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Russian WikiFur editors begin 5,000th article; English edition tops 19,000 [15 Jul 2016|04:23am]

greenreaper
[ mood | accomplished ]

A brief update: Russian furry editors have made significant progress since 2013, adding over 2,000 articles in three years. Поздравляю!

Meanwhile, the English WikiFur just topped 19,000 articles, with activity at ~30 edits/day. New pages are added roughly once a day - mostly people, as usual, but also new websites and events. Many of the latter are on the Furry Convention Map, which has grown to epic proportions.

We've had regular upgrades since our 2014 migration and MediaWiki refresh - we're now on MediaWiki 1.23.14, Apache 2.4.23, PHP 5.6.23 and MariaDB 10.1.14, sharing a quad-core Xeon E3 1225v2 with 16 GB RAM, 2x2TB drives, and a 100Mbps connection.

WikiFur remains well-read as we enter our twelfth year of operation, with over 200,000 monthly visits to our English edition, and 64,000 to the Russian version. Let's make it a baker's dozen, and keep the flame of furry knowledge alive!

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WikiFur at VancouFur 2016 [25 Feb 2016|04:14am]

greenreaper
WikiFur curator EarthFurst will be hosting a session introducing VancouFur 2016 attendees to the website on Saturday March 5, noon to 1PM.

While the panel is at an introductory level, any editors attending are welcome to drop by!
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WikiFur at ConFuzzled 2015 [21 May 2015|10:52pm]

greenreaper
[ mood | busy ]

Going to ConFuzzled 2015? WikiFur will be there, sharing table 68 with Inkbunny, Flayrah, and Drawpile. Drop by for a chat - or collect your complimentary WikiFur contributor card or keychain carabiner, all the way from the USA. Supplies are extremely limited, so don't be late!

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WikiFur's recent upgrades: Popups, lightboxes, tooltips and more! [28 Jun 2014|06:54pm]

greenreaper
In honour of WikiFur's upcoming ninth anniversary, we're now on a shiny new server, with both new and upgraded software.

What this means:
* Faster loads, more readable diffs, high-DPI support, and various upgrades from MediaWiki 1.18-1.23. (1.18 - 1.19 - 1.20 - 1.21 - 1.22 - 1.23)
* New extensions and gadgets - most notably popups, reference tooltips, and lightboxed images (The maximum size is determined by your image size limit. We're skipping Wikipedia's new media viewer for now, in part because there's still kinks to work out.)
* A bunch of new skins, including Bento Fluid, Cavendish, Erudite, Foreground, and Nimbus. (I'm a fan of Modern with the "remove menus" gadget.)
* Lua scripting, useful for template imports from Wikipedia.
* Apache 2.4, MySQL 5.6, PHP 5.5, all on FreeBSD 10
* MediaWiki security updates until mid-2017, and improved HTTPS support.

Due to the scope of upgrades, timduru had to to keep the old server around for longer than other sites hosted on it; he's too polite to ask for money, but if you feel like helping out, I'm sure he'd appreciate it! (You can donate to our other costs there, too.)



While we're here, it's time to bring up a touchy issue - declining editing activity. While visitor counts are down only slightly - the English WikiFur gets half a million pageviews a month - there are just over one thousand edits, and 2/3 of these are from just two or three curators in any one month. While their resolute efforts are appreciated, this is not an ideal situation.

This decline is reflected on Wikipedia (and its WikiProject Furry). In part, it's good that that few feel the need to fix errors or improve coverage - but a lack of new, eager editors puts WikiFur at risk. The editors of today are the curators of tomorrow.

How can we fix this, and remain relevant to today's furry community?
  • Technology may be part of the solution - the VisualEditor shows promise, though it's still working towards maturity.
  • Part is culture: we need to be open to less-than-perfect edits (and editors); to convert good-faith contributions into acceptable content (throwing them out is rarely positive), and always explain clearly what we're doing and why.
  • We need to think about whether we're delivering what our readers need, in the ways they want it. Several updates are targeted towards this (e.g. lightboxes, reference tooltips, popups), but we could all do more content-wise as well.

These are some big questions - but right now, what'd help most is a few hands to help keep WikiFur up to date. So if you're reading this and haven't edited recently, please drop by recent changes and the Community Central and see how you can contribute!

I'll be at Anthrocon next week; I hope to see some of you there. Remember, be bold!
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Today's unplanned downtime [05 Jan 2014|11:00pm]

greenreaper
Today WikiFur (and Flayrah) were down for roughly seven and a half hours due to a transient software fault (a stuck spinlock in APC). No data was lost or at risk, just access to it.

Apologies to anyone trying to use the sites during that time!
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personal pages and personal info available [22 Dec 2013|05:15pm]

siondaite
While i'm not going to argue with you putting up a page about me on the furwiki I do not approve of my personal accounts being placed on there or being banned for deleting said information.

As the person the page is about you either give me the right to my privacy or you delete my page entirely.

I do not care that there is controversy on my page but I would like you to respect my private life and not place my personal social media names on the page. If people cant find me by my company name or my fursona name then they dont need access to those social media outlets my name is connected to.
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WikiFur, Flayrah nominated for 2012 UMA; Italian WikiFur grows [19 Mar 2013|05:45am]

greenreaper
It's that time, again. Both WikiFur and its affiliated news service, Flayrah, have been nominated for the 2012 Ursa Major Awards.

Flayrah won last time, while WikiFur came second to dark horse candidate Equestria Daily - beating both FA and Inkbunny.

EQD is not in the running this year, and we have an excellent chance of winning both awards - so please vote! (While you're there, check out the other nominees, and those on the recommended list.)

Need some justification? WikiFur's reasons for winning are still valid, while Flayrah has doubled its output over the past year.

In other news, the Italian WikiFur has seen impressive growth - in part through a free-content partnership with Italian furry portal furrymania.it - with editing led by Valery91Thunder and Escofal. Italian is now the sixth fourth-largest edition of WikiFur, with over 250 articles on a variety of topics. Our English edition recently topped 16,500 articles (including over 9000 people), while Russian editors are approaching 3,000.
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TV Show CASTING - Los Angeles [07 Mar 2013|11:33am]
furrycasting
Greetings!

I'm working on a television show featuring FURRIES. I would love to talk to and meet some great local furries! Potentially we would bring you in for an on-camera interview for the show at our casting office in Encino next week.

If your interested please shoot me an email at tschermetzler@asylument.com.

Thanks!
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Not Again [05 Feb 2013|08:26pm]
actonrf
[ mood | aggravated ]

When will all this sillines stop.

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WikiFur, Flayrah down due to DDoS [27 Jan 2013|04:57pm]

greenreaper
WikiFur, Flayrah and the Yerf Historical Archive are currently down due to a Distributed Denial of Service attack which started Friday evening U.S. time.

Our front-end cache is able to filter out most low-level attacks. However, the level of traffic (728 MBit/sec, about 2000 times what we typically serve, let alone receive) is such that our hosting provider has removed access to our server to protect its other customers, including timduru's sites.

This attack has not damaged the server or its data, which we have backups of, nor do we believe any user information has been accessed. We are working with our hosting provider to get the server back online as soon as possible.

Update: As of Monday morning, our hosting provider has restored service.
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HTTPS now easier on WikiFur, Flayrah & Yerf [15 Dec 2012|05:07pm]

greenreaper
Remember when we added HTTPS support a year and a bit ago? It turned out to be a little too complicated for most people to get running.

Now we've simplified with the help of free certificates from StartSSL. These cover the English and Russian WikiFur, as well as Flayrah and the Yerf Historical Archive.

If any other language projects wish to enable secure access, they are welcome to request it; I didn't want to use our supporters' hard-earned money on getting a certificate for *.wikifur.com, but individual domains can be added.
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GoDaddy DNS issues and workaround [10 Sep 2012|04:01pm]

greenreaper
A recent DNS outage at GoDaddy may cause wikifur.com and flayrah.com to be inaccessible because your browser cannot turn the name into an address.

We have these names set to be cached for a week to avoid precisely this kind of situation, and expect GoDaddy to be back up before long - however, if you find this issue affects you, you can place the following lines temporarily in your hosts file (or equivalent) to restore service:
188.40.88.237 wikifur.com
188.40.88.237 en.wikifur.com
188.40.88.237 flayrah.com
188.40.88.237 www.flayrah.com

Be sure not to keep them in there beyond the outage, as our IP address may change.

P.S. The DNS outage also took down downforeveryoneorjustme.com - not because it doesn't resolve, but because it is over its bandwidth limit.
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What's a furry convention? Google knows . . . [17 Aug 2012|06:08pm]

greenreaper
[ mood | amused ]

Looks like Google has figured out all the best furry conventions:

Furry convention top refererences

It's cool that it's drawing from our pages to help users narrow down their searches, as well as Wikipedia and the Open Directory's furry conventions category (maintained by WikiFur curator EarthFurst). Even better, we're typically the second or third results.

Still, I have to wonder what's next - will their vans turn up for the fursuit parades?

P.S. Check out WikiFur's furry convention map - newly updated! (Yes, you can edit it.)

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WikiProject Furry needs your help! [29 May 2012|07:52pm]

greenreaper
[ mood | busy ]

Remember Wikipedia? Yeah, there's life outside WikiFur, and WikiProject Furry has been set up to maintain the roughly 100 articles about furry-related topics on the Big Wiki.

However, the project has recently fallen quiet - and as usual, the ravages of Deletionism threaten what has been built over many years. The list of furry conventions has already suffered severe loss from a lack of sources, and articles on recognized furry comics like Endtown and Jack face demotion or deletion if they are not improved. There are likely many new topics which could also be covered there, if proper material can be found and organized.

Please take the time to drop by and help ensure that furry topics remain covered - and, if articles cannot be saved, consider merging them into WikiFur, being sure to add the {{Wikipedia}} tag to give credit. (We might consider doing this anyway - after all, if Wikipedia has better coverage of furry topics, we have some explaining to do!)

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PHP 5.4 upgrade (finally) complete; performance++ [21 May 2012|01:28am]

greenreaper
[ mood | exhausted ]

My apologies to users for the two hours of downtime tonight! While upgrading the server to PHP 5.4 (a new version of the software which powers MediaWiki), a configuration error caused the central script processor to be left at 5.3. This didn't work so well when the database access modules had been upgraded . . .

Page rendering should now be much faster (~15%). Memory usage has also decreased dramatically (~70Mb vs. 120Mb after a clean start).

In the next month or so, we'll be rolling out MediaWiki 1.19 (which brings the benefits of 1.18; we are currently on 1.17.4).

A reminder for those going to Califur: the UMA awards ceremony is at 4PM on Saturday. I expect a strong turnout of WikiFur supporters!

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Last chance to vote in the 2011 Ursa Major Awards [04 May 2012|07:51pm]

greenreaper
It's the last day of Ursa Major voting - if you've not picked from the nominees, now would be a good time . . .
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WikiFur nominated for Ursa Major Award - vote today! [16 Mar 2012|06:56pm]

greenreaper
[ mood | hopeful ]

The Ursa Major Award nominees are out, and WikiFur is on the ballot (along with our news partner Flayrah, formerly WikiFur News).

In six years, nobody has even attempted to challenge our position as the fandom's reference work, and I think this is a good measure of how well we fulfill that role. No other site has done more to get accurate information about furries out there. Every day we serve over 7,000 unique visitors to our English edition alone (and another ~2,000 in other languages), and our editors manage an average of 100 edits. We've reached out to furs across the world, creating editions in 20 languages, bringing together editors from all segments of the fandom. Flayrah has likewise been successful in the two years since its renewal.

If you think this deserves recognition, now's the time to vote! All furry fans may vote, regardless of involvement in the nomination phase.

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Filters upgraded to combat recent wiki-spam innovations [05 Feb 2012|03:48pm]

greenreaper
[ mood | geeky ]

Those of you watching WikiFur's recent changes this week may have noticed an influx of spam. There's a new program out which automates spamming to an unprecedented level. We currently get about one attempt to spam every minute, and I only expect this rate to increase.

It will always be possible to post spam if you are determined enough; however, I have enhanced our filters to ensure that the level of spam remains manageable. Editors are welcome to join us in #wikifur-edits to monitor recent changes.

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Scholarships available for Recent Changes Camp 2012 in Canberra [16 Dec 2011|04:24pm]

greenreaper
Do you edit from a land down under - or somewhere nearby? Are you interested in connecting with and learning from other editors? Why not visit Recent Changes Camp 2012, to be held January 20-22 by the University of Canberra!

Travel scholarships may be available for qualified participants, but time is short; if you are considering applying, please do so as soon as possible - ideally within 24 hours. (WikiFur editors in good standing, feel free to quote me as a reference.)
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Editor death notice: Slinking Ferret [22 Oct 2011|05:20pm]

greenreaper
I regret to announce that former WikiFur vandal-fighter Slinking Ferret died October 1 at the age of 20.

Slinking Ferret was most active in 2007-8, but remained a regular member of #wikifur. He will be missed.
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