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:::I used to use both Firefox and IE pretty equally ... I recently converted to Firefox almost 100% of the time - with the AdBlock Plus and NoScript add-ons, it's rare to see an ad on ANY site anymore ... not even popup warnings. :-) --- [[User:Barek|Barek]] <small>([[User talk:Barek|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Barek|contribs]])</small> - 22:14, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
 
:::I used to use both Firefox and IE pretty equally ... I recently converted to Firefox almost 100% of the time - with the AdBlock Plus and NoScript add-ons, it's rare to see an ad on ANY site anymore ... not even popup warnings. :-) --- [[User:Barek|Barek]] <small>([[User talk:Barek|talk]] • [[Special:Contributions/Barek|contribs]])</small> - 22:14, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
 
::::Ads? What's that? :P sad to say.... I haven't contributed to Gravewit's ad income for a loooonnnggg time now. --<small>[[User:Aberrant80|Ab.Er.Rant]] [[Image:User Aberrant80 Sig.png]] ([[User talk:Aberrant80|msg Aberrant80]])</small> 00:06, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
 
::::Ads? What's that? :P sad to say.... I haven't contributed to Gravewit's ad income for a loooonnnggg time now. --<small>[[User:Aberrant80|Ab.Er.Rant]] [[Image:User Aberrant80 Sig.png]] ([[User talk:Aberrant80|msg Aberrant80]])</small> 00:06, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
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:I believe so; when I asked them to remove some ads that violated the Guild Wars Fansite program, they were very quick and thorough about it. They also noted the problem of new violating ads constantly replacing the ones blocked, and offered to experiment with alternative ad programs that would be more effective. Within a week, a new program was set up, with zero problems or maintenance needed since then. --[[User:Rezyk|Rezyk]] 00:25, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
   
 
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Revision as of 05:25, 11 September 2007

Selected Clarifications

To Those Of You Wondering About The Downtime

Once we initiate the move, the time the database won't be writing should only be a couple hours, really. If it ends up that it will take longer, we will delay the move.

Censorship

Will Wikia censor or change any additions that we add?--Gigathrash 21:54, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

This will not happen. Wikia's taken over the hosting of a few large communities in the past, such as Memory Alpha and ParagonWiki, and they've shown no inclination towards any kind of censorship. Gravewit 21:55, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Usernames

Because the DB dump is going into its own servers, does that mean that they will not (at this time) be attempting to merge user accounts from both sites? Potentially, a user with a username on this wiki could find that their username is already taken on that wiki - so I was curious how that is to be handled at this stage (I also realize that this is more of a question for them rather than Gravewit ... but I don't know how to contact those actively working the migration on their side, so I'll ask here). --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:01, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

We'll be on our own servers and database, for now. Everything will carry over EXACTLY how it is. Gravewit 22:06, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Questions & Answers

'Wow, this is...huge--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 21:25, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

What do you guys think about it?--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 21:26, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
Umm ok, not the smartest of times to set the database to read only, eye of the north was just released. How long will the database be read only? Can we get links to the new owners? -- Xeon 21:33, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I'm currently working close with Wikia to get a copy of our sites set up on our new server. Once they've got it running, I'll set the DB to read only, make a new dump, they'll import it, and we'll switch over the DNS. The only downtime should be the minimal DNS switching time. Gravewit 21:34, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I think it's awesome! It sucks how many times I came on GuildWiki seeking some insight and found the servers down. Although there weren't many times when this happened, I must have luckily been searching for things unexpectedly during those down times. All I can say is Bravo! The work you've done here, and allowed us, the community, to contribute to any and everything the site has to offer is just awesome! No word can better describe what the two guys did. Awesome! All I can say is, don't try and fix a system that is not broken. When the Builds section went down, I almost cried... but then I thought "Hey! These guys are forcing me to be creative and actually go throw the list of skills at the trader before buying them all!" so for that, thanks. Stimulated my brain. And I guess that's that. Thanks for everything! --MagickElf666 21:35, 10 September 2007 (CDT)


So for the general user here, does this mean anything? Sure, it's hosted by a different company now; but like previously mentioned, it's still the same editors and sysops. Does the licensing change at all? Will we still have advertisements on the site? Are Gravewit and Nunix still in charge of adding extensions and whatnot to the servers?

That's a pretty big pile of questions there, but in the end, I'm just curious to know if anything at all changes in the way we edit. Any changes in policy because of all this? --GEO-logo.png Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 21:36, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

To the average user, nothing will really change. The ads will point to Wikia's ad code, and users will be able to take advantage of their new skin, but that's about it. Gravewit 21:38, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I am glad you guys get a break. Readem (talk*contribs) 21:36, 10 September 2007 (CDT)


Wikia is monopolizing. Seriously tho, horrible timing for guildwiki....--Alari 21:39, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

I agree. Could've at least waited 'til a while after EotN was released. Maybe the end of September or something. You can't set a site to read only when there's tons of new data to add. Bad timing indeed o-o the imperialist


Srry to ask but i really dont know, Wth is wikia? --The Gates Assassin 21:40, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Wikia gaming network They recently took the EQII wiki I sometimes contribute aswell.--Alari 21:43, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Will Wikia censor or change any additions that we add?--Gigathrash 21:54, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

This will not happen. Gravewit 21:55, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Will this change make any difference with our current situation with the official wiki? Any changes to fansite status, etc... or does that all stay the same as well?

And a bonus question. Does the URL change at all? Because I'd like to know before I have to do a Google search for my own userpage. :P --GEO-logo.png Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 22:03, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

As far as I know Anet isn't going to blackball us or anything. Wikia now owns all of the URLs, as well, which will be kept the same. Gravewit 22:09, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Wikia's Guild Wars related wikis

Just curious ... will this DB dump overwrite Wikia's existing (tiny) English wiki for Guild Wars, or sit along-side it as an additional wiki on their network for Guild Wars? --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 21:46, 10 September 2007 (CDT)


We will be moving to our own servers within Wikia, and let the communities discuss how to take care of merging the sites, should they want to. We're going under the assumption that GuildWiki will take over the existing Guildwars wiki. It is not going to be a mandate, however. Gravewit 21:48, 10 September 2007 (CDT)


version

will the site retain it's look and feel, or will it be blended and frappe'd into the wikia style? (hint: you want the first one) --Honorable Sarah Honorable Icon.gif 21:49, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

(Hint,Hint, You Really want the first one.}--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 21:50, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I believe users will be able to choose Wikia's style, but I know the old Gamewikis skin you know and tolerate will remain the default for now. Gravewit 21:51, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
Their new crappy skin can be changed back to the default ones on most wikis.--Alari 21:51, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

How Much?

This may seem nosy, but about how much money did you get? And no smartalec answers either. Because if it was alot, I can't help but think it was for the money o-o the imperialist

Obviously, from a legal standpoint, I can't discuss this. Sorry. I will say this: It really wasn't for the money. Gravewit 21:53, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I understand... But seriously, I don't understand. It's all been going so well for so long, so why suddenly the change to wikia? the imperialist
It really hasn't been sudden. I know the announcement might seem jarring to you users, but we aren't just jumping into this blind. Gravewit 21:59, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
One more thing... will you have any say what happens to this site after the switch to the wikia servers? I mean, can you tell them which policies they can and can't remove etc.? the imperialist
over-reacting a bit eh? if anything changes, the site will become more popular. The preceding awesome-sauce comment was added by Skakid9090 (contribs). 21:54, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
Haha, that's the kind of stuff I would expect User:Karlos to say...>.> Seriously though, even if it was for the money (doubt that considering Gravewit's past stuffs), as long as it has no serious ramifications for the wiki, Who cares? Capitalism rules, remember. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:04, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Ads

So, with the shift to Wikia, will this result in a better ability to censor such things as ads for GW Gold, running services, etc? Or will it be about the same "Ho hum, we are waiting for AdBrite" type deal? I understand it's a convoluted process at best but still, it bugs me. Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:04, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

Heh - I always forget that many users can still see ads on this (or most any other site for that matter). --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:06, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I can't anymore, but you still get popup warnings sometimes from AdBrite and whatnot. So it makes a difference weather you can see them or not. --GEO-logo.png Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 22:08, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I used to use both Firefox and IE pretty equally ... I recently converted to Firefox almost 100% of the time - with the AdBlock Plus and NoScript add-ons, it's rare to see an ad on ANY site anymore ... not even popup warnings. :-) --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:14, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
Ads? What's that? :P sad to say.... I haven't contributed to Gravewit's ad income for a loooonnnggg time now. --Ab.Er.Rant User Aberrant80 Sig.png (msg Aberrant80) 00:06, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
I believe so; when I asked them to remove some ads that violated the Guild Wars Fansite program, they were very quick and thorough about it. They also noted the problem of new violating ads constantly replacing the ones blocked, and offered to experiment with alternative ad programs that would be more effective. Within a week, a new program was set up, with zero problems or maintenance needed since then. --Rezyk 00:25, 11 September 2007 (CDT)

username cross-over

Because the DB dump is going into its own servers, does that mean that they will not (at this time) be attempting to merge user accounts from both sites? Potentially, a user with a username on this wiki could find that their username is already taken on that wiki - so I was curious how that is to be handled at this stage (I also realize that this is more of a question for them rather than Gravewit ... but I don't know how to contact those actively working the migration on their side, so I'll ask here). --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:01, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

How 'bout are user contributions, I know skuld is widely known for his 10,000 or so contributions.--Marcopolo47 signature new.jpg (Talk) (Contr.) 22:03, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
Wikia's GW Wiki is pretty small compared to GWiki, so I doubt this would be a big problem even if the answer was "Yes"... Entropy Sig.jpg (T/C) 22:04, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
The funny thing, to me, is that according to Special:Mostlinked, there are more links to Skuld's user page than there are to the Warrior article (because every time he signed a talk page with a link to the user page)! LOL --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 22:08, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
I recently beat out Shiro and Mallix here, hehe. Users have an unfair advantage in the regard; chances are, Skuld is linked from the Warrior article's talk page as it is. --GEO-logo.png Ĵĩôřũĵĩ Đēŗāķō.>.cнаt^ 22:11, 10 September 2007 (CDT)
We'll be on our own servers and database, for now. Everything will carry over EXACTLY how it is. Gravewit 22:06, 10 September 2007 (CDT)

The question you never answered...

Are you allowed to make money off of our contributions? This site was NEVER supposed to be a for-profit site. We all knew this from day one. You used to ask for donations to pay the bills. Then one day, you quitely took off the books, then shortly after, you took out the ability to donate. I said back then you were making money and you kept quiet.

Now, years later, it turns out you ARE making money, and that you are SELLING that which does not belong to you in the first place, our contributions and work to another site and again making money off of it. Are you allowed to do this? The basic principle in people contributing to this site is that it's NOT for profit. Turns out YOU are makingmoney off of our work (if you just did your server admining part and we did not contribute, how much money you think you would have made?). This is a sham and a shame. I am sure there's a law suit to be made somewhere there. --Karlos 00:00, 11 September 2007 (CDT)

Law suit for what? 23c? The contributions made by each user are usually miniscule and tiny. Worth a few pennies, at the most. You really want to start a lawsuit for barely any cash? Unless he's making billions off of this(unlikely) our individual contributions will likely be worth less than $1 for the average user. My contributions would have to be worth $200 before i bother to lift a finger, and i highly doubt they're worth anywhere near that.--Darksyde Never Again 00:05, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
Do you really think he's been making $50 a month off of this? You think Wikia will give him stock and cash for a site worth $20? Are you even aware of how big this site is? As far as what you can get out of a lawsuit... How about a little old "justice"? I for one would not mind a lawsuit just to see him cough up all that money in legal expenses. Anyone know of an organization that would champion this? --Karlos 00:09, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
(edit conflict) You're completely missing the point Darksyde. Karlos is not concerned that he's not getting any money for his contributions. Karlos is questioning the sale of this wiki and its contents. --Ab.Er.Rant User Aberrant80 Sig.png (msg Aberrant80) 00:10, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
Justice? Get real. This site has not costed us a thing to use. What diference does it make if he made $2 a month of $600 a day? Making money is not against the law. Who cares if he got some money. Eric368 00:17, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
Do you even understand the concept of what Karlos is saying? BigAstro 00:19, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
Yes, he thinks that he had no right to sell it because the site is based off contributions, now you have to figure out that I said it doesn't make a difference if he made money or not, he has a right to do whatever he wants with his site. Eric368 00:22, 11 September 2007 (CDT)
You speak definitively; are you a lawyer? BigAstro 00:24, 11 September 2007 (CDT)