Revision as of 11:55, 7 March 2019 by Dystopos
Bhamwiki was launched on March 15, 2006.
- The 1st article, Interstate hole (renamed several times since) was added on March 15, 2006 by User:Gt9606a (logged in as Dystopos)
- On May 24, 2006 the logo was updated.
- On June 12, 2006 the site was upgraded to MediaWiki 1.6.7
- The 500th article, Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington, was written on June 18, 2006 by User:Dystopos.
- At 500 articles, Bhamwiki is more comprehensive than several Wikipedias - specifically those serving the Cantonese, Maori, Moldovan, Amharic, and Mongolian language communities.
- The 600th article, List of Birmingham police chiefs, was compiled on July 13, 2006 by User:Dystopos.
- On July 28, notable Birmingham blogger Wade Kwon named Bhamwiki one of "Birmingham's Hottest Sites". The article identified some of the MediaWiki tools as our strongest features and noted the need for "a roadmap on how to get started with the group." The other four sites honored were BarCamp Birmingham, Birmingham Buzz, Birmingham Rewound, and the Magic City Flickr Group.
- The 700th article, 1997 City Stages, was created on July 23, 2006 by Dystopos.
- On August 10, a "favicon.ico" file was added to the server to dress up your bookmarks.
- The "Best of Birmingham" feature in the September 2006 issue of Birmingham Magazine noted Bhamwiki's historical resources in the context of Birmingham history websites publicized on Wade on Birmingham.
- Bhamwiki:Sustainability, the first "portal" (a subject-specific entry page) was created on October 11, 2006 by User:Dystopos. It was requested for use by the Urban Sustainability Task Force of Catalyst for Birmingham.
- An article on Bhamwiki was published in The Birmingham News on November 25, 2006, written by Erin Stock. Site traffic for November 25 was approximately 7 times our average load and we signed on 10 new editors over the weekend.
- An article on Bhamwiki was published in Black & White on January 11, 2007, written by Paul Brantley.
- Bhamwiki was mentioned in an article about political wikis on the Personal Democracy Forum dated January 22, 2007.
- On February 11, 2007 the site was upgraded to MediaWiki 1.9.2 on PHP 5.1.2. The size of the database overstepped the memory limits for the web server when the PHP update scripts were run, meaning that for several hours edit attempts returned a database error.
- The 2000th article was Docena, added by Dystopos on March 10, 2007.
- On March 22, 2007 the Birmingham Weekly made us their weekly pick for Monday March 26, encouraging readers to consult Bhamwiki to "learn a ton about our tortured, beloved, conflicted, potential-rich and angst-ridden Birmingham," and also to "double-check the facts you find."
- On March 28, 2007 the site was upgraded to MediaWiki 1.9.3.
- The 2100th article was Geneva Mercer, added by Dystopos on April 4, 2007.
- On May 6, 2007 we registered our 100th user account.
- The 2300th article was Michael Gibbons, added by Dystopos on May 20, 2007.
- The 2400th article was Jim Parkman, added by Dystopos on June 19, 2007.
- On June 30, 2007 the site was upgraded to MediaWiki 1.10.0.
- The 2600th article was Tara Gray, added by Dystopos on July 18, 2007.
- On August 17, 2007 The Terminal began using Bhamwiki's date articles as a source for its history column, "A Look Back."
- The 2900th article was the 2007 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, added by User:Wheresdib on September 19, 2007.
- The 3200th article was Alexander Jefferson, added by User:Dystopos on November 29, 2007.
- On December 26, a Birmingham News article by Lisa Osburn depicted Bhamwiki as a straightforward "recitation of facts authored by the masses."
- On December 28, Doc's Political Parlor began using Bhamwiki for its "Today in Alabama History" feature.
- The 3800th article was Dan Bynum, added by Dystopos on March 9, 2008.
- February and March 2008 brought unprecedented growth in traffic to Bhamwiki. See Special:Popularpages for an idea of what people are looking for when they find us.
- An article entitled "Virtual Networks: An Opportunity for Government" in the Spring 2008 issue of The Public Manager mentioned Bhamwiki as an example of a municipal wiki that improves "people's ability to understand and control their government through citizen engagement in the political process."
- The 4200th article was Jim St. John, added by User:Dystopos on June 2, 2008.
- In early June we began experimenting with "beautified" URLs on Bhamwiki. Testing and tweaking continue.
- On June 13 a new Bhamwiki logo was created.
- The 4400th article was Parkside Home & Garden, added by User:Dystopos on July 22, 2008.
- The August issue of Birmingham magazine included an article entitled "Birmingham on the Web", featuring Bhamwiki as "a resource for a quick overview on any number of Birmingham-related topics." Seventeen other valuable sites were listed, including our sister site, the Magic City Flickr Group.
- On August 5 Bhamwiki began using Twitter.com to publicize new or interesting articles. (link)
- The 4500th article was Will Ferniany, added by User:Dystopos on August 10, 2008.
- The site suffered prolonged outages due to a bad firewall rule on its file server on August 26-27.
- The 4600th article was Roberts Cemetery, added by User:Dystopos on August 27, 2008.
- The 4700th article was John Longwell, added by User:Dystopos on September 23, 2008.
- On September 29 a beta / mirror version of Bhamwiki, hosted by the Birmingham Public Library, went live at bhamwiki.org.
- On October 17 the Birmingham News posted the results of its "Best of the Best" readers' poll. Bhamwiki.com finished fourth behind al.com, bhamterminal.com, and nbc13.com for "Best Local Web Site".
- The 4800th article was Alabama Geocachers Association, added by User:Wheresdib on November 7, 2008.
- The 4900th article was Jim Reed, added by User:Wheresdib on December 22, 2008.
- The 5,000th article was Alagasco, added by User:Wheresdib on February 2.
- The 5,100th article was Odenville, added by User:Dystopos on March 3.
- The site celebrated its third anniversary at Silvertron Cafe on March 15.
- A Facebook group for Bhamwiki editors, supporters and fans was launched on March 16.
- The 5,200nd article was Henry B. Walthall, added by User:Lkseitz on March 28.
- The 5,300rd article was 9th Avenue Deck, added by User:Dystopos on April 26.
- The 5,400th article was Thomas Jeffers, added by User:Dystopos on May 24.
- The 5,500th article was Marian Ann Dowdell Woods, added by User:Dystopos on June 16.
- The 5,600th article was WERC-FM, added by User:Dystopos on July 6.
- Sometime in July 2009 we passed the 4 million page views milestone, as recorded at Special:Statistics.
- On July 15 an article by Kevin Makice in Wired.com's "GeekDad" blog referenced Bhamwiki among the local wiki's that are larger than Bloomingpedia.
- The 5,700th article was Trails of Africa, added by User:Dystopos on July 27.
- The 5,800th article was James Williams, added by User:Dystopos on August 16.
- The 5,900th article was John Holcomb Jr, added by User:Dystopos on August 30.
- The 6,000th article was John Moore (disambiguation), added by User:Dystopos on September 24.
- The 6,100th article was Jack Nelson, added by User:Dystopos on October 22.
- A November 10 article about Carole Smitherman on CBS42.com was lifted entirely from Bhamwiki (with attribution, but without respecting our CC license)
- The Jeffco Can website puts Bhamwiki atop their links section (jeffcocan.com/links).
- The 6,200th article was Kenneth Livesay, added by User:Dystopos on November 18.
- The 6,300th article was Dean and Company, added by User:Wheresdib on December 20.
- The 6,400th article was Lakeshore, added by User:Lkseitz on January 18.
- The 6,500th article was Walter McAdory, added by User:Dystopos on February 10.
- The 6,600th article was Frederick Knight, added by User:Dystopos on March 7.
- The 6,700th article was William Spencer III, added by User:Dystopos on March 30.
- The 6,800th article was Toni Tully, added by User:Dystopos on April 25.
- The 6,900th article was Laura Rickman, added by User:Realkyhick on May 16.
- The 7,000th article was Desperado's, added by User:Dystopos on June 11.
- The 7,100th article was 9324 Parkway East, added by User:Wheresdib on July 14.
- The 7,200th article was Monte D'Oro, added by User:Dystopos on August 9.
- On August 23, I quietly changed all mentions of "BhamWiki" to "Bhamwiki" in the main page.
- Sometime in August 2010 we passed the 8 million page views milestone, as recorded at Special:Statistics.
- The 7,300th article was Hayes K-8 School, added by User:Dystopos on September 14.
- The 7,400th article was Kendal Brown, added by User:Dystopos on October 26.
- A mysterious error involving server-side output compression causes the site to become inaccessible on October 28. A good samaritan stepped in early October 30 and commented out the offending line in the site's php.ini file. I'm still trying to determine what triggered the problem.
- The 7,500th article was Bulwagi, added by User:Dystopos on December 8.
- The 7,600th article was Dax Swatek, added by User:Dystopos on January 7.
- The 7,700th article was Montgomery Highway (Vestavia Hills), added by User:Lkseitz on January 27.
- The 7,800th article was Sonny Ferguson, added by User:Wheresdib on February 13.
- The 7,900th article was Mercedes-Benz US International, added by User:Dystopos on March 7.
- The 8,000th article was Demetrius C. Newton Gardens, added by User:Wheresdib on March 27.
- The 8,100th article was 1795, added by User:Lkseitz on April 27.
- The 8,200th article was Church of the Reconciler, added by User:Dystopos on June 4.
- Bhamwiki was recommended as a "resource without peer" in the "blogs" section of Todd Keith's Insiders' Guide to Birmingham, published on July 19, 2011.
- The 8,300th article was Ira De Ment, added by User:Dystopos on July 19.
- In September, Bhamwiki began contributing a weekly 10-question "City Quiz" to Weld for Birmingham.
- The 8,400th article was Bernice Wright residence, added by User:Dystopos on November 1.
- The 8,500th article was Holiday Inn, added by User:Dystopos on January 2.
- The 8,600th article was Living Stones Temple, added by User:Dystopos on February 9.
- The 8,700th article was 1892, added by User:Lkseitz on May 7.
- The 8,800th article was Husky Grill, added by User:Wheresdib on June 25.
- The 8,900th article was Trio's, added by User:Wheresdib on September 28.
- The 9,000th article was The Southern Diner, added by User:Wheresdib on November 15.
- On November 15, 2012, The Bhamwiki-insprired "MartinsvilleWiki" in Martinsville, Virginia went on-line.
- Bhamwiki was cited as a source in Charles Buchanan's "Fading Ads of Birmingham".
- The 9,100th article was Hogan's Hide-A-Way, added by User:Dystopos on January 20.
- The 9,200th article was Harrison Limited, added by User:Wheresdib on April 16.
- Genius Matthew Sheets rescued Bhamwiki again from the shady pharmaceuticals business, established a more robust backup-mirror, and promised to be on-hand for upgrades and customization in the future.
- The 9,300th article was 1914 Birmingham Barons, added by User:Dystopos on June 2.
- The 9,400th article was Cambridge Shop, added by User:Lkseitz on August 6.
- The 9,500th article was Lucille Bogan, added by User:Dystopos on October 9.
- The 9,600th article was Acipco-Finley, added by User:Dystopos on November 27.
- on December 27, Bhamwiki.com was recognized as a runner-up to AL.com in AL.com's "Birmingham's Best 2013" reader's poll for "Best Local Website".
- On January 26, Alabama Media Group reporter Jeremy Gray began compiling a "The week in Birmingham history" feature using Bhamwiki as a source.
- The 9,800th article was 2014 winter storm, added by User:Dystopos on January 30.
- The 9,900th article was Jefferson County Beekeepers Association, added by User:Thepainteater on March 7.
- The 10,000th article was Downtown revitalization, added by User:Dystopos on March 28.
- The 10,100th article was War Bond Breakfast, added by User:Dystopos on April 27.
- The 10,200th article was 'Cross Town, added by User:Dystopos on June 12.
- The 10,300th article was TASSCO, added by User:Dystopos on July 15.
- The 10,400th article was James McWane, added by User:Dystopos on August 24.
- The 10,500th article was 1944 Alabama State Fair, added by User:Dystopos on October 1.
- On October 7, Bhamwiki was upgraded to MediaWiki version 1.22.6 running on PHP 5.4.11
- The 10,600th article was Harris Transfer Company, added by User:Dystopos on December 7.
- The 10,700th article was List of homicides in 1991, added by User:Dystopos on January 23.
- The 10,800th article was Sammy's, added by User:Dystopos on March 25.
- The 10,900th article was Benchscapes, added by User:Dystopos on May 3.
- The 11,000th article was St Theresa Catholic Church, added by User:Lkseitz on June 1.
- The 11,100th article was Magic City Steam Bottling Works, added by User:Dystopos on July 2.
- The 11,200th article was Larry Barton, added by User:Dystopos on August 9.
- September 1: Chattanooga-based fantasy author Cherie Priest linked to Bhamwiki's Axe syndicate article to explain the real-life inspiration for her novel, Chapelwood: The Borden Dispatches (link).
- September 8: Al.com reporter Kelly Kazek quoted Bhamwiki at length in her article on "Alabama's most famous madams and brothels" (link).
- The 11,300th article was O. D. Henderson, added by User:Dystopos on October 12.
- The 11,400th article was Vance McBride, added by User:Dystopos on December 1.
- The 11,500th article was M-Tre, added by User:Dystopos on February 5.
- The site's 10th anniversary was celebrated on Sunday, March 13 at Good People Brewing Company.
- The 11,600th article was 1887 A. O. Lane residence, added by User:Dystopos on March 20.
- On April 18 the Alabama Historical Association honored Bhamwiki with their inaugural "Digital History Award, Small Projects Category". The committee's criteria included "projects that made obvious contributions to promulgating Alabama history or a component thereof, that were historically accurate, that exhibited superior design and navigation practices, that incorporated innovation and multiple media, that continued to be maintained at a high level, and that engaged the broader community through social media about the projects.". The Encyclopedia of Alabama won the award in the large projects category.
- The 11,700th article was James Walker, created by User:Bill Coleman on May 4.
- The 11,800th article was 2016 Birmingham Barons, created by User:Dystopos on June 2.
- The 11,900th article was Bangkok House, created by User:Dystopos on July 6.
- On August 13-14 I added "CloudFlare CDN, DNS & DDoS protection to Bhamwiki and ran some long-overdue maintenance scripts on the database. Note: The CloudFlare service has interrupted my ability to review server statistics. Planning to implement Google Analytics in the future.
- The 12,000th article was 23rd Street North, created by User:Dystopos on August 28.
- The 12,100th article was Jack B. Smith, created by User:Dystopos on October 13.
- The 12,200th article was Birmingham Stove & Range Company, added by User:Dystopos on January 9.
- The 12,300th article was 19th Street North Bessemer, added by User:Dystopos on February 24.
- The site's 11th anniversary was celebrated on Wednesday, March 15 at Cantina.
- The 12,400th article was Doug's Coin & Jewelry, added by User:Dystopos on April 9.
- The 12,500th article was Jefferson County Mayors Association, added by User:Robert Matthews on June 4.
- In a June 15 editorial about William Bell's upcoming re-election challenge, Weld publisher Mark Kelly referred to Bhamwiki as a "local treasure".
- The 12,600th article was Hosea Lewis, added by User:Dystopos on July 20.
- The 12,700th article was SouthBridge, added by User:Dystopos on October 2.
- The 12,800th article was George Denny, added by User:Dystopos on November 23.
- The 12,900th article was Vestavia Village, added by User:Dystopos on January 5.
- The 13,000th article was Lansden electric wagon, added by User:Dystopos on March 6.
- Bhamwiki was featured in an article on Bham Now on the occasion of its 12th anniversary.
- The 13,100th article was Adventure Park at Grants Mill, added by User:Dystopos on May 11.
- The 13,200th article was Trussville Plaza, added by User:Dystopos on July 11.
- The 13,300th article was Freda Lesser, added by User:Dystopos on August 29.
- The 13,400th article was 2018 Riverchase Galleria shooting, added by User:Dystopos on November 26.