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Domain Name

I must say I think the .com TLD is inappropriate for this site: .org would have been much better, especially considering the GNU FDL free license. --BenPop 21:26, 16 Mar 2005 (PST)

I'd be happy to also have the .org domain. The donation page is linked on the left sidebar; feel free to assist. $10/yr for the domain.
/WikiSysop/ 04:11, 17 Mar 2005 (PST)
I agree as well. the .org name would make much more sense as this is not a commercial (.com) site.
Perhaps .net would be the appropriate extension as DrumCorpsWiki is not a non-profit organization, or any organization really. .com is the most popular TLD, everyone uses it for anything, so I'm not too concerned. I'd like to have .com, .org, and .net, but that could get expensive. /WikiSysop/ 08:11, 27 October 2005 (PDT)

drum corps history

Is there any place to find info on the history of drum corps? I need it for my graduation project.

Right, I'm off to bed! Check out my contribs --Sam 17:34, 3 Jan 2005 (PST)


Oy! I just noticed the Wiki-Spam that WikiSysop had to deal with on the front page (Jan.6, 2005 see history tab). Is there any way to prevent these sort of defacements? Perhaps the front page should be locked down to all but adminstrators. --Sam King 05:35, 7 Jan 2005 (PST)

I'd like to keep the front page open mainly so people can update the "corps news" area -- not that it has been updated in a while, which is my fault. The spam is easy to deal with once noticed... a simple rollback and IP ban will work there. If the problem continues I'll have to think of something else... possibly to allow only registered/logged-in users to make edits, which is an easy configuration switch.
/WikiSysop/ 07:03, 7 Jan 2005 (PST)

WikiSpam again

Well I've given in. The front page is now protected. We've had two spam attacks in the last two days, and that's too many for me. So the front page is now proteted. Anyone who wants the ability to edit the front page, just leave a note for me.

/WikiSysop/ 20:57, 29 Jan 2005 (PST)

Addition of States

In "The Starting Point" on the Wikidrumcorps main page, would it be possible to add "State/Providence" to it? This way, one could search a specific state to find the corps in that state. It would be a good cross-referencing link.--Sburstall 07:46, 3 Aug 2005 (PDT)

This is a good idea, but I'd rather see something like a full page for each state, possibly with that state's contribution to the activity, and a list of corps who come from that state. /WikiSysop/ 18:42, 27 Jul 2005 (PDT)
This is what I was thinking. On the main page put a link "by State/Providence/Country" then the next page will list all 50 US state, the Canadian providences and territories and other non-NA countries that have a drum corps in it. --Sburstall 07:46, 3 Aug 2005 (PDT)
Well, here's a link to a new page where you can start the states, and provinces, etc.: Corps by region. Just start creating the page there, and if it gets to a decent point, I will link it to the Main Page. /WikiSysop/ 16:21, 29 Jul 2005 (PDT)
Can we consider some Categories for geographical/political regions as well? It's easier to add a category to an article than to go back to an index page and update it each time. This also might be a good idea for the Inactive Drum Corps page as well. --Sam King 14:17, 15 February 2006 (PST)

Easy Timelines

I was going to request you add timelines to the wiki but judging from it looks pretty involved. I thought it might be useful in sorting out corps with multiple name changes such as Bluewater Buccaneers. --Sam King 09:02, 29 Jul 2005 (PDT)

I've looked into the WikiMedia timeline before -- I'll see what I can do to implement it. /WikiSysop/ 16:22, 29 Jul 2005 (PDT)

Corps with the same name

I don't know if it's been addressed yet, but we all know that there are multiple corps that had the same name. I took it upon myself to create the links with the corp's name with the city they are from as the link. I don't know if anyone else has been doing that. This way it doesn't cause confusion when someone decides to fill in the information about said corps.--Steve Burstall 07:15, 3 Aug 2005 (PDT)

This is what I have been doing as well. Harlan suggests making a disambiguation page in some cases. See the Talk:Inactive Drum Corps page for the Inactive Drum Corps page. --Sam King 09:04, 3 Aug 2005 (PDT)

The problem with making this disambiguation page is that we will just add another redundant layer of information. Question is will it make it easier for someone who starts to add corps to know to either 1) make sure that the link is correct corpsname,city | corpsname or will they 2) just do corpsname hoping it will take them to the correct site. Maybe something in the beginning about how to format corps with similar names should be done. --Sburstall 09:17, 3 Aug 2005 (PDT)

Scope of Drum Corps Wiki

Does Drum Corps Wiki include only drum corps or should it also include winter guards, drill teams and marching percussion ensembles? Do we draw the line at marching band? --Sam King 21:31, 26 January 2006 (PST)

My gut says we should keep it to drum corps ensembles for now, but we can expand upon the descriptions of the other activities. I think we could use some evangelists to help promote the site and get other people involved. Since drumcorpsplanet changed hands, I haven't been active in the community there. /WikiSysop/ 08:46, 27 January 2006 (PST)

In The News v.s. Current Events

Where should we put links to recent news stories in the drum corps world? --Sam King 14:14, 15 February 2006 (PST)

The "News Briefs" section on the main page is a good place to start for recent drum corps news. That can link somehow to listings in Current Events as well. "In the news" is for media mentions of drum corps by the mainstream press... say if the New York Times does a story on the Cadets.. a summary and link would be included in "In the news."

State Category

I've just noticed that each state is starting to get it's own category. How come? I thought the reason for listing the states on a seperate page was to eliminate such this problem. --Sburstall 06:17, 6 March 2006 (PST)

I don't see having a category for each state and province as a problem. I think both index page and categories can and should exist. I have been updating both the article for the state and province and adding the category as well.
An article is distinct from a category. In short a category is a way of making a quick index (wiki does it automatically except for the short text introduction) while an article can be in any form and content we like. For example, the category for Florida can list Personalities and Organizations which might not be appropriate for the Florida article. The Florida article could also eventually contain a history of drum corps in Florida while the category for Florida is an inappropriate place for that. They are just two different ways to let people find articles about a given subject.Sam King 17:18, 17 March 2006 (PST) (signed late, my apologies)

wikipedia drum corps project

Does DrumCorpsWiki have any relationship established with the WikiProject Drum Corps on wikipedia? --Sam King 11:40, 13 March 2006 (PST)

Well here is the answer I suppose. So much for that. --Sam King 15:06, 29 March 2006 (PST)

Drum Corps-Related Organizations

I'm missing some of this organizations on front page :-) DCUK still there, but whats about DCN (Drum Corps Nederland), DCG (Drum Corps Germany), and DCE (Drum Corps Europe)? Any chance to add them? -- CyberART 16:18, 9 July 2006 (PDT)

Use of Copyright Images

Is there any direction on the use of copyright images on DrumCorpsWIki? Obviously they should be used without permission, however how does one get that oermission and should we be removing those that do not have permission? Perhaps some sort of regimine as they have on Wikipedia for images where the image is tagged to be removed unless there is some idication as to its copyright status. Eventually DCI or Drum Corps World will be unhappy with what is appearing on our pages --Sam King 19:41, 17 November 2006 (PST)

Use of certain User names

Shall we have a user name policy in regards to names that indicate that a user holds a position at a particular drum corps? That is, should we not allow such names in the interest of openess and encouraging people to contribute to all articles not just "experts"? see: DrumCorpsWiki:Username#Inappropriate_usernames --Sam King 19:45, 17 November 2006 (PST)

We broke 1,000!

There are more than 1,000 articles in Drum Corps Wiki as of today! --Sam King 11:06, 6 December 2006 (PST)