• Wikimedia Grafana graphs of Wikidata profiling information

    I recently discovered the Wikimedia Grafana instance. After poking it for a little while here are some slightly interesting graphs that I managed to extract.

  • Misled by PHPUnit at() method

    So it turns out the at() method doesn’t quite do what I had initially thought…. I have recently been working on some tests for the new Newsletter extension for Mediawiki, specifically to test the NewslettterTablePager class. This thing extends the TablePager class in Mediawiki which is designed to make displaying information from a database table on […]

  • Removing use of Mediawiki’s API ‘rawmode’ in Wikibase

    Rawmode was a boolean value used to determine if an API result formatter in Mediawiki needed extra metadata in order to correctly format the result output. The main use of said metadata was in the XML output of the Mediawiki API. How hard can removing it be? This is the story of the struggle to […]

  • Barack Obama GeneaWiki, 1 year later

    GeneaWiki is a tool created by Magnus Manske to visualize the family of a person using data pulled from Wikidata. I used the GeneaWiki tool as an example use of Wikidata in a presentation a year ago (2014) and below you can see the screenshot I took from it. It shows 10 people in Barack Obamas […]

  • Letting a Joomla component assign View Levels to Users

    So I recently came across an issue with my speedy rewrite of the component that is used to power the SWA website. Here is a quick summary of the issue and how I went about fixing it! The rewrite maintains information about users and members in tables that it has created. A User, in Joomla […]

  • Review of the big Interwiki link migration

    Wikidata was launched on 30 October 2012 and was the first new project of the Wikimedia Foundation since 2006. The first phase enabled items to be created and filled with basic information: a label – a name or title, aliases – alternative terms for the label, a description, and links to articles about the topic in […]

  • Wikidata Map – 19 months on

    The last Wikidata map generation, as last discussed here and as originally created by Denny Vrandečić was on the 7th of November 2013. Recently I have started rewriting the code that generates the maps, stored on github, and boom, a new map! The old code The old version of the wikidata-analysis repo, which generated the maps (along with other […]

  • MassAction Mediawiki extension

    2019 EDIT: This extension has been archived as I didn’t actually maintain it. I still think there might be room for a more flexible version of this extension in the future. MassAction is a Mediawiki extension that allows users to perform mass actions on targets through a special page making use of the job queue. Its development […]

  • DDoS of Orain

    During May of 2015 Orain was the target of a DDoS attack. The attack ended up lasting roughly 9 days and bringing the service to its knees repeatedly. The ‘official’ timeline of events and write up can be found here. Below I will discuss why the details of the DDoS as well as how it […]

  • Wikimedia Hackathon 2015 (Lyon)

    This years Wikimedia Hackathon was located in Lyon, France at Valpré-Lyon between the 23rd and 25th of May. The hotel (Valpre-Lyon) was absolutely beautiful with large grass areas, great architecture and a place for you weather you wanted to have a large or small discussion, sit quietly or sit outside. As well as Pétanque, table tennis was also available as well as […]