Stuff I'm doing
Some infrastructure needs to get added to this site. I've made a list of years and many of the years linked there, running from 1820 to 2006, so that pages can get interlinked through events. The years need to be categorized, though. I'm thinking of making a category for each year, which might seem like overkill, but then there could be a subcategory for albums of that year, formations that year, births/deaths that year, etc.
Eek, we need days too, I think. They're probably harder to categorize, though (Wikipedia just has a category named "Days").
I'll make a Minnewiki:Requested articles page so that people can add a link there for someone/something that isn't on the site yet. It should be patrolled regularly to delete stuff that has been created (preferably with at least one sentence of actual content).
A page needs to be created suggesting what maybe should be deleted (Minnewiki:Votes for deletion?). (We currently have the page Greg Flanagan, which originally had the text "I am Batman" inserted by User:Gerg. That was blanked by User:Unslanted.)
Of course, I could possibly go overboard basing my ideas on Wikipedia. Ah well, pretty much anything done in a well-designed wiki can be undone, so don't be afraid to make changes (please don't vandalize, though).
Hey! This looks like a great place to put my list of things I want to buy. No, it's definitely not all local music. Anyway, here's User:Mulad/music to buy.
I was in the University of Minnesota Marching Band for four years.
I know people who don't even know how many bands they are in. Whether or not they are worthy of inclusion or not, I cannot say..
I also vaguely know someone from Mama Digdown's Brass Band, based in Madison (apparently at least one guy lives in the Twin Cities—dunno if that counts for anything).
I should note that any contributions to this site become property of Minnesota Public Radio under terms which are incompatible with the GNU Free Documentation License, so don't copy non-trivial text between the two sites (yes, we all know about plagiarism from high school).
A tip for people who aren't familiar with Wikipedia and similar sites: you can sign any comments made by typing four tildes (~~~~). The output looks something like this:
- Mulad 20:58, 14 Sep 2005 (CDT)
But with a standard blue link rather than that light-colored one I faked there..
You can also change the style of the signature by editing your preferences.
Confusingly, external links have a different syntax than internal ones. External links have single brackets, and have a space between the URL and title:
- [http://www.mpr.org/ MPR] produces: MPR
Internal links have a vertical bar between the article name and the link title (though you usually don't have to specify it if you're doing things right), and they use double-brackets:
- [[Prince|Prince Rogers Nelson]] produces: Prince Rogers Nelson (notice the mouseover hover message still says the title of the page you're linking to)
The site has an "interwiki" database, and certain keywords will let you link to other sites in a semi-native manner using double-brackets. For instance, you can link to Wikipedia's front page by doing this:
- [[Wikipedia:Main Page]] looks like: Wikipedia:Main Page
On Wikipedia, the standard is to have headings use sentence capitalization ("External links," "See also," etc.). Personally, I think the number of headings should be kept to a minimum, though the initial templates for pages have several. We'll just see how things work out.
Of course, we currently have a common heading "Related Web sites". Depending on your point of view, "Web" can be capitalized or not, and maybe "Web sites" should be "websites". Eh, I dunno.