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Day One--looking up

  • I see that e-mail notifications are available in user preferences. Cool! I turned mine on.
  • How about on your user page you just put, "I am Laurie, and I started PGV Wiki." Short and sweet!
  • Thank you for turning on anoymous editing. I don't think you will regret it.
  • Speed is great. You fixed it!
  • I have a very good feeling about the direction this is headed.

--Tom Haws 10:17, 18 November 2005 (EST)

Ideas for success

Initially let's make lots of red links. Entropy is our smallest enemy at first. Attraction is our biggest challenge. Tom Haws

Let's see what we can do to make asking a question as easy as eating a cookie. I tried to explain it on the Main Page, but you may have newbie insight into something I assumed that I shouldn't have. Tom Haws 10:17, 18 November 2005 (EST)

User page conversations

User page conversations are always a bit tricky. Some people answer questions at their own page. That is a trifle arrogant perhaps. I just answered your question at my page. I don't think I will make that my habit. I will think about the side bar. Tom Haws 10:42, 18 November 2005 (EST)


I will have some questions for you about languages, but it may take a day to get back on. p.s. Nice logo! Tom Haws 16:22, 21 November 2005 (EST)

Unreachable at 1540 GMT Monday

While trying to retrieve the URL: 

The following error was encountered: 

Unable to determine IP address from host name for 
The dnsserver returned: 

Name Error: The domain name does not exist. 
This means that: 

The cache was not able to resolve the hostname presented in the URL. 
Check if the address is correct.

However, the DNS still appears to be OK using my ISP's network tools page. So some DNS's seem to lose this entry periodically.(I'm adding this via the dotted quads/wiki "page")


Ongoing status reports

Moved to PGV Wiki:Community Portal.

Laurie, I think the logo needs a relative URL, because visiting the site right now via the IP address, it isn't displaying for me. Tom Haws 06:12, 22 November 2005 (EST)

Punch list

I finally got through! Here's that punch list that's been on my mind. Tom Haws 04:26, 23 November 2005 (EST)

Outward, not inward

See if you agree with Look outward, not inward.


See if you agree with Namespaces.

Wiki tech doc examples

I wondered as I lay in bed last night whether there was any chance for success as a documentation wiki. So I want to ask and find if there is anybody who knows of even one example of a successful documentation/tech support wiki. I would like to examine it and follow its guiding principles. Documentation/tech support is a little different than an encyclopedia, and I want to increase our chances for success.


I still don't have any privileges, and e-mail notification isn't working at all for me. Tom Haws 05:01, 23 November 2005 (EST)

Interlanguage link

Laurie, I left an example of an interlanguage link at Genealogy:Introduction to. Look at the source and the right side bart there and let me know if that makes sense. Tom Haws 07:53, 23 November 2005 (EST)

image links

phpgedview.png or Phpgedview.png ... the first seems to appear in the current links, but the second version produces an image on the page. Maybe rename the image wherever it is rather than edit the link on each page. Dxradio 02:36, 24 November 2005 (EST)


Let's discuss at Talk:Main Page. Also, we need to define a discussion place for these startup topics. Wikipedia has a Wikipedia:Village Pump that probably worked really well when Wikipedia was small. Anyway, there needs to be a talk page where we can check in to see the discussion on these matters. By the way, it's lunch time and I am at work and I got in!!! Tom Haws 06:31, 24 November 2005 (EST)

Community portal

I copied the Wikipedia PGV Wiki:Community Portal template for us to use for PGVWiki oriented work coordination and discussion. There is a to-do list there where I am putting some items I can't personally resolve. Maybe we could all check in on that page regularly unless there is a better idea. Tom Haws 07:09, 24 November 2005 (EST)

Let's keep it simple and start discussing all the startup stuff at the default sidebar link PGV Wiki:Community Portal. See you there? Tom Haws 07:39, 24 November 2005 (EST)

PGV Wiki or PGVWiki?

I have been assuming and using PGVWiki as a namespace. But I see that the PGV Wiki:Community Portal is in the PGV Wiki (with a space) namespace? Is there an advantage of one over the other? Is it worth talking about, or should I just change all PGVWiki to PGV Wiki? What will the official name be? Tom Haws 07:09, 24 November 2005 (EST)

Version treatment

What do you think of my ideas for a version treamtent convention? Tom Haws 14:20, 27 November 2005 (EST)

I put a version treatment proposal at at PGVWiki:Community Portal#Version treatment. Tom Haws 14:20, 27 November 2005 (EST)

Edit conflicts

Conflicts are pretty common at Wikipedia too. It's not a big deal unless you are moving pages and stuff. One way to avoid them is to edit sections instead of pages if the page is really busy. I had thought we might keep things simple at the community portal by sticking to the one page for now (so none of us misses anything). But we can link to the discussion page. That's fine. Whatever works best for all and is easy to follow. Tom Haws 15:54, 24 November 2005 (EST)