2016/07/08 - 11 years of ArchWiki
Today the wiki celebrates 11 years of activity, an amazing accomplishment for a project that is kept alive solely by volunteer contributions! As it has always been, there's a lot going on even right now while you're reading: in particular you should be aware that the Beginners' guide and the Installation guide are just about to be unified into a single article, after years of attempts and small shifts towards this goal; if you want to participate, see what's happening in Talk:Beginners' guide, and possibly also refer to the mailing-list thread or the special wiki birthday forum thread. And don't forget the brand-new #archlinux-wiki channel if you feel more at ease on IRC.
If you have ever authored an edit in any of our thousands articles, even if only once, even if only to make a small correction, thank you!!! The value of this work is the sum of innumerable small contributions from people who don't follow the "somebody else will fix it" philosophy: most people here are not PhD's in Computer Science, we simply share a passion for Arch Linux, the broader FOSS community and pretty much anything related to the digital computing world, therefore if you think this sounds like you but you've never bothered creating an account, take the few seconds needed to do it now, and start sharing your skills and knowledge, whatever their size is; you will find that the more you contribute, the more you will learn and improve yourself too, so it's a win-win choice ;)
Anyway, Happy Birthday ArchWiki, and everybody keep up the good work!
2016/05/22 - IRC channel
ArchWiki now has a dedicated IRC channel to ask questions surrounding articles, and the wiki itself. Please join us at #archlinux-wiki on freenode, of course always keeping the three fundamental rules in mind when editing the wiki. For more information, see ArchWiki:IRC.
2016/05/15 - New administrator
The ArchWiki has thousands of articles, and hundreds of different users edit it every month: keeping the whole project together, ensuring that it always sails in strict accordance to Arch's principles, is a task that requires a great deal of organizational work behind the scenes. As an official Maintainer for a long time, Indigo has gained plenty of experience, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of how the wiki is structured and regulated by its internal policies, therefore today he is officially promoted to the Administration Team, granting him full power to unleash all his skills where needed :) Thank you for your hard work!
2016/03/19 - New maintainers
2016/02/03 Account creation issues
During these days you may be finding it impossible at times to register a new account: this is deliberately done by the staff due to maintenance necessities, not a bug to be reported. If you are affected by this issue, please try registering again every few hours, until successful. Trying our best to restore the service to full and continuous operation as quickly as possible, we truly apologize for this inconvenience.
Update 02:12, 6 February 2016 (UTC): see also Unable to determine correct answer for wiki account registration.
2015/10/02 - New maintainers
As a result of their long-term commitment and valuable contributions, Det, Kycok, Neitsab and Silverhammermba (in alphabetical order) have entered the official ArchWiki:Maintenance Team. Thank you for your help!
2015/07/08 - ArchWiki turns 10!
Exactly 10 years ago, on July 8th 2005, the ArchWiki was installed with the MediaWiki engine: since then, more than 20,000 users created their account and made almost 400,000 edits that evolved the initial blank page into this fantastic documentation resource that innumerable Arch and non-Arch Linux users every day browse from all around the world.
For the future, several major improvements are already under discussion or planning in various talk pages, with Talk:Beginners' guide#Unification, Help talk:I18n#Language namespace(s) in place of suffixes?, ArchWiki:Requests#Should we remove or archive obsolete articles? or ArchWiki talk:Maintenance Team#Reorganization being only some notable examples. For this anniversary, ArchWiki:Statistics has been expanded, and many more ideas have been brought up in its talk page to better show the evolution of the wiki and try to give something back to the most active contributors.
If you did not make it to get involved in the community of contributors in the past decade, you are very welcome to become one of the first ones of the decade that has just started! The wiki syntax is very easy to learn and use, you can find an introduction in Help:Editing, and ArchWiki:Contributing is there to give you plenty of inspiration about how and where to start. If you have any questions, just ask in the talk page of one of those pages, or any other that suits your specific issue, and the wiki staff, or possibly other proactive users, will try their best to give you a quick and accurate answer.
Well, Happy Birthday ArchWiki, then! The celebrations will go on until the weekend, as for example the 11th is the anniversary of the first edit: if you want, you can take this chance to make a small gift edit to your favorite article ;) Let's keep working together to make this project grow better and better for the next 10 years and more, thanks everybody!
2015/05/24 - Restyled AUR template
Template:AUR has been restyled with the addition of an "AUR" superscript to make AUR packages look different from official ones: this has the consequence that almost all articles mentioning AUR packages now have a redundant "from the AUR" wording that needs to be removed. In the same fashion, the "from the official repositories" wording associated to official packages is deprecated.
Describing how to install a package is still forbidden by Help:Style#Package management instructions but, for both official and AUR packages, you can use the "install" word as a link, e.g.
[[Install]], to point users to the centralized package installation instructions.
This change was discussed and voted in Help talk:Style#Pkg and AUR templates: add icon, make them look different.
2015/04/24 - New administrator
Congratulations to Alad on his promotion to Administrator, naturally following his long streak of exemplary contributions to the articles and proactive, all-round participation in the organization of the wiki, which will now be able to benefit even more greatly from the experience he gained while serving as an official Maintainer.
2015/04/19 - New maintainer
2014/12/22 - Adopt an article
The ingredients of a healthy and successful wiki are both the addition of fresh, up-to-date content (the "attack"), but also protection from counter-productive edits (the "defense"). While "attacking" may be the most entertaining part, please be aware that helping "defend" the ArchWiki is of invaluable importance and fortunately also extremely easy! Just add a bunch of your favorite articles to your watchlist and follow their changes, taking action when necessary: the wiki will receive your love with gratitude :) See ArchWiki:Contributing#The most important task for a more extensive introduction.
2014/10/31 - Unintelligible edits
This news entry is a reminder that edits that do not respect the 3 fundamental contributing rules may be reverted without previous warning, especially on popular articles. The ArchWiki is a shared resource within the Arch community, and users who do not understand this concept, and treat wiki articles like they would with their own personal blog, are invited to spend their time somewhere else. Thank you for choosing to respect your fellow Archers, keep up the good work everybody!
2014/08/03 - New administrator
With great pleasure we announce that Lahwaacz has gained his seat at the command table, very well deserved after tirelessly serving our community with more than a year of innumerable, high-quality contributions that have certainly played a big part in the continuous effort we all make to preserve the ArchWiki as one of the best Linux documentation sources currently available. Congratulations!
2014/07/20 - New maintainers
2014/03/13 - New maintainer
2013/12/09 - Code templates are fixed
2013/12/08 - MediaWiki 1.22.0 has broken code templates
After upgrading MediaWiki to version 1.22.0, the wiki will not parse wiki syntax or HTML code inside Template:bc and Template:hc anymore, rendering them as plain text. This has broken many templates around, especially those that were using
''' for highlighting parts of code with italic or bold. Please help fixing them, guidelines for dealing with the various cases are a work in progress.
2013/08/05 - New maintainer
2013/06/15 - New maintainer
2013/05/02 - New administrator
The ArchWiki proudly welcomes a new administrator, Fengchao, whose passionate dedication to our community we have been able to witness over the past several months: thank you! We are confident this will give our beloved, ever-growing wiki an important help in maintenance and moderation for the times to come.
2012/06/11 - Changes in internationalization
In the next few days Template:i18n will be deprecated and replaced by interlanguage links (e.g.
[[en:Title]]) also for the languages hosted locally. This operation will be completely performed by a bot, please do not attempt to "help" it with manual edits, as it is necessary to follow a particular procedure and you would risk compromising its operations. The original discussion is in Help talk:I18n#"Dummy" interlanguage links and deprecation of Template:i18n.
2012/06/06 - Maintenance team additions
2012/05/20 - Maintenance team
An official team of users has been created with the purpose of helping supervising the recent changes and fixing the resulting reports. See ArchWiki:Maintenance Team for more information. Thanks to the initial Maintainers (in alphabetical order) AlexanderR, Fengchao, Graysky and Skydiver, who have been chosen for their constant commitment and the accuracy and quality of their work on the ArchWiki.
2011/11/01 - Official style guidelines
An official set of style rules is now defined in Help:Style in order to improve the consistency of content formatting among the various articles: all ArchWiki contributors are encouraged to read these guidelines and follow them when editing articles.
— Kynikos 12:14, 1 November 2011 (EDT)
2011/09/20 - Administration team additions
Congratulations to the two newest additions to the ArchWiki administration team: Kynikos and thestinger. Over the past year, both have demonstrated dedication and exceptional judgment in maintaining and improving ArchWiki. Their contributions have undoubtedly helped thousands of (Arch and non-Arch) Linux users and served to render ArchWiki one of the best sources of GNU/Linux documentation on the web. Thank you!
— pointone 15:37, 20 September 2011 (EDT)
2011/05/29 - A reminder
Please completely avoid the use of contractions and keep the language formal. Thanks!
— Misfit138 19:38, 29 May 2011 (EDT)
2010/03/27 - Thank you, ArchWiki contributors
Thanks to everyone for their invaluable contributions to ArchWiki. Its content and reputation have been and continue to be second to none. Please keep the knowledge flowing in.
— Misfit138 12:37, 27 March 2010 (EDT)
2010/01/14 - Internationalization guidelines
As you may have noticed, many articles have been moving around this past month; especially non-English ones. This was due to a recent discussion on the topic of ArchWiki internationalization. As a result, new guidelines have been drafted and a major transition has begun.
- Non-English article titles should be of the form Title in English (Language), where "Language" is the localized spelling of the language.
- Localized titles can and should still be created, but only as redirects to the English-named article.
- Template:i18n should be used in place of the old
Template:i18n links start,
Template:i18n entry, and
Template:i18n links endcombination.
We hope this does not alienate or inconvenience international users; these changes were made primarily to facilitate wiki maintenance and administration and to simplify inter-language linking. Thanks for all your translations and other contributions thus far, and please continue making ArchWiki the envy of distributions world-wide!
— pointone 23:43, 14 January 2010 (EST)
2009/09/18 - Remember to keep it formal
Please remember to avoid chatty, conversational style throughout the wiki. Also, avoid signing your name to a wiki article or comment therein. Thanks!
— Misfit138 11:36, 18 September 2009 (EDT)
2009/01/04 - Article categories!
Please remember to add your contributed articles to the appropriate category at the top of the page. This will streamline the search process and make use of the Table of contents system in place. Thanks!
— Misfit138 12:33, 4 January 2009 (EST)
2008/09/21 - The finest GNU/Linux distribution wiki
Thanks to your vigilant dedication and contribution, the Arch Linux wiki remains the finest available. It continues to grow and improve in quality daily. Nothing negative to report, just keep up the great work.
— Misfit138 12:55, 21 September 2008 (EDT)
2008/07/22 - Thank you, Arch users
The recent boost in wiki contribution has been nothing short of miraculous. Thanks to everyone contributing and improving ArchWiki. Informative and well written articles, as well as gratuitous translations, are coming in at an alarming rate. Because of you, word is spreading about Arch Linux, its high quality wiki and its excellent community!
— Misfit138 20:28, 22 July 2008 (EDT)
2008/05/01 - Don't just give me the 'how' - give me the 'why'
A wiki is a collection of knowledge, most of which ends up being how-tos, which is to be expected. Let us always remember to add the 'why' to our how-tos. Explanatory information always goes further toward imparting knowledge than does instruction alone. Adding explanatory wiki articles is also welcome. Why not add one if you are qualified?
Thanks for the recent increase in contribution to the wiki! Please keep the knowledge coming.
— Misfit138 12:45, 1 May 2008 (EDT)
2008/04/21 - ArchWiki needs YOU!
In our goal to provide the most exhaustive high-quality documentation, Arch is calling all qualified users to contribute to the wiki. Share your knowledge and help us improve this invaluable free resource.
— Misfit138 18:03, 21 April 2008 (EDT)