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(Reset indent) I have changesets prepared to update ConfirmEdit (replace ReCaptcha with Asirra and modify the triggers) and to install AbuseFilter (no sense ignoring a tool that could be useful). I will push them to the repository as soon as we agree that there is consensus for these changes.

Also, @Giga: Have you begun to pursue the direct access with Donovan? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:30, 9 June 2011 (UTC)

If we get AbuseFilter, I'm not sure we'll need to update the CATcha triggers. --JonTheMon 13:46, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
They serve different purposes. ConfirmEdit is preventive, while AbuseFilter is reactive. You can't define filters in advance for every single attack that will happen in the future, but if the bots can't save any edits in the first place, you'll have fewer successful attacks that require a response. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:37, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
Fair enough. I can live with that. --JonTheMon 14:48, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
I have every confidence in you (plural you) and fully support your decisions. A F K sig 2.jpg A F K When Needed 15:38, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
I'm going to request that the AbuseFilter extension be installed today. We are using it on the Terraria Wiki quite successfully against these types of gibberbots that started attacking early yesterday. Jon created the filter, and overnight it disallowed 99 gibber edits. You can choose to use it or not, but if you wish to see anon edits re enabled, it's probably the fastest solution. While it's not perfect, it's a relatively easy. -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 13:18, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
Great, thanks! I'm also pushing the ConfirmEdit change to Asirra (or CATcha as Jon likes to say :P ), but without the new trigger settings - it will still only trigger if a new external link is added, when creating an account, and after 3 failed login attempts. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:23, 13 June 2011 (UTC)
CATcha is live. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:25, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
No, it's not. -- 21:09, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
Try with a link to an extremely unlikely page to have been linked before, say, here (random link to random amazon). "it will still only trigger if a new external link is added, when creating an account, and after 3 failed login attempts." ∵Scythe∵ 23:48, 17 June 2011 (UTC)
That's a nice sofa. If it only blocks new external links, we could just add links to the spamlist as they come up. Eventually we'll run out of old ones. Felix Omni Signature.png 01:30, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
That's no sofa! (it's a slipcover, they're made to prevent your cushions from becoming threadbare.) ∵Scythe∵ 02:13, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
Sofa is the last word in the product title, therefore it's a sofa. Felix Omni Signature.png 04:13, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
You're all idiots, for different reasons.
@Mr. IP: You added those links on the Sandbox within an HTML comment. That's not actually adding a link to the page, because it isn't displayed.
@Scythe: "a new external link" means a new link on that article, not new to the wiki overall. That's just dumb.
I know it was enabled because I tested it - I logged out, then added a link to an article that wasn't on the article before and was not hidden in a comment. Asirra was triggered. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:50, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
Asirra was installed on GuildWiki and another Curse wiki yesterday, but after testing it was discovered that it was blocking new user registrations for some reason. It's been removed and ReCaptcha has been installed until they can figure out what the problem is with Asirra (or another alternative). -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 05:09, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
"You're all idiots" seems like a bit of a harsh critique... :'( ∵Scythe∵ 13:47, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
Goobers? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:04, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
That may be a personal attack depending on whether you mean nostril mucus or the delicious candy. Felix Omni Signature.png 15:01, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
Goober = peanut (and the chocolate-coated peanut candy), booger = snot. I've never heard of "goober" referring to the other. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:29, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
I guess I've confused anagrams with synonyms again. Felix Omni Signature.png 16:40, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
You're all idiots, that wasn't a srs omfgwtfbbq he called me an idiot. ∵Scythe∵ 22:58, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
A village is calling, they want their idiots back. ;-) Ariyen 03:36, 19 June 2011 (UTC)


Working on the assumption that the downtime will become a topic of conversation, I provide a link to Curse's explanation for the downtime. Nwash User-Nwash-Eyes.png 12:00, 26 June 2011 (UTC)

Curse changed our footer

Curse made a number of changes to our base code today, one of which was to add an additional copyright notice to the Curse footer.

"GuildWiki content and materials are trademarks and copyrights of ArenaNet or its licensors. All rights reserved."

This is incorrect. GuildWiki content is not copyrighted at all, it is free content under the Creative Commons. The only content that is copyrighted by ArenaNet is images that are screenshots, concept art, or other game assets, and this is clearly specified by the {{screenshot}} template on each image's page.

This needs to be communicated to Curse, and it should probably come from a bureaucrat (**coughFelixcough**). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:42, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

I'm reading this!! --Bumbletalk 14:48, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Ah, alrighty then. It's hard to tell when anyone from Curse is actually paying attention to our discussions here. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:08, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
I just noticed something else. They updated our license from CC 2.0 to CC 3.0. I don't think that's allowed? Not without consent of the majority of the editors, anyway. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:33, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Ugh, another bad change:
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['suppressredirect'] = true;
We do NOT want normal users to be able to suppress redirects. This was something we corrected right after moving to Curse. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:40, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
I pushed a new version of LocalSettings.php to correct these issues. Please install it ASAP. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:08, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
Also, I'm just 'wtf?' at these changes.
$wgGroupPermissions['*']['edit'] = false;

$wgAutoConfirmAge = 345600; 
$wgAutoConfirmCount = 5; 

$wgGroupPermissions['*']['createpage'] = false; 
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['createpage'] = false; 
$wgGroupPermissions['autoconfirmed']['createpage'] = true; 
$wgGroupPermissions['sysop']['createpage'] = true; 
You've completely disabled anonymous editing again, and you're preventing anonymous and non-autoconfirmed users from creating pages. You've also instituted requirements for a user to be autoconfirmed: 4 days and 5 edits. Why? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:45, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
I'm hoping this is just a mistake. Felix Omni Signature.png 20:31, 30 June 2011 (UTC)
If it weren't for the GuildWiki-specific changes to LocalSettings, I would almost think that they somehow forked our repo with another wiki. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:35, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) Anonymous editing has been re-enabled, the license change has been reverted, and the Curse footer now says "GuildWars content and materials..." No explanation yet for the autoconfirmed time/edit requirements or the createpage restrictions. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:37, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

Curse changed our extensions

Curse made a number of changes to our extensions this morning. Since I'm the only one with repository access anymore, I'll summarize the changes here. Also, since Bumble already has her eyes on this page, maybe she can provide an explanation for some of these changes. (I'm not going to bother signing the individual sections, I think y'all are smart enough to figure it out.)Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:28, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

New extensions


This isn't doing anything right now because it runs off of modules, and WikiMedia isn't releasing the source code for their modules (so the botters can't adapt to them). Curse would have to write their own modules, or somehow finagle them out of WM people, for this to do anything.


Might be useful, but going forward we would develop an inconsistency between old and new articles, unless we could get people to volunteer for going through and updating old pages (where we've adapted a strategy of in-line linking for the most part). If we'd had this from the beginning, that would've been great. Now, though, it's a "too little too late" scenario.


Everything EmbedVideo does we can already do with widgets. Granted, it combines all video sites into a single function, whereas we have to create a new widget for each site, but I don't recall anyone complaining that we don't have a widget for DailyMotion or Revver. Also, we can easily customize the widgets in-wiki versus having to update the extension code.


I assume they installed this as a reaction to the recent bot attack; unfortunately, it would have been useless during that attack, for two reasons. 1) It's only useful against page-creation spam, and the attack was primarily edits to existing pages. 2) It's only useful if all the spam is from a single user/ip, and our attacker was using a botnet and/or rolling proxies. I guess there's no harm in having it around, though, unless one of our admins goes feral and starts abusing it (not likely).

Modified extensions


It looks like they dropped the ReCaptcha version of the extension and installed the base version instead. The problem is that, without an additional configuration option, they have replaced ReCaptcha with... wait for it... SimpleCaptcha. All this does is present a simple math problem, in plain-text. ReCaptcha may have been compromised, but this is even worse.


They removed the code that allows the use of 'type=create'. Not sure why they did that, but it doesn't really affect us. The same functionality is available in CreateBox, which we also have installed, so I guess it was redundant in any case.


They removed the link threshold check, where it only allows 5 external links to be added to a page in a single edit. I don't know why they did this, since link-spam is a common form of vandalism. SimpleCaptcha certainly isn't going to stop it.

New users

New users seem to be getting this while trying to create their accounts:

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:
(SQL query hidden)
from within function "SpoofUser::getConflicts". Database returned error "1146: Table 'guildwiki.spoofuser' doesn't exist

Made worse by the fact that they can't make anonymous edits to complain about being unable to create accounts. Yamagawa 19:29, 2 July 2011 (UTC)

Huh. I wonder if that wasn't what was blocking account creation before, and not Asirra. If only I had direct access I could change things around and run some tests right now, but alas... —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:20, 2 July 2011 (UTC)
New user creation works now. Kaelten created the missing table. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:35, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
i'm getting an issue where it says "Login error Incorrect or missing confirmation code." and will not let me create an account.
I saw this reported on another wiki that uses Asirra, so I'd assume it's an issue with the Asirra service and nothing that we can fix right now. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:26, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

New skill box format

→ Moved to: GuildWiki:New skill box format and GuildWiki talk:New skill box format

Tonight's attack

Sorry guys, I was busy delivering pizza tonight (or rather, I was busy standing around the store waiting for people to make orders so I *could* deliver some pizza... unusually slow for a Saturday). It looks like we actually blocked a significant number of potential edits with AbuseFilters 3 and 4, but they weren't quite good enough to catch everything.

So I tweaked them a bit, and they now match every vandal edit that got through tonight (as well as the ones that have been blocked by filter 1 since it was enabled), without any false positives. I also marked them as Private, so the botters can't adapt to the new conditions. I haven't disabled filter 1 yet, because I'm going to bed, and I'd rather someone were on hand to monitor things before we open the floodgates again. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:26, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Seems you guys are still dealing with it - great job on keeping up with them, and keep up the good work everyone. I'm still positive it's the work of 1 PC, due to the IP address spoofing (hello, - that's the web server GuildWiki runs on haha). If only we could track it back to it's source and bitch slap 'em :P Aloha, Mauirixxx 18:05, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Facebook Extension?

Any chance we could get the option to login via Facebook via this extension? I know it was an option when we were on Wikia (I even used it) - I'm just curious as to why we don't use it now? If anything, it may encourage some anonymous editors to login/create an account .... no? THoughts? Aloha, Mauirixxx 20:20, 18 July 2011 (UTC)

Errrrhhhh, Facebook? You crazy, bro? Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 08:47, 19 July 2011 (UTC)
No, and my mommy had me tested too. Just curious as to why the hate towards the facebook connector? Aloha, Mauirixxx 22:50, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Facebook is for the faceless masses, and we're all rugged individualists here. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:51, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
But if they create an account here ... they wont be faceless anymore ... no? Aloha, Mauirixxx 22:57, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Probably because it reminds us of Wikia, and most of us "veterans" felt it was just another useless "social" thing that Wikia was forcing on us. So basically, bad vibes. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 23:19, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Well that makes sense ... thanks Ish. Aloha, Mauirixxx 23:22, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
If I may offer a less-subjective reason, as a privacy nut: Putting up "like" buttons and GA scripts is essentially like placing cameras you don't control on your fence, facing towards your yard. Any time a web asset loads in your browser (such as that ubiquitous thumbs-up button), the originating server logs information about the request (including the page it was viewed from), which in turn can be further processed by a script to create a profiling database, suitable for marketing or selling to marketing agencies. While in theory, this can be done by any web server, google and facebook are networks well-known for using the tactic even when acting as a third party. So by putting up one of those confounded buttons/stat scripts, you're essentially giving them free data mining access. And that's why facebook extensions get my "don't like". This concludes this episode of Tin Foil Hat Theatre. — ızǝℲ 01:38, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Hmmm... I remember somewhere that it was rumored the Facebook extension made the entire site run slow, but that's all I remember. Anyways yeah a post on facebook about liking a page, a post that you made an edit? Ehhh, no thank you.–User Balistic Pve sig.pngalistic 05:29, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
I genuinely hate that facebook is on everything, and I can't see what it brings to any website other than potentially extra traffic, and I can't see what benefit it would have for the wiki if it was an option. Wikis should be as objective as possible and the facebook community is anything but objective. — Viruzzz 07:11, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
I'm not for the facebook feature. While it may seem nice in the respect of "traffic", etc., I don't think it'd be the kind that we'd want. This isn't a social media site. It's a site documenting just about anything about Guild Wars and I prefer it to remain that way for the time being. Just wish Curse would add us to other Guild Wars related sites, etc. that they host. I feel that'd draw in the right kind of people that we'd look for. Ariyen 07:23, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
I feel like I just ripped off a scab. I get it though, Facebook integration = bad. Just gotta think of other ways to get the anons to want to create an account and keep contributing here :) Aloha, Mauirixxx 09:25, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
The Facebook extension is not something Curse is currently considering implementing on any network wiki due to Facebook's repeated problems with security and data privacy. It also creates general degradation of wiki performance. Just so you guys can just put this subject to rest. We are looking at implementing some alternatives for "Liking and Sharing" that are java based rather than through the extension. -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 13:18, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
We don't want anything for "liking and sharing" - the only feature of the FB extension we would have used was Facebook Connect, to allow single-sign-on. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:24, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
And that is the absolute worst feature of the extension. We won't be adding anything without discussing it with you first (I promise). -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 01:04, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
Wait, what the worst feature - SSO, or the like/unlike stuff? I only brought it up for the SSO stuff (liking a wiki page is stupid, I never used it back on Wikia - but I did use the SSO feature). In any case, dead horse and all that ... Aloha, Mauirixxx 01:15, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

Abuse filters + PvX

Do the guildwiki admins mind if we copy/adapt your filters for our wiki? I'm not very good with creating these filters, and the bots seem to be stepping up attacks on our wiki. Also, you should probably set the two that are publicly viewable to private. Toraen talk 16:34, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

I don't see why not. I forget, do we have anyone (active) who's an admin on both wikis? If not, I can email you the conditions for the private filters. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:25, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
We currently share zero admins, so an email will do. Toraen talk 19:26, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Sent. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:46, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! They've already blocked quite a few edits. Toraen talk 21:24, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
If you'd like for one of us to help you maintain the filters, e.g. propagating changes when we modify or add filters here, we'd be happy to. Just make either me or Jon an admin there so we can edit your filters. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:57, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Make me supreme overlord and I shall extend my benevolence to your forgotten realm. Felix Omni Signature.png 08:14, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Ignore Mr. Felix, we just keep him around for the lulz. Already need to make a change - had the wrong variables in one place in the Mainspace large removal filter. Replace the first line below with the second line.
   ( length(added_lines) / (length(removed_lines)+1) < 0.05 )
   ( length(new_wikitext) / (length(old_wikitext)+1) < 0.05 )
Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:12, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the fix, now I know why one managed to get through. I'll talk with Phen and Auron about getting one of you permissions for modifying the filters (they're our only active bcrats currently). Dunno if they'll go for it and I'm not entirely sure it's the best idea ever. If it doesn't work though you could always make me an admin here! (please don't do this) Toraen talk 03:28, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
It's more work, so I didn't bother suggesting it before, but you could set up a new user group for the AbuseFilter permissions and add us to that instead. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 03:51, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
I had actually been thinking of that, but I don't know what that entails since I'm just a lowly admin. I'll have to talk to them about it tomorrow though. Phen is likely asleep (he's not on MSN at any rate). Toraen talk 04:27, 22 July 2011 (UTC)
Just dropping in to say the usergroup has been requested and I'll add both Ish and Felix to it when it's up! Thanks guys =) Phenaxkian 23:24, 22 July 2011 (UTC)


Wyn is planning on adding to the wiki, but is asking first. It seems fine to me, but there could be some nefarious resource hogging (miiiiiiiiiine) that i'm not aware of (probably not, but i don't know.) So, anyone have issues/thoughts on it? --JonTheMon 19:10, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Jon :D This is part of a network wide effort to better our SEO (Search Engine Optimization). -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 19:14, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
I looked through the code, and it's pretty simple. Unless a meta-description is given explicitly through the parser tag/function, it defaults to extracting the first paragraph of text from the article (after removing all tables, templates, and other wiki-markup). That should be just fine for the majority of our articles, and it should have a negligible performance impact. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:38, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
I never did really understand how SEO works, not fully. But, given the way a wiki is setup, provided article names are set properly ... is an SEO extension really needed? I'm not either for it, or against it. Just curious as to why now an SEO extension is needed? Also, from reading the above link, it appears to automatically add "stuff" from the article, while giving us the option to manually override (if it's enabled in LocalSettings.php) - that option looks like it could potentially be abused (provided everyone is sleeping I guess?). Also, will the SEO stuff be invisible to the end users? I can't speak for everyone obviously, but I hate reading ... anything ... that clearly shows the SEO words anywhere, to me it makes the page look ... messy? I guess. Anyways, there's my confused 2 bits. Also (thanks edit conflict!), just curious as to how this will help GuildWiki? After reading Ish's comment above, having stuff from the first paragraph extracted sounds neat, but to what end? Again, I'm neutral on the subject, just trying to wrap my head around it :P Aloha, Mauirixxx 19:54, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
It creates a <meta description="blah"> tag in the HTML header. The reader never sees this, but search engine crawlers do, and it will then get displayed below the page's entry in search results. If the meta tag isn't set, it's up to the crawler to decide what part of the page to extract as the description, and on a complicated layout like a wiki page, it will often pull stuff from the layout that isn't part of the content. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:00, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
With regards to someone abusing it, we could just set up a filter to prevent certain users from adding them to pages. --JonTheMon 20:21, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
I understand Mauirixxx, I'm still wrapping my head around it too, but basically you won't see anything on the visible page, even if they are added manually using the tags. What it does is gives us some control of what the Search Engines display, to make our pages more appealing for the searcher to click on. We are going to be focusing mostly on optimizing the main page descriptions, but also taking a look at the top search terms and trying to highlight those as well. Obviously this is to try to optimize the amount of traffic the site gets, which benefits Curse, but should also benefit the community by potentially drawing new editors to the wiki. -- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 21:19, 17 August 2011 (UTC)
Alrighty, sounds good to me :) Thanks for the explanation :) Aloha, Mauirixxx 01:52, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Ok, so the extension got installed, and then I got distracted by the unexpected release of the Diablo III Beta client and had to give Diablo Wiki a hand, but now I'm back on target here. I would like to get your input on a good metadescription for GuildWiki. Keep in mind that we don't need to focus on keywords or anything since the description doesn't do anything to affect rank, other than make the Google search return appeal to the searcher. It would normally be a "tag" line kind of entry, which I know Guild Wiki has often branded itself as the "Unofficial" Guild Wars wiki. I would prefer for the metadescription to use "Original" instead of Unofficial, as I think it would make a more appealing choice. So something like "Guild Wars Wiki is the original resource for all things Guild Wars, Quests, Skills, Armor and more!" Any ideas?-- Wynthyst User Wynthyst sig icon.png talk 01:31, 1 October 2011 (UTC)
What about, "GuildWiki is the Original Guild Wars Wiki resource for all things Guild Wars, Quests, Skills, Armor and more!"? May be a bit longer, but I think it'd be less confusing to the "official" guild wars wiki... Ariyen 05:23, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

New clean images (For a change?)

I wanted to do a proposal, but it is of course so long that this wikia already excists that I already think it's useless... Anyway here I go:

Wouldn't it be much nicer if all the armor galleries would look like this (front-back-rear etc stay the same, but only without Background)

Character-Verdecandeijas Jor.pngCharacter-Joris Ceoen.pngCharacter-The Sneakin Assassin.png

Lemme know if any1 is interested. I do say it takes some time, but it's worth... I can do a whole gallery in 20mins?

Alternativly, if any1 is interested, I can make a whole walkthrought on how to do this. It can be done with freeware, like I do (GIMP + GW screenshot, that's all) --Jorre22225 13:06, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

I do as most will have noticed in RC also HQ pictures of all the animals... Any1 interested? Same for weapons!
I also want to ask something... Can you link a picture to a page? I mean can you edit it that way that when you click on a picture, you go to the page? --Character-Verdecandeijas Jor.png Jorre22225 19:19, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
Personally, I don't think there's any need to replace our images with "clean" ones. I prefer the in-game screenshots for weapons because they give a sense of scale and proportion. A clean image of the Gavel of the Nephilim, for example, wouldn't convey the hammer's relatively small size very well.
However, scale doesn't matter as much for an armor gallery (the armor will always have the same proportions relative to your character, regardless of the character's height). Still, I think the existing Isle of the Nameless images are "clean" enough and don't need to be replaced. If you wanted to do one of the incomplete galleries (see here, male Monk Luxon would be a good candidate) with your method, then we'd have something to compare against.
[[File:<filename>|link=<article>]] Look at my sig for an example. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:33, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
I'm coming at.this late, yes.... Might be interesting to see how chaos gloves look in a 'clean' image. Better still might be a torment shield. My expectation of the gloves is here: white.gif Unless it works for all things, I have no interest in it. 13:57, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

hey you guys

I'd seriously apprciate it if you could spend a second adding something here.

Thanks much. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 03:36, 13 September 2011 (UTC)

Proposal: Userspace cleanup

With the wiki being 5 years old now, we have accumulated quite a bit of clutter in the form of userpages created by users who no longer use the wiki. In general, this is not a problem, since they normally have no impact on the rest of the wiki.

However, whenever wiki-wide maintenance must be performed, e.g. modifying a widely-used template, or renaming a widely-linked article, or converting commonly-used icon images to a different format, they can present a logistical nightmare. Granted, this can be mitigated somewhat by using a tool like AutoWikiBrowser to semi-automate the editing task involved, but some tasks are too complex to be performed by a tool like that and the edits must be performed manually. (I admit we haven't encountered a lot of these tasks lately, but that's partly because I haven't had the time to pursue any of them.)

I'm proposing that we perform a userspace cleanup by deleting all pages for any user that is not "active," the precise definition of which is up for discussion, but I would expect it to be something like "has not made an edit in the past X months."

  • The site notice will carry an announcement of this project for 1 week before it is implemented, to give "lurkers" a chance to make themselves "active" by performing an edit.
  • Similar to when we allowed people to request the deletion of their userspace when we left Wikia, we would replace the user's primary userpage with a message stating, "This user's pages have been deleted per the [[GuildWiki:5-Year Cleanup Project]]. If you are this user and would like your pages to be restored, please contact an administrator."

The biggest impact this will have is to get rid of the now-worthless (and heavily duplicated) "build archives" that a lot of users created before the builds wipe. 95% of these builds are now useless, considering that nearly every skill in the game has been changed since then, so very little of value will be lost.

I'm not expecting everyone to agree with this, so please speak up if you have an argument against this. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:59, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

My only concern and I've questioned myself on this.... How would you go about deleting pages that have the builds on them? Delete the whole user space after like say 2 years and then leave a note? 22:25, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
I agree with most things, but I'd like an exception for F1's userspace, because of the Bob Bob language! :P
@Anon: I'm not sure what you mean by that, because what you're saying is basically exactly what he wrote there in the first place.--TalkpageEl_Nazgir 22:28, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
Would it be possible to also use edits by users other than the one in whose userspace the page is as a parameter? Say, don't delete if 5 other editors edited it? Felix Omni Signature.png 22:45, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
Okay, so the maintenance edits would be the only ones excluded from the last edit of the userspace? 00:20, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
No contribs by user in 2 years, no edits to the page in 1 year, and site notice up for at least 1 month. 00:21, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
2 years seems like a very long time, especially since the move to Curse was less than 1 year ago and we did all kinds of promotion at that time. Anyone who wanted to remain active would likely have reclaimed their account by now. A 1-month lead time also seems unnecessarily long.
  • That's a good point, though - we could instead defined "active" as "has reclaimed or created their account since moving to Curse." This would necessarily include everyone who has edited in the past 10 months, since they must have reclaimed their account to do so.
@Felix: That would be extremely complicated to detect, and I'm sure it couldn't be scripted. Were you thinking of anything/anyone specific?
@Naz: F1 is safe, since he made an edit less than 1 month ago, which will most certainly fall under whatever definition of "active" we decide on. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:11, 19 September 2011 (UTC)
Go ahead. Arnout aka The Emperors Angel 06:53, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
It seems like there is a lot of interesting information in old user pages. Of course there are a lot of crappy personal builds and to do lists that haven't been updated in two years, but there is also information on things of historical value. There are pages like this which is a part of Guild Wars history and is even linked from a main article. This userpage would be deleted under the proposed rule. If this wiki has no interest in the history of the game, then sure, blow it away. I think it adds to my appreciation of Guild Wars as a work of continuous improvement to see what horribly broken builds were actually recommended by the devs at the beginning of the game. Perhaps any userpage that is linked from a main article could be exempt?
I enjoy browsing through userpages to see user generated code like user gallery pages and userboxes. I use this gallery User:Hellbringer/Weapon_Skin_Comparison when I'm deciding on BMP or campaign reward weapons to get, because it's a subset of available weapons I'm interested in. It's even more useful because the gallery pages are broken right now. I found that page because it was listed as linking to the file for one of the BMP weapon images.
We have categories for users, such as [[1]]. I think community information like this is worth while, even if it is just based on inclusion of a certain userbox. I haven't checked, but I imagine that this particular page would more or less disappear after a user purge.
I have not yet updated my userpage to anything elaborate, or even worthwhile, but I hope to use the inspiration of others to improve my own. I have used this wiki since before the Wikia fiasco, and edited under a couple of different usernames, as well as anonymously. I know I'm a small part of the community, but I still feel I'm an important part.
Overall, I think the inactive userpages are a valuable part of our community history, and shouldn't be completely discarded. I do not know the details of what is done in wiki maintenance, other than examples listed above, such as bot-editing to update icons or page templates, but perhaps old pages could be excluded from that. Inactive users with elaborate templates would end up with more broken links and deformed templates, but perhaps it would preserve our history.
Just my two cents. Valkor Dreamling 19:57, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
Unfortunately, your suggestion of "excluding" user pages from wiki maintenance would have the opposite of the desired effect. What I want is for special pages like Special:WantedPages to reflect pages that are actually "wanted" instead of being cluttered with redlinks that only appear on outdated and forgotten user pages. Yes, we could simply perform maintenance edits to remove said redlinks from those userpages, but that's treating the symptoms, not the disease.
As far as user categories go, does anyone actually find them useful anymore? The one you linked is for "users who are elementalists by nature" (generated by the {{User Elementalist}} userbox). What sort of value does that add to the wiki? If we had a larger and more active community, then I could understand their value as "social" (blergh) tools for user interaction, but given that 99% of the users in any of those categories are inactive, whatever value they may have had is now moot.
I did state above that we could define a list of pages to be excluded from this. If a page is linked from mainspace, then of course it should be excluded, since deleting it would create a redlink, which would be counterproductive. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:50, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
On wikia, I have started deleting old userspace and will up to two years exactly before the date that I get to them on. I figured if they want their stuff back to redirect them to here. :-) 01:06, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
Sounds good to me, should do the wikia some good. Anyway, in any case an Apocalypse happens and something goes horribly wrong, I'll save my entire userpage on a .txt file :) --Character-Verdecandeijas Jor.png Jorre22225 19:33, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

(Reset indent) How about just blanking the pages instead of deleting? That way you get rid of redlinks and all the trash while still preserving the history for those who seek it and at the same time allowing the inactive users to return even more easily. That's a win-win-win. EM Signature.png ***EAGLEMUT*** TALK 19:56, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Obviously, the point of this cleanup is to make less work, not more. I am not involved in the heavy lifting of maintenance, so I will certainly defer to those who are. That said, I enjoy looking at old activity on the wiki. It reminds me of those heady days in 2006 when editing after the release of Nightfall brought this wiki to a crawl, and 2007 and 2008 when EotN kept things busy and the userbase here was still huge. Maybe it's mostly nostalgia that makes me want to keep elaborate but inactive userpages. I know we don't have the activity here that we used to, but I have no idea how current activity compares quantitatively to past activity. I think what concerns me most is the prospect of opening a talk page on a quest or item and seeing pages of discussion left by people whose usernames are now red. It would be a very pointed illustration of the fact that most of the people who helped figure this stuff out are not gone. I'm living in the past, but the idea makes me sad. Valkor Dreamling 19:57, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
My proposal included replacing the main userpage with a message referring to this project (look up there for details) - in other words, the main userpage would be essentially "blanked" as Eagle suggested, rather than being deleted. So their usernames won't be turning red. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:51, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
Why not blank rather than delete the subpages, too? The issue is reducing cleanup work, not saving server space. Deleting pages might cause an issue, but blanking won't. The curse move date is as good as any other arbitrary choice. 22:05, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
"but blanking won't" -- Oh really? I think you're in the minority thinking that.
Most people dislike their userspace being edited by others. So I think it's very much the opposite. An administrative decision to delete pages meeting certain criteria with a "you can always ask for it to be restored" note is one thing. Someone going around editing your pages - as you pointed out - is different. For many, including myself, it'd feel far more intrusive. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 15:57, 30 September 2011 (UTC)
This is not input on the proposal so much as a question about the process, if it's undertaken, but... will there be a static backup of the wiki, pre-user-wipe, made available to interested parties? I understand you can export entire categories of pages using the XML dumper tucked away in the special pages; However, if there winds up being a rush of users grabbing dumps before this userspace wipe is underway, it might possibly result in a bit of CPU thrashing. Which is a bad thing.
Even if that's a non-issue, I still think making a public tarball of the wiki's contents might be a good thing. There's a lot of information in the userspace that, while dated, is valuable in one way or another. Early spading, the rare still-viable build, and various proofs and discussions of bygone game elements. A lot of it may or may not be conjecture, since it never made it to the main namespace, but there's something to be said for it all. That said, I can see why clearing it off to simplify maintenance is a priority (or at least an idea); I just don't want it to vanish into the ether. Being able to peruse it locally would be kind of neat, too. (As an aside: adjust indent and formatting as needed on this comment, if it sticks out. Keeping it inline didn't feel quite right, given the content.) — ızǝℲ 05:33, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Once you delete pages, you can restore them... So, I don't think any Admin would have any problem with restoring any user's contents, should they come back... 06:11, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
I'll ask Wyn if there's any chance they could start producing weekly dumps like we used to have on Wikia. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:30, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
[UPDATE] According to Wyn, they are currently in the planning stages of setting up a network-wide policy for regular generation of dumps. (Some Metamucil might help with that... oh geez my brain goes in the gutter so easily.) —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:59, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

If anyone thinks certain userpages still have some value, then those userpages can be archived. Either in their own userspace, or maybe a community archive, like the Anonymous pages. --Macros 17:39, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Btw, whoever owns the Anonymous pages account needs to sign in and make an edit. It would be a crime to lose such priceless gems as "Acorns" and "Albino Dinky Bunny." --Macros 17:49, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
I think Mendel owns that account, but I'm not sure. Also, did you forget, or were you just too afraid to mention the boobies? :P --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 18:29, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Isn't it much easier to blank pages? That requires no prep work and anyone would be able to "undo" it. Both archiving and deleting would require deciding what is worth preserving. Afterward, unarchiving requires more work to find/restore. And undeleting can only be done by an admin.
Regular backups in the form of data dumps should be part of routine maintenance for any wiki, regardless of any userspace cleanup. 20:11, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
No, writing an automated script to delete pages is pretty much the same as writing a script to edit pages. And yes, it requires prep work because we still have to decide which pages will be affected by it, no matter whether we're deleting or blanking.
The kind of dumps we're talking about here would actually be quite useless in the event that we had to restore the wiki based on them. All they contain is article text and revision information. No user data, no files, no log activity, no deleted page/revision data, no code backup. Curse has always had a full-server backup system in place, which is why they initially blew off the idea of wiki dumps - in light of their complete backups, what use was there in generating a text file that only included article content? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:09, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Because I've never bothered to reclaim my user page doesn't mean I don't use the site. I guess i will reclaim to avoid the delete. but I've personally taken many 6months+ breaks and even a few lasting longer than a year from GW, and when i come back I come back for my wiki account as well. I don't see the benefit this proposal has. So there are a bunch of old user pages that aren't in use... so? Maybe I missed the explanation of the benefits? 14:09, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I explained the benefits in the second paragraph - having thousands of old, forgotten, outdated userpages severely interferes with wiki maintenance. It's not something that affects normal users, but for admins who try to keep the wiki "in shape" it's a huge impediment to performing any maintenance at all. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:17, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
Not sure where to put specific requests, so this will have to do:
  1. Please do not delete User:AudreyChandler/skillbins and its subpages. It's out-of-date, but a useful concept that I would hate to see lost. (Or, if you plan on deleting, let me know so that I can take steps to preserve it.)
  2. You're welcome to delete any pages that remain in my user space (except the main page, which I'd like to keep).
Thanks.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 17:06, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
discussion about about the skill bins → Moved to User_talk:AudreyChandler/skillbins#What_is_it_about.3F_And_why_is_the_presentation_complex.3F
On second thought, I believe that Audrey's final post on Wikia gives implicit permission for me to copy/paste the skillbins into my user space on GWW. And, in case that's insufficient, her note on the skillbins talk page gives me (or perhaps anyone) permission to copy/paste from this CCNCSA site to GWW's GFDL (if not any arbitrary site).
I'll need another week or two to preserve the content; after that, those pages can be preserved/deleted according to whatever policy y'all end up with.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 22:13, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Done. I've copied everything to GWW so it's preserved. I withdraw my request to preserve it on my account. (However, I will note that this is an example of something that we would lose entirely by accident by following a opt back in policy that deletes pages unless someone remembers to claim them.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:27, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
I'm also worried about the wiki losing some useful content. For example, Pae's Hero Armor Gallery, which, since Pae hasn't been active in years, would be one of the pages lost. Rose of Kali suggested ages ago that it'd be a good idea to move that page to Hero/ArmorGallery, and we could always do that. I'm just using that page as an example, but I'm sure there's lots more content in userspace that people find to be valuable. jimbo321 talk 10:47, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
I do think this proposal is sound in principal, but as others have mentioned, I'm worried about losing some worthwhile content on old userpages. Perhaps if we had some sort of tag that could be added to any old userpages that people want preserved to ensure they're not lost, this would allay some concerns. (Apologies if this was mentioned and I missed it) → Dark.Morelia.sig.jpg Dark Morelia 11:32, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
While I recognize the fact that there may be a number of userpages that people find useful, said number is still going to be extremely small compared to the overall number of userpages that will be deleted. Thus, it seems much more reasonable to delete everything first, then restore specific pages as they are requested. I'll see if I can find an easy way to exclude pages from the initial delete, but I'm not going to put too much time into it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:23, 20 October 2011 (UTC)


  • The sitenotice has been talking about this happening "in a few weeks" since September.
  • If the problem is mainly with the outdated user build pages, in a first step the proposal could be applied to those pages, that's probably going to be less controversial (and less work).
  • I prefer a blanking over deletion, because then any user can view and restore old content.
  • I prefer leaving a message (aka "This page has been blanked for maintenance reasons because it was outdated. Please see the [history] of this page for the old content.") over blanking. This could be a template, if anyone wants to tweak the message later (in case users are confused over it).
  • I prefer leaving the old pages up over blanking.
  • Special:WantedFiles is full of wanted maps; this is not caused by outdated userpages.

--Anonymous pages 21:26, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Server Error

Lots of text above that I skipped but is this also the reason why I get an server Error when trying to go to my main user page and user talk? -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 08:37, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

Something's wrong on the backend and it's causing widgets (and some other stuff) to break. --JonTheMon 13:28, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
For your talk page, it looks like the shoutbox in User:**The Falling One**/templates/frontend/archive is borking it. --JonTheMon 13:31, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
And I haven't been able to get on my own userpage for over a week now I think, but iirc Ish already warned Wyn about it. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 13:36, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
She's got a ticket open for the devs to fix it, but apparently they're still busy running damage control on the Minecraft wiki. They tried upgrading it to MW 1.17 last week and it blew up. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:31, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
That's weird if the shout box would be the one who brakes it. As I can still use the link you gave me Jon or is it because I use a Template like thingy wuth the shout box in it. -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 16:10, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
It's not Shoutbox itself, it's the widget that displays the Shoutbox. The Widgets extension requires write access to a certain folder on the server in order to save the templates it generates, and somehow our sysadmins at Curse have borked up the permissions on that folder. Again. Never mind, I see what you mean. Looks like they've finally fixed it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:07, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Yay, I have a userpage again! --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 17:25, 10 October 2011 (UTC)
Same here :) -- F1Sig.png † F1© Talk 18:44, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Weapon Galleries?

I recently noticed that the various weapon galleries are borked. For instance, Axe Gallery. Was that done on purpose, or is there some issue with linking all the images? jimbo321 talk 10:52, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

They've been like that for a while now, and I can't figure it out. The DPL on the gallery pages hasn't been changed since we moved to Curse, and DPL on other pages works fine, so it's very likely something on the backend. Unfortunately, the DPL code is extremely complex, and I don't have the time right now to dig into it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:25, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Weird. I could swear that I've looked through those since the move, although that might be my imagination. Is that when it happened? Anyway, it's not an emergency or anything, although they're fairly useful for skin browsing. Wish I knew something about the code so I could help out. Sadly, I'm a code dummy. :P jimbo321 talk 03:47, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
No, they were working fine until a couple/few months ago. I think the first report was in early August, but they may have been borked for a while before that. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:56, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

backend @ Curse

 :/ User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 15:22, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Nar? Are you saying they need a swift kick to it? —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 15:25, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
Afk, sometimes you have to be a bit clearer in what you mean. And by a bit, I mean a lot. And by sometimes I mean every time you say something vague in the header and not expand on it under the header. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 15:32, 21 October 2011 (UTC)
Lies. I was expressing general dissatisfaction (see comment), and I aimed my dissatisfaction at something appropriately (observe header).
I have every confidence that every person on the planet could open up GuildWiki on five computers each, and they could handle it. But they quite simply suck - hard - when it comes to dealing with the more complex aspects of our wiki, of which DPL is a solid example.
I've heard the backend mentioned on several occasions, when really it should be one of those things that quietly does the job without us so much as thinking about it. I'd understand if their backend screwed up something, but it's been a few somethings by now, and I'm beginning to question their professionalism. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 15:57, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Automization of current events on main page

Unless there is an actual reason not to update the main page automatically every day without having to click on purge, I've come with a fix. I have made a simple script that will keep the main page up to date even right after a rotation change without any user interaction. Consider this a testing phase, but it should be working already. Hope it helps! EM Signature.png ***EAGLEMUT*** TALK 20:45, 24 November 2011 (UTC) Update: Looks like it's working. EM Signature.png ***EAGLEMUT*** TALK 16:05, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Wasn't working for a few days because of the wiki upgrade. Now it should be compatible with MediaWiki 1.18.1 and ok again. EM Signature.png ***EAGLEMUT*** TALK 16:01, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

LoDs (get 'em while they are HoT)

The bug that caused issues with getting Hidden objects to appear using Light of Deldrimor has been fixed:

  • There are far more objects (especially treasures) than any of us previously realized.
  • According to developer Joe Kimmes, the problem had to do with the mechanics of randomizing which HOs appeared (glitched them all rather than reliably popping up a fraction each visit):
    • As a temporary measure, the randomization feature has been dropped: all LoD objects appear all the time right now.
    • Joe says there are plans to fix the root cause and implement the correct fix (so only some objects will appear each visit).

I'm posting here because:

  • I think GuildWikians are more likely than GWWians to systematically and accurately document the location of all objects while that remains easy to do.
  • For those who still play, this temporary feature is pure win: in HM, I find at least one gemstone (R/S/O/D) every other visit; lockpicks are fairly common drops; and worst case scenario, you get ~150 Gold/treasure.
    • My favorite LOD-hunting grounds are Frostmaw's (possibly > 20 total), Oolas (~12 on L3 alone), Sepulchre (fewer, but hella easy to reach).
    • SoO is also awesome (there are 4 treasures on L2 in the first circular room and 6 in the poison corridor before the boss).
    • So far, I haven't found anything but small bits of cash or dungeon maps on L1 for any dungeon.

Good hunting.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:19, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

Just did a full count. There are 42 total revealables by LoD in Frostmaw. Of those, 41 spawned as hidden treasures for me, and one secret switch.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 06:28, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
Also, there are none on the first level. I'll make a map when I can think straight again.--Łô√ë Gigathrash sig G.jpgîğá†ħŕášħ 09:14, 10 December 2011 (UTC)

New spambots

Looks like the spambots have developed new techniques, and I have no clue how to counter them yet. The new text seems to be selected from completely random sources, so there aren't any keywords to trigger AbuseFilter on. They are no longer replacing full articles or sections, so there's no way to trigger on the text that's removed. They aren't even adding external links, so even Asirra can't do anything.

It seems like the only option is to disable anonymous editing again. I really don't want to do that, which is why I'm asking for input here. I'm going to ask Wynthyst if Curse is seeing this on other wikis and whether they're working on a solution. If there's no other way around it, then we'll enable the AbuseFilter that blocks all anonymous edits. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:38, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Asirra is being used through the ConfirmEdit extension, isn't it? I thought that could be configured to trigger on all anon edits. (Something like adding a trigger to 'edit', and then adding 'skipcaptcha' right to 'users' iirc.) Making them all go through CATcha seems like a good compromise to me. Eyes User-Eyes-Sig.png 18:44, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
True, I'd forgotten about that. However, see below. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:48, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Or.... maybe I just needed to look at the edits again to realize the pattern. They are replacing sections (or the entire article), but it seems to always be the last section of an article. Apparently our current filter can't catch that for some reason. I'll work on it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:48, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Wrote a couple new filters, and they've already blocked some spam. Yay! They may require some tweaking, though, so I'll watch them over the next few days. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:10, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm not going to lie; I'd give anything to see those filters.
Don't worry, I'm not stupid enough to ask that they be made visible to all users. Even I have some sense. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 21:16, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Email sent. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:27, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Wow, thanks for the taking the time! :)
I'd also thank you for trusting me, but given my limited knowledge that's a non-issue. :P User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 21:34, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Y'know, I think I'd be in favor of granting the abusefilter-private privilege to our rollback group, so that they can see the logic in use on all the filters. That way they can know what should be getting blocked, and if a lot of spam is getting through that they're having to revert, they could make suggestions on how to improve the filters. Dunno if that's something the rollbackers would even want, though. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:52, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Rollbackers other than me. :P Do you reckon Curse would be willing to make them accessible to more members of the community?
I was actually considering an RFA with the message "Hi, I promise not to press a single admin button, ever ~~~~" in the hopes of gaining such access.
While I'd eagerly make all the recommendations possible, the concept of me seeing something you don't is rather suspect. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 22:23, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
I, for one, approve this idea, though I would then have to request rollback privileges too. :p Eyes User-Eyes-Sig.png 14:26, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Well as irrelevant as my beliefs may be, I personally think you and your signature image would make fine additions to our noble group. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 14:29, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Also, he's a sysop on STOWiki, and it would probably be beneficial for us to be able to share the filters across wikis. Although who knows, maybe STOWiki already has a super-awesome filter guru who sneers at our wimpy little filters like something the cat threw up. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:01, 3 March 2012 (UTC)

(Reset indent) I'm wondering if it's not editing the entire page and then editing the last section or something... I do like the fact that gwpvx uses images for anon edits, could that be something for us to consider? 22:25, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

We have Asirra enabled for anon edits that add external links, and we could enable it for all anon edits if we wanted. I'm pretty sure the new AbuseFilters will be able to handle this, though, so that won't be necessary.
@AFK: Seeing something I don't? What are you referring to? Sysops already have full access to AbuseFilter. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 04:52, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Not literally see something. I meant that you're extremely experienced with automated edits, and someone in the rollback group observing a pattern that the Filters can exploit, without you also seeing noticing the same behaviour, is unlikely. User A F K When Needed Signature Icon.png A F K When Needed 10:15, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Oh. Well, I don't look at every single rollback on here, so it's entirely possible that I would miss picking up on a patter (see my first 2 posts here). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:01, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
So, I just got around to seeing this. The filter that checks if all the old content is removed is pretty good, and handles some important cases. I'm wondering, though, why we didn't just make the section blanking filter more generic where if there is a section in the removal, there has to be a section in the added lines or it gets blocked. --JonTheMon 03:08, 4 March 2012 (UTC)

Wikia still misleading players

I've been playing League of Legends for a while now and I frequent the official forums there. Not too long ago, I ran across (and posted in) this little thread, which brought to my attention the fact that a lot of people still don't know what happened to GuildWiki. Perhaps it's time we try to raise awareness on guildwars@wikia again? Felix Omni Signature.png 07:22, 7 March 2012 (UTC)

Yes, but I'm not sure how to do that without getting wikia's wrath (along with banning/demoting) on us. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 13:48, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
I guess we'll see how long this lasts, then. I purposely left out any mention of "moving" so hopefully Wikia won't notice. >.> —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:47, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
been working (sadly lazily, but rl happens) slowly turning pages into fan fiction, deleting what isn't needed and redirecting actual information to here, with notes on each page, showing that documentation is here and not there. Cause we don't need same things on both sites and this one is for documentation, which is here I think everything "should" belong. Ariyen 19:12, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Slow is probably better in terms of avoiding notice by Wikia staff. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:43, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
That's kinda what I have been thinking. Hence, I don't do too much but a bit at a time. Ariyen 20:12, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
Wow, it's been almost 2 weeks now, and it seems like Wikia either didn't notice my edit or they don't see it as a threat. Either way, I think that counts as a win. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:06, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

I suspect that during the original makeover to force all wikis to use the same layout, Wikia staff were overly concerned with defections. As part of their general defensiveness, Wikia actively looked for people to punish to make examples of them. The more mature response would have been to help some sites make the transition more easily (esp. those with lots of custom settings), help others to fork properly, and let at least a few move entirely.
Now, for better or worse, Wikia is a changed host and the vast majority of dissidents have gone. I'm sure gw@wikia lacks the page hits it once had, so it's also no longer something that Wikia wants to spend effort preserving (esp. since Ariyen et al are in the process of repurposing it).
In retrospect, it appears that whether or not Wikia's evolutionary steps were well planned, some of their implementation staff were horribly unsuited to make it work as smoothly and effectively as possible. (Then again, it didn't help that Wikia didn't consult with representatives of some of their larger audiences, the better to learn what to expect and/or to change plans accordingly.)

 — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:43, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
I did the recent changes change to say what it says now. Noticed more that has guildwiki in it, but I'm planning to make changes to that eventually. Much to go, but I think things will eventually to show that you all moved and the new is now fan fiction there. Ariyen 00:02, 20 March 2012 (UTC)
what about advertising via Google? Is that possible? (I could contribute for this, but have little idea about pricing). 13:32, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
The way I see it, is to visit these pages a lot and/or as I've been doing changing the pages to fan fiction and leaving a note to come here. :-) 16:49, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Broken shortcuts

SHIFT+Alt+Z used to shortcut from any article to the main page. This still works on other wikis (e.g. GWW), but has stopped working here. Similarly, SHIFT+Alt+C shortcuts to the article from talk (+T), edit (+E), or history (+H) tabs, except in the Project and GuildWiki spaces. Is this something managed by Curse? Or by the local sysops?  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 16:06, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Hrm, that doesn't even work for me in Chrome on gww. Never knew of those shortcuts either. :-S Ariyen 17:55, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Soz, Ariyen: I typed ctrl when I meant shift. You can see the valid shortcuts when you mouse-over most of the autogenerated links on the navbars (I suppose it's possible that they are skin specific, but they shouldn't be) — for example, moving the cursor over Navigation:Main Page on GWW shows, Visit the main page [alt-z] and displays nothing for GWiki. Moving the cursor over this page's talk tab displays, Discussion about this content [alt-shift-t]. (Not sure why it's not showing the shift for GWW, tho.)  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:17, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
We got upgraded to MW 1.18 a couple weeks ago, that's probably it. The default access keys can be modified by system messages, but we don't have any custom settings for them.
  • I don't know why 'accesskey-ca-nstab-*' is set per-namespace, but the default is 'c' for every namespace except Project (aka GuildWiki), where it's 'a'.
  • 'accesskey-n-mainpage' is 'z', and I have no clue why it's not working.
The keys that are listed in the tooltip text are determined by your browser - for Firefox it's 'alt-shift-' while for Chrome it's 'alt-' (even though that doesn't work, I still have to use the alt-shift- form). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 19:56, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Just found additional info on access keys in general: the base functionality is actually part of the browser, and MW's backend simply sets the accesskey="x" attribute on the specific links. So it looks like there's a disconnect on setting accesskey="z" for the Main Page link in the sidebar. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:12, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Fixed by custom JS code. May take a while for the wiki to regenerate the cached version (css/js cache is handled separate from the page/file caches and can't be force-purged). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:28, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Nice work! FWIW, the GWW space at GWW also used a instead of the default c for the shortcut (while other spaces apparently lost theirs — that's been since sorted out). Now, if I could figure out why IE9 only highlights the link (but doesn't execute it)... I'd be all set for my current installations. Thanks again.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:29, 19 March 2012 (UTC)
Status update: this page still requires ALT + SHIFT + A to get to the project page (instead of using C as the key). Under the navbar, the mouseover has ALT + Z (missing the SHIFT), but the tabs show the relevant shortcut...except for the gww tab (also missing the SHIFT). (The other leftbar shortcuts are ok: what links here (J), related (K), Specials (Q), and random (X) ).
Poke took care of the changes at GWW, so you might ask him what he adjusted. Maybe it's one of those settings that Curse doesn't let the admins touch.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 19:22, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
I explained that the tooltip text is generated by Javascript (from the core MW code) based on browser detection. What browser are you using? In Chrome, every tooltip is [alt-x], which is correct per the code (even though it's not actually correct per what I have to press, which is [alt-shift-x]). —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 20:20, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
I guess I wasn't clear: it's not consistent in firefox. Some mouseovers show [SHIFT] as part of the key-chain, some do not. In IE, it's consistently missing the [SHIFT] (plus, using the key-combo only selects the link-text, it doesn't execute the hyperlink). I haven't tried other browsers.
(I never meant to suggest there was a functionality problem with the shortcut to get to the main page; that works. It's only the mouseover that is off for that and a few others.)
But the main reason I posted: the actual shortcut to go to a project page (e.g. from history or talk) is still ALT-SHIFT-A, not ALT-SHIFT-C as it is for other namespaces — that's the bug I posted originally. That's the bit the Poke fixed for GWW. I dunno what he did, but it was quick. The mouse-over miscue is unfortunate, but doesn't interfere with functionality for people expecting the same shortcut to work in all namespaces (only with people self-teaching themselves the tools).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 20:41, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
The MW code that generates the tooltip is based on the WP article, where it says Chrome and IE only require Alt (not Alt-Shift). I have no clue why it isn't consistent in Firefox. The problem with IE is noted on the WP article, that you have to hit Enter after the access shortcut, and that simply can't be fixed by JS (AFAIK).
I have created an override for the Project page accesskey. Your original post sounded like you were simply noting the difference and wondering why they were different, not actually requesting a change. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 16:04, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Opportunity. Found or Lost?

An opportunity is approaching with the advent of GW2. Will you find it? Or will it be cast out into the dark?

My advice:

1) Create a GW2 site, OR revamp this site for GW2.

2) Buy advertizing via Google. This will put you up at the top for searches on many things Guildwars (you pick the keywords, so you can include things like ecto, oppressor weapon, hall of monuments, etc...)

3) This will be controversial, but I think it's doubly necessary. It is however a slipery slope item. With it, I think the unofficial wiki may yet live. Without it...not so much. Hear me out before you say 'No absolutely not!'. Sell advertizing via Google. You should only need a single ad on pages to do this. More is overkill, less is a penalty to you. Secondarily, this will allow you to pay for the ads you post on Google. If you are adverse to the idea of making money on this site to pay for itself, the use the revenue ONLY for this, and pay for the server from other budgets. Primarily, I think it will solve a key problem that still remains for this site since its split: A search for a guildwars item Does not return a result in the first several pages (I tried yakslapper, but stopped looking after the first 5 pages failed to return a link). By tying an ad into the page, you give google another metric. One of who and how often a page is visited. One of relating how interesting (or not) a pages content is to the public at large. (Does Google pay attention to this? I've not seen anything formal to this effect, but I think they are too smart to ignore it.) This gives you symmetry: Money you get from visitors brings new visitors here.

I am no fan of ads, but I think that for a site such as this with all issues of money aside, ads are necessary for the site to survive. Yamagawa 06:46, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

1. It was decided a long time ago that GuildWiki 2 should never exist, in order that the entire community can focus their efforts on the official wiki.
2/3. Advertising is managed by Curse. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 13:15, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
The doctor already said it, guildwiki 2 won't exist. It's a bit of a shame, but it'll be better this way. Imo A-net made a dick-move making the official guildwarswiki and breaking up the userbase, and I don't really think trying to keep the userbase broken is a good plan. So far guildwars2wiki hasn't been as frustrating as gww is to me, so I'm happy with the way things are. --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 13:42, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
(addendum to myself) Frankly, Guild Wars is dying out, and - yes, I'm finally going to admit it, but only because it's bloody obvious - this wiki is pretty much dead. There were only a couple other editors besides me who helped add new content from the final chapter of Winds of Change (our coverage of which has some pretty huge gaps), and I just don't feel like putting as much effort into it as I used to. If they ever get around to an Elona chapter of Beyond, I don't know if I'll even bother adding the quest info like I did for WoC.
@Naz: I was just getting my feet wet on the wiki at the time so I don't really remember the details, but as I recall, it wasn't so much a "dick move" as it was a consequence of conflicting licenses (which I think are a huge stinking pile of BS, but that's an entirely separate discussion). Anet wanted to be able to adopt GuildWiki as their official wiki, but the non-commercial clause of the CC license would have prevented them from interacting with the wiki in any way whatsoever. Now, and this is why I have a pessimistic view of "free" licenses, I don't understand why they couldn't have simply held a community vote to remove that clause from the license. Perhaps, in light of how he handled the move to Wikia, <conjecture>it was simply Gravewit being an ass because Anet refused to pay him anything for the wiki</conjecture>. Regardless, Anet started their own wiki from scratch, the community split, and both wikis suffered for it. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 14:29, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
Ah, it seems I didn't know the entire story. I knew gravewit sold it to wikia, but I didn't know it was related to the not-selling to a-net, and a bunch of bullshit with licenses. I only joined after the move I think, so yeah... --TalkpageEl_Nazgir 20:48, 28 March 2012 (UTC)
I don't know if there was ever any mention of money at all with Anet, that entire sentence is conjecture. Guess I didn't make that clear enough - fixed. :P —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:11, 28 March 2012 (UTC)