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Nicereddy

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  1. The Wiki usually uses 2 different date orderings for release dates and the like, either "Month Day, Year" or "Day Month Year". The Sample Article says "Month Day, Year" is correct, but some editors use the latter form. Because the wiki will most likely be used more often by Americans (because we're stupid, tech illiterate fatties, etc.) and the English Wikipedia uses the "Month Day, Year" pattern, I believe this should be the default date arrangement. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the matter and if it's even worth enforcing.
  2. IMO this should just have the 3 OS'. I don't really think it's necessary to have the guides there, it doesn't matter too much if they've been recently edited and much like the forums they're sometimes hard to read. Currently when I resize the browser window from the side to make it horizontally smaller it becomes 3 rows and then 2 rows that are broken as it gets even smaller. The Linux section is still visible but guides goes all the way to the bottom.
  3. Along with the ones suggested above have you tried contacting the Penny Arcade Report? He (or they? I don't know if they've hired anyone new) may be interested in interviewing you. I think posting "Can you help us improve the article on PCGW?" to various forums related to different games may be a good idea. For example you could protect or partially protect the Realm of the Mad God page (to avoid griefing), post it to the Wolfire RotMG forums, and have people contribute to the Talk page and then a mod or some designated editor can add things to the page. This would contribute to the completion of the wiki and also advertisement.
  4. Thank you so much! I'll improve previous pages soon. Unfortunately now I've discovered a new problem that I believe to be in some way causes by the Template. Certain URLs aren't recognized by the template which causes problems. See the Psychonauts and Cubemen pages with the Mac App Store for examples. The problem I'm having is that it'll display when I put an incorrect URL, such as [https], but not the correct one, [https]. I believe this is because of the extra characters such as the equals sign. This also caused problems in the fixbox template, but this time can not be fixed in the same way the Fixbox was (the addition of 1= to the top of the template).
  5. I really like the addition of IDs in Garrett's suggestion.
  6. I'm not a programmer so I apologize if this is an impossible request or sounds idiotic on my part. I'd like for the ID template in Availability to improved in the following ways: 1) Add the Mac App Store, Gamefly, Impulse, and Green Man Gaming, among other stores, that are currently missing. This problem is particularly evident on the SPAZ page where the Availability chart is fairly large. 2) Make the ID capitalization not matter and/or add more variations. Currently images are limited to only a single version (DRM-free, Gog, etc.). What I'd like is the ability to type DRMFREE, DRMfree, DRM-Free, DRM-free, or drmfree and get the same image every time. This wouldn't change the end user experience but would make setting the store row a lot easier. Currently for stores I use less often I have to search around for the correct capitalization and that's a pain. If you can change the template to allow this I'd be very thankful.
  7. I propose the following: {{ii}} All versions activate on [[steam]], including retail. Steam can be replaced with Origin, GoG, or any other service that happens to pop up in the future. The "including retail" can be removed if you'd like, I just think it provides necessary clarification. The only problem would be if there were no retail copies. This one is the one I've tried to use on most of my pages.
  8. One thing we really need to add in the Sample Article currently is the Cloud info table under Game Data.
  9. In my opinion it simply makes the page more concise when you combine things such as availability, game data, and system requirements under a single header or table. The only things that change a lot between OS' is game data and Issues. Game Data can easily be made into a single table with a Windows row, Mac row, and Linux row. Issues on the other hand should be put into separate sections. If you like my idea we can go at it in two different ways: 1) Issues and Fixes header with Windows, Mac, and Linux headers beneath. 2) 3 different Issues and Fixes Headers: Issues and Fixes (Windows), Issues and Fixes (Mac), Issues and Fixes (Linux). I like the idea of having a separate page per-OS but feel like that would not only clutter the wiki but discourage users from contributing because of how complicated it would become. It'd probably be better to implement collapsible sections, which I have mentioned a few times before and seen mentioned by others.
  10. Fixboxes default to {{1}} if you add an equal sign inside them. This causes problems when changing settings or files with equal signs in them. For an example go to the Linux section of the Team Fortress 2 Article. EDIT: I've also found that this also happens when inserting links ([http Text]) into fixboxes.
  11. Wikipedia generally doesn't do stylization, so I really don't know if we should or not. I think it looks better stylized, but can make some names harder to read. As long as the Infobox title is stylized I'd be fine with a non-stylized article name.
  12. I'd recommend making a separate post in the Announcements forum to ask for suggestions since this is a pretty big change. Here are my suggestions: 1) Get rid of the Kickstarter since it's over 2) Keep Recent Changes at the bottom 3) Make the Initiative a full-time section (though probably a bit smaller). Once the Humble Bundle Initiative is over maybe we can have a new one? A Digital Distribution Initiative, perhaps. 4) I really like the XKCD (read the comic every day), but I'm not sure it's necessary to have it on the front page. I'd think about replacing it. 5) A "Manual" Box. Include a LARGE link to a new page called "Getting Started" or "Getting Started on PCGamingWiki". Most newcomers don't seem to know about the sample article or rules and it's hurting the quality. You can also include the "Help Out" link in it, among other things. 6) I'm not sure the Twitter box is important enough to keep. The only time I'd think to really use it would be if the website was offline, and if the website was offline then I couldn't reach it through the website. That's completely up to you though.
  13. Would it be possible to have collapsable sections?
  14. The current Humble Bundle article is very long and uninformative. On top of the current Bundle page I'd like to suggest creating a page for each specific Bundle. I'll make a template for it on my Discussion page under Sandbox in a little bit if anyone wants to contribute or suggest things to add. I watched some of the Mojam2 stream and managed to get the names of all the games except for Wolfire's, which will continue to be developed through the weekend and has yet to be named as far as I can tell. I bought the Mojam so I'll make articles for each game once they're released. If you'd like to help or otherwise purchase the games for any reason you're still able to do so until March 2nd. I think some of them look pretty cool, even if their development won't be continued.
  15. Do we have a Digital Distribution Template page up yet? Here are my suggestions: 1) Add a DRM category with 3 possible: No DRM ever (Desura), DRM occasionally (GoG?), DRM always (Steam/Origin) 2) OS' supported (Mac App Store is only Mac, Steam is all 3 OS', etc.) 3) Whether or not there are achievements as well as what they do (Steam - occasional unlocks, UPlay - credits for purchasing games) 4) General Information (like game articles, Home Page, Download page, Forum, Support, etc.) 5) Key Features (Big Picture in Steam, Old classic games in GoG, etc.) 6) Issues with the platform (Bugs, unsupported hardware/OS, workarounds) 7) Does it have Free to Play games? (Steam has them, Origin does not)This can be argued as useless, it really depends on if the community thinks we need it or not.
  16. I don't think a lot of people would recognize it, the badges should be explained in the Notes section next to it.
  17. I added the suggestion of a "Need to be created" page to the Discussion on the Help Out page. I also included a bunch of examples. Here's a link: http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Thread:Tal ... o_add_here
  18. Are we allowed to link demos in the availability table? I found that Lone Survivor had a demo but was unsure if I should put it in the table. It's outside of Steam, and available at this link. Thanks!
  19. Hello everyone! Currently, there is no easy way on this wiki to find pages that may need improvement other than looking through a large list of articles labelled as stubs/cleanups. I'd like to suggest a "Help Out" page, preferably listed on the sidebar or prominently on the front page, that is based on Wikipedia's Help Out page. It would be similar, but with only two sections (unless more are suggested), those being "Stubs" and "Cleanups". I was wondering if the moderators would be willing to keep this page up to date, it could be partially moderated by a bot. Mods would add pages manually but once a "stub" or "cleaup" tag is deleted the bot would automatically delete the article from the page. Due to the small userbase it probably wouldn't need to be updated more than once every one to two days. Recommendations for the priority of games put onto the page would be helpful. Possibly based on view count, recently released, or incredibly poor quality (e.g. uses an older version of the template, has no sources, or has poor grammar/formatting). Suggestions are very much appreciated. EDIT: A category called "Help Out" to point out articles that very badly need improvement may be a good idea. Quantum Conundrum being a good example.
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