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Portal Page/main page/contributor portal/new admins

Hi. I know you're busy, but I have a few requests.

  1. The portal page needs updating - the numbers are out of date. On the forums, it has been suggested that you remove the numbers altogether, because of this tendency. Input?
  2. There is a draft of the main page (Main Page/draft) of which I'm sure you've heard. At some point the real main page should probably be replaced with the draft, when it is convenient and adequately needed (
  3. The contributor portal looks very unprofessional, mainly when compared to our beautiful main page and portal page. At some point, a revamp would seem in order, unless you have a reason for it staying this way (designing pages is difficult, I suppose).
  4. We have expanded greatly in users, scores, etc. Therefore, it would seem to be time to "promote" more users to copyright review (maybe like 5), sysops (maybe one or two), and translators (no idea). Also, the sitedesigners category is empty. Ideas?

Sorry for the long post, but it seemed like time. Respond whenever you have the time!--Snailey Yell at me Email me 16:21, 25 January 2009 (EST)

Forget about the Main Page and Contributor Portal, I replied to that. (The language selection dropdown would still be nice though. If it could be editable via the wiki it would be perfect. But I know there are more pressing issues at hand.) --Leonard Vertighel 17:30, 25 January 2009 (EST)
Actually, I think that Sysops should be 1% of the total, so we need 3 more. Copyrightreview...if we can find enough people, 18 (1.5%) would be ideal. We should have as many translators as possible. What destinguishes sitedesigners from the others?-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 09:29, 28 January 2009 (EST)
Sitedesigners have access to Mediawiki messages (Mediawiki: namespace) because the FTE templates are there. They have the same access permissions as translators. It was intended for use when there are actually many site designers (currently it is mostly Leonard's work, and he already has sysop priviledges anyway).
I've fixed the numbers on the portal page, and indeed have removed specific numbers (they really don't belong there). I don't have a problem with using the new main page... any sysop is able to change it. If nobody does, I can change it myself shortly (probably should do a few other things first though).
I actually unfortunately have a marked inability to design web pages, so if the contributor portal is to be redesigned it will have to be designed by Leonard who has designed most of the pretty things so far :) I will however be looking into adding people to copyright review.
Thanks for bringing the issues up! --Feldmahler 02:23, 31 January 2009 (EST)
Sorry perlnerd, but I don't see any rationale why the number of copyright reviewers should reach a certain percent of users. We've discussed this issue a few times on the forums - currently there is no need for new copyright reviewers. We will certainly express this need when needed. --Peter talk 15:14, 31 January 2009 (EST)
I'll defer judgment about this issue to Peter, since Peter is an actual copyright reviewer :-) However, one longtime contributor has asked to take the copyright review exam, and I have given him the green light since he knows everything pretty well. Generally speaking it does seem that there are enough copyright reviewers at the moment. I would also agree with Peter that having a fixed ratio of copyright reviewers to general members is probably unnecessary, since the number of members is not a very good indication of submission intensity or copyright review burden. --Feldmahler 15:29, 31 January 2009 (EST)
Thank you. It is true...although the intensity itself also seems to Have picked up recently. Good to see more "elevated" members.-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 21:16, 31 January 2009 (EST)
And the same would apply to sysops.-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 21:17, 31 January 2009 (EST)
I'll jump in here to say that although we're keeping up pretty well with all the new additions, I certainly wouldn't mind being able to take some time off from here every few days. The vast majority of stuff is routine and fairly easy to tag. The Vaughan William Symphony No.3 I just tagged is an interesting case where I really had to dig for the info on the actual first publisher. Citations for publication date are in conflict, so I tagged it "C" for the USA - since OMCDRL obviously includes it in their series without anyone being sued (yet). It's not in the Kalmus catalog - they're a bit more reticent about cases where there is some question, though. I think we could use one or two additional taggers, especially since the orchestra parts seem to really be coming in now. Carolus 22:11, 31 January 2009 (EST)
I think User:Hobbypianist should be a sysop if he wants to. He is doing a great job at marking empty work pages for deletion. As a matter of fact, maybe all copyright reviewers should be able to delete pages. If you are going to implement that, please ask them to read Help:Page deletion, with particular emphasis on using redirects instead of deletion whenever the actual content is still somewhere on IMSLP (to preserve possible inbound links). --Leonard Vertighel 08:00, 1 February 2009 (EST)
I agree with Leonard. Several of the copyright reviewers have been active on the site besides just doing copyright reviewing, and I would be very willing to make them sysops. I will ask them about this very soon. --Feldmahler 18:58, 1 February 2009 (EST)

Seems to be my fault

Best Feldsmahler.

Now I scucceded to upload two things (Mozart k. 15 and 20). I think I had problems becauseI tried to something with the file name, snd it didn´t come out righ.

So, do not pay any attention to may mail above...

DALTORPS (Brian Cohn). DALTORPS 23:26, (EST)

Good to hear that :) Sorry for the very late reply. --Feldmahler 02:23, 31 January 2009 (EST)

Some alphabetization problems

Hi Feldmahler,

I noticed a few titles were alphabetizing based the initial article and not on the first "main word" (see: Category:Verdi,_Giuseppe)

Another editor said that you had to make changes in the code... Operalala

Yes, this is a code issue. At some point I will probably open this list up to edit by IMSLP contributors. One of the problems with this is that different languages sometimes collide (a word considered an article in one language is a "main word" in another, hence there may be cases where wrong alphabetizing is inevitable (like "I", which would be a main word in English). --Feldmahler 02:23, 31 January 2009 (EST)

Hi, I pulled this code off of Wikipedia, and it works here, too:

{{DEFAULTSORT:Ballo in Maschera (Verdi, Giuseppe), Un}}

That is very interesting... thanks for sharing! --Feldmahler 18:58, 1 February 2009 (EST)


Hi Feldmahler, I'm confused by your comment here:

  1. According to both IMSLP and Wikipedia, Korngold died in 1957. You claimed in 2008 that he died less than 50 years ago. Which is it?
  2. Why would you put up a blank PDF for a copyrighted work anyway? This just makes it look like a technical glitch. If (!) the works are copyrighted, then they should be tagged as such.

--Leonard Vertighel 08:50, 1 February 2009 (EST)

I assure you that I am as confused as you are by my comment. Korngold was public domain in 2008, so I'm not sure I understand what I was talking about. But I know what happened with the file: Mcroskell submitted the files in 2007 to the US server, which is the reason why the files are "stub" files (empty, which is how Mcroskell originally submitted them). They originally used the {{File1923 template, but that got merged into the File template, hence the current format. Someone needs to rescue the files from the US server. Temporary US server can be accessed here. --Feldmahler 18:58, 1 February 2009 (EST)

speed issues

Feldmahler, since about one week the file and forum servers are experiencing significant speed problems, at last at my location. best regards, --Peter talk 05:03, 15 February 2009 (EST)

Ditto. Forums occasionally does not load.-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 07:05, 15 February 2009 (EST)
Thirded. It's unbearably slow, especially the forums. Daphnis 09:39, 15 February 2009 (EST)
Thanks for the reports. From what I can see the problem is not download speed per se (I still get maximum download speed), but rather that waiting for it to start downloading takes a while (same with page loading at the forums I assume). If that is not the case with your access to IMSLP, please tell me. Unfortunately both the forums and file servers are not under my direct control, so we will need to e-mail the person in charge. I also cannot e-mail anyone at the moment, so I will send the e-mail address of the server admin to Peter via PM on the forums (if you don't get it, just tell me), and Peter can e-mail the admin and ask about the status of the servers. Let's hope the e-mail address still works. Keep me up to date if the admin replies. :-) --Feldmahler 14:42, 15 February 2009 (EST)

Regarding server speed

Hi all,

Some of you have noticed abysmal speed from the forums and downloads. While the servers in question are not controlled directly by me, I have conducted research into this matter to the extent of my permissions on the server, and the speed issues seem to be the result of a malicious DDoS attack on one of the IMSLP image servers (which incidentally also hosts the forums). I have recommended countermeasures to the administrator of the server in question, and hope that this incident will be resolved quickly.

I do not know the reason behind the attack, nor do I know the offending party (though I do have suspicions, but that's irrelevant anyway). Regardless, this attack does not seem unsurmountable, and should hopefully be resolved soon.

In the meanwhile, if you are one of the users who download from this server (unfortunately you cannot choose which server you download from), the simple way to beat this problem is to be patient. The server will eventually send you the file, though you might need to wait a minute or two.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and please feel free to respond to this message.

--Feldmahler 05:08, 16 February 2009 (EST)

Main Page also took forever this time and some pages just don't load.-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 12:21, 16 February 2009 (EST)
Problem seems to be resolved.-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 11:59, 19 February 2009 (EST)
The Forum worked at lightning speed earlier in the day, but is now inaccesible again -- P.davydov 13:08, 19 February 2009 (EST)
The size of the botnet (web of virus-infested computers) that the person rented to attack IMSLP is most likely around 1000 computers in size (the smallest that I think can be rented, but then again I'm not familiar with the workings of the internet mafia), with approximately 50 computers running at any single point in time. However, realistically speaking the number of computers attacking IMSLP will vary depending on time of day (there is usually a peak around 3-8pm EST), since people will be using their computers the most then. And I would expect that the botnet might not be as stable as the controllers want, so there might be letups from time to time. In any case, I should be able to resolve this issue by the end of February, if the DDoS attack does not stop before then. --Feldmahler 20:27, 19 February 2009 (EST)

Work Template

I just noticed that for typesets, the field still says "scan quality." Can we make this dynamic, like the scanned by/typeset by field?-- Snailey Yell at me Email me 22:59, 20 February 2009 (EST)


Hello. I just noticed that the user "InfoPanda" was committing Willy on Wheels style page move vandalism. If they persist you should implement some sort of action throttle. Letsdrinktea 20:12, 21 February 2009 (EST)

12:30–12:56 (Move log)‎ [InfoPanda‎ (129×)]
About one piece of vandalism every fifteen seconds, and I see your talk page isn’t immune either! I’ve linked the Contributions summary for ease of reference. Regards, Philip Legge @ © talk 21:35, 21 February 2009 (EST)