Category: lgpedia

Resurecting our two favorite dead girls

logo_phpBBAs everyone should aware, Miles approached me because his engineer was having issues restoring the official LGPedia. The engineer seemed to think that the copy of the database Miles had provided was missing some tables. So I provided both the files and the database for the unofficial version I had managed to pluck from archive.org. Once he had those restored, he still couldn’t get the database Miles had provided to work correctly, so Miles approached for assistance, asking if I could log in to the server and check things out. Instead, I asked for the database files and and html/php files he may have. Did I have an ulterior motive in asking that? Why yes. Yes, I did. 😉 Turns out, what was provided to me contains a lot more than just LGPedia, which is exactly what I had hoped. So, after restoring all the databases to a tiny server at home, I got to work resoring LGPedia. After a little work, I was successful. The “skin” was broken, so I used a default one instead. But the data is newer than what archive.org has, so, despite looking a little different, the original LGpedia should be coming back Real Soon Now.

Also in the files sent to me was a database dump of the forums circa 2007. So, I checked the phpBB version according to the database dump, and tracked down that ancient version using a bit of Google-fu. And, just like it was 2007, I’ve spent way more time than I’d like to admit browsing the restored forums. I’m sure when the Pedia officially comes back, the forums will, too 🙂

Also, the are database dumps for Harpers Globe, a couple versions of Umbrella (which was proprietary, so, without the source code to the site itself, will take some real effort to resurrect), n1ckopedia, Inside LG15, and more. The most notable of which is the old LG15.com wordpress site which hosted the comments board. It appears to have used some custom plugins with dealing with videos, so the greatest value is in the comments themselves.

At any rate, I am working to restore what I can, and, once restored, will move everything to the server Miles is using. I am calling this the “lonelygirl15 resurrection project,” but I could just as easily call it the “CassieIsWatching resurrection project,” as it is my love of CiW that is driving this effort.

For a preview of my efforts, you can go to my little home server for a list of links to what has been and is in the process of being restored. The links will either go to the official server that Miles is using, if it has been copied over yet, or to a local copy, possibly a work-in-progress version, on my little home server. So, please be gentle on the server. while browsing 🙂 Oh, and, regardless of what Miles does with the “official” versions, the restored versions will remain on my little home server. I’ve just been unlinking each site and linking to a redirect script as I get them moved over.

I’m excitedly waiting for Miles to make an official announcement about LGPedia and the forums. In the meantime, enjoy the preview. 🙂

Exciting news about LGpedia!

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I have some exiting news about LGpedia that I hope is OK to share. If not, I apologize now.

Miles approached me for an assist with getting the official LGpedia back on-line! He put me in contact with his engineer, and I sent him everything I have in the hopes that it helps him get LGpedia back up and running again 🙂

Now, once it’s back up, I do not plan on taking the unofficial one down. I simply plan on redirecting users to the official version automatically, but leaving the unofficial version where it is. I also plan on mirroring the official version every now and then to keep my unofficial version in sync, even though no one will have access to it. This way, should something happen at some point and the need arise, I can remove the redirect and the unofficial version will be immediately available again.

I think I’ve finally stumbled upon the issue with LGpedia being so slow. It seems that there was an errant DNS issue, and DNS was being resolved in a round-robin fashion. Now that the bad entry should never be returned, everything should be much faster. Sorry it took so long to figure out… Was working on something else when I discovered it 😉

Picture 2 copyI am receiving reports from a couple of different sources about issues with LGpedia load times. I am unable to reproduce the issue myself (even image-heavy pages are loading within 3 seconds or so for me), and need help tracking down the issue. If you’re experiencing problems with LGpedia, are you also experiencing problems with the rest of the site? Who is your ISP? Can you email me a traceroute (or tracert, depending on OS) to lgpedia.nitemarecafe.com while the issue is occuring for you? (wintermute AT nitemarecafe DOT com) This should help me track it down some, and rule out a saturated link or some-such.

No, I will not remove your LGPedia entry

Picture 2 copyOK people! Listen up! Before you bother asking, no, I will NOT remove your LGPedia entry, and there are multiple reasons:

I do not run the official version of LGpedia, but simply an unofficial mirror of it. Miles Beckett keeps promising to put the original back online. Removing info from a mirror does not remove it from the original. Also, removing your information revises history, which I am 100% against. Finally, removing the link does not remove it from Google’s cache or archive.org.

What I will be happy to do for you, though, is add the URL about you to robots.txt so that Google will drop the page from search results, and also remove it from Google’s cache and archive.org’s Wayback Machine. That is most likely what you’re concerned about anyhow, correct? That a prospective employer will google you and not hire you based on the result found in LGpedia?

To do this, please send me a polite email (wintermute AT nitemarecafe DOT com) requesting that I add your entry to robots.txt, and please include the URL in question in the email so that I can easily locate you. Failure to do so may result in laziness on my part 😉

Come and get it!

Come and get it! Or, go and get it! The content I used to get LGPedia back online is an XML dump at archive.org. Download it so you have a copy. I guarantee I don’t plan on letting it ever go offline again, but plans sometimes change. The only way to make sure LGPedia survives forever is to make sure as many people as possible have a copy.

That said, I plan an scraping any remaining CiW-related content I can find online, and have even considered writing a custom web crawler that simply searches the web for Cassie-related content and indexes it for us. The scraper I plan on unleashing will grab content from phpBB forums (I’ll add more forum types later) and create either static pages or XML files of the results. I’m thinking XML files, as I can more easily style the results as well as make them searchable.

If you run any type of CiW-related website, especially if it’s database-driven in any way, please consider sending a copy of the content my way. If your site is still active, I can do as I’ve done with LGPedia, at Miles Becket’s request, and make it read-only. Or, as I plan on doing with LGPedia once the official is back up, make it inaccessible and just redirect the traffic to the original site.

At any rate, if you want a copy of LGPedia, come and get it! I can help you get a local copy of it accessible, should you so desire, or, just grab it in case something happens to my copy and/or the archive.org copy.

Picture 2 copyAn unofficial version of LGPedia is now live at http://lgpedia.nitemarecafe.com/wiki/. I will take it down if/when the official one goes back up and redirect my URL to the official one at that time. Until then, this version is up for the community to enjoy. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would rather see the official version running, along with the phpBB forums, but I hope this version has the community’s support until then.

Questions about LGPedia and mediawiki extensions

I was considering importing all the old CassieIsWatching stuff from the Wayback Machine version of LGPedia, but ran into a bit of a snag. I don’t know what mediawiki extensions The Creators had installed. One, in particular, is going to really cause issues. It’s used to link to articles in wikipedia itself, with a tag such as “{{wikipedia|MMORG|MMORPG}}” (minus the quotes). I don’t know what extension they used to do this. Anyone have any ideas? I’m aware that the current version has inter-wiki linking built in, but it uses a more standard wiki tag, and {{ }} is used to indicate a template is used. So, in my version, it looks as if I am trying to use a non-existent template, which is not at all what I wanted.

edit: Actually, after further research, it does appear that they had used a template to link out to wikipedia articles. Problem solved 🙂