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Monday, October 24, 2016

INFOSEXTANT: the Infogalactic extension

Thanks to Blake Roussel, you can now make sure that you're always using Infogalactic instead of Wikipedia, no matter what links Google feeds you.

INFOSEXTANT is the browser extension to automatically change Wikipedia links to Infogalactic.

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/infosextant

Chrome (updated version): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/infosextant/plieanmckkckfcdfaobonmmmbeniaige

Opera version coming soon. Brave integration coming soon.

Thanks to everyone who is supporting Infogalactic, through editing it, through using it, through subscriptions and donations, and, of course, through technological development both internal and external. This isn't merely happening, this is happening in a big way. Very soon we will announce tri-level editing, which is how we will reduce the potential for edit-warring while we develop the DONTPANIC engine required for the Phase Three preference filters.

Also, we are planning to hold an Alt-Tech event in Barcelona next summer featuring. In addition to featuring the individuals you would expect to be at such an event, I'm informed there will be that rarest of Pepes, a Vox Day book signing, which will only be the third in history.

If you're seriously interested in attending, send me an email with BARCA in the subject and I'll put you on the email list for the early bird offer.

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49 Comments:

Anonymous dreamsofgeese October 24, 2016 6:23 AM  

1) installed
2) nice work
3) thank you

Blogger JDC October 24, 2016 6:24 AM  

Perhaps ASOS will be available for signing?

Anonymous Takin' a Look October 24, 2016 6:29 AM  

Thumbs up.

Blogger JDC October 24, 2016 6:30 AM  

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Anonymous Cmate October 24, 2016 6:33 AM  

Are there plans for a mobile friendly site?

Blogger Phillip George October 24, 2016 6:38 AM  

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Blogger VD October 24, 2016 6:39 AM  

Yes, ASOS will be available in hardcover and paperback by June.

Anonymous Aphelion October 24, 2016 6:59 AM  

Finally started editing Infogalactic this weekend. Was easier than I expected. The article I looked at had a Wikipedia "possible bias alert," I don't see the bias. How do we delete such warnings?

Blogger Phillip George October 24, 2016 7:04 AM  

o.k. an illustration:
"cultural marxism" - google won't identify a wiki page with that header.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Cultural_Marxism

the propaganda machine can be unmasked. Again well done

Blogger Laramie Hirsch October 24, 2016 7:21 AM  

I linked to Infogalactic 3 times tonight in my latest post about being armed Americans.

http://thehirschfiles.blogspot.com/2016/10/terrible-implements-of-soldier-are.html

Blogger Benjamin Kraft October 24, 2016 7:45 AM  

Experiencing issues, it won't even download properly. I'm using waterfox on an x64 architecture, btw, perhaps one of those is the problem?

Blogger The CronoLink October 24, 2016 7:45 AM  

Damn, doesn't work on Pale Moon.

Not available for Firefox 24.9

Blogger Alexander Thompson October 24, 2016 7:46 AM  

Just yesterday I thought about how I wanted this and here it is.

Also, how does infogalatic handle people who edited their pages for PR? I was looking up a notorious kickstarter scamming Friday and wiki had nothing about their ill fated kickstarter.

Blogger Fenris Wulf October 24, 2016 8:06 AM  

Blake rocks! I was hoping for something like this (because I'm lazy).

But where can I get one of those software hats? Must be an augmented reality thing. On that subject, we'll probably have "Alt-Reality" in a few years.

Blogger clk October 24, 2016 8:14 AM  

FYI -- Websense/Forcepoint is blocking Infogalatic...

Blogger Gareth October 24, 2016 8:21 AM  

God bless Blake - but the chrome widget doesn't appear to work on mobile devices?

Blogger James Dixon October 24, 2016 8:23 AM  

> Damn, doesn't work on Pale Moon.

Yeah. :( And Brave isn't available for my distro (or any 32 bit distro). Maybe he'll release a compatible version.

Blogger Doom October 24, 2016 8:33 AM  

Wasn't sure, but it added to Iron just fine. I hope. Arghhh!

Blogger VD October 24, 2016 8:34 AM  

Websense/Forcepoint is blocking Infogalatic

Nice to see we've skipped the Ignore phase and gone right to Oppose.

Blogger Michael Maier October 24, 2016 8:48 AM  

Great name for the extension. Installed and used.

Blogger Nick S October 24, 2016 8:52 AM  

Nice. Looking forward to the Brave version.

Blogger Nick S October 24, 2016 8:53 AM  

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Anonymous BGKB October 24, 2016 8:56 AM  

rarest of Pepes, a Vox Day book signing, which will only be the third in history.

How does that work with kindle?

" - google won't identify a wiki page with that header.

The story I linked before about the mom who dressed her son up as a girl that became boyish after being given to the dad is also impossible to find in google but other search engines work.
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/10/22/boy-treated-as-a-girl-by-his-mother-suffered-significant-emotional-harm-court-hears/

search “lesbian couple son transgender” on Google to find that story, all the links that came up were on the order “How to Raise your transgender child” and “Transgender Teens face bullying at school.” I switched to Bing, did the same search, and it went right to the story. Startpage obvious did as well.

related can someone please edit https://infogalactic.com/info/Graham_Spanier to reflect that he also "oversaw" the Franklin Nebraska child abuse ring, and there is no mention of his pride in sabotaging South Africa's apartheid because it made it harder to interact with young black males. Odd he didn't stay in SA to enjoy it. That he went to the same Synagogue as Sandusky seems like one of those objective facts that should be there also.

Anonymous NobodyExpects October 24, 2016 8:59 AM  

Nice, VD coming to the town near mine.

Blogger Johnny October 24, 2016 9:48 AM  

So, time to start getting the hits. Oh my, you guys are sneaky. Well, I hope you pull it off and I hope Trump pulls it off. Down with the establishment!

Blogger Nick S October 24, 2016 9:50 AM  

OT
Posting from my phone always produces double posts. Is there a fix for this?

Anonymous MEC October 24, 2016 10:11 AM  

Installed - works so cool. THANK YOU!!!!!

Anonymous BGKB October 24, 2016 10:13 AM  

Related to information that will never last on Wikipeed:

The FBI spent over $6.9million during the bird sanctuary standoff, with massive surveillance

"The trial has revealed an astounding brave new world of modern surveillance and surreptitious “law enforcement” techniques. Drones flew over and recorded much of what went on. FBI agents captured and monitored every phone number connected between every participant. A search warrant after the fact gave the government permission to surf through 36 Laptops, smartphones, flash drives and other devices to build the government’s case. The FBI turned the analysis of Facebook likes, dislikes, messages, and posts into a science, with multiple agents assigned to that social media alone.

Outside the Refuge, FBI, Oregon State Police, and other law enforcement agencies swarmed over the countryside... Undercover FBI agents dressed as redneck militia members roamed through local stores and menaced the streets...
Money was spent at such an extravagant pace that one professional auditor told me that the dollar amounts should have themselves triggered a separate criminal investigation...
Another informant (“Mama Bear”) was revealed when a defense lawyer subpoenaed her for the defense. The woman admitted that her entire trip to the Malheur Refuge was funded by the San Diego FBI office and that she was paid thousands of dollars to inform on the occupiers while helping out in the kitchen.

Each of these informants were revealed by accident. Federal prosecutors vociferously refused to provide the names of other informants—citing case law that holds such revelations may put informants in danger. Prosecutors even used secret information—not provided to the defense—to cross-examine “Mama Bear,” to the prejudice of the defendants...
the Justice Department stipulated (without naming any names) that at least nine occupiers were undercover informants; a number greater than the number of defendants on trial. (Heavily redacted documents in the hands of the defense suggest the number of informants was actually at least 15.)...

Significantly, the prosecution’s most damning evidence collapsed at the end of the trial when it was revealed that the man who ran a militia shooting range at the Malheur Refuge was himself an undercover agent. Through the hard work of defense lawyers, “John Killman” was identified as a paid (“reimbursed,” he said) informant who traveled to the occupation at the behest of the government in a beat-up pickup truck to lead the occupiers in combat “safety” training. “Killman” had even trained defendant Jeff Banta to stop cars and pull out their drivers at gunpoint.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/10/roger-roots/persecution-bundy-good-guys/

Blogger tz October 24, 2016 10:22 AM  

@13 try direct download and turn off extension version check

Blogger Stilicho October 24, 2016 11:07 AM  

@Ilk: show of hands, how many think Josh should post a picture of him wearing a "Trump was my first" T shirt if Trump wins?

Blogger Bill Halsey October 24, 2016 11:20 AM  

Great idea (y) Installed.

Blogger tz October 24, 2016 11:26 AM  

@13 nogo. I downloaded it using a different browser but PaleMoon says it appears to be corrupt.
The script is fairly simple so I might be able to do a greasemonkey script from it.

Anonymous szIlk October 24, 2016 11:33 AM  

Idea for Barcelona....you need to host an official EOL Evil laugh and scary giggling contest.....

Blogger Undocumented Pharmacist October 24, 2016 11:36 AM  

You had me at infosex...

Blogger VD October 24, 2016 12:11 PM  

Idea for Barcelona....you need to host an official EOL Evil laugh and scary giggling contest.

I think you're confusing us with Worldcon.

Blogger James Dixon October 24, 2016 12:12 PM  

> Posting from my phone always produces double posts. Is there a fix for this?

Don't use the back button on the phone to get back to the thread. :)

Blogger Herb Nowell October 24, 2016 12:15 PM  

@10: That reminds me, although my blog isn't very active I do need to go through and change all the Wikipedia links to Infogalactic.

Glad to have the Chrome plugin which is now installed on this box. At home I'll install it although I'm trying to use Brave more and more there (need to check again about Brave for Chromebooks).

Blogger Herb Nowell October 24, 2016 12:18 PM  

@23: Issue re: search with Google: yet another reason I'm glad I went to DuckDuckGo over a year (two years, now, maybe) ago. Sometimes I will intentionally use Google for something highly specific where it seems to perform better but you reminded me that Bing probably would fill that gap quite nicely.

Blogger Thucydides October 24, 2016 12:31 PM  

Great initiative. Waiting for the Brave extension, and would like a Safari one as well.

Best way to infiltrate Infogalactic into the public is to simply use it when you cite things on blogs, discussion pages and emailing other people. Don't even mention what you are doing, just put it out there without comment.

In my experience, no one seems to notice the substitution, or never mentions it in replies. When it is unobtrusively appearing in unexpected places, that is where you build the brand recognition and build towards a preference cascade.

Anonymous herringbone October 24, 2016 12:44 PM  

@Thucydides

I found a Safari extension called "URL Rewrite" that allowed me to do this. Just enter "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/" and "https://infogalactic.com/info/" as the source and destination URLs.

https://github.com/sjmulder/urlrewrite-safari

Not sure how secure this extension is though.

Blogger WATYF October 24, 2016 1:21 PM  

Firefox addin doesn't work with latest version (47.0).

WATYF

Blogger John Morris October 24, 2016 1:37 PM  

Another negative report. Firefox 49.0, Fedora Linux x86_64. Displays "Downloading and verifying addon", progress bar almost instantly fills but the install button remains grayed out.

Even if this is a glitch, does anyone seriously believe Moz Corp will allow this for long? We know they are converged.

Blogger Pseudotsuga October 24, 2016 5:05 PM  

Works on my Chrome browser, but over a 15 second delay in getting the Infogalactic page up.
Keep up the good work!

Blogger tz October 24, 2016 8:13 PM  

If you have access to your localhosts /etc/hosts, file, you can point the various wikipedia hostnames at Infogalactic's IP, but that won't fix the /wiki v.s. /info part.

Blogger Didact October 25, 2016 10:08 AM  

Dark Lord,

Any chance that a fork of the Firefox add-on will be developed for the Pale Moon codebase? I would very much prefer to avoid having to use the SJW-converged Mozilla products wherever possible.

Otherwise Infogalactic is looking great. The only major issue I have with it right now is that extreme delay when loading up non-cached pages, which is probably going to get better.

Blogger John Morris October 25, 2016 9:57 PM  

Another failure report, this time on the laptop. Devuan Linux x86_64 and Firefox 49.0 and the same story, downloads but the install button stays disabled.

Blogger wasu October 26, 2016 4:16 AM  

Unfortunately blocked by corporate policy :(

Blogger Spiral of Hope October 28, 2016 12:06 PM  

Pale Moon says the .xpi is corrupted. =( I'll hope for support after Chrome is done.

Blogger Spiral of Hope October 28, 2016 1:26 PM  

I wasn't able to get that plugin working on Pale Moon, so I learned how to create a Greasemonkey script:

http://blog.spiralofhope.com/?p=21689

TL;DR
window.location = window.location.href.replace( "en.wikipedia.org/wiki", "infogalactic.com/info" );

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