News now on News
What's new on wikiGong now appears on our menu bar and on the News page.
 SoundWalk 2012
We exploited the wiki for this year's entry, along with a healthy dose of trackback spam from our blog. The documents, flotsam, and jetsam are or will soon be visible @ SoundWalk_2012_project.
 It's all about travelogues now
Links to the new format for our assays and soundwalks are now posted right on the Home page.
 Site overhaul done for the summer
After a few months of dabbling, we began reskinning the wiki and blog pages after implementing WordPress on the site. The wiki overhaul uses Sam Wilson's TwentyTen skin port. A few blog articles resulted:
- pretty but dangerous discusses a brief encounter with permalink corruption after implementing friendlier URLs.
- nearing the finish line is my penultimate sigh of relief, when I declared the site "good enough."
- confessions of a project junkie gives a little credit where it's due.
It's certain we've broken a link here or there so please contact us to report any problems.
 SoundWalk 2010
 VandalBot wars
We continue our efforts to protect the site from vandalism while cleaving as close to the open wiki spirit as we dare.
 Update March 2011
Contact us to sign up. Sadly, we've closed the wiki to anonymous members after too many hours were consumed fighting the barbarian hordes. Feel free to browse or to contact us for a brief chat if you'd like access. As soon as we have adequate automatic protections in place, we'll be open for walk-in business again.
 Civilian update August 2010
User anonymity returns. Having applied some ham-handed security measures in July so we could catch our breath after our little July 1st bot blitz, we can now apply what we've learned over this past month and loosen up a bit.
 Latest changes
- Upgrade to MediaWiki 1.16.0
- Again, kudos to GoDaddy! A timely update with little intervention from our end.
- Challenges designed to discriminate between software and humans should be slightly less offensive than locking out unregistered users. Logged in users should expect not to see them; those creating accounts should see them once. For more information and to add this security method to your own wiki page, see www.google.com.
Alas, in the captcha department we can't extend the same kudos to our host, GoDaddy. After a week-long learning curve we still don't have the level of sophistication we'd like running on the site. We are still open to more sophisticated measures, so please do contact us with helpful suggestions. Meanwhile for your safety, convenience, and our sanity, please bear with this experiment in measured restraint.
 VandalBot blitz July 2010
Due to a high vandalism rate on MediaWiki sites--and this site in particular--wikiGongMain did not accept anonymous edits throughout most of July and early August. Would-be users were asked to sign up for a user account.
The vandalism quotient rose to new heights on July 1, 2010:
- 15 incidents from 15 unique source IP addresses reported
- 4 Main_Page eradications (replaced by gibberish or bad links)
- 4 partial disruptions of the Projects page
- 2 attacks on the General Disclaimer (hidden!) page
- 2 attacks on our Copyrights page
Your wikiMaster put some very basic measures in place in hope of sleep between stints of patrolling these walls in July:
- Upgrade to MediaWiki 1.15.4
- Kudos to GoDaddy! We scheduled this update, logged back in two hours later, and it was done. Installing MediaWiki the first time was automatic and painless, and the update followed suit. Afterward, I had only to reinstate the Monobook background image we're using.
- Restricted user rights
- OK, this is the one we feel bad about! In July, anonymous users could no longer:
- Edit pages
- Create pages
- Create talk pages
With mild trepidation we are lifting this ban in August 2010. Wish us luck.