Tolkien Gateway:Updates

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Site Updates


  • 9-6-2024 - We have upgraded to the latest version of MediaWiki, 1.41.
  • 3-6-2024 - Editors can now click a "Preview" button in the top right when using "Edit source". This will show a preview of your changes next to the code.
  • 3-6-2024 - You may have noticed we have made some minor tweaks to our theme. We will be spending the next several months updating various templates with more design surprises in store. Stay tuned!


  • 24-6-23 - We have configured a Maps extension into TG so we can now incorporate both real-world as well as legendarium-based maps into articles.
  • 19-6-23 - Hovering over a reference number in an article will now display a preview of the citation.
  • 1-6-23 - Talk pages have been modernized to support a much more friendly interface both for new topics and replies. You will also now receive a notification if someone replies to your comment.
  • 28-5-23 - You can now Thank individuals for their edit, the thank button is visible on the History tab of the respective article to the far right of their edit. A log of all "Thanks" events can be accessed via Special:Log/thanks
  • 24-5-23 - When hovering over links on a computer, a thumbnail image and brief description will now appear without having to click on the link.
  • 24-5-23 - Enabled wiki-syntax highlighting that can be toggled using the highlighter button in the edit toolbar.
  • 21-5-23 - Our "favicon" in web browsers was updated from the white tree to our red wax stamp.
  • 12-5-23 - Upgraded to MediaWiki version 1.39, which includes support for the Visual Editor.


  • 2-9-22 - Tolkien Gateway surpasses 100,000 visitors in a single day.
  • 27-8-22 - Upgraded to MediaWiki version 1.35, introduced a new logo and a new skin designed to make articles easier to read on mobile devices.
  • 18-8-22 - can now be used for shorter website addresses, an example is


  • 12-12-12 - Doubled performance of server to accommodate increase in traffic. (over 20,000 unique visitors per day!).


  • 07-08-11 - With the installation of ConfirmEdit extension, anonymous users can now edit the wiki.
  • 07-08-11 - The Forum and Inputbox (now CreateBox) extensions have been fixed; new extensions BreadCrumbs (for easier navigation) and CategoryTree have been added.
  • 07-08-11 - We have successfully upgraded to the new version of MediaWiki. New features include Special:ComparePages and search suggestions.
  • 06-08-11 - "Ithilien"/"Gateway to Ithilien" has been re-made to fix many bugs whilst running more smoothly with the new version of MediaWiki. The skin is now called "Mithilien" and is default.
  • 05-06-11 - The email functions have been fixed meaning users are able to email one another and new users will receive confirmation emails.
  • 02-06-11 - Now only autoconfirmed users (those who have a certain number of edits and have been registered for a certain amount of time) are able to create pages, upload images and move articles.
  • 14-04-11 - The vast majority of downtime issues are resolved.
  • 18-03-11 - Footer of Cavendish skin has been tweaked to consume much less space. Ithilien skin: categories now fit in the niche at the bottom; shading around the bottom has been removed (as it got in the way); page title has been moved up to be flush with the top of the navigation bar; page toolbar moved to fit properly in its niche.
  • 16-03-11 - Tolkien Gateway reaches 9,000 articles! Well done, everyone!
  • 04-02-11 - EmbedVideo, Editcount, ImageMap and Stringfunctions extensions have all been installed. Glitch in the user creation log has been fixed. Edit tools have been expanded with more buttons.
  • 03-02-11 - Mith has started working on Technical To-do: re-enabling site-wide and user css and js (including highlighting references); restoring the edit buttons and CharInsert; removing the superfluous box around categories; fixing the navigation in the Ithilien skin; and providing a link to "My sandbox" in the Personal Toolbar.


  • 16-07-10 - I was wondering why there hadn't been many updates lately...fixed a bug in an extension.
  • 05-07-10 - Migrating to our new server could not have gone smoother. Uploads and editing have been enabled again. Hopefully you won't see errors as frequently as before and pages will load a little bit faster.
  • 03-07-10 - Uploads have been temporarily disabled while we setup a beta site on our shiny new server in preparation for the migration.
  • 22-04-10 - I would like to apologize profusely for the extended downtime TG experienced earlier today. Apparently we overloaded our host with too much traffic! We are working diligently to prevent this from happening again. Thank you for your patience.


  • 02-09-09 - Well, that could have gone much smoother, but then again I guess it could have been worse. We're now on our new server. I'm working out a few minor tweaks and then we can focus on upgrading MediaWiki and finally adding some extensions. If you encounter any problems please let me know.


  • 30-12-08 - The MySQL service was feeling lonely and wanted some attention so it decided to crash on us :( Thanks for hanging in there!
  • 09-10-08 - One of our database tables crashed on us earlier today however the issue has been resolved. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • 15-09-08 - Unfortunately we had some major hardware problems earlier today however they have been resolved and no information was lost.
  • 26-08-08 - The Ithilien skin is now the default for FireFox, Opera, and IE 7.0 browsers. You can change your skin at Special:Preferences.
  • 21-08-08 - The upgrade is complete and we are now working on fixing some bugs as well as installing some new features, if you notice anything odd feel free to report it on Hyarion's talk page.
  • 21-08-08 - We will be upgrading the software which powers the wiki shortly, this will allow us to incorporate many new features into the website. There will be some downtime, anywhere from 10-30 minutes, and there may be some bugs after the upgrade is complete, hang tight. Feel free to join the chatroom in the mean time.
  • 20-08-08 - Unfortunately MySQL had some issues earlier today however the issue has been resolved.
  • 17-08-08 - A reminder, our first of our weekly meetings will take place today on IRC at 3pm Eastern. For more information see Tolkien_Gateway:Meetings.
  • 12-07-08 - Tolkien Gateway passed the threshold of 7000 articles!
  • 01-07-08 - Unfortunately we were having some power problems with the server at the data center early this morning, sorry about that folks.
  • 30-04-08 - We have publicly launched our latest project, a map of Earth with markers for any location which relates to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works. We'll be continuing to add more points and features to the map. Stay Tuned! View the map
  • 14-04-08 - We've been having some technical issues with our server over the last couple days, thanks for hanging in there, we think we've resolved it.
  • 02-02-08 - Wow. Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong. We are extremely sorry about the downtime the last few days, shame on us for thinking everything would go smoothly. Thanks for hanging in there, now let's move onto the good news. No data was lost and we are now running on a brand new server with PHP5 and we'll begin upgrading the MediaWiki software and adding some fun new extensions in the coming weeks.
  • 29-01-08 - Due to the rapid growth of Tolkien Gateway we will be migrating to a new quad-core server with 8 gigs of RAM. For data synchronization reasons, we will be locking the database tomorrow during the migration process which means editing may be disabled. We should be at our new home and fully operational by Wednesday.


  • 04-10-07 - Interwiki links now added for Ardapedia (German) and Kontu (Finnish).
  • 01-10-07 - Unfortunately we had some MySQL issues today and yesterday, but they have been resolved, sorry for the inconvenience.
  • 18-09-07 - All anonymous users must now answer a simple math problem before their edit is saved.
  • 14-04-07 - New main page launched!
  • 11-03-07 - Who is Online feature is now much more accurate as it grabs visits from all the pages and not just the Main Page, it also displays the registered users that are online.
  • 24-02-07 - Max width for the layout has been removed. Users with larger monitors should now see a lot less whitespace on the sides.
  • 15-01-07 - Support for OpenSearch has been added and Firefox users can now add Tolkien Gateway search to their browser by clicking the down arrow next to the Google search box and clicking "Add Tolkien Gateway".


  • 01-12-06 - Just in case you guys prefer Google Video to YouTube I've added a Google Video extension as well. Again, it's pretty simple, just insert something like <googlevideo>8119893978710705002</googlevideo> where that long number is the ID found in the Google Video URL.
  • 29-11-06 - I've gone ahead and added a YouTube extension until I can perfect our own video embedding scheme. To embed a video from YouTube just use the follow code <youtube width="200" height="200">pISzxdEgDCU</youtube> Where the jumble of letters is the video code on YouTube (found in the URL). We definitely don't want to abuse this and have tons of videos jammed on every page but I think it will help on some articles.
  • 21-10-06 - Dang, just noticed we passed 1 million page views a while ago, congratulations!
  • 20-10-06 - Had a bit of downtime this morning and quite a bit this evening but we think we've resolved the issue, sorry about that folks.
  • 17-10-06 - Looks like the site had a small hiccup while I was sleeping and a few database tables were corrupted. The problem has been resolved and luckily the specific tables didn't hold all the content for the site. I'm going to switch from weekly to daily backups just in case it happens again.
  • 16-10-06 - We've had the cavendish skin installed for a while now and I think it is overall better than the old Monobook skin so I've gone ahead and made it the default. You can of course always change your skin by clicking the Preferences link when you're logged in. This new skin will still undergo some changes as we definitely need to add more of a Tolkien-theme to it.
  • 27-09-06 - We will be migrating to a new server on Sunday, no downtime is expected and the server will feature PHP5 which will allow us to get back to upgrading to the latest versions of MediaWiki, something we have been unable to do for the last few months due to only having PHP4. I'm hoping with the new server will also come TeTex/LaTeX/WikiTeX/TengTex which will allow us to dynamically generate the Tengwar like I promised.
  • 27-09-06 - Moving the Community Portal to Tolkien Gateway:Updates as this seems a more proper place. The community portal definitely has its place but for now I think I'll just remove it.
  • The Poem extension has now been added. To utilize the new extension simply encase your poem between <poem> and </poem>. No more line breaks required after every line or using the pre tag.
  • I'm proud to announce Tolkien Gateway has just passed 3,000 unique visitors in one day. We have all of the dedicated contributors to thank and at this point I think it's just a matter of time before people realize the potential of the site.
  • Small skin changes. I've been playing around with the skin a lot of today so I'm sorry if anyone saw anything odd. I've added the A-Z links to the top center and removed them from the left where they were taking up way too much room. When we finalize some "Portal" pages such as the Gallery and maybe a Characters portal or something I'll throw those links on the left. Let me know what you guys think.
  • thrasher7 has provided us with a new extension, the Special:Editcount/TopEditors extension which lists the top editors. Hopefully this will give us an extra incentive to keep editing. You can include your total edits in your user page by using {{Special:Editcount/Hyarion}} for example. Let the race to #1 begin!
  • Kristine Kastle has written a critique of Tolkien Gateway for her class. We received 1.5 out of 4 rings.
  • The left navigational A-Z links have been fixed. Prior to the update they used Special:Allpages/A which would show a couple hundred pages starting with A but it might continue on through B and C. Now when you click A you will only see articlces starting with A.
  • The upgrade to 1.6.3 is now complete! New Features. Please let me know if you see any bugs that I might have missed.
  • We have planned to upgrade from MediaWiki 1.5.4 to 1.6.3 today. This includes an added feature which forces people who edit anonymously and have a link in their edit, to type a random word. This should prevent pretty much all the vandalisms. If you find anything wrong after the upgrade, please let us know.
  • If you haven't noticed we have converted our Community Portal discussion to a forum-like atmosphere over on the Council forums (a link is also present on the left navigation).
  • It seems we have surpassed over 200,000 page views as well as over 200 registered users. Congratulations everyone.
  • Over 500 articles and a day later I've now completed the redirect pages. Searching or even making a Numenor link will redirect to the correct accented article.
  • I'm still debating switching the main page to be simply a Search Page. I like the idea of having a simplistic Google-like look, but I think the lack of news/information on the main page might not be liked. What do you guys think?
  • I think I've decided to go through every article that has an accent and create a non-accented redirect to it. Search results do not display the correct results for something like "Numenor" since there are technically accents on the word. Creating the redirects will allow someone to search for "Numenor" and simply be redirected to the correct page. I've whined to the MediaWiki staff about creating an extension but it's just going to be too much work to do it like Google and even Wikipedia uses the redirect idea.
  • Congratulations everyone, we have now surpassed 10,000 edits!
  • I've altered the left navigation menu to display only alphabetical links. The old links were not fully completed even though the articles were written. I think this way people will be able to see how large our database is more efficiently. What do you guys think? Feel free to post on the discussion page.
  • Unfortunately the last couple days we've had some MySQL issues which has caused some downtime. This is not viewed lightly and we've done everyting possible to prevent anymore downtime in the future. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Congratulations to everyone who has worked on the Encyclopedia, we have now surpassed over 100,000 views.
  • We have founded our own Tolkien News website.


  • A new skin has been added. To switch to that skin permanently just go into your preferences once you are logged in.
  • I've added a page for editors to discuss Tolkien Gateway.
  • Tolkien Gateway is now offering free website hosting and IRC chat services to selected Tolkien websites, please email hyarion [at] hyarion [dot] net for more details.
  • After a bit of downtime we now have successfully relocated to the new server.
  • You can now View recently uploaded images. If you have an account, feel free to Upload your own images.