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Created 03/11/2017‎
Members Various
Status In Progress
Type Hackspace Infrastructure
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Note Note: We're aiming to meet on the second Wednesday of each month to manage the cleanup project and help members interested in contributing. The next meeting is scheduled for 13 March 2019 at 6pm.

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 There are pages for tools we no longer have, outdated pages on tools we do have, and a lack of information on newer tools and on our teams and how the space works.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 #wiki channel on Slack.

Priority List

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


  • The wiki is seven years old and has a lot of pages that haven't been updated in years. Pages that genuinely aren't required can be tagged with: {{delete|date=DD/MM/YYYY|reason=Cruft}}  
Please also include a reason which can then be discussed before wiki admin deletes.
Most pages that contain historic pages can be de-categorized and tagged with Template:archive

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.  
Add area infobox with map showing location.
(Category:Featured - our story pages may help)
  • Write About:The Space (move to About Nottinghack) brief summary with link to Members Guide
  • Wiki editing 'quick start' guide

Pages to update

  • Rules are no longer updated on wiki (since 2016), make template for rule pages saying historical and pointing to 
  • Teams - add what they are responsibilities etc.  
  • Team pages need current information  
Encourage Teams to update their Team: pages with current contacts/ members? (could email each team)
Team:Maintainers -> Category:Teams (dissolved)
Team:Events needs informatiom
This is quite a big one that it feels like people want to see more about.
  • Tools/We Have - list needs tidy and update - maybe have separate pages for each cat of tool?  

Page types and boiler plates

  • Tools
  • Projects
  • Locations
  • New editor welcome


75 Projects are using it as of 06/02/2019
Close out old projects by marking them as Complete or Dormant

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).

Event pages

  • Put past events in Category:Events (past)?

Location pages

  • Each location ie, room, area and storage place could have a page. This in turn could link to pages of what is in that area and vice-versa.
  • Location pages could have an infobox with a floor plan image indicating where it is.

Front page

A nice table taken from the front page of CoMakingspace Hackspace wiki in Germany
  • Convert 'list boxes' into template.
  • Tidy alignment.
  • Highlight featured pages.
  • Make it easier to find task like tidying/ cleaning
  • Make it clear how to contribute to the wiki
  • Change the sidebar links so that they link to Pages (Or Portals like this?), Not categories
  • No list to members guide
  • New Members - link to members guide - wiki is second place to look for more detail
  • Random content from :Category:Featured ?

Physical link to space

  • Add QR code stickers/tags in space that link to relevant wiki 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


  • Make infoboxes' top text white on dark green (like boxes on front page). For example, Template:Tool.
  • Add fancy CSS


  • Photos are great! If a photo is needed, any page can be tagged with Template:Photo.
  • Also, many photos are on the flickr, unfortunately a lot don't have descriptive titles.


Categorise all uncategorised pages

  • Categorise all uncategorised pages. Especially useful for template pages, as it avoids making a template that already exists. We could make a tag for uncategorised pages. See Special:SpecialPages:
  • Add categories to Widget: pages  


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

MediaWiki extensions

  • Better search  
  • Wiki notifications
    • Ping wiki users
    • Send thanks for edits
  • Semantic Wiki - data structure for pages, allows form -> infobox
  • Variables?
  • Tooltips
  • WYSIWYG editing?
  • Ignore caps on wikilinks (for example, using Category:Utility templates would still link to Category:Utility Templates)


  • Fix conditional so space doesn't appear under image (there is/was a problem with hidden newlines being inserted, resolved apart from space under image) Solution may be at Wikipedia:Help:Conditional tables  

Wiki meetups


  • 2019-03-13 Wiki meet up - Process pages tagged to Delete, Nip round space for required photos: Category:Pages requiring photo
  • 2019-04-10 Wiki meet up - ?


See also