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Hi everyone, a staff member on the Wikia development team contacted me about the new app icon on the Main Page. I asked some questions so I will let you know what I found out in case the community asks about it.
1) It is only available on iPad right now.
2) They plan on making it available on other Apple devices.
3) They eventually plan on making it available for Android.
They said it is only on the Main Page, but since we get ads there anyway it doesn't seem to do any harm. Hopefully it makes the wiki easier to use on mobile devices once the other parts gets released for other operating systems and devices.
Hi, folks. I spoke with Wikia staff about the new forums not having an "archive" option. They indicated there is no plan to add that feature, but did suggest we create a new forum for "Archived Forum Threads". I have created that and will move some items that are "closed" to that section. I'm thinking it's not hard and fast, but things should be looked at for movement over to that board if they are closed 30 days or more. It does not delete anything but clears out some of the forums to find more current information.
Update: I added another Archive-this one is just for the "Staff Selection" discussions and votes. It seemed that maybe those should be in a separate location in the event someone is looking for them. The "general procedure" discussions relating to changes in the process are in the general archive; these are just for the actual discussion/vote about individual users.
Howdy guys. I talked to Sean, a wikia staff, about how the IP blocking goes.. And it turns out, once you IP block someone, you can't just select (there's no magic tool) those who can get affected by the block.
Recently I blocked a user for being underage, and as it turns out, this user shares the same IP Address as another user, who I know is not the same as the blocked one. I feel bad that this other user got affected by the block, so I am lifting the block on the one I blocked; however, I left his chat ban effective.
This way, the other user who got affected, will be able to contribute to the site again.
I will take responsibility of the other person I lifted the block from. If he does something terrible because I ended his block, I will try and encourse the consequences about this matter.
Thank you for listening on this matter. Leave me a message on my wall if you have concerns about this, as we can't make this thread as a discussion thread. If you have better options to solve this problem, please let me know too. ~
And Just a heads up to all: We have arranged how we're doing the Main Page Polls now. It is going to be a Monthly activity. We will be getting new polls on the first of the month, starting on July 1, 2013. You guys can give Admins suggestions on any interesting polls you can think of, and maybe they can use that for the coming month's polls. (Not here tough - on their walls) Thanks! ~
Howdy guys! I changed the Navigation Template's Friends Icon to the new one. If anyone has issues with the change, hit my wall.
I know we are using like a couple of different Navigation Templates on other pages, (like the Decoration Navigation, etc), if someone spots a navigation template that isn't changed --because it isn't redirected to the Navigation Template-- let us know so we can do the changes. ~
I'm not... really sure who made it those colours, but that combination does not work in the least. I know we usually try to keep the colours close to what's on the dragons, but if it doesn't work in the infobox, then it doesn't work. I'm honestly surprised that's been allowed to stay nigh unreadable for so long.
Maybe something to keep in mind for the future orz
Oh, wow. It has been awhile since I looked at that page, but I agree that the font color and the background color do not contrast well for the purposes of the infobox. Perhaps the only other color which may keep to being similar to the dragon's colors which is currently still available is a brown close to what is on the wings.
Guys just a quick history on our ruling, I remembered when I added an edit blocked on my profile, with a log out link, (Ironically Tatz is the last post -__- lol) and an admin warned me about me adding them on my profile.
Was it because there was a log out link only? Or is edit blocker restricted on users' profiles? ~
I'm going to create a new "Archive" section for discussions that end up with a page redesign (or a new page). I've been moving them into the "General" archives but it will be good to have them in one location.
At the same time, I will create the Archive for the "Monthly News" publications. Although we probably don't want to archive those for a couple of months after they close, may as well create both at the same time.
Howdy! Since we are closing the thread the same day when we open the new one, maybe as a closing statement, we can add a link to the new thread, and when we publish our second one we will have something like
I just want to inform all of you that I'll be inactive for one month plus. Most probably, until 25th November 2013. I'm actually quite busy preparing for my final exams and doing other stuffs in real life (application forms etc). I'll try my best to come on this site once in a while to reply notifications (if any). Hope to see you all soon. Take care :)
Hey, guys, quick note. When we open voting/discussion threads that have a requirement for users to have been registered before a certain date, can we include that date in the intro? I just modified Frost's voting thread to add it, after two users had voted. It can be hard to find the date, so this may help. Thanks.
I agree that it should be placed on the first part of the thread.
On a side note, I am a little bit confused about the "registered before" considering that we have cases where we have old users, but changed accounts -- which will technically be "registered POST" the discussion thread. Like crtha's case.
I think if a user is left a message and has a special situation that can be explained, you handle it on a case-by-case basis. I would certainly not remove Crtha's vote, since we know her circumstance. That's what we've done in the past when a user had to close an account and open a new one, as long as the original account was opened before the nomination.
I've never had a user disagree with the decision to remove their vote; I don't know that we need to modify the policy unless we have a problem. I always leave a message. I think in the example you gave, it's easy to explain that Crtha was registered then had to close her account and open a new one.
If a user can show they are the same as a closed account, they are clearly not the ones we are concerned with, who possibly create accounts just to vote for friends (or against non-friends).
In any event, a policy change should go in a different forum, I think.
Why are we putting a "registration date" restriction on a policy vote? I went back through them; I've never seen us limit that before. I don't know that it's a good idea; users are capable of reading all the inputs even if they are new.
I know we did so on selection of staff, to avoid sock puppets, but think if we restrict votes from non-staff selection items, we should talk about it. Don't need to discuss it here; happy to do it on message walls or a separate "staff awareness" thread.
Bane and I have been contacted by the Customer Support Manager at BFS asking if BFS could have a more active engagement with our admin team. She has provided her direct email and asked that we NOT publish it on the wiki but has invited me or Bane to contact her if we need clarifications or users report a lot of glitches, for example.
Bane is adding a small blurb to main page, where it references that Admins can be contacted via message walls. We are NOT becoming BFS' new support line; they are just able to help us clarify information and would like to hear if we are hearing about glitches, etc.
It is great they reached out, but it mostly just to inquire about bugs and glitches, or if there is a huge question in content which affects the entire community. It isn't really for us to give them ideas and fan art, since they already look at the wiki (which they think the content/article pages are great) and they get emails about that already.
Unfortunately I think they just limited us with just what they told bane and DT to do. So we can't even communicate possible benefits for our wiki, in terms of suggestions, ideas, or queries about the like. ~
They will help us with information that is generally available. For example, I have a query in to get the actual counts of habitats/level. She just needed to go back to the office before she could send that.
This was the answer to "when will the event end"-as you can see, it's pretty much what has been said in FAQ and FB:
The best way to know when the event is coming close to an end is to watch the Tines of the Scar. We posted to Facebook the picture of the first chunk on the Light side. This indicates that Light is 'winning' at the moment. As Dark catches up, that will appear on the Tines as well. Once one side fills to the top, that element will be sealed. The event will end when both sides are filled.
Howdy guys! As some, if not most, of you noticed, we are starting to have conflict with the decoration affiliates of our released dragons, where the decorations are getting affiliated with other dragons instead of the dragons they got released with during the past year or so.
I don't particularly think that this needs a forum to sort out or solve this problem, so I am posting my proposal here, just to hear inputs from other members.
I don't think we even need the "Additional Release History Information". I don't think it matters that they don't release the same deco's every year with the same dragons. Just listing the deco's once is fine by me. What extra information do you get by adding the extra column, I doubt many people will really search for that, and they could also find that on the release calendar.
I'd have to agree with Bane on this. They've only changed the decoration releases this once, for now. Bone, I believe, is the only dragon to be released with two decorations and therefore it's not likely that they'll change things like this again. Not saying it's not a possibility, but for now, I think the set up we have on the pages currently is fine.
If we did change to something like what Justin has proposed, I'm not sure I agree with any dragon being affiliated with "All Decors" during BEB. For example: Bone was available with all the other Limited dragons and all of the Limited decorations. However, to say it was affiliated with "All Decors" implies that the Bone dragon was affilitated with Sham-rock... doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me. Even during BEB, the Bone dragon was still affiliated with Witch Hut and Jack-O-Lantern only, in my opinion.
Right now, the only other limited time period I can see this happening with is with Clover Cottage and Sham-rock which were released at the same time. I don't think we will be seeing any issue with the Pagoda, Paper Lantern, and Twisted Bamboo. Otherwise I think each dragon has only had one affiliated decoration released with it.
So I think we may only really be looking at two limited time frames this could occur in, assuming that there will be a third limited dragon along with Clover Dragon and Celtic Dragon next year.
I think we don't exactly need this currently, as others have said, as it only affects the halloween dragons, but this can definitely be used if we suddenly get more limiteds that have split afflilated decors like our Halloweens do right now.
The other option might be to redefine "affiliated" decorations. It doesn't have to mean only that the decorations were released at the same time. To me, it should be "affiliated" if it is released for the same event. So, for Halloween, we have several decorations and three dragons. I would put all the decorations in the "affiliated" row for all three dragons. Same with Clover and the related decorations-they are all affiliated to the same event.
To me, that also solves questions on things like Gift/Snow Globe. While they were not necessarily released together, the argument has been made that they are both affiliated with the winter holiday.
Just a heads up. I will be taking time off from the Wiki at least until after the holiday. I do not plan on coming on at all until Sunday afternoon/evening at the earliest, unless I am needed. I will be spending time with family for Thanksgiving.