Today (2006-5-17) Davis Wiki underwent the most substantial software and back-end change in its history. For nearly two years now the Davis Wiki has brought information, entertainment, knowledge and a true sense of local touch and love to Davis. As we move forward as a resource we must also strive to move our tools along with us — and we have. Davis Wiki started over some burritos at The Guad and has turned into a terrific resource that is seen by thousands daily and has impact far beyond even our own community here in Davis.

Davis Wiki server hosted by Cernio Today brings a major update to the software behind Davis Wiki as well as a move to our very own dedicated server. We hope that the update is comfortable, intuitive and enjoyable. Our goal in our development has consistently been to improve the usability of Davis Wiki with the explicit aim of making the best resource in the world for our community — and giving it all away for free.

So, what's new? Aside from the slightly altered user interface, the most substantial changes occur behind the scenes and affect things that you can't directly see. A number of features and fixes that have been asked for time and time again have been added — but, as always, there is still much work ahead for us.

Images now come with much more information — who uploaded them and when, as well as a full version history of each image. Pages now contain more information on who's edited them and the differences between pages have been made more clear and easy to navigate between. Wiki users' accounts (in "Info") contain information about the edits made.

We've also made it easier to keep track of what you find interesting on the wiki. RSS feeds have been improved at all levels — pages' feeds now include full differences and every page on the wiki has a specific feed associated with it. The Bookmarks functionality has been improved to alert you when a page on your list has been altered, and the RSS feed for your bookmarks page is a list of changes to the pages you're interested in.

I hope that you enjoy the many changes (and hopefully improvements!) we've been making. Viva la wiki — here's to the next two years and beyond!

Philip Neustrom and the rest of the Wiki Developers

Special thanks

A special thanks goes out to the following individuals who have continually helped out above and beyond the call of duty, often for little or no food or bribes (except for Zac who bought lots of pizza), to make this current update (no matter how broken it may actually be!) possible in some shape or form: David Reid, Jason Aller, Mike Ivanov, Amit Vainsencher, Graham Freeman, Travis Grathwell, Zac Morris, Gonzalo Eyzaguirre, Erik Anderson, Chris Takemura.

More specifics

The most important — and perhaps only — change you need to be aware of is that the former attachment: and [[Thumbnail]] ways of adding an image to a page have been replaced with a single [[Image]]. For more information see ".

Edit locks are now gone and edits are "merged" together when they occur at similar times. User Statistics is now sortable and Orphaned Pages & Wanted Pages filter users' pages and so-called redirection pages when necessary.

Macros, which are things like [[BR]] and [[Image]] which perform special functions, are now case insensitive — so [[image]] works just as well as [[Image]] does.

Every page now has a link to an associated "Talk" page. This is an experimental feature which is (admittedly) turned on because we want to show off our new icons in all their iconic glory. The "Talk" page is for discussion and debate about how the "Article" page should be improved or altered, when appropriate.

The page count on Davis Wiki, which was formerly 7165, is now accurate (but lower). This is due to some bugs in the old software we were using. The Interwiki (ways to link to other wikis) list is now editable by all users and can be found at Interwiki Map. Links and formatting now work in footnotes. [[TableOfContents]] now can optionally be [[TableOfContents(left)]] or [[TableOfContents(right)]] for more page beautification.

There is now a "Signature" button in the "Edit" area. Pressing it will put your name in the usual format into the page text. The editor interface has been cleaned up to give more room to the editor itself.

There is a new [[LinksHere]] macro, with optional [[LinksHere(pagename)]]. This gives a list of pages that link to the given page. This is useful for doing basic categorization. For instance, [[LinksHere(Photo Request)]] gives a reasonable picture of pages that wish for a photo.

As always, there are bugs we don't — and can't — know about until the site is hit with thousands of visitors. Things will probably break here and there. Let us know about any problems and we will work to fix them as soon as we can!

Oh, and you can also now give a reason when you revert a page, so revert wars will look a little less stupid.

Bug Reports now get filed at Wiki Spot, but we still have the list of old ones here.

Super technical stuff

Most significantly we have improved our software to make use of a relational database as a back-end (if you're interested: we're currently using PostgreSQL but we've toggled between it and MySQL because we aren't very good at making up our mind). We have also gone to great lengths to attempt to improve the speed of the software and we are using a smarter caching strategy.

Known Issues

  • There is some odd behavior with pages showing a version behind the current version. It happens rarely but it does seem to happen. We're aware of this and we're working on it.
    • Friday at 5:18AM some things were changed that may be the source of the problem. Please let us know if you notice anything like this — an old version of a page showing rather than the current version — happening.


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2006-05-17 12:30:05   Gorgeous. If only the Sisweb developers had your talent! —ArlenAbraham

2006-05-18 18:22:35   Sweet, it looks good man. Keep it up! —DatNguyen

2006-05-19 00:48:57   I like the new "pretty" buttons. Esp. the view previous edit link. Very fancy. —AndrewBanta

2006-05-28 20:00:58   The upgrades are very noticeable, great job! One issue I ran across was that image userstats don't seem to be updating, or do the values only update every so many days? I've added several images, yet my image stats have not changed. —DanWillenbring

I just noticed this as you uploaded some images earlier. It'll be fixed later tonight.

yay travisgrathwell!!

2006-06-02 15:46:35   The page count on Davis Wiki is now accurate, you wrote, but where is it? —WilhelmBuehler

  • It's at the bottom of Recent Changes. You can also use [[PageCount]] to get the answer: namely .