Hey troll enthusiasts! I am very happy to announce to you all that I just installed DataDump on my wiki, so now I can regularly back up Trollpedia.

Trolls had the luxury to take down the wiki for a while now and undo all the work done there, but they’re too late! But not only that, I could have done something that could have caused the wiki to go permanently offline like Aediot; the previous head honcho of Encyclopedia Dramatica, since I am new to this webmaster stuff.

If I had issues installing it I had another extension ready to be deployed called “DumpsOnDemand” and I still do just in case, though I am more familiar with DataDump, so that is my prefered choice.

In other news

The wiki now officially supports spoilers, I installed an extension for that. That is not really the most important thing it needs, I still have to fix some other issues with the wiki, but it is there if anyone needs it. Otherwise, we have the template available too, which still works the last time I checked.

Peace out!

A custom rainbow flag with a fist on it.

For this new month of June, we dedicated an entire post to help LGBT youth browse social media in the comfort of their homes without being annoyed by a tough guy or an edgelord online.

How to navigate the net safely!

With social media being filled to the brim by malcontents and trolls, that remains a difficult question to answer. This is imperative to be somewhat vigilant online since trolling may seem very innocent at first, and in most cases it is, but some trolls are fully willing to go beyond that and harass, stalk or doxx you.

So, with that in mind, here is a list of ways to stay away from trolls:

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There is a gif file on Miraheze that won’t download, it gives me “18 errors – transfer closed with outstanding read data remaining”.

It was completely fine when I sent it to Miraheze 1 year ago, so did it somehow get damaged? Can gif files corrupt themselves or did it get corrupted because of Miraheze? I will not be pointing fingers at the moment because I have no idea why that problem happens.

For reference, here’s the file:

It should display normally since it is an img tag linking back to Miraheze, but that is it really. Now, it is not really important since it was just used once to warn a troll, it is not used constructively anywhere on the wiki, so I’d say whatever.

Screenshot of an email header.

It came to my attention that emails sent from Trollpedia would not come through, in fact, those same emails came back to me with this short message attached:

I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.

As well as the forwarded email.

I am working to get this fixed, but in the meantime please write down your password on a piece of paper, otherwise, you won’t be able to recover your account if you ever forget the password.

If you do forget your password and are unable to log in, get in touch with an admin to get your account back.

Today’s blog post is a simple review of two wiki sites I previously used.

Click on “more” further down below to read the review on ShoutWiki.


Miraheze review

Miraheze is a community wiki farm similar in design to Wikia/FANDOM. It is neither a shared hosting service nor a dedicated hosting service, it was simply a wiki that lets you create more wikis on the site. So whenever you wanted to blog you had to use your wiki to do so, there was no WordPress.

As a long-time user of Miraheze, I can say for sure that I do not recommend Miraheze for multiple reasons.

The first reason is simple, the site is very “500 error”-prone. It could not go for over a week without freaking out and preventing me from contributing to my own wiki. I did not think much of it at the time, but in retrospect, it was so bad that I had created a backup, although I never really needed it. The errors would pop up to the point where I created a wiki on Shoutwiki, just in case it suddenly stops working altogether (Again, it was left untouched).

When they upgraded their Mediawiki installation, they did not do so without causing heavy discomfort inside their own community. First thing first, it broke all the wikis so that nobody could contribute effectively due to the captchas no longer showing up, and for a while, all of Miraheze’s noticeboards were filled with complaints from users that would get errors from trying to edit their articles. It has been 1 year since this happened, so I do not recall all the details, but that is the gist of it. You can and should update Mediawiki regularly, but not to the detriment of your own userbase.

Sometimes, they install extensions that can be exploited, however, they somehow let said extensions go unnoticed for several years until they are used frequently across Miraheze’s wikis. So by that point, Miraheze then removes the extension and breaks all the wikis that previously used it, which is outrageous in itself, but they do not wanna clean up the mess they have caused, they expect the users themselves to clean up after their mess. I have gone in-depth about that issue on the wiki site itself and it was a major reason for me to leave Miraheze. Furthermore, that begs the question, how do they verify whether an extension is safe or not? I really wanna know their methods because they do not appear to be effective.

UPDATE: This could have been fixed via MassEditRegex and Replace text, neither of which were suggested to me when I asked for support from Miraheze, instead they told me to download a Python script and deal with it. Considering that this wiki farm has an absurd amount of extensions, most of which I did not need I did not know it had either of these installed, this could have saved me a headache. Replace text is installed by default on Mediawiki, so at least if similar issues were to occur on Trollpedia, I know how to perform a change on multiple pages at once.

Continue reading “Review of Miraheze & Shoutwiki”

Fake or Fact?

Social media like Twitter and Reddit are formidable sources of information, but whether that information turns out to be true is sometimes difficult to figure out, especially when you are trying to learn more about a niche when gossip is still ongoing.

In fact, social media have a really bad habit of spreading misinformation far and wide very quickly causing any actual information to be buried under them.

Here are some examples directly from Twitter user DefNoodles to best exemplify the issue.

In turn, this creates cancel culture, a culture made for people who hastily jump to conclusions. In short, we can observe the Dunning-Kruger effect in action.

This does not go without consequences. With defamation merchants on the loose like the notorious Youtuber DanielKeemstarKeem who likes to spread or create manufactroversies based on half-truths both for attention or to attack the character of anyone, he does not like. His most infamous case was involving RSGloryAnGold whom he falsely accused of being a Pedophile because he looked like another person who was an actual Pedophile that was arrested by the police.

Continue reading “Be careful with what you read online”

Hello, folks! You are on the first blog post on that beautiful WordPress site.

This is mostly to try out WordPress.


Anyway, as you have read in the title I had a few issues setting up this website.

There is the following error below I get whenever I set Mediawiki to Memcached.

A PHP error.

I know my host supports Memcached, so I really do not understand what it entails and the error gives me no result when doing a simple Google search. At the end of the day, I thought it was better to set Mediawiki to “Cache Anything” instead, works like a charm.

Pages vs. Posts

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If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same.

Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites.

Pages

Think about the kind of pages that make up a typical website. Most often you’ll see pages like “Home”, “About Us”, “Services”, “Contact Us”, etc. Within WordPress these are often treated as Pages; documents that have no particular regard for the time they were posted.

For example, when you visit the “About Us” page of your favorite company’s website you don’t expect the content to be very different from what was available there a week ago.

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Categories and Tags

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If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.

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Plan Your Content

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If you’re considering adding a blog to your site, you’ll want to have a plan beforehand. Planning your blog will help your subject matter remain consistent over time. It’ll also help you determine whether or not there’s enough material to maintain a steady stream of posts.

One pitfall many new bloggers run into is starting a blog that isn’t posted to frequently enough. A shortage of recent posts can give your visitors a bad impression of your business. One may think “I wonder if they’re still in business” or “they may want to hire a writer.”

A blog, like any other customer facing aspect of your business, communicates your brand. If it isn’t maintained and given proper attention, people will notice. Post regularly and keep your content fresh. Give your audience a reason to visit often.

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