User talk:JoeBorn

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c4tvarc what am I missing? Does anyone care?


Rollback and blocks?

Hi, I'm an experienced wikipedia admin. I'm wondering if you would be interested in giving me admin so I can more efficiently patrol the wiki to keep spam out. If not, no offence taken. --Pgunn 18:59, 28 Apr 2006 (CDT)

  • Hi Joe, you dropped me an email some time back on this, but never got around to making me an admin. If you're ok with it, I'll be happy to help keep things clean of spam. --Pgunn 20:49, 9 May 2006 (CDT)

On spam

It's possible that later versions of MediaWiki may be slightly more spam-resistant (if you decide to upgrade, be careful to do the backups and follow the instructions carefully), and they also would give me better tools to keep spam off. By and large though, it's a problem for all wikis -- on Wikipedia spam is dealt with by a large set of highly dedicated people. --Pgunn 05:52, 28 May 2006 (CDT)

  • It appears that the longer-term blocks are being fairly effective at keeping spam off of the wiki. I suspect that the spamming is completely automated (and probably targeting a number of other wiki sites as well. I'll keep on bumping up block length as needed, but we're starting to get to where I'd expect entire days without spam to undo. If you want to upgrade MediaWiki to a more recent version, that might still be a good idea -- there are security issues with the version you have installed now, I believe. Take care. --Pgunn 09:40, 31 May 2006 (CDT)

About the OSD

As you encouraged me to do so, here are some first feed-backs.

  • I think we should simplify the OSD page. Maybe by moving the detailed product description into a separate page. I think the page should give a good overview (kind of a portal page) of all information available about the product : description, future plans, FAQ, tips, how-to...). I've already created the OSD category in order to get a list of all OSD pages but it is not enough.
  • It is not really clear to me what improvements a person with a standard Linux know-how can add to its OSD. For example, is it possible to test improvements like youtube or the XMMS player? And where is the up-to-date info.
  • Is there any plan to have packages? I have also bought the NSLU (on which my OSD is connected) and I really hope my OSD will be able to reach this flexibility in the future (so I will not be for example obliged to use vi anymore).
  • I have an annoying pop-up everytime I play a music file telling me that sound support is not ok. Where can I find more info about this and where can i disable this?
  • Is it possible to use the OSD so that I can watch a DVD from my computer on my television? (otherwise I'll have to buy a new DVD player :-(
  • I have many files (videos) that the OSD cannot read Is there a place where this is documented? This page is not really clear for me : OSD_Player_Testing Maybe some explanation would make it easier.
Thanks for your help Openworld

On direct links to packages

I think it'd be best if we were very careful with letting people make direct links to package downloads elsewhere - if we don't police these carefully, reasonable people might end up downloading malware that some malicious person provided links. I suggest that unless we're certain that a site is good, we force people to link to project pages rather than directly to binaries. --Pgunn 20:35, 22 September 2010 (EDT)

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