## September 17, 2009

### nLab - Latest Changes

#### Posted by Urs Schreiber

guest post by Andrew Stacey

We are proposing shifting the place for recording $n$Lab latest changes to the $n$-Forum. This will provide the following advantages:

1. It will be better organised and so easier to see new items, and replies to existing items.

2. There is an RSS feed so you can follow developments without having to check this page every 5 minutes (you know who you are).

3. Updates can be made simultaneously so you don’t have to wait for the person currently editing latest changes to finish.

4. If you create an account on the forum (this is not mandatory), it will keep track of the items that you have read and inform you of new things.

5. It will be easier for you to find out about other possible changes to the infrastructure of the n-lab, and so have some influence on what makes this place run.

The system will be no more complicated than the current one:

1. Make your changes in the nLab.

2. Click on the latest changes link in the contents sidebar of the homepage (we’ll include a link ( not a redirect) from this page for those who’ve bookmarked this one).

3. Click on the ‘start a new discussion’ in the panel (left hand side) of the page on the forum.

4. Fill in the details of the change. I suggest that the title of the discussion makes it clear which pages on the n-lab are referred to.

5. If you have an account, you will be invited to log in (if you are not already logged in). If not, there is a reCaptcha to solve to prove that you are human (or elven). If you do post “anonymously”, may we ask that you put your name at the top of your comment so that we know who you are.

You can subscribe to RSS or ATOM feeds from the forum. This will keep you up to date in your preferred ‘feed reader’ of what’s going on.

The syntax on the forum is ever-so-slightly different to that here. You can use markdown syntax, but it’s not extended markdown. Wikilinks work just as they do here (and point to the correct pages here). Mathematics is, currently, enabled via a Wordpress-style system where it gets converted to pictures. Enclose your mathematics within double dollars to get it to work. (Hopefully, this will change to a MathML system in the near future).

To have a look at the system, go to this page. When we “go live” (which will happen soon), I’ll clean out the discussions so feel free to have a play first. Any comments and suggestions should be recorded here (you’ll have to create an account to comment on this, though).

Posted at September 17, 2009 12:13 PM UTC

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### Re: nLab - Latest Changes

Posted by: jim stasheff on September 17, 2009 1:51 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

### Re: nLab - Latest Changes

The links got broken when copying from the n-lab, I guess.

Only kidding, go here.

Posted by: Andrew Stacey on September 17, 2009 2:51 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

### Re: nLab - Latest Changes

Sorry, stupid me, I was doing too many things at once. My apologies to Andrew for being dense.

But it’s fixed now in the above entry. As Andrew says, go to this page to see what the “latest changes logging section” is gonna look like in the forum version.

Posted by: Urs Schreiber on September 17, 2009 7:19 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

### Re: nLab - Latest Changes

For those who haven’t been following the n-Forum, I thought I’d point out what a tremendous amount of work Andrew has put into this (and more) to make the n-Lab a better place for everyone. It truly is phenomenal.

Thanks Andrew!!

Posted by: Eric Forgy on September 17, 2009 5:13 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

### Re: Latest Changes @ nLab

Just from what I’ve seen over the last decade or so, systems that allow anonymous posting are a bad idea.

Posted by: Jon Awbrey on September 22, 2009 1:46 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

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