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BeastInfobox system revamp

Proposal: turn it semi-similar to how the skill system works, so that non-creature articles that talk about creatures can easily provide more information (that don't need to be synced).

  • Stuff we'll want to keep track about all Creatures
    • Everything currently in Beastinfobox
    • If it's Ally, Enemy, or Other (there are some you cannot attack and cannot heal)
    • If it's boss or not
    • A list of locations appears in
    • Skill Bar (separate entries for Normal mode vs Hard mode)

Articles about locations can then pull the monster's data (in either a table-row format or a bullet-list format, or something else) easily. And other types of articles may create custom formatting templates for their usage too.

-User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 22:37, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Good idea - potentially a whole lot of work, but potentially extremely useful. Some of the work could be handled by a bot - taking any existing categories/skillbars and turning them into parameters in the existing BeastInfobox, then taking the box and moving it to a subpage. This is obviously one of your "troublemaker" ideas that will require 7-14 days of discussion first. ^_~ —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:24, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I was thinking along the same sorts of lines. Its been a while now, so mind if I start? —MaySigWarw/Wick 06:30, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Third warning, it has been over a week. I will start in Two Hours unless there are any objections raised. :) —MaySigWarw/Wick 14:38, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
It's been a week since Pan proposed it, you just saw it today. Felix Omni Signature 14:41, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Actually, I said it about a week ago I think. Though what I said was moved to the archive. I saw this when Pan proposed it. —MaySigWarw/Wick 14:43, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
That doesn't appear to be the case. It's Pan's proposal, get the go-ahead from him (or possibly her, still not sure) before you start anything. Felix Omni Signature 14:46, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
I said it before noticing pan's statement, but I've known this was here for a while. And pan is a guy. —MaySigWarw/Wick 14:47, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Is that so? Fascinating. Well, I'm going to bed. Good luck with the creature skill template thing. Felix Omni Signature 14:48, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
The proposal is to design the box first. ONCE the box is designed, we should go through a separate process to make sure the community likes the box designed. As for the statement that I'm a guy, you might want to refer to double check against my user page on GWW. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 15:35, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
You know how there's an auto-category for the skill box? Like if you put "skill type = enchantment" then it will automatically go into the enchantment category. We should do this for the monsters, for things like species, profession, location, etc. --Macros 16:27, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

New Effect box template

Somewhat related to the BeastInfobox revamp, I would like to propose adding an "Effect box" template to all Effects. This will be similar to the Skill box template, except it would, obviously, provide different info other than full/concise descriptions.

  • Info we'll want to keep track of on all Effects:
    • Type (see subcats of Category:Effects)
    • Campaign
    • Location, for localized effects (e.g. Realm of Torment explorable effects)
    • Consumable or Bundle item, for effects granted by items
    • Faction or god that grants it, for Blessings/Bounties

Unless anyone wants to make QRs for effects, I don't see any need to export this to subpages, like we have for skills. Also, for Consumables effects, one idea I had is to include the effect on the item's page, like I've done for Drake Kabob. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:24, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

[[:Category:Effects]] makes sure this page isnt added to the "effects" category. Note the first colon. Changed it for you :) --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 10:29, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Bah! :P But do you have any comments about it? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 14:04, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Looks good to me. So long as it wouldn't get in the way of any other page layouts we use on those pages, right? All we have currently is a little image of the effect icon, which isn't much. --GEO-logo Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 14:33, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
Muahahaha, you're gonna get in some serious trouble with this...Ereanorsignreanor 15:18, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Welp, tomorrow will be seven days since I posted this, so I'll assume no one has any strong objections to it. I'm going to go ahead and start adding it where needed. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 19:41, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

[1] Learn from that first.Ereanorsignreanor 20:49, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
*grumble, grumble* Why didn't you just link that in the first place, instead of making that inane "getting in trouble" comment? /troutslap >.> —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 22:20, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
So you could realize it yourself.Ereanorsignreanor 01:12, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Without ever looking at that, I actually had already included ~95% of what's in GWW's Effect infobox. They have a more effecient way of assigning categories, though, and a couple other things I hadn't thought of, so it was still useful.
It seems like the only real contention there was over what to call the Sunspear/Lightbringer/EotN effects you get from people at res shrines that give you points toward a title track for killing things. I believe the consensus here is to call them bounties, cf. Kurzick/Luxon bounty, Sunspear/Lightbringer bounty and Eye of the North reputation bounties. They are blessings, yes, but they are a special sub-type of blessing because of the points-for-killing-stuff effect. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 01:53, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

A couple quick things related to categories before I go to bed:

  • Yes, I know I made a lot of redlink cats just now, I'll deal with them tomorrow.
  • What is the deal with [:Category:Environmental Effects]? The in-game term is Environment Effect, so why does the cat have two extra letters?

Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:49, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

GWW mysteries, there are many similar cases. Just do it they way you feel it's best before someone starts arguing against you with non-sense and slows you down.Ereanorsignreanor 06:25, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Grammatically speaking "Environmental effect" is the right form. That wording is also used internally by ANet, as evidenced in all of the Game link: pages for this kind of skills that Mike O'Brien exported to the wiki, such as this; all of them have the comment "this is an environmental or special skill". So at the very least, using those additional two characters, -al, is not incorrect. --Dirigible
But, lower case and singular are preferred --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 08:58, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Singular? Most categories I've seen are plural. Category:Bounties, Category:Templates, Category:Skale_Bosses, etc. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 14:48, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Then I suggest to not bother with singular :P --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 14:50, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
In-game terms are also title-cased, Category:Enchantment Spells, Category:Dual Attacks. Since the description for a number of Environment Effects (those that don't call themselves Signets or whatever) do use that exact wording and case, that's why I was using it. I agree that "environmental effect" is the grammatically correct form, and if we're talking about them generally that's what I'd use, but not for the category. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 15:08, 8 May 2008 (UTC)
Still, Environmental is the proper adjective form. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 16:27, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Further discussion

I have finished adding the effect box to pretty much all Environment Effects, Disguises, and Blessings, as well as the EotN bounties and bonuses (which needed major cleanup/fleshing-out anyway). I've got a few questions before I continue:

  1. The SS/LB bounties are each formatted so that part of the page (the gray box with the icon) is an inclusion into the main article. Should I:
    • wrap that bit with <includeonly>, then add the effect box?
    • subst: them into the main article so I can replace the individual articles with the effect box?
    • leave them as is?
  2. The Conditions are already formatted nicely, and I think I'd mentioned above that I feel hesitant to change them. The concise descriptions need to be added regardless, as they give the exact numbers of the condition, and the effect box provides an easy way to do this. It would also add a degree of consistency to the effects in general.
  3. There are a number of... "skilfects" which are currently formatted as skills, but are actually effects. Some of the more obvious ones I've gone ahead and reformatted, but others I've left alone for now. Let me know if you oppose these (and others I may come across) being changed to effects:
  4. Finally, consumable effects. This was brought up below, but there haven't been many comments on it. I agree with the logic that there really isn't a need for a separate page for the effect, especially when they have the same name (Armor of Salvation, Candy Corn, etc.). This has also been discussed elsewhere - Birthday Cupcake (effect) has had a merge tag for over a year now, and there were three users supporting the merge, with no one outright opposing it. Since there has been past discussion on this, I'm only going to wait until Monday for any further comments. Of course, this then begs the question: do we need a separate category for consumable effects if we're going to keep the consumable and the effect on the same page?

Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 23:24, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Alright then, time to start adding consumable effects. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 19:05, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
Naturally, right after I start I'm struck by a better idea that can satisfy both sides: leave the effects articles, and include them into the item articles. The only complaint there would be the formatting of the item article, but I'll leave that to someone with a better eye for design. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 20:32, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Remember the page "Titans get plus health regen and set enemies on fire each time he is hit"?

See this image I found on the official Wiki. Poke found it in the gw.dat file, and modded it into a skill bar. Respective pages. This is also linked from the Titans blahblah page. Found it rather interesting, perhaps have some mention of it? --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 05:23, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I found those (and about a hundred more like them) when I parsed out the unicode files in gw.dat to get the concise descriptions for monster skills and effects. BAMPH!! is in there (desc: BAMPH!!), along with:
  • "Fake Spell": Fake spell just to show casting animation and maybe effects.
  • "Rurik Must Live": Buff placed on Rurik that prevents him from dying for 5 minutes. (I don't think this one ever worked as intended >.>)
  • "Summoning of the Scepter": The Margonite utters words in an ancient tongue, and the ground beneath him begins to shiver and crack. (probably used for The Cold Touch of the Past)
  • "Exposed Underbelly": While on your side, you take +X damage when you take damage, where X is twice your level. (Siege Turtle)
Those are a few of the highlights. If anyone wants, I can post the complete list. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:54, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
This is one of the reasons that monsters don't have a full skill bar. Some slots are occupied by these buffs. We could make pages for these skills, but... — Poki#3 Poki, 11:00, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
The Margonite Paragons (stupid names they have>.> ) in the DoA have 9 skills, so I think they buffed Nightfall-and-further monsters with a greater skillbar :) But I oculd see this as being the reason Proph/Factions monsters have so little (and mediocre) skills. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 12:27, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Margonite Anur Runds have 7 skills, including Enraged :o And I heard Gaile or some other developer say a long time ago, that some special monster buffs have to occupy a skill slot. — Poki#3 Poki, 16:46, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Recent "improvements"

→ Moved to Project talk:InterWiki


(I'm also going to mention this on GuildWars Wiki.) What if for all of the proffesions pages we also name all of the heroes that have those proffesions, like for Necromancer it would be Olias, Master of Whispers, and Livia.--&quot;Burn Baby Burn!&quot;FireTock 14:20, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Should we also list every NPC and monster that holds that profession? Felix Omni Signature 17:35, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
It's kinda useless to list heroes there, cuz, like Felix said, you could list all NPCs and monsters from the game there as well.... Why not even add all the player names from all of GW too? — eXtinctioN 18:58, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

The profession article should probably link to the corresponding category, which should then subcategorize. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 03:09, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Non-orphaned articles

I wasn't sure if I should put this directly into the GuildWiki: namespace, but I've created a page [User:Dr ishmael/Non-orphaned articles|here] to list all the "modular" articles, those that are only linked to as transclusions, in order to clear out Special:Lonelypages. If no one minds, I'll move this out to [GuildWiki:Non-orphaned articles] in a couple days. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 23:29, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Some of the armor pages are in fact junk pages. They are remnants from some long forgotten armor gallery set up. I'd have to go through them to figure out which are which but usually anything with /ascended or similar is old. The setup to a mainspace page is a semi-useful idea. Just stuff that shows up in transclusions not actual orphans right? —JediRogue 07:20, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
That was my thought: non-orphaned images is primarily for images that are linked to by text links only, so non-orphaned articles would be primarily for articles that are only transcluded. The purpose of both being to "fix" MediaWiki's error in calling them "orphaned" when they're actually being used.
I figured there were a few junk pages in there - found a few obvious ones where an NPC's name was misspelled, then corrected, but the misspelled module wasn't deleted. I didn't feel like checking them all at the time, but they definitely should be checked. I can add that to my to-do box. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 14:08, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
Moved. I even went to the trouble of adding navbars to each section so it would be easier to look at. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 14:28, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Effect or effect?

Here is an article with a capitalized E in effect

[Spear of Archemorus (Effect)]

Here is one with lowercase e.

Urn of Saint Viktor (effect)

Which way is correct?Guild44 14:23, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

Oh dear. Felix Omni Signature 14:25, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
Its kind of annoying when you want to find an effect page and you have to type it in twice if you don't get your capitalization right...Guild44 14:26, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
Special:Search/(effect) indicates that (effect) seems to be used more often than (Effect), so it would be more efficient to change them all to lowercase. Felix Omni Signature 14:28, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
This could take forever! We would have to change all the links and stuff too....Guild44 14:30, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
This looks like a job for Ishmael. Felix Omni Signature 14:31, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
I thought I could save the day by going in game and grabbing a hold of both items in Sunjiang District. Well, I was mistaken there, as the game does not use the term effect at all. So would we go by GW:ULC? -- Isk8 User:Isk8 (T/C) 14:33, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
Yep, that seems to be the proper thing to do. Felix Omni Signature 14:35, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
I think all the effect pages should be merged with the main page. Theres nothing thats said on the effect pages that cant be easily said on the main page. Like the items effects,
I think the only effect pages that should stay are the Environmental Effect Pages.(are the even called that in the game?) Guild44 14:51, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
Yes, there are a number of effects with the type "Environment Effect" in the game - two examples off the top of my head are Approaching the Vortex and Thirst of the Drought. Regarding capitalization of (effect) for article names, it should be lower-case, as there is no simple "Effect" type in-game. There's a similar bot task already proposed for ULC-ing categories, it wouldn't be hard to write a script to do the same for articles.
As for merging effect pages with the item pages, I tested doing that on Drake Kabob. If we can get consensus on it, I'll do the same for all consumable effects. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 15:27, 13 May 2008 (UTC)
I rather like the combined look, and it could help prevent confusion on items, ie: people wouldn't have to go to a 2nd page in order to see what the consumable item does. I vote to go for it. -- Isk8 User:Isk8 (T/C) 02:08, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm going to begin renaming pages that use "(Effect)" to use "(effect)" instead, since that isn't exactly a 'disruptive' change. I'll wait a bit longer for any more comments on the doubling up of consumable items with their effect. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 15:52, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Looks like there were only three, which have been fixed: Spear of Archemorus (effect), Energy Drain (effect), and Depths of Madness (effect). Let me know if there are any others, or if I missed anything when I moved them. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:04, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

Possible new categorie in Game play types?

Not sure I this goes here on on the main page disscusion. Anyway I think we should have a categorie in Gmae Play types called User Created Mini-games that could archive mini-games created by users to play in a guild hall. What do you guys think?Mr Prash 22:47, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

You mean things like Dodgeball? That thing has a category, and is alone in it... I'm unaware of any other minigames besides rock/paper/scissors and dice rolling. — Poki#3 Poki, 00:29, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
They have football to.Mr Prash 19:19, 14 May 2008 (UTC)
Poki's point is that we already have a category for these scrimmage games. If you want to create articles about other games, go ahead - they can all go in that category. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 19:29, 14 May 2008 (UTC)

Strategy Guide

Check this out... Amazing, i didn't think it was possible. But, remember, it was made, and was last edited in 2005. Also, there's two more.

Wow, just wow. And, it gave me an idea. If we cut and paste all of the walkthroughs from each primary quest and mission, put 'em in order, we can make a strategy guide for everything.--&quot;Burn Baby Burn!&quot;FireTock 01:52, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

We already have all that information as far as I can tell, and it's up to date with updates, since those are ancient. They're basically the Prima Guide --Gimmethegepgun 02:06, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
Was he joking or.....?--AlariSig 02:16, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
OMG!! O_O Apathetic Aardvark does a guide for like every stinkin' game ever made! (The FFVII one is pretty good, though :P) I wonder if this guy ever meets real people... O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 04:14, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
What Gep said - we've got all of that content already, and we keep it up-to-date. Also, we have it broken up into individual articles, which IMO is much easier to navigate. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:35, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
That guy is a pretty good and thorough guide writer, as I can attest from his work on many many other games. :) Still, I seriously doubt there is anything worth salvaging from those rather old guides, that we don't already have here somewhere. By the way, GameFAQS > CheatCC. Plagiarism is always ftl. Entropy Sig (T/C) 05:57, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
You miss understood, i was trying to say two different things, 1. Look, a guy ACTUALLY WROTE a strategy guide for Guildwars, i thought it was impossible. 2. I have an idea, what if we took all of the information from the walkthroughs from the primary quests and missions, from gwiki (not those strategy guides above) and made a strategy guide from copy and paste.--&quot;Burn Baby Burn!&quot;FireTock 15:12, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
Because its copyrighted to him.. —MaySig Warw/Wick 15:13, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
Still, the question is why? What good does that have above the mission and primary quest articles that each contain walkthroughs.--AlariSig 15:15, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
uh. FORGET THE LINKS I PUT ABOVE!!! FORGET THEM! THEY DONT EXIST!!! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT I"M SAYING!!! Just ciopy and paste all of the walktrhoughs from the primary quests and missions from here. Gwiki. RIGHT HERE ON THIS WEBSITE and put them into a strategy guide.--&quot;Burn Baby Burn!&quot;FireTock 04:11, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
He's saying we should print out and sell Guildwiki as a strategy guide.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 04:27, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
We would have to give attribution to every single contributor to every single article. —JediRogue 05:00, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
If you are going to play guildwars when you already have a computer with internet, why not just log into Guildwiki rather then pull out some printoff?--AlariSig 05:01, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I don't think he's saying we should "sell" a GuildWiki-based strategy guide so much as just make it available. But still, why? The entire point of having the wiki format is to have extensive linking between articles so you can cross-reference information quickly and easily. Condensing the wiki into the plain-text GameFAQs-style walkthrough would remove that ease of access to information. Not to mention you'd lose all the images and tables, too, and someone would have to responsible for revising it due to game updates. I just can't see the point of doing this. But, if FireTock wants to, I don't see any reason to stop him, as long as he follows our CC BY-NC-SA license. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:07, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
No! We dont print out and sell anything. WE just do something like this...[Guild Wars Strategy Guide], and put in the walkthroughs from mission pages and primary quest pages we ahve on this website. like from Jennur's Horde. We dont print it out, all we do is make a strategy guide so people dont have to constantly go to missions , they just go to the Strategy Guide then they read what it says.--&quot;Burn Baby Burn!&quot;FireTock 15:47, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
That seems self-defeating... if you want to put it together, I guess... --Shadowcrest 16:27, 18 May 2008 (UTC)
What's wrong with using the individual articles? The Mission overview articles already index every primary quest and mission in each campaign, each quest/mission article links to the preceding and following quest/mission, and we have navboxes on the mission articles so you can easily flip between missions. On top of that, the "strategy guide" articles would be HUGE (many of the mission articles are already at or near 32 kB) and would require duplication of effort whenever anyone changed something on the original articles. I'm afraid I still don't see how doing this would benefit anyone. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:52, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

resetI really don't see why anyone wants to do this except the sake of saying that we have a strategy guide that will be obsolete with the next major update. The individual articles have the most up-to-date information. If you want to make a guide that badly, just make a list of links to those articles in a gameplay progression, or make a page that does the "include" code from all those missions, and update the mission pages with with "noinclude" code for the stuff we don't want duplicated. But still, waste of effort IMO... It would still take a day and a half to load with how wikia is handling things at the moment... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 15:05, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Oh yeah, the Mission overview already does the former. I don't think anything more than that is needed. O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 19:08, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

This could be done via {{transclusion}} of EVERY mission page. This would take minimal setup, reduce "actual" page size, and make a much less cluttered page. It would also update if any one mission guide was changed. HOWEVER, this page would be massive and probably not load properly, etc. Entropy Sig (T/C) 04:27, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Well, the massive part is exactly the part that creates a problem. A massive problem. It would be more frustrating trying to load that page (likely unsuccessfully) than finding the single article you need. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 06:27, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

The benefit of submitting a properly attributed Guildwiki Strategy Guide to diverse FAQ websites is that people who go to these websites first for game tips get to know about Guildwiki. They can print out that guide to have it beside their computer, and they'll know to look up additional information on Guildwiki, which they may not have known about. So it'd be a great publicity feature for Guildwiki, and it'd be useful for those people who like to have printed docs. To fulfil the copyright requirements, the license from Project:Copyrights would need to be included, and absent any specific instructions on this wiki on how the sources are to be credited, I guess it would be enough (is it?) to cite Guildwiki as the source, listing the source articles and the dates they were taken. If I had the time (which I don't), I'd just go ahead and do it, posting the guide here for two weeks collecting comments and then getting it on as many FAQ sites as I could.(mendel 06:40, 23 May 2008 (UTC))

Screenshot licensing

I've been uploading some armor images today and using the drop-down menu to select "Screenshot" as the licensing option, but when the image is saved, the licensing does not show up. I've been having to put it in manually by using Edit>Screenshot template, which is really really annoying when you do a lot of images in a row... >_< Is it broken? O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 16:03, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

I notice this as a bug whenever uploading a new version of an image. The drop down works for new images, but only intermittently works for new versions. (been helping you with the tagging :P) -- Isk8 User:Isk8 (T/C) 16:04, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
Exactly, I just realized that too, this happens only when uploading a new version. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 16:11, 16 May 2008 (UTC)
It doesn't work intermittently when updating an image, it's rather logical. If the image had licensing before, it will keep it, if it did not, it will not get it, even if you selected it in the dropdown. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 16:43, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

pvp versions of skills

how do we want to show the pvp versions? My preference would be to NOT have a different page for teh skills but include the info the same way. For things like qrs which version do we show? lots of things to consider for this. —JediRogue 23:36, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Couldn't a table-thing be created, much like the 'Concise Descriptions' table-thing? Something like, Aegis (PvP Version): 15e 2a 15r. Maui sig 23:41, 21 May 2008 (UTC)
That would probably be best.--AlariSig 01:17, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
It would probably be best, but so far we don't know exactly how this whole pvp oriented changes will roll out. Hopefully, as has been said by Anet, there will be as little skills changed as possible. Also, if we roll it out like the concise descriptions, I feel that the articles could possibly seem cluttered a bit. Just my 2 cents. -- Isk8 User:Isk8 (T/C) 01:23, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
The idea I had was to have a bar separating any variations in costs/casts/recharges for PvE/PvP versions in the template on the right, and for any variations in description/duration/damage/whatever in a table, like the concise descriptions. I'm trying to design a version of it in my userspace, but I'm having a hard time of it. --Shadowcrest 01:33, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
You mean something like my version of Energy Tap here? I can't quite figure out what to do for differing green numbers, though... —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 01:35, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
For one thing, we couldn't roll it out like the concise descriptions because only a very few skills will be split - whatever formatting we put in the Skill box for the PvP version info would have to be hidden for all other skills. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 01:35, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
Once again, Dr ishmael beats me to stuff, lol. I got a description to work though- if it was included in an if-statement, it could work. User:Shadowcrest/skill box test/Aegis is what I came up with. --Shadowcrest 01:49, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
side note: You can check what skills will be changed here: Poki, 05:59, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Wow, we've currently got three different people working on three different ways to deal with this.

  1. Update {{Skill box}} to include the different PvP data (Shadowcrest)
  2. Add a table below the existing Skill box to denote the PvE/PvP differences (Taki)
  3. Split the PvE/PvP versions to two separate articles (Alari)

Wouldn't it be better decide which solution would work best before someone gets disappointed that all their work went to waste? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:30, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

If it is feasibly possible to fix Template:Skill box to only display the additional content if there is a different PvP skill, then I would opt for the version in my namespace. If that isn't possible, splitting the pages would be my second choice. --Shadowcrest 00:34, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Ok, before I actually waste more time on this can anyone tell me if there is a code like {{PAGENAME}} but where you can cut off part of the page name, for example Name of Page/Sub Page where I want only the Name of Page part? --AlariSig 00:39, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
{{BASEPAGENAME}}, see MetaWikiPedia:Help:Magic_words for more info. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:42, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Hmm thanks but unfortunately that wont work in my test, would have to test in the main space, in theory it should work tho...--AlariSig 00:45, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Alright here here is my proposal, if someone could get the boxes to be on the same line I would greatly appreciate it because I am stumped.--AlariSig 01:44, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
How about we just use a different template for PvP skills? It would be a little harder to work out, but probably simpler to code.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 02:53, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
What about how in the armor art gallery template (sorry, not sure how to link it) you can use a "switch" to include earrings/headgear if there is one, or put "zero" to omit that entirely, could that method be used to "omit" PvP skill version in a skill box if there isn't any? Either that, or I'm a complete idiot and don't understand how that switch works. O_o RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 04:16, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Shadowcrest's update to Skill box would do a similar thing, it would use the presence of any PvP parameters (pvp_description, pvp_energy, etc.) as the switch to display the PvP-specific sections. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:30, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Not saying we have to follow what GWW does, but they are using the split-article solution: GWW:Blinding Surge, GWW:Blinding Surge (PvP). This makes sense to me in that it mirrors the in-game mechanics - the PvP versions are actually different skills with different skill IDs (they're at 2852-2880). On the other hand, I like the idea of being able to display the info for both versions using the same Skill box template. One problem with that is the need to show progression tables for both versions, which would clutter up the page. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:34, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

I would argue against using separate pages, because that duplicates the aquisition information. You don't actually have to aquire that skill twice! (A redirect from the PvP name to the non-PvP name would be appropriate for people coming from the other wiki, though.) For a skill like Lightning Orb, only the description need change, because of the cracked armor. Shadowcrest's skill box looks fine (though I'd have gone for adding a second (reduced) skill box below the other with just the (PvP) name and the PvP stats on it, but omitting the campaign info). For those skills that need it, we could add a PvP Details section that lists the differences, but I think if it's just abbout putting in a second damage table, that wouldn't even be needed. This also makes it easier to see at a glance what the differences actually are; switching back and forth between two pages to find that out seems awkward to me.(mendel 06:25, 23 May 2008 (UTC))
In my humble opinion, we should edit the skill box template and have everything in one place. Just make it not viseble if there's no other version (a switch or a new template like Template:Skill box PvP) — Poki#3 Poki, 06:43, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Just my two cents: Split them, a separate PVP and a PVE page. You can still link them with each other and explain that PVP skills will be acquired if the PVE skill is capped or something like that. I think visitors will understands this quickly. The Advantage of splitting is that you don't know how big these changes will be. For now, they might differ a bit, but what if that will change, like a bug in de PVP version and not PVE ? Or mention of possible combo's that are valid for PVP version but not PVE. Or what to do with pages like 'skills that inflict xxx condition'. The only solution to that is to add ' (only in pvp/pve version) ' or ' the pve/pvp version however.... ' everywhere in the notes, description, lists, catagories... It will be a mess. Don't get me wrong, but the 'dual skill' example from Shadowcrest looks confusing already (when do you sac, for the PVP or PVE skill? ) .For that, I can live with the small 'acquisition' disadvantage. IMHO, if *I* read a skill page, I want a quick description what the skill will do, I don't want to start puzzling which description, figures and notes belongs to what. Also, note that there are PVE of PVP only players that don't bother about the 'other use' of the skill at all.-- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 06:58, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
We should probably come up with some kind of decision and implement it soon for the skill changes. I've had to revert a few PvP only changes from the articles, and I don't want to keep having to play revert wars if it comes to that. -- Isk8 User:Isk8 (T/C) 22:46, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

I say make them separage skill pages and, by using (#include PAGENAME-PvP) or whatever the real syntax is, include the PvP version into the PvE page, or even just simply link to it and that's it, just to note that there IS a PvP version and that PvP players need to look at that instead of the current page. This way, all the categories/references/etc of the PvE skills stay unchanged. There really is absolutely no way to interlace the PvE skill references with the PvP ones, since some skills cause conditions/effects in only one version of the skill. We will just need to remake all these references into a PvP copy. Thats what I think. Everyone is trying to come up with an "elegant" way to integrate this, and there just isn't one. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 23:16, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

You could also create a PvP "switch" in the skill template, so that the PvP skill page will look exactly like a PvE one, but the page address will be Skillname/PvP, and it will link to the Skillname page (I know there's a "magic" word to genericly link to the main address part without the stuff behind the '/'). This checkbox would also place a note in some visible place saying that this is a PvP skill version, and give the link to the PvE skill page. A second "switch" could also be created to put a "note" on the PvE skill page just to say that there IS a PvP version of THIS skill. So, switch one is "has a PvP version = 0/1" and checkbox 2 is "is a PvP skill = 0/1." Just my thoughts. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 23:23, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
  • has a PvP version = 0, is a PvP skill = 0 >>> normal PvE/PvP skill, no difference
  • has a PvP version = 1, is a PvP skill = 0 >>> "This is a PvE-only skill, for the PvP version of this skill see (PAGENAME)/PvP"
  • has a PvP version = 0, is a PvP skill = 1 >>> "This is a PvP-only skill, for the PvE version of this skill see (PAGENAME-MAGIC WORD FOR JUST MAIN PAGE LINK WITHOUT /PvP)"
  • has a PvP version = 1, is a PvP skill = 1 >>> invalid combination, both notices will appear and hopefully the editor uses "Show preview" and will realize he/she screwed something up.
  • rewrite (mostly copy/paste at this point, as not many changes have yet been made) all quick references for PvP skills, include normal PvE skills if no split is yet made on that skill.
  • RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 23:34, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Or even better, just make one switch, PvP = 0: nothing; E: PvE version of a split skill; P: PvP version of a split skill. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 23:38, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
I agree, this issue is an exception that should be acted on quickly. The easiest solution to implement (I'm not ruling out better solutions later) is to just do what GWW did: create an article for the PvP version of split skills, and put a plain old {{DisambigMsg}} (or a custom one like User:Alari/Split Skill) on both versions. This lets us host the correct content now, and we can still decide on a more elegant solution later, if we feel one is needed. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:07, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm currently working on one with an if'd showhide box for both descriptions, but first gotta figure out how to get them to default to "show" --Gimmethegepgun 00:08, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Unfortunately, it's currently impossible to make two or more NavFrames "show" by default, that's just how MediaWiki:Common.js/NavToggle works. The only way is to change the value of var NavigationBarShowDefault to 2, but that would probably break other pages that only have 2 frames and expect them both to be hidden by default. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:24, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Also, that still doesn't deal with the problem of having to show two Progression tables on the same page. Just look at Blinding Surge and tell me that doubling that Progression box wouldn't look horrible. If it weren't for that, I think the combined page idea would be great. We could delve into custom JavaScript and write a function to toggle the entire PvE template and the PvP template on one page, but the need probably isn't great enough for that. (Of course, if anyone thinks we should try that, I could probably write something in about an hour.) —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:38, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
I was working on 1 part at a time, the same thing could be done for the progression boxes. Maybe a new .js thing could be made for skillbox showhide boxes? --Gimmethegepgun 00:52, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
I've looked at the progression box for Blinding Surge, and it wouldn't be horrible at all. Just add a row Blindness (PvP) below the existing Blindness row and you're done! (mendel 22:56, 24 May 2008 (UTC))

I still believe that if we throw both versions on one page then it will become very cluttered and hard to read. We should come to a decision especially since the coding discussion above seems to be getting very complex.--AlariSig 00:32, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Just to throw my two cents in, the skills should be in different articles because they're functionally different. Felix Omni Signature 00:54, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Most of them share the same effect, differences are the mainly numbers (recharge, duration, costs...). I'm for one page. Splitting just increases the pages, the clicks and the browsing unnecessarily. Comparing is bothersome. Overview on one page is simply done with the table of contents as large articles have too and as new invention maybe a colored frame. I don't like it the way it is now. But I see that putting it on one page can be troublesome (also for the categories, the notes) and without a good thought would end up messy. But roughly maybe like that: (image) --Birchwooda Treehug 20:32, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Caught between a rock and a hard place. The way this is now, you have to look at the PvE page even if you're interested in the PvP skill because you will miss pertinent notes. But duplicating the notes is another pain in the behind that makes editing the wiki just so much more difficult. If the skill box wasn't so heavily coded, it'd be no problem to adapt them (like I suggested above, sometimes it's just adding another line to a table), but then there are advantages to that, too. On another note, who wants to expand the skill article? Look at split skill if you need a rough draft to go from. ;-) (mendel 00:14, 25 May 2008 (UTC))


This is not a vote but a measure of peoples opinions on the matter:

How should we seperate PvE and PvP versions of skills?

The poll was created at 01:02 on May 24, 2008, and so far 39 people voted.
The first 7 votes show a preference for split articles, 5-2. I'm not taking that as a final decision by any means, but I am going to go ahead and create the PvP-version articles (I already have the wiki-code for all of them, article and template, in a text editor, so it'll be a simple copy/paste job) just so we can get the info out there. Like I said above, we can always implement something else later, but I don't think we should wait any longer on working the kinks out of the other solutions. Also, I just discovered something awesome: we have Extension:StringFunctions installed. \^o^/ I will be using a function from that for the DisambigMsg's on the PvP articles. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 02:52, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
/catchbreath Whew, they're all done. I did them the most basic way possible, using the existing DisambigMsg template for now rather than adapting Alari's. I think Alari's template is a good idea if we decide to keep the split-article format, but it is currently designed for articles named like "Skill Name/PvP", whereas I named the articles like "Skill Name (PvP)" to match the actual skill names. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 03:36, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
That could be fixed easily by changing the {{PAGENAME}}/pvp to {{PAGENAME}} (PvP)--AlariSig 03:44, 24 May 2008 (UTC)
Never mind, my code will not work if the pvp version is not a subpage of the original, if the new pages were moved to Skill/PvP it should work fine.--AlariSig 03:56, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

revised single-page template

User:M.mendel created a nice single-page template. Here's what it looks like:

User:M.mendel/Templates/Merged skill

--Shadowcrest 20:45, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

Very nice. (Love the separate PvE/PvP edit links.) There are a couple of things I would request, though. For once, put PvP/PvE in front of the casting stats (energy cost etc. part below the skill image). Also, how is it going to handle progression tables, or will those be removed entirely, since they do not appear here? Trying to implement both will look... a little on the large side? RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 21:19, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

I assume they (the tables) will be implemented; the PvE/PvP part is easy to put in, but I don't know how it'll look with sac, upkeep, dual, (etc.). --Shadowcrest 21:22, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, the box will need to get wider for them. You can even go as far as making little PvP/PvE icons a-la the energy cost blue dot. Also, the Elementalist-icon-small icon looks like it's imposing over the end of the word Elementalist. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 21:27, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
The Elementalist-icon-small isn't specific to this template, it's messed up on all ele (and necro) skills, floating above the box. --Shadowcrest 21:29, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Actually, Necromancer and Elementalist are just longer words, "showcasing" the overlap. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 21:36, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

It's not done yet, people! What you have to realize is that this uses the split skills as they are now, it simply mashes them together so a single template can use all the stats from both (there's energy and pvp_energy, and so on). It needs more testing and then a move over to the main Template: namespace so that all the skills can be accessed - I'm talking about the underlying machinery here, not the looks. For the looks, my templates are set up in such a way that anyone can roll their own display templates for this, in their user space if need be, so it's easy to test and debug. Feel free to improve. There will be docs and help. Give me time. mendel 21:52, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

If we use this can we please get rid of the concise, there's no reason to have the same thing said twice, and on here it is said twice two times... The concise details say the same exact thing as the normal if not less easy to understand.--AlariSig 22:35, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

I argue that the information about "what the concise description is" needs to be kept. What can be explored is how the documentation of this information is presented on the wiki. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 08:09, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Why? It says the same thing as the regular description, except on the few cases where it has been reported as being erroneous. Before it was a minor annoyance but if we start stacking 4 descriptions one a single page as more pvp/pve splits are added...--AlariSig 14:34, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
You're in basic agreement, please wait for a final design before arguing further. There are no plans (yet) to replace the current skill pages. The information itself doesn't reside on the page anyway, it stays in the template (that you reach by "edit skill details"), so it is kept but maybe not displayed on some pages. The concise descriptions might be in a hidden box so that they can be viewed at the click of the mouse, but that is just speculation right now. mendel 15:32, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm working on a solution to toggle full/concise descriptions that will remain persistent for each user - like when you hide the TOC and it stays hidden on all pages you view, once you clicked "show concise" it would show the concise description on all skills you view. It will be a template combined with JavaScript. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 15:50, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
I never noticed the contents do that. That's what we need! Great! Feel free to modify the template in my userspace! mendel 16:02, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
I've got it working except for the positioning of the "show full/concise descriptions" link. I have the divs set up in my sandbox and the javascript in my monobook.js (functions createSkillDescToggleButton and toggleSkillDesc) if anyone wants to try and figure it out. I'll be in a meeting for most of the afternoon. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 18:03, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
That is so sexy :) The link is behind the "Description:" for me, which looks okay. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 18:09, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
I got it fixed - the link is now right-aligned, similar to how the "show/hide" links for navboxes that people are used to. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 22:47, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Everything has just gotten simpler: put that on your page, use any skill on the wiki (as long as it's a split skill). Or change the skill here on the page and hit "Preview" (not "Save").
{{:User:M.mendel/Templates/Merged skill|:User:M.mendel/Templates/Skill box test|Song of Restoration}} {{clear}}
mendel 22:21, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

A New Proposal

I have constructed a method we could possibly use for these situations, and could be used for some other stuff as well. To see it, you MUST copy the stuff below the line here (look for the notice) and look at my second Sandbox (ty M.mendel for deciding to alter your .js, it was VERY useful) --Gimmethegepgun 20:57, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

It's borked for me... I'll upload a pic within the next 5 minutes. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 21:00, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Osht~ forgot a force refresh... Anyways, it reads "PvE DescriptionsPvE Full: For 5...10 seconds, all party members within earshot have a 50% chance to block attacks." It isn't supposed to have "PvE DescriptionsPvE Full", am I right? --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 21:02, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Haven't gotten rid of that part yet, look on the right next to the box itself --Gimmethegepgun 21:05, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Ye, I tested the "links", they work :) It's what Ishy had too, but then for PvE/PvP instead of Full/Concise descr. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 21:06, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I actually based it off of those. It uses cookies too, so it'll stick around the next time you go in --Gimmethegepgun 21:11, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Since we'd only have PvP descriptions for skills where there actually are differences, then it's not "duplicating content", which was Alari's complaint about showing both the full and concise descriptions. I don't see the need for these toggles. Good work, though - I think you had the float:right thing figured out before I did. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 22:52, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
With the way I have it set in my template (which isn't really finished), it would only have all this junk set up if there was a PvP version of the skill, and we wouldn't have to duplicate crap like usage notes and stuff --Gimmethegepgun 23:28, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
Right, and it wouldn't even show for all split skills, it would only show on those that have some difference in the description - Flesh of My Flesh or Energy Drain, for example, wouldn't have a "pvp_description" because the only differences on them are in energy/cast/recharge, the description is identical. Hmm... I still don't quite understand the benefit of implementing that for such a small number of skills, though. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 00:42, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
I've updated it again, gotta recopy the .js to make it work ofc. Now it has a functioning table for both (gotta get some labels in there tho) and the table is tied to the toggle, also it nukes the PvP stats row if it isn't needed --Gimmethegepgun 02:05, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
A programming competition on who codes the nicest dual skill box? on Guildwiki? How cool is that?! mendel 08:39, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

In your sandbox, remember to accommodate ppl without javascript on. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 06:11, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

The reason I require the .js is because if this goes well we can make a new serverwide .js thing to house it so everyone would have it regardless of whether or not they added it to their personal .js --Gimmethegepgun 18:40, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Pan means; notify people on the sandbox page that they need a .js hack to make it worth their while :P --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 18:42, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Well, what I think Pan means is that some people turn Javascript off by default, so make sure your box looks ok even when it is off. mendel 21:55, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
You can't turn off the server JavaScript, if you could then there would be NOTHING! But yeah, added a thing on the bottom. Also, it has been updated again, the show/hide things were moved (they were being buggy, fugly now but whatever) and the table is now "prettyfied" to sync up with the toggles --Gimmethegepgun 22:46, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Depends. Some pages really do turn completely blank when you turn off or block Java. This wiki is not one of those pages :> (PS: NoScript is <3) — Poki#3 Poki, 22:54, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

announcing a new short-term project for ppl to work on

I was going to do it myself the day after, but got distracted by other more pressing matters. It's been 20 days and looks like it won't be until this weekend until I would be able to work on it. So please help out with the project if you got some time to kill, thanks! -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 09:02, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Monster skill updates

As most of you would know, with the arrival of both Hard Mode and Eye of the North many monster pages have a pretty big (and unattractive) skills section. While it still conforms to standards (or something) and gets the job done, I can't help but feel that it's incredibly ugly. After looking at a page like the one for The Judge, I noticed how it has a pretty little box that houses the skill box. I made some mock up examples (under User:Blue.rellik/testMonster) to show how other pages would look like with those skill changes.

Now before I started to start this (immense) project, I wanted to make sure that you guys would agree with how they look, so I'm posting here to ask for some feedback. If you have any specific nigglings with any of those pages then post of the talk pages for those specific mock-up pages - b.r // talk 03:20, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Two columns is good. Having the rows do "valign=top" would make it look nicer. Background feels unnecessary. -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 05:12, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
I also like the idea of having separate skill sets next to each other and not under each other, but the background clashes too much with the rest of the page IMHO. Also, I think this should be in a template, so any modifications would be easy to implement globally (and we'll have another wiki-killing template, next to the skill box :P) — Poki#3 Poki, 13:11, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Hmmmmm, I spent a lot of time getting some test pages to work with colour and plenty of guys have been contributing based on the idea that the skill sections will be in colour. I'll make some test pages of the one I currently have up in colour and we'll decide from there which ones we'll use - b.r // talk 03:52, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Ok I've made some new pages without any colour (grumble), tell me what you think - b.r // talk 04:17, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
I think it looks better. Now we just need a template and some fine toning. — Poki#3 Poki, 13:34, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Toning? Are we gonna work these monster pages into shape or something? XD Mendel's already made a template, actually (it's linked to and explained on User talk:Blue.rellik/testMonster and a couple of the other talk pages). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 15:17, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
I think it looks great and I like the color a lot better. What are you doing for monsters that don't have a known professions or just monster skills? (shiro) —JediRogue 17:32, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Since professionless monsters usually only appear in one location (Shiro/Lich being exceptions) and use the same skill set for both NM/HM, I don't see that we'd need to change them at all. If we did add this template to them for consistency's sake, though, they could use the gray {{X-color}}s. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 17:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

New bot task

The following bot task: Project:Bot tasks/License reminder has been proposed. Before I start it, I would like some more input. The code and stuff has been posted for review. Just posting it here to bring it to attention. —JediRogue 18:44, 5 June 2008 (UTC)


As a little thing inspired by this discussion, I suggest we create a category for Subpages to keep them out of that list. Basicly, I say we should go throuugh Special:Uncategorizedpages and add <noinclude>[[Category:Subpages]]</noinclude> to all of the /types, /collector, etc. Any thoughts?Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 22:09, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Then you'd just be getting a category that is too long to list. Is it too much to ask to use meaningful categories? Category:Collectors/Items, Category:Armor/Male or Category:Locations/Quests, for example? Then you put Category:Subpages on the pages for those categories (I think that's how it works) so we have them collected (in a tree). --mendel 23:36, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
See here. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 23:54, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Wikia's "New Style"

→ Moved to Forum talk:Community Outlook- Wikia's "New Look"

Wikibase Templates: Input requested

I have written a longish article on Wikibase, that is, a database implemented on top of the wiki. The skills are such a database right now, and I present two techniques for accessing the data and suggestions for changes that could make it easier to do so. Given that maybe Beastinfo could move to a system similar to skills, and that a Guild Wars 2 wiki is likely in our future, this is an important issue, and I would be happy to have the input of everbody who dabbles in template coding. --mendel 20:38, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Heya--just wanted to give you a quick heads-up that we have the Semantic MediaWiki extension available if you are interested. There are some pretty cool things that you can do with it on a database-oriented site. Let me know if you would like to have it enabled. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 23:18, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Blast, I knew I forgot about something in the midst of the Monaco stuff. I'd meant to ask about that yesterday, but I obviously got sidetracked... >.> I think that would be a very cool thing for us to use. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 23:24, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Thank you, I'm very interested. I'll certainly look into it once I have the time. --mendel 08:17, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
I've been meaning to get SMW for this wiki, but Wikia doesn't support SMW 1.1 yet, which is the version I really wanted (there are sufficient enhancements added to 1.1 that I'd rather wait a bit and get 1.1, as opposed to getting 1.0 first then make the adjustment. Though I didn't expect to have to wait *this* long and still unable to get 1.1 yet... -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 22:29, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
The improvements in category structure alone would be worth it to get any version of SMW, I think. --mendel 23:02, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
FYI: Wikia now supports Semantic MediaWiki version 1.1.2. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 16:40, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Go, PanSola, request it already! ;-) I wonder how we can gauge performance, i.e. how it affects the server? --◄mendel► 17:18, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I can enable it, I just wanted to make sure that there was consensus to do so rather than acting unilaterally (not that there is a whole lot to be concerned about anyway--it can be disabled easily as well). As for performance, I don't think you have too much to worry about. Or rather, that's something that we'll worry about, and if something goes horribly wrong, we'll figure it out then. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 17:36, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Last minute shoring up before the storm

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Create A Hero contest

YEAH! It's on, so join join join!...please?Ereanorsignreanor 04:24, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

A Male Mesmer who is not gay? Or a Female Mesmer who is ok up in the head and just below it. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 00:24, 11 June 2008 (UTC)


I have been looking at some statistics. Of course we have some on Special:Statistics. I have also looked at Alexa, but they have onyl accumulated traffic (eveyrthing at etc.). But what bugs me that we are not on Wikia's list of wikis, because that means we don't get listed here (but GWW does). The on wikia isn't on that, either.

To be honest, I doubt we come in anywhere close to GWW in terms of pageviews - that is just awesome. --mendel 22:40, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Addendum: These are our [raw numbers]. --mendel 07:37, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Guildwiki is #90 on that list--AlariSig 22:43, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Those numbers are probably skewed somehow. The official wiki gets six times the page views of Wikipedia, and only 0.4% of the edits? Something is fishy there. This wiki has quite a few more edits than the offical one, for that matter. Quizzical 22:47, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
That could be true Quizz... but I think far too many of our edits are (user) talkpage. Alot of those numbers do seem a bit off to me. -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 22:50, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
I believe some wikis stop collecting data on their page views and edits (perhaps to give the servers less work), so that data is unlikely to be reliable. --Dr R. Phalange 22:51, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, the data is a year out of date, it seems. Just use Special:Statistics to compare. Remains the question why we're not on GWW is pageview-heavy because it is GW's help system, and because everyone who looks at the latest game update info isn't going to edit that (well,unless it's a Nerfbat update again). --mendel 23:12, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
The problem is that the source you are looking at relies on Special:Statistics to retrieve pageviews, but the larger wikis out there, including all of those hosted by Wikia, employ caching which prevents most pageviews from ever reaching the MediaWiki software. For example, it takes GuildWiki 3 months to accumulate the total lifetime pageviews reported by Special:Statistics, so using that number for the sake of comparison is very inaccurate. Unfortunately, I'm not sure where is getting the list of what they poll, but if you find anything that we can do to get you on the list, I'll be happy to make that happen. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 23:18, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the action=raw hint! I posted a request to be added on [5], so we may be on the list soon. --mendel 07:37, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
I should perhaps note that we are on the list now. --mendel 20:30, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

There are more statistics:

--mendel 21:42, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiStats are organized by database name. Normally this is the same as the site name, but in GuildWiki's case, it is "gwguild". The statistics are here. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 22:07, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

Official IRC channel

Some of you may have noticed that quite a few Guildwiki Users have taken to chatting on IRC. It requires no registration of any kind and can in fact be used from your browser (sort of). However, if you read Project:IRC, you'll notice there are two IRC channels. Both channels have an active Bureaucrat as sysop (albeit a different one), so it's kind of hard to decide which one the "official" channel is. So here's the Spanish Inquisition poll to stir up settle the issue:

Which one is the official GuildWiki IRC channel?

The poll was created at 21:25 on June 12, 2008, and so far 22 people voted.

Vote away! --mendel 21:24, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

I wasn't even sure as to why Auron created the gamesurge channel, as we had already had freenode setup by RT long before that. But at most we only had 4 or 5 ppl on freenode at a given time. ps. Also, Wikia has a channel on the freenode server, does it have one on gamesurge? -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 21:27, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Because Gamesurge has many more channels related to Guild Wars, including the most popular Elite Fansite website channel (guildwarsguru), the most popular PvP hangout, and plenty of guild channels. As well as, of course, the channels for PvX wiki and Guild Wars Wiki.
Wikia has a channel on freenode... but who cares? I don't generally hang out in tech support channels unless I have a burning desire to get something fixed. If you like that over mingling with the rest of the guild wars community, go ahead. -Auron 21:34, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
I agree with Auron. Unless we need to contact wikia for something, it would be better to be centered in a guild wars community area. —JediRogue 21:54, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
I feel using freenode would improve our relations with wikia because it proves easier to contact Kyle casually if you're talking on the channel where he hangs out anyway. Most irc clients can manage channels on multiple servers, so the decision for the freenode chat prevents nobody from using the GW community channels. --mendel 13:38, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
The same argument could be made against freenode, mendel :P Nothing's stopping us from contacting Kyle even if we have our channel on gamesurge. And that's aside from us being able to post on his talk page regardless :) -Auron 14:08, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
Don't let my presence (or lack thereof) influence your decision too much. If you would prefer, I can leave #guildwiki on Freenode. By the same token, I already idle on Gamesurge, so if you would want me to join #gwiki there, I'd be happy to. Just let me know. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 16:37, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

At the time of this writing, the voting is 8 for GameSurge, 4 for freenode, 0 for neither, and 7 for don't care about IRC. Also, IRC users have voted with their feet and the freenode channel is now always empty when I check it, while people hang out on GameSurge. I guess this means that #gwiki is our official IRC channel now; feel free to change the Wiki to reflect that. Keep in mind that at least 7 active community memebers don't use IRC (and it is rare that all IRC users are actually online), so please document discussions on wiki when warranted.

There is a Userbox for IRC users that will also add you to Category:Users/IRC when you add {{User IRC}} to your user page.

For the record, I jump on IRC once and a while, and I voted for "I dont care about IRC" :P -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 12:49, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
So you're saying you want a userbox that says "Has used IRC and will do so again if forced to necessary" or "User may use IRC from time to time"? --mendel 13:04, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
No, neither. I was only commenting on your comment of "Keep in mind that at least 7 active community members don't use IRC..." As in, I use it but still was one of those 7 :P Besides, I think I have enough userboxes. -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 13:14, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
Afraid of a user box overdose, are you? --mendel 14:22, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Subpage Categories

Special:Uncategorizedpages is currently kinda useless due to all the armor subpages and the like. We already have a Category:Collector subpages, so I say we create the following categories to get all those pages off of there:

A bot culd probably go around and tag all of them (making sure to put it in a <noinclude>, since the pages are included).

Also, all of the game update by month pages (currently starting at #320) need a category, too. We could either just put them in Category:Game updates or make a Category:Game updates by month or something like that. ¬ Wizårdbõÿ777(talk) 23:37, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

There's already been talk about this, and a bot's been working on it.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 23:42, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Nevermind, the bot only did some of the types of subpages. But another one can be set up.Entrea SumataeEntrea [Talk] 23:44, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

RFC: Image policy/guidelines

I just posted new versions of Project:Image use policy and Project:Style and formatting/Images. The former contained a good deal of information that I felt properly belonged on the S&F page, which was very incomplete and hadn't been touched in almost a year. What I kept on the policy page I rewrote somewhat to better clarify the reality of how we regulate images here. What I moved to the S&F page I attempted to expand upon to hopefully improve its usability. Comments on both revisions would be greatly appreciated - the organization of the S&F guide, in particular, probably needs quite a bit of work.

I plan on looking over Project:Image license guide as well, but I'm too tired to do that tonight. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 07:00, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

A really quick, not-too-thought-out comment: I like what you write. HOwever, the style change from a more personal, "look this is important" style to a more impersonal, formal style means that social orientation (to be read between, and sometimes on, the lines) got lost. This is probably fitting for a policy, but that may just mean we need a "how to post an image" guide. Or do we? --mendel 07:43, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
Take a look at User:Jennalee/Image_creation_guide, although never finished, some of the tips might be handy to know.-- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 09:31, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
We have the Screen capture guide, which is linked from the S&F page I think, but I haven't really looked at it much so I don't know how good it is. There's also User:Rvngt/RavenGT's Photoshop Tutorials, but that seems more geared towards making fancy character portraits. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:42, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

I have now posted a revision of Project:Image license guide. Comments on all three articles would be greatly appreciated. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:00, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

Wiki Wedneday, Chicago

Thought I would put this here... but we'd love to see some GuildWiki people from the Chicago area at Wiki Wednesday, Chicago on July 9. If you know of any other wiki people who might be interested in attending, please feel free to pass the link along. The details, for those not on FaceBook are,

Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Cosi
Street: 116 S. Michigan (near Monroe)
City/Town: Chicago, IL

If anyone has any questions, my contact info is here. Thanks! --PurplePopple 21:20, 17 June 2008 (UTC)

The "wikitable" class doesn't do anything on this wiki, since we historically haven't been particularly interested in trying to mimic Wikipedia d-: -User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 21:36, 17 June 2008 (UTC)
I am a little confused. I don't have a facebook and have no interesting creating one... so that link does me no good. What is this all about? Because I do live in the Chicago area. -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 02:22, 20 June 2008 (UTC)
I had a facebook account but I deactivated it to escape the devious applications. I live right outside of Chicago, so... what's going on? Felix Omni Signature 02:24, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Copy-pasted from Facebook (and thus not released under BY-NC-SA:

Event InfoHost:	
Meetings - Club/Group Meeting
Time and PlaceDate:	
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
6:00pm - 8:00pm
116 S. Michigan (near Monroe)
Chicago, IL
Contact InfoPhone:	
WikiWednesday happens the first Wednesday of the month in cities around the world, and due to the 
holiday, the 2nd Wednesday in July (July 9th). We'll get together informally to talk wiki, work, 
life, whatever, and hopefully have a good enough time to decide to do it again. All ages, and free.

-User:PanSola (talk to the Follower of Lyssa) 02:29, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Doesn't seem to be much of anything... doubtful its worth the hour drive. -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 02:34, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Jennalee asks for help

You may know Jennalee as the person who is contributing huge amounts of beautiful screenshots to the armor galleries and item depictions. However, she can't do that job if she can't find the armor crafters that have the armor she needs. It turns out that a year ago an update changed a lot in-game, and the wiki has never fully caught up. If you want to help Jennalee and make the wiki more complete, have a look at Project:Armor_crafting_project, pick a category from the list at the bottom, and see what you can do. --◄mendel► 12:05, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

I was under the impression it was already fixed, good to mention it here. I'll see what I can do.. -- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 13:03, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, it was fixed for the most part. Some armor pages, especially the newbie armor that's available with different AL, might still be outdated, but that's it. I already checked everything Assassin related if you must know, so you can uncheck that. — Poki#3 Poki, 15:56, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
A few of them need to have the cost tables reformatted, though, so it's still a good idea for us to check through them all one more time. Specifically, a couple of the Elementalist armor art pages had a headgear column, others didn't have a total column, and a few others didn't include the gold cost in the total column. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 16:01, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
Oh, since we're on the topic, should we or should we not include the total gold cost in the last column? I find it unneeded and think the platinum icon clashes a little too much. — Poki#3 Poki, 17:24, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I am copying this section over to Project_talk:Armor_crafting_project so that people who maybe go there directly (from RC or from irc) can see it. If you have replies that pertain to the project itself, consider posting them there - that saves me further copying. ;-) --◄mendel► 17:46, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Weapon customizers, not Weaponsmiths

→ Moved to Talk:Weapon customizer

"Minor" edits

I see people flagging multi-kilobyte edits as minor now, e.g. here. But Project:Editing guide states: "As a rule of thumb, if it's an edit that a user who re-reads the page doesn't really gain any new useful information, then it's a minor edit.". What's happening? --◄mendel► 12:52, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Some peoples minor edit buttons are just glued to the ground :P But really, you're linking to a talk page. Talk pages are a bit different the articles. Same with userpages, where most edits should be marked as minor regardless of size. — Poki#3 Poki, 14:25, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Have patience with newcomers

The last months I noticed some reverts with rude remarks or just reverts without any remarks of contributions made by newcomers to this wiki. In all cases these reverts are justified, but since this is the first or second post by this contributor, I think we (as community) has to have a bit more patience with newcomers. Doing this, we will scare new, in future possible valuable, contributors away. Of course, I'm not talking about obvious vandalism or child-play. So, my plea is to everyone who is 'guarding' the RC list; please, take a look at the contribution list and give a meaningful response, telling what was wrong and why. Also, it can't hurt to put that on their talk pages to.Newcomers will not think of history or RC lists and might think their addition 'disappeared' due to a bug or wrong click on their site.

Secondly, I propose to create a singel page, explaining the most common mistakes newcomers do, like:

  • Adding zaishen chest as drop location
  • Adding common drops
  • Adding skill trainers 'further' in skill trainer path.
  • Adding skill trainers that only have the skill when it was unlocked further in game
  • Multiple reverts, not knowing GW:1RV
  • Adding comments in archived talk pages
  • And so on...

Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but I can't find a single page explaining these things. -- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 12:29, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

I think it should be somewhere in the direction of this. That article should be simple, but could use a re-write/update... — Poki#3 Poki, 20:44, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
I do like the ideas that are being batted around here. If I get the spare time, I may just take this task upon myself. I do know exactly what you mean too Merty... And a cleanup and addition of the how to help article would be the perfect place to put this! -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 22:26, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
What would also be great is if someone made a bot to post a link to this page on the talkpage of newly-created accounts, if that's possible to do with a bot... That way they will see a "you have a new message" note and actually go read it, maybe, possibly, I think... And I agree with all this. I had some rude remarks on my "newb" contributions without much explanation (I even got banned for RV1 having NEVER HEARD of RV1 until afterwards), so we do need to be careful with newbies. Assume they don't know ANY of the rules until specifically told so. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 23:16, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

We are looking for contest ideas

Auron suggested staging a contest as publicity for Guildwiki, and Kyle hinted that he might be able to get us some Wikia swag for prizes. If you have an idea what kind of contest you'd liek to see us run, head on over to Project talk:Contests and add your suggestion! --◄mendel► 13:34, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Dungeon Info Box Idea

Why doesn't it contain the number of levels in a dungeon in it? I think that that would be one of the most looked for bits of information about most dungeons.--Land of the Long White Cloud 08:23, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

I guess you mean Location box ? That is probably also the answer why there isn't a mention of the amount of levels; it would only apply to dungeon locations. Anyway, it isn't a bad idea and I think location box can be altered to include it. Let see what others think about it..-- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 08:31, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Why not. Just have a switch to not display anything unless there's a value for it. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 21:04, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok, changed template to include optional 'levels' parameter and added levels. Hope everyone likes it or else be free to alter. Found out that there are multiple words used instead of 'levels', like 'floors','stages' or 'layers'. I think we have to settle for 'levels', since that is the most used.. -- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 08:12, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Agreed, levels is probably the "best" term. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 11:12, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
The word "levels" has a far more common usage in this game not specific to dungeons, which could cause some confusion. Someone may say, oh, but you're supposed to be level 20 for this dungeon, and can't do it at level 3. Quizzical 20:30, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
True, but even ANet is talking about "18 multi-level dungeons rife with traps, puzzles, secret passages, and dangerous foes" on the Guildwars website. And I think if people really thinks dungeon levels and their own level are related, they should not be there in the first place :) -- Merty sign-- ( talk ) 20:48, 9 July 2008 (UTC)

Make a shorter link (when a parenthesis is necessary)

We try to not link to disambiguation pages and redirects such as Ring of Fire. Instead, you are supposed to directly link to Ring of Fire (mission). Now the annoying thing is that to link as Ring of Fire, you have to twice as much: [[Ring of Fire (mission)|Ring of Fire]].

But help is at hand: the wiki feature called automatic conversion of the wikitext allows you to omit the repetition - just put in the "|" by itself, and the wiki will omit the parentheses for you: [[Ring of Fire (mission)|]] is tranformed into [[Ring of Fire (mission)|Ring of Fire]] automatically (much like the wiki transforms --~~~~ into your signature). In fact, that is how I did it when I inserted the link above. Another name for this is Pipe trick.

Extra tip: This automatic conversion also works for parts before a :, so [[User talk:Entropy|]] becomes Entropy and [[Talk:Ring of Fire (mission)|]] is transformed to Ring of Fire. --◄mendel► 08:07, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

So cool... — Poki#3 Poki, 11:23, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
I've been using the pipe trick forever, it was one of the first wiki-code "tricks" I learned. Extremely useful. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 13:32, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Hmm... very interesting... Thunderhead Keep... Ok that is wicked cool. Thanks for the extremely helpful info on this one... I will be using this alot from now on :D -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 16:29, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
So what about disambigs, like Thunderhead Keep location/mission? Is there a way to know ahead which will take precedence? RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 18:59, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Holy shit, been here nearly 2 years and NEVER knew that! --Gimmethegepgun 19:19, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
You've got it all wrong Kali. I typed [[Thunderhead Keep (location)|]] By leaving it like that, the wiki automatically converts it into [[Thunderhead Keep (location)|Thunderhead Keep]]. Does that make more sense? -- Isk8 I~sk8 (T/C) 19:26, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Oh, bleh... I knew that. ^_^; Wasn't thinking. :P RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 19:59, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Should I ruin my reputation by admitting that I was looking for something totally different on meta when I stumbled across that tidbit of information, wanted to add it to our editing guide, and found it was already there? Hmm, better not... --◄mendel► 21:19, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

redirects for capitalisation

Some people recreate links to missions and quests with the old capitalization (e.g. "Nundu Bay (Mission)" for "Nundu Bay (mission)". Is that really necessary, given that a) no pages link there, b) most people will search for "Nundu Bay", and c) all capitalizations work in the search box (but not in links, as it should be). I have searched for Moddok Crevice (mission), [Moddok Crevice (Mission)] and [moddok crevice (mission)] and found them all, even though some redlink here.

Nundu Bay (mission), Nundu Bay (Mission), nundu bay (mission) still redlinks on the lowercase version, so if it was desired to not have that redlink, the redirect should go from the lowercase version, as that fixes all versions - but that is not desired, all wrong capitalizations should redlink so the author fixes them.

This is a slightly different issue than the misspellings - you can't find "Naphui Quarter" via the search box without a redirect, but you can find all the capitalizations. (24000 google hits for Naphui Quarter - this really is a common misspelling, and the redirect should be undeleted. Why are there only 2480 hits for "Naphui" alone? 932 for "Naphui quarter". --◄mendel► 21:31, 16 July 2008 (UTC)

According to the edit note here, that one was recreated because the wiki hasn't been re-crawled by Google yet. We shouldn't see any more of these being recreated after a day or two, at which point that one should be redeleted. On a side note, on GWW they have both "Mission Name (Mission)" and "Mission Name (mission)" as redirects to "Mission Name", while we have "Mission Name" as a redirect to "Mission Name (mission)", so anyone using a "wikiswap" JS tool won't experience any problems.
The search box is very forgiving on capitalization as long as the page isn't mixed-case, in which case we usually have an all-lower-case redirect, like the fissure of woe --> The Fissure of Woe.
As for the misspelling redirects, I feel that I was simply doing my job as "Housekeeping Admin" by getting rid of those. GW:REDIRECT says we keep them for "Common misnomers", a term I feel didn't apply to most of the ones I deleted. If someone else feels that they are common enough that they want to recreate them, I won't redelete them - ones that I'd expect this for are "Abbadon's Mouth" or "Naphui Quarter", but certainly not "Maddok Crevice". —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 22:17, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Ah, but the search box seems to work well with mixed case (try the Moddok Crevice examples), the redlink code doesn't. --◄mendel► 22:44, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Hmm... after a bit more testing, here's what I've got. It appears that to MediaWiki, mixed-case effectively means "more than one transition between upper and lower case". Titles like Warrior skills quick reference or Mineral Springs are obviously not mixed-case, as they have a pattern like upper⇒lower-lower-lower... or upper-upper, never more than one case switch. Moddok Crevice (mission) is also not mixed-case, according to MediaWiki, because it's upper-upper⇒lower, so searching for "moddok crevice (mission)" will go directly to the article. Mixed-case is something like Adeil zu Heltzer, where the pattern is upper⇒lower⇒upper, and searching for "adeil zu heltzer" will give you a search results page instead of going directly to the article. That is why we have redirects like House Zu Heltzer, so that typing "house zu heltzer" and clicking "Go" will find the all-uppercase version, which then goes to House zu Heltzer without having to click through the search results. Articles with one- or two-word titles never need capitalization redirects, because with two words you can only have upper-upper or upper⇒lower patterns. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 23:40, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
Weird. Good to know, though, thanks for finding that out. --◄mendel► 03:20, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Google is not likely to adjust, though, as long as the redirect stays up, because the googlebot will still find the content where it was, and the pagerank of the old URL will be higher - unless it knows about wikis and redirects and crawls them with redirect=no (see w:User_talk:Toughpigs#google_and_redirects). Plus there's no telling how many forum links etc. we have broken. Consider Wikipedia:Redirects_for_deletion. Lesson: Move redirects are there for a reason. --◄mendel► 11:19, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Image Statistics

  • 16 Template:License
  • 629 Template:User-created image
  • 882 Template:Fansite kit image
  • 119 Template:Public domain image
  • 62 Template:Fair-use image
  • 16596 Template:Screenshot
  • 124 Template:GFDL image
  • 41 Template:Mediawiki screenshot
    • 18469 TOTAL

These counts are dated July 10th. Special:Statistics says that we have 32,119 images, so it appears that we have either quite a few old versions floating around, or quite a few untagged pictures. --◄mendel► 03:17, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

Well, we do have a load of untagged images, that's for sure. And I have no doubt many images have a few revisions... --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 04:02, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Does Special:Statistics include old versions of images in that count, though? I can't find any documentation on that page, but that would seem silly to me, so my money's on untagged. Special:Uncategorizedimages could use some lovin' (so guess what I'm gonna do from now until I go to bed?). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 04:05, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Well, I just tagged ~600 images - about half of that was inventory/skill icons that Wizardboy777 had been skipping, caught up to where he left off around the "Ife-" point. Since I tagged ~300 after that point and still didn't finish the I's (got to "Int-"), I'd say it's entirely plausible that we have another 14,000 untagged images from J-Z. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:30, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for breaking RC you jerk. Now I have to go to my watchlist if I want to know what's going on!—JediRogue 05:47, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Or more convienently, choose to show only edits to the Image namespace and then invert your selection. Felix Omni Signature 06:47, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
I assume we don't want to go and tag these images with some sort of category - like, oh, "skill icon" or some such? I am just asking because we have twice as many images as mainspace articles, and it'd probably be good to have them organized.... hmmm, that could actually be done as a bot task, I can provide a list of all skill icons by grabbing the links from the skill articles, and the same goes for Beastinfo screenshots, infobox maps, and the like.
Oh, and adding an "autocat" to the screenshot license template is probably a bad idea, because that'll shoot our job queue, especially if there are bugs to be corrected. --◄mendel► 09:52, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
How would you autocat images? There's nothing specific that identifies a skill icon as different from any other image, that I know of. I can write a Perl bot that would go through Category:Skill templates and add a category to every matching icon (pretty sure it wouldn't be possible with AWB). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 13:42, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
You can do it with AWB if you have the list. Only problem is to avoid tagging unlicensed images, because then they don't show up in uncategorized images any more? Anyway, another way to find them could be DPL, which I'm starting to get into (as you probably have noticed). The autocat would have examined the skill page found from the image name. --◄mendel► 14:15, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) 32120 images overall as of last week (includes redirects). --◄mendel► 15:25, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

Monster and NPC screenshots missing

I just updated the Monster images project with a long list of missing screenshots. These aren't all strictly monsters, quite a few NPCs (including PvP Zaishen), including quest-specific NPCs, have their pictures missing as well. Take a short look at the Style_and_formatting/Images guide and go on a photo safari! --◄mendel► 15:23, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

New list just in. In the past week or so, some editors (special thanks to Mrguildboi and Wizardboy777!) have provided 25 images and changed (2.55% missing) to (2.08% missing). Good job! --◄mendel► 20:09, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

Wikia signup change?

The wikia signup dialog now requires new users to enter a birthdate, and it asks for a real name and an email address (though these are claimed to be optional). It used to be that you could sign up with just a nick and a password. WhenWhy has that changed? --◄mendel► 20:00, 1 August 2008 (UTC) (edited 05:20, 2 August 2008 (UTC))

I'm not sure of the exact date when that was changed (I can find out if you're really interested), but I can tell you that the birth date field is required so that we can maintain compliance with COPPA regulations. The email address and real name fields are still optional, but we allow users to submit them on the initial signup form because some of our wikis (eg. search) require them as a condition of editing. We are still working on the signup form (for both legal and community reasons) so it may change some more over the next few weeks, but as of now we have no plans to change real name or email address to required fields. --KyleH@fandom (talk) 20:53, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
Real name being required to edit? I've changed the real name feild to "Random Timus III" RandomTime 20:59, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
Can I call you Random Tim for short? --Macros 21:01, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
I had a vandal move my page to User:Random tim RandomTime 21:04, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
Nice, I've only had vandals replace my page with stuff like "user is boring," or the famous Gwen chronicles. Unfortunately, since the Wikia name move, all the revisions of my old userpage got deleted :( </offtopic> Why can't I add my birthday to my profile? Is it because old users can't yet? --Macros 21:09, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
You can't ad your birthday to your profile because right now the field is only used to fulfill specific legal requirements, and as such, that information is only relevant during the registration process (I'm not a lawyer, so I don't really know anything more specific than that). --KyleH@fandom (talk) 21:40, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
Hmmm, that sounds ok. w:Wikia:Privacy_policy#Collection_of_personal_information looks to be incomplete. I'd love it if it contained a statement to the effect that all of the info wikia stores about me is accessible via my preferences, plus the message about server logs as it is now. That would then imply that that the birthdate is not stored. If you choose to enter a real name in your preferences, this will be publicly available. Do you know where? --◄mendel► 05:20, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
?action=credits at the end of a url. --R RPhalange star Phalange 22:02, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Okay, now THAT is totally awesome. Why don't we have a button for that or something? I think I'll go make something... Entropy Sig (T/C) 03:17, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
WHOAH! O_O That soooooo needs to be a button... RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 04:34, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I can make it work with a template, sort of (User:Entropy/templates/credits)...but for .js I don't know what I am doing. I understand that you would want to pull the page's URL and simply add that code to the end, and then the button brings you to that link...but how? Entropy Sig (T/C) 04:41, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Figured out the JS for a credits tab, see Forum:Coding/Javascript#Credits. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:04, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
But...but...I had just perfected it! :C Now you can even specify a different page, and the text changes based on that...etc...oh well. :\ Thanks anyways Ishmael, I'm definitely adding that to my .js. Entropy Sig (T/C) 05:16, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
The template may still be useful because you can specify which page to get credits for, the tab obviously only does it for the current page. I'm sure mendel could think of a use for it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 05:28, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I've heard tell you can put a wikipage in a monaco widget, so maybe we can make (or is there already?) a credits widget for Monaco? If you put a Userpage in the template, you get a shortlist that includes the user's "realname" preference setting. --◄mendel► 06:15, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

(Reset indent) If you entered a "real name" in your account creation or your preferences, it better be your real name: you could be charged with a felony if you don't.

This is even dumber than the law that says you cannot have any turkeys in the city limits of Walsenburg, CO (I think, can't remember), but you are allowed to have like up to 3 chickens. Some people should not be allowed to write the law... O_O RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 18:42, 7 August 2008 (UTC)


This website has gone downhill since I last visited it. The layout used to be very clear, but this new one is horrible. The fact that all those advertisements interfere with the articles doesn't exactly help either. What happed to the old good-to-read wiki? 14:59, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

It's Wikias standard skin (Monaco), altered a bit. If you create an account and log in, you can switch back to Monobook (the old skin), if you want to. Do so via Preferences -> Skin. --- VipermagiSig-- (s)talkpage 15:01, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
If you are having other issues beyond the ads, such as page layout and such, it would help us to improve if you could elaborate a bit. Entropy Sig (T/C) 15:03, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Are you kidding, Entropy? The Monaco layout of the ads suck like hell. I uploaded 2 images of the monaco version of the ads, iirc —MaySig Warw/Wick 15:06, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Think first, then post. I merely asked the anon if there were issues besides the ads (which is easily taken care of) which we may not be aware of. Entropy Sig (T/C) 15:18, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, but the ads are so bad that they pretty much negate any other problem other than like, the page causing computers to crash. Seriously.. :| —MaySig Warw/Wick 15:20, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
For some reason, when I open a new page, the site doesn't always (or pretty much ever) seem to read my cookie saying that I'm automatically signed in, so it brings up the main pages in Monobook and tells me to login again... (If I just click a few links, it "becomes" signed in again without any other action O_o) 2 problems here: the page doesn't know how to read its own cookies? and I go into a state of shock and disgust for a few minutes after seeing it... I mean, really, WHO LIKES THAT LAYOUT? Who came up with the idea that it's somehow BETTER? It's confusing as heck to anyone who has used this wiki before, and imposes itself on new visitors who wouldn't have a clue that it's even possible to change. The old skin was nice and PLAIN, a child could navigate that. This Monaco abomination has boxes and lines and all kinds of useless CRAP thrown around all over the page that makes my eyes scatter and I can't seem to even find the login button (takes me a few seconds every time! even though I already REMEMBER where it's supposed to be), or the TIIIIINY search field. At first glance, it seems like you have to link your way everywhere, it honestly is HARD to see the search field right away, and I thought that should have been the MAIN part of the navigation of this entire friggin website! I think that's enough problems for now for you to work on. (The ads are a whole other story, but I'll save those for the next campfire horror night.) Sorry for my tone, I get like this every time I see that piece of crap. >_< I'll look at it more closely when I'm forced to see it again, but not gonna go out of my way to do it voluntarily... :$ RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 18:19, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm having the same issue, the cookies are not read properly so I have log-in again, the notices I dismissed ages ago pop up again and overall the new layout is just plain ugly and a mess. I do hope this gets fixed asap, otherwise I suppose I'll just start using the official wiki as my default. Hanatash 11:10, 6 August 2008 (UTC)
For what it's worth, the Autologin cookie has had problems even before Wikia took over. Entropy Sig (T/C) 07:53, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Yep, it's been there for a while, but doesn't mean it should be ignored. Or did someone already try to fix it and couldn't? RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 17:41, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Oh yeah, and it only seems broken on Main page, setting my homepage to Watchlist fixed it. RoseOfKali RoseOfKaliSIG 18:44, 7 August 2008 (UTC)

PROPERty of anet

In looking at old updates, I notice that the old ones had this tag: {{Copyright Anet}} on them. Should we have those on our updates and news again? —JediRogue 02:04, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Don't most of them have them? I thought I remembered some user going through and putting that on a bunch of pages. --Shadowcrest 02:21, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
I think that was User:Balistic Pve, and he added it to a lot of the news articles, but not the updates. It could be handled very simply by an AWB bot, if we want to add it to all news and updates. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken 03:20, 15 August 2008 (UTC)


Is down? How fucking gay. 19:23, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

It's not our fault >.> --Shadowcrest 19:25, 16 August 2008 (UTC)
Hope it stays so.

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