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This is an area for organising the development of the IF Wiki, in the spirit of the original Wikipedia Community Portal. (IFWiki runs MediaWiki, the Wikipedia software, but we are not otherwise affiliated.)

How to Make Sure that You Are Investing in Right Property

Have you ever settled for the first pair of shoes that the salesman shows you, when you go to buy yourself a pair of shoes. Most of the time you check out more than one store and unless you are completely satisfied you do not make the purchase. Just imagine that if you are so particular about the purchase of a shoe that you won’t be using after a year or so, then think how much more vigilant you should be while buying a residential property. As the investment involved is very high you should do a lot of research before buying any property. An experienced and dependable consultant by your side can make a lot of difference than you realize.

A property is not something you can discard if it doesn’t turn out to be good. Things that you need to keep in mind while buying a home are –location, location and location. Especially if you intend to live here only for a couple of year before moving on to another place or live there for the rest of your life, this one thing can make a lot of difference.

It’s very important that you pay a personal visit to the location to check out the neighborhood. Make sure that the house is in calm and lovely neighborhood and have adequate safety and privacy arrangements. Its good if you hire a home inspector to inspect the house on your behalf before finalizing the deal as this investment in home inspector will pay you for long time. A thorough inspection of electric wiring, plumbing and paint jobs give you an insight into the property.

For in depth information on Investing in Properties and various real Estate projects undertaken by Mr. Elie Hirshfeld, logon to: www.hirschfeldnyc.com.

Vandalism Alerts

Main article: IFWiki:Vandalism. Previous years: IFWiki:Vandalism/Archive 1 (2005–2008)

Vandalism in 2009

  • User:Blackjack created A day in life with inappropriate content, insulting that game's author, on Apr 04, 2009.
  • User:NovilIzelr spammed 9:05 on May 21, 2009.
  • User:DronrEldel spammed The Bible Retold on May 22, 2009.
  • Several users with names in the format "[2-or-3-digit number] buy [something]" created spam user pages for themselves on June 8, 2009. Possibly this was a bot spamming us. They bothered us for several days. UPDATE: We keep attempting to block these guys through June, July, August, but they keep mutating their attack.
  • User:Mdjww created a Runescape-based page in early July. Not in English, though.
  • User:OloorTacoo and User:DomleToout spammed The Bible Retold and 9:05 respectively on July 9, 2009. Hm, those pages were spammed in May. Also, the technique was to add the spam then delete it; is it enough for them that it's in the page's history?
  • User:LaeltRelro spammed 9:05, User:CnaolOrelc spammed The Bible Retold on Aug 18, 2009, same way as it was done in July. (I don't get it. What's special about those two pages in particular?)
  • User:LazelEltor spammed David Fillmore on Sept 2, 2009, again via two edits: one to add the spam, and the second to delete it.
  • User:Makhishewittl, User:Happyocombss and several other similar spam accounts created spam user pages for themselves on Oct 12 to 17, 2009. They were more annoying than usual because the height of their ads blocked anyone from clicking any of the tabs at the top of the page.
  • Good news! On Oct 17, 2009, baf updated our copy of MediaWiki and added a few extensions, one of which will require new users to solve a captcha as part of the registration process. This should prevent a few spambots from creating new accounts at will. Another extension allows IFWiki bureaucrats to merge accounts together and delete one of them; Dswxyz will use it to start deleting the most obvious spam accounts from the system.

Vandalism in 2010

  • User:Gentleman Flying created a spam page on May 18, 2010.
  • User:Xuebao created a similar spam page on May 25, 2010.
  • User:Rebeca123 added a spam link to the Nerd Quest page on July 15, 2010.
  • Zhenxi840611, then Lxw840611 created the same spam page on July 31 and Aug 1, respectively.


IFWiki uses many categories to organize pages. The top-level category is Basics.

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  • Category:User pages is where to find the pages that IFWiki users have created about themselves. Few users have bothered to do this, and others have opted to redirect their user pages to the more formalized pages about themselves in Category:People, if only so their username doesn't display as a red link when they sign a comment.
  • Special:Listusers is an automatically generated list of all IFWiki user accounts. Names in red have created user accounts but have not created their user page.
  • IFWiki:Administrators shows a summary of IFWiki's caretakers and their usual roles in keeping IFWiki running.

Wanted Pages

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Technical Problems

If you have a technical problem with IFWiki, please ask about it on the IFWiki talk:Community Portal page. It may take time for someone knowledgable with tech stuff to respond though, so please be patient.