Talk:Main Page

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The Main Page uses four templates, all in the CarlWiki namespace:

  1. CarlWiki:Featured Article for 2017, week 30 (nominate the next Featured Article at CarlWiki:Featured Article nominations)
  2. CarlWiki:Did you know (snippets from new articles)
  3. CarlWiki:Carleton news (recent events)
  4. CarlWiki:Coming up (soon-to-be-recent events, or things worth worrying about now)

Page design

I've implemented a new design today, based on (okay, blatantly stolen from) Wikipedia's design. I'd appreciate your comments. I think the design generally works well, but that it would be nice to have a distinctive color scheme. Feel free to play around with the copy of this page at CarlWiki:Test Main Page, or start your own test page. (If you do, please start it at User:Your Username/Whatever, so that it doesn't interfere with searches.) --Trevor Burnham '07 22:21, 24 March 2006 (PST)

It's November 9. The main headline is still "This summer's Featured Article" (strange use of upper case in the headline). It's time for a change, but I don't see how I can do that. I'm mostly just a rookie lurker. Ken Wedding


Here's my note to whomever is in running CarlWiki: I'm done cleaning up spam. I no longer care if the site fills up with crap.

I can't believe there's no way to keep it off the pages. It's time for someone to moderate postings (there aren't that many) or to limit postings to registered users. Wiki ideology be damned.

Ken Wedding '67

The spammers disappeared for a month or so. They are back today (13 Nov '09). I'm still mystified that there's no way to keep them out.

Ken Wedding '67

There seem to be a lot of automated users editing the articles. I think the best way to take care of this would be to use one of those boxes that generates a code that can be easily read by humans but not computer programs, and have people fill it in every time they want to make an edit and when they register as a user. I believe this would allow the site to be opened up to unregistered users as well.

After looking around I think reCAPTCHA would be a good choice. It seems like it would be really easy to implement (they have a wikiMedia plug in). We could get it free here: reCAPTCHA website

Ted Marschall '09


Is there some way to use feeds to create content for the news and upcoming events sections? Ken Wedding '67

  • That's an interesting idea, but not as far as I know... if you have a specific feed in mind, then maybe I could figure out how during the Midterm Break. I worry, though, that then people wouldn't be able to post things directly to CarlWiki. That is, if the Upcoming Events part of the Main Page were based on an official events feed, then non-official events couldn't be posted there. I realize, of course, that it's a moot point unless some current students take an interest in actively keeping CarlWiki up-to-date. I'm afraid I have to plead "too busy" for the foreseeable future. --Trevor Burnham '08 22:07, 10 October 2007 (BST)

How about a feed from the "News" section of the college's front page? At least it's something. A separate section could be reserved for people "to post things directly to CarlWiki." Ken Wedding '67

Given the time demands to maintain the current front page of Carlwiki, I think it's time for a new design. It would require less maintenance if the page were a table of contents for the rest of the site rather than a news source. Maybe a list of categories or largest articles that would only require updating once a term or so. Ken Wedding '67

  • I agree. I'll try to put together a new design during the break. If anyone else would like to come up with something and collaborate on it, use CarlWiki:Test_Main_Page. --Trevor Burnham '08 06:12, 23 November 2007 (GMT)

2014 Welcome

Welcome to the new users for whom Michael provided access. As one of the last holdouts, I'm happy to see new talent, especially students on campus now to add new info (Rotblatt "controversy"?) and update things that are clearly out of date. Ken Wedding '67 (talk) 09:28, 17 February 2014 (PST)