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Event-based Edit

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Certain events that don't happen at predictable intervals should direct your focus...

  • New patch coming out.
  • Arena PvP season starts.
    • Put speculated time frame or announced date in Season # Arena rewards page (where # is season number).
    • Update the appropriate season row in {{Arena seasons}} with start info.
  • Arena PvP season ends.
    • Put speculated time frame or announced date in Season # Arena rewards page (where # is season number).
    • Update the appropriate season row in {{Arena seasons}} with end info.
  • BlizzCon upcoming or happening.
    • ...
  • New expansion beta starting.
    • Update Beta page with info.
    • Update {{Beta}} template for new expansion.
    • Make new templates:
  • New expansion coming out.

Daily Edit

  • Check Special:NewPages ("all" namespaces)...
    • A good quick way to look for spammers. Spammers often like to create new fake user pages with spam links. Also they often put obvious titles in pages they create. You will see the pattern after awhile. We tend to delete new spam pages with impunity, but you may be more forgiving.
    • Look for pages that are misspelled or in the wrong namespace. If you see something wrong, you can rename the page or add a note to the page or it's talk page.
    • Look for new forum pages, talk pages or comments. Often people ask questions that you might be able to answer.
    • Look for fanfic or personal pages. On many encyclopedic wikis, there are policies for fanfic or personally only oriented pages that should be moved or the creator warned about.
    • If you see a very nice page added (one that is very helpful, interesting, or well constructed), you can consider leaving a compliment on the user's talk page who made the new page.
    • We have a Patrollers group which can mark new pages or edits patrolled, but many wikis don't have this. At minimum it is good to do a quick patrol of new pages, but not all edits.
  • Check Special:NewFiles...
    • A good place to do a quick check for off-topic or offensive images to be deleted.
    • Check that file names do a decent job of matching the image contents. Having images with names that are too generic or misleading makes organizing images difficult, so catching these problems early will help down the line.
    • Look for poor quality images. You can leave a note on the image description page (you can use {{cleanup}}) or on the uploader's talk page.
    • Look for images that might have very large file sizes. Wikia does provide vast amounts of storage, but we don't want users to abuse it. You warn uploaders or tag an image (usually with {{cleanup}}) if the size exceeds around 500Kb, but you can decide what your threshold will be.
  • Check Special:RecentChanges...
    • Most admins prefer Recent Changes over Special:WikiActivity, but you could start there if the rate of change seems slow.
    • Do a basic scan for really big additions or removals, but sometimes look at smaller removals of content as well.
    • On most wikis, Recent Changes, edits that remove content show as -34 or something like that with really big changes in bold like -1,316. You can look mostly for the really big removals and click the "diff" or "# changes" link. If the page where the change is might have high traffic, you can look at small removals too.
    • Also on most wikis, Recent Changes, edits that add content show as +15 or something like that with really big changes in bold like +1,255. Look mostly for the really big additions and click the "diff" or "# changes" link.
    • If you see a user who is making many very helpful or constructive edits, try to leave a compliment or encouraging comment on the user's talk page.
    • If you see obvious vandalism, you may block the user right there or look at their contributions and block them for a specific amount of time based on the number or frequency of their vandalism. Repeat offenders get more serious penalties. Update the vandal list page as appropriate: add the vandal to the list with a summary of their offenses and block time period.
    • After all that other stuff, you can just scan the changes for things you can help out with like fill in a missing section, add some important link or totally fix up a page that looks bad.
  • Check maintenance categories...
    • There are several tag templates ({{cleanup}}, {{generic}}, {{; more examples TBA) that put the tagged pages in categories that identify the issue or problem related to the page.
    • Not daily, but check the category for files or pages that are marked or requested for deletion.
    • Not daily, but check the category for pages that need to be cleaned up for some reason.
  • Scan news websites related to Warcraft...
    • For big stories, add info or news links to relevant pages on WoWWiki. You have to be careful not to do too much, because sometimes you can get caught adding old news items for completeness and spend too much time doing this.
    • Other sites can give you inspirations for improvements, new images to upload, or topics to cover on your wiki. So if you have time, visit some of them (see Fansites).

Weekly Edit

  • Look at other maintenance oriented Special Pages...
  • Check maintenance categories...
    • There are several tag templates ({{cleanup}}, {{generic}}, {{; more examples TBA) that put the tagged pages in categories that identify the issue or problem related to the page.
    • Check the category for files or pages that are marked or requested for deletion.
    • Check the category for pages that need to be cleaned up for some reason.
  • Scan news websites related to Warcraft...
    • For medium to small stories, add info or news links to relevant pages on WoWWiki. You have to be careful not to do too much, because sometimes you can get caught adding old news items for completeness and spend too much time doing this.
    • Visit other sites for inspiration for improvements, new images to upload, or topics to cover on your wiki.
  • Update the wordmark in theme designer to match the current season, holiday, or event. See Category:WoWWiki logos.

Monthly Edit

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Long term Edit

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