Frustration with Wikipes

When I came up with the idea of Wikipes to provide an easy way for anyone to submit recipes using the wiki-concept, I didn’t know what wiki software to use. I tried out numerous ones, from the famous Mediawiki one that Wikipedia uses, to PhpWiki, and numerous others.

Most were very difficult to customize and style up, others were confusing to use, some I couldn’t even figure out how to install. After a week of trying out wiki softwares, I settled on DokuWiki, which was standards-compliant, easy to cusotmize, and I could modify it to suit the needs of a recipe site.

Barely 6 months after the unveiling of Wikipes, the site gets between 3,000 to 5,000 visitors a day. Unfortunately, a recipe is only posted once or twice every 3 days. I’m not sure why; is it because people are not used to the wiki concept, are intimidated by the open approach, or are too lazy to type up a recipe using a template?

To add to my frustrations, Dreamhost decided to mess with the Zend Optimizer, and this caused problems with Dokuwiki and Wikipes was down for a whole weekend, when traffic is the biggest. I sent in a support ticket to them and they got back to me 3 days later, talked with the Dokuwiki guy about the problem, saying it’s a bug in their software, and I was sent this letter from Dreamhost support:

So I’ve started a conversation with the DocuWiki guy, but no easy answers thusfar. The strangest thing is that out of all of the PHP sites we host (and we host a ton…probably about 90,000 of our 130,000 domains use PHP) it’s just you and the one other DocuWiki user that have had any problems.

Since so many of our customers are dying to use the Optimizer the best suggestions I’ve got are to either compile a PHP binary of your own that won’t use the Optimizer or to switch to a different wiki (we offer a one-click install of mediawiki, which powers the Wikipedia and is pretty great).

Once you get a PHP binary somewhere in your homedir you can use this guide to have all .php scripts on your site run via it

They’ve given me an ultimatum, either use another wiki software, or have a broken site, since I don’t know how to compile my own PHP binary. I’ve spent countless hours modifying Wikipes, working with Erik from http://kartooner.com to flesh out the site, and getting the word out.

I knew Wikipes, being a new thing, would face an uphill battle, but I didn’t expect to have problems that are beyond my control. I’ve always been able to figure things out, but this is the first time that I’ve used a software where the alternatives aren’t that great.

So, my question is this, should I continue on, and try to find another wiki, or cut my losses and move on. I feel like I’ve hit a brick wall with no footholds to climb over.


Feedback on Mashup Collection

I’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback in regards to the collection of mashups I’ve made available on the Tunes page. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that has wrote in, commented, and spread the word on the internet. I didn’t realize it would get this kind of exposure, but it’s very nice. As for bandwidth, I should have plenty of it to spare, so leech away and enjoy the excellent tunes; it’s my way of saying thank you to the original artists, and the awesome abilities of those who mashed them up to create something original and fun.

I’m constantly adding new tunes to the collection, so keep visiting and enjoying, you never know what gem you’ll discover.


Planning To Move

The roommate and I have been talking lately of moving, as we seem to be in a rut living out here in Interlachen, FL where we’re surrounded by rednecks and not much else. Growing up in a big city, I still haven’t grown used to living in a small town. Though we’re planning to move to another small town, it’s on the outskirts of Tampa, so we’ll at least be close to civilization.

I’m not too picky, but here are my criterias when I’m looking for a new house:

  • Must have a dishwasher
  • Fenced in yard
  • Very nice big kitchen
  • Top-of-the-line refridgerator
  • Little to no insect problem
  • Postage stamp-sized lawn
  • Lots of natural sunlight filters in during the day
  • Locks on all bedroom doors and solid walls
  • Big garage/workshop for the man stuff
  • Nice quiet neighborhood, with nice neighbors

Living out here taught me a lot of things, namely that loud rednecks screaming at kids and dogs is insanely annoying. Living by a single grocery store that hardly ever has real fresh tomatoes, among other vegetables, stymies my desire to cook often. A trailer converted into a house is still not as nice as a real house.

By the way, I don’t have anything against rednecks, if you are one. I’m just not into that lifestyle of beer, sports, and wearing wife-beater tanktops.


350+ Mashup Song Collection

Update: There are now 2,748 songs, not 350. As a thank you reward for a donation to help with bandwidth from sharing the whole collection, you get access to all of the songs, which totals 18GB. See the Tunes page for more details.

I’ve uploaded an awesome collection of over 350 songs of mashups (also known as bastard pop) that you can listen to, and even download. There are some really awesome stuff to hear, so if you aren’t familiar with mashups, or love them, check it out on the Tunes page.


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