy ( t | c | Logs: bdpr ) 21:56, 27 January 2009 (PST)
I doubt it would interfere with interwiki links, as tw is the ISO 639-1 code for the Twi language, which I doubt we would ever need to link to, and twt isn't a code for any language (that I could find). -- Imperator3733 (talk | contribs | sysop | Logs: bdpr) 23:26, 27 January 2009 (PST)
"Interwiki" refers to links between wikis. For example, if enabled, [[WP:Main Page|]] would link to Wikipedia's main page, rather than having to do: [ Main Page]. My objection is purely theoretical, especially since interwiki is disabled. —listrophy ( t | c | Logs: bdpr ) 18:03, 28 January 2009 (PST)
Both the type of link you're talking about and links to other languages are technically interwiki links. Also, interwiki links to en.wikipedia are enabled (see But, even if we were to enable more of them, the two types can coexist – en.wikipedia has several shortcuts, such as WP: for Wikipedia: and WT: for Wikipedia talk:. -- Imperator3733 (talk | contribs | sysop | Logs: bdpr) 18:51, 28 January 2009 (PST)

How to record TWiT Live locally

I'd like request a new page or section be made by kiwinerd and/or some of the other ODTV gang that is a tutorial on how to capture the TWiT Live stream and record, sync, and render in a YouTube-able format. I think the ODTV concept is awesome but in my conversations with upcoming guests I often encourage them to have a friend capture/record the stream for their own purposes (largely because our workflow makes giving them a copy of our high quality copy of the video, or even a low quality copy, very time intensive). Their purposes and timeline do not always correspond with the ODTV feed, although that feed is often very helpful. Additionally, I think it would be nice if anyone could capture a particular segment for their own archive for whatever reason. So I'd like to have a page to direct guests, listeners and community members to. Thanks! Danegolden 07:26, 4 February 2009 (PST)

  • There was a little bit of talk about this in the IRC and it looks like this will be taken care of pretty soon. --Steveh 16:56, 6 February 2009 (PST)
    • Can someone please create this page? After TWiT 185 Leo was talking to Brian Shaler about using wget, so could someone create a list of the steps needed to use that to record the stream? Thanks. -- Imperator3733 (talk | contribs | sysop | Logs: b