Occasional outage of services

Dear members, friends, and enemies of the FeministWiki,

The world of software is very fast-moving, and it’s important to keep the software on a server up-to-date to ensure its security and stability. Since the FeministWiki consists of many software components, there’s often something to update on the server, and I try to perform these updates in a timely fashion.

Additionally, I sometimes work on the configuration of the various components, as well a the few custom scripts and programs written for the FeministWiki, to continuously improve the infrastructure.

While doing all this work, it’s not uncommon for some services to become temporarily unavailable, report errors, show broken pages, and so on.

(Big companies avoid this problem by running many clones of a server in parallel, preparing updates/changes on a test server, then deploying the changes in one instant when they’re ready. We sadly don’t have this luxury.)

As such, please don’t worry –or rejoice, if you’re an enemy– when it looks like something’s broken. Test it again in 5 to 10 minutes, and if it’s still broken then please contact the technician at admin@feministwiki.org or @FeministWiki on Twitter. (Especially if you’re an enemy, contact the technician as quickly as possible to tell her/him that the site is broken because it sucks!)

— Kind regards, the technician 🙂

The FeministWiki hosts blogs for you!

If the type of feminism described on the main page of the FeministWiki appeals to you, and you would like to publish your thoughts into the world, drop me an email at admin@feministwiki.org or contact me on Twitter at @FeministWiki so we can get you started with blogging.

Two options are available for FeministWiki members who want to blog:

  1. Publish blog posts in the shared main blog of the FeministWiki.
  2. Get a personalized blog whose content and style you fully control.

The first option is the easiest. First, just log in to the blog with your FeministWiki username and password. This will automatically register you as a blog user. Then drop me a message via e-mail or Twitter so I can configure your blog user to be an “Author” account. That’s all, and you can start publishing posts right away.

The second option gives you full control over a personalized blog, under a site name like blogs.feministwiki.org/JaneDoe. Only you and people you allow will be able to publish under that blog. You will have full control over its contents as well as its graphical style. It gives you more freedom at the cost of more complexity.

Whichever option you prefer, just drop me a message and we’ll set it up quickly. It costs nothing extra to host a few more blogs under the FeministWiki infrastructure.

Happy blogging! 🙂