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  1. This is the analytics for the top 50 pages visited after the Home page for the last 30 days.


    The Category:Windows is the most popular, and Category:Games is number 2.


    Special:RecentChanges appears at number 11 - this will undoubtedly increase once the embed is removed from Home.




    I still don't get the usefulness of Category:Windows and Category:Games pages for people..

    Why would you be interested in those lists?


    The categories pages haven't been optimized for mobile, and I wonder if people are clicking it under the assumption that it would be more useable than it is, e.g. a list of cover art? Or just clicking it because it's one of the most prominent elements on the current home page?

  2. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to say no to this one on the basis that this would take way too long for minimal benefit to the majority of users. You can continue using your own custom CSS, but I don't have an infinite amount of time to customize the wiki for every person who wants it. Sorry!

  3. Recent changes is something that as moderator is really helpful.. but I don't really see the utility from a phone (which is only a "device for end users" imo)

    I think considering mobile to have users with inherently different problems and goals isn't the right way to go here. We want to have as much feature parity between desktop and mobile as possible (except editing, because that'd just become a mess even if we had VisualEditor).

  4. Do you have a list of the other blocks we may include on the Home page? I recall discussing this at some point.


    It would be nice to generate some lists of games automatically so that users can be drawn to the most popular articles at the minute, e.g.

    Most visited game articles in the last 24 hours

    Most visited articles all-time


    Sorry for not responding to this earlier, the skin has been taking up most of my wiki time :P


    Soeb and I discussed using these metrics for the Search suggestions on the home page (For example... *list of games*), but based on Google Analytics and Piwik statistics, we'd just end up with Grand Theft Auto V on the home page for months on end. These would essentially be static until a new release knocks others down a peg, so it'd be kind of useless to have them front-and-center on the home page.


    Right now the blocks included are somewhat final, as I feel that the header is where your eye obviously lands upon loading, so it serves as a pretty good "Welcome" card, and includes everything we had in the previous welcome card (except for the news articles, which are outdated at this point).


    Recent changes isn't included on the basis that it would break the caching, and the twitter widget would make the home page load take a bit longer (although we could always load it asynchronously), and add quite a bit to the page size which we've been working to cut down on for the last few months.

  5. So TotalBiscuit has been galvanizing the community with the concept of a 'Framerate Police' Steam Curator. However we already have a very big list of crowdsourced information on games that fail to provide high framerates (although our sights are set higher- a true tick is for native120FPS support). It would be good to expand our community and get an influx of traffic.


    I'm thinking of creating a new project, e.g. PCGamingWiki:List of games that support high framerate. Technically this would be a list of all games but sortable via the 'High framerate' attribute. This would have a custom intro to cater to people who had heard of the 'Framerate Police', and would encourage new editors to contribute information to PCGamingWiki and link to the editing guide, etc.


    I've been experimenting with the queries but haven't been able to get it working:

    [[Category:Games]] [[high_frame_rate::true]] OR [[high_frame_rate::hackable]] OR [[high_frame_rate::false]]

    Could you help me out with the SMW code?


    Edit: the Special:Ask query seems to work but when I embed it, e.g. http://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/PCGamingWiki:List_of_High_Framerate_Games the icons don't show up.

    Shouldn't it be only True/Hackable, and then show icons for either of those?

  6. Hey. I have a mindblowed idea.


    What if we had an agreement with one of these backup programs guy?

    Something like an api for him to pull new paths or for us to push on his git or whatever.


    This way the table could possibly make sense even for those thousands of DOS games out there


    I'm not sure if our Game data template allows for that right now, but in theory it should be possible. Biggest problem would be inaccurate paths.

  7. The file total on the main page is maybe a bit misleading since this is a total of the images rather than the actual files section (I don't know whether it's possible to query the files section total).

    Soeb would be able to better determine the capabilities of IPBoard in that regard, but as far as I know there's no endpoint for that. Thankfully, I don't think it's a big enough deal to be problematic for most users. We may just want to replace "Files" with "Images" since there aren't any really other types of files on the wiki itself.


    Some thoughts on the Home page so far:
    1. Looks really good on my MacBook Pro (1440x900 viewport) and on a tablet which suits the 2-column layout. However on a 1920px width screen, the content looks a bit out of place as it is centred - but the sidebar is stuck on the left with a big gap. It looks even stranger on a super high res screen because of the white space. My suggestion (just a suggestion, it's probably not the right move) is to fix the width and centre the content just for the Home page, for example:
    .page-Home div#body-content input[type=search] 
    .page-Home #main-column {
    .page-Home #masthead {
    2. Instead of a 'Statistics' box we could have a 'Welcome' box which basically says, 'PCGamingWiki aims to list fixes and workarounds for every single PC game' - underneath this we can include stats, other welcome info.
    3. Currently the 300x250 ad is not being placed nicely on the Home page. It's pretty essential for it to be displayed properly. I wonder if there's another way to 'call in' that ad on the home page, and put it inside the content.
    4. Right now the sidebar isn't in the responsive view - this means that a lot of people won't be able to view the 'Games' list as OS categories Windows, OS X and Linux. These are amongst our most popular pages on the site. Perhaps we can integrate this into the Home just below the Welcome box.
    5. We've removed RecentChanges from the front page, mostly because it doesn't cache properly. I'd love to get it if it can cache, but if it not then RecentChanges link needs to be somewhere on the Home page, as it is no longer on the sidebar.
    6. I think if we can get the sidebar back that would probably be the best option!
    Great work so far, looking forward to seeing this thing come together :).



    1. I'm on a MacBook Pro with a 2560x1600 viewport (1280x800 in CSS pixels), but I also have a second screen that's 1600x800, and on that it's really obvious that there's a problem with the size of the content, on larger screens it only gets worse.


    The problem I've run into is this: I dislike all possible solutions to this problem using CSS, and using JS would be overly complex, slow down the page, and cause its own problems. It would also take longer to develop.


    Right now, using breakpoints to create more columns could work, but the problem with that is the content would end up flowing from a theoretical third column into the second when it gets smaller, meaning the third column would either be awkwardly small or the second awkwardly large (depending on viewport width). The columns CSS property will fix these problems pretty much in their entirety, but that won't be a viable solution until October or November of this year. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all support it right now, albeit prefixed. Unfortunately, Chrome and Safari's implementations of the spec are incomplete and very buggy. Trust me, I've tried to use them on other projects of mine, they are horrific.


    The idea is that we'd wait for this to have proper support in Chrome and Safari this fall (Firefox should be fine even if it remains prefixed), then we can use it for the home page. It would allow the content to flow into more columns when the viewport width allows for it. It also includes the ability to "equalize" content so that the columns are as similar in height as possible.


    As a hotfix, your suggestion may work, but I'm unsure if it would be annoying to use. Regardless, we're definitely going to get complaints for this problem, so it's something we need to work on fixing.



    2. I've tried to have the header serve as the welcome card, as I assume searching or getting article suggestions would work as a navigational flow for a significant portion of users. I'd definitely be willing to try a welcome card with some navigational elements (e.g. OS categories and the like), recent changes, and statistics, but I'll need to give some thought on its implementation first.



    3. I blame Soeb, it's his job to fix it :P


    In all seriousness, this is a significant problem, especially since it messes with the header layout. I'm not sure exactly how to get the ad placed on the page, but I have some ideas.



    4. See 2


    5. See 2


    6. That's planned eventually, but I want to get the skin out sooner rather than later, so its been pushed back for now.

  9. Work on the home page has begun!


    Right now we're planning on including the following:


    * Search & Suggested games (automatically selected daily from the Featured articles list which Soeb is working on implementing)

    * Statistics

    * Upcoming releases

    * Project links

    * Recent blog posts

    * Recent forum posts

    * Twitter feed



  10. Umm, is this a joke? Russia isn't the most free country in the world regarding video game censorship, but it's definitely far from the top of the least free ones right now. As far as I know only Modern Warfare 2 has been censored and only Manhunt has been banned here in 2012 after an incident of mass murder. Meanwhile Germany censors all games that have serious gore or Nazi references and Australian gamers have it even worse.



    I doubt the situation won't change for worse here in this regard, but your statement is not true at all considering the actual state of things. And yes, 1C stopped retail manufacturing of Company of Heroes 2 after the public backlash, but I'm pretty sure Sega hasn't even censored the Steam version.

    Perhaps I've been drinking too much American Kool-Aid, but Russia isn't exactly the most responsible with regards to censorship. However, I was indeed mistaken in saying they censored video games more than Australia.

  11. What?.. All these informations are publicly available, what are you even talking about. Just because a website is using HTTPs that doesn't mean that it's automatically secure from, whatever you guys are thinking about.

    The problem is for citizens of countries like Russia or (to a much lesser extent) Australia, where they censor some video games. We document modifications for disabling that censorship, and ostensibly using our site could be breaking the law, regardless of how stupid that law is. I realize that governments tracking your video game habits isn't particularly concerning for the vast majority of users, but what is important for all users is preventing security vulnerabilities from revealing information, e.g. passwords, through "man-in-the-middle" and related attacks. HTTPS would hopefully help to prevent that from occurring.


    Also, it helps with SEO :P

  12. I shouldn't respond to this topic without first consulting Soeb, but I've done stupider things without pissing him off too much :P


    Soeb would be in charge of moving PCGamingWiki over to HTTPS, which is not an easy task if you haven't planned for it since the beginning (which we haven't). Plenty of large companies with paid employees have written at length about the struggles of moving over to HTTPS, so I don't expect we'll be able to do it without at least some friction. I've personally been nagging Soeb to add HTTPS to the wiki for a couple months, but there are a few things blocking us from moving over to it.


    The biggest problems with supporting HTTPS at present:

    • We can't afford to become SSL certified right now, this will change at some point this year when Let's Encrypt becomes available, but probably not until then. There are some fairly cheap certification authorities available, but they're all sketchy and may not certify HTTPS compatibility properly.
    • We cannot include third party scripts if they don't support HTTPS themselves. As far as I know, we only use AdSense for ads, which supports HTTPS, and Soeb and I have decided to remove the social buttons in the header so those won't be a problem either. MediaWiki supports HTTPS pretty well, so hopefully that won't be a problem either. I'm sure there will be something I'm not thinking of that will cause problems when we do transition to HTTPS, because there always is.
    • IPBoard. Not sure if our forums/blog software will cause problems with HTTPS, but it definitely could.


    So yes, it will happen (hopefully this year), but not for another few months. I use HTTPS Everywhere myself, and I'm one of the more passionate people you'll meet regarding government surveillance.


    Thank you for your support via Patreon, and thank you for your concerns, you are definitely not alone in having them.

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