Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Infogalactic update

I haven't said much about Infogalactic lately, mostly because things are proceeding well. A few notes:
  • Traffic has increased to the point that we needed to up our server resources by thirty percent. 
  • We now have 540 registered Galaxians. Not a single edit war yet.
  • We reached our initial goal of 100 subscribers. Thank you, Burn Unit! Our annual goal is to reach 1,000 subscribers.
  • Redirect extensions have been created for all the major browsers.
  • An extension that provides a default search engine for Chrome has been developed and will be submitted to Google later this week.
  • We will be making an announcement of significant interest to Alt-Tech fans later this week.
The performance is the major issue at the moment and is our top dev priority. If you're interested in keeping up on this sort of thing, you can read more about it at Infogalaxians later today.

As always, if you'd like to support Infogalactic, you can do so through a monthly subscription, a one-time donation, or by buying a t-shirt from CryptoFashion. We're planning to do a monthly newsletter that will go out to subscribers every month. Nothing fancy, just early updates about the dev process, our current perspective on the roadmap, and a little inside information.

Speaking of donations, this email between Jimmy Wales and a former Wikipedia donor was sent to me yesterday. I tend to doubt it will be the only exchange of its kind. And I particularly enjoyed the egregious MAGA shiv at the end.
On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM, wrote:

    Dear [REDACTED],

    Two years ago, you donated $[REDACTED] to keep Wikipedia online for hundreds of millions of readers. We are deeply grateful for your past support, and we need your help again this year.

    Please renew your donation today.

    We are the small non-profit that runs one of the top websites in the world. We only have about 300 staff but serve millions of users, and have costs like any other top site: servers, power, programs, and people.

    If all our past donors gave again today, our fundraiser would be over within an hour. We’re not there yet. Please help us end the fundraiser and improve Wikipedia.

    Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind, a place we can all go to think and learn.

    To protect our independence, we'll never run ads. We are sustained by donations from our readers. Now is the time we ask.

    If Wikipedia is useful to you, please take one minute to keep it online, ad-free, and growing another year.

    Jimmy Wales
    Wikipedia Founder

Dear Jimmy,

You will not be receiving any further donations from me.

Wikipedia has become social justice converged. I now use and support Infogalactic, The Planetary Knowledge Core, and I couldn't be happier about my decision. I hope you folks at Wikipedia take a moment to reflect on the consequences of allowing convergence to take place within your organization. You lost sight of your mission. You became political and you censored those who disagreed with your politics. Sad!

Please visit if you would like to see what Wikipedia should have been. Onward and upward. MAGA



"... and finally, that Truth is great, and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them:"

Thomas Jefferson
Statute for Religious Freedom

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Blogger 4499 November 02, 2016 11:18 AM  

"Hey, Throat! Come here for a second, I want you to meet my good friend of mine! Knife, this is Throat. Throat, Knife."

Blogger Cail Corishev November 02, 2016 11:21 AM  

I'm probably the only person here who uses the conkeror browser, but just in case: to add a webjump for searches, put this in your .conkerorrc:

define_webjump("ig", "");

Anonymous Basket of Deplorables November 02, 2016 11:25 AM  

I will be most interested if he gets any sort of response from 'Jimmy'.

Blogger Russell Lemley November 02, 2016 11:26 AM  

If an AirBnb competitor had the same terms and conditions as yours, particularly the section "Our Services", AirBnb will soon be out of business.

Blogger Frank Lin November 02, 2016 11:41 AM  

I appreciate that the letter writer doesn't explain what convergence is - forcing Mr. Wales to look it up if he doesn't already know.

Blogger Thucydides November 02, 2016 11:43 AM  

So what is next? Social Media platform alternative to FaceBook? Streaming Video alternative to YouTube? Something else?

Running out of popcorn here.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2016 11:45 AM  

Vox just downloaded new Brave browser for Android. First thing catches my eye is blank tab has preset bookmarks of which one is Wikipedia wtf? Clicked it, Wikipedia loaded and immediately I was hit up for a donation.

To their credit Gab is preset.

Attempting to load VP blog is giving me a privacy error; telling me your site is sending back unusual and incorrect credentials. Removing adblocking, https requirement, script blocking doesn't help.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2016 11:48 AM  

Oh yeah that response to Jimmy is magnificent.

Blogger Quadko November 02, 2016 11:50 AM  

Last year (or was it 2 years ago?) I got the similar letter, and replied (with much less style!) along the lines that I wouldn't be donating because the editors were actively suppressing my conservative viewpoint in favor of their leftist one.

After a delay, an underling got back and took the stance they only provided a platform and level playing field and editors had nothing to do with them.

"I'm just with the ship, I'm not part of the pirate crew." Riiiight.

Anonymous VFM #6306 November 02, 2016 11:53 AM  

Dave, #Brave isn't going to autoload Infogalactic in beta quite yet. Patience. When its ready, Infogalactic will be the priority resource. Heck, just check a few of the recent new editor handles added to the "recent changes" page at InfoGalactic, and you can rest assured that they are well ahead of the end user in that regard.

Blogger Nate November 02, 2016 11:53 AM  

well played sir. well played.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2016 11:55 AM  

May I suggest adding the link Infogalactic.Com to Infogalactic's Gab header.

Anonymous roo_ster November 02, 2016 12:03 PM  


I am seeing corporate and other web filters block and tag infogalactic with "Adult Material" labels/reasons for the blockage. The particular infogalactic page that I saw so labeled "Adult Material" was the page for Samuel T Francis, the paleoconservative writer. The same wikipedia page is not blocked and labeled.

So if your family or your organization uses some of the commonly-available filters, be aware the SJWs have infiltrated them and are imposing blocks on competing platforms.

Blogger Arthur Isaac November 02, 2016 12:04 PM  

I started sending back RNC donation requests back with requests that they start investigating IRS abuses of Tea Party organizations and actually using their power to defund 0bama.

They stopped sending them.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2016 12:10 PM  

@6306 not autoloading it. Brave suggests destinations when new tabs are opened and among them is Wikipedia, Gab, Twitter, Reddit, Amazon, etc. My point is we need Brave to remove Wikipedia as one of the default destination choices.

Gab is also in beta, I don't think that should preclude Infogalactic as a destination choice.

Blogger tz November 02, 2016 12:17 PM  

The tabbed brave browser for Android is out. It has Wikipedia on the quick launch.
And Greasemonkey works for Palemoon, but it does redirect after loading Wikipedia

Blogger Phunctor November 02, 2016 12:18 PM  

Surely these are glorious days to be alive!

Blogger Lucas November 02, 2016 12:28 PM  

Fantastic. The un-coverging proceedeth.

Blogger Shimshon November 02, 2016 12:30 PM  

Have you considered a $5 subscription option?

Blogger Chris Jackson November 02, 2016 12:30 PM  

Just added InfoSextant to Chrome.

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 12:39 PM  

Have you considered a $5 subscription option?

You can already do that by choosing a donation, selecting $5, and choosing monthly.

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 12:41 PM  

Gab is also in beta, I don't think that should preclude Infogalactic as a destination choice.

One thing at a time. We'll get there.

Blogger Leo Littlebook in Shenzhen November 02, 2016 12:43 PM  

Jimmy Wailed.

Blogger Dave November 02, 2016 12:44 PM  

Ok don't know what changed but VP now accessible on Brave for Android turned off shields to enable commenting.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 02, 2016 12:46 PM  

If you're looking to go toe-to-toe with these folks sooner rather than later, this is how you do it. I advise against it FWIW.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 02, 2016 12:47 PM  

Opposite advice for Twitter. If you can hit them in the wallet and the feelz, do it. They're made of paper.

Anonymous CC November 02, 2016 12:56 PM  

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
John Milton

I really do inhabit a system in which words are capable of shaking the entire structure of government, where words can prove mightier than ten military divisions.
Václav Havel

Anonymous Housecat Warrior of Asgard November 02, 2016 1:10 PM  

Next time I write an essay for class, I'm going to cite Infogalactic as a source and see if anyone notices.

Anonymous Anonymous November 02, 2016 1:13 PM  

Should consider a partial conversion to public domain. Share-alike is B.S. for left-wing dreamers. If I write a book, and want to include an article from Wiki in its appendix, I can only do that with the old Wiki.

I've mentioned this before, and realize it's impossible for the current version. But it would be nice if new articles could be public domain. Eventually, some old but barely-changed Wiki articles could be salvaged from the 2008 version, which was public domain then.

Just something to think about for when the opportunity arises. It would be another way to distinguish IG from Wiki.

Blogger SarahsDaughter November 02, 2016 1:16 PM  

Our son was at the Trump rally in Eau Claire, WI yesterday sporting his Infogalactic T-shirt:

Blogger Shimshon November 02, 2016 1:26 PM  

I had no idea MediaWiki was that slow. Is there a synopsis or critique of the design?

Anonymous Philalethes November 02, 2016 1:30 PM  

Some commentary on Wikipedia from yet another perspective:

The Rise and Fall of Wikipedia

Is Wikipedia Covering Up The True Origin of AIDS?

"To me, the line in the sand that divides science from what’s not science is—the way I think about it is, what makes me a scientist is—that I would much rather have questions I can’t answer than answers I can’t question." – Max Tegmark, Professor, Department of Physics, MIT (expanding a quote from Richard Feynman).

Anonymous mark in orlando November 02, 2016 1:30 PM  

since Infogalactic needs hardware, I know of an old lady in Chappaqua who has a slightly used server for sale,it's been totally cleaned, cash only, call Mr. Mook at ..........

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 1:38 PM  

Should consider a partial conversion to public domain

No can do. We have to respect Wikipedia's licenses.

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 02, 2016 1:46 PM  

I also note that this puts the lie to the idea that you need a 10% minority of extremists to tip an entire political population (re: game theory). It appears the real number is closer to 1% in the internet age (perhaps related to the 1% internet rule).

Blogger Aeoli Pera November 02, 2016 1:47 PM  

That is, presuming those 1% act in most complete harmony with the tastes of their times.

Anonymous URL IRL November 02, 2016 2:19 PM  

Added Infogalactic extension to Chrome. Eagerly awaiting Brave integration. Mozilla Infogalactic extension doesn't want to load onto Pale Moon.

Anonymous Anonymous November 02, 2016 2:21 PM  

No can do. We have to respect Wikipedia's licenses.

I didn't think that could apply to new articles, too. I had imagined the software would cite one license for the grandfathered articles, even when we add to them, and another PD license for the new ones we're creating now. I'd have thought that should be legal. (Practical is a different issue.)

Well, it's a shame we couldn't do this in 2008.

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 2:58 PM  

I didn't think that could apply to new articles, too.

It would be a massive hassle to use two different licenses on the same site and patrol any cross-pollination. This would require resources better spent elsewhere and would be of zero potential benefit to us.

Blogger tz November 02, 2016 3:11 PM  

For some reason Wikipedia We Have A Problem seems disjoint from Infogalactic.

Blogger Didact November 02, 2016 3:20 PM  

$100 more for Phase 2 over to you, and an Infogalactic shirt ordered.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the results of Phase 2's improvements. The biggest problem with Infogalactic right now, by far, is the performance. Otherwise, it is superior in most respects to Wikipedia by some distance already.

Anonymous John Dook November 02, 2016 3:56 PM  

Have you considered taking bounties for feature requests. It has worked well for 8chan. People post features they would like to see and anyone can ad bounty money. The developers can then accept requests if the bounty is large enough.

Anonymous Curious Gorge November 02, 2016 3:58 PM  

VD & Others -

Came across Tim O'reilly and Jennier Pahlka in the Wikileaks, definitely look like Clinton supporters.

Were they involved in Gamergate or SJW-ification of Wikipedia?

Anonymous Anonymous November 02, 2016 4:05 PM  

This would require resources better spent elsewhere and would be of zero potential benefit to us.

Agree on everything except the zero. It's closer to zero-point-five.

Anonymous Anonymous November 02, 2016 5:09 PM  

This message on wikipedia this morning:

Should Wikimedia content be licensed under the latest Creative Commons license?
Participate in the discussion between October 5 and November 8!

Anonymous dagwood November 02, 2016 6:09 PM  

I think I pretty much understand what is meant by "converged," but I'm curious about the origin of that particular term to denote the phenomenon. Lots of other terms could have been used as well. (For instance, I know how and why "Cathedral" originated.) Anybody have any insights about the Amazing Origins of this choice of word?

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 6:34 PM  

$100 more for Phase 2 over to you, and an Infogalactic shirt ordered.

Thanks very much. We appreciate the support!

Have you considered taking bounties for feature requests.

That's how we'll do languages. Right now, our priorities are clearly defined and we couldn't get to them anyhow.

Blogger VD November 02, 2016 6:35 PM  

I think I pretty much understand what is meant by "converged," but I'm curious about the origin of that particular term to denote the phenomenon.

Read SJWAL. It's explained there. It's from John Stuart Mill.

Blogger Tex November 02, 2016 11:05 PM  

Link installed on the bookmark toolbar (just dragged the logo up there and POW,) Chrome extension installed (REALLY happy about that,) t-shirt ordered (to spread the word at various geek events.)

Logo patches would be QX with me, Chief.

(Infogalactic--the FUTURE of information retrieval)

Anonymous botthebot November 03, 2016 10:33 AM  

So much unlimited potential from shared source and later automated data gathering. Would be cool to have a list of all humans, whether they want to be on the list or not...

Anonymous RabidRatel November 03, 2016 2:56 PM  

botthebot wrote:So much unlimited potential from shared source and later automated data gathering. Would be cool to have a list of all humans, whether they want to be on the list or not...

Methinks that list will end up shorter than expect

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