User talk:Guaka

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Cats vs Users

The cats are preventing users from adding content with web (http) links. Could we have a functioning captcha or no captcha at all? Please! This is a serious flaw in the system. I don't want to advertise Trashwiki to any new users before this is dealt with. The system is totally unusable now. (Of course we can automatically make everyone admin as well, 'cos ever since you made me an admin I haven't had that issue with the furry animals) --Astikain (talk) 19:35, 5 March 2013 (CET)

Relationship to law

I wrote today some new text for Unlocking dumpsters and Trashwiki:About regarding the Trashwiki position to some info posted on the site where legality of actions is in question. Please read it and tell me what you think. It is for a better protection of those behind Trashwiki, some sort of a general disclaimer, just in case. --Sigurdas 20:47, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Good thinking and good work, I like it! guaka 22:10, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

Wikilinks from Hitchwiki

Since you are involved in Hitchwiki a lot, maybe you can talk to the guys there so that every new location article on Hitchwiki would have a wikilink to Trashwiki? Because now we have a situation when almost every location article here has a link to Hitchwiki, but very rarely back to Trashwiki. --Sigurdas 23:01, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Hmm, it should be possible to let the bot do that. Does anyone know, if there is an easy way to get a list of all Articles? --MrTweek
Well, fixed :) It's running only semi-automatic right now, so I guess I'll just run it every few months. --MrTweek
Thanx. And... any chances to create such a bot for Trashwiki, too? --Sigurdas 00:53, 20 January 2011 (UTC)

What is really great?

Dearest Guaka:

i am happy to defer to you, and i would set the standards higher.

For me really great is when the vendors dont actually throw the stuff away, but leave it in boxes at the edge of their tables so that dumpster divers can rescue it and not so much of it is destroyed. I only went to Het Katestraat a few times, they were nice enough to us and did some did give things when they were asked.

But i am happy with your description, we certainly want to be encouraging people to go there. Perhaps the distinction is between really great and nearly perfect.

And what i really want (and hope to work on a bit myself) is for us to be building relations with the vendors, inviting them to tea, giving them small presents, bringing beautiful young women to flirt with them a that end of the day. I dont know if you saw it, but i worked up a scenario like this in the digital nomads article on my blog see digitalnomads

You rock the free world. looking forward to our paths actually crossing some day.

--Paxus 23:14, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Goeie wiki!

He Guaka, wat een ontzettende goede wiki is dit zeg! Heel fijn dat die er nu is. Ik las dat er ook verwezen wordt, naar de weggeefwinkel buurtboerderij, heel fijn! en naar een goederenbank. Weggeefwinkel is in het engels vertaald met Give away shop, maar de mening van lijkt te zijn geworden dat freeshop een mooiere vertaling is omdat het ook het woord vrij in zich heeft. Verder wordt een voedselbankachtig project dat goederen verstrekt maar niet iedereen toelaat goederenbank genoemt. Weggeefwinkels met hun bredere en meer diverse doelstellingen willen hier doorgaans namelijk niet mee geassocieerd worden.... Op kun je hier van alles over lezen... grts, pinq van

Hi, I will respond in English so that more people can understand. Thanks for the compliments, and it was about time to have a wiki dedicated to world-wide info about recycling trash from the perspective of the dumpster diver :) You might also want to check out Hitchwiki, dedicated to hitchhiking, and Sharewiki, treating sharing in a more general way.
I never really gave much thought to it, but I agree with using freeshop instead of give-away shop (which would be a more direct translation of "weggeefwinkel" though, why not call it "vrijwinkel" in Dutch? :), I also prefer to use the term free software instead of open source. I'll add some comments on talk pages, since I want to know what other people think as well.
About the "goederenbank", I haven't written that, so far I have focused on trash :) But feel very free to make subtle changes in the articles or to leave comments in the specific articles. guaka 11:37, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Hi Guaka, Thanks for this answer, i will try to respond in english as well. I have added some links to you mention to As webmaster of the freeshopssite i have given this a lot of thought, and spoke about it with a quite a lot of people, online or irl. It's nice to hear to you think it's oke if other people leave comments in specific articles or make subtle changes in texts about things they have given a lot of thought. I've I have some time on my hands a certainly will, and afcourse i will try to do so nicely, and I certainly don't want to end up in any kind of editwar... grts, pinq\

Cool. Of course it's also okay if you make radical changes as long as you think everyone will be happy with it (if you change tiny stubs like apple there is no space for controversy :)
I'm actually happy myself that many things I write on wikis are edited. I like the fact that I don't need to give to much thought to the text I add since it will be improved anyway. guaka 13:40, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

guaka 13:40, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

Media wiki est très intéressant, je pense en créer un sur la culture et l'audiovisuel ou encore le cybernaturel, je suis en train d'apprendre à le faire ! --Misha 07:39, 12 December 2008 (UTC)


Hey, Kasper, I think it is time to make clear for people about file licensing on Trashwiki to avoid uploading whatever one might find on the web. So I have some suggestions for - adding this text (or smth like that) for example:

Please do not upload copyrighted material. We kindly ask you to provide all basic information about who is the author of the work and what is its license.

...and make a listbox (dropdown menu) from which one can choose one of the following licenses:

  • Copyleft, attribution required (Multi-license GFDL, CC-BY-SA all versions)
  • All rights released (Public domain)
  • Copyleft, attribution required (GFDL, CC-BY-SA 3.0, Free Art license)
  • Attribution required (GFDL, CC-BY 3.0)
  • Copyleft, attribution required (GFDL)
  • GNU Free Documentation License
  • Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License
  • Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

If a listbox is not possible then in addition to mentioned above text this sentence (or similar) should be added:

If this is your own work, we recommend you to chose either one of Creative Commons licenses, or public domain, or any other Four Freedom-friendly license, and clearly state it in your upload.

And last but not least: can you please look through Category:License missing and add authors and license types to your, Erga's and Amylin's images, please? :) Merci. --Sigurdas 08:22, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

I think you can find the MediaWiki messages at Special:AllMessages - feel free to update them :)
Do you know which MediaWiki extension I should install for the listbox?
I'll check those pics right now. guaka 12:59, 22 December 2008 (UTC)
Try MediaWiki:Uploadtext.

Well, I added the license list and instructions to the "Upload File" text but it is much more convenient to have an automatic listbox which would show all the licenses and would stop the upload if no license is chosen. No idea how to do that, though. --Sigurdas 18:22, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Viewing main page

Kasper, Main Page needs to be urgently fixed - right now it is completely unviewable in IE, Chrome and Safari browsers (at least on Windows). --Sigurdas 12:35, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

It's working fine now in Konqueror and Epiphany. In IE6 there's still an issue, but I think that IE7 works fine. (And IE6 users should be seriously punished ;) I might fix IE6 later. Can you confirm it's working fine in IE7, Safari and Chrome now? guaka 12:49, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
Confirmation: Main Page is already looking good in IE8, Safari 4 Public Beta and Chrome 1.0, too. Thnx. --Sigurdas 17:42, 23 April 2009 (UTC)


Hey Kasper! So, would it be possible to add a dumpster map a-la hitchwiki? Sure would be more convenient than tracking down addresses on google maps and reposting the low resolution version (the text address). What do you think? --nuclearphyllis Nuclearphyllis 02:16, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

IMHO "Maps" needs a How-To. People are puzzled by maps right now, I am afraid I am not of much help either. Maybe you can find some time to make it clear for everyone once and for all how to integrate maps and edit them later. --Sigurdas 01:31, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Ok. Let's start something: project:How to add maps. guaka 10:25, 4 March 2010 (UTC)


Hey Guaka, thanks for the tips, I just saw this article on bOINGbOING on when to eat moldy food, think there's a place for this in the wiki somewhere? I'm going home now after a 24 hour shift, and I'm not sure I'll remember this when I get home, that's why I'm sending it to you! :) --Opspin 06:20, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

I thought maybe either to put information on specific pages like Cheese or a general page like Mold, you probably know the best and easiest approach, maybe even a template I dunno like they have over on Wikipedia with a box with standart dumpster info on all food... --Opspin 06:23, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Good stuff! I've been wondering about this myself. It's good to have a specific article about mold, but it's also useful to put specific info on specific articles (such as bread). guaka 08:35, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Hello back

Hi! And thanks for my welcome, although i'm not actaully new to trashwiki! i've been editing for ages (did much work on the london, oxford, kent, sheffield, brittany (france) pages etc but just without having a username before). i also might be in brussels in the next few weeks and it would be interesting to meet up and talk about where things are going in general! amazing work on trashwiki and all the best to you and fellow skippers! p.s. thanks for inspiring me to set up a user page! peace and hugs Rossignol 20:03, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Hi! Ah, cool, well, good you created a user page :) I haven't really been skipping that much myself in the past year or so but it's great to see this project grow. Unfortunately (well, for the missing opportunity.. I'm pretty happy to be here actually :) I will be in Nevada or California next week. Will be back in Brussels in January... Enjoy! guaka 03:45, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Community portal

Please see this. --Sigurdas 21:28, 8 February 2012 (CET)