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GFDL content on Guildwiki

There is some insecurity about allowing GFDL content on GuildWiki. The article GuildWiki:Archiving help, initially copied from GWW, was copyvio-tagged and speedily deleted (luckily I already had the page open for editing, the present version is 100% rewritten).

Now publishing GFDL content on GuildWiki is not a copyright violation per se; if it was, we couldn't publish GFDL-licensed images, either. All that was needed to cure the page was to place a notice on it that said, in effect: "This page is not under BY-NC-SA, but under GFDL".

I suggest that we also add that "all user contributions to the page are considered dual-licensed under both licenses until the GFDL content has been eliminated, then the page (and all contributions) reverts to BY-NC-SA". This allows for step-by-step rewriting of longer articles.

Another way to do it is to say on the page that "all content in blue boxes is GFDL-licensed, please add your edits outside of these boxes". We can then step by step cut these down by rewriting the content outside the boxes and cutting the box contents until none are left. Thoughts? --◄mendel► 23:43, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

New image license

I propose a new image license. The proposal is at Template:Licensed image. It would find use for images such as Shadowphoenix2.gif, Banjthulu IPU.png (the licensing info on that image is inaccurate) and Valid-xhtml10-blue.png. If the admins so please, I would ask that it be added to the image upload dialog dropdown. --◄mendel► 22:55, 18 July 2008 (UTC)

I'm a bit confused about what the advantage is compared to the pre-existing license choices we have, which to my knowledge cover everything - is there some other licensing which does not easily fall into one of our categories? Entropy Sig (T/C) 09:01, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Well, what existing license should have been used for those 3 examples? They're not fair use, really. --◄mendel► 10:00, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Hrm...other than the IPU, those other images don't have their licenses set up in such a way as to be easily classified, yet they probably have the proper documentation somewhere. (probably in RL) I can see how this does present a problem for us...I guess that fair-use is the closest applicable policy. The problem with simply linking to or pasting a copyright from somewhere else is that it may not have the same legal standing as our current licenses do (when properly done)...I don't know. We need someone here who has real legal expertise. (actually, such a person could have been useful many times over for I can't think how many major wikidramas...>.>) Entropy Sig (T/C) 10:30, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
The IPU is not easily classified. Have you looked at wikipedia:Image:Uri.svg? It provides both a link and a copy of the license. We need to be able to do licenses somewhat like that, in my opinion. For the XHTML button, I can provide a weblink to the license on w3c.org, or copy the text from there. As I said, it's not really fair use unless you use it to illustrate an article about it or some such.
Do we have a section on the wiki that states who to send DMCA takedown notices to? I'd suggest pointing to the admin noticeboard or the admin info page. --◄mendel► 10:58, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
Nevermind, I had looked at that but now I see it's just a generic infobox and not a license template. Now I am inclined to agree. However, unless there are more than just those three images (?) it does seem a bit silly to create a tag just for them...oh well. If others agree I'll go ahead and add it (unless someone beats me to it!) to the menu.
I don't think such a page exists as we have never had to take such an action before. The copyvio template isn't mvuch help either. Entropy Sig (T/C) 11:10, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
The wiki should decide which licenses are acceptable and, for most cases, not allow images under other licenses. This should probably mean only CC, GFDL, and whatever license/terms ANet allows fan sites to use their material under (and of course anything in the public domain). I gave the three examples only the briefest of investigations, but:
  • Image:Shadowphoenix2.gif: I did not see where the stated author has allowed copies of her work under any license. Unless the wiki has an article about her work as an artist, I can't see how it could be fair use. Kill it.
  • Image:Banjthulu IPU.png and [[Image:Valid-xhtml10-blue.png: The licensing terms are clearly stated but are currently not being met for at least the W3C icon. The W3C icon requires the image to always be used as a link to revalidate the page but the image's page itself does not do that. It won't do that unless you resort to JS tricks to rewrite the page. I didn't check whether the IPU logo's requirements were being met everywhere it was being used. Regardless, I would recommend it not be allowed even if made compliant because it's not CC/GDFL/ANet. Probably want to kill these.
The problem with allowing random licenses is that, well, they can be weird and can break the general wiki paradigm of editing whatever you want to make things better. I can't inline the IPU image saying "hey, I like this image." I can't edit the W3C to change the color. Although I know this, random users won't. Verifying random licensing terms for more than a handful of strangely-licensed images will, at best, just lead to copyright violations even if no one ever notices or cares.
While we're on the topic: fair use. Since this is a Guild Wars wiki, and probably all of ANet's stuff is available under their fan site terms, off the top of my head I can't really think of a case where fair use could be reasonably claimed. I took a look through the (small) fair use category for images, and it wasn't pretty. "Fair use" seems to have been picked because the uploader knew it wasn't under any license but wanted to upload the image anyway. "I want it on my user page" is not a good reason, even when it is GW related but not under any license. (For example, there's some GW concept art. If it's not available under the usual fan site terms, then it's not fair use unless maybe we've got an article discussing the art of GW. But, as far as I know, all we have are game guide-type articles, so I would not say it would hold up as fair use when used anywhere here.)
Finally, DMCA takedown notices would go to Wikia (as registered with the US Copyright Office.) --65.13.59.67 11:37, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
wikihelp:Displaying_images#Licensing. Sigh. --◄mendel► 02:25, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
"Don't use CC nc licenses because we don't want to get sued for putting up ads they go against our open content mission." Upwards of 99% of the content here is probably CC by-nc-sa 2.0 already. --65.13.59.67 04:10, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that is because the wiki had that license when it moved here. Still, the page strongly suggests that we should shelve the "special licenses"idea - apart from the open source philosophy you clubbed us with ;-) - and rightly so. --◄mendel► 05:03, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Looks fine - again - you can make up a usage right to almost anything if there is a licence to fit (did that make sense?) RandomTime 15:52, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

remove maybot bot flag

Of the latest 18 edits of User:MayBot, 2 had to be edited, and one should have been rewritten. May only does this when prompted. Since the edits still need scrutiny, they shouldn't be bot-flagged. --◄mendel► 22:49, 2 August 2008 (UTC)

Agree, those edits were entirely unnecessary in the first place (pages should have been merged instead of renamed). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:20, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
The question is, should I just remove MayBot's bot status, or ban the bot entirely? In other words, do you...(1) feel that May can have a bot, but atm she needs to use it better; or (2) May shouldn't have a bot anyways. If (2) that is easier to do since it does not involve asking Wikia to change usergroup stuff. Entropy Sig (T/C) 03:34, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I think we just need to remove the bot flag, no need to ban the account. Losing the flag will require her to manually save each page in AWB (hopefully this means she'll catch any errors as they happen and we won't have another episode like GuildWars Wikia:Cleanup after Maybot) and the edits won't be hidden in RC. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:44, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
What the doctor says. I haven't been asking for a ban because that would mean a) taking a big step when a small step will do; b) May's not been malicious or catastrophic with the bot. Bold, yes. --◄mendel► 05:45, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Hmm...well, I would at least like to give May a chance to defend herself before doing anything. Entropy Sig (T/C) 06:42, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Doesn't relaly matter, tbh, so whatever. point of that was that I'd moved them, and it was only 18 pages so I'd thought no-one would mind. Tbh, imo you're making a fuss over nothing. —MaySig Warw/Wick 14:04, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

UserRights

Hi all, a quick note for Bureaucrats on a change made today. Instead of the specific special pages for making admins, giving rollback etc. please use Special:UserRights. This now allows you to set the following rights:

  • Add bureaucrat
  • Add and remove admin
  • Add and remove rollback
  • Add and remove bot

Please let me know if there are any problems or if you don't feel this is the right selection of rights for this wiki. Thanks -- sannse@fandom (talk) 09:34, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Thank you, that's about what we asked for and I think this should be sufficient for all future needs. (It's probably a good thing we can't demote fellow bcrats on a whim :> ) Entropy Sig (T/C) 09:39, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
And 'Crats got buffed back to their original standard! Good, we should give some more users rollback imo RandomTime 09:40, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
GuildWars Wikia:Request for rollback rights? Entropy Sig (T/C) 09:48, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

Felix Omni's Block

I believe the blocking of Felix Omni for his comment on R.Phalange's talk page was too harsh. I feel either a warning should have been issued or a lesser block. --JonTheMon 15:40, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

I have to agree, it seems that Auron is letting his personal dislike of Felix affect his judgment. While the comment was a bit harsh, it was no worse than some of the things Auron himself has said in the past. I'm removing the block. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:06, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
I'd like to request that you re-block the user. I've explained myself in greater detail - the choice to block and the specific length of the block. TLDR version of my talk page; no, it wasn't personal bias. I don't let that shit interfere with wiki business/sysop actions (although you should know that by now). Felix's attitude was poor and his comments were in bad faith - something he'd been blocked for in the past. Generally, when people commit the same crimes again, they get locked up for longer, not released immediately. -Auron 16:14, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
You know what? Fuck this. I am never again going to get myself involved in an issue where you're already involved in any way. I can't stand your elitist, arrogant, "I am perfect" attitude. Yes, I'm feeling inferior because I can't stand up to your debate-club trained wall-of-text rationalizations - the only reason you're "almost always right" is because you throw a torrent of them at anyone who questions you until they give up. So to avoid all of this, I'm just going to avoid you. Re-block Felix if you want, I don't care what you do anymore. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:48, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
If it's a question of personal bias, perhaps some other admins who don't feel biased could voice an opinion? --◄mendel► 17:10, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Frankly, I doubt it. Almost everyone has strong feelings about Auron in one way or another. And, I hesitate to bring this up, but Phalange is not more important than, say, a certain IP who you effectively asked to leave.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 17:17, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Red herrings aside, I asked him to not comment if he had no idea what he was talking about. He was perfectly entitled to stay and read. -Auron 07:43, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Okay, I sat down and looked at everything and its time for beercrat to render judgment. First off, its not Felix's place to change RP's activity status on GW:AI without speaking to RP. Contributions are not required to show activity. As I mentioned on that talk page, "activity" in terms of an admin is more is the admin available to be contacted for daily wiki matters? Only the admin can tell that. And RP certainly can go change it. Following this, I see Felix's comment on RP's talk page as extremely inflammatory and while I probably wuoldn't have banned him for it (I tend to go easy on bannings; this is more my thing and one reason its useful to have a more heavy-handed admin like auron around) I don't disagree with Auron's block. Felix's comment was rude, trollish, and probably contributed to a sense of being unwelcome that would only hinder RP further. The block length is contributed by Auron's own policies about increasing block length per offense. And when it comes to unblocking, unless it was clearly a mistaken block, you should in general discuss it with teh person who originally made the block before changing it. —JediRogue 17:50, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

(edit conflict) It doesn't seem like a question of whether Auron is biased or not, it's a question of whether the possible truth in Felix's statements and his intent excuse him from his- as Auron put it on his talk page- "rude and uncalled for" and "overly aggressive and assholish" manner in which he posted on R.Phalange's talk page. Which, regardless of intent, they were. And since Felix had been banned for similar behavior before, Auron set a higher block length than before (also explained on talk page). I am inclined to agree with Auron (even moreso after reading his explanations) that Felix's writing style was unnecessarily rude, and that a block was warranted. If Felix had been less of a prick when he was writing to R.Phalange... none of this would have occured. --Shadowcrest 17:55, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
It seems to me that a single outburst doesn't warrant a ban of that length (after all, we're only human), and even after several warnings, his comment wasn't exactly the worst thing that's been said around here. That said, a ban was warranted (even Felix agreed) but it seems to me scaling offenses are more appropriate for deliberate acts against the wiki, not outbursts of anger that we're all subject to.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 18:09, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
In that respect, I think it's a question of whether Felix's action (fyi, I neither agree nor disagree with the ban) represented the most recent event in a pattern of behavior or whether this particular incident should have been viewed as a "we're all human" outburst. Obviously, Auron is of the opinion that the former is true, in which case, assuming the ban in of itself was justified, scaling it was justified as well. DE Sig Test 2 *Defiant Elements* +talk 18:42, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
I don't think that Felix's previous outbursts and other such were aggressive outbursts typical of his behavior as much as he was a victim of circumstance. There seemed to be a lot of harassment being thrown his way in those times, and when it died down he has, quite obviously, cooled down. I think this can be chalked up to a human mistake when he let his feelings get the best of him. Powersurge360 18:51, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Simply for the sake of playing devil's advocate for a moment, I would say that the counter argument would be that the "evidence" indicating that this is something other than a simple outburst would be the target of his rudeness (for lack of a better term). Beyond the action itself, Felix's dislike (again, I can't seem to think of a better word... mistrust perhaps?) for RP is well-established, and that he chose to continue that trend in an inflammatory manner indicates a more deeply seated (and thus more likely to continue) problem than would be the case if this were merely a one time thing. Hope that makes sense... DE Sig Test 2 *Defiant Elements* +talk 18:55, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
It does, and I do think that, to an extent, that's right. I think the user being who he was is what pushed him from confused to offended. Regardless, when he stood back and saw what he had said and the reaction, he apologized. If nothing else this shows that he was acting on impulsive emotions at first, and collected thought in his later post further cementing the "mistaken outburst" argument. Powersurge360 19:02, 13 August 2008 (UTC)
Fair point. Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to gauge the extent to which Felix's attitude improves between such outbursts, but, that said, while the apology should be taken into consideration, the pattern of conduct, i.e. the likelihood that it will occur again, combined with the wikidrama that Felix's comments provoked before he apologized provide a justifiable negation of the "impulsive emotion" defense. The mere act of apologizing, though it's certainly the right thing to do and I commend Felix for having done so, is not proof in of itself if the pattern of behavior sufficiently belies it. It's a fine line, certainly, but I think you could fall on either side with ease. In light of that, I don't think there's any cause for undue alarm about Auron being biased, etc. DE Sig Test 2 *Defiant Elements* +talk 19:12, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

For what it's worth I'd like to apologize for inflaming the issue, and for my historic use of walloftext. I ought to let a non-biased, neutral admin handle any issues with these user(s). I've known that every time yet I somehow think I'll get my way so it'll be fine.

On slightly unrelated note: Entrea, that is a totally irrelevant example which does not relate at all to the current situation. Entropy Sig (T/C) 20:14, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

block doctrine

Auron is blocking from the punishment doctrine again. Would the block be based on a prevention doctrine, there'd be no problem - and no block.

Prevention doctrine means in the case of GW:NPA when you see open hostilities you block for a few hours to give the parties a chance to cool off. Block ends, hostilities resume, you step up the time period until the person(s) is sufficiently cooled off to be civil again.

If you consider this now a single incident, there is no reason for a block. Seeing Felix's knee-jerk reaction to the revert, a short cooldown was justified (hours); as we can clearly see, R.Phalange hasn't taken the bait (very good!), Felix has cooled down, an apology has been extended and accepted, there is no cause for preventive measures.

If you consider this incident part of the incident Felix was banned for 2 months ago, then a preventive measure means extending the block for more than 2 months - say, 3 or 4 months. This means that we'd almost boot Felix off the wiki altogether - nobody can tell whether he'd return after that time. Even Auron hasn't asked for that (yet?).

Astute readers will have noticed that I've raised the question "Why do we block?" in the past. You can dismiss this as "mendel grinds his axe again", or you can recognize that we, the wiki, would benefit in the long term if we found an answer in consensus. See also Wikipedia:Blocking_policy. --◄mendel► 07:06, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Too many hypotheticals. Would Felix have "cooled down" if he had not been subject to a block (even if it was reversed)? If no one (looks at self) had said anything about the issue, would it have escalated? Would Felix have apologized of his own accord? I think we can agree, though, that a cooldown of some kind was warranted, and some sort of reprimand or warning. A ban was one way to do it...
As to a "block policy" - no. There is no clear consensus about blocking, and so it is left up to the individual discretion of whichever sysop handles the situation. For example, JediRogue has stated at least twice that she's generally more lenient about banning. That's OK. Auron is less shy about it. That's OK too. There ought not to be some policy about when, where, and how to block; that hinders sysops' ability to use the tool effectively. It would have to at most be a guideline...not a set of rules to follow. A general idea about bans is fine, but forcing sysops to adhere to it if that's not their style isn't okay. And in any case, each ban is unique. Entropy Sig (T/C) 07:17, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
You misunderstand me (Phalange would call it a straw amn argument, no?). There isn't a hypothetical about Felix cooling down - I wrote "a short cooldown was justified (hours)" and agree with you. It is not hypothetic that Felix has cooled down NOW, is it? and that matters for the reblock question.
I am not calling for consensus about "when, where, and how to block" - I am asking for consensus on why to block, and I've made that question clear in my very first sentence: do we block for punishment or for prevention? Affirming the latter reduces any block discussion to the question of "is there destructive behaviour NOW?", which is usually simple to answer. Whether to block or to warn, when, where, etc., remains open. --◄mendel► 07:29, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
You are difficult to understand sometimes. :\
Well, the short answer to your question is that we block for whatever reason we think is appropriate. The drop-down list has a number of options on it. It's not a black-and-white separation between prevention and punishment, because (at least in a case like this) it's subjective... If someone breaks a policy, or vandalizes, or repeatedly breals 1RV, etc. with malicious intent/bad faith, then they get blocked. Rather simple. NPA offenses, general asshattery, Wiki disruption, etc. is I think where you start to get more into the punishment/prevention sphere. So maybe we ought to focus more on those in particular. "Affirming the latter reduces any block discussion to the question of 'is there destructive behaviour NOW?'" - that's an oversimplification of what should or should not justify a given ban, and the discussion around it. Entropy Sig (T/C) 07:42, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Blocks are a tool. It would be dumb to lock them into one specific use. You can mold them to fit the matter at hand; in a mass vandalism case, you can block immediately for the purpose of keeping the wiki safe (preventive). For a hypothetical troll, however, you generally won't be able to catch him that quickly - the average troll doesn't outright vandalize pages or do a mass move page spam. However, trolls are blocked too - a punitive display of the block function. Both are acceptable.
Blocks can be used when warnings no longer work. Look at NPA, for example - in general, even if you've been personally attacked, the world isn't going to end. It doesn't interfere with your ability to edit the wiki. However, because it's deemed inappropriate by the community, we block people who continue posting after we've tried warning them. In that case, it's a combination of preventive and punitive. -Auron 08:07, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
HOWEVER, Entropy got Felix to apologising, meaning a block wouldn't actually been necessary. He knows he was wrong, and that he shouldn't have.
That Felix didn't apologise by himself, does not make him a troll. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 09:56, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
@Entropy: I know that "we" block for whatever we feel is appropriate, and that this is subjective. I want to limit that (slightly - for the majority of blocks this isn't an issue, as you've realized yourself) because I think that doing so out of a punishment motive accomplishes nothing and has a high potential of wiki disruption in itself.
The intended simplicification ("NOW") stands for "has the behaviour stopped? has it stopped for a reason (e.g. response to a warning)? is it likely to occur again in the near future (i.e. during the period of the intended ban)?" If you think that still simplifies the issue too much, please elaborate.
Could you cite some cases where "wiki disription" or something like it lead to ban that couldn't have been justified by prevention alone? It was looking for those that lead to the creation of my "hit pages", as you like to call them, and it turned out I couldn't.
@Auron: "Knives are a tool. It would be dumb to lock them into one specific use." Apart from the fact that this is a straw man - as Entropy has explained, how, when and where varies quite a bit even when you limit yourself to prevention, so it's not "one specific use" - , most societies feel that it's beneficial to disallow knives being used for killing people except under very narrowly defined circumstances. So it is not per se dumb to limit the use of a tool, the benefit in this case being less wiki disruption over controversial blocks. If it is dumb to refuse punishment blocks, could you name some benefits of punishment blocks that could not otherwise be achieved?
"trolls are blocked" - when? where? not preventive? There's your June 12 block, are there more?
--◄mendel► 11:59, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
Yes, knives are a tool. They're disallowed on school premeses, but they're accepted virtually everywhere else. I'd know; I have a knife on me at all times. Usually it's a multitool like this, but I also carry flat-out knives like this quite often. I carry them with me to the store, to movies, to my friend's houses, and pretty much everywhere else I go. Nobody's chastised me or tried to take away my right to carry a knife.
I use my knife quite often. Whether it's opening a bottle, cutting packaging (computer stuff, for example, comes in that anti-theft wrapping that's a bitch to get off with bare hands; thus, I cut it open), or gripping something tightly with pliers. Those daily activities are the equivalent of using my block tool to ban felix for improper behavior.
Banning felix for an infinite duration for, say, this comment, would be the relevant equivalent of killing somebody with my knife. I have the ability to, sure; in real life, I could reach out and end someone's life at the store. They couldn't stop me if I wanted to. It's the same on wikis; sysops have the ability to ban indefinitely for no real reason (look at Randall from smashwiki). But, just like in real life, sysops are trusted not to do so.
Back to your argument - yes, killing people is bad. Yes, infinitely banning contributors for no reason is bad. However, when it comes to that ban I did on felix, it was not the same as killing someone; it was the same as using it as the tool it is in my everyday life. Basically, you're missing the difference between using the tool and abusing the tool.
Also; what does your last line mean? I stared at it for awhile but couldn't derive any meaning from it. My statement was pretty clear - I don't see how I can further explain that trolls are blocked if they don't stop trolling. -Auron 15:28, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
To be fair, in real life, not only are you trusted to not abuse the knife, there are also relatively consistent (minus regional differences and the ability of lawyers to spin stuff) legal consequences (and definitions) for anyone who abuse the knife. M.mendel, from my understanding, is bothered by the lack of the equivalent of the relatively consistent set of definitions (and/or consequences). Real life doesn't operate on trust alone. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 21:02, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) We're talking about banning people for "wiki disruption" or "trolling" for reasons that are not readily apparent. Looking at an isolated incident (or a series within a short time span) we're all pretty much agreed on how that ought to be handled, the issue here is long-term behaviour. I'd like to discuss this in general, but as far as I know, it's only happened to Felix, so any attempt at being general can't rise much above being specific. That's what I was asking: for examples of bans for "general behaviour", not specific, current problems.

Felix has issues with people, and people have issues with Felix. Since the June 12th ban, there've been two that have come to my attention, one is here and it wasn't more than two paragraphs on a talk page. The other is the Phalange one, and it needn't have been longer than that (especially considering that R.Phalange reacted maturely and ignored the thing). It's the way the ban's been done that's really caused the wiki disruption.

It is impossible to understand the justification for these bans if you don't understand the issues underlying them. The June 12th ban was for these lines: "I'm just curious to know if you're aware of certain things your "friends" have been doing, like socking and bashing me in IRC" - "I'm not interested in a fight. I'd just like to see if Entropy is capable of disappointing me one last time". If I said that to Entropy, nothing would have happened because there aren't any issues to give it the depth to make this button-pushing material. So if these issues are judged detrimental to the wiki, what we need is a way to bring these issues out in the open and deal with them.

Blocking doesn't work at all well for that. Get a third party, have people address their issues with Felix to them, have Felix address his issues with the others to the third party as well - using the third party in the hopes that not directly addressing each other curbs the PA somewhat. If the third party is comprised of people respected by all the people concerned, maybe a recommendation for behaviour could come forth.

If you think that is largely useless process, here's a potential recommendation now: Felix is to stop personal attacks even by innuendo. It is ok to express displeasure with other editor's actions as a thought or feeling that occurs, but not ok to express value judgments of editors as persons or demand actions of them. Auron, Phalange and Entropy are to refrain from banning Felix and leave the banning to the other admins (using a ban tag is ok).

Executive summary: Blocking is a bad tool to deal with long-term issues; some sort of arbitration process should bring them out in the open so that an adequate solution can be found. --◄mendel► 09:42, 1 September 2008 (UTC)

Wiki-drama spawns Wiki-psycology, eh?
But on that note, I have to agree with Mendel (albeit, in a much shorter and to-the-point format). I believe it's an unofficial - or is it actually official? - rule, that an Admin should avoid handing out bans or judgment in situations they have or had personal involvement in.
For example, if a user directs an NPA at me directly. Sure, I have the authority to ban them right there for the violation. But there's also a very large reason why I shouldn't; I'm personally involved in the situation. That makes me the worst person to ask for judgement on the situation.
And from there, you lead into all sorts of other conflicts. If another admin unbans the "violator", now they're "overstepping their bounds" and "undermining my authority". Before you know it, there's a massive discussion going on about who should and shouldn't block who for what, when and where. (hint hint.) All of which could easily be avoided by simply realizing one's personal feelings do - or might - have an effect on one's judgment, and asking for a third party to step in.
...hmm, so much for my "shorter and to-the-point format".
tl;dr version: Leave your ego at the door when you step into your "office". Remember that other admins earned their positions just like you did, and they are all just as qualified as you are in any situation. Don't hesitate to call in a third- or fourth-party if you have any doubts about a ban, and ESPECIALLY if you have no doubts whatsoever about a ban. --GEO-logo Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 13:14, 1 September 2008 (UTC)
GW:ARBITRATION no thanx. We can figure out our own problems without making an official process of it. Also, if you said such things to me, even though there is no real past history I would consider that pushing it. And I think someone would give you a reprimand of some sort.
Admins are strongly advised to "avoid handing out bans or judgment in situations they have or had personal involvement in" but it isn't a rule or policy per se. (see GW:ADMIN) Sometimes that can be taken too far, though...it really depends on the individual situation. I personally can't get involved in any more issues related to Felix because I don't trust myself to be neutral and impartial in my judgment. However, if another admin was in similar situation, and they still thought they could be suitably objective, then that's no problem. Of course it is then up to the Wiki community to decide if that's really the case. Auron and Felix, for example...Auron has a perfectly rational explanation for that block, and he considers it not tainted by personal involvement, but others think otherwise. I guess what I mean is that the perception of personal involvement is different for outsiders and those supposedly involved. Even if an admin makes a good decision for a ban, but is perceived by the community as biased, it will cause controversy.
"examples of bans for general behavior": being a dick, general asshattery?...I think one of the problem you have for Auron's ban(s?) is that he usually doesn't give out a detailed and logical explanation until you ask for it. This is fine for vanilla bans like vandalism, but for long-term issue or such it may require more explanation. The initial phase before the explanations gets the drama ball rolling. So if it started from there I think there would be less of a problem.
Blocks preferably ought to be used when there's an immediate threat...when you have wiki disruption, trolling, etc. This isn't too hard to agree upon. I think one issue is the equating of incident severity - if someone has a prior offense for trolling, does your criteria for banning them on trolling go lower? I.e. does that justify you banning them for a less serious case of trolling, for the same or a longer period of time?
The whole system is very subjective and relies on discretion. It has worked/still works well for curbing offenses, but now it seems like it's the nonoffenders (eg. the community) which is having issues with the system. Which seems slightly strange...Let's say we take all things Felix out of the equation. Then there really have been no issues or controversies in regard to ban doctrine or whatever (within reasonable timeframe). Am I right? I understand how you could expand Felix incidents towards general behaviour and worry about what happens if "another Felix" comes along. Imho I think we will deal with that if and when it happens...when it does we can come back to this discussion for past precedent. Entropy Sig (T/C) 15:08, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
Please note that I've avoided proposing arbitration as an official process, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't happen - as it currently doesn't.
There are issues, but they're not as severe - I am ashamed that we have entires on the block page with red talk page links at all, which means we block first, warn later. I've pretty much given up hope of that ever changing on this wiki, though.
As far as I can tell, the "whole system" relies on trust in the admins, in people identifying with the community consensus, and feeling respected as members of this community. Want to speculate what's been changing and why? --◄mendel► 16:40, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
GW:QDV. Where were you?
Hmm...troublemakers like you have been spreading fiery rhetoric? :) Just kidding...The only admin who ever seems to defy these things is Auron, and maybe me, unless I've been really out of touch. When you say "the admins" are you really making a blanket statement for all of us? Entropy Sig (T/C) 16:59, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
Hmm, I'd felt sure I'd already replied here - apparently not. I have a problem discerning what exactly "defy these things" means, and my statement about what the "whole system" relates to somewhat general context, not just trolling bans (or banning trolls?).
Why this concerns everyone is a matter of freedom, actually. Where is the line between "I dislike admin X's performance" and what Felix wrote to R.Phalange (or you (Entropy), back in June), especially considering that a person motivated to voice their dislike is likely to be in a somewhat emotional state (else they probably won't bother)? If you can't be sure that what you write won't be taken as "trolling" or "asshattery" and banned without warning, then there are things that can't be written at all except by people with a somewhat reckless disposition. [insert essay about role of laws in a free society]. If you do these things, you are effectively eroding our freedom of speech. I actually wish I could explain this more clearly in less pompous words, but it comes down to capturing an impression of a community's athmosphere, and I find that hard. --◄mendel► 18:54, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

"related communities"

If MediaWiki:Monaco-related-communities is still working, where should it show up? In the "gaming" drop down in the upper left corner it doesn't. --◄mendel► 09:15, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

It shows up in the sidebar when you view the wiki logged out, or when you manually add the "Related Communities" widget. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 19:03, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

Oversight deletion request

I tried to work with a full history dump of the login announcements page; surprisingly, it is 1.6 MB in size, and half of it is this revision. Could an admin use oversight to delete it, please? --◄mendel► 18:19, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Apparently, we have to first be assigned the Oversight group before we can do that. No one has it at present. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 18:51, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Thank you Auron, Shadowcrest, and especially Isk8! --◄mendel► 20:09, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Not a problem... glad to help out with the extreme little amounts of time I do get on the pc these days. :) -- Isk8 Isk8 (T/C) 20:11, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
Technically, oversight is different from standard deletion of revisions. Which is why there's no one in the oversight group here. Oversight is like superduper revision deletion - even admins can't view oversighted revisions, and you need server access to restore them. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 07:21, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

[Curium]

Violates GW:AR, completely unrelated to GW. - AdVictoriam1Ad Victoriam 01:05, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice, but you can just tag the page for deletion and we'll see it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 01:45, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Would've, but I forgot the code at that moment XD - AdVictoriam1Ad Victoriam 02:37, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
It's {{delete|reason for deletion}}, for future reference. Cress Arvein Cress sig 04:27, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Might I ask again that delenda that are not obscene (i.e. contain some "real" text) be moved to a user's namespace, "User:Anonymous pages" in case of IPs? Dr Ismael's note on teh deletion log seems to indicate the page was moved, but the move log is empty? --◄mendel► 06:23, 20 September 2008 (UTC) & 06:31, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
C/Ped 74.129.68.132 06:32, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
The content of the pages Curium created was exactly the same as what's in his userspace now. It just a mistake... this time. >:O Felix Omni Signature 06:34, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
because it was c/ped there...74.129.68.132 06:35, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I was agreeing with you and expanding on it. :) Felix Omni Signature 06:42, 20 September 2008 (UTC)
Ah, ok, I'll go check the history then - I had a glance at User:Curium and it seemed empty. --◄mendel► 08:51, 20 September 2008 (UTC)

Blacklist

Just in case any admin hasn't noticed yet, please have a look at User:Entropy/blacklist. Entropy Sig (T/C) 04:32, 26 September 2008 (UTC)

Wikia Help: Namespace

Wikia is making their help.wikia.com Help: namespace available to other wikis. Since our Help: namespace has all of 5 articles and 2 talkpages (and one of each is a redirect), we can easily delete those and apply to have that ported to us, too. (We don't strictly need to delete them, but otoh, we don't need those pages, either.) --◄mendel► 23:40, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Actually, all that's left in Help: now are a few pages that ought to be deleted. --◄mendel► 01:02, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

OK; so here is the the executive summary: We can get all of these pages on GuildWiki for free, all we have to do is ask for it here. --◄mendel► 10:34, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

I agree. Felix Omni Signature 18:48, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
Go right ahead. Entropy Sig (T/C) 00:26, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Enabled! Help:Contents is the main entry point to see the list of pages, but you can link them as normal. Kirkburn (talk) @fandom 16:51, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

GuildWars Wikia:Administrator information

I'm resurrecting this old "resolved" issue because it was never really resolved due to technical difficulties. Anyway, here is the current list of administrators.

The users who I have put a strikethrough are ones that I propose to remove sysop/bcrat powers from, because it's highly unlikely that they are ever coming back and it is just confusing/cluttering up the page. (You can go read the old thread in /Resolved2 for debate about this, but eventually a sort of consensus was reached.) A notice will be put on the people's talk something like, "Your sysop/bcrat powers have been removed because you are way past inactive, but if you ever want them again, you can just ask and they will be resored posthaste." With better wording, of course.

I am just posting this here again to make sure people haven't had a radical attitude chance since them. Are we still OK with doing this? Entropy Sig (T/C) 21:50, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

User:Xasxas256 did return much more recently than any of the others listed- maybe leave his. All the others, though, I see no problems with. Felix Omni Signature 21:53, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Is Gravewit removable by current b.crats? Or do we need someone higher up to remove him? --GEO-logo Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 21:55, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Xeon came too. —MaySig Warw/Wick 21:55, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
I'm ok on general principle. My strike-out roster would've been different (smaller) but it's not a critical difference IMO. So now my main concern is only the exact language of the notice. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 21:57, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Starting a Template:Inactive admin. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 22:01, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Oh I see what you mean. Adjusted. Bcrat flag needs to be removed by Wikia, but I'm sure Kyle wouldn't mind helping with that. Entropy Sig (T/C) 22:49, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Actually I meant something else (I had a stricter criteria), and the Bcrat flag was a valid point that I didn't actually catch origially q-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 23:01, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
I meant to indent this to May but I failed. Entropy Sig (T/C) 23:04, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Project update: Finished. Now just remains the question of what to do on the actual Admin Info page. Do we still list these people under "Inactive"? Create a new heading for them? Remove them from the page entirely? Entropy Sig (T/C) 23:13, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

I say remove their entries from the table and list them under a "Past Administrators" heading, with a note that their status will be reinstated should they ever return to the wiki. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:38, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Disagree. I think they should be "inactive", not "past", for the very reasons we would reinstate they actual flags if they ever ask for it -- they are still GuildWiki admins, they are just not active. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 18:29, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Um, what happened over the weekend?

besides Mendel getting promoted? The RC and Watchlist are a bit hard to follow at the moment... -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 18:26, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

Check the user rights log, Kyle's talk and User_talk:Auron of Neon. --JonTheMon 18:38, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Those three were exactly what prompted my question ~_~""" -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 18:47, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

stupidity or vandalism?

Isn't it possible that this user is just not very bright? I don't get why the three edits are evidence for malice, please explain. --◄mendel► 13:45, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Mending combines very well with Frenzy for massive domages. Yeah. I can block for stupidity too, y'know Entropy Sig (T/C) 13:50, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
If you look at their combined edits, it's pretty clear they know those notes are stupid. They're all something you'd see in RA... and wish you hadn't. --Macros 13:53, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
Side note, am I assuming good faith because I DON'T think they're stupid? ;) --Macros 13:55, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
I put it this way: He knows that what he is doing is stupid and he's doing it for the lulz. "Malicious" is a strong word; I'd say I am blocking for convenience, since I don't feel like having another 10 reverts for whatever new dumb notes he decides to make. Possibility for conscructive edits approaches 0. Entropy Sig (T/C) 13:55, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
"They're all something you'd see in RA" ← supports my theory of stupidity. Why not address the issue on the anon's talkpage first? If after this there are more of these edits, even I'd see the malice ;-) --◄mendel► 14:03, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
People can be blocked for making disruptive edits, even if they aren't malicious. If I went to every single skill page, added a stupid note, and reverted myself, I could still be blocked for destroying RC for no reason. Those are commonly known community jokes. Hamstorm? Honestly. He's trolling. --Shadowcrest 15:29, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
Warriors actually bring Flesh Golem in RA??? I would not have expected stupid people capable of doing it, I would expect that to be creative humor. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 22:04, 13 November 2008 (UTC)
I've seen people doing it who thought it was good. —MaySig Warw/Wick 22:06, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

Regardless of RA or "creative humor" vs "vandalism", the point is that all of those such edits would end up being reverted anyway. This is pointless waste of the reverter's time, the history of the page, and recent changes. Therefore, I block. Entropy Sig (T/C) 01:48, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

On principle, where good faith can be assumed, I believe we should only block after we've tried to communicate with the user. My lack of familiarity with RA makes me ill-qualified to make an opinion on whether in this particular case good faith can be assumed. But I maintain that general principle. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 01:12, 15 November 2008 (UTC)
User's sarcastic tone makes me not assume good faith; or rather, the fact that such notes are never meant to be taken seriously (historically) Entropy Sig (T/C) 01:14, 15 November 2008 (UTC)

On PhantomFlux, I'd have waved the banstick first before actually using it? --◄mendel► 11:08, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

You would have. Entropy Sig (T/C) 11:11, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

"as per irc"

I believe this is no explanation. Nobody who wasn't party to that convo can understand it. I was considering that when I wrote in GW:IRC#IRC_Rules that discussions on irc that pertain to wiki need to be summarized here if they affect the wiki. For example, instead of writing "we discussed that" the arguments that actually decided the discussion could be summarized in short. If we don't do that, the wiki loses a part of its transparency, which is one of its strenghts. --◄mendel► 02:18, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Yeah. It should be described on the talk page at least. And you don't have to say IRC, just "I was talking with ____ and ____ and we agreed on _____ --JonTheMon 02:27, 28 November 2008 (UTC)
I claim no responsibility for Vipermagi's edit summaries. >.> But I agree. Entropy Sig (T/C) 02:36, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

shorter undo summary?

I propose Reverted [[User:$2]]: ; see MediaWiki talk:Undo-summary for details. --◄mendel► 01:22, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Agreed- revisionid doesn't serve any visible purpose. --Shadowcrest 01:46, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it is kind of redundant to have userpage, contribs, and talk. Just one of the above would suffice. I don't personally know why revisionid is there but I am sure it had a purpose at some point. Entropy Sig (T/C) 02:39, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

Cantha Interactive Skill Map Virus

This my first post (I hope it is in the correct location).

The link for the interactive skill map for Cantha (and Tyria)has a virus as detected by AVAST antivirus. Must be the website.


Interactive Tyria Elite Skill Map by Lore of Mythos

[EDIT 20090217, 10:42MST: AVAST shows this virus, Win32:VB-KWR [Trj], in a favicon file...?]

Thanks,

UlarGila

Hmm, can someone else confirm virus reports? I'm not sure how aspx can transmit a virus, unless IE has some really evil voodoo. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 05:44, 17 February 2009 (UTC)
No bells for me. --- VipermagiSig -- (contribs) (talk) 15:18, 17 February 2009 (UTC)
UlarGila, it might be more helpful if you post the full details of Avast's report on here. While it is theoretically possible to hide virus in favicon, it'd harm so few people that I can't imagine anyone to bother with it. Having all the details from AVAST's full report would help clear up what is going on. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 05:51, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
[Trj] means it's not a virus, but a trojan, which means it tries to get you to install itself. Don't allow it to do that (i.e. don't allow anything on that page to install) and you should be fine. --◄mendel► 05:57, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, well, I figured that as much. What I don't get is what the reported Trojan's attack vector is. If simply visiting a website without being protected by AV (and without it prompting you to install anything) can give you a trojan, the WWW should've collapsed already ~_~" -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 06:00, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
Avast returns false positives rather often. It told me a 5-gig iso rip was a virus and tried to move it to the virus vault, so I uninstalled it. Felix Omni Signature 06:08, 18 February 2009 (UTC)
If it doesn't prompt you, it's not a Trojan, it's a worm/virus. And yes, when you do that with IE, that can happen (and has happened in the past). And if you look at how many windows PCs are taken over by botnets (causing all our spam), then you'd realise it hasn't collapsed only because collapse is not in the interest of the blackhats. --◄mendel► 06:12, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

is six enough?

See GW:AI. Thoughts? --◄mendel► 01:47, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

I'm around, just since classes are starting up again, I won't be on as much as before on weekdays. Cress Arvein Cress sig 02:53, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
If you were to make me an admin, then you'd have seven, at least until you figured out that I was inactive (except for reverting mission article changes that I don't like), at which point you'd be back to five. Not six; someone else would go inactive in the meantime.  :D Quizzical 03:26, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
Mmmm, inactivity.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig Gîğá†ħŕášħ 03:36, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
I still patrol the Deletion and Banning Candidates daily, as well as this page and the Request Assistance page. I'm in the semi-active section because that's ALL I do. -- Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 14:13, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
I don't see any problems with the current ratio of admin activity to vandal activity. There are also no serious pile-ups in candidates for deletion or banning. We are doing just fine at the moment. This doesn't mean that I would be opposed to new admins...but rather that I don't feel any particular rush to fill vacant/inactive positions. This is still infinitely better than when I came into office. ;) Entropy Sig (T/C) 07:41, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Controversial deletions?

  1. (Deletion log); 03:49 . . MediaWiki default (Talk | contribs | block) deleted MediaWiki:Sp-newimages-showfrom (No longer required)
  2. (Deletion log); 03:49 . . MediaWiki default (Talk | contribs | block) deleted MediaWiki:Showingresultsnum (No longer required)
  3. (Deletion log); 03:49 . . MediaWiki default (Talk | contribs | block) deleted MediaWiki:Showingresults (No longer required)
  4. (Deletion log); 03:49 . . MediaWiki default (Talk | contribs | block) deleted MediaWiki:Rclistfrom (No longer required) restored by RT
  5. (Deletion log); 03:49 . . MediaWiki default (Talk | contribs | block) deleted MediaWiki:Longpagewarning (No longer required)

Thoughts on these deletions? RT reverted one of them, but the others still seem just as useful. Cress Arvein Cress sig 22:20, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Watch out!

w:Forum:Rich text editor sitewide release coming around June 15, teh old editor had problems mangling code, and I doubt users will have joy using it on our template-heavy pages. Go turn it on in your prefs and try it out on Monaco when it goes live. --◄mendel► 21:27, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Thoughts on troublemakers

Vandals and troublemakers are different personalities. They need to be handled differently to make them not harbor a grudge toward our wiki, to leave it alone and maybe come back as valuable editors (hey, they've shown an interest!).

A vandal wants to cross the line and tries to provoke a reaction. I like to handle them by either recognizing them as non-vandals if possible ("you accidentally edited on this article, here's our sandbox"), not reacting to them at all except by reverting (the one-time vandal who doesn't do much), or blocking them if the intent is beyond doubt.

A troublemaker is somebody who is dissatisfied with the way our community operates. Handling him like a vandal will make him even more dissatisfied and begrudged. The best way is to take his grief seriously, but show him that there are reasons why our community operates like it does, including traditions and people's habits, and try with an open mind to find a way to address the criticism (proposed solutions are not likely to work, as the troublemaker rarely knows the community well enough, but that doesn't mean there aren't any to be found).

Thoughts? --◄mendel► 21:50, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

We should take a leaf out of Madclaw's book and block troublemakers for COPPA violations Felix Omni Signature 22:02, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Which started an influx of more troublemakers. Good plan. --◄mendel► 23:14, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Are you referring to any users in particular, or have I just not been paying enough attention? Entropy Entropy Sig 2 (C) 23:11, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
Nah, just general observation, but it's borne out of my own experiences being treated as a vandal, and from the recent difference of opinion with SC as to how a certain troublemaker should be treated. --◄mendel► 23:14, 14 June 2009 (UTC)
So... you're referring to 2 specific instances rather than just one? Also, I wasn't aware that I thought I handled "that certain troublemaker" well. --Shadowcrest 00:07, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
I am trying to not refer to specific instances. If you want to use any experiences of your own to affirm or refute what I proposed above, please do. --◄mendel► 00:43, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

allow rollback users to move files?

I am thinking about giving the movefile right to the rollback user group; this would allow these users to rename images. How does everyone feel about that? --◄mendel► 20:03, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

I say yes. --JonTheMon 20:07, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
I concur. Entropy Entropy Sig 2 (C) 20:19, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Done. --◄mendel► 00:15, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Joke's over

Put up or shut up is a common phrase on this site, right? If someone spends THAT much time on GuildWiki, and has made -->ZERO!!<--- contributions... it's pathetic.
I'm seriously considering this is some Sysop's idea of a joke... PLEASE do something... Contributors aren't always particularly helpful I spend half my mainspace edits fixing typos, working on grammar... but I personally find it rather ignorant to spam RC if all you do is keep records of things that you don't need a record of. You want to know where you've vanquished? Tap the HM icon and press "M" - it's NOT COMPLICATED A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 11:43, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Take a look at GuildWars Wikia talk:Personal sites. Felix Omni Signature 12:33, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Sunrayvenous is not occupying any resources worth mentioning (have you ever been asked to account for the admin time you are claiming by your actions?), and he's learning to edit the wiki that way. Your "encouragement" is not likely to make him want to engage in community activities. Try a different approach? --◄mendel► 12:55, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
While I do feel it is good to encourage users to expand beyond userspace, I think your response was a bit sarcastic. And, as the user is somewhat new, I would cut him some slack. Once he gets up to 4+ months with no non-userspace edits, maybe suggest to him that "he could use his wiki and game experience to improve the wiki experience of others." --JonTheMon 14:14, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
I think it's fine, you can edit the wiki for whatever you want, it's not taking away any resources (as really, text is so small) - and I don't see it spamming RC, the user uses the minor edits, and the only suggestion I'd possibly give to the user is to use the show preview button, RC is so small anyway the majority of the time (when I refresh I may have 1 or 2 new entries, not a big deal) - I can't see the problem. You can still see edits to the mainspace on it. Don't think that what you do is what everyone else wants to do, some people don't want to RC lurk, others don't want to edit the mainspace (either because they think they'll get it wrong, or that they don't think they have anything useful to add). I don't see how not helping the main cause of the wiki makes the fact that he's editing his own page wrong. Thoughtful&#039;s RT sig testTalk 18:03, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
AFK, I wouldn't call it a common phrase on this site. Joke's on you now. --Raj4h 18:55, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Sorry, what? A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 09:41, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Be civil, and don't tell users to leave the wiki. Ever. And we are not now talking about a sysop who had been promoted against community opposition and touted as being "what this wiki needs". --◄mendel► 09:52 & 09:56, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Mendel, I made the point it was said more than the search would lead one to believe. If you knew me, you'd know I greatly respect Felix. Auron, too, but I wouldn't expect you to either know or understand that A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:11, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
I am still in the original context, where you are using "this phrase is common" to defend your action; and this instance you cite is no defense. Sure, how would I know you respect Auron? I respect him, too, for what insights and experience he does have; I don't respect him for the way he treats others. --◄mendel► 20:21, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
I wasn't citing the instance for it's significance should it have any but for the fact that it did not appear in the search linked to in this section. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:42, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
I am actually on this site quite alot as well yet I don't contribute either. Am I pathetic too, now? --Mini MeTalk 19:48, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Absolutely, GTFO Thoughtful&#039;s RT sig testTalk 20:22, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
Only joking, I retain my previous point, any user is a valued user, even if they just read. Thoughtful&#039;s RT sig testTalk 20:22, 1 July 2009 (UTC)

Problem User

Another admin on another wiki regarding a user who has never posted here, via chat:

he's just a problem user anyway
he keeps repeating to do edits that aggravates the community, especially admins
when he is getting confronted with it he likes to to into wikilawyering mode
no admin except one wants that user on the wiki
but the thing is that one is a b-crat and he threaten us admins with demoting us if we says something against him
we have tried to educate him. believe me.
but he keeps doing it again and again and again
he seems to like to aggravate us admins and create drama on the wiki
small issues get blown out of proportions
I'm sick and tired of it
well _all_ admins are tired of him
he keeps aggravating us constantly
we don't want him on the wiki
he causes nothing but trouble

This may sound vaguely familiar, but trust me, it is real, and it is elsewhere.

However, if you think that I am taking GW:AGF too far, please do take it up with me, I won't demote anyone for that (as you should know). That wiki has an issue they need to address, and it's not just about the problem user, it concerns the admin team. I hope that if anyone felt this way here, we'd be able to discuss it; via email if need be. --◄mendel► 11:22, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

I've always found you to be an exceptionally approachable person. Others, too, Felix comes to mind. I can't believe I'd have a problem here and feel like I couldn't at least go to either of you. No matter what that problem may be. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 12:11, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
Actually, I am very concerned about User talk:Vipermagi#zzzZZZzzz. --◄mendel► 12:40, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
Specifics are your friend. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:40, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
I'll translate myself, as I often end up being in the center of communication problems on this site... which Viper kindly drew my attention to.
Mendel, all I did was try to remind him of the discussion in a light hearted manner, I didn't intend to cause any offense.
tbh, I think you should forget about this and worry about SunRay and my behaviour toward that user... A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:54, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
I think it's quite blatantly obvious to whom Mendel is referring. It is, of course, Felix. —MaySig Warw/Wick 20:55, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
o.o A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 20:59, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
If you are worried about your relation to SunRay, why don't you apologize properly instead of posting something oblique that is hard to understand? --◄mendel► 21:06, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
I am worried that I feel just the same as I did when I first brought myself to SunRay's Talk Page.
I do not regret the edit, I don't regret bringing it to this page, and I don't believe I was out of line. I'd like to think were Auron active here, he'd be the first to agree. But, that's neither here nor there.
While I don't feel I should be punished over it, I think it'd be your time better spent were you to reprimand me over that than to spend your time being very concerned about Viper's Talk Page. A F K sig 2 A F K When Needed 21:10, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

Adding advanced authoring tools to Monbook

Does anyone have any objection to me adding WikEd tools to MediaWiki:monobook.js. It contains several advanced tools that power users may find handy. My reasoning for this is:

  • Only users who are logged in and have chosen use monobook
  • It can easily be turned off, and will remember the setting
  • It contains a javascript show preview, amongst other features, this preview takes much less time than reloading the page with the standerd preview. The javascript changes button is simlarly, faster and more easy to use.
  • It highlights code, making the edit box easier to read.
  • It automatically turns off when using a browser that doesn't support WikEd (such as Internet Explorer) Thoughtful&#039;s RT sig testTalk 12:51, 11 July 2009 (UTC)
I mind a lot. WikiEd makes me unable to edit via my iPod. —MaySig Warw/Wick 13:05, 11 July 2009 (UTC)
Interesting, can't you just turn it off? Thoughtful&#039;s RT sig testTalk 15:54, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

Templates

I've created (with the help of a friend) some templates to determine Zaishen Challenge Quests, similar to the template used to determine the items collected by Nicholas Sandford. You're welcome to use them on the main page and/or any other pages, but I recommend protecting them if they are added to the main page, and would appreciate being able to modify them myself even if they do become protected. The templates can be found at the following locations:

http://guildwars.wikia.com/wiki/Template:Zaishen_forecast/Mission

http://guildwars.wikia.com/wiki/Template:Zaishen_forecast/Bounty

http://guildwars.wikia.com/wiki/Template:Zaishen_forecast/Combat

And accessed as follows:

{{Template:Zaishen_forecast/Mission}}
{{Template:Zaishen_forecast/Bounty}}
{{Template:Zaishen_forecast/Combat}}

--Kirbman sig Kirbman 03:34, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Now that the Zaishen Challenge Quests are expected to change their pattern at the time of the next update, we have a small problem with how to handle that on the main page. I'd like get in real-time contact with an admin to help prevent a mess on the main page. Vent would probably be best but AIM, GMail, or whatever else would work. Please leave a note on my talk page if you'd like to help. --Kirbman sig Kirbman 05:20, September 29, 2009 (UTC)
Try GW:IRC info. --Wolfie Wolfie sig (talk|contribs) 05:29, September 29, 2009 (UTC)

Upgrade to 1.15.1

Just to let you non-admins know that wikia's upgrading Mediawiki to 1.15.1 today (check Special:version to see if it's done yet) From wikia:

Hi all,
We'll be upgrading MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikia, to version 1.15.1 very soon. We plan to upgrade most wikis on the morning of Wednesday, August 26th. Click here for more information about this upgrade. We don't anticipate any downtime or major changes, but if you notice anything unusual after the upgrade, please let us know.
Thanks,
The Wikia Community Team

As of now, it's not done (even though they said they'd be doing it this morning and it's now 3PM, but then I'm british) - so expect downtime soon.

For the technically minded, I've mirrored the release notes here

For me, this looks good - we've got some new prefrences, and there's a link to the custom JS on the prefs page RandomTime 14:18, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Next time, if you want to alert the non-admins, use the community portal talk, like Felix did yesterday; it's been pointed out there that we're going to be switched over next week. --◄mendel► 17:32, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
Ugh, I really wasn't alert yesterday, apologies RandomTime 10:28, 27 August 2009 (UTC)