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Welcome to the Wiki Gnome Headquarters, a central place for wiki gnomes from all over the net. Wiki Gnomes are users who focus on taking care of wikis by handling the little things, making sure that entries are technically correct, and helping out new and confused users as best they can. See [c2]Wiki Gnome on Ward's Wiki.

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2008-02-22 20:13:51   Greetings Wiki Gnomes. After much time of inactivity, I have decided to finally publicize the madisonMadison Wiki, but before I do, I would like to work out the color scheme. I'm not very good at picking colors, and there have been some comments abotu contrasting colors on the Madison Wiki - the blues and greens I picked out to match city logo colors doesn't seem to match the red, white, and gold colors I picked out for the special tables (madisonWiki_Style/Special_Tables) for university-related stuff. Does anyone want to help me work out the colors in the CSS?
A unique layout would also be neat, but isn't necessary.
Basically, I would like to get the wiki into a presentable look before I send out the press release in just over a week. —KarlMogel


2008-03-14 00:13:50   How do you become an administrator? Also, on wikispaces you can revert to a former version. I suppose you cannot do that to a page? —Librarian


2008-04-29 21:44:17   how change the color of the words in the wiki —camiloMelo


2008-07-07 16:38:53   How do you make text big? I tried <big></big> but that doesnt work as it normally does. —RadcomAdmin


2008-11-12 03:57:21   VictorRamayrat needs friendly and industrious gnomes for fresno.wikispot.org. —VictorRamayrat


2009-01-21 18:02:18   Hello, I just added a picture to the "Adobe Apartments" page of the greenbelt bike path... but its HUGE!! Can you help me reformat it?? Thank you!!

AdobeManagement —AdobeManagement


2009-02-16 21:22:23   is there any possibility that not logged in users can add events on the events board? —nicolasm


2009-03-03 03:12:42   HELP! I set up my site, aisavesenergy.wikispot.org, using the registered name david-stookey. Realizing that best practices say it should be DavidStookey, I changed it, deleting the first one in the process. Now I can't administer the site; I can't even Edit pages because of my security settings. How do I get administrative control at DavidStookey? Thanks for your help. —DavidAdmin

Thanks SO much for getting back to me. I guess I didn't explain things well. I believe that admin privileges are attached to david-stookey, the name I used to open the wiki. When I changed my name to DavidStookey - thinking somehow the privileges would transfer - I was asked to "disable" the david-stookey account which I did. I can't log in as david-stookey. Nor can I create david-stookey because I'm told "User name already exists." And when I log in as DavidStookey I have no privileges. Can you transfer admin privileges to DavidStookey or enable david-stookey again if that name has the privileges? Thanks.

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2009-04-04 23:11:44   Make me a wiki! —75.45.100.58


2009-05-07 01:22:27   Hi! I would like to have just a single tab on my wiki for feedback from other people interested in my project how can i do this? —optimumshrimp


2009-07-01 23:37:09   Dredovian from inwikiImperium Nova Wiki here, i would like to know how should i modify the CSS settings, or whatever, to let the Include macro use a ==Header== instead of a =Header= . Basically, The Include pagename uses the wrong header too for our taste, since we usually do:

=section=
[[include(page link, "subsection")]]

and it ends up with Subsections having the same header as Sections. —Dredovian


2009-07-02 03:31:55   Got an example you can link to? I'm not sure exactly what the specific issue is, but the ones I think you might be talking about can all be fixed pretty easily. —JabberWokky


2009-07-02 15:00:59   inwikiHere's the PageDredovian


2009-07-02 15:48:17   At first blush, something like the following is what you probably want:

.includedPage h2 {
  text-decoration: none;
  font-size: 1.8em;
}

That kicks the size down a notch and removes the underline. You can tweak it however you'd like. It's untested, so if it doesn't work, just let me know and I'll look at it a bit more in depth. —JabberWokky


2009-07-02 22:34:01   added at the bottom of the Style.css - doesn't work —Dredovian


2009-07-18 05:32:33   Just started a wiki for [modesto]Modesto, California. Could use help! —jefffy


2009-08-18 19:17:48   I have a grey box around my wiki! The whole thing (but not the bottom) of the page. Bit of amystery after many experiments with the CSS..

Any help appreciated...

[WWW]http://philosophical-investigations.wikispot.org/NormanNitram


2009-08-18 22:20:24   Victory:

This line does it:

body{

}

cunning, eh?! —NormanNitram


2009-08-20 14:50:58   It looks like the gnomes are all living underground... —NormanNitram


A user's warning to others about sleeping Gnomes I like the idea of Wikignomes very much - but hey, in two months, the requests have remained the same and my own queries have to been answered below either? If the Wikignomes are 'dormant' - this should be noted here (and elsewhere) so that users who are (at the moment) being encouraged to request assistance are not disappointed when that never comes. - Norman Nitram (philosophical-investigations, and potential assistant gnome)
But read below... if you don't read your answers, it doesn't help much.

What questions do you have that are unanswered? Looking below it looks like everything's set?PhilipNeustrom


2009-09-04 23:22:55   Oops! Feeel free to take my 'plaint off...

Re. the 'query', though, I've adapted the existing style and layout css codes already, so we now have the basic design ready on the PI site and we have been implementing pages with it. It is a bit different from the WIkidot - for example there are no 'drop down' menus, but in a way it is more 'fun' so I am basically happy to stick with the system.

But what is a bit annoying is the inability to use font colours and sizes as we want - and I was taken by the wiki gnome advice to get around this wiki-specific restriction by ADDING to the style.css code a couple of our own 'tables'.

So, in other words, I would like to know how, in the exisitg style.css file, one might introduce a new table, for example, called 'wikiquotes', which would have its own set attrbutes, eg, be centred, be in a smaller font size, and have a white background.

The other useful one would be a table which would use the same colour as the page, but add colour to a larger font, and so serve as a way around the restricitions on colour for headings.

If you could offer me actual egs I 'think' I'm CSS competent enough to just take it from there. Thanks! —NormanNitram


2009-09-05 09:05:34   Obviously I looked at that, but if you defined the table in the CSs, I can't find where (and hence how) it was done. If you want to help users, and this idea was floated generally as such, then please put the steps down absolutely clearly, and why not take my query as the excuse to 'get around to it'. The tip is obviously important for designing wikis, most users are not at all clear about how to do it, and YOU can help by joining the dots for us.

I would like to know what code went in the ? style.css ? for say, this wiki page, and which bit 'calls it up'. It would be great if you can provide teh two elements in a from I can 'try it out' at Philosophical Investigations'.

We would apprecaite any feedback too on our CSS changes and style ideas there too. NN —NormanNitram

||<tableclass="sillyTitleOverlap">Hi, Mom!||

and then add the css to stick it over the title (in a typical layout):
.sillyTitleOverlap {
  background-color: yellow;
  border: 2px solid red;
  font-size: 200%;
  position: absolute;
  top: 4px;
  left: 10px;
}

It's a silly use, but you can do pretty much anything with CSS in terms of applying radically different styles to the individual cells or contents of a table. That's kind of where the problem is — you have to know css to know what you can do, and at that point, it's dirt simple. —gnomeEvan 'JabberWokky' Edwards

2009-09-05 23:24:05   Thanks Jabberwocky, that's just what was needed. Making slow progress! —NormanNitram


2009-09-14 15:13:27   want to set up a shared workspace for non-profit group (senior staff from a variety of health care for the homeless organizations). Work on shared documents, meeting, conference planning, work, documents, etc. Open and visible only to invited users who would have to register (unique email). editable with tracing (not anonymous). no ads. free. I was thinking of using Wiki such as WkiSpot, TikiWiki, Netcipia, MyFreeWiki? Any suggstions. thanks in advance —158.72.12.73


2009-10-11 11:26:49   I'm from Egypt and trying to launch a new wiki for my city and wanted to use Arabic in creating this wiki - it's our language in here :) I'm facing some editing problems that I didn't face in wikipedia.org
mainly with the direction of the lines. Arabic is right-to-left language but when I write any special character or latin character in the sentence everything goes to complete mess and the sentence is not not moving in the right direction any more.

an example:
حدائق الأهرام ويكي هو جزء من مشروع wikispotWiki Spot ، الذي يوفر التجمع والترابط لجميع أنواع مشاريع ويكي. اقرأ April 2007 Wiki Update لمزيد من المعلومات.

This sentence should be read from right to left. The original thing should look like that:
1- حدائق الأهرام ويكي هو جزء من مشروع
2- wikispotWiki Spot
3- الذي يوفر التجمع والترابط لجميع أنواع مشاريع ويكي.
4- اقرأ
5- April 2007 Wiki Update
6- لمزيد من المعلومات

what's displayed here it totally different, it looks like that
1- لمزيد من المعلومات
2- April 2007 Wiki Update
3- الذي يوفر التجمع والترابط لجميع أنواع مشاريع ويكي
4- اقرأ
5- wikispotWiki Spot
6- حدائق الأهرام ويكي هو جزء من مشروع

so it can't be ready normally at all! —Tamer.Darweesh


2009-10-11 08:47:32   Tamer, have you modified the css file to set the language direction? —JasonAller


2009-10-12 08:34:48   Yes great thanks Evan and Jason. My page now is rtl and working fine (Y) [WWW]http://hadayek-elahram.wikispot.org/


2009-10-13 18:23:24   Hi, I'm trying to run JabberWokky's backup script but without results. It keeps telling me "urlencode: command not found" Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! —karlbourassa


2009-10-13 18:55:01   Hi, I'm trying to run JabberWokky's backup script but without results. It keeps telling me "urlencode: command not found" Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! —karlbourassa


2009-10-13 18:55:44   Hi, I'm trying to run JabberWokky's backup script but without results. It keeps telling me "urlencode: command not found" Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! —karlbourassa


2009-10-22 19:19:18   Any options for an admin to modify CSS or get help from WikiSpot robots.txt fole for Search Engine Optimization. Some submissions want you to create a sitemap or add stuff to the site to improve crawler access. Anyone have any experience with this?? —BradMandell


2009-11-12 18:33:18   Would like to know how to "memory hole" unwanted and/or old changes as an admin on a wiki. —Reivas


2009-11-18 03:01:20   I noticed that articles don't automatically have a Talk page created and that there is no Template for a Talk page on my site, DavisWiki, WikiSpot or here on Gnome. Is there a reason why there isn't a Talk template to facilitate a little structure when people want to Talk about an article? For example, I thought about just having some boilerplate instructions and the Comment() macro. Would that be a bad idea? Thanks. —csroberson


2009-11-21 01:40:42   I have two pages should be basically identical, as I was in the process of moving it from one wiki (Sonoma) to another (SonomaValley) but they are not: the picture and the text don't line up on SonomaValley the way they did on Sonoma: [WWW]http://www.sonomawiki.org/Rebecca_Bailey [WWW]http://www.sonomavalleywiki.org/Rebecca_Bailey What happened? I'm going to change Sonoma to a #redirect but I wanted to show this to you first. —csroberson


2009-11-21 16:53:57   Is it possible to pass a parameter to a file that I include, e.g. a string of characters to be used as part of a pathname? I'd like to have a page, like Seed, that allows me to say "Your are viewing PageName. You may also want to see OtherWiki/PageName." Thanks. —csroberson


2009-11-25 21:22:55   منير —41.218.21.207



2009-12-13 20:10:41   Is it possible to create a redirect that includes an anchor on another page? For example, I have the "Springs Redevelopment Area" which is governed by the "Redevelopment Advisory Committee". If someone links to the RAC, I'd like for it to go the section on that committed on the SRA page: [WWW]http://www.sonomavalleywiki.org/Springs_Redevelopment_Area. Thanks! —csroberson


2010-01-09 03:23:25   How to debug the Events_Board? I had a wikian post this plea to me and I'm a little stumped:

Yesterday, I added several events, Hit the Road Jack and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, but I can’t seem to access a calendar and when I try to access events, I only see the HTRJ event, Fran had the same experience, and ideas?

When I go to the Events_Board, I only see Hit the Road Jack. How can I dig a little deeper? Thanks! —csroberson


2010-03-05 22:37:17   Over at [WWW]Friends of West Pond there's been some trouble getting a birdwatching checklist in a printable format on the wiki. As I recall, .doc files don't do too well as attachments, but formatting it for printing as a sub-page seems challenging. Any tips? —TomGarberson


2010-03-26 19:34:40   I'm in the category of new and confused users. This message just appeared in the Wiki I am editing: "Hey, I just wanted to let you know that you're currently editing the hub wiki for the whole Wiki Spot project. It looks like you're going to develop a lot of information on this topic, so head over to Create a wiki to get your own wiki. If you have any questions, let me know. —BrentLaabs" I thought I had created a new Wiki, called "MA Affordable Housing," and was only editing this Wiki. I have no idea what to do next - and I have no idea who will see this note and how I will know if someone responds. hjoseph@gis.nethjoseph


2010-03-26 20:23:05   I'm in the category of new and confused users. This message just appeared in the Wiki I am editing: "Hey, I just wanted to let you know that you're currently editing the hub wiki for the whole Wiki Spot project. It looks like you're going to develop a lot of information on this topic, so head over to Create a wiki to get your own wiki. If you have any questions, let me know. —BrentLaabs" I thought I had created a new Wiki, called "MA Affordable Housing," and was only editing this Wiki. I have no idea what to do next - and I have no idea who will see this note and how I will know if someone responds. hjoseph@gis.nethjoseph


2011-04-28 18:35:13   I wish to expand beyond local wiki being a place for college students to look for entertainment, food, etc, which is what the UCD students started with when they set up Davis wiki. I wish to set up templates for creating an information base about how the local economy actually works, by sector. I have been working on this for several years, and the Davis wiki says it is not relevant to Davis (?), so they won't let me post anywhere in Davis wiki. My real idea is that we build a grassroots global information system, starting with community wikis. Anatomically, the fig fruit is inside, if you turn around it becomes a strawberry: we need an economy where we can see everything that matters. The 20th century economy doesn't work for anybody; my idea is that we create an economy where the information is easy to figure out. I have been emailing Philip Neustrom (local wiki project) so this should not be a surprise, but I would like this to be a growing project: we can build on Wikipedia to evolve an economy we all can use. If this interests you, please email me at jli@cal.net. Jon Li. —JonLi


2011-04-28 19:00:11   So, I just read [WWW]http://wikispot.org/Community_Guidelines/Talk, and I think what I want is inside your guidelines. My Wiki Economy matrix is person-neighborhood-village (1000)-community (10,000), district, region. The place I want to set up a community wiki is Cairo. Their entire economy is in shambles, and it is making everybody distrust the military that is trying to hold it together. I think a Cairo Community Wiki can help them find resources to meet their immediate and future needs. I am designing a home page for Cairo Sustainability. Where is the best place to use this idea? —JonLi


2011-05-31 22:40:09   I'm interested in building out the Seattle Wiki but I have limited admin rights. The original creator hasn't touched the wiki in almost 3 years and the site design has some bugs I'd like to fix (specifically the search box that floats on top of the main content). Anyhow, any ideas? —todd.d.robbins


2011-07-13 17:33:28   Hello! We are the Willows Apartments Management, and we have tried logging in using our username: willows password: 1959 and we can not find the edit button anywhere. We would like to update the page with our new availability (We no longer have any 1 bedrooms left), any specials, rent changes, ect. that would benefit the Davis wiki users when researching for apartments. Is there a way we can work with you to make this happen? If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at willows@tandemproperties.com or give us a call at our office: 530-757-2118. Thank you so much! —76.114.18.109



2011-08-12 14:01:01   I'm looking for a way to create spoiler boxes or text that can be open or hidden without creating separate pages for each text box. —RachelLeake

Try this

2011-09-27 06:53:54   Can you help with a apparently changed password. A user named "docent" cannot log in - invalid password. But I do not remember the email address associated with that user, so I cannot get a link to reset the password. What can I do? —Pbarnett —Pbarnett


2012-11-03 03:25:46   I created a page and I can't seem to find it on wiki. I am not sure how to make my page more accessible. I work for a crisi hotline and I would like people in the area to be able to see our resource and be aware of volunteer opportunities. Thank you so much for your help! —KiraSchetter


2013-05-15 16:19:35   Hey, How do I create "invite only" wiki?
thx! —PopkaTut


2014-01-03 23:39:32   Hi there! I'm the new Assistant Manager at Adobe at Evergreen apartments. Our old assistant made a bunch of edits on our Davis Wiki page last year and ever since we have been flagged as a marketing page. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I could fix this and have the flag removed?! Any help would be much appreciated as I am a new wiki user! Thank you!! —KatieMacFabe


2014-01-03 23:40:01   Hi there! I'm the new Assistant Manager at Adobe at Evergreen apartments. Our old assistant made a bunch of edits on our Davis Wiki page last year and ever since we have been flagged as a marketing page. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I could fix this and have the flag removed?! Any help would be much appreciated as I am a new wiki user! Thank you!! —KatieMacFabe


2014-01-03 23:51:02   Hi there! I'm the new Assistant Manager at Adobe at Evergreen apartments. Our old assistant made a bunch of edits on our Davis Wiki page last year and ever since we have been flagged as a marketing page. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I could fix this and have the flag removed?! Any help would be much appreciated as I am a new wiki user! Thank you!! —KatieMacFabe


2014-01-04 01:08:27   Hi there! I'm the new Assistant Manager at Adobe at Evergreen apartments. Our old assistant made a bunch of edits on our Davis Wiki page last year and ever since we have been flagged as a marketing page. I was wondering if you had any advice on how I could fix this and have the flag removed?! Any help would be much appreciated as I am a new wiki user! Thank you!! —KatieMacFabe

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