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AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » March 29th, 2013, 12:32 am

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Executive Summary:
I've just made a wiki for the Austin Improv Collective! It's at http://wiki.austinimprov.com/.

I've put up some content to start us off, and I'd love it if you all added your own contributions.


Longer Version/FAQ:
What Is It?
The site is like Wikipedia, only it's devoted to Austin improv. It's there to accumulate useful information about shows, troupes, performers, and anything else relevant to our improv scene.

Who Can Contribute?
Anybody! To edit a page on the wiki, click the "Edit" link in the top right corner. To create a new page, click on any red link.

Alternately, you can type the title of a page you want to create into the search box and click "Go" -- if that page doesn't exist, the wiki will give you a link for creating it.

I haven't used a wiki before! How do I make my page look pretty?
First off, don't worry about it. It's *incredibly* easy for the rest of us to make the content you add look pretty. But it's hard (as in "impossible") for the rest of us to magically know the things that *you* know about the Austin improv scene. So be bold, make mistakes, and trust that the rest of this community has your back.

But if you want to learn about wiki markup, this page gives a great summary.

If you'd like to make a new page for a troupe, a show, or a performer, try using this troupe page, this show page, or my performer page as a starting point. Open up one of those pages, click "Edit", copy the text for in the edit box, and ta-da! -- you can copy that into a new page, replace text as needed, and you're good to go.

How do I upload a picture?
This is the page for uploading images. Fortunately for us, all the AIC photographers I contacted (Jon, Steve, Roy, Menelaos, Claudio) are cool with your using their photos on the AIC wiki, so long as you do three things:
1. Credit them in the picture's description.
2. Link back to the original photoset if you can.
3. In the "licensing" dropdown, select "The copyright holder gave me permission to use this work only in AIC Wiki articles."

For an example of following these three rules, look at my photo.

(Also, Courtney and Kaci are cool with having their poster designs on the AIC Wiki, under those same conditions.)

I want both "Hideout Theatre" and "The Hideout Theatre" to link to the same information. Does this mean I need to make two copies of the Hideout page?
Fortunately, no. You would handle this with something called "redirects". In this case, we've created a page for "The Hideout Theatre". Then we created a page called "Hideout Theatre" that only contains the following text:
#REDIRECT [[The Hideout Theatre]]
That means that all the "Hideout Theatre" page does is "redirect" to "The Hideout Theatre".

I have a problem with the site! Who do I call?
Either Kevin Miller or I can probably handle your issue.

As site administrators, we can do things like delete files, protect pages (meaning nobody can edit them), and even grant other people admin privileges, should you be interested in that.


Whew. That's all I can think of for now. Post any questions you've got to this thread, as other people probably have the same questions you do. I'll try and keep this top post updated with current information.

And lastly, *huge* thanks to Bob Apthorpe for installing this wiki on the austinimprov server. None of this would've happened without him.

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby Pdyx » March 29th, 2013, 9:54 am

Thanks Peter, Bob, Kevin and anyone else! This is cool!
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby Roy Janik » March 29th, 2013, 5:21 pm

Subscribing to the RSS feed of the wiki isn't TOO obsessive, is it?
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » March 29th, 2013, 7:07 pm

Roy Janik wrote:Subscribing to the RSS feed of the wiki isn't TOO obsessive, is it?


Kevin and I just had a long discussion about whether it was correct to include a comma in Totally Improvised, 90210.  So I think you're in the clear w/r/t wiki-obsession.

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » April 19th, 2013, 1:59 pm

I just made a couple of Bob-Ross-esque videos:

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » April 19th, 2013, 2:26 pm

...and we'll just edit in some happy little trees.
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby sara farr » April 20th, 2013, 12:45 am

Can we add the Wiki to the http://austinimprov.com/ site?

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby happywaffle » April 20th, 2013, 4:17 pm

Yep, we talked about replacing the "History" link to a wiki link instead. I'd say it's time for it to happen.
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » May 15th, 2013, 3:30 am

Hi everybody!

Thought I'd post a quick update about The State Of The Wiki. :)

  • As of this writing, we have 331 pages, with some 85 performers and 80 shows.
  • Thanks to Brad Hawkins, the wiki now has its own "AIC theme", complete with the AIC's "kitchen sink" logo.
  • We're doing some neat things with category tags, so that (for example) the list of troupes auto-magically includes sorted lists of active troupes, inactive troupes, and duos.
  • We're doing pretty well with Hideout, Gnap!, and Institution content. We could use more pages for ColdTowne Theater, and we have nothing yet related to The New Movement. :(
Some destinations on the wiki you might find interesting:

Thanks, everyone for your help so far, and thanks-in-advance for your help in the future. If there's ever any information you'd like to add, and you're confused about how to add it, just drop me a line and I'll get you sorted.

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby happywaffle » May 15th, 2013, 11:59 am

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby Jastroch » May 15th, 2013, 10:55 pm

If I had more free time on my hands, I'd wiki the shit out of some stuff. Including some choice corrections to the Nice Astronaut controversy.
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby happywaffle » May 16th, 2013, 10:55 am

Oh man, we'll know the wiki has come into its own when we have our first edit war…
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby Jastroch » May 16th, 2013, 12:01 pm

My post came across more snarky than I intended. Chock it up to reading too many stand up flame wars recently.

I think what everyone's doing is awesome with this thing.
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Re: AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » June 18th, 2013, 2:26 pm

To fight spam on the AIC Wiki, I've added a CAPTCHA.

Now, if you want to create a new account, or you want to anonymously add external links to a page, you have to identify a couple of words.[1] But if you're logged in, the wiki knows you're okay and it won't make you do anything different.

Hopefully this doesn't inconvenience people too bad -- if any of it is confusing, just drop me a line.

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[1] Fun fact: this process actually helps Google with a digitization efforts -- they're currently using this CAPTCHA method to digitize all the back issues of The New York Times.

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Re: AICPedia!

Postby hujhax » July 17th, 2013, 12:32 pm

In related news, it looks like the "Austin Improv" page on wikipedia got deleted last month. The reason? "Unambiguous copyright infringement of http://austinimprov.com/history".

Hee. *sigh*

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