Admins: The Admin Pages shortcuts (in the Sidebar) will be helpful in fighting the spambots. The filters are working, blocking (or only tagging) numerous edits. See the Abuse Log for triggered edits; they appear to be blocking a considerable number of new pages. I'm working on the prevention of new User pages. For a few days, I will be monitoring/notating words and URLs that are getting thru or being blocked, indicating new targets. Also note: I'm not certain the Merge & Delete function is blocking IPs, so please block the registered and individual IPs directly.
Special addition today for all those Sarna Admins who are mothers: the Merge & Delete shortcut can be accessed via the sidebar from any page (under the "Special Pages" heading). We'll keep it up there during this spot of spambot love; if it's appreciated, we can discuss leaving it there.
The Sarna Unified Cartography Society has released an update to the SUC Kit, providing coordinates for the 16 systems from HBS' BattleTech game, as well as minor corrections to 118 other systems. See System coordinates for details and release version 2018.04.
It looks like user Fichtenschweif was mistaken for a spambot and deleted by accident. I unblocked the IP. Please accept our apologies, and re-register. (Update: Looks like I cannot unblock the IP as there's no way to find out what the IP even was. Fichtenschweif, please contact me if possible.)
Last year, I'd muse in this spot how the number of new articles seemed to ebb, at "only" some 700 for 2016. Silly me. BattleTech is clearly on the rise, what with the games under development by HBS and PGI, and a new dedicated CGL Line Developer with big plans for 2018. On the Sarna BTW side of things we're seeing increased traffic, and 1,436 new articles created in the past year. We're back to full swing, and the upcoming year is going to be great. Here's to a fantastic 2018!
We're under spambot attack again. A number of highly dubious newly registered user accounts were deleted even before they could create or edit any articles. There's the odd chance that genuine new users were caught up in the crossfire; if this happened, we apologize and ask you to re-register - and it's always a good idea to add yourself to the BattleTechWiki:New user log to show you're a legit user.
14 October 2017: BattleTech.com site down (Revanche)
The official site and forums appear to have started having accessibility issues again, and the forums remain down. If you are able to access the forums, please report it here. Once the forums appear to be accessible again, this post will be removed.
A reminder to all editors: Most BattleTech sourcebooks, rulebooks, etc. are written or annotated as in-universe documents. The Template:InfoBoxProduct was expanded back in 2013 already to include the in-universe agency that purportedly created the document, and when it was written/published in-universe. Product articles that were written before 2013 (mostly) haven't been updated yet to include this information, and newer articles often omit it because they are apparently created off an old article's structure with the older template in place. Given that "sneak preview" information about the year 3250 was provided in the framing context in recent products, all editors are encouraged to use the latest version of the template when creating new articles, and to update older articles.
The former project started by Bad_Syntax and Volt Ampere has been restarted by Volt and his Sarna Unified Cartography Society team. They have just released the new SUC Kit, providing updated coordinates and faction ownership history, through all products released in July. See System coordinates for details and release version 2017.08.
We're all proud of the ever-increasing page count shown on this Main Page. However, there are about 1,168 pages that need our update love. Please visit Sources Needing Updates, grab the indicated source product, update an article, and knock some of those Update Needed tags away.
11 June 2017: CGL BattleTech Forum back online (Frabby)
After a two week hiatus, the official BattleTech web presence and especially the BattleTech Forum is back online. The last three days of postings prior to the outage have apparently been lost. The BattleCorps site remains offline.
A slew of spambots has managed to register accounts, and is using these to create gibberish articles. Users are encouraged to immediately introduce themselves on their user page and/or talk page when setting up a new user account, to avoid being lumped in with the spambot accounts and being summarily blocked or deleted with extreme prejudice.
At approximately 7am EST 15 January 2017, the sarna.net server will be undergoing maintenance and a migration to new hardware. Please expect some downtime. MediaWiki will also be upgraded, so there may be some things temporarily broken. If you encounter any issues, please let me know or tweet at @SarnaNet
10pm EST: Server maintenance is complete. Apologies for any downtime today. Please let me know if you encounter issues. (Nicjansma)
2016 is over, and even though the overall yearly amount of new articles seems to be decreasing slowly compared to the early boom years (a sign that we're getting somewhere with this wiki project), Sarna BTW has rushed past the 20,000 article count and has seen over 700 new articles created. Let's hope we can keep it up in the new year. 2017 is bound to be great as BattleTech goes. Several major releases have been announced, not only from CGL but also (tentatively) from Harebrained Schemes with their BattleTech video game and from Piranha Games with their announced single-player MechWarrior 5 game, both of which will draw even more new players into our little universe.
2015 was another great year to be a BattleTech fan. The Unseen issue is finally going away through the retroactive introduction of new designs that actually look recognizably like the earlier, unseen images. New print novels have been announced (and a small print run of one was sold at GenCon). On the Sarna.net BattleTechWiki side of things, we've seen a continuous drive to improve the existing database, and another 549 new articles added this past year. The 20,000th article will probably be written this year, which is very exciting. The signs are good. Here's to a great 2016!
We've begun a discussion about what style and tempus articles on Sarna.net BTW should follow, and we're looking for input from the community, from everybody who is using Sarna as a resource. Please share your opinions in the discussion thread here and in the survey here.
20 January 2014: Nominations for the 2014 Founder's Awards (Nicjansma)
We once again we call upon all Editors, Readers and Admins to nominate contributors' names to the Founder, Nic Jansma, for consideration for recognition of efforts in 2014. All entries are sought here no later than 28 February, 2015: 2014 Founders Awards
25 December 2014: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (BrokenMnemonic)
On behalf of Nic and the admin staff I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as we come to the close of another busy and productive year on Sarna. Sarna continues to grow and improve steadily thanks to the efforts of all of our contributors - thank you to everyone who has helped over the last year to make Sarna even better. I hope that everyone has had a good 2014, and that everyone will have a great 2015 to follow.
15 May 2013: Introducing the Sarna.net BattleTech News Blog! (Nicjansma)
I'm excited to announce a new section for Sarna: The Sarna.net BattleTech News Blog! We aim to bring you the latest tabletop and video game coverage as well as product reviews, community highlights and more. Check it out!
Users BrokenMnemonic and Frabby plan to bring articles on individual named starships to BTW, instead of the currently prevalent method of listing some notable ships in the article for the respective class. This is a big undertaking considering the sheer number of named vessels in the BattleTech universe. So far, we have (only) renamed ambigously-named categories to differentiate articles about ship types/classes from the upcoming individual vessels. Feel free to join the project planning, currently taking place at User talk:Frabby#Individual Ships Template.
For anyone experiencing significant load times on the Recent Changes page, turning off the Use enhanced recent changes option (My preferences-->Recent changes-->Advanced options) may help alleviate the problem.
We've implemented a few changes to hopefully reduce the amount of SPAM this wiki gets. If the changes cause any pain for legit edits, please contact me.
01 February 2012: New Article Naming Policy (Revanche)
The BTW community has jointly crafted and unanimously accepted the new Article Naming policy, guiding writers and editors through the guidelines for naming new articles over a myraid of genres. Give it a read!
On Friday December 16, 2011 at 12pm PDT, we upgraded MediaWiki from version 1.15.0 to 1.18.0. A few problems after the upgrade have been resolved. If you encounter any new issues, please post on my talk page.
06 December 2011: Article Naming Conventions (Revanche)
In another fine example of community consensus, discussion has opened on a possible policy to standardize article names, starting with characters. Please take part in the current discussion or start another post to discuss other areas needing naming guidance (systems, vehicles, products, etc.).
A new tool for articles has been released. The Conflict infobox can be used to help start or beef up articles on battles, campaigns or other similar subjects. If you have ideas on what to add to the box, please make your comments here.
BTW has released the new Fanon Policy, directing the project to focus on articles about BattleTech and dis-allowing "articles" which effectively serve to publish fan-fiction. Please review the policy and consider posting your fan fiction on BattleTech Fanon Wiki.
As the proposal to move BattleTechWiki fully into an official-only project passed overwhelmingly, a deadline of 01 October has been set for the transfer of all non-official material to the BattleTech Fanon Wiki. Further details can be found at Policy:Fanon.
A request to all users pertaining to spambots and spam pages: Please do not edit those (it is not neccessary to insert a deletion tag), and do not blank pages. The Admins patrol this site on a daily basis and will deal with spam right away. See also here.
The proposal to remove fan-created content ('fanon') from BTW has passed. The policy process has now moved into discussion of the definition of 'fanon', as it pertains to this site. All BTW writers, editors and users are welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion here.
Sarna.net now has five themes, one for each House. You can choose to view Sarna in the colors of your favorite faction by logging in, selecting the My Preferences link at the top of the screen (next to the My Talk link), and then selecting the Skin link.
Founder Nic Jansma has authorized a discussion on policy regarding the separating of canon & official articles on BattleTechWiki from fan-created content ('fanon'). If there is overwhelming support for such a policy, fanon would be moved to the BT Fanon Wikia.
All BTW writers, editors and users are welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion in the discussion.
The Awards Committee has released a new Admins' Award: the Community Service ribbon.
This award is granted to members who contribute to the BTW project with the addition or completion of an activity that significantly enhances productivity (such as site design work, added functionality or policy work).
15 February 2011: Project: Infantry Weapons (Revanche)
2010 was another great year of growth for BattleTechWiki, and entirely due to the amazing contributions of the community. 3,142 new articles were written. There has been a lot of great input from all the outstanding members of this community who have helped develop this site. I've posted the Founder's Awards on the 2010 Founder's Awards page.
An entirely new CBT forum has been set up in the place of the old one. Users need to re-register. The old forum's content as of October 2010 is now (temporarily) available as an archive, but any content added since October is lost.
CBT Forums hack update: Warnings have been issued that user account data was apparently stolen; attacks on the email accounts of registered forum users have been reported since. If you were a registered user on the CBT Forums and used the same password there and elsewhere, then you are advised to change it!
The ClassicBattleTech.com (CBT) forums section is down. This time, it looks like a serious security breach and the database and/or all user accounts may be wiped. Many canonical rulings and clarifications that were posted on that official interaction forum with the Line Developers and production staff may be lost. Some of them have been transcribed to BTW, but many reference links to the CBT forums may now be dead.
Founder's Awards Update: A new category has been added for Writers, rather than only Editors. Please nominate your candidate for Superior Writer of the Year at 2010 Founder's Awards. All nomination periods have been extended until 23 January.
BTW has seen an amazing growth, and exceeded 12,000 articles this past year. We're definitely on the right track. Please continue your ongoing efforts to improve this site, and keep up the good work everybody!
Site owner Nicjansma requests that only pictures are uploaded to BTW which are used in articles, as it is not meant to be a data repository. Non-picture files (such as PDF) should be handled through the site's download section instead. A file move is underway, as is a purging of unused files.
Sarna's own Frabby has now been published, with two BattleCorps stories: "Rise and Shine" and "Feather Vs Mountain", detailing conflict between Wolf's Dragoons and House Kurita spilling into the streets of An Ting. Not only is he chronicling BattleTech's history...now he's writing it. Exciting stuff!
The first is awarded by Editors wanting to recognize that a colleague has brought that something special to the project, while the second is to recognize the improvement of an existing article by an Editor.
The new Images policy has just gone live. It discusses references, galleries, thumbnails and other related issues. Thanks to Mbear for helming & writing the policy and all of the Editors that weighed in to help craft it.
The server's PHP version was upgraded from 5.2.x to 5.3. I've found this has broken a couple things, and am fixing them as I go. Please let me know of any problems you see. Nicjansma 06:37, 5 April 2010 (UTC)
Though we hope never to need it, this is to recognize an Editor who has responded to a personal attack with dignity, aplomb and the intent to solve the problem. This is an Admin's Award, so nominations must be made.
This colorful ribbon must be awarded by an Admin, but you can nominate someone by contacting any active Admin with the reason why you feel they deserve this. The nominee must have demonstrated dedication to improving the visual aspects of BattleTechWiki.
Reflecting on 2009, BattleTechWiki grew tremendously from the hard work of many editors, both old and new to the site. It's amazing how much great information is being added daily. I've handed out some Founder's Awards in appreciation. Thanks to everyone who is a part of our community!
This award is given when any "Editor witnesses another Editor making a minor correction to any random article." Show your appreciation for the efforts of the other Editors here by granting this or any of the other myriad ribbons available.
Happy New Year and New Decade! We're well into Sarna's seventeenth year and BattleTechWiki's fourth. Two important notes:
Incredible job this last 12 months by Sarna's dedicated team of Editors, with more than a 48% increase in the number of articles since last January, averaging 8 new articles a day. The site is improving by leaps and bounds, thanks to your efforts.
To celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of all the site's contributors, we're unveiling the BattleTechWiki Awards. Some will be granted sparingly by Nic, others will be handed out by the Admins, many are granted by other Editors and some are automatic. Please take a look, see what you'd like to grant to other Editors and ask me if you have any questions.
The Fan Fiction and Article categories have been cleaned up a bit, with their own tags. Now, its easier to find all of Sarna's fan-submitted fiction and articles, as well as being in line with the new Canon policy.
The important Policy:Canon for this wiki has been re-forged into what we hope to be its final version. Contributors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our Canon Policy. As of yet, it appears to reflect the current consensus on the matter. Similarly, the article on Canon has been rewritten from the ground up.
A new category, BattleTech Essays, makes its debut with BattleMech Roles. This new category will be built up with articles by community-recognized essays regarding issues focused on the games or fiction.
BattleTechWiki's founder, Nic Jansma, has upgraded the site to MediaWiki v1.15.0, which provides greater security and additional capabilities. If you find any issues, please report them here. Thank you, Nic.
"Congratulations" and "A Job Well Done" to the authors of the last 1600+ new articles. These articles added since January have increased Sarna's database by over 25%. Just incredible. Thank you, from your fellow editors and readers of BattleTechWiki.
Project: Military Commands has been formed. This project's goal is to improve BTW's coverage of articles on military units, brigades, and formations. Please sign up if you're interested in helping us out with this type of article.
Greetings everybody! To my own lasting surprise, I have been promoted to Administrator status on this Wiki. My thanks go to NicJansma, Revanche and Scaletail!
I intend to keep working on this wiki just as I have, that is, improve articles and add bits and pieces everywhere with no clear preferences. That is also why I have avoided joining any project teams. Canon is the one issue of supreme importance to me, clouded and confused as the issue may be at this time.
A new section has been added to the Main Page: the Chatterweb. This will be a section where important discussions & calls for consensus will be highlighted. All active Editors are asked to both review the discussions on a regular basis and add links to areas they feel need to be brought to the attention of other Editors. Results will be archived on the Minor News page.
A new primary Category, Game Aids, has been created to track all articles re-creating tables used in the various games. Help BTW by writing and identifing previous articles that can be accessed directly thru this Main Page category.
All mainstream, canon Clan BattleMech articles have been created. By no means does this imply that work on BattleMech articles has been completed, so please visit Project BattleMechs to see how you can help.
2008 Minor News Archive
August 26: Consensus was reached regarding setting standards for character articles, with the guidance to be developed by the BattleTechWiki:Project Biographies team. An allowance for deletion was included. Proposal here.
August 26: Consensus was reached regarding the authorization of additional categories for character articles on BTW, with the proposal passing. The decision: a) all character articles will be included in Category: Characters (as the parent category), b) that all character categories be tracked at BattleTechWiki:Project Biographies, in order to keep, "standards consistent and the categories themselves under easy and constant review." Proposal here.
August 26: Consensus was reached to rename Category:People to Category:Characters. This also decided that all previous characters removed from Category:People would be returned to the newly renamed category and that all future characters would also be included. Proposal here.
August 26: Minor News page bursts back into relevance.
A discussion has been started on what is and is not notable enough to be included in BTW, and input is needed from all editors. This is incredibly important, because it will eventually determine what will and will not be allowed as content on this wiki, so please contribute to the discussion.
November 30: New policy Privacy has been rolled out.
December 06: New candidate policies, Notability and Vandalism, have been rolled out and need discussion participation.
December 08: The existing policies have been broken into two categories: 'completed' and 'under construction', with the latter receiving the appropriate template. Further, some essays previously residing in the About BTW category have been recognized as policies and moved accordingly.
A 'Big Thanks' to Skuggi for the UserBars that various BTW staff will soon be sporting on their User Pages. They really are works of art. You can also grab one off his UserPage to tastefully advertise BTW on your favorite forums. Spread the word!
Here's the new look of Sarna.net's BattleTechWiki. Thanks to the tremendous help of some of our visitors, as well as contributors from MechWikia, this wiki is starting to build some great content! Thanks everyone!
Sarna.net is now a wiki, using MediaWiki software (the same thing that runs Wikipedia). I have converted all of the old static pages into a wiki format so that this site can grow as a community.
Anyone who has a small amount of time and desire can help keep BattleTech alive. Contributing is easy! Please read the Help page for more information, including wiki syntax. There is also a To-Do and Wishlist for ideas on how to expand.