MediaWiki Extension CountingMarker (VG Wort)

1. entry / overview

1. entry / overview

Anyone who is a member of the Verwertungs­gesellschaft Wort (Copyright collective) and operates a wiki faces several problems when he or she wants to participate in the METIS programme, i.e. registering his or her online texts for monetization.

2. settings

2. settings

METIS stands for „Meldesystem für Texte auf Internet­seiten“ (“Reporting System for Texts on Internet Pages”). VG Wort requires a minimum length of the texts as well as a minimum number of article views (“hits”), which must be proven by the installation of “counting pixels” on the article page. For the installation of these pixels you can order “counting markers” from VG Wort, each of which consists of a set of public and private keys and a URL to a counting pixel on a VG Wort server.

→ MediaWiki: Extension:CountingMarker


3. import counting markers

3. import counting markers

A snippet of HTML code on how to include this counter in an HTML page is included. For web pages from the 1980s, which consisted of self-made HTML pages, it is a simple matter to insert this HTML code via copy and paste into the HTML code of the page. But how can these counters be integrated into modern content management systems, which in a very complex way assemble the pages finally delivered to the reader from database queries, templates and skins?

4. edit counting markers

4. edit counting markers

This task, as well as the administration of the counter marks, the assignment of the counter marks to the articles and the annual report to VG Wort are part of the functional scope of this enhancement.

5. Assign counting markers

5. Assign counting markers

Bei den Blogs gibt es beispielsweise für WordPress bereits eine dafür geeignete Erweiterung der Firma Prosodia mit dem Namen Prosodia VGW OS für Zählmarken (VG WORT).

For wiki software, such as MediaWiki, there was no corresponding solution until now.

6. Counting marker assignment

6. Counting marker assignment


7. Statistics of page views

7. Statistics of page views

WikiMANNia has now created such an extension for MediaWiki. The functional scope includes:

Export function for the annual report

8. Export function for the annual report

  1. Upload and management of counting markers
  2. Assigning counting markers to articles in the Wiki
  3. Integrating the counting pixels
  4. Switching the counting mechanism on and off
    1. There are three operating modes: On, off, test mode
    2. Additionally the counters may be deactivated individually
  5. Automatic creation of an annual report (XML file)
  6. Statistical overviews

Ask for a license under Contact.

Take HERE a look at the extension in a demo installation.

The extension was tested under:

  • v1.23 (functionally limited)
  • v1.25
  • v1.27
  • v1.31
  • v1.33

Functional scope of the versions

Function Basic version Single author version Multi-author version
Upload counting markers from CSV file Ja Ja Ja
Manage counting markers and assign to articles Ja Ja Ja
Change assignment of counting markers Ja Ja Ja
Create annual report Ja Ja Ja
Test mode Ja Ja Ja
Statistical functions
(in connection with the extension “HitCounters”)
Nein Ja Ja
Save and archive count readings Nein Ja Ja
Extrapolate page views up to the end of the year Nein Ja Ja
Switch off the counting markers individually Nein Ja Ja
Block counting markers Nein Ja Ja
Author management (assign articles and counting markers to an author) Nein Nein Ja
Assign contribution type
(draft, article, poetry)
Nein Nein Ja

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