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Should we enter the Webby Awards?

I'm thinking of coughing up the entrance fee (ouch!) and entering the Webbies... I don't know that we'd win anything, but it might bring us some good exposure. What do you think?--Aerik Sylvan 17:33, 9 Jan 2006 (MST)


Which category are you thinking of? Community? Unfortunately, the community hasn't really taken off yet. Non-profit? While your purpose may be altruistic, the submissions here are overwhelmingly commercial. (Of course, that may change when the community does take off.) How about Weird? It includes sites that "reflect a fresh perspective in thought and action strong enough to start a revolution..." (I don't think you're weird. Really! I was just trying to be witty and amusing.) -Jean 23:36, 10 Jan 2006 (MST)

How much does it run to get considered, and what kind of exposure does it get? I know when I first got into creating websites, there were dozens, perhaps hundreds of websites that offered awards, usually just to get a link back. However, from your discussion, I gather this organization is reputable. -- Mcgelligot

With the cost involved ($245) I would question the worth of it at this point. The rate of new submissions to the directory (several dozen per day) is enough to keep any reviewers busy already. The categorization of sites seems to be lagging behind new submissions quite a bit for regional and/or language categorization as the original submitters don't do enough to update their own listings. By getting involved with Webby the likely result will be an even higher rate of submission which could cause the site to degrade to simple link farm status rather than being a well categorized directory. My vote would be to hold off until a more formal stucture of reviewers and category maintainers is in place to handle all of the one stop anonymous submissions. Hmm, is that two cents or three worth of feedback? :) --StuffOfInterest 13:21, 17 Jan 2006 (MST)

Thanks - good feedback! I'm also not sure how much it would even work out - that is, if we didn't place anywhere if we'd get any extra attention at all. I think the number of editors works out to be roughly some proportion of new visitors, so, the more new visitors we get, the more editors we attract, but you're right about having to watch that ration too - how many new entries per editor I mean.--Aerik Sylvan 22:48, 17 Jan 2006 (MST)

Outreach

Well, I went out and found a website to add to the directory and wrote an email to the webmasters. Here is what I wrote, I am sure our collective brains can come up with something better:

Dear Battle of Britain Website Staff,

I have just added your site to the Wikidweb.com Directory. Myself and other editors are looking for information intensive websites like yours to add to the directory. If you have other websites you would like to include, please visit www.wikidweb.com and add them. If you know of other webmasters with quality websites who are looking for placement in a directory, please tell them about us.

Whoops, I meant to include the Url where I added the link. Well, there is one edit already.

I am not sure how many of us it would take adding websites here and there to get a groundswell going. We might also consider the method of finding sites as well as the type of sites that we think would be responsive to such a campaign.

--McGelligot 12:59, 30 Jan 2006 (MST)--

Why it is safer to upgrade your Mediawiki

http s23 org/wiki/Why_you_should_upgrade_Mediawiki

84.177.144.104 12:39, 24 Oct 2006 (MDT)

A little way to go :-)

14206 listings (approx) as of 27 Oct 2006 Special:Statistics --Wikikiwi 19:35, 26 Oct 2006 (MDT)

Talk:Main Page Page moved

Somebody screwed around with this talk page, moving it several times, leaving behind a trail of redirects. It's correct title is of course "Talk:Main Page". It looks like it was moved to BAGPAT then K-9 Companions then EmbSys Technologies Pvt Ltd. I was able to wind back those moves in reverse order up until the first one. I think an admin needs to delete the Talk:Main Page content to resolve that.

I believe this kind of malicious page moving exposed a weakness in an old versions of MediaWiki, which newer versions cope with better (for starters it tells you what's going on in the history display better). The server administrators around here should upgrade.

-- Halz 13:31, 13 Jan 2011 (EST)

Yes, you make a good point. However, I'd need to carve out the time to do that, and bunch of other stuff. We don't make enough money to hire any more staff, so for now, it's all based on how much time I have. (For a little while Google really like us and we made enough off Google ads to start thinking about hiring some help, but not lately)
--Aerik Sylvan 13:35, 5 Dec 2011 (EST)

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