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:::::::You're being extraordinarily cryptic. Do you mean that you disagree with the "banning" process here? If so, can you be more specific about your disagreement? I assume you are well aware that most so-called bans here are only temporary blocks, and that in nearly all cases the blocks are imposed for obvious cases of vandalism or spamming? Do you think that a more democratic blocking process would be worth the time and effort, or even likely to work? Do you simply disagree with blocking users, and if so, how do you propose to deal with vandals and spammers? As far as the nomination for admin goes, you have the right to simply decline it; others, like Tetris above, have, and we honor that choice. However, when you say that you think that you are incompatible as a regular user with this wiki, I think it is reasonable to ask for a fuller explanation. You are phrasing it self-effacingly, but buried in your comment above is a severe indictment of the wiki and its participants. You may indeed have noticed some serious defect that is eluding the rest of us. If so, it is best to have it out in the open. {{User:Stabber/Sig}} 02:24, 17 March 2006 (CST)
 
:::::::You're being extraordinarily cryptic. Do you mean that you disagree with the "banning" process here? If so, can you be more specific about your disagreement? I assume you are well aware that most so-called bans here are only temporary blocks, and that in nearly all cases the blocks are imposed for obvious cases of vandalism or spamming? Do you think that a more democratic blocking process would be worth the time and effort, or even likely to work? Do you simply disagree with blocking users, and if so, how do you propose to deal with vandals and spammers? As far as the nomination for admin goes, you have the right to simply decline it; others, like Tetris above, have, and we honor that choice. However, when you say that you think that you are incompatible as a regular user with this wiki, I think it is reasonable to ask for a fuller explanation. You are phrasing it self-effacingly, but buried in your comment above is a severe indictment of the wiki and its participants. You may indeed have noticed some serious defect that is eluding the rest of us. If so, it is best to have it out in the open. {{User:Stabber/Sig}} 02:24, 17 March 2006 (CST)
   
::::::::You have my apologies for being cryptic. To be frank, it is a result of my trying hard to balance the need to be honest and responsive with that of avoiding undue controversy. As this has become somewhat personal and I don't want to derail this thread further, I will respond to this more fully on my talk page (when I can find the time). --[[User:Rezyk|Rezyk]] 03:48, 17 March 2006 (CST)
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::::::::You have my apologies for being cryptic. To be frank, it is a result of my trying hard to balance the need to be honest and responsive with that of avoiding undue controversy. As this has become somewhat personal and I don't want to derail this thread further, I have responded to this more fully on my talk page. --[[User:Rezyk|Rezyk]] 03:48, 17 March 2006 (CST)
   
 
:In this case, I recommend Zeeron. I also recommend Gravewit promote a few people at once. Xeeron and Skuld are my favorites for old times sake, Stabber, Shandy and PanSola are my favorites beyond that. --[[User:Karlos|Karlos]] 05:01, 14 March 2006 (CST)
 
:In this case, I recommend Zeeron. I also recommend Gravewit promote a few people at once. Xeeron and Skuld are my favorites for old times sake, Stabber, Shandy and PanSola are my favorites beyond that. --[[User:Karlos|Karlos]] 05:01, 14 March 2006 (CST)

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GuildWiki talk:Community portal/Archive 17/topnotes

Miffed

Ok, I just got the Pre-Order package (really nice by the way) and at the end of the manual (lots of info to put in), there is a page about the "Guild Wars community" which has a list of GW sites. And, you guessed it, we are not there. The number one resource, barring none, for info on the game is not there. I am ticked off. No, ticked is an understatement. --Karlos 07:24, 11 March 2006 (CST)

Ugh how can they miss us?? This is the biggest GW info site there is! I'd hazard to say we know more about the game than ANet do (well sometimes :p) What sites are listed there? — Skuld 07:36, 11 March 2006 (CST)

At a quick glance I thought they just listed the "Elite" fansites and whatnot. Since we aren't one of those I'm not surprised we weren't listed. Gaile did say that she loves the site last night when I was talking to her (that may have just been PR talk though). --Rainith 07:41, 11 March 2006 (CST)
Well, it's not Elite sites only. In fact, on the DC they list elite sites and some non-elite sites. On the manual it's the same thing. In addiiton, their lousy elite sites list has been the same now for nearly 8 months. I don't think they take their fansite program as seriously as we do.
Sites in the manual:
--Karlos 06:26, 12 March 2006 (CST)
Are you participating in this site for the love of documentation, or for recognition by Anet? If the latter, you are truly wasting your time. All the "elite" sites have lots of backchannel connections to Anet as they are filled with alpha testers and whatnot. We are simply outclassed in the networking department. Don't let it get to you. User:Stabber/Sig 07:42, 12 March 2006 (CST)
It's a shame and a sham though. It has not escaped my notice that most of these sites look really cool but have not updated their content in eons. The only thing they do consistently is run press releases and news borrowed from the official site. We do them the best service that any site out there does. The only one that comes close is Guru. The rest are a far second.
In terms of letting it get on my nerves. I am ticked off by injustice, whether in a the virtual world of game wikis or the real world. I have much respect for their marketing crew, I think they do a very nice job. This is however the one glaring mistake that keeps coming up. It proves to me that there is a disconnect between the guys in charge and the actual community. they have surrounded themselves with these elites who sing their praises and whom they sing their praises in return and are sealing themselves off from the true beat of their own game's community. Chapter 2 is going to decide a lot of things for me in terms of whether or not they are actually listening and paying attention to what the game players want. We should not be begging for their recognition, we should be honored by them. The fact that we are not does not make our work here any less valuable or satisfactory, but it DOES shed long, dark shadows on how much they appreciate their own fan base and what that fan base does and like. I do find it troubling that they are oblivious to the number one site for their game, yes. --Karlos 08:40, 12 March 2006 (CST)
One question - have we been submitting visitor traffic info to Anet? I never saw Nunix (who has been MIA for a while) or Gravit mention it. That *is* one of the requirements for being recognized Elite status (though admittedly we should at least qualify for Official status). -PanSola 08:46, 12 March 2006 (CST)
Isn't one of the requirements to be Elite or Official that you have to "Update whenever the official site does" or something to that effect? Although they don't come out and say it, I think that means that they want you to parrot the updates that they make to their site. Since we don't note the wallpapers and screenshots that they release I don't think we make it on that account. --Rainith 08:53, 12 March 2006 (CST)
It has not escaped my notice that most of these sites look really cool but have not updated their content in eons. It's true. It's pretty sad, but true. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 08:54, 12 March 2006 (CST)
BTW, on the "parroting press release" note, the requirement is as lax as linking to their press release, and I think we always do that (just not on the main page). Press Releases typically contain new information, the information typically goes in a GuildWiki article (new or existing), and that article typically links to the press release the info comes from. -PanSola 09:08, 12 March 2006 (CST)
I don't know that it is just the press releases, last time I looked at the elite sites (months ago at this point) they had different updates on their main pages for every update that went on the main page of the official site, be it press release, new screen shot, new guild interview, etc... --Rainith 09:12, 12 March 2006 (CST)
But is that part of the requirement or is that just the silly little fansites being silly little fansites without enough news to post as it is? Evan The Cursed (Talk) 09:21, 12 March 2006 (CST)

GWonline is on there for heavens sake.. ;p — Skuld 16:45, 12 March 2006 (CST)

Karlos is right about this. Our admins are very lazy about getting info forwarded to Anet (or at least totally lazy about telling us about it), but even without that it should be very clear to even the new visitor that this site is containing more information than 95% of all other sites out there together. I dont understand why they ignore the site where it is easiest to find information. --Xeeron 20:57, 12 March 2006 (CST)
Maybe -- and this is just speculative conspiracy theory -- they think it's a little too easy to find information on guildwiki... I mean, I don't think there's any doubt that just knowing about this site cuts majorly into the time one needs to accomplish specific things in the game. Maybe there's forces that don't feel it should be that fast, and therefore prefer the more sluggish -- and useless -- fansites that care more about self-promotion than actual factfinding...? -- Bishop icon2.png Bishop [rap|con] 21:17, 12 March 2006 (CST)
Naw, the faster people finish the game, the less strain they put on the servers. Just so long as people still buy the next chapter and pay them money.... --Rainith 21:19, 12 March 2006 (CST)

Here's my reading of the situation. Anet started out as a small studio and really worked their butts off cultivating a community. The big sites that got involved early -- photics, tgh, gwguru, gwonline, etc. -- and were in many ways key to GW's early success were favored with elite status. But, eventually, Anet got big and ambitious. They suddenly hired a lot more people and began a whole series of projects (I hear chapter 4 is in development now), the biggest of which is their increasing focus on championship tournament leagues. Their marketing and PR departments suddenly had a lot on their hands, and cultivating the community, especially when the community is already addicted to GW, has less precedence than the far more important task (to them) of reaching new markets. I think if you ask gwguru or tgh, they will say that they are no longer fed and entertained by Anet's community relations people as they once were. Hence the stench of stagnation that permeates such sites as gwonline and tgh.

The question we have to answer is -- how are we important to Anet? We don't host a large forum like gwguru or gwonline, nor are we attracting or soliciting community discussion on all aspects of GW. While players may look up information in guildwiki, they do not (with the exception of the regulars here) spend all their time on guildwiki between gaming sessions. Our focus is on (mostly) objective documentation, not subjective navel gazing (though it exists in spades in the talk pages). From the perspective of Anet, we are a glorified "FAQ" site, rather than a community portal. When was the last time we solicited fan-created art, fan-created journals, fan-created platforming games starring Gwen, or anything of that nature? If becomming an "elite" site requires adding all this cruft, then I say let us never become elite.

Incidentally, I think it's meaningless to quibble about arbitrary "requirements" for the elite status. Those requirements were a bunch of bureaucracy cooked up to increase the barrier to entry. Most elite sites became elite before these requirements existed. User:Stabber/Sig 02:38, 13 March 2006 (CST)


ArenaNet is not recognizing a strong resource that helps promote their signature game. This is true. Still, I have trouble holding the company on the whole highly accountable. Yes, if the higher ups were making sure to pay attention to their community, then it would be getting done, but it's not unusual (the unusual thing is when companies really do pay attention). I'm sure there's quite a few people at Arena Net who are paying attention to GuildWiki... they just probably aren't in positions to change the website or manuals, sadly.
This isn't to excuse ArenaNet on the whole, but if you actually talk to someone from ArenaNet, don't take it out on them too harshly.
--JoDiamonds 13:15, 13 March 2006 (CST)
To me, it doesn't bother me so much that we're not listed as an elite site so much as it bothers me that we're not mentioned at all in the manual. Other non-elites get listed, and will gain traffic from new users who are using the manual as a means of finding resources.
On the subject of elite status, a little while ago when the discussion came up about the Photics.com article, I checked out that elite site. I seem to remember someplace in his forums the site creator was describing the process of his gaining elite status; basically, asking many, many, many times for Arenanet to give him elite status. And they finally did. So, if elite status is a priority for guildwiki (it's not to me, but some may desire it), to gain elite status I suspect the best route is to ensure we meet all of Arenanet's guidelines, and to be persistent about requesting recognition as such. --Barek 23:37, 13 March 2006 (CST)

Collaborative Efforts

You guys ever thought about mimicking wikipedia and setting up a weekly (or however long) period where all the motivated wiki-users can focus their efforts on a particular article or category to complete it, before moving on to something else? Everything here just seems so unfocused. Banding together, with a clear goal, I'm sure you guys could accomplish much more. Two heads are better than one. 69.124.143.230 05:37, 8 March 2006 (CST)

Sure thing! Make an account, start a Guildwiki:Collaborative drive article and start something magnificent. :) --Karlos 21:02, 8 March 2006 (CST)

Usage of this page

Given the prominent link to this page, it is a shame for guildwiki. It is a (bad & smallish) collection of links, without serving its "community portal" function in any way. We should completely rewrite the page (and come up with a working concept of what is supposed to be on it) or remove the link from the navigation bar. --Xeeron 00:17, 9 March 2006 (CST)

Nerf it, we're too spread out as it is, main page, task list, you name it :p I think GuildWiki:Task List should get a link in the sidebar, or be moved to here — Skuld 00:34, 9 March 2006 (CST)
This page should be a "Welcome to GuildWiki" page, imo. There's a Pre-Searing guide for people new to GuildWars, but there should be a Pre-Wiki guide for people new to GuildWiki. ;) "Community Portal" is probably a poor name for the page, though. As it is, the Main Page is really a Table of Contents for the wiki (which is certainly needed and useful), but there should be a fairly in-your-face page for people coming to this site for the first time. I'm thinking typical project things, like, "GuildWiki FAQ", "Introduction to GuildWiki", etc. Lots of things that we already have for GuildWars itself, but not the wiki.
As an aside, the Task List would be a fine enough thing to put on the side. Quite possibly most people would ignore it, but it's a reasonable and subtle advertisement for people to pitch in.
--JoDiamonds 02:02, 9 March 2006 (CST)
Check out GuildWiki:How to help, it actually even begins with the words "Welcome to Guildwiki". But that kind of shows the problem: We got so many (rare to never used, badly named) community pages that even contributers dont know them. --Xeeron 08:03, 9 March 2006 (CST)
I agree that GuildWiki:Community Portal should be revamped to become what it should be: The hub for all community related stuff. Currently the community discussion is spread out over far too many pages. This hinders us. --Tetris L 00:07, 15 March 2006 (CST)

First Featured Article

We're going to be testing the waters on our partnership with GWG. What I need from you fine people is some suggestions for what to have as a 'Featured GuildWiki Article' on Guild Wars Guru. Nominate! Gravewit 16:00, 12 February 2006 (CST)

Damage. We got original GuildWiki research done on that, beyond SonOfRah's famous results. It's a pity to see so many ppl still using SonOfRah's results (some of which aren't exactly correct) as the ultimate treatise on Damage in GuildWars. -PanSola 16:06, 12 February 2006 (CST)
Grawl is also a good article. Animal companion too. --Rainith 16:09, 12 February 2006 (CST)
Damage is a good article, but not the one I would suggest to first time readers. Animal companion is a better example of standart guildwiki articles (but if we go with that, stick a picture in it and update it to include the spider). Some other articles to think about:
I like Damage but it's a bit arcane. I'd probably vote for Animal companion as it contains lots of interesting information that many people aren't aware of, I think. It may need to be protected shortly after it goes gets featured, however. Shandy 18:45, 13 February 2006 (CST)
Scams is a good one. --FireFox 23:53, 13 February 2006 (CST)
I'm going to be sending off a list of the next few Featured Articles, so keep the suggestions coming. Gravewit 06:04, 17 February 2006 (CST)
Unique Items Quick Reference? I find it more useful than the Unique items list. -PanSola 06:06, 19 February 2006 (CST)
Team_-_Barrage/Pet_(Tomb_Ruins) is a quite recent and very well done article in the builds section. --Xeeron 20:00, 21 February 2006 (CST)
Although I am very happy that you see something I wrote as a "well done" article, I personally would be against adding this sort of farming-intensive builds as featured articles. (Yes, I have come around to your side with regard to whether this build is a farming build or not.) The argument is simply that these sort of builds promote some of the worst practices in the game -- absurdly inflexible teams that spread like kudzu and essentially force out all players not belonging to a strict role. Before the wiki promotes such articles to featured status, it has to ask if it is OK with the mentality that team farming builds promote. User:Stabber/Sig 10:55, 27 February 2006 (CST)

My recommendations (more to come):

User:Stabber/Sig

The disappearence of special pages

So.. I go to check the category and page link pages, but special pages seems to have been wiped: Special:Specialpages. Erk. — Skuld 03:43, 13 February 2006 (CST)

Yes, where did the Special:Specialpages list go? This is really a handy list. -- James Sumners 00:29, 10 March 2006 (CST)
You know, I've noticed that off and on every now and then. I don't know why it happens, but it happened to me at least once a long time ago. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 05:46, 11 March 2006 (CST)
And now it seems to be back? Evan The Cursed (Talk) 15:19, 11 March 2006 (CST)
It's sort-of back. It seems to come up about 1/3 of the time that I try the link. The other 2/3 of the time I get a blank page. --Barek 00:45, 12 March 2006 (CST)

Use GuildWiki:Specialpages in the mean time. It was a manually created list of links I can figure out that are in the special page. -PanSola 07:56, 16 March 2006 (CST)

Uploading Files

I tried to upload a file (a correct file name version of Enfeebling Blood) and I got the following 'internal error': Could not copy file "/var/tmp/phpKEmZWj" to "/home/guildwiki/public_html/images/0/0c/Enfeebling_Blood.png".

Any ideas? Shandy 23:25, 13 February 2006 (CST)

Still having this problem. Shandy 21:00, 15 February 2006 (CST)
Still still having this problem. GUYS?! Shandy 22:12, 21 February 2006 (CST)
Go post on gravewits page or something, how should we lesser mortals know :p — Skuld 23:08, 21 February 2006 (CST)

Question

Is there any way to do a good search around the site when you don't know the name of the article??? --Tizzy 00:59, 15 February 2006 (CST)

Special:Search. What are you looking for? :p — Skuld 01:02, 15 February 2006 (CST)
Originally came looking for a list of the ascalon quests, then accidentally started looking for you :p --Tizzy 10:19, 15 February 2006 (CST)

"GuildWiki search is disabled. You can search via Google in the meantime. Note that their indexes of GuildWiki content may be out of date." Thats the wonderful results of my search =p It sucks, this could have all the information in the world yet it woul dbe impossible to acess to it due to no search engine... --Tizzy 10:20, 15 February 2006 (CST)

Actually, now that we have this super-sweet server, can we re-enable the mediawiki search engine? 148.177.129.212 20:58, 15 February 2006 (CST)
I did this on the 7th. We're back on the MW search. It seems to not be impacting the load too much, so we should be on it for good. Gravewit 02:06, 10 March 2006 (CST)

Foreign language wikis

Could wikis in foreign lanuages be added to this (e.g. a german wiki) or would the german fans have to make an own wiki?

You can take all the info and translate it I think, or do you mean like de.guildwiki.org? pansola did some translations for things in chinese, im not sure though 212.225.32.211 19:07, 15 February 2006 (CST)
No I mean like at Wikipedia with links to the article in other languages on the left and an own wiki for each language, not just a translation.
So in other words something like de.guildwiki.org right? -PanSola 05:20, 17 February 2006 (CST)
Right.
Concerning foreign language guildwiki you may want to check this thread at guildwarsguru. --Eightyfour-onesevenfive 08:18, 19 February 2006 (CST)

User Interface Category

Would contain articals such as Hero Window, Weapon Set, etc... Yes? No? Thoughts? --FireFox 06:03, 16 February 2006 (CST)

I think there was talk about that at some point. For the life of me I can't remember where or when it was though. It seems like an ok idea to me tho. --Rainith 05:23, 17 February 2006 (CST)
It does exist: Category:User_Interface. --Karlos 07:33, 19 February 2006 (CST)

Placement of Guilds

For me, this belongs very much under game basics. It is something that every player will be confronted with early on, the article is adressing "newbie problems" like "how to get a cape". Furthermore, I fail to see how a guild is directly related to characters. --Xeeron 07:45, 1 March 2006 (CST)

I guess that I can see both arguments on this one. To me though, game basics are more related to terminology, interface questions, and intro guides. I could argue that both "Guilds" and "Game Mechanics" should belong under other blocks as they are beyond 'how to play' category.
On the other hand, if guild is under game basics, then maybe professions should also be moved to that block? That's a fundamental question that new players will face long before they even consider joining and/or creating a guild. For that matter, nearly everything under "Character Skills & Gear" and "Gameplay Types" hit fundamental questions that could go under "Game Basics". By this method, we only need two blocks; one for game basics and one for what's new (and maybe a third for PvP - which is arguably the only category that requires knowledge beyond 'basics'). --161.88.255.140 08:30, 1 March 2006 (CST)
It doesn't really matter to me that much. I really don't see a guild as being a newbie issue; you can do both PvE and PvP without ever joining a guild; although being in a guild certainly makes it easier to progress in both. I agree that the section titled Characters – Skills & Gear doesn't really include guilds, but that section could easilly be retitled to something like Characters – Guilds, Skills & Gear. I'm not stongly opinioned in it being in either section. Just thought I would throw it out there was why I qualified my original edit with the note in the Summary field. --Barek 23:31, 1 March 2006 (CST)

Search engine case sensitive

Is there any way to totally disable case sensitivity for the (go button) search engine? The case sensitivity has annoyed me to no end many times and looking at the guru forum thread, I dont seem to be the only one. --Xeeron 23:52, 1 March 2006 (CST)

The search engine (what go defaults to if it doesn't find anything) should be case insensitive. However if you mean go straight to article lookup, I believe that's just how the wiki software works. In other words, it uppercases the first letter of every article, and then looking up article names is case sensitive following the first character. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 15:19, 11 March 2006 (CST)
I take that as an "no it cant be disabled" =) --Xeeron 00:32, 12 March 2006 (CST)
If you're referring to the go article lookup function then yes, but if you really meant "search" then it SHOULD already be case insensitive and if it isn't it's a bug. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 05:21, 12 March 2006 (CST)
This is weird: I type in "henge of denravi" and press ENTER and it just sends me to the search page. But I type in "fissure armor" and it sends me to the "Fissure Armor" page. At first I thought this was because "Fissure armor" was a redirect to "Fissure Armor" but it isn't; it doesn't even exist. Kidburla 05:41, 12 March 2006 (CST)
That is.... indeed, very weird. I tried it with all different kinds of misspellings and "fissure aRMOr" and the like worked. That is... very weird. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 05:49, 12 March 2006 (CST)
I just tested with a few pages. Many pages seem not to be case sensitive now. Could it be that one or two word pages aren't case sensitive, but 3 worded pages are? User:Gem/Sig 22:17, 12 March 2006 (CST)

Tech problem

I can't seem to figure a good place to put wiki tech issues, so I'll just put it here (please move to a better location if there is one):

For some reason, I cannot upload a new version of ConjurePhantasm.png called Conjure_Phantasm.png to replace the old, incorrectly named, one. I get the following error message:

Internal error
Could not copy file "/var/tmp/phpz6YEG2" to "/home/guildwiki/public_html/images/0/0d/Conjure_Phantasm.png".

-- Bishop icon2.png Bishop [rap|con] 21:11, 12 March 2006 (CST)

Did you try the Report A Bug link to the left? Or just check here: GuildWiki:Software & Technical Issues/Bugs#Upload Bug for the current status of this. Ok, actually not so current as nothing has happened with it, but this is about as current as we're going to get on this it seems. --Rainith 21:18, 12 March 2006 (CST)

New admins needed to combat vandalism

There seems to be a huge increase in vandalism in the wiki recently. Rainith and others do a great job when they're online, but they still, unfortunately, have to have a life that doesn't revolve around GuildWiki. Also, it seems that some old sysops such as LordBiro and Tanaric are not so active any more. I think it's time we thought seriously about tapping into the pool of regulars for some new sysops to keep an eye on the vandals and such. I nominate the following users for sysop status as they have shown themselves to be very on-the-ball with respect to vandal watching and general Wiki Gnome tasks.

If there is a more formal process for nominating users for sysop status, please direct me to it (TIA). User:Stabber/Sig 09:25, 13 March 2006 (CST)

Aww, but I'm having fun with this last guy, 66.90.118.79. Though yes, I agree with your nominations. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 09:27, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Ooh, I should have nominated you also. User:Stabber/Sig 09:56, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Of the three, Barek is the one who I feel I "know" the most, but I think they are all good candidates. --Rainith 10:28, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Err, yeah. I'm still kinda new around here so I'd definitely feel better with Barek or Adeyke, preferably both. But particularly Barek, I've never seen him act out of line or anything. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 11:00, 13 March 2006 (CST)
I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to working on a wiki, so I'm really not a suitable candidate. I appreciate the thought, though. --adeyke 13:33, 13 March 2006 (CST)
I would also nominate Stabber (if you're interesting, that is). --130.58 13:41, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Oh, I'm very interesting. However, I'm not interested in adminning. It's a job best left to level-headed folk (i.e., not me). User:Stabber/Sig 13:42, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Gah. Can't type. Well, you are the fastest at reverting all this spam (much to my occasional consternation). Your devotion deserves a nomination, even if you consider yourself too much of a firebrand to actually be an admin. --130.58 13:53, 13 March 2006 (CST)
I don't see we have that glaring need of admins. Admins are not the answer to vandalism, active user participation is, which is what has been going on, Even when admins have not been around, regular users can easily revert acts of vandalism. I would like to see more admins with actual responsibilities (as opposed to bums, like me). For example, I would love to see someone become an admin and be in charge of the Community Portal (since obviously none of us existing ones give an Abnormal Seed about it). While we are throwing names out there, I would like to bring up the nomination of Tetris. He's always been deserving, and he's online time usually starts around the time mine ends, so it's good for overlap too. --Karlos 17:01, 13 March 2006 (CST)
The problem is that regular users are no good at preventing a persistent vandal of the kind we saw one or two examples of today. For them, the proper order is ban then revert. The opposite order just leads to polluted histories and zillions of re-reverts everywhere. I do think that we have a shortage of sysops here, as there are only 3.5 active ones as far as I can tell. Ideally, we should have all hours in the day under surveillance by a sysop. That's the criteria they used at hrwiki, which is about comparable in size as this one (though a lot bigger target for vandalism). IIRC Tetris did not want to become a sysop, or I'd have nominated him eons ago. User:Stabber/Sig 17:22, 13 March 2006 (CST)
Tetris (if he wants to be) and Barek would definitly get my recommendations. Btw, I know you have only started posting 15+ comments a day right after I point out the community portal is useless to mock me. Evil people =P --Xeeron 23:21, 13 March 2006 (CST)
My first choice would be for Tetris L. If he is not interrested, then I would be willing to admin. Of course, all this depends on Gravewit and/or Nunix agreeing on the idea of an additional admin. I believe that they are the only two who have access to promote users to that level. --Barek 23:41, 13 March 2006 (CST)
I was all set to make Tetris L an admin not long ago- but he didn't seem to want it. If that's changed, I'd still be happy to make him one. Gravewit 00:38, 14 March 2006 (CST)
I responded this morning based on just the names I saw, without thinking before heading out the door. While I would be willing to admin, I must admit that my recommendations would be Tetris L, Xeeron, Skuld, PanSola, and/or FireFox. I would also suggest Stabber; but she mentioned not long ago planning to not purchase Factions. Still, with her dedication, I would suggest making her an admin for the Oblivion wiki if one is needed for that site, as it appeared last I looked that she was looking more towards that game as her next step. --Barek 09:41, 14 March 2006 (CST)
But that's just it. When it comes to "being in charge" of pages or things like the Community Portal -- that is something truly "any" user can do, if they take up the mantle and everyone's okay with it. What your average everyday user can't do is ban a vandal when he really gets out of control. I still think we need one additional sysop, I lean towards Barek and Pan Sola, personally. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 04:37, 14 March 2006 (CST)
Like Karlos I do not feel an urgent need for more admins. We can handle most situations. But on the other hand one or two more moderators won't hurt, considering more than half of our 11 SysOps are inactive / MIA or visit GuildWiki only once in a while.
I want to throw a few other names into the bowl. Don't get me wrong, the names that Stabber suggested seem okay to me, but they were not the ones I'd have listed first. Here are a few names that spring to my mind when I think of users that have proven over longer time to be "admin material" (mostly dedicated, mature, reasonable), ... in no particular order:
As for myself, thanks everybody who suggested my name, I feel flattered, but I have to decline once again. This time it's not my dispute with K. We seem to get along lately. :) No, this time it's real life (tm). Up to now I was browsing GuildWiki mostly in the office, during "work". I don't care much because I quit this job a while ago, and because my boss is the biggest $%&§#§&?ö@ you can imagine. But in 2 weeks I start a new job, for a new company, so I gotta behave. Browsing gaming websites during work will be a no-no, at least for the first few weeks or months. This means you'll all see me a lot less often than in the past. Not exactly the dedicated and reliable admin that is needed here. --Tetris L 00:46, 14 March 2006 (CST)
Tetris, thank you for naming me. I am really honored -- but must respectfully decline any such nomination. My reasoning: As I'm generally discontent about certain practices and the expected admin roles here, I would not be effective in enforcing such. At this point, it is questionable whether I am really compatible with this Wiki as a normal contributor, much less as an admin.
For me, some names that stand out are:
  • I've noticed PanSola's tendency/ability to exercise an impressive level of painstaking prudence. This is something I favor seeing more of at the admin level (and actually, in some ways, less of at the user level).
  • For a long time, Xeeron has consistently been a model example in positively driving the community forward.
--Rezyk 08:43, 14 March 2006 (CST)
Wait, what is the "expected admin roles" here? I thought all admins do is just banning vandler and spambots, and they get to do easy revers with their mouse (as opposed to users who have to put in slightly more effort to revert), and they get to delete pages that shouldn't exist. Is there anything else to being an admin? BTW, I don't think I've seen Nunix since January... I hope he's alive and well, just overly occupied with other stuff to tend to guildwiki. -PanSola 21:25, 14 March 2006 (CST)
If that question is directed at me, I'll opt to deflect it toward the appropriate people. =) What are all the expected admin roles here? --Rezyk 07:00, 16 March 2006 (CST)
Indeed it was directed at you, because I haven't noticed any roles expected from admins, except what is expected from any other user/contributer on GuildWiki, and thus your reason for declining the nomination seems invalid to me. If you are discontent with the expected admin roles here, that means you know, or at least have a good idea, of what it is right? -PanSola 07:20, 16 March 2006 (CST)
Well, I can only comment on what I perceive to be expectations that some others have (what I originally meant), and it's better for people to speak for themselves. (As for a definitive site-wide spelled-out list of admin roles, I am not aware that any exists.) I'll give one example: I think there have been some expectations (not necessarily mine) that regular admins have the role of deciding which user offenses are bannable offenses through creating on-the-spot precedent. For me, this is too much of an admin determining his own power, and I'd rather see this judgement be generally left to the community. Then again, I should acknowledge that my perceptions here may be flawed and nobody actually has this expectation -- but that just leaves me more confused and thus less suitable for the job. --Rezyk 02:01, 17 March 2006 (CST)
You're being extraordinarily cryptic. Do you mean that you disagree with the "banning" process here? If so, can you be more specific about your disagreement? I assume you are well aware that most so-called bans here are only temporary blocks, and that in nearly all cases the blocks are imposed for obvious cases of vandalism or spamming? Do you think that a more democratic blocking process would be worth the time and effort, or even likely to work? Do you simply disagree with blocking users, and if so, how do you propose to deal with vandals and spammers? As far as the nomination for admin goes, you have the right to simply decline it; others, like Tetris above, have, and we honor that choice. However, when you say that you think that you are incompatible as a regular user with this wiki, I think it is reasonable to ask for a fuller explanation. You are phrasing it self-effacingly, but buried in your comment above is a severe indictment of the wiki and its participants. You may indeed have noticed some serious defect that is eluding the rest of us. If so, it is best to have it out in the open. User:Stabber/Sig 02:24, 17 March 2006 (CST)
You have my apologies for being cryptic. To be frank, it is a result of my trying hard to balance the need to be honest and responsive with that of avoiding undue controversy. As this has become somewhat personal and I don't want to derail this thread further, I have responded to this more fully on my talk page. --Rezyk 03:48, 17 March 2006 (CST)
In this case, I recommend Zeeron. I also recommend Gravewit promote a few people at once. Xeeron and Skuld are my favorites for old times sake, Stabber, Shandy and PanSola are my favorites beyond that. --Karlos 05:01, 14 March 2006 (CST)

Archive?

This page seems to have finally found a usage in replacing the main page talk page as the sort of "discuss general wiki problems" page. If you look closely, you will find 2 topics about payment for the server, 2 topics about translating the wiki into foreign languages, 2 topics about this page not being a community portal and fully 3 topics about the search engine, hehe. The earliest date back to last August ... seems some problems never get solved, only forgotten =P

Anyway, should we start using this place as the main talk page instead of the vandal ridden main page talk and move over the main page archives (which mainly contain community discussion) to this page? --Xeeron 00:01, 14 March 2006 (CST)

Most of this stuff was on the main page, I moved it over. Yeh the archives for the main page should be here but.. i'm not doing it =[ — Skuld 00:23, 14 March 2006 (CST)
Just adopted the Talk:Main Page schema for this talk page. User:Stabber/Sig 09:34, 14 March 2006 (CST)

Skill box format voting ending soon

Just want to bring it up again over here, in case ppl haven't noticed. It's supposed to end in less than 24 hours. I am not averse to extending the voting period, but I'm not going to take the inititive to extend it (nor can I really think of how long to extend it for). So go vote now, or scream for an extension if you haven't made up your mind or think one of the proposals still need more time to get into a finished state, or hold your peace when the crusade arrives.

I am also accepting suggestions for minor modifications to my proposal. One being contemplated is changing "chapter" to "campaign", and use "C" instead of "Ch" (since there's no H in campaign). -PanSola 22:13, 14 March 2006 (CST)

Btw, the vote is here: GuildWiki talk:Style and formatting/Skills
For the C/Ch decision, I guess no matter who wins, we should stick with the convention, which is currently discussed here: GuildWiki_talk:Style_and_formatting --Xeeron 22:59, 14 March 2006 (CST)
I think that's a different war, between using numbers or using names. d-: But yeah it looks like it'll be campaign, instead of chapter. -PanSola 00:03, 15 March 2006 (CST)
Meh. That page is so convoluted and confusion I wouldn't even know what I was voting for. I figure I'll just wait till everybody implements the changes and then complain about them. Heh.... heh? >_> Evan The Cursed (Talk) 12:55, 15 March 2006 (CST)

Campaign suffix vote

Please note the far reaching vote on naming the campaigns in the wiki here: GuildWiki talk:Style and formatting --Xeeron 02:30, 15 March 2006 (CST)

Banning, Vandalism, and Admins

Was reading the New Admins discussion and it finally urged me to comment on banning and vandalism. I have been an admin/sysop for different sites for as long as I can remember. Do the admins here have a set standard to which they adhere to when it comes to punishing vandals? I have noticed that spambots get infinite bans, but user bans range from 1 day to say 1 year. I find that if someone has the audacity to change information for things like porn sites and obscene language and get banned for 1 month or so, they might and I'm sure they do come back and the vandalism/revert/ban process begins all over again.

Perhaps I am too harsh, but I think if someone vandalizes something, giving them a second chance to do it again is just asking for trouble and more work for not only admins, but for the users that also revert the vandalism and request the bans. As I hope to be around for a long time doing what I can to help others, I also feel the need to protect others' work too on the Wiki. I'd love to hear the admins' and users' thoughts on this. --Gares Redstorm 04:31, 17 March 2006 (CST)

A quick clarification: Existing policy is: No policy. Up to individual admins. A certain amount of trust and cooperation is basically assumed. If I see most admins banning bots for 1 year or infinite, then I do that too. Makes sense and keeps us all in sync. If I see a childish user make a silly edit, that's a minor offense (to me) and we are talking about days. If I see a user try to "challenge us" or "repeatedly erase/distort info" then we are taking about months, not days. --Karlos 05:11, 17 March 2006 (CST)
Usually real live vandals get bored when they're banned for a month. I doubt most of them even return -- and if they are that motivated, they probably just switch IPs (which nullifies the whole argument). Spambots come back, because they're automated. And don't forget, every once and a while (though very very rare) it is entirely possible a legitimate user using a non-static IP can roll an IP that is perma-banned on the site. Evan The Cursed (Talk) 05:20, 17 March 2006 (CST)
No, there currently is no such thing as a "guideline on banning". It's totally up to whoever performs the ban. The closest thing we have (that I know of) it the policy to always assume good faith. I tend to go with that policy, although it doesn't actually directly concern banning. I would like to agree with you and say, "just get rid of those people", unfortunately it isn't that easy. The problem is: Who are "those people"? For example, I would rather not ban a vandal, or ban him only for a short time, than acidentally perma-ban a wiki-newbie who just made a mistake that looks like vandalism. Of course things like blatant advertising are an easy case, but often the intentions of a vandal aren't that obvious.
Also, there is another problem with bans: IP based bans are neither very effective nor safe. Internet connections are availible at every corner, there's anonymizer services and on top of that many providers use dynamic IPs. Someone who really wants to will always be able to get themselves another IP and it is also possible (although unlikely) that someone who has never done anything bad to the wiki finds himself banned, just because he had the bad luck to have a banned IP assigned on connection.
Of course I don't say that we shouldn't ban. By any means, we should. If nothing else, it is a good way to show the opportunity-vandals that they won't go unchecked. We should just keep in mind that the system isn't perfect anyway and will never be. And I doubt that longer bans would help much with that. :)
PS: Meh, now I wrote a lengthy sermon again, just to find two other ppl said basically the same with fewer words by now. Happens to me all the time... *rolls eyes*--84-175 (talk) 05:25, 17 March 2006 (CST)
Agreed that dynamic IPs are an easy thing to accomplish. And if someone does get banned for a month and comes back and does it again is a really sad and pathetic person who needs a hobby, like playing Guild Wars :D.
I also agree that being a wiki newbie, mistakes will happen. Thats why level-headed admins and users are there to notice what is Vandalism and what is an honest mistake, corrects it and informs the user of their mistake. Thus a friendly learning experience for the new wiki user. But those that deletes massive parts of articles and those that add vulgar sentences about how big their body parts are(obviously overcompensating for how little they really are :P), cuss words, etc, etc. This people I find absolutely childish. These are the ones I am mainly concerned about. I believe those people should be perma-banned, which would in turn, deter any that may follow suit, hopefully. I know, dynamic IPs, and I don't even want to try and calculate the vass number of IP addresses there can be. I honestly think the number of offenses of that nature would go down tremendously.
Most spambots on the other hand, seem to follow keywords. Fur Squares, Beast Mastery, Leather Squares. This can be easily combatted by protecting the pages. I still think the admins here are doing a great job. I'm just curious and also believe this Wiki helps a lot of players and thats why I'm here to do what I can. --Gares Redstorm 05:59, 17 March 2006 (CST)
I agree that people who try to defame pages (especially those who go "ha ha I messed up your wiki") are the ugliest. Bots are more annoying but there is little that can be done about them (except perhaps write our own bot that scans new edits to specific pages or edits that follow a certain pattern). The innocent mistake of a user blanking a section or page is punishable only because if one does not know what to do, one should not do something utterly stupid such as erasing data. That gets a few days or weeks on my scale. The worst is the one who places cuss words and racist slurs or the one who edits a page to mock someone or the wiki itself.. This shows malicious intent and disregard for the value of this wiki to other users. --Karlos 06:50, 17 March 2006 (CST)
All admins appear to be roughly on the same page as far as ban issues, but there are discrepancies. Is it possible to write up an official policy on this? One thing that I've seen in the past is that one admin will ban someone, but not delete the ban request on the user page; another admin comes on later that day and bans the same user for a different amount of time. For that, and the sake of consistency and fairness, I think that guidelines should be set that a certain types of behavior results in a ban for x number of days/weeks/months.
I also feel that the perma-ban should just be abandoned. Between IP-spoofing and dynamic IPs, it doesn't result in a true permanent ban. For any offense, a 1-year ban should be adequate considering the limitations. That way any legitimate users who may end up with that IP at a later time still can contribute (EDIT: while typing this, I see that Stabber created a link to a draft version - hooray!) --161.88.255.140 07:10, 17 March 2006 (CST)


I think a penal code for vandals and spammers is well worth writing up and adhering to. Here's my attempt. User:Stabber/Sig 07:07, 17 March 2006 (CST)

GuildWiki causes displeasure!

Seen on this gwguru thread -- apparently people are dissatisfied with the state of minion mastery articles in the wiki. Some are even casting aspersions on the wiki, claiming that we are spreading lies and fomenting unrest among the masses. Just a heads up. User:Stabber/Sig 23:43, 17 March 2006 (CST)

I can't access that site (annoying firewall issues) so I'll look at it from another PC later. But my first thought is: are those complaining contributing to the articles? If not, has anyone posted that suggestion to them in that forum? If they have issues with an article, they can edit it, and/or post their disagreements in the discussion threads here. --161.88.255.140 01:17, 18 March 2006 (CST)
I'm with him, I can't access it till I get home. Stupid SonicWall. I've noticed one thing in online forums and such. A lot of people try to discourage and flame you and/or your work, yet they rarely offer any suggestions to make it better or even discuss why they think so harshly on a subject. Sometimes people just "speak" to hear themselves "speak".
I'm no minion master, in fact I kinda hate being one, but I know some excellent ones in-game. They do not frequent Wiki nor are registered, but I will ask them to see what they think on the current builds in place. I do not want to see GuildWiki's reputation tarnished. --Gares Redstorm 01:42, 18 March 2006 (CST)