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MediaWiki Extension Requests against SPAMING

Every day a new spam are edit on this WIKI, It's so Boring. Personnaly i havn't right to delete account, and can only delete the Spam. But if administrator of the wiki can install some of this extension to prevent spamming, it could be very nice... I know there some Capcha installed, apparently is not enough

and please read this page

Thanks. --Lolalilo 01:58, 11 February 2011 (EST)

MediaWiki Extension Requests

—This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 17:01, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Translating the wiki (10/2009)

There needs to be a dedicated article about translating individual articles, especially about prioritizing certain articles (based on the stats) and about translation strategies. Also, there should probably be a couple of new templates specifically to be used for translation efforts, such as "translation request" and "translation in progress", as well as "translation help or review required".--MILSTD 18:10, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Ok, apparently there's something in the works Help:Translate —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 18:12, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Also see: mw:Extension:Translate —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 17:01, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Planned Wiki Changes & Todo

Please see Wiki Plans and Todo —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 15:45, 8 April 2009 (UTC)

Making the manual accessible via wiki software

On the other hand, I would recommend to also look into making "The Manual" editable via some sort of web based frontend, this would also ensure that people are able to easily contribute modifications to the manual, which is really the ultimate source for flightgear users. A possible approach might be to import the underlying LaTex sources in docbook format into some sort of docbook based wiki (i.e.

—This unsigned comment was added by Melchior FRANZ (talkchanges) 12:48, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

As the manual is maintained in LaTex, is would be very hard to translate the wiki notes to include them in the manual. I suspect that this will be a "Won't Fix" as it is easier to copy and paste the text from the wiki and go from there. I am open to ideas though. Gorilla 06:33, 2 March 2008 (EST)

Using a dedicated FAQ database

Also, I feel there are some sections covered in the wiki that aren't really optimally handled by a wiki: most notably the "FAQ" section should preferably be implemented via some sort of dynamic FAQ system (i.e., likewise the sections titled "Bugs", "TODO", "Feature Requests", "ideas" etc. could probably all be handled far more effectively by using a real bug tracker such as bugzilla (, phpbugtracker ( or mantis (

—This unsigned comment was added by Melchior FRANZ (talkchanges) 12:48, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

  • how to define and limit editing rights for certain users? —This unsigned comment was added by Alfozavr (talkchanges) 10:57, 17 June 2007 (UTC)


Is the database regularly backed up? What about hosting the wiki directly at --MILSTD 15:25, 4 February 2008 (EST)

Yes, there are daily backups of the code and of the database. We also have off-site backups. Hellosimon 17:04, 4 February 2008 (EST)


I've updated MediaWiki to 1.11.1 so if you notice any regressions let me know. Hellosimon 15:03, 2 March 2008 (EST)

The wiki has moved to a new server which should relieve the performance problems. Hellosimon 11:26, 10 June 2008 (EDT)

Proposed Additions

New Templates

Some wiki pages are of relatively poor quality, having some templates to elicit help would be useful, such as for example:

  • needs review by native English speaker
  • needs screenshots
  • needs better layout

—This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 03:32, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

Also a template for the FlightGear news would be perfect to keep them synchronized on the different pages (especially the translations of the Main Page) —This unsigned comment was added by Hamster (talkchanges) 21:42, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
I've just created a news template and added it to all main pages. Please check for your own language whether this works and is up to date (some are not). For the other templates, we do have Template:Cleanup. And I just created Template:Image requested and added a "reason" variable to the cleanup template (where you can say it needs a spelling check)
Gijs 07:12, 18 September 2011 (EDT)
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PDF Export

  • mw:Extension:WikiPDF - WikiPDF is an extension for MediaWiki, which converts MediaWiki-articles to LaTeX or PDF. —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 15:07, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Regarding the manual: isn't there a possibility to export wikimedia pages to PDF format? That way, we could maintain the whole manual via this wiki. Any thoughts?--FlightZilla 18:10, 17 June 2006 (EDT)

If you check out the following links, you'll see that there are extensions available that would make it possible to easily provide PDF exports for all contents stored here, that way it would also become feasible to consider migrating the entire manual over to this wiki, so that it would also become more maintainble in the end: --FlightZilla 17:21, 19 June 2006 (EDT)

Hello, guys. If I get it right, you're discussing various documentation types here.
I think, this wiki is a lot more convenient than any other form of keeping documentation and at the same time communicating. It can be edited fast and easily and maintained up-to-date. However, the following questions need be solved:
  • how to convert it to an offline version (maybe .pdf) so that it could be bundled with the FlightGear base package?
—This unsigned comment was added by Alfozavr (talkchanges) 10:57, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
07/2009: Even more talk about the merits of supporting PDF exports for wiki articles: [1] This is a link to the FlightGear forum. —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 14:36, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
12/2009: Also see mw:DocBook XML export for details about exporting to docbook/XML —This unsigned comment was added by MILSTD (talkchanges) 15:05, 28 December 2009 (UTC)


Image Upload Rules ?

I have noticed that many imagess on the wiki are .png files. We could save several GBs just by converting .pngs to .jpeg files. Would it be an idea to discourage people to upload .png files, and to upload .jpegs? --Armchair Ace 08:51, 25 April 2010 (UTC)