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Updates, disk quota and e-mail from Google
I have again updated the Wiki to the latest major release (1.26) as well as updated all the extensions that are not included in the package. Same thing has been done at PSA. Most of the old skins have been removed (or rather disabled) due to the recent changes made to MediaWiki skins. Though since only Monobook was modified this shouldn't matter. However, if you really want one of the old skins you should find an updated version or modify it yourself as needed (see: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Skin_autodiscovery ). Currently log in and preferences pages do not use the default skin and I haven't been able to fix this. They seem to either override monobook.css wiki-page or use some unknown styles (though Firebug doesn't seem to be able to locate them). One alternative is to modify the monobook.css file directly, but this will reset it every time the wiki is updated. You're free to try and fix this yourself. I do recall those pages working previously, but not before I made the last update so I'm not sure what version is the culprit.
Furthermore, our disk quote had become completely filled (5 GB in total). This was caused by extremely large error logs in both wikis. PSE had over 2 GB and PSA over 1 GB error logs. I took a glimpse only at the PSA log, due to its smaller size, and it seems that it was mainly filled with the following error: A skin using autodiscovery mechanism, $aSkin, was found in your skins/ directory. The mechanism will be removed in MediaWiki 1.25 and the skin will no longer be recognized. See https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:Skin_autodiscovery for information how to fix this. For all the old and unsupported skins. This is related to the aforementioned situation. I removed the log files so now we have about 4 GB of free space.
Lastly, we have received an interesting message from Google. Though it is over a year old, so it shouldn't be anything to be particularly worried about. If you're interested in reading it you can find it from the new-folder of webmaster's email (you can find it with file manager as well). I also copied it to the public_html folder so you can check the filename with FTP/SSH/file manager and then view/download it.
Wiki working again
So both PSE and PSA are now again working. As to what caused the issue, more info can be found here. The solution was to update the Mediawiki software (was 1.21.5, now 1.23.6). There were some skin issues (again), but I think those have been fixed as well.
Okay, this is totally weird ...
Gradius Gaiden's prologue revealed that he was actually the Bacterians center of power during the Third Bacterian War (Gradius III). The game manual for Gradius III & IV also decribes Bacterian as the God of Destruction and leader of the Dark Force (the final boss in Gradius III). In Gradius Galaxies, a piece of it infects a planet near Gradius and transforms that particular planet into a mechanical fortress.
Turns out there's Bacterians in a Japanese space shoot 'em up from the mid-nineties. Not only that, but there's been a Third Bacterian War as well! I guess a lawsuit is just a matter of time ...
There's more here: http://gradius.wikia.com/wiki/Bacterian_(Army)
The Bacterian is an evil cosmic force which is composed of most of the enemies you face in the Gradius Series. Their homeworld is Planet Bacterian which means that the Bacterian may have came its original leader Bacterion. ... Also, the Bacterian Army possesses the ability to create Organic Fortresses that produce more organic Bacterians so that their Empire can have more territory.
So apparently there's a Bacterian Empire as well.
In 6644, the Bacterians invaded Gradius and kidnapped a 3-year old child named James Burton. They conquered five planets and held the James as prisoner until 6 months later, a mysterious ship came in, destroyed the Bacterians' fleet, saved James and returned him back to planet Gradius. But the damage had been done; the Bacterians' savage attack on Gradius left amounts of radiation, killing most of the Wreek that lived there. 14 years later, the Bacterians returned to attack Gradius yet again, but unfortunately they got defeated by a 17-year old James and his ship, the Vic Viper, by invading their fortress and taking out the brain controlling it. Not the type of villains to give up, the Bacterians took over a different planet called Nemesis and attacked Gradius again.
This story is about as incoherent as the Gigerdi Historia ...
Real life maps of PS locations
So, today I came across a map of actual astronomical objects placed on a galactic map on this website. Since we have a rudimentary map of the PS galaxy up at our Milky Way Galaxy article, I went and lined up the two, coming up with this crude overlay:
This places some known real life astronomical objects within the borders of each civilization. For an example, the real life location around RCW 57B is located entirely within the borders of the Gigerdi Federation. This has all kinds of implications and can be used as basis for world building. In fact the neighborhood RCW 57B could be the sector of the galaxy where Gigerdi Prime is located.
- This map of the region around the Camelopardalis OB3 association comprises almost the entirety of the Gigerdi Confederation territory. It's basically a ready-made map of the Confederation.
- The Sagittarius Far Region is mostly controlled by the Dand Oligarchy, although the Folan border is also found here.
- The Ara OB1 region is shared by the Dands to the right, the UCP on top left, and the GFed at the bottom center. The R103 region is similarly located on the UGP-GF border.
- The rest of the maps fall within the UCP borders.
Relation of Galactic Arms to PS borders
The relationship of the spiral arms of the Milky Way to our Quadrants and civilization borders is another question that has been nagging in the back of my head for a while. So I went and overlaid a third map on top of this one, found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Milky_Way_Arms.svg , and came up with this:
This shows the locations of the galactic spiral arms in relation to the borders of established galactic civilizations.
I think we should move to make this canon, if the borders on the original PS map are acceptable.
Yet another galaxy map
I did some graphical improvements to the galaxy map and moved 93218432 Cyberocracy a bit as well as slightly made Vemrer and Folan spaces smaller. Beta quadrtant free zone is also a bit bigger now, Timocracy space is a bit smaller and Hemmoians and Bacterians are slightly closer. The image size is rather large so it might take a while to load in case you have sucky internet connection.