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Merging guides and removing names
The guides are getting outdated and people are afraid to touch them because they are somebody elses work. I propose a change: Names are removed from guides unless they externally linked guides, and guides are merged with their associated pages. This way the guides are readily available, obvious, and in the true spirit of a wiki they are communal knowledge. --Sparkky 21:46, 18 February 2011 (UTC)
We have over 2,000 pages referred to but not yet created, many of which are players or settlements. This alone is making it difficult to see where we have genuine holes in the wiki. I will create a simple default for both explaining why the page is not there and what can or should be done to properly create it. The missing pages will then be added as redirects onto the default. After this has been done hopefully the wanted pages can be reviewed again and more progress made. --Gaeron 07:58, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
- A good idea, searching through the wanted pages list as is can be a bit of a pain. I'm guessing there's no way to automate this process to save current and future work? Also, where does this stand under the rules regarding the creation of player pages? I'd like to help out, but don't wish to be banned if you have been given special dispensation. Mthec 14:24, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
- As far as I know there isn't any way to automate this sadly and it will need regular sweeps once done to keep the wanted pages space clean but it will be far easier after this initial burst. This is by dispensation but also because I am not actually creating any content against player names. All I'm doing is redirecting an empty link to a suggestion. Every single page I'm adding is identical, the same redirect, the same comment. Once I've done this initial player run I'll repeat it for settlements and then start trying to address the wanted files, i.e. pictures from the game. Pictures is something that other people can do but they do need to be trusted enough to be granted the uploader status. If someone could create the pictures and make them available then I could do the actual uploads which would also help save time. As of writing this the wanted page list has dropped from 2124 to 1904 so a solid start. I don't know what to do about the foreign language ones though. --Gaeron 14:40, 29 July 2011 (UTC)
- Oddly enough, I just noticed this conversational thread today. I have been working to reduce the Special Pages backload where I could, and have made substantial progress. I tackled the Wanted Pages list, and have reduced the number from about 1,050 to 239 as of this moment. Many of these were simply adding the redirects for unlisted players and settlements of the type Gaeron began previously. One settlement had 53 redlinks by itself. Most of the remainder included cross listing JPG and PNG files in the template coding. I just had to hard code the actual file names into each pages template reference to delist these misdirects.
- We should have less than 20 true redlinks when this process is done. There are a few file images in need, and several pages are redlinked although they actually exist. I expect the database has an erroneous data indicator which causes these to show up. I plan on posting a request for these to be addressed when they become more obvious in the listing.--Thyrh (talk) 10:45, 2 June 2012 (CDT)----
Reorganization of Talk:Main Page
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