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(Would like to see "About" page moved to the Main namespace....: Back then, you had to muck about with a new skin, but you can set the footer links in Local Settings.)
(Namespace Prefix (like a Shortcut) of MB: for MeritBadgeDotOrg:: That's easy enough, set up a namespace alias)
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:::::I want to the project namespace ''MeritBadgeDotOrg:'' to be transparently synonymous with ''MB:'' --[[User:RWSmith|RWSmith]] 09:56, April 18, 2007 (EDT)
:::::I want to the project namespace ''MeritBadgeDotOrg:'' to be transparently synonymous with ''MB:'' --[[User:RWSmith|RWSmith]] 09:56, April 18, 2007 (EDT)
:That's easy enough -- see to see how to set up a namespace alias. On a related topic, how about configuring a short URL like I did with -- see [[User:BartHumphries|BartHumphries]] 03:34, February 4, 2013 (EST)
== Mark as Patrolled ==
== Mark as Patrolled ==

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Would like to see "About" page moved to the Main namespace....

Optimist, I'd like to move the About page (as well as all of the policy pages) to the Main namespace, which, I could do, easily enough. But, what I can't do is change the pointers down in the footer. Would you be be willing to consider this? --RWSmith 15:00, April 16, 2007 (EDT)

Actually, that's the way the system came. I may be able to change them but the next upgrade might knock them right back to the way they are now. --Optimist 18:11, April 16, 2007 (EDT)
Eewww...okay. Nevermind. --RWSmith 20:05, April 16, 2007 (EDT)
Back then, you had to muck about with a new skin, but you can set the footer links in Local Settings. Why move them to the Main namespace? It seems like they're just the legal things that you want on every page but don't want people to really bother with. And, yes, I know this discussion is very old, but it hasn't been archived, so I presume it's just sitting around here. BartHumphries 03:27, February 4, 2013 (EST)

Namespace Prefix (like a Shortcut) of MB: for MeritBadgeDotOrg:

What do you think? --RWSmith 2010, April 16, 2007 (EDT)

Sounds great :-) --Optimist 21:07, April 16, 2007 (EDT)
Know how? --RWSmith 09:50, April 17, 2007 (EDT)
It was your idea LOL --Optimist 12:51, April 17, 2007 (EDT)
Are you saying something like #REDIRECT [[Page]] {{R from shortcut}} -- Jay Lee 03:12, April 18, 2007 (EDT)
Well, I tried that; but, it didn't work. What I want to do is like this:
  • WP:Policy = Wikipedia:Policy
  • MB:Policy = MeritBadgeDotOrg:Policy
I want to the project namespace MeritBadgeDotOrg: to be transparently synonymous with MB: --RWSmith 09:56, April 18, 2007 (EDT)
That's easy enough -- see to see how to set up a namespace alias. On a related topic, how about configuring a short URL like I did with -- see BartHumphries 03:34, February 4, 2013 (EST)

Mark as Patrolled

I don't see this link anywhere on pages with "!". - Jay Lee 19:13, April 24, 2007 (EDT) (".)

Please Use The Forums

The forums on have two sections devoted to this website. They are:

  • (The Wiki) - This section is open to the general public and can be used to discuss topics related to the needs of this web site.
  • Wiki Admin - This section is closed to the general public. It can only be accessed by Sysops. It is mostly for administrative concerns but can also be used to discuss topics related to the needs of this web site.

Using the forums instead of this page serves two purposes. First, there are many knowledgeable people who use those forums and their opinions are beneficial. Second, problems can be resolved quicker if all the sysops know about it; just telling me may result in a delay.


How would I volunteer to become a sysop? I would like to become more actively involved in the site, and that seems like a good way to do it.Epmatsw 20:09, June 19, 2007 (EDT)

Like most sites, sysops here are chosen based on their record: how beneficial their efforts have been to the site, how much they encourage others, and whether or not they obey the rules. Since this is a relitively new web site, the sysops were chosen based on their record in our forums ( ) which have been around for several years. Optimist 21:29, June 19, 2007 (EDT)

I would like to be observed for potential sysop status. I have spent a lot of time on Wikipedia's Scouting Wikiproject, but am finding myself less and less useful there as the articles have matured. My main wiki skills are in programming templates, categorization, etc. but I also have an extensive background in Scouting advancement, having served as District Advancement chairman. Currently, I am an Asst. District Commissioner. Keep in touch. --NThurston 14:45, June 27, 2007 (EDT)

Wiki shortcut buttons

Optimist, I don't know if this is a limitation or on of the wikisetup we have and so not under our control... But it would be really, really nice to have a "redirect" button shortcut like they have at Wikipedia. I've been making a lot of shortcuts for spelling etc. and am tired of typing " #REDIRECT " and then the link when I know I could just be clicking a button. Please advise. —ScouterSig 17:37, October 5, 2007 (EDT)

Sea Scouts rank requirements

Because I have noted that you have entered rank requirements for Apprentice and Ordinary rank... :)

I am at the end of how much Sea Scouting content I am confortable with entering. The noticeable gap left is the actual guts of the Able rank and Quartermaster Award requirements. I have the pages mostly prepared. If you happened to be willing and "able" to add this content that would be great.

If not, perhaps you may know some other Sea Scouter who wouldn't mind. (Just hate seeing things left undone.)—User:Missylou2who 11:01, November 6, 2007 (EDT)

Note about links from MeritMadge.Com

Optimist, we're going to need your help on this one... MeritBadgeDotOrg talk:Community Portal#Links from the main site --RWSmith (Sysop), 16:46, January 22, 2008 (EST)

Test edit

Just seeing if things are working... Optimist 19:17, January 25, 2008 (EST)

Forums Down?

Hi, Are the Forums (phpbb) down? Was working early last night. Later I get a Banned from Forum message on anything that I try. Anyone else having problems or have any ideas? Wayne --WVBeaver05 14:05, April 26, 2008 (EDT)

(In Reply for Optimist) Wayne, Whenever you're getting a banned message (or other similar user-specific problems that you know you shouldn't be seeing), the first step is to clear your browser's temporary internet files cache and/or cookies. This will reset things on your end and, if the problem is on your end, this will fix the problem. If the problem is on the server's end, i.e., the server is down or the phpBB is corrupted, you'll still unable to login, but, not banned. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 20:31, April 26, 2008 (EDT) P.S. I just sent you an e-mail.

offer to assist

hi optimist. Peder Halseide here, I am former assistant cubmaster for, and committee chair elect. I recently found your wiki and wanted to offer my professional services to you at no charge. i perform mediawiki consulting and upgrades, based on audience needs. feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like help: --Wikiexpert 11:15, April 6, 2010 (EDT)

Thanks for the offer, Peder. Actually, I have a list... a long list. I will contact you (and cc Optimist). —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 15:43, April 6, 2010 (EDT)
Upgrading the wiki to the latest version of MediaWiki would be great! I think we are running a version from 3 years ago... scouterdennis 10:29, November 30, 2010 (EST)
bump how about we start a wishlist Wikiexpert 23:29, March 6, 2012 (EST)

Upload size limit?

I'd like to upload a file using the link on the left Special:Upload, but it's giving me an error that the file size is larger than what the server's configured for. The original version was 7759KB and I compressed it to 2323KB, same error. What is the max. upload size? Can this be changed? The file is an example presentation for Photography requirement 4a.

I'm not yet approved through the long process to ask this question on the bulletin boards, so I'm asking here instead.

Thanks! --WBTtheFROG 12:57, March 30, 2011 (EDT)

(In reply for Optimist)... Dude, first off... No offense (and none taken), but your account on the forums was reviewed and approved by an administrator (there) in less than three hours — I'd call that PDQ.
Now, to the original issue... the default maximum size for uploaded files is 2MB; so, you got pretty close. If you'll send it to me (I'm sending you my e-mail address, now), I'll try to get it under 2MB (while still looking presentable). Sound like a plan? —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 17:08, March 30, 2011 (EDT)
No offense meant or taken on the reg. process; I'm used to anything that has a manual approval process taking days at the least, typically weeks.
The sign up form and process seemed like a lot more registration fields than necessary to ask a simple question that typically shows up in FAQs, and I got a little frustrated with that (e. g. moderately lengthy bio requested, password security requirements like minimum length & mixed case — and then it was sent in clear-text via unsecured e-mail).
I've sent you the file via e-mail, both the compressed and original versions. For compressed, I already did PowerPoint's Compress Image function (to 200 DPI, which I thought would be appropriate for photos). If you get it up through an admin channel (or temporarily/permanently change the MediaWiki/PHP parameters for max. upload size), let me know!
Feel free to move this discussion if you want, just leave a pointer on my user talk page. --WBTtheFROG 21:00, March 30, 2011 (EDT)
Update: "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: <RWSmith's address>. Technical details of permanent failure: your message was rejected by the recipient domain with error code 552 552 5.3.4 Error: message file too big (state 18)."
10 MB is typically the e-mail limit, isn't it? The 'original' is 7759KB. --WBTtheFROG 09:36, March 31, 2011 (EDT)
Poop! Alright, check you e-mail for another address, which I am positive will work. BTW, your notes above were great. (I may move this thread, with a pointer, as you suggested... if I can figure out the best place. ;-) —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 11:27, March 31, 2011 (EDT)
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