|2002||June||26||PerryLorier first sets up the WlugWiki, then on his home machine/ADSL connection.|
|July||24||wlug.org.nz purchased by Computer Upgrades 2000 Ltd, making them the first of many WlugSponsors.|
|30||PerryLorier's MakefileHowto first written. This page has had 35,000 hits since.|
|29||GavinGrieve starts the investigation into SambaAsPDC, which leads to the ActiveDirectorySamba notes, the MostPopular content page in the wiki.|
|September||15||Hoiho, the WLUG community server, is assembled.|
|November||2||WLUG officially becomes an IncorporatedSociety - the WlugBananaRepublic become the WlugCommittee.|
|2003||February||20||AristotlePagaltzis first sighted. (*blush* --AristotlePagaltzis)|
|22||Perry begins a "page a day" crusade, which leads to IsomerMadeMeDoThis.|
|March||04||Categories, while used by some of the WikiGnomes for some time, first brought to everyone's attention.|
|31||Hoiho takes up its new home at Tintz.|
|June||20||CraigBox documents his efforts to connect FreeSwanToCiscoPix, which becomes one of first examples of a WLUG authored page becoming a well referenced and often copied reference on the Internet.|
|20-21||PerryLorier makes the wiki connectable by IPv6, and the dancing penguin becomes the logo for the IPv6 homepage.|
|July||13||WhatSoftwareDoPeopleUse starts two years of arguments.|
|2004||March||04||WlugLibrary web site first established.|
|August||13||A bunch of new features added to the wiki - page expiry, If-Modified-Since, mod_gzip, IPv6, UTF-8, RSS, mod_headers (Cache-control:), SOAP.|
|October||20||topic of Wiki redesign brought up.|
|2005||January||22||a stolen password leads to a shell account being compromised; Hoiho is reinstalled as a precaution. Much documentation is done at the time.|
|February||15||IanMcDonald invites NZNOG attendees to annotate notes from a session on Internet history in NZ on the wiki; the NewZealandInternetHistory page has had hundreds of edits and is nearing a complete and semi-authoratitive list of important events relating to the InterNet in NZ.|
|June||06||New website design by Kat and MattBrown announced.|
|16||NZLUG wiki joke page put up after criticism that WLUG wiki was too Waikato related (go figure).|
|17||We start seriously thinking about an NZLUG theme.|
|19 or so||PerryLorier gets a sitemap.xml up for the wiki, so changes go into Google's index within a day, and bandwidth due to crawling drops significantly.|
|20||Committee meeting moves to start porting our patches into the PhpWiki source so we can upgrade the latest version, and to start the move toward WlugWikiRelicensing. We also move to approach NZLUG about putting up an NZLUG branded entrypoint into the Wiki.|
Much debate happens on an unarchived mailing list about NZLUG and the wiki frontend.
|18||Flag day: all new content after this point is under the terms of the WlugWikiLicense, the CreativeCommons share alike/attribution license.|
|29||Another meeting moves to rename the NZLUG view to "New Zealand Linux Wiki". The NewZealandLinuxWiki first goes live that same night, after a frenzied design session.|
Much more debate happens on the same unarchived mailing list about NZLUG and the NZLW.
|07||NZLUG endorse the NewZealandLinuxWiki.|
|September||01||InternetNZ hold an online election forum. Debate is held on IRC; at the spontaneous suggestion of DavidHallett, participants edit the ICTDebate page 44 times in just over 2 hours. Questions from this page are asked of the ICT candidates in the live debate.|
Over this weekend, Hoiho moves from its location at Tintz Digital to the Orcon Internet datacentre. The move goes smoothly and the server has fully resumed its duties by Monday mid-morning according to plan.
|2006||January||13||Google ads on the wiki proposed by Matt Brown. Approved by the committee after some discussion.|
|March||13||An upgrade of the WlugWiki installation from an old 2002 version of PhpWiki to the current 1.3.11p1 release is announced, but is reversed after 3 days, because the server turns out not to have enough horsepower to sustain the new version. Tentative discussions about hardware upgrades begin.|
|April||The WlugCommittee starts a hardware sponsorship quest in order to replace Hoiho, which has become a performance bottleneck, preventing upgrades to the WlugWiki software.|
|May||02||HP NewZealand responds to the sponsorship quest by providing an HP BL10e blade server equipped with five blades (512 MB RAM each) and a single disk.|
|August||26||The BL10e servers are installed at Orcon. For the PhpWiki installation on the new machine, version 1.3.11 is used from the start. The old server’s hardware fails right before the migration, causing database corruption that requires almost a full week of work from PerryLorier, JohnMcPherson and MattBrown to recover from backups.|
|2007||September||3||DanielLawson mentions the possibility of another blade server donation. The server is identical to the one hosted in Auckland. The committee decides to chase it up mainly to have as a spare/replacement if needed. The server is donated by Canterbury DHB.|
|November||28||The spare blade server arrives.|
|2009||May||25||The WLUGCommittee holds a meeting on the topic of the blade server, and hopes to revitalize interest in using it, building on past projects, and maybe do some new things. A WlugSysadmins page is created to organize a team to look after the server.|
When I first started the WlugWiki I didn't think it would work out. I thought that people would spam it, or we wouldn't get critical mass behind it for people to use it. It would contain lots of rubbish and very little content. The only reason I gave it a shot was because I saw how successful the c2 wiki was and how it didn't seem to have the problems I thought there would be. So I gave it a go with my "little" test to see what would happen.
The WlugWiki was originally started by me one long weekend in 2002 as a place to put annotations on ManPages and to start updating the HowTo documents that were horribly out of date. I started by running PhpWiki with a few simple local customisations on my home DSL. I imported all the ManPages from my computer, and all the HowTos from the TLDP and encouraged people to update them to contain any information that they'd be keen on.
What really happened was that nobody actually edited the ManPages/HowTos except me. I've done a job of cleaning up section 2 of the ManPages (eg: fstat(2)). I went through, created hyperlinks for stuff, wrote wiki pages for Signals and errno values, and wrote some example code demonstrating features. I got about as far as the pages starting with "s" before I got bored and gave up. One day I'll merge our changes upstream, one day... I still write pages on programming topics as I find things that don't have good examples/descriptions on the web. AFAIK the pages I wrote for the various Signals (such as SIGSEGV) and errnos (such as ETXTBSY) are among the few pages on the InterNet really describing what they mean.
Meanwhile everyone else was busy writing wiki pages for problems they had and what the solutions were. People asking me questions would be told after the answer that they now had to go write a wiki page about what they learnt. This quickly meant we built up a whole heap of pages covering little things that people wish they knew but had never seen written down anywhere. Some of these pages became extremely useful and popular. Some even became the definitive source of information on the subject. Others are just weird cultural references.
We eventually moved the wiki off my home DSL onto other machines, eventually ending up with its present location running on the WlugServer, where it has been ever since. We have made heaps of changes to our wiki software, mostly to defeat spammers, to customise it to our uses, and to make it more search engine friendly. The WlugWiki currently averages about 50,000 hits a day.
The wiki is probably our most valuable resource after our members. It contains the distilled knowledge not only of our members, but of people in the general Linux community. Questions can often be answered with a link to the wiki and the quip "The Wiki Knows All". If the wiki doesn't know what you need to know, when you find the answer, wiki it so that other people can find it (actually, more importantly so you can find it yourself when you have to figure out how you solved that problem last time). Try this wikiing thing on our wiki, we love people to come and add new content. Think of some problems you've had recently and add them to the wiki, learn how it works, and why it works. Have a look around at what content we have already. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
One of the major things that the WlugWiki has going for it is a great culture. We have lots of people watching RecentChanges/RecentEdits like hawks, tidying up entries rapidly (cleaning up formatting, spelling, grammar, tpyos, misunderstandings and errors etc). We consistently have several edits a day, which means the wiki is steadily growing in size. We have a culture to wiki all answers to any question that comes up in case we ever need to know it again, or if we find a neat link to add it to the wiki so that others may find it and use it too. The wiki counts over 7000 pages, 3000 of which have been written from scratch by those who have passed our very simple IQ test of asking people for their name. (This seems to be extremely successful at thwarting spammers and those that shouldn't comment, although we still get lots of people who think that when we ask for someone's "real name" we mean something else.)
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