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:

Continue reading “Trollpedia supports the LGBTQ+”

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.

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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”