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WoWWiki moving to Wikia! Edit

Howdy folks.. Over the past few months, I've been thinking a lot about how to keep up with the needs of the WoWWiki community. I'm really proud of how WoWWiki has grown into a valuable resource for all World of Warcraft players, and want to make sure that it can continue to grow. As you've seen, I've had trouble keeping up with server issues, problems, and getting the upgrades and extensions that are needed to make WoWWiki better.

I've looked at a few options on how to solve this over the last month. When Jimmy Wales and Gil Penchina offered to let us move the wiki to Wikia, this seemed like a natural fit and I accepted. These guys have a record of treating communities well and running a great service, and I'm going to stay involved to help make sure that they deliver what our community needs.

Some of the benefits that WoWWiki will receive by moving to Wikia:

  • More servers and more uptime (and no 10 min template edits!)
  • Solid backups and multiple colos
  • Increased number of extensions so we can do more interesting stuff
  • Other gamer communities that we can share with
  • Last, but not least, Gil has said that Wikia wants to experiment with removing the pesky gold ads, and (hopefully!) remove them permanently if it works out.

Practically, what this means is that the site will continue to operate as is for the next few weeks. I'll complete the upgrade to MediaWiki 1.9 (was going to be tonight, will be tomorrow!), then in another few weeks, we'll migrate everything to MediaWiki 1.10 and move the content to new servers. From there, we'll be able to start feeling the benefits listed above.

I'm pretty happy with this match, and I hope that you're all as excited as I am about working with Wikia on WoWWiki!

--Rustak 03:00, 2 May 2007 (EDT)

Just so long as the domain name doesn't change. Smiley --Sky (t · c · w) 03:09, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
As per IRC chat, I've got an idea to toss out there. If Wikia is willing, I think splitting the wiki up into 2 or 3 seperate wikis might be a good idea. Put lore and in-game stuff (item pages, NPCs, zones) in one, servers and guilds in another, and API/hosted addon pages in another. Wowace might be willing to move over their API to the new wiki, I'm gonna toss the idea at them. These could be combined in namespaces, but if Wikia is willing it would probably be cleaner to seperate them out a bit. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 04:36, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Personally I don't see the point of so much separation at all. I know I used to tout a new "API" (or something) namespace but I've thought twice about that. I mean... wikipedia manages to put the whole world in one namespace. Mikk (T) 06:26, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Yes, everything... except the mediawiki documentation, wiktionary, news, species, commons, quotes, library, learning materials, and textbooxs and manuals. I know it can all be done under one wiki, but why not split up for the general cleanliness of it all? the main wiki is akin to wikipedia in that it's a factual source of info on the game world, API/addons wiki would be akin to meta or the commons, and server/guild wiki would be it's own little community site. Get some proper intra-wiki links in each and it would feel like a single seamless wiki. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 17:00, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
I agree with Mikk. I don't see the reason for splitting up the wiki. Having everything in one place concerning WoW has its advantages, too. No matter what u want to know, simply go to www.wowwiki.com and there it is. Beside, what would you gain from splitting the wiki into separate ones? I can't think of any, I'd like to have.--Luke1410 09:31, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
This is just a knee-jerk reaction, but... Wow, what a bad idea. I mean, obviously, I see the upsides. But there still has something to be said about running your own ship. None of the wikia sites I've seen look sexy. And we'd be under the rulership of some... Company. What if they go weird on us? And will we keep the domain name? It's invaluable. // This kinda announcement kinda makes me want to look into fork-wiki-ing again... No, sir, I don't like it.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 07:36, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
My slow computer is stuck processing something so I can't sign on to IRC right now. But... I'm still very, very suspicious of this. I don't trust it, at all. And yet I'm having a very difficult time finding any negative press about Wikia. Emot-argh--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 07:48, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Please dont go white...  - CJ talk / cont  08:09, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Hmmm :/ --GRYPHONtc 09:53, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Shouldn't be any white-going; there are various Wikia wikis that aren't white (and some that are incredibly purple, even). The domain name will stay the same for the foreseeable future, though it will probably be accessible from both a wikia domain and wowwiki.com at some point. I'm not worried about them going "weird" on the community; they know how to work with wiki communities (after all, that's their business!), so I'm sure that they'll be a benefit. See how it goes for the next few months :) -- Rustak 13:39, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Will WoWWiki remain primarily under the GNU Free Documentation License? If so, and you retain ownership of the WoWWiki name (trademark) and the wowwiki.com DNS domain (where the domain points to does not depend on ownership, it can point to any server the domain owner wants), then I don't think we have anything to fear from Wikia. Make sure that you keep a regularly updated complete copy of the underlying data, then you can easily move the wiki to another host, should things change for the worse with Wikia (eg, if Wikia, Inc was to fall into the hands of someone who wants to exploit or change it to its detriment - hopefully unlikely, but better safe than sorry). I've had a quick look at the Wikia site, and it certainly does appear to me that they support the GFDL, are good guys, etc, just be careful what you sign or transfer to them... So, assuming this is a good thing, grats!!! :-) --Murph 16:05, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
Yep, the content will remain under the GFDL, and the site should remain wowwiki.com. The GFDL is pretty core to what they do, so I don't think there's anythung to worry about on that front. --Rustak

Well, firstly, awesome. Secondly, more shades of awesome. Jimbo Wales and Gil are incredibly well-respected people in the wiki community (Jimbo founded wikipedia, for example). Regarding separation, I reckon it would be very sensible to have all UI stuff in a ui. subdomain, and everything else in the normal domain. There's little need to split up lots of little things, it'll be too complicated. Hobinheim, there's no need to worry :) Kirkburn talk contr 09:19, 2 May 2007 (EDT)

Sounds good to me. I don't see any downside to moving to Wikia, but I'm not so sure about separating everything. Putting the UI stuff by itself makes sense, but the rest should stay together. --Amro 09:39, 2 May 2007 (EDT)
It appears that the average users won't even feel the change, right? Just a cleaner and faster wiki? Looks will barely change? If that's true, then hey, I'm up for it, AS LONG as you have enough precautions. don't want them to go wild on us... // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 09:19, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Yep, there should be very little change to the wiki users. Btw, Patrigan, do put your sig into a template :) --Rustak
It is in a template, he uses solution two. --GRYPHONtc 12:32, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Existing contentEdit

I just fear we'll need a lot more spam protection, and such..  - CJ talk / cont  09:55, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

I was just looking at Wikia earlier today and wondering if it wouldn't be better to combine the two communities; you see, there is already a WoW Wikia, several actually: http://www.wikia.com/wiki/World_of_Warcraft What will happen to the English one that already occupies the worldofwarcraft.wikia.com namespace (or the German one that occupies wow.wikia.com)? Has anyone given any thought about how to merge these two communities? It seems to me that there shouldn't need to be two same-language wikis on the same network about the same topic. Asciident 05:45, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
Looks pretty dead [1], if you check their recent changes.  - CJ talk / cont  05:07, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
That would be a question better put to the Wikia guys, as I really can't say atm. I have to say, I think it's pretty likely this wiki will supercede the other - but I certainly wouldn't wish to destroy that community. Kirkburn talk contr 06:26, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
You're right, but I haven't yet found a good place or way to ask the Wikia guys about it. Asciident 22:56, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
We're talking to them about it, don't worry :) Kirkburn talk contr 11:57, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
As long as the domain is the same and nothing else is changed besides the host, then that's cool ^^   메코  talk / cont 03:35, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Move wowwiki, then integrate whatever they already have. and take over their domain i suppose. It doesnt look like they have a great lot there currently,, so it's probably redundant information that we "already" have.  - CJ talk / cont  07:35, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

I'd like to note that worldofwarcraft.wikia.com has approximately 70 pages of content, links to powerleveling services on the main page, and has google's WoW-Gold ads in their ad box. The content can certainly be mergable if we don't already have it. The powerleveling links would have to go (they may not want to get rid of them). The gold-ads are a matter for concern, since part of the point of moving would be to get rid of those ads... --Bobson 14:04, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Yeah, I think we'll talk to those guys and merge in any content that's not present on wowwiki. The powerlevelling links would go as well. They have google adsense ads, just as wowwiki, and most people who advertise for wow-related keywords are gold sellers. This is why it's kind of like playing whack-a-mole with the ads, as long as google adsense is still in play -- like I said, Wikia wants to explore alternatives, but that'll take some time. --Rustak
Tbh, I wouldn't even bother with them if they happen to do annoying. you know, even if they want to attempt to fight our concurrention, they'll be slaughtered and vanish in the shadows ^^ // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 15:41, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
concurrention, is that even a word? competition perhaps?  - CJ talk / cont  08:47, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

It's not just other WoW wikis there we'd have to look at merging, perhaps. I know several servers also have Wikia wikis, my own, Sentinels (US), being one of them. I'd love to see either some cross-wiki referencing to content here in WoWwiki, or just merge what little info is in the Sentinels wiki with what's here in the server and guild profiles in WoWwiki. --Corwin MacGregor 16:38, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

I hope this move means that none of the admins will be changing. You guys help guide the Wiki to great lengths! If everything will be the same, but better servers and support, I say woot! --TUSVA ~ T | C
Nope, no changes in adminship :) Kirkburn talk contr 18:40, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Great! Can't believe I didn't timestamp my last comment. I'm all rusty. No matter, time to resume work around these parts :D --TUSVA ~ T | C 02:21, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Upgrade to 1.9.3 Complete Edit

I've just finished off the upgrade to MW 1.9.3, as well as installed the ParserFunctions extension. I didn't install CheckUser, since the latest version requires 1.10 and it requires database modifications... the db is under heavy enough load as it is, though that will be fixed soon. Same goes for site CSS -- I'll take a look at that shortly. Let me know if you run into any problems! --Rustak 04:16, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

We <4 you. --Sky (t · c · w) 04:17, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
It was longer-due than me hitting 60 (still havn't hit 70...) All I can say is, DING! Fries are done! TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 04:29, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Nub lvl up faster (Btw. 09f911029d74e35bd84156c5635688c0)  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 04:34, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
I am getting a javascript error on every page. I am using IE6 as I write this. The site seems to be working fine anyway though. Kitan T / C / B 09:26, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Yup, wgBreakFrames not defined, this is in FF and IE7 as well. --GRYPHONtc 12:01, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
I can't hold in the excitement! I love it! Thank you so much! But ahh yes back to practical matters... The edit links for every heading have changed. The CSS used to move that over to the side needs to be updated. Do I smell CSS access? Oh and boo I don't see the wiki code bar anymore...--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 10:18, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Refresh your cache if the [edit] links are on the left, Ctrl+F5 :) Kirkburn talk contr 12:34, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Yea, the CSS got updated and Firefox had it cached for me. Ctrl+F5 worked like a charm. (Edit: I also do not see the code bar anymore.) --Tecnobrat t/c 13:04, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

Yeah, found a problem Rustak: have a look here. It should be fairly obvious. This happens any time an image is near the bottom of the section I happen to be editing. I don't use the bar, but it's still rather annoying. --Sky (t · c · w) 04:58, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

What's changed? Edit

Add what you've noticed has changed below! Kirkburn talk contr 11:59, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

  • Undo links on most revisions (will undo only that revision's change) - anyone can now rollback. Please do not abuse this. More info here - [2]
  • Watchlist and RC list byte changes listed for post-upgrade changes.
  • Addition of ParserFunctions.
  • Auto-block functions of the ban list were upgraded (it now blocks new IPs of the same user much more reliably)
  • Allow minor edits by bots to skip new message notification on user talk pages.
  • "Templates used on this page" changes during preview to reflect any added or removed templates, and works as expected for section edits.
    Not entirely sure what is "expected." If I open a section for edit, the templates are not listed until I do a preview TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 07:24, 5 May 2007 (EDT)
  • Added redirect to section feature. Use it wisely.
  • When creating a new page and no comment is added, the contents of the new page are automatically added as the comment.
  • Number of characters added / removed in the recent changes list. useful.  - CJ talk / cont  08:48, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Wowwiki search engine Edit

I've just uploaded a FireFox search engine for Wowwiki.com under the name "WoWWiki Special Search" on mycroft.mozdev.org. The old wowwiki search engine went through google, this one uses the search engine integrated into MediaWiki to search. This search engine utilizes the Sherlock standard, and therefore IE7 won't work with it. Please test and let me know how it works, this is the first search I've created! --Telda 08:45, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

If you wish to create an IE7 search plugin, visit this page [3], and follow the instructions for "Create Your Own". Extremely simple to make :) Kirkburn talk contr 11:29, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
The issue with WoWWiki's OpenSearch still stands, if it worked, you wouldn't have to do that ;) --GRYPHONtc
Which issue is this? -Telda 20:31, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
IE7 won't add WoWWiki to the search list properly - it shows up on the drop-down list, but can't be added. Kirkburn talk contr 21:12, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
IE doesn't work? I think I'm feeling a ping of sympathy... wait... no... it was just gas :) TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 21:15, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
Doesn't work in FF either ;) --GRYPHONtc 21:22, 3 May 2007 (EDT)
I didn't say the issue was with IE7 :) The search box is based upon the OpenSearch standard, dontchaknow. Kirkburn talk contr 21:17, 3 May 2007 (EDT)

Making a new guide page for Corpse Hopping Edit

Hello WoWWiki Community! I've been using WoWWiki a lot lately to help me in the game. I have done one or two minor revisions to some existing pages and I also have some experience writing guides in guild forums and relating to non Warcraft help. I was looking for a guide on the art of: Corpse Hopping. My searches turned up only minor mentions of this tactic so I decided I might try to start a new page for this and divulge my tactics to help others.

Unfortunately, not only could I not find a topic on this but none of the Boilerplates or even existing pages seemed relevant to this topic. Does anyone know of a good example page or Boilerplate that I could use for this? I imagine it would be somewhat similar to one of the travel guides and maybe even be referenced in some of them, but I'm not sure where to start. If I make a page for this, will it show up under a search for Corpse Hop? How do I make it also show up when you search for variants like corpse hopping, naked exploring or whatever? Will it automatically link from pages that have the words corpse hop in it?

This might even be too big of a task for someone so new to WoWWiki to take on, are there any good suggestions for things I could do to make it easier or get some experience first because I don't want to jump in and do it all wrong or make my page totally different than every other page?

Thanks, --Kollins 09:38, 4 May 2007 (EDT)

Not to be a bother, but wtf is Corpse Hopping? ^^ If you explain that, I might get you started. // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 14:28, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
my guess is when evil undead spirit jump from one dead body to another, possessing and animating each for a time. IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
Corpse farming? Grinding? oh, pat, your sig is is showing all it's info back here, (like that html looking stuff), I think you need to fix that. Colinstu  talk / cont 16:19, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
Say you create a really obnoxius looking gnome with bright pink hair and you want to annoy the bejeebers out of the Horde with /dance and /train on top of the Orgrimmar auction house. Unfortunately there are all those pesky guards that are going to one-shot you. So you corpse hop there. You run through the front gate and get smashed into paste by the gate guards. Run back from the graveyard, go as far as you can past your corpse until you reach the maximum Release range. Release, run 10 feet, and get instagibbed again. Keep doing that over and over leaving little skeletons all over place until you make it on top of the Orgrimmar auction house where the guards won't instantly aggro you. You've now corpse hopped your way on top of the building.
Another use for corpse hopping is getting to Winterspring for the first time. The only way into Winterspring without the Everlook flight path or a warlock summon is through Timbermaw Hold. If you can't stealth through there, don't want to grind your reputation up to unfriendly, and don't want to drop your reputation by killing them, you can corpse hop through the hold. Unequip all your gear with durability and run as far as you can through the Hold until you die. Run back to your corpse, go to maximum Release range, release, run, and die again. Keep doing that until you make it through the Hold. Equip your gear again, go to Everlook, and grab the flightpath so you don't ever have to do that again. - ClydeJr - talk - contrib 15:43, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
And we don't have a guide for that? Good lord... (I know Colinstu, but it's currently a rather tricky point. There are severals not fan of the oh so great use of templates and there are others who hate the long list of text. I myself am bothered about the lack of Title if I attempt to fix that and it pisses me off :( )// Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 17:39, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
Think that post qualifies for a guide right there. On a side note, Orgy's getting roof guards in patch 2.1.0. On another side note, if you level in Felwood and do quests there, it's very easy to get to unfriendly with Timbermaw, and thus can run thru without aggro. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 07:28, 5 May 2007 (EDT)
Aside from doing annoying things like taking a gnome into Orgrimar, there are useful things you can get to by corpse hopping, like vendors and flightpaths that someone your level could not normally get to. Felwood Tunnel is a good example, a low level can corpse hop through and then be able to pick up useful recipes in Everlook. You can also corpse hop a lower level character to Booty Bay for access to the neutral AH or from (being mage portaled to) Shattrath to one of the other Outlands locations to train at level 50. --Kollins

Problem loading a page (Maybe server issue) Edit

When I try to go to Quest:Call of Earth (Mulgore) I get a WoWWiki had a problem page. All the other ones around it work, Like Quest:Call of Earth (Mulgore 2). I did not make the pages, but I was editing the failing one when I got the problem at save. --DParvintalkcontr 19:58, 4 May 2007 (EDT)

Now that I have posted this, it is working.  :) --DParvintalkcontr 19:59, 4 May 2007 (EDT)
Was it some sort of database transaction error? Those have been happening randomly from time to time. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 20:26, 4 May 2007 (EDT)

It sometimes happens to me too, but if you re-load the page it usualy works. Teabingh 04:01, 5 May 2007 (EDT)


Coinage! Edit

Something is up with the {{gsc}} template. It doesn't hide zero-values now, and looks funny. Also, if you don't specify all fields you get something funny: see Flying mounts section in Burning Crusade. I've been using the {{Cost}} template, which seems more intuitive anyways.

  • Using gsc: (4 gold 50 silver) = 4Gold 50Silver, (4 silver, 50 copper) = 4Silver 50Copper
  • Using Cost: (4 gold 50 silver) = 4Gold 50Silver, (4 silver, 50 copper) = 4Silver 50Copper

Having two seems redundant anyways, so does anyone object to standardizing on one and mass-bot-converting all coinage? --Piumosso-Uldum 13:25, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

It was edited recently which I'm trying to sort out. Anyway, we're getting rid of it very soon and it is just a temporary placeholder due to some server problems we were having later last month.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 13:40, 5 May 2007 (EDT)
I'm guessing with the conditionals in that template, having that included on a lot of pages generated a lot of server load? Does the wowwiki setup work the same as wikipedia, where html pages are cached and then only re-generated if the article is updated or a transcluded page is updated? Anyways it loots good now. --Piumosso-Uldum 16:13, 5 May 2007 (EDT) EDIT - well holy crap, I just noticed how extensive {{Cost}} really is. I can see why it would bog down the server if it appeared too often. --Piumosso-Uldum 16:31, 5 May 2007 (EDT)
We didn't have the parser functions until a few days ago. Cost has already been edited to use them, which should help a ton. More and more templates are getting moved over as well. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 00:30, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
Only a couple of templates left and then the last few inclusions will be sorted by KasoBot (talk · contr). 1500 ish if inclusions left now. --Adys 04:22, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

YAAAAAAAAAYYY!!!!! Edit

Emot-neckbeard--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 23:27, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

If you hadn't left IRC, I was going to say no, how dare you use a GIF, you cheeky bugg... by all means! It looks awesome Smiley Kirkburn talk contr 23:40, 5 May 2007 (EDT)

Huh? What?! Teabingh 04:31, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Emot-neckbeard// Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 04:20, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
How can you have sa emoticons without :awesome: --Kaso 07:18, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Emot-awesome!!!--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 09:53, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Do any of your realize how garish this it? Thank the gods I have ADHD and not epilepsy...--Ragestorm (talk · contr) 10:11, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

Changes regarding the Disputed Template. Edit

I've made a change to the Disputed Template. I've also made a template which marks the end of a discussion:

What do you think? Teabingh 04:50, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Damn Brits. That's big and ugly, get a more subtle color... and why does consensus need tagged? Once a consensus is reached all evidence of the dispute should be removed from the article... TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 05:47, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

It's not meant for the article, it's meant to mark the end of a discussion on the discussion page. Besides, Britannia is a symbol for both peace and war. Therefore, I think it fits perfectly. (Besides, no one has the copyright)

I think the disbuted template needs to be alittle higher, you can easily miss it now. As the the second template, i dont see any reason for it as mentioned by Tekkub  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 06:01, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Better now? Teabingh 06:12, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

That's crazier than a gnome in a tallest warlock contest.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 06:15, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Hrmph... make some suggestions yourself then 06:23, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

"Making changes regarding this/these part(s) of the article is strictly prohibited till consensus is reached." Sounds very wrong - "prohibited" is just a no-no in most contexts, we do not want to stop people from editing based on some silly tag. Rather, "Content of this section is currently being disputed. Please be sure to check the Talk Page before making changes". There's virtually no point in a "concensus has been reached" template - that should merely be evident from the talk page itself (and "immediately cease to exist" sounds like a joke). -- Starlightblunder 07:59, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Actually, I was a inspired by a TV programme (^^), Starlightblue. Perhaps the text was a little harsh, so I'll change it to your version. However, it's not always evident that a matter is settled – although it should be. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Teabingh (talk · contr).

The "disputed" template, I'm okay with (with phrasing changes) ... but I do think the consensus template is really overdoing it. You are pretty much the first person to have decided we need it, and that's mostly because you didn't listen to those disagreeing with you. The Mages/Magi problem wasn't because you didn't know we'd reached consensus, it was because you were completely ignoring what everyone else was saying. A consensus template wouldn't have made a difference because the consensus wasn't 'formally' reached when you made your ninja edits! Kirkburn talk contr 12:12, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
Maybe that's cause no one ever reaches consensus and therefore never felt the need for a template. Maybe he's just trying to be optimistic... sad isn't it? ^^ TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 17:33, 6 May 2007 (EDT)
When consensus is reached and a discussion is over, the discussion is archived on the talk page. --Piumosso-Uldum 17:30, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Just,, dont use that on any article pages... damn ugly. keep it to talk pages then.  - CJ talk / cont  07:32, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

My intent with the Inline was was that it was to be used inline. that seems pretty long for an inline tag, also telling people they can't change vs. asking them to participate in the disscussion i'm a little wary of. Up to you guys though, if we could find a way to trim down text i think it would serve it's purpose better to be honest. IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
edit: you killed my bottom line in the tag :( IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
doh, anyway if you can align the image to the left, then file in the text ont he right side of that. would reduce the size significantly.. a smaller image will also help  - CJ talk / cont  10:58, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
I was talking about the little one with the ? which was edited, and seems to be fine on second look, bottom line still there and text reduced.IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
The images are ugly and don't fit well with current WW images. --GRYPHONtc 11:00, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
also i think it's important to realize that concensous may NEVER be acheived, which does not mean that either side is wrong. There can be 2 or more valid sides of an argument hence chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The DisputedIL template allows people to be notified of that and go to the discussion about it without it being in the middle of an article imo, Tea you have alot of great ideas and alot of enthusiam which is great, things here just change slowly and you seem to be hitting a string of bad luck meshing wise, i hope this doesn't prevent you from continuing to contribute. IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
i think the concession reached should be more like the disputed template., just with a blue dot (and diff text) instead of a red dot? - CJ talk / cont  11:08, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
would that hinder discussion though? it is a talk page, who can decide when a topic is closed for discussion? Just seems to final and handed down from aboveish for a talk page. Once again just imho. I could certainly be wrong IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)
The end of a voting round where a clear majority is reached could be considered an ending.  - CJ talk / cont  12:31, 7 May 2007 (EDT)


To clarify:

  • There is nothing in WoWWiki policy that "strictly prohibits" edits to a page that is disputed. If the situation is that dire, page an admin and have them lock the page -- they're there to make judgement calls.
  • There is nothing in WoWWiki policy supporting the "consensus has been reached" banner. In my opinion, it is a horrible idea. If you need an enforceable result, make a vote.

Mikk (T) 08:01, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Personal info Edit

It has come up that the rules about disseminating personal information about Blizzard employees (and others) aren't clear:

  • We do NOT list the locations of Blizzard employees.
  • We can list their names, but only if those employees has explicitly listed it somewhere (such as in an interview). This should be cited.
  • Article names should be under their public persona - generally for developers this is their real name, and for CMs, this is their forum name.
  • We do not post personal information about their lives outside of Blizzard/Warcraft.

Is there more to add/discuss? Edit: an aside note - please do not resort to personal insults in discussions, it helps no-one Kirkburn talk contr 16:22, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Just wondering, where did this suddenly come from? I always took those points for granted, so I guess someone must have wronged :p // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 18:43, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

One can never know... Teabingh 01:48, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

PvP Rewards needs update Edit

PvP rewards still needs an update for BC. I have the info listed and set up, but I can't get the info to go in correctly for some reason. Talk:PvP_Rewards
Telda 23:24, 6 May 2007 (EDT)

Do you mind if I format it a little differently? I can get the concise list and add the information in i just didnt want to change the table layout with asling first. Talk:PvP_Rewards

Shadowfox - Misha 11:31, 5 June 2007 (EDT)

something broken. Edit

[4], [5], [6]. looks like somebody has been playing with templates.. and messed something up. no idea what... but. green text is not showing on any of the items.  - CJ talk / cont  07:43, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

could be T:spelllink  - CJ talk / cont  07:45, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
No. Somebody eliminated |elink=. Just use |effect=. --Sky (t · c · w) 07:46, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
ah i see.. that bug been in there a while then.  - CJ talk / cont  07:49, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
We don't know why it was put into place, as it was Zeal's baby. :o. We discovered the functionality to be essentially the same. To the end of fixing the links, I would just let Vyso's bot deal with it. --Sky (t · c · w) 07:50, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Yep, posted him. no response yet.. but i'm in no hurry ^^ . im sure he'll get around to it.  - CJ talk / cont  07:53, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

Boss template Edit

Template:Boss. made it in the hopes of making boss pages more "standard", currently boss pages are "HUGE" blocks of text, which distracts from the actual idea of boss pages.. currently its an ugly unfinished little template, with room for improvement obviously. See Lady_Vashj for its for implementation.

i'd like to

  • align it to the left, give it a better color, better border, etc, its ugly atm.
  • implement this on all bosses
  • have it autoimplement it's own page name. e.g. just add Template:Boss , instead of Template:Boss|pagename

Comments, feed back etc are welcome ofcourse.. im sure it'll be a big change,, and possibly for some it'll take some "getting used to", but i think it has potential.  - CJ talk / cont  10:22, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

I like the template as an idea, and the subpages feel it gives it pretty neat, however as you can see with lady vash it leaves the main page pretty barebones. you have a page for abilities and put abilites on that pages, I think removing one or 2 of the sub pages, (maybe quotes as they will rarely get clicked one) and bringing them to the main page will help it look a little less.... sparce. don't get me wrong though i do like it. IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr)

I personally would put anything not fight related in the main page, this includes, but is not limited to, lore, quotes, External Links and First Kills. This are the general stuff, things that anyone could want to know. The abilities and the bugs and the loots are mostly specific only to those planning to fight the boss or mob. Also, consistency with this is going to be hard, as there are A LOT of mobs that will require this update and not many players that will do it. Remember, even the pre-BC content should recieve this upgrade. Consistency is everything!
Also the main page should sport the mob infobox... as seen on Ragnaros That is currently even lacking on that page... // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 12:08, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
try this,, i'm not sure about those infoboxes.. they're way big.. i moved the combat info to the abilities page, where it should be, added a bit of an introduction from the lore page.. all other info should best be on the subpages.  - CJ talk / cont  12:30, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Split external links and merged it into the loot page, and stratety page.
moved known bugs to strategy page  - CJ talk / cont  12:38, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
To be frank, in it's current form, I dislike it. If it can be reduced to fewer pages, it would really help, as people do not like having to make several clicks to see all the info. The idea is good, but it needs to be simplified and developed, imo. Kirkburn talk contr 13:06, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Click power reduced now, added the template to the related pages for easier navigation, however ragestorm reverted the first page while it was stil in progress.... so ill have to re revert that later...
There is a lot of room for screenshots now, the loot is seperate, nice and clean.  - CJ talk / cont  17:19, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
I really, really, do not like it. We're just now getting finished with deleting all the item transcludable pages. I really don't think these pages needs to be split up. The boilerplate should probably be changed for better readability, as well as the individual pages. I really see no reason to change it so that there is so much... externalness, to put it a strange way. --Sky (t · c · w) 18:18, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
I hate these changes too. I agree that the boilerplate should be adjusted a bit and individual pages need some cleanup as well, but this splitting up makes no sense to me. Now there is a lot of clicking instead having complex look at the boss. I liked the old template much, MUCH more. -- Vysogota T / C
Once the wowhead stuff happens the loot sections will be reduced to small table with hover tips... so it wouldn't have to have it's own page. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 20:20, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Definitely keep it on one page, scrolling is SOO much better than clicking. -- Flotsam | talk | contr )  21:50, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Speaking for the Bookkeeping and Lore end of things, it bodes better for linkage and writing/editing to have <character name> as the main biography, regardless of what other info is included. Addendum: This of course, in cases where the boss is a major lore character. Sorry if I messed up the test eariler; next time, tell me when one of my department's articles is being used for overhaul testing.--Ragestorm (talk · contr) 00:22, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Meh dont worry, after further consideration i was planning to make the lore page the first page anyway.
I Further compacted the pages, removed lore and abilities links, merged these into the other articles. Getting pretty small again :p . also see Ragnaros, this guy has a lot more beef on his strategy and loot pages.
The boss template will need either a BcBoss template mirror, or a parameter that allows modification of the guild progress link.  - CJ talk / cont  01:38, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Can we stick to one article for trying out this kind of stuff - certainly please do not start changing more pages until there is general agreement about the state of play. In fact, this should really have been sandboxed first - especially since it's a popular article. That said, the general idea is reasonable - I think lore/strat/loot/quotes/first kill is okay, but the nav template has to fit in better. Kirkburn talk contr 01:51, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
been trying to stick it to the lefthand side of the page, but it was not cooperating.
got it now, toc / image on the strategy page acting weird though.  - CJ talk / cont  03:27, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

Progress Edit

Anyway, how's it looking in it's current form, what improvements would you recommend etc.  - CJ talk / cont  04:06, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

I just did a bit of simplifying to the template and ... I like it! I think it works very well now :) Kirkburn talk contr 00:46, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
I like the changes made, but I -still- don't like the idea of this template. The pages that need it most were (or should be) split into pages such as Kel'Thuzad and Kel'Thuzad (tactics). We really don't need it still. It is, for all purposes, a Table of Contents, just to different pages. If anything, we can change it from <pagename (tactics)> to <pagename (WoW)>, which makes a little more sense. I personally hate having all the information so separated. --Sky (t · c · w) 01:17, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
Looks very nice now, is there any chance we can get the template to accept |bc as parameter, for the firstkills page link ?
The thing with the 2-3 pages that have a (tactics) page is though... they're an exception, and as such its weird to have hundreds of bosses in the game, and only 2-3 of them have a (tactics) page. i'd much rather see them _all_ standardised in this manner, to allow a more intuitive navigation, and room for expansion.  - CJ talk / cont  10:26, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

gsdkp Edit

that stuff is on almost every boss page,, it needs to be either incorporated into the default template, or simply not listed anymore.. if thott, alahkazam, and wowhead are not enough to list the loot,, then what is ? i dont think we should list half a dozen links to the same thing, and then add half a dozen more. the 3 mainstream ones should be fine enough imo.  - CJ talk / cont  12:35, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

We voted in a new policy for external links recently - WW:EL. Certainly the links need to be checked for compliancy! Kirkburn talk contr 12:59, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
I have edited a number of their submissions to conform to the policy. I don't think they're using {{elink}} on pages that havn't been updated to the policy, but they seem to be complying on pages that have. We need to get more people converting the sections over as they submit links or something... TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 18:35, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
i remvoed a TON of them that contained nothing but the loot taht was already on the page. This was yesterday when they added them all. I liked the new policy on EVERY edit and he didn't stop. Compliancy needs to be enforced here. IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr) 12:53, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Welcome Teomyr as Admin! Edit

Teomyr (talk · contr) has been doing quite a lot of work the past weeks for the wiki, even though most was indirect. He's been developing the <tooltip> and {{#wowhead:}} extensions [7] and contributed alot to everything concerning this. Also active a lot on IRC, I'm personally sure he'll be a very good addition to the current admins Smiley Please welcome him! --Adys 14:12, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

You mean he wasn't an admin already? Lol, I always looked at him as if he was one of the major players here on the wiki, which led me to believe he's an admin :p // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 14:47, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
May your upcoming rite by Infernal fire be a bright one! Good luck and have fun!--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 15:57, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Thank you very much for this nice welcome among the Administrator ranks Smiley
It was a nice surprise when you told me that you'd like to make me an admin, and I'll be glad to do the best I can :) ///Teomyr /// 18:09, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
Pft. I just think they made him admin for his sweet sig. :P. Congrats, man. --Sky (t · c · w) 18:12, 7 May 2007 (EDT)
It's true. His sig is sweet. It's the least messy way into adminship, that's for sure.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 10:59, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
His talk page needs more clutter! :P  - CJ talk / cont  11:11, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
His sig is made of win, it's his sig that I based mine of! ^^ // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 15:45, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

Need Input on templates and parser functions Edit

Hello all. A while back user ALiEN posted a nifty infobox for abilities - {{Infobox ability}}, and I've been using it while updating various mage ability articles (see Polymorph, Cone of Cold for a couple). Now that parser functions are available I thought I'd take a crack at making some items in the box appear conditionally. I have a copy of it in a sandbox template at User:Piumosso-Uldum/Sandbox1 which conditionally shows two thing: First, the stuff for abilities that are talents are excluded for normal trained abilities. At Sky2042's suggestion I added a "related buff" section that incorporates an awkwardly-floating tooltip template (see Polymorph again). Eventually, there are some other lines in that template I'd like to hide if unused. To get the parser functions to work with the table pipe code, I had to make sub-templates for those parts. This is my first crack at making a complicated template, so I am looking for the input of other gurus if the technique is sound or there are other ways to do it. Or, if too many sub-templates makes the server cry. This particular template only appears once on a page. --Piumosso-Uldum 01:24, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

I can help but think that the Releated Buff could easily be generated using the existing {{Tooltip}} rather than having to make yet another tooltip releated template, but perhaps that is just me, take a look at: User:Kaso/DebuffTooltip --Kaso 05:59, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
I personally really do not want to use {{Tooltip}} in this way. Maybe the coding behind it, but not the actual template. Which means the coding needs to be included in {{infobox ability}}, rather than from the usage of another template. This is what we're trying to do with the infobox. --Sky (t · c · w) 21:50, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Nested templates don't bug me. I took a look at {{tooltip}} and even stole some code from it (somewhat sad that the rounded corners are a non-standard mozilla thing, Safari still shows square). I was trying to get it to resemble in-game tooltips with the yellow text. Is {{tooltip}} designed to accomodate every possible tooltip? --Piumosso-Uldum 00:20, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

CSS fixes and updates Edit

This is only for discussion of simple fixes and changes to the wiki's CSS. Please don't derail the topic!

The CSS has had a few updates, including:

  • Galleries now have nice non-white backgrounds - e.g. Category:WoW Icons: Inventory Elemental
  • Thumbnails no longer have coloured borders around them - you can use them in coloured tables without being sick! e.g. WoWWiki:Sandbox/8
  • Heading H2 now has padding above them to induce section spacing
    • ^ Some pages will need to be updated to take this into account. NO MORE DOUBLE SPACING SECTIONS! Smiley
  • Preformatted text no longer in a blinding white box - e.g. WoWWiki:Sandbox/8
  • Fixed spacing between the end of the article and the categories box.

Please list any more changes you would like below! I will pass them on and list them above when/if they're implemented. Most things can be changed. One thing we would like to do is make the design more 'interesting', less bland! Kirkburn talk contr 19:25, 8 May 2007 (EDT)

Feeback and suggestions Edit

Migrate darktable into 'real CSS' ... MediaWiki:Wowwiki.css. I'll look at the right navbars and infoboxes here in a few. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 21:45, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
It seems to me like you went a little overboard on the <h2> change. Other than that, nice changes. --Sky (t · c · w) 21:55, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Overboard? it looks fine to me. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 22:26, 8 May 2007 (EDT)
Maybe add some real text classes for item qualities so we can get rid of the template tokens. <span class="legendary"> etc.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 10:45, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
That's the kind of stuff that needs to go into the site CSS, once that becomes enabled when we switch over to Wikia's servers. I'm just looking to fix that are flat out broken in the current template; stuff like item-legendary etc. should be wiki-global, and not tied to a particular skin... --Rustak 00:25, 11 May 2007 (EDT)
So you're gonna want us to put that stuff in via the wiki CSS pages eh? Sweets. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 04:43, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

Galleries Edit

Seeing as we now have fixed (and frankly, gorgeous) galleries, I suggest we start using them more frequently - a good example of its usage is Exodar#Gallery. Add more wherever you see fit :) Kirkburn talk contr 01:19, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Header lines and picturesEdit

Here's another ugly effect I'd like to be fixed: You know when you have a picture close to a header - the line underneath the header caption runs right through the picture; if there would be some way you could make some space before that line and picture, that'd be great!

HeaderLine


--   Shandris  talk / contribs 08:06, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Doesnt bother me much, it'd look better though. i'm more annoyed by "edit" links getting pushed down by the tocright template, when combined with pictures on the same page... really odd stuff happens then.  - CJ talk / cont  08:51, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
Can you please still work on it? --  Shandris  talk / contribs 15:51, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
it's not my apartment of expertise really...  - CJ talk / cont  08:07, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Hellfire Peninsula - Database error Edit

The Hellfire Peninsula page reads the following:

Database error

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 "SiteStatsUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction (localhost)".

At first I thought it might just be a temporary glitch, but it's been doing this for over 24 hours now.

--Chocobochicken 09:17, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

Clear your cache and reload. It is indeed temporary but the page gets cached and it doesnt get invalid =/ --Adys 09:24, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

I guess it's only happening for anonymous/logged out users, then. I had to create this account to report the issue, and after reading your comment I checked the page again and it was working fine. So figuring I didn't need to be logged in anymore, I logged out and reloaded the page and got the same error again. Clearing the cache didn't fix it, and I'm easily recreating this error in both Firefox 2.0 and IE7.

Now that I've created an account, I have a way of viewing the information on this page. But an admin may want to take a peek at the problem and see if it's fixable for anonymous viewers.

--Chocobochicken 09:50, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

We're very sorry for the inconvenience. The faulty pages are sometimes generated as a result of a big template edit where the system is under heavy load, and the HTTP proxy in front of the wiki unfortunately caches this bad result for quite a while. There is nothing we can do about it at the moment :(
Logging in avoids this problem: since the pages are slightly different for each user (because of user name, user settings etc.) they are not cached and can be reloaded at any time, should this error occur.
I hope that the move to Wikia will fix this problem soon. ///Teomyr /// 12:45, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
The way to fix it for now is to do a dummy edit to the page. This makes the caching proxy realize there's something new there that should be re-fetched. And, yeah, I'd just wait for the move to Wikia too. Mikk (T) 12:50, 9 May 2007 (EDT)
Yep, dummy edits should clear it up. Sorry about this -- moving to Wikia's servers will basically take care of this issue, and I don't want to fiddle with anything on the server just now when it'll all be changing soon. --Rustak 00:27, 11 May 2007 (EDT)
I'm getting the error irregularly on other pages as well currently. pretty hard to pinpoint. seems more like a traffic issue?  - CJ talk / cont  12:15, 15 May 2007 (EDT)

Question about eviscerate article Edit

Hi all, Im new to wowwiki as a registered user but have been using it for a long time. Im currently searching rogue data trying to understand the mechanics behind combat and dps to create a kind of dps guide. I was very surprised to discover the data on the eviscerate damage per rank in WoWWiki is different from the one in WoWHead. Correct me if im wrong, but I saw that the WoWWiki page was last edited in 2006 too. I tried to acess the talk page but sadly I didnt found any way to start this discussion there too.

I have a rogue level 70 and my eviscerate damage per ranks are different from the WoWWiki tables too. I then started a level 1 rogue, made the math and found its ok with WoWHead data BUT you find that for 1 combo point it adds +1dmg, for 2 and 3 it adds +2dmg, for 4 it adds +3dmg and 5cp adds +4dmg, while for my rogue combo points it adds 37dmg, 74dmg, 111dmg, 147dmg and 184dmg respectively at Rank 10 Evis.

The WoWWiki table have an incongruency were the rank 2 data is almost the same as rank 1.

With that I found that the equation for evis damage in WoWWiki dont shows the same numbers I find in the tooltips while the rogue lvl 1 and my lvl 70 tooltips makes me think theres something scaling the equation. Im not sure what to do about that right now and would like to hear some ideas.

Thanks for your time.

Andre

--Andrecxavier 20:39, 9 May 2007 (EDT)

So fix the information to the information displayed on wowhead, silly! The beauty of a wiki... :) --Sky (t · c · w) 00:43, 10 May 2007 (EDT)


Funny...

I updated the table with the new values but it shows the last time it was updated was in 2006. Another thing is that the update isnt listed in the page's history. Is this right?

Andre

Official-ish WoWWiki EU server Edit

It's sort of been unofficial for a little while, so I thought I'd advertise it here :)

WoWWikians, come to Stormrage EU, Alliance side! At the moment Adys (Adys - 70), Apollozeus (Amberrock - 70), myself (Chekov - 36), Teomyr (Teomyr - 12) and Kaso (Kazo - 9) have chars on the realm. Kirkburn talk contr 04:55, 10 May 2007 (EDT)

and... theres a wowwiki guild? or just friendlist? Alliance 15HJT (t/c) 05:04, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
created a character there some time ago, but a weird lvl 1 Gnome Mage circled around me for 5minutes until I went /afk. Strange persons...  Flotsam | talk | contr )  05:05, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
Nah, no guild set up, though there is a chat channel which we're all on (the name of which I forget atm). Kirkburn talk contr 05:25, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
EU bastards. I declare Area 52 (US) the really official WoWWiki US realm. Come roll a sexy Draenei (males only!) and have fun with me! TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 05:50, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
Ah yes, I've "remembered" the name of the channel. It's called ... WoWWiki. Crazy! Kirkburn talk contr 08:47, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
I'm surprised you didn't make it a male druid gimmick guild. And I have this thing about being Alliance... Not happening.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 14:48, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
Ew. Dirty Euros. ;-) // Montag (talk · contr) 08:48, 10 May 2007 (EDT)
Things like this make me want to restart playing! HATE YOU ALL *goes cry in the corner* // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 14:03, 10 May 2007 (EDT)

Now that we have an official server -- we need an anthem! Edit

I think Wowwiki needs an anthem. Discuss! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kjærleik (talk · contr).

"Na, na, na, naaa ... we rock"? Kirkburn talk contr 03:38, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

What about: http://youtube.com/watch?v=n4TyqYsC26g# or http://youtube.com/watch?v=R8xqvfKxh5s&mode=related&search=  ? Kjærleik 03:30, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

I don't know, i kinda like http://youtube.com/watch?v=vqO7zEWu0W0
 ∙ Zurr  TalkContr 03:37, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
Allready taken by the magi on the EU forums. :( Kjærleik 03:44, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

The BC template Edit

Yes, it's been/being removed from pages - but the plan is to replace it on the pages that really need it. Afaik, the reasoning is mainly that it's almost impossible to maintain a template like that over so many articles, it can interfere with the article design, and there's little restriction as to what it can be placed on.

Back in February I very quickly knocked up a table of the types of places I thought it would actually be appropriate for:

T:Bc {{bc-section}} {{bc-inline}}
Zones,
cities,
instances,
playable races,
professions,
flying mounts
Major character BC sections,
etc
Templates,
section titles/headings

Do these seem fair? Kirkburn talk contr 07:27, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

{{bc-inline}} is extremely handy in summary tables, like a list of recipes or factions or NPCS. I think it should be considered a kinda generic tag for use in lots of places where normal and BC content are summarized in the same place. As for T:Bc, I saw a lil div template that threw a "This is BC blah blah" note in the title line to the right, instead of the full page width divider we had before. I quite liked that corner thingy. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 09:44, 11 May 2007 (EDT)
That was {{bcarticle}}. Check the undelete. --Adys 10:28, 11 May 2007 (EDT)
The less obtrusive we can make whatever it is that we make to denote "expansion only" information the better. I think that {{bc-inline}} would suffice 90% of the time. There should also be very specific guidelines for which one is used, how, and where... --  SeiferTim  ( talk · contribs ) 12:33, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

WoW Wiki search plugin Edit

I keep seeing a button in the drop-down menu for a WoW Wiki search plugin for Firefox. however, whenever I try to install it I get a download error saying Firefox is unable to download it. I would really like a search plugin for this site too. anyone know of a way to fix this?
 ∙ Zurr  TalkContr 23:12, 11 May 2007 (EDT)

This was discussed up top, there are several solutions here in the meantime. --GRYPHONtc 00:59, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

Does Wowwiki have an objects clause? Edit

Do we? --Kjærleik 10:53, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

A what? Kirkburn talk contr 11:32, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

An objects clause Kjærleik 12:50, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

/me imagines this could turn into quite the circular discussion. From what I can work out on the net, an objects clause appears to be an English term (I'm British, coincidentally) to do with companies. Well, firstly the site is based in the US, and it isn't/wasn't a company. So I'm still at a loss for what you're asking. Kirkburn talk contr 13:13, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

No, an objects clause does need to have anything to do with a company. I'm not sure how to explain it properly, but I'll try. It's a rule or a slogan that describes what a company/organisation is and what their goal is. Ex: "Wowwiki is bla-bla-bla. Its goal is to be [...] and to [...]. Kjærleik 02:32, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

I'd suggest starting here: WoWWiki:About, there's a section on the very front page titled "What is WoWWiki?" that sounds like what you're looking for. Also, the policies and guidelines articles might prove useful. --TUSVA ~ T | C02:38, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
I was about to post that same thing, Tusva.
 ∙ Zurr  TalkContr 02:36, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
The English translation is mission statement (vision statement is relevant as well, but that isn't exactly a summary of objectives). -- Starlightblunder 05:16, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Kjærleik, this edit [8] was not appreciated. What are more people going to understand, some obscure (and mostly irrelevant) legal term, or "About WoWWiki"? Kirkburn talk contr 05:13, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

My apologies. I didn't know it was obscure -- the Norwegian counterpart, formålsparagraf is used all the time. I thought that this was also the case with objects clause. Kjærleik 07:01, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
The fact we didn't know what an "objects clause" was should have been a big hint. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 09:56, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

It should be easier to create new articles. Edit

Why not put a link on the frontpage that people can click in order to make new articles? --Kjærleik 10:53, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

Example? Kirkburn talk contr 11:35, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
It cant be much easier than just type the address in your browser and click edit, like: http://www.wowwiki.com/My_new_article  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 11:49, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
Just a suggestion Kjærleik 12:46, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
What type of link do you suggest though? The main version I have come across is an input box where you type in the article's name. Kirkburn talk contr 13:09, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
Usually, editors shouldn't create articles that aren't linked to by existing articles. What proposals for new articles did you have? The best way to go about this would be to make a blurb on an existing article, and have it link to the article you want, which doesn't exist. Then click that new link and begin editing.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 22:09, 12 May 2007 (EDT)
Just find somewhere (like your userpage or a page relevent to the new article) to put a internal link, save the page, fill out the new page, and then delete the link if it was temperary. That is not hard.--SWM2448 21:25, 12 May 2007 (EDT)

My suggestion is to put a link under the navigation section. When you click it, you get a page somewhat similar to the add-new-discussion-page on the discussion sites. Kjærleik 02:36, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Do you have an example to show us? We can't just recode Mediawiki to our whims, unfortunately. Kirkburn talk contr 05:28, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

No :( I have very little experience in editing HTML-pages. However, inspired by Dotted -- why not create a script that could, similar to the redirect template, send you to the page with the name you want to create? Like this: http://www.wowwiki.com/Kjærleik#criticism

I seem to recall not 10 minutes ago you were telling us not to make things personal ... mind changing that URL? Atm we don't have the ability to create input boxes, but it could possibly be introduced at some point in the future. Kirkburn talk contr 07:05, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
I didnt say anything like that. And why did you choose that link exactly? Its uncalled for and doesnt exist in the wiki, sigh.  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 07:10, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
Just took a page and used it as an example. :) Kjærleik 07:22, 13 May 2007 (EDT)
Right...  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 07:26, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Hrmph... Kjærleik 07:28, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

We don't need edit the MediaWiki system. It could be a link from a pure page... Kjærleik 07:39, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

OKay, I vaguely see what you're saying ... a generic page with an input like [9], where the title is the page title, not a section title. Does anyone know of an example of this? Kirkburn talk contr 10:20, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

/cheer ^^Kjærleik 10:23, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Oh my god, dont add that kirk - if you cant grap the idea of typing the title on the browsers arss bar, you have nothing to do on a wiki anyway. It only serve to purpose of vandals that dont wanna read up on how to create a new article.  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 12:53, 13 May 2007 (EDT)


As sky said: Have you ever heard of assuming good faith? Ever? Kjærleik 14:20, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

No need to sass an admin. Watch it.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 15:12, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

I'm not back-talking anyone. I'm just explaining to Dotted what a Wiki is:) Kjærleik 15:20, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Boo, I can't read. Emot-psyduck I thought that was directed at an admin. But! Nonetheless. Sass of any kind, not appreciated. Moving on...--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 15:24, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

No problem Kjærleik 15:58, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

Please sass the admins... sometimes they deserve it. ;-) Of course, I would also sass Dotted for writing something that appears to be english, but doesn't parse like it all the way thru.
BTW, I reverted the removal of this and the previous topic, because I don't see why Kirkburn would add several comments into topics, if they were considered vandalism. --Fandyllic (talk · contr) 2:53 PM PDT 13 May 2007
I R CONFUSEDED  D ♠ T ♣ C ♦ I ♥ WP 19:28, 13 May 2007 (EDT)

its not so hard to just add any name you want in the title bar, [10] , then press edit.. tbh. i see no need for this  - CJ talk / cont  09:39, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

Note that you can add an Inputbox (http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Inputbox) to any page to create a field for users to enter a desired page title. It does suffer from the problem of newbies creating orphaned articles (and sometimes useless/graffiti pages), but if people are keeping an eye on Special:Recentchanges, Special:Lonelypages (orphaned articles) and Special:Newpages, that can be kept to a minimum.
On a related note, you can use the syntax {{:Special:Newpages/10}} or {{:Special:Wantedpages/10}} to display a selection of newest pages or wanted pages (non-existent pages with redlinks pointing to them) on any page. See the main page for the House MD Wikia at http://house.wikia.com/ for one idea on how to use this, although it uses the RSS2Wiki ability for Newpages to strip out extra information. See http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Help:Special_page_inclusion and http://www.wikia.com/wiki/Help:RSS2Wiki for more details on options and syntax.
Hope that helps! Catherine, Wikia Community Team 17:22, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
We don't have the inputbox extension atm :( Kirkburn talk contr 21:09, 28 May 2007 (UTC)
Ah, sorry, I thought all of the Wikia functions were available already.  :) Well, these things, and many more, will be available in the near future then. Catherine 21:38, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

the usual link war Edit

Guild website utilities, should be standardised and put into tables with default information before it turns into a link bumping contest like Patch mirrors  - CJ talk / cont  09:46, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

Have at it. --GRYPHONtc 19:12, 14 May 2007 (EDT)
1 thing at a time. have a looksee Talk:Guild_website_utilities#Tables  - CJ talk / cont  03:22, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Also working on a patch mirrors remake Talk:Patch mirrors  - CJ talk / cont  05:59, 15 May 2007 (EDT)

Storylines Edit

Hello everyone! I am new to WowWiki and love World of Warcraft. So much, in fact that I'd like to learn the Storylines about it. For instance how did Salvanniys become Queen of Undead? Did the Undead like or dislike the Lich King? How did Thrall become a great Warcheif? These kind of things are explained in some stories. I'd like to know where to find them on WoWWiki. --Yartolr 18:43, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

Lore. There's also the story on the official site TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 19:01, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

Headers from Worldofwarcraft.com Edit

I noticed that a quite a few pages have had a screenshot of their worldofwarcraft.com page header added to the top - like Children's Week or Sha'tar. To me, those images seem redundant, look out of place and simply waste vertical space. In situations where the image inside the header is actually relevant to the article, a screenshot or infobox image would probably fit better. Anyone object to removing screenshots of worldofwarcraft.com page headers from WoWWiki articles? -- Starlightblunder 19:15, 14 May 2007 (EDT)

If you can find the relevant images in game, and take an SS, and crop them appropriately. Else, no, especially if the page was a one time event (suchas Introducing the Tinfoil Hat). --Sky (t · c · w) 00:40, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Depends on the situation. I want to see them replaced, but I don't want to see them just removed. If we have an infobox, by all means nix the banner. If an infobox is not appropriate, I'd love to see someone create nice banners that fit the wiki's style. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 04:33, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Move to Wikia servers Wednesday (5/16) Tuesday (5/15) Edit

We'll be moving wowwiki to Wikia's servers on Wednesday 5/16 Tuesday 5/15 -- everything will stay as is, though we'll do an upgrade to MediaWiki 1.10 in the process. User accounts won't change, though in the future we'll integrate users with the rest of Wikia's sites and there may be some changes. WoWWiki will hopefully not have any downtime during the transition, though it may be in read-only mode for much of tomorrow evening.

Edit: Sorry, this is happening Tuesday night, not Wednesday -- I was convinced it was Tuesday yesterday.

--Rustak 00:56, 15 May 2007 (EDT)

Emot-awesome--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 00:58, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Wait a tick... isn't wednesday the 16th?--Syzgyn 02:00, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
About account mergings with wikia, what if you already have an account there? could they be merged? -- - CJ talk / cont  05:08, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Yep. Will post more about that in the bear future --Rustak
And, i assume wowwiki.com will be "locked" for editing, but still possible to be viewed for a while? or will there be a hard redirect from the start? --  - CJ talk / cont  05:08, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
He said it would be in Read Only mode most likely and there should be no gap in view-ability ;) --GRYPHONtc 12:15, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
WoWWiki_talk:Wikia Move : could be a nice spot to keep all the wikia related discussions? --
It is mention of Wikia, but it is all WoWWiki related, which is fine here. --GRYPHONtc 12:15, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
NO. WoW downtime happens every other Tuesday, you're going to have to wait two weeks since you missed today's. If you can pull of rolling restarts then you can do the move next Tuesday. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 12:30, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
/me jabs Tekkub. With a pitchfork.
In other news, awesome! Here's hoping it goes well :) Kirkburn talk contr 12:46, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Tek, here on WoWwiki we only take into account the superior race of the Europians. We have our downtime on wednesday! (yeah yeah, I know we're getting the downtime on our downtime, but hey I'm not even playing WoW anymore ^^) // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 13:21, 15 May 2007 (EDT)
Oh, well as long as the downtime happens during someone's down time. Need that extra load of people that can't play the game to make sure they can't wiki either. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 23:40, 15 May 2007 (EDT)

move complete? Edit

WoWWiki seems no longer to be in read-only mode. So congrats to a successfully move? --Ragowit {talk · contr · qt eu} 11:19, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
WoWWiki has been migrated to the new server. We'll be watching it through the day to make sure all is well. Faulkner 11:20, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

is "this" the new server then. ? i dont see any difference really. not here, or on the wikia frontpage website. huh. url looks same also. (would be nice to have some sort of official post or such before doing any .. edits that might need to be done twice. hard to say.)  - CJ talk / cont  11:35, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

You should find that the site is a hell of a lot faster and more stable :) Apart from that, the move has only just occured - you won't start seeing the upgrade-type stuff just yet ... Kirkburn talk contr 11:40, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
The speed seems ok, I sort of was expecting the url to change, or all files to be copied over to wikia and wowwiki to remain locked. but.. guess it was just hm, server only. what about those accounts were supposed to be migrated as well.. /confused  - CJ talk / cont  11:45, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

WoWWiki is still running MediaWiki 1.9.3, should we expect another short downtime soon for an upgrade? --Ragowit {talk · contr · qt eu} 11:43, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

You're right. seems the version will come later  - CJ talk / cont  11:46, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
This was just the server move. The other stuff will come next! The URL won't be changing - check http://wowwiki.wikia.com for example Smiley The account stuff is also on the todo list. Kirkburn talk contr 11:48, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
We were promised 1.10... and punch and pie. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 13:50, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
Felpony for Hobinheim!!! Emot-argh (and linked stylesheets too, please)--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 14:07, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
Btw, I just want to say, awesome job with the move. Exactly as I wanted it to be, NOTHING CHANGED. WOOO!!!!! Emot-neckbeard--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 16:24, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
...yet... *grin* TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 16:49, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

All you goldspammers and female night elf huntersEdit

The featured article is in the process of rotting away. Last comments were made more than a month ago. You guys might wanna participate in it and nominate some new article :P. IconSmall BloodElf2 MaleAPΘLLΘ(ZEUS) 15:51, 15 May 2007 (EDT)

You realise it's still mid-May? ^^ Kirkburn talk contr 11:41, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
A little exaggeration doesn't hurt :P IconSmall BloodElf2 MaleAPΘLLΘ(ZEUS) 21:48, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Signatures - AGAIN Edit

Can we get a ruling on these things? Sorry, but ANY signature that modifies the page its on should not be allowed. Meaning, only "User:UserName/Sig" types should be permitted. When writing to some of these warcraft and village pump topics a fourth of the page can be spans/images/etc garbage that are because of over zealous signatures. --SharlinTalk / Did 15:51, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

That's funny. I see your point, yet I'm the owner of one of these wacky signatures you speak of. For those that don't know what we mean, just edit this section and look at the difference between our posts. Anyway, I prefer this style, not because of readability, but because of performance issues. If people plaster their signatures in many different pages, and then decide to upgrade or change or modify their signature, it makes the job queue do that much work.--Hobinheim (talk · contr) 16:15, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
Then the best option is to eliminate custom signatures on everyone except Admins so as to set them apart, and restrict their custom signature to the "User:UserName/Sig" types --SharlinTalk / Did 16:23, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
You got your's fixed by <Kiltek> blah / spam ... anyway, I don't know why people can't just follow the sig guide and then you don't get all that junk when you edit stuff. I did and look at me. Colinstu  talk / cont 20:20, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
Performance is not as much of an issue as it once was, templated sig changes are hardly an issue. --GRYPHONtc 21:38, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
Until Wikia complains of course ;) But yes, follow the guide and you shouldn't cause problems. Kirkburn talk contr 21:47, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
As a business, they shouldn't have any issues with such usage. --GRYPHONtc 21:58, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
i think mine's fine.. heck i was one of the first ones to start this... "revolution".. hobin's and shandris are definitely producing a lot of text tho. also, if you change your main sig, your bug sigs wont change along with it, which is 1 reason i started using it.  - CJ talk / cont  08:05, 17 May 2007 (UTC)


Personally, I don't even see the need for all the colorful sigs that make talk pages look more like bad LSD trips than readable content. I initially changed mine so newcomers would know who that opinionated "Mikk" dude was that kept slapping tags on pages, and whatnot. I didn't realize I'd open Pandora's box :S --Mikk (T) 08:47, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Just on Hobin's comment.. how does it increase workload? I was under the impression that all Pedia pages are dynamically created when called... <Kiltek> blah / spam 09:02, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
To improve perfomance pages are cached so that each time a page is viewed the wiki doesnt have to accesss the perhaps hundreds of templates on that page to generate the final produce, this only happens once then future viewers see the cached version, however when a template is changed every single page that uses that template has to be re-cached, which causes alot of work to be done by the wiki (before we had the job queue fixed this was the problem what caused the wiki to fall over and die every now and again when someone edited a big template like {{tooltip}}. You can read about Job Queues here;[11] and see the length of wowwiki's here; Special:Statistics Anyway, im happy without a fancy sig, quicker for the wiki, makes the page more readable, all plusses imo! --Kaso 11:29, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

./me dares not to post in this topic... I'll fix it ASAP, but I don't want to lose my custom sig :( // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 12:56, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Personal Image Template? Edit

Hey, here's a thought... How about a "Pprsonal image" template of some kind for those of us who have player character pages or use some form of personal image on our user pages? I think it'd help, personally. Or at least it couldn't hurt. ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 00:38, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

I saw someone developing something much like this (don't know where; I'll go dig through new pages created here in a sec). Tbh, most that I have seen just use {{Npcbox}}. :) --Sky (t · c · w) 05:48, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Date format Edit

Does the wiki have a guideline on dates? For example the Server:Quel'Thalas Europe quotes the starting date in the d/m/y format, but it could be confusing for some people. --Slxception 15:25, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Well hrm... all else fails use long dates *points at sig* TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 16:48, 17 May 2007 (UTC)
I Despise the new Date format... It's so completely off -_- The old timezone was much better :'( // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 00:26, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Or use the globally unambigous ISO 8601 format: yyyy-mm-dd --Karrion 01:00, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
DMY is fine,, but you know you can like.. set your personal stuff in the settings right ?  - CJ talk / cont  08:48, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Item farming guides Edit

I recently happened upon one of the few item farming guides in WoWWiki, and it was a bit of a mess. It contains a snippit of information for a huge number of items, and that's about it. As I said its talk page, it should be a guide for places that are good to sit down and grind for a while, making money. However, it signifies a larger issue. Very, very few of our item pages feature much information for farming the item! If we want a page to contain complete encyclipedic information about an item, a very large part of that is how to go about aquring tons of it. I started this on Mote of Fire and Elemental Fire, but request that other users do this as well. Pick an item from Places to Farm and write about how to get it! Thottbot and WoWHead are of course excellant resources for this, but nothing beats first hand. --Mikaka 21:40, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Hmmm I really much like this idea, hower, try doing it in an organised manner. If people don't make it clear what they're working on then people will waste more time in searching an unfinished page. What I actually want to say, make a page similar to User:DuTempete/Warlock_project where you make a list of done and not done items. Atfirst making such a page sounds like a lot of work, but in the end, you'll win more with it, both for yourself and for everyone willing to help you. I would help, but I'm currently breaking my mind on the Profession pages... // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 00:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
That's... a pretty amazing page... I'm inspired. I created User:Mikaka/Item guide project as a start for this project. Feel free to help out, or just to add more items to the list of items that need guides.
Additionally, I wasn't sure if these guides should go under a new section called Farming Guide or something, or stay under the boilerplate section of Source. It's probably not a big deal, but better to get little things like this out of the way before a bunch of pages are made. --Mikaka 01:44, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
The sad part about farming guides is those of us who find ourselves a sweet spot, where no one else goes, don't want to divulge that information. I play on a pvp server, and I have to admit guilty feelings of selfishness about my mote of water spot, hehe.
But I love your idea. I don't think I would ever have known that article existed until you started talking about it. What you should do is put a {{Merge}} on it and drop a link to your project page on the talk page, so that other people know what's going on when they visit.-- DuTempete talk|contr 15:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I like this a lot. Hope you add all the reputation tokens to that list, not just the Aldor/Scryer ones. Also, as you whittle out items remove their entries from Places to Farm and replace them with a link to the item page. That places to farm page is kinda "Wall of text" ugly. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 16:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Database error Edit

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from within function "SiteStatsUpdate::doUpdate". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction (localhost)".

Fixed when we move, eh?  - CJ talk / cont  08:50, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

That's not a DB error. It's.... swamp gas. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 08:53, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Server tweaking is the likely reason for this and certainly for the short periods of slowdown. Wikia is still setting up stuff on their end. Kirkburn talk contr 14:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Hey guys, I'm trying to update a few things today to get some better performance. Please update if you see more deadlock errors. Thanks. BTW, you can find me on IRC-Freenode as MatthewS Faulkner 00:41, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
problem still persists, rarely though. but it does.  - CJ talk / cont  17:31, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
I can vouche for that. I got hit repeatedly today. And by repeatedly, I mean "when it happens, I can't fix it for a good two minutes or so." ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 18:59, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
I assume deadlocks occur when there are too many connections trying to happen when there are only so many available, yes? Well then. Servers for WoW are down. We have 8 million people sitting around trying to find something to do. Brace for impact. Pzychotix 00:26, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
It shouldn't take you so long Doc. :/ --Sky (t · c · w) 01:42, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Gold Spammer Article? Edit

Hey. I'd like to write an opinion piece (laced with facts, of course) about Gold Spam in World of Warcraft. Where would the most appropriate place such an article -- open to discussion -- go? Here in the Wiki, I mean. I'm aware the absolute best place is probably the official discussion forums, but I just figure it'd be a little less "temporary" here at the Wiki. ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 16:29, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Personally, I don't think it belongs here. --GRYPHONtc 16:44, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Your User space if you must, but I agree "opinion pieces" are generally not the realm of the wiki. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 17:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
after having vandalism issues with them here many people aren't too keen to have ANYTHING that deals with them on the wiki IconSmall Draenei FemaleRESKAR(Contr) 17:27, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
So the general consensus is...no, they don't belong here. That's fair enough for me! Thanks for your feedback on this matter. In the meantime, I'll simply link to the forum post I made in my user page. *salute* ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 19:21, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Putting it under your user page, e.g. User:Doc Lithius/Gold Spammers in WoW (or whatever you'd like to call it) is 100% fine in my opinion. It's definitely related to WoW. Just be aware that if you're going to promote gold spam in that article (I think/hope that's not what you're going to do :-)), it's against Blizzard's ToU and as such against wiki policy and will be deleted. Mikk (T) 13:02, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
No no... It's basically an article about the facts and research about gold spammers, what you can do to prevent it, and what Blizzard could do but probably won't and why. Stuff like that. I am very much against gold spam and real-money services, mate. If only because the spam is annoying as all get-out. XD ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 13:20, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
That doesn't sound like an opinion piece to me. As such why relegate it to his talk page? If he is listing the issue as it occurs now, the player created solutions, and Blizzard proposed ideas why shouldn't it be a free standing article? Or is this one of those paranoid to the point of stupidity times here? SharlinTalk / Did 15:09, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
If it's a personal article, it belongs in the user space, almost always regardless of subject. Once it's written, then it can be judged. Kirkburn talk contr 16:20, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
Fine, Judge Away Gold Spamming SharlinTalk / Did 16:23, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
What he said.  :x ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 04:07, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

And back to the left :) Good start of an article! The difference between this and Doc Lithius' is that Gold Spamming is not an opinion piece. Kirkburn talk contr 16:33, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

If we took the "opinion" piece Lithius wrote, took the top paragraph off, it would be fine as a regular article. In fact I might just borrow parts of his article and fill out the Gold Spamming page. SharlinTalk / Did 17:18, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
I wouldn't mind, honestly. Just give me a heads-up when it happens, huh? ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 04:03, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
I think it's a fine article, and should be included. There are a couple things that could be improved, or at least discussed on a talk page, but I'd wait to see if it gets included or not. --Slxception 13:15, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
Actually Doc Lithius, I think I will keep the Gold Spamming page as written with a link to your article. It works better this way. The simple page I wrote is mainly "just the facts" whereas yours explores the ins and outs. I was going to integrate some of your information about trial accounts but feel its better kept to one page. SharlinTalk / Did 10:22, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
I like it how it's done now, with a neutral and short article in the main namespace, linking to Doc's article. I like Doc's article also :-) Mikk (T) 10:49, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Personal Articles and Player Characters policy Edit

I believe that some changes are needed regarding player characters and where they belong, please see WW:PA for discussion. --GRYPHONtc 22:54, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Thumbs and the ugly white border Edit

I was about to polish the warlock page when I noticed the picture of Gul'dan has this white border around the thumbnail view. I tried speccing the px size, etc but nothing fixed it. Is it an internal default in WoWWiki? Or maybe it's just my computer at work, I'll try it when I get home.--Drain 23:46, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Which image? If it's all of them, upgrade from IE6 :P It's a CSS thing. We'll try and get it sorted. Kirkburn talk contr 00:35, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
Lore sorry, and it's fine on my real computer at home. Silly IT is still on IE6.

Helpppp Installing addons Edit

<Im not that computer litrate I keep getting the message "There was an unhandled exception" when I try to install addons And I cant find any usefull easy to understand help, just a bunch of incomprehensible instructions about creating toc files and I dont even know if that is what i need to get the things to work Tsego13 20:08, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Best place for this kind of question is either where you originally downloaded the addon or else at the UI & Macros Forum on the official boards. - ClydeJr - talk - contrib 19:51, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
UI FAQ Mikk (T) 10:58, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

My thoughts on WW:GUILD and Template:Guild Edit

See User talk:Montag#implementation of new guild policy and Template_talk:Guild#Guild.2FDev. Leave comments here. :) --Sky (t · c · w) 05:43, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Video player extension Edit

This has been on the wiki for a while, but it has been sadly underused. They would be especially useful for tactics pages, methinks. Examples can be found on Wowhead (Youtube) and Illidan Stormrage (video) (Dailymotion).

The Wowhead video code (link currently featured on the Main Page) shows as: <dhflashplayer>file=B-dj-FTWDjo|width=225|height=185| path=http://www.youtube.com/v/</dhflashplayer>

A wiki page could be set up to people can find the correct paths and files for each site, if anyone wants to do a little research :P Kirkburn talk contr 17:37, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

In fact here are two code examples!
  • <dhflashplayer>file=B-dj-FTWDjo|width=225|height=185|path=http://www.youtube.com/v/</dhflashplayer>
  • <dhflashplayer>file=5oeXiKgrauWe6cJOg|width=520|height=412|path=http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/</dhflashplayer>
Hope these help! Kirkburn talk contr 22:54, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
I would assume it works in IE7, cause it sure ain't working in IE6. :) --Sky (t · c · w) 16:35, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
Works in Firefox. Time to make us a template! :) TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 16:40, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
I know that. Lern2browsercompatibility. --Sky (t · c · w) 16:45, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
Doesn't like being inside a template, joy, guess they have to be done manually. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 22:26, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

Requests pages Edit

Just a quick reminder about the two useful requests pages we have:

Please add new stuff to the bottom of the lists, as it makes it easier for us to sort them. Kirkburn talk contr 23:29, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Keyboard Shortcuts - Too Many Spells to Manage Edit

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Edit Count Edit

How can i get an edit count for WoWWiki? --IconSmall Orc Male1336 15:53, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

You have to count the entries on your contributions page. You have about 180 --GRYPHONtc 15:57, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Off-Topic: Just you wait. I wlll match that some day! ...'cause I'm an idiot about editing articles and tend to do a lot of stupid things I need to instantly revise right on-the-spot... ...I fail at Wiki. D: ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 16:30, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Thanks Gryph. I was hoping there was something like "Kate's Tool" :-) IconSmall Orc Male1336 17:01, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
i'm sure this.. count can be automated somehow... perhaps a bot could take care of it? im probably on 8000 or whatever by now...  - CJ talk / cont  10:51, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia has a bot that does it, usually for the purpose of checking people's historys (such as for people being referred by another to be admin). --Sky (t · c · w) 19:37, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Theres actually an entry in the database that has this number, its under the User table MentalPower 02:39, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

AWARDS! Edit

Ok, WoWWiki, I open myself up to your comments/criticism/love/hatred...

I just created Template:Award, that I hope will be WoWWiki's equivalent to Barnstars! Please tell me if you like it, and start giving them out if you do!

(You can put whatever name for your award and I put it in 8 colors and horde/ally)

Tell me what you think (*crosses-fingers*)! --IconSmall Orc Male1336 00:54, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

I'm sure I've seen something along these lines hiding around already... Just gota find it...
I'm not sure I like the design of yours, I might have a fiddle. --ρςұκε®7 talkcontr 02:14, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
You prob mean {{wwclub}} --Adys 04:26, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
No I've seen those... was another one... no luck finding it but =( --ρςұκε®7 talkcontr 07:03, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Please, no. SharlinTalk / Did 14:48, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Do I get to turn them in for a sheild with the stamp logo on it for blocking vandals if I get some?--SWM2448 21:35, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Server Craftlists Edit

Just curious, what you guys think on this subject.. Server specific craftlists. such as a list of who can make certain epic recipes / enchants. Server:Aszune_Europe for example. would this be gray area wikisquatting, or no problem?  - CJ talk / cont  10:50, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

No problem IMO - some servers already do this, in fact I believe there is a template out there somewhere --ρςұκε®7 talkcontr 11:53, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
there is indeed a Template. Template:CrafterHeader // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 13:01, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Kick-ass use of wowwiki in my opinion. The information is valid and helpful for a whole server's worth of players. No squatting about it whatsoever. Mikk (T) 13:35, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Found an example of it in use --ρςұκε®7 talkcontr 15:28, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Another example. --Ragowit {talk · contr · qt eu} 16:26, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
On topic: No, it's not wiki-squatting. It it is a brilliant purpose for use of the wiki, as it allows people to add or remove themselves without having to resort to an external list maintained by one purpose.
Offtopic: There are two templates I've seen used for this purpose, as well as a dozen variations not using templates, so far as I can tell. One is the one already linked; the other is {{craftingheader}} (note the difference in caps). The one just linked allows the page users to define how wide in %s they want the page to be, as well as being able to customize the links provided of the item (using plain links, different names links, or {{Loot}}). It is loosely based on the crafting page for Server:Azjol-Nerub US. The first one is bit more user friendly, more or less; the second one, maybe not so much, but it also allows more customization. W/e.
In whatever case, crafting lists are a communal effort, rather than the work of one individual. --Sky (t · c · w) 19:46, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
there seem to be 2 templates for the same purpose.. Template:craftingheader + Template:craftingrow seems to be the better one. Template:CrafterHeader and Template:CrafterList should be removed, the template seems to have some problems as well. : perhaps a bot could replace and deprecate the first 2.  - CJ talk / cont  07:07, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
Oh no, please, don't delete the second one, if one should be deleted, it's the first. The second one looks better and is so much easier. These are created to help players update their crafter on the list and having a very complicated template ain't going to help! We need to keep the Template as simple as possible. Server:Shattered_Hand_Europe/Crafters Check that one, it's the template in use. (well names should still be added, but I assure you, it's as easy as it can get) There are many players wishing to update their crafter, but the general reply I get from my server: "All those templates are too complicated" That's why I chose for the easeir one and that's exactly why the easier one should stay. If you want to keep the wiki playerfriendly, you have to make things simplistic! // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 07:12, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
Unfortunately, that one needs to be changed so as to allow tweaking with subheaders; the problem with it is that it only allows the user to edit the whole page, for whatever reason the template has.
And tbh, my server (SM US Crafting) does just fine with adding their names to the list. All I do is tweak how they're entered usually (occassionally, someone forgets to put spaces between their names; that sort of thing). But what ever floats your boat. Ask your server if maybe they could use {{craftingheader}}: It is no more complicated than the other one. And, tbh, I don't like the look of {{CrafterHeader}}, but that is just personal preference. --Sky (t · c · w) 15:38, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
And, for the love of all that is holy, please fix your sig. Pleeeeeease. --Sky (t · c · w) 15:39, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
"Unfortunately, that one needs to be changed so as to allow tweaking with subheaders..." Agreed,Server:Whisperwind_US has been using this template for some time. It's a little annoying with the edit subsection being nonfunctional. Boblo-WW talk contr 15:02, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
Check how I solved it at Server:Shattered_Hand_Europe/Crafters It's a way, perhaps not the best, but hey... On a side note, I think that the one used on that page looks better than the other one... // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 16:59, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
There is another template {{CrafterHeader52}} that doesn't include the header bit so you can add your own header and make section edit links work just fine without having to manually add the table header each time. --Chippydip 12:49, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

i'm happy enough with the way Server:Aszune_Europe/Crafters is looking now. custom made sub navigation panel n all. :)  - CJ talk / cont  12:53, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

Motes Edit

Hi there. How about creating a Motes category? It'll be easier to browse, I guess. Also, the name "mote" is very far (e.g. in French "granulé") from its foreign translations. Categorizing and putting them into order no doubt will ease researchs on WoWwiki about crafting.--K ) (talk) 21:24, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

Fine by me, but remember there are currently 6 motes in game: Mote of Shadow, Mote of Life, Mote of Air, Mote of Earth, Mote of Fire, and Mote of Water. Doesn't really make for a big category... but it certainly makes sense.
In my humble opinion, a better way to ease research for crafting is to write farming guides for the motes, as I have for Mote of Fire. Or just critique and correct the ones I've already written. Anything helps, really. --Mikaka 22:10, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
How about a category for all the elemental-related drops, like Elemental Fire, Heart of Fire, Essence of Fire, Mote of Fire, Primal Fire --Piumosso-Uldum 23:08, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
Sure, that sounds good. What would the category be called, though? Category:World of Warcraft elemental items? Btw, while we're adjusting their categories, we should probably add them to the appropriate elemental category, i.e., Mote of Fire goes in Category: Fire elementals
K, Category:World of Warcraft elemental items seems done. I scratched the idea of putting each type of element in its category, because Category:Fire elementals should remain a list of all fire elementals, not the items they drop. --Mikaka 04:31, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
Blizz categorizes them as reagents, so maybe Elemental reagents would be more descriptive? --DuTempete talk|contr 15:44, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
Great! ^^ Well, I think 'reagents' is being a little too precise. Let's wait for some non-reagent elemental items to appear.--K ) (talk) 17:11, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
lots of elemental not-reagents out there, grey vendor thrash ftw! // Patrigan | Talk/ Contr \\ 07:02, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
Nontheless, Blizzard uses the term reagent loosely. It applies to both crafting items and items used to cast spells. I feel the term more accurately describes spell components, and suggest we refrain from using it to describe the elemental items for now. --Mikaka 19:43, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Items abilities Edit

How are item abilities (such as Equip:<spell>, or Use:<spell>) currently handled? I see some pages use a {spell:<some number} template but others are being created with just static text. The item policy says to use only one page for such things, but I'm not entirely sure what this falls under. Pzychotix 11:13, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

If the item with the equip bonus or what not is shared between items, it usually should use the format Use: {{Spelllink|spellid}}. Essentially, if you can click on the bonuses for items on wowhead or tb, and it takes you to a page with the mere text of "Increases... yadda", then use that format. These are transcluded pages, found in Category:Spells by ID. Have a look at the code on one of those pages, and what links there, and how the tooltip works for that. Not all item bonuses are going to be "clickable". --Sky (t · c · w) 15:31, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

New Flight Paths with Patch Edit

I asked this on the corresponding article, but haven't gotten a response yet. With the most recent patch, a new Kalimdor flight path was added for Alliance players. Now there is a flight path to Forest Song in eastern Ashenvale. I can easily update the page with flight costs and destinations accessible from Forest Song, but how does one determine the time each flight takes? (Hoping for an answer aside from using a stopwatch!) - Aiwendil 20:56, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

My fiance uses an addon called "inflight" to approximate the amount of time it takes to go from one flight point to another, even if you go through more than one flight point. Wow Ace has this addon for download here: [12] --DuTempete talk|contr 21:06, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

The problem with Inflight is that you need to have taken the flight first before it will give you a time. Otherwise it's a good addon--Slxception 07:06, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

GeeVee Edit

We were recently contacted by Geevee.com - a new gaming site that wants to put a 300x250 pixel advertisement on the top of the home page of WowWiki for a few weeks. We told them we don't have a place to put an ad like that right now. They really want to do it, so we agreed to talk to the admins about it and if you're willing to put one there for a few weeks, they'd throw in a $1,000 subsidy on a high end PC (voodoo, alienware) for a user contest, or a sweepstakes for the wowwiki admins. What do you guys think? I'm happy to say no, but it sounded like a nice contest to be able to run.

--Penchina 03:02, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

"or a sweepstakes for the wowwiki admins"... why? I'm not against the idea of this advertisement, but singling out the admins for a sweepstakes seems a little silly. And can we see how big the banner is? You gave us a size, but that doesn't mean I can see it in my head. ;P --Sky (t · c · w) 03:19, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
don't shoot the messenger :-) I just told the ad buying people how wikis work and that there were admins, and they suggested that rewarding the heaviest users, or all users was okay by them. This is the size I believe. Penchina 03:32, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
300by250

Personally, I don't think I would mind it if it was flattened and lengthened out. :) --Sky (t · c · w) 03:35, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Sky's just jealous, single out us admins all you want! j/k :) The real question is, what is it they want to advertise? TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 03:44, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
http://geevee.com/ is a gamer video site.. so .. presumably... something about gaming videos :-P Mikk (T) 04:29, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
Anyway, I'm ok with the idea personally -- I think I'd prefer the user contest bit if it wasn't a pain in the arse to setup on our end. As for positioning... arf.. There really isn't a lot of room.. Slot it in place of the Featured Article box? --Mikk (T) 04:35, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
There isn't a lot of room, and to be really honest I'm against getting it integrated in the main page at this size (if there had to be advertising on there it would be maximum a one liner and an icon tbh rather than a banner).
I'm not particularly against it, but you'd need to show what it would like before I could make up my opinion on that --Adys 06:59, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
Just replace the damn (W) box on the left :) SharlinTalk / Did 09:28, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
Briefly thinking about it, it sounds like a good pairing, but my issue is that their ad size is horribly atypical. I doubt it's a good idea to change the style of the wiki, just for a couple weeks' ad campaign. If they were to come up with something that would fit in the sidebar, I'd say go for it. It would be easy to drop the google ads to the bottom, and put the GeeVee ad under the nav box. That's something like what I was already imagining for ad space to replace the google ads, anyway. Just a cycling vertical banner. --DuTempete talk|contr 19:26, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
Just giving some insight on the advertising industry (as that is the industry I work in). 300x250 is a standard ad-size, and the most popular and the best clicking at this point in time, due to the fact that it can easily be wrapped in content. That is most likely why they asked for that size. There are other sizes as well, here is a list of the standards: http://www.iab.net/standards/adunits.asp You can click on the link beside to see an example. Perhaps we can suggest a size that better fits the wiki? Tecnobrat t/c 21:45, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
I'm all for it and the contest (if I get stuff :P), but if we allow one ad besides the manditory Google ads the requests will flood in and cause problems.--SWM2448 21:59, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

That thing is WAY big.... they would have to come up with something smaller. or make some room on the topright side where the cat is now, that might work... and wowwiki could use 1K$ i'm sure.

120 x 600 IMU - (Skyscraper) View IMU, that might work on the right side., or a few of those : 120 x 60 IMU - (Button 2), in the sidebar.  - CJ talk / cont  10:38, 1 June 2007 (UTC)


Seriously, the size isn't a problem for a one-off. Just stick it in place of the featured article which isn't getting updated anyway. The size is a perfect fit. Mikk (T) 14:24, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

Oi! It is being updated, just on a monthly cycle. Which reminds me ... Kirkburn talk contr 02:40, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm thinking 120x240, that longer one would take away from the site's navigation links. It would be ok if it were extended to maybe 3 or 400, but we should stick to standard sizes. And, Sandwichman, that is precisely what we're hoping for. If we get requests for new ads, then we can kick Google's ass outta here. The more offers, the better. We could then set up a rotating banner, even rip an idea from Ctrl-alt-del.com and put up one of our own that says "Only cool people advertise on Wowwiki!". --DuTempete talk|contr 15:09, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

I just talked to their ad agency, and unfortunately this is the only ad size they have. The good news is we can limit it to only being on the home page, not every page. If there was a way to put it in featured, perhaps as a featured partner, that would be cool. I really like the "only cool people are allowed to advertise on WowWiki" statement below it :-) I'm also still waiting to see the ad. It was supposed to be sent to us yesterday Penchina 20:13, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

Huge picture Edit

I have a fan made pic or two for visual aids in my descussions and such, but all of them are HUGE, the latest being over 600k! Any advice on how to show them on WoWWiki without Kickburn hitting me with a big stick?--SWM2448 21:59, 31 May 2007 (UTC)

Resize them and turn them into PNG? Paint works wonders. Pzychotix 00:05, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
The Paint included with Vista is actually very decent for being standard-issue M$ software. Otherwise try IrfanView or Gimp. --  SeiferTim  ( talk · contribs ) 03:47, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Get "paint.net"  - CJ talk / cont  10:32, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
That's a good one, too. Forgot about it ;) --  SeiferTim  ( talk · contribs ) 15:59, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

rogue alchemy question Edit

is thistle tea a rogue only item? if it is on my rogue i'll go herb + alch and on my druid alt skin + leather (so all my alts can enjoy pots)

the only thing thats bothering me is all the neat BOP items made by LWers. --Cweetiepie 08:46, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

It is not BOP but only rogues can use it. SharlinTalk / Did 10:26, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Thistle Tea does not require alchemy to make. And herb+alch works well on druids imo - the alch trinket is actually useful for them for all forms except bear. I'd go skin/lw on a rogue over herb+alch. Mikk (T) 10:29, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Thistle tea requires cooking, good sir. :) --Sky (t · c · w) 02:04, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Adding Item Boxes Edit

I've trawled through the Help:Editing category and I can't find how to do one of those nifty item box/template/table things - how?? --Kinyi 10:02, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

You can try Help:Table and Help:Template. Or if you find an example on another page that you like, just copy it and modify the code. What kind of box/template/table thing are you planning on creating? - ClydeJr - talk - contrib 14:57, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Could you link us an example of what you want to do? --DuTempete talk|contr 15:12, 1 June 2007 (UTC)
Like on http://www.wowwiki.com/Grand_Marshal%27s_Aegis - the box at the side, with the picture in it and everything. -Kinyi 13:33, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
That article uses a template, the directions for which you can find at Template talk:Tooltip. If you want to figure out what template is being used on a page, click on the edit the page tab, and search for the stuff in curly brackets {{ }}. The first thing you see in them is the name of the template. Directions for how to use the template should always be on the same page the code is, or at least on the talk page, like Tooltip.
Does that help?--DuTempete talk|contr 17:22, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
If you need further help for making the tooltip, consult Help:Item articles. --Sky (t · c · w) 18:21, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Private (or Pirate) Servers Edit

Why isn't there an article on private (pirate) servers? I think something like that would belong here in the WoW Wiki... Not like a list or anything, but like, information on what one is and the fact that it goes against Blizzard's terms of service and whatnot. I think this knowledge is a little less trivial than, say...an article about gold spam, just to name an example. (There was some debate about adding that article into the Wiki about a month back, for those who don't know. Indifference was the victor of that short debate. XD) ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 01:00, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Feel free to. I would personally name it pirate server, with a redirect from private server, but maybe I'm on crack. :) And only so long as it is about what they are, and why they aren't allowed. --Sky (t · c · w) 02:02, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
The article should be under what most people call it. Kirkburn talk contr 02:41, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
What do most people call it? ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 13:57, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
Emu (emulation) servers? --DuTempete talk|contr 17:25, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
"Emulated server" it is! ~ Doc Lithius (U)(T)(C) 18:04, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Battle of Mount Hyjal Edit

We need to sort out the page Battle of Mount Hyjal. Currently it covers both WC3 and WoW, and is quite confusing. I suggest splitting it, and I notice that Wowhead has the CoT instance down as "Hyjal Summit". Perhaps we should follow? Kirkburn talk contr 07:29, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Done and broken.--SWM2448 18:20, 3 June 2007 (UTC)
Located at Hyjal Summit --Sky (t · c · w) 16:36, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

What is a bot? Edit

What is a bot? --Kos 12:49, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

http://www.wowwiki.com/bot   --Mikk (T) 13:11, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

oO. Thanks

Manual elinks for non-existant quest and item pages Edit

I have edited {{questlong}} and {{loot}} to include head/thott/alla search links if the target page does not exist on the wiki. This means that manual elinks can now be removed from pages using these templates (like the new 2.1 faction pages). The template will remove the links automatically when the page is filled in, so if you make a stub make sure to include an elinks section. A null edit may be needed on the page to re-process the templates after a pages is created. TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 23:56, 4 June 2007 (UTC)

Ummm... correct me if I'm wrong, but back in the day, when Zeal first made the loot template, didn't he include a feature that checked to see if the item existed, and then displayed the link slightly different if so? And as a result, the server suffered horribly, and the masses cried out in horror, fearing the end of days was near, until great benevolent Kirkburn did stretch out his admining hand to remove the offending code and thus restore peace and prosperity to the site? And if my account is at least somewhat correct, how is this any different? MY GOD, TEKKUB, DO YOU REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE?! --Mikaka 00:04, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
That was {{exists}}, this is {{#ifexist:}}, lern2parserfunctions TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 00:32, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Ah well then I am wildly ecstatic for these changes. --Mikaka 00:36, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Exists was the biggest reason we whined for parser funcs for so long... it's just not realistically possible to do with a normal template and not make the wiki.. .well... you know... TeжubԎ Ҩ Ѡ 00:38, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
Die? :] --Sky (t · c · w) 03:19, 5 June 2007 (UTC)

WoW Wiki Experiment Edit

Folks,

We'll be testing a new system to speed up WoW Wiki for users around the world tonight. This will run for about 12 hours. We foresee some issues with image uploads not being updated as quickly as people are used to but don't expect any other issues.

--Faulkner 20:07, 6 June 2007 (UTC)

Some delay in getting our upstream cache service setup properly. This will have to wait till tomorrow.

---Faulkner 07:10, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

pump cleanup Edit

Pump getting kinda big again >_< time for a cleanup? Alternatively,,, how about subpaging village discussions?  - CJ talk / cont  11:10, 7 June 2007 (UTC)

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