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New wiki, what now?

July 12th, 2010 by

We just switched to the new wiki. So here it is. And now? Let me explain what you can do to help!

Create your user page

Every user of the wiki has a personal page and we did not transfer any of them. We wanted to use this opportunity to brush them up and standardize them. Your userpage should be your first task in the new wiki. If your username is Geeko, just go to http://en.opensuse.org/User:Geeko and press “create”.  After that load the userpage teamplate by pressing on the “Load” button. Then fill out the form and you will get a nice standardized userpage!

You can also of course transfer your old userpage. Just go to http://old-en.opensuse.org/User:Geeko to find the content.

Report Missing Pages

Can’t find your page? Think we missed something? Just report the page to the opensuse wiki team! We will try our best to help you getting it back!

Transfer Missing Pages

Want to get your hands dirty? Dive right into the new wiki and learn how it works on the Wiki Portal or the previous posts on this blog. After you did that and know all the new wiki Kung-fu you go and find the pages you think are missing on http://old-en.opensuse.org. Now you have two options, either use the Special:Export page on the old wiki and the Special:Import on the new wiki if you want to transfer the article with all of its history or you just copy and paste the article if the history is not that important.

Otherwise just

Keep Calm And Carry On

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6 Responses to “New wiki, what now?”

  1. Danny

    Some issues:

    – there is still no protection for user pages (only the owner of the username should be able to edit or create his page) –> prevent identity theft. Btw. there is still a open bug (with ) since 2008-07-16 including a proposal to solve this issue (bnc#409520).

    – the Special:Import link/page is not working (Permission error: The action you have requested is limited to users in the group: Administrators.)

  2. lol

  3. MatthewEhle

    Thanks for pointing out the open issue on the user pages. It looks like it was put on the back burner until we upgraded the wiki software and was forgotten. I will try this extension out on the staging site and see if it works as expected.

    It is true that Export/Import is a function reserved for wiki admins. There are good reasons for and against allowing anyone to perform this function, so I will send a message on the wiki team mailing list and let them decide what is best.

  4. AlbertoP

    It looks very nice,good job! However, the search engine is extremely poor. Try searching “nvidia” for example. To find a meaningful result you must type a specific string (SDB:nvidia). It is not going to be of help for new users.

  5. Eric Grivel

    So, am I understanding correctly that you have moved all the published support pages to a new server “old-en.opensuse.org”? I have had a problem with my 11.1 version and have spend the past couple of days trying to find solutions. I found many hints, but they all point back to the SuSE Wiki, where they result in “page not found”.

    There used to be a wealth of information on this site, linked to from many other sites, that seems to have effectively disappeared from the face of the Web. I don’t know what you were thinking, breaking I don’t know how many tens of thousands of informative and useful links. I can understand you wanting to start over, but then start with “new-en.opensuse.org” or something like that, don’t destroy what’s already there!

    I guess the damage has been done, but can you AT LEAST add something to the “page not found” to point to the old version of the page, so that coming here to look for answers have a fair chance to find it? For instance, start with a sentence like “We have re-designed our Wiki. The information you are looking for is not here, but it may be on the old Wiki. Please try …….” with the link to the corresponding old page…!!!!

    Thank you for your attention.

  6. tito

    One word: confusing!

    Opensuse WAS a good software when they came out with good web support.
    But it seems all over now. The web support is really poor. It’s really hard to find a solution.
    I wonder why you prefer current poor web interface rather than previous one.