P2P Foundation Wiki Automation

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Automation on the P2P Foundation Wiki=

Building and maintaining lists is a huge chore. If possible it should be automated, no? So, here's a few ways it can be so now.

Category Listings on the Wiki

There are several ways to list the contents of a category on the wiki.

Dynamic Page List

This extension allows us to enter in a little code and to display a list of articles from a category. This is a powerful extension that allows you to:

  • Choose articles from one category, or multiple categories, where the article is in every category. This is why the extension was called Intersection at one point
  • Choose what type of list is produced (order, unordered, none, inline)
  • Choose the ordermethod, The value can be categoryadd (default, sort by date pages were categorised for first category) or lastedit (sort by date pages were last edit), length (article length), created (article creation date), categorysortkey (essentially alphabetical. order by the sort key of the first category. sortkey is an alias), popularity (by number of hits).
  • Choose the sort order descending (default, most recent to oldest) or ascending (oldest to most recent).

The output from DPL is simple. CategoryTree is prettier. You can visit the extension page for details on how to use it.

CategoryTree

Category tree is like DPL with fewer options and a prettier output. If you want to allow users to browse categories on a page this is the one to use. Visit the extension page for more information.

Embedding RSS Feeds

Sometimes adding the lastest results from an RSS Feed makes a page complete. You can read instructions for this feature at Help:Adding RSS Feeds. This extension is not perfect. If your feed isn't working and you followed the instructions, then there is nothing we can do about it at the moment. You'll know it's not working if the page takes forever to load and nothing shows up. It's a bug, but the extension works for most modern well formatted feeds.

Creating New Feeds from the Wiki with GoogleNewsSitemap

Coming Soon! This will allow the creation of a feed that, for example, shows the latest 5 new articles from a certain category.

Mediawiki Templates

These are an old standby that can make creating new pages a lot easier. Simple templates have been added to forms on pages like Category:Bios that allow you to add a new article using a template with a single click. Visit http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Templates for more information about templates.