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In the absence of a designated meta page, I declare the home page discussion page to be the site meta/discussion page! Deku-shrub (talk) 15:48, 28 October 2015 (CDT)

What are the considerations of where the site meta/discussion page should sit? How about on H+Pedia_plan? David W. Wood (talk)
Permanent meta pages should be live in a meta space, e.g. H+Pedia:Technical discussion, H+Pedia:Community discussion and they should be linked from the side bar and home page Deku-shrub (talk) 06:56, 29 October 2015 (CDT)

I've got the sidebar up and running now at MediaWiki:Sidebar - only admins can edit, but feel free to suggest changes! Deku-shrub (talk) 18:23, 12 December 2015 (CST)

User validation issues

Michael Dodd stated overnight on Facebook, regarding H+Pedia, "They need to work on their systems a bit. Considering, I still cannot get validated on the site." So I've added some items to the (brand new) H+Pedia news page on that subject.--David W. Wood (talk) 02:16, 25 November 2015 (CST)

Michael later reported that he has since managed to validate his account David W. Wood (talk) 17:53, 3 December 2015 (CST)

Plugins wanted


This is a (to be expanded) list of plugins I would like: This might be superior but I can't yet get it to work :( Deku-shrub (talk) 13:41, 31 December 2015 (CST)
What's involved in enabling these plugins? David W. Wood (talk)
It varies, but it usually involves downloading some code, placing it in the 'extensions' folder, then editing some config files to 'include' the extensions. Backups are important when doing this :) I could do this if you want but I'd need server access. Deku-shrub (talk) 06:58, 29 October 2015 (CDT)
I second the motion to use ParserFunctions. It would be useful in creating templates. (I tried to make citation templates for books and Web pages like Wikipedia, but I failed miserably due to lack of an "if" function.) --Haptic-feedback (talk) 21:26, 23 January 2016 (CST)


Templates wanted

This is now done Deku-shrub (talk) 08:14, 31 December 2015 (CST)
  • Custom 'this is a series about' templates, more info to follow to aid site navigation
  • Pretty templates for the home page :)
What's involved in enabling these templates? David W. Wood (talk)
Sometimes there might be dependent plugins, but a lot of the time it's a case of building the Template:sometemplate page and then going about including {{sometemplate}} where appropriate Deku-shrub (talk) 10:10, 29 October 2015 (CDT)

Site stuff

  • I prefer https on my sites! :(
Agreed - I'll look into why this doesn't work David W. Wood (talk)
Ah, the answer might be here (on the siteground knowledgebase) David W. Wood (talk)
Intermediate level server configuration and a $5 a year SSL certificate will be required Deku-shrub (talk) 10:12, 29 October 2015 (CDT)
  • I think as noted there is some issue with sign-up / validation
A new MediaWiki release has become available (v1.25.3); perhaps that will fix this problem David W. Wood (talk)
There's now a placeholder favicon - it's based on Media:FavIconSource2.png, converted using genfavicon --David W. Wood (talk) 11:29, 22 November 2015 (CST)
Today a favicon, tomorrow the world! Deku-shrub (talk) 18:22, 22 November 2015 (CST)
  • Dear readers, we now are running Google Analytics so we can spy on you. Sorry about this :( Deku-shrub (talk) 18:48, 1 December 2015 (CST)
  • The site occasionally seems to time out. I need to add Pingdom to see how serious this issue is Deku-shrub (talk) 07:29, 9 December 2015 (CST)

Wiki name

H+Pedia is a mouthful to pronounce and even type. Are any other names up for consideration? Pluspedia? Futurepedia?

As a Humanity+ project obviously that needs to be branded, but it could for example live at for example. Just some ideas Deku-shrub (talk) 15:59, 30 October 2015 (CDT)

I've got it! The Humanity Plus Futuresphere. Like Blogosphere, Manosphere etc. :D Deku-shrub (talk) 17:23, 15 November 2015 (CST)

Site copyrights

I've been thinking we should explicitly copyright the wiki content one way of the other. I am torn between CC0, the one that seeks to actively place content into the public domain, and the more common cc by license that requires attribution. Deku-shrub (talk) 06:03, 13 December 2015 (CST)

Skin options

I've come across some nice non-standard mediawiki skins at Cyborg Anthropology and Aging Chart. I wonder if we should switch to them? Deku-shrub (talk) 12:51, 31 December 2015 (CST)

Pirated and unattributed content

So I encountered my first case of pirate/unattributed content on this Youtube channel Singularity Videos.

I would argue at least with Changesurfer Radio he's doing a public service by disseminating content on the reliable host that is Youtube, rather than its native hard to browse mp3 format.

However this now forces H+Pedia to think about positions on such content. My personal view is that it's okay to create a channel like that if:

  • The content doesn't already exist on Youtube
  • Credit to the original sources are fully made
  • Permission is asked for and not actively declined

This puts me in the odd position of acting as transhumanist content police, because now I might have to inform James Hughes about this. He in turn may or may not mind.

Thoughts? Deku-shrub (talk) 11:53, 1 January 2016 (CST)

Home page design

I am not a strong designer type, I have too much of a 'detail view' of the site right now, and I can't work out what a decent home page would look like, any ideas? Deku-shrub (talk) 08:38, 2 January 2016 (CST)