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Welcome to the Encyc community portal. This page serves as a central meeting place where Encyc users can get together and learn about current activities, group projects, and news.



We just upgraded to Mediawiki 1.25.1. Seems to be working fine. If anyone notices any issues please let me know. Auggie (talk) 13:37, 6 July 2015 (CDT)

We just upgraded to 1.26.2. :) Auggie (talk) 00:06, 1 January 2016 (CST)

Mobile Frontend Extension enabled

Encyc should now work much better on mobile devices, and will get a bump in Google rankings, because it is mobile-friendly. I just installed the Mobile Frontend extension. I tried it out on my Android phone and it seems to be working fine. If anyone else would care to test it on their device and let me know how it is, I would appreciate the feedback. Auggie (talk) 20:20, 17 July 2015 (CDT)

Logo redesign

I've been thinking about replacing the logo with something new. Here are some contenders. Auggie (talk) 18:18, 20 July 2015 (CDT)

I like the blue one. Alexander (talk) 18:57, 20 July 2015 (CDT)
Blue --DonLandry (talk) 19:34, 20 July 2015 (CDT)
I like the blue one, too. -- stranger195 I am a Filipino. (talkcontribsguestbook) 01:22, 30 December 2015 (CST)

Special characters

I like how Encyc skips these. Often when reading articles I like to used ctrl-f and find the word I'm interested in. On Wikipedia I just tried konig in the East Prussia article to find the word Konigsberg and nothing came up, because the o is a special character on Wikipedia. Personally I think whatever advantage is gained by having those characters is lost by search and typing difficulties. English reference books got by for hundreds of years with Anglicizing words and I see an advantage in continuing that tradition. Auggie (talk) 07:51, 25 July 2015 (CDT)

Extension: Hitcounters

I just installed the Hitcounters extension. Because I like seeing how often people read our stuff right on the page. In the past, this feature was default for all MediaWikis but it was removed in version 1.25. I know, it's not necessarily the most accurate statistic but I always thought it was one of the cool things about MediaWiki. I don't really see any performance hit but if we get really bogged down I can always remove it. This also gives us back Special:PopularPages. Auggie (talk) 21:22, 1 August 2015 (CDT)

Permitting SVG files to be uploaded

Millions of portable network graphics (PNGs) are converted to scalable vector graphics. Also, what if someone imported a Wikipedia article to Encyc? They wouldn't be able to upload the SVGs used on that page. So, maybe we should permit SVG files. It would be a good idea, I think. The code to be put in LocalSettings.php is: $wgFileExtensions[] = 'svg';. -- stranger195 I am a Filipino. (talkcontribsguestbook) 01:21, 30 December 2015 (CST)

Hello and welcome! I'll check into this, probably after the new year. Do you know of any disadvantage to allowing SVG's? Auggie (talk) 12:49, 30 December 2015 (CST)
I don't see any. Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons both use tons of SVGs, so we won't be able to import them if we don't allow them. --stranger195 Flag of the Philippines.svg (talkcontribsguestbook) 23:01, 8 January 2016 (CST)

Installing Scribunto

So, I've noticed that some templates, those that were imported from Wikipedia that use Lua modules, weren't working. I know the reason! Scribunto isn't installed. Yeah. Maybe we should get it on Encyc. --stranger195 Flag of the Philippines.svg (talkcontribsguestbook) 01:35, 30 December 2015 (CST)

No one ever needed it before, and I have been trying to keep the installation simple. Easier upgrades, fewer things to go wrong, etc. If you think you would use it I can look into installing it. Auggie (talk) 12:51, 30 December 2015 (CST)
I see your point. I'm just gonna replace them with the pre-Lua versions. --stranger195 Flag of the Philippines.svg (talkcontribsguestbook) 23:02, 8 January 2016 (CST)

Yes check.svg Done

Hi Stranger! Thanks for the tip. I installed Scribunto today.

I'm still hoping we can develop simply without the need for too many complicated tricks, but this should make importing articles from Wikipedia much easier. Auggie (talk) 14:10, 3 September 2016 (CDT)

Happy New Year!

A big thank you for making 2015 a great year for Encyc and I wish you a happy new year! Auggie (talk) 00:09, 1 January 2016 (CST)

InstantCommons enabled, and an update.

Hello everyone and glad you're with us!

I have updated Encyc to the current version, 1.27.0. As usual, please report any bugs here or on my talk page.

We are excited to announce a new feature, called InstantCommons. This allows you to take any image you see on Wikipedia, and use it here using the exact same code. The software handles checking Wikimedia Commons and caching a version here so that we don't overtax Wikimedia's servers. Very cool! Auggie (talk) 09:51, 18 August 2016 (CDT)

Here is an example:
HB graphite pencils


Thanks to a helpful suggestion from Stranger, I've installed Scribunto. What this means on a practical level is that the reference templates are working better, so when we bring an article over from Wikipedia, it won't need as much work. The new templates are pretty powerful. I couldn't resist.

This doesn't mean I've abandoned my KISS philosophy, but that I've just made a minor concession to the reality that most people are going to expect Wikipedia's functionality. I've always said we should try to be as seamless as possible between here and there. Auggie (talk) 14:22, 3 September 2016 (CDT)

How to move pages?

I want to move the article United States presidental election to United States presidential election, but I don't know how. --Turkeybutt JC (talk) 18:24, 26 October 2016 (CDT)

Move has been disabled for regular users, to reduce vandalism. Admins can do it. Just mentioning it here is good enough. I'll go ahead and make the move. Auggie (talk) 19:09, 26 October 2016 (CDT)

Update notice

I just updated Encyc. If anyone finds errors, please let me know. Auggie (talk) 16:34, 8 January 2017 (CST)

Notice: Discontinuation of Encyc PmWiki and Encyc Forum

I am planning to take the PmWiki and the Forum offline soon. This should affect virtually no one, because they are unused. The reason for the change is because they are not mobile-friendly, and taking them down will make the site do better in search rankings and be easier to maintain. Auggie (talk) 13:53, 12 January 2017 (CST)

Recent Changes messed up

Recent changes is messed up for the time being. I will fix it later today. Auggie (talk) 08:23, 6 February 2017 (CST)

fixed, mostly. greater than 50 changes still gives an error, but that should shake out soon. Auggie (talk) 16:04, 6 February 2017 (CST)

Updated MediaWiki

As usual, please let me know if anything isn't working right. Auggie (talk) 10:27, 24 September 2017 (CDT)

ok little snag. I forgot to move over the images file. It's in the right place now but some of the articles still haven't caught up. I'm going to give it a few hours and then recheck. Auggie (talk) 17:43, 25 September 2017 (CDT)
I think it's fixed. I ran some scripts. If any articles are still missing images that you know are there, try making an edit. They usually appear. Auggie (talk) 18:13, 25 September 2017 (CDT)