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BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« on: March 02, 2006, 10:39:50 am »
We are pleased to announce the availability of a Wiki for the BYOAC community!

http://wiki.arcadecontrols.com/

This is a general public Wiki site that provides anonymous browsing, and registered editing. The Wiki software is based on Mediawiki which also happens to run the infamous Wikipedia sites.


Please note you DO NOT need to register on the Wiki page. Your current forum login and password are the same for the Wiki. If you change your password in the forum, it will be reflected in the Wiki as well.


We welcome all members to contribute or edit anything that is already there. We realize that the initial opening of the Wiki has some pretty rough edges. The main page and index are not fully fleshed out, the theme is more or less the default Monobook theme, and many of the templates and categories are not quite in there. Again, we welcome contributions in this space.

Much like the Board/Website discussion board, please feel free to post comments, suggestions, rants, etc. in this board and we'll do our best to meet the needs of the community.

All other links to help and indexes can be found on the Wiki Main page.

Again, enjoy the new site, and happy editing!

- BYOAC staff  :police:

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2006, 11:01:28 am »
Yay! Let the mass editing commence!


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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2006, 11:18:26 am »
By the way, I want to extend a BIG thankyou to the folks who were in on the beta stages of the BYOAC wiki. They've put a hell of a lot of time and effort into starting things out. Of course, SirWoogie for installing and starting the thing in the first place. Also in no particular order: JoyMonkey, Mahuti, DrewKaree, Nostrebor, MarkVP, TigerHeli, Peale, SirPoonga, and I'm positive I'm forgetting someone so if I did please forgive me (and in Wiki fashion, someone update this!).
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2006, 11:20:29 am »
Congratulations Guys!  The new section is awesome!

http://www.retroblast.com/newsitem.php?cid=837


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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2006, 11:27:55 am »
You sneaky dogs, you!

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2006, 01:08:07 pm »
This is a great idea.  I've been seeing these pop up everywhere!  It's a great way to organize group data, knowledge and even a little wisdom!

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2006, 01:46:10 pm »
Yes, I'm glad we finally decided to do something like this.  I think the information will be more up to date since it doesn't fall only on saint's hands.

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2006, 02:03:47 pm »
Congrats and Thanks! This is just what the community needed. Searching through miles of posts for year old answers does get tiring.
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2006, 03:38:21 pm »
Hello,

I would like an "Other Software" section added to the Software Overview, but I don't see a way to add one.

This wiki is a great idea!

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2006, 03:45:46 pm »
I would like an "Other Software" section added to the Software Overview, but I don't see a way to add one.

Go to http://wiki.arcadecontrols.com/w/index.php?title=Contents&action=edit&section=8

Then, under this line:

Code: [Select]
* [[Software Overview]]
put

Code: [Select]
** [[What Your Section Is]]
filling in the obvious

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2006, 04:10:14 pm »
I am looking at the section that says:

Code: [Select]
For more in-depth information on these topics, visit these pages:

Emulators
Front-Ends
Juke-Box Programs

I would like to add "Other Software" to this list.
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2006, 04:15:39 pm »
Awesome!  Nice work to all those involved!!

Thanks!!    :laugh:

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2006, 04:20:19 pm »
I am looking at the section that says:

Code: [Select]
For more in-depth information on these topics, visit these pages:

Emulators
Front-Ends
Juke-Box Programs

I would like to add "Other Software" to this list.


Oh, okay. Thats on the 'Software Overview' page itself. Click edit and change this:
Code: [Select]
For more in-depth information on these topics, visit these pages:

'''[[Emulators]]'''

'''[[Front-Ends]]'''

'''[[Juke-Box Programs]]'''

to this:

Code: [Select]
For more in-depth information on these topics, visit these pages:

'''[[Emulators]]'''

'''[[Front-Ends]]'''

'''[[Juke-Box Programs]]'''

'''[[Other Software]]'''
« Last Edit: March 02, 2006, 04:22:12 pm by JoyMonkey »

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2006, 04:30:58 pm »
Great stuff -- thanks to all !

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2006, 06:48:52 pm »
What about adding a "Control Panel" overview section?

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2006, 07:16:00 pm »
add it dude. That's the point.
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2006, 10:37:45 pm »
This is very cool.

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2006, 01:57:25 am »
What about adding a "Control Panel" overview section?

Yeah, what mahuti said.  Figure out where you think it is best placed and have at it.  If'n you need help starting, lemme know and I'll try to help.
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2006, 09:27:08 pm »


All I can say is "wow".  Great job!


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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2006, 12:02:23 am »
How about a link straight to the wiki from the list of forums at the top of everyforum page?

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2006, 11:57:54 pm »
This is great ! Actualy found some really useful things I hadn't found before !

I added some info about removing those irritating pop-up bubbles in XP about screen resolutions not being optimal etc.
Please remember English is not my native language so correct/edit at will ;)

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2006, 11:39:39 am »
I made my first wiki edit/addition today. I added DrewKaree CD ripping tutorial to the site hope I did it correct; looks ok.
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2006, 08:26:27 pm »
This is a great thing for the community.  Very cool!

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2006, 11:00:17 pm »
For the uninformed can someone give the basic idea/rundown of what wiki is and how it works, etc?

Edit:
Nevermind I found it :-)  big "L"

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2006, 05:43:07 am »
For the uninformed can someone give the basic idea/rundown of what wiki is and how it works, etc?

Edit:
Nevermind I found it :-)  big "L"

Even though you found it, there are probably other people who don't (yet) know reading this.

Basically a Wiki is based on the principle "everyone knows something, together we know a lot". A Wiki is a site that gathers knowledge on a subject (or many subjecs as with Wikipedia). Everyone who knows something about the subject can add or edit the texts on the pages. This way the common knowledge will grow. This is mainly what wiki's are about.

Some people will say: "Hey,if anyone can edit this, won't this be vandalised?"
The wiki community keeps watch over articles to make sure the content is still correct. This is based on the human principle that everyone is curious to what happened to the texts he or she added. So the people who often contribute to the wiki will look at the articles they contributed to and in this way errors etc are quickly noticed.

A wiki is the complete opposite of a system where all documents are to be approved first. The latter will probably produce better documentation but tends to be extremely slow. The wiki method provides a quick way to update information, and it is exactly this strength that makes the content almost on par with the 'approval' method since errors are quickly corrected.

So far, Wikipedia is proof that the wiki concept works (researchers compared a bunch of wikipedia articles to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and found the content of equal quality).

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2006, 09:48:30 am »
Thanks Felsir :)

We also have the slight added benefit that you have to be a member of the message forum before you can post on the wiki, which adds a bit of nuisance filter to it.

For the uninformed can someone give the basic idea/rundown of what wiki is and how it works, etc?

Edit:
Nevermind I found it :-)  big "L"

Even though you found it, there are probably other people who don't (yet) know reading this.

Basically a Wiki is based on the principle "everyone knows something, together we know a lot". A Wiki is a site that gathers knowledge on a subject (or many subjecs as with Wikipedia). Everyone who knows something about the subject can add or edit the texts on the pages. This way the common knowledge will grow. This is mainly what wiki's are about.

Some people will say: "Hey,if anyone can edit this, won't this be vandalised?"
The wiki community keeps watch over articles to make sure the content is still correct. This is based on the human principle that everyone is curious to what happened to the texts he or she added. So the people who often contribute to the wiki will look at the articles they contributed to and in this way errors etc are quickly noticed.

A wiki is the complete opposite of a system where all documents are to be approved first. The latter will probably produce better documentation but tends to be extremely slow. The wiki method provides a quick way to update information, and it is exactly this strength that makes the content almost on par with the 'approval' method since errors are quickly corrected.

So far, Wikipedia is proof that the wiki concept works (researchers compared a bunch of wikipedia articles to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and found the content of equal quality).
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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2006, 11:55:16 am »
So far, Wikipedia is proof that the wiki concept works (researchers compared a bunch of wikipedia articles to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and found the content of equal quality).
Apparently that comparison article that talked about it was made up.  But that could just be someone retaliating against it.

That is a problem with Wiki, someone could put up some information, someone else changes, and the information goes back and forth.  But I think for this community that shouldn't be too much of a problem.


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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2006, 03:51:31 pm »
I'm having trouble logging in.... it says my username is invalid.  Could this possibly be because my user name has an underscore in it?  I know many systems hate that. 

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2006, 02:21:08 am »
So far, Wikipedia is proof that the wiki concept works (researchers compared a bunch of wikipedia articles to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and found the content of equal quality).
Apparently that comparison article that talked about it was made up.  But that could just be someone retaliating against it.
The research was done by Nature magazine and has appeared in print in the magazine (pdf). Brittanica claimed the research was inaccurate, Nature magazine responded.

That is a problem with Wiki, someone could put up some information, someone else changes, and the information goes back and forth.  But I think for this community that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
For wikipedia, it's strength in numbers - the sheer amount of serious wikipedian's currenly by far outnumber the few who vandalise it. So incorrect of unverifyable information is usually quickly removed. As long as info is verifyable it can stay in, otherwise it has got to go.

Either way, as powerful as a wiki can be, it stands or falls by the way the community treats it. The BYOAC community is a rather mature community and all are very enthusiast about their hobby. So I think we won't have to deal with edits by L337 d00ds (the safety mechanism to only have forummembers is good enough to guarantee the wiki is made by and made for the BYOACers).


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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2006, 10:47:00 am »
I'm having trouble logging in.... it says my username is invalid.  Could this possibly be because my user name has an underscore in it?  I know many systems hate that. 
Try using a space instead of the '_' Mediawiki treats an underscore and space the same way. If that doesn't work, I might be able to force this somehow. Since I tie it to the forum with a special authentication plugin, I might have some more digging to do.

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2006, 02:43:38 am »
Nope already thought of that.  Doesn't work unfortuantely.   :cry:

Seems to me you could use the byoac cookie to auto-login.... it doesn't help my particular problem, but it's something to think about. 

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Re: BYOAC Wiki - General Public Release Announcement
« Reply #31 on: April 09, 2006, 11:05:47 pm »
Yeah, still having trouble on this one. I'm still looking however.