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This wiki has been in place since at least 2012, and many pages have not been updated in years. There are pages for tools we no longer have, outdated pages on tools we do have, and a lack of information on newer tools and on our teams and how the space works. The plan is to bring this wiki back up to date, and make it a better resource our members find useful and interesting.

Its worth mentioning that our wiki is probably one of the better ones, when compared with other Hackspaces in the UK.

How to help

You can help by simply picking any page at all and updating it! Be Bold with your changes, nothing is lost when the wiki is edited; We can always revert back.

Every wiki page has a discussion page (see tab at top left of page). For general wiki discussion or to request help there is the #comms channel on Discord.

Priority List

Priorities listed by topic -  To do  tag priority level (high  , med  , low  ).

Page content and maintenance

Missing pages

Hackspace Information
  • Location pages -As part of a wider documentation project in the hackspace we should create a page for each area of the space, and keep all relevant information on the wiki for members and guests to view.  
  • Some Workshop and Dusty Area tools need pages including the Axminster Bandsaw and a 'portable' Mitre saw (as you walk in its on the far side)

There's also manual ones under one of the work benches in the non dusty area (AKA workshop)

Pages to update

Link to flickr albums

Page types and boiler plates

  • Tools   - Wiki team was about making page for Viking Loom
  • Projects
  • New editor welcome

Project Pages

  • Reorganisation of project pages;
Maybe have separate subcategories for projects that of large 'Projects (by team)' and ones that are more or less solo 'Projects (by member).
92 Projects are using it as of 16/05/2019
Close out old projects by marking them as Complete or Dormant

Location pages and maps

  • Mini-maps for locations with lots of equipment/sub-locations?
  • Make clicking on infobox takes you to floor level view (instead of image page)
  • Add click upstairs/downstairs on floor plan maps
  • Standard floor images, use SVG?

Tool pages

  • It would be good if members with a particular expertise can add info about tools to wiki. Bob Wood maybe able to help with woodworking tools. Could shout out the google group.

Physical link to space

  • Reprint some QR codes stickers/tags in space that link to relevant wiki page
    • QR code link on left-hand column needs testing - to ensure it links to right page.

Encourage participation in Wiki

  • Encourage general membership to post projects.
Even just a picture is ok, big essays are not necessary :)
- how? see talkpage

Good wiki practice

Naming conventions and categories

  • Have a naming convention for categories template etc. - for example, only capitalise first letter unless proper noun. Start with category type word first, for example, 'Category:Templates emoji' rather than 'Emoji templates'.
  • Move articles that have been placed at the top of a category pages, for example Category:Rules and previously Category:Network. Move them back to article space.

Adding dates


  • Decorate infoboxes' as appropriate. For example, text white on dark green used in Template:Tool.
  • List of currently coded styles - for example there is a style for the boxes on the front page (-early 2019)
  • Add fancy CSS
  • Add long-winded or frequently used styles (esp. table) to CSS
  • CSS to scale images by page percentage see example
  • Make CSS for style used in tables on power page  
  • Make CSS for style on template LinkTable and Community links


  • Work on integrating the Rules and Guide (on Github) with wiki (have any changes been pulled in).


  • Update recycling process information - get accurate info on how it works.



Tools and equipment

All the Textile Workshop tool need re-categorising as Tools and Equipment in Craft Room (by change location in Tools infobox)

Categorise all uncategorised pages

  • Add categories to Widget: pages  

Inter linking pages

  • Categories should help readers discover pages by subject. Another way to aid discovery is to link from other relevant pages. See Special:WhatLinksHere in the left hand column. If no other page link to the page can be another reason for readers not finding it.


  • Archive pages with historical information
Test example of archive style Old Wood lathe using {{grey-start}}

MediaWiki extensions

Most or all extensions will have to wait until the MediaWiki software is upgraded, as per March meeting. However, preparity research can be done - find out the best extension for a particular use and what MediaWiki version it needs.

  • Better search  
    • Main search could be set to search all pages (apart from media) to make it easier to find pages in namespaces with a prefix
    • Would it be possible to search rules, guide and wiki all-in-one?
  • Wiki notifications  
    • Ping wiki users
    • Send thanks for edits
  • Semantic Wiki - data structure for pages, allows form -> infobox
  • Extension for dynamic display of Categories within a page
  • Tooltips
  • WYSIWYG editing, two main contenders:
    • MediaWikiWiki:Extension:VisualEditor pros: native editor handles tables and templates well, can generate detailed reflinks, cons: harder to install, needs to use older version for MediaWiki 1.32 (as NHack on 1.32, latest version of extension needs 1.35-alpha)
    • MediaWikiWiki:Extension:TinyMCE pros - easier to install, can use TinyMCE plugins, latest version works on MediaWiki 1.23+, cons: non native so less tight integration
  • Ignore caps on wikilinks (for example, using Category:Utility templates would still link to Category:Utility Templates)
  • Something to display the number of page views
  • Extension:InputBox - for easy new page creation code

Mobile phones



Tidy Pages


Icons needed to replace 'H's in lower three boxes on frontpage NottingHack, and one for Template:Archive.

Wiki meetups

We meet on the second Thursday of each month to work on the wiki and other hackspace documentation. Members can also document their own projects. Meeting starts at 6pm in the Blue Room.


  • 2020-01-09 Wiki meetup - continue work on improving floor plans, ~50 pages need updating see see Category:Pages_for_Update, revise WiiCleanup - move outstanding jobs to Trello?
  • 2020-02-13 Wiki meetup
  • 2020-03-12 Wiki meetup



See also


Nottinghack wiki