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Encouraging use of user talk pages

So, I've written this message, which I'm thinking of going around and (manually) placing on the User talk pages of everyone whose User: page is redirected to the main-article space, to point out that they won't receive talk-page message notifications unless they use their corresponding user talk page.

(This covers two types of users:)

  1. Those with user talk pages like User talk:BlueStapler, User talk:Hershey Almighty, etc. that are redirected to Talk:BlueStapler, Talk:Hershey Almighty, etc.
  2. Users like User:Hairplug4men, User:EJ Rose, etc. with redirected User pages, who have no redirect for their user talk page.

Basically it's about 50 people, I have a whole list. Most of them are probably not active users, but I'd plan to contact them all regardless. If they never see it, oh well. If they do, then great.

I just wanted to solicit feedback before I start.

With Special:ExpandTemplates, you can see what the message would look like when it's placed on Djonni's talk page (as an example). Click the following url:

https://wiki.godvillegame.com/index.php?title=Special:ExpandTemplates&wpInput=%7b%7bsafesubst:User:FeRDNYC/User+Talk+Message%7d%7d&wpContextTitle=User+talk:Djonni

You'll see the formatted message at the bottom of the page. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 01:51, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

It seems some people keeps on redirect their user page to another page for some reasons, tried to leave messages but it don't seem to reach through. Well it's not really a serious issue but still happens. --WardPhoenix (talk) 16:03, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Honestly, though, that's fine and if people want to do it then more power to 'em. (There are all sorts of reasons why someone might want to, including intending their user page to be editable by other people. That's the reason Djonni (talkcontribs) specifically gives on his talk page.) If people want to keep a "god" page in the article namespace, as long as it's properly categorized no harm done. It's only when the corresponding talk page isn't redirected back to User talk: space that there's a down side. But it works just fine to maintain a non-User:Foo userpage at Foo, with a Talk:Foo page that redirects to User talk:foo, and doing that means they won't miss notifications. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 20:49, 12 March 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, the example-message URL above was "down" for a couple of weeks, as I'd repurposed the page in question to do canvassing for the JanuWiki post-mortem and forgot to set it back afterwards. Anyway, it's working again now. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 16:54, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
I'm joining this conversation pretty late, and FeRDNYC hasn't been around the wiki since April... does anyone know if he went ahead with the plan? I think it's a very good idea, speaking from my own experience with an unredirected talk page! -- Djonni (talk) 09:03, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

I don't think he end up doing it, but I could be wrong.--WardPhoenix (talk) 13:29, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Yeah, alright. I found his draft at User:FeRDNYC/User Talk Message. I think it's a bit wordy personally, and gets a little lost in the weeds about the history of notifications on mediawiki sites, and needs a heavy edit. But I think his idea is really good and we should work up a better draft and go ahead with it.
It's a shame he isn't around at the moment (I'll leave him a talkback regardless!) because he went to the trouble of compiling a list of the affected users and we don't have it! I'll have to do that myself. -- Djonni (talk) 15:07, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Theming or Other Event Brainstorms

FeRDNYC makes a really good point above that two big events a year would be amazing, but that there's also opportunities for smaller events. With the basis that JanuWiki should now be an annual event, perhaps this should be a list of other event or drive ideas (big and small) that we could do, to figure out how we could space things to still get necessary stuff done. -- SourceRunner (talk) 17:37, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

  • JanuWiki 2020: Year of the WikiGnome/GodWikiStmas -- Big event. Next JanuWiki. Starts when? Ends January 31, 2020. Wrap-up ends February 29, 2020. Theming granularity? Process certainties?
  • Guidelines and Guide Resources Drive

(Please expand)

  • Easter Interlink Special -- Small event. EIS Eternal would be willing to sponsor a small wiki event during the Easter week or two weeks, with the object of adding links between pages on GodWiki (with reasonable reasons for doing so). One of the wiki strengths is the ability to create an ecosystem of lore, and the best way to explore that is following links between pages. So there could be the a specific event that GodWiki editors and content creators each chose a pair of pages to interlink, and write the lore between them that explains their relationships in the ecosystem and links the two. A report to the "Help Request" page when finished a pairing would make the pair's linker eligible for a reward of some sort after EIS checks that it has been done and does make sense.
  • Trans-Lore-Ation -- Small event. A lot of Godville lore is in the forums and tucked away in little sections of personal chronicles. As players, we in common tend to "know" this lore to be true, but not have it on GodWiki. How about a small event where people scavenger-hunt their favorite descriptions of towns, taverns, monsters, and Godville myths from the older parts of forums and the crannies of guild and personal pages, then add excerpts and possible links to the applicable pages in GodWiki.
  • Stub It Out -- Large event. Survey what articles with the "Stub" tag are still stubs, and remove tags where appropriate. Expand articles that are still stubs.
  • "Wherefore ART Thou?" -- Large event(?). Adding art to the "picture needed" category articles. Some artists need a long time to plan, so this may need to be a slow or multi-phase event.
Could be associated with the stub event maybe?


Sounds like there is some good ideas ready for the oven. I'd say that if you want to throw an event, just go for it. Create a page for it and allow us to help for the preparation.
Maybe we should make like a planner for upcomming events. By the way, talks about upcomming event may be more appropriate on the main talk
As for JanuWiki2020 (or GodWikiStmas maybe), I'd say we have the time to see it coming. Let's care of other event before.
--WardPhoenix (talk) 23:55, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
As another idea for a possible event (I don't even know if it would be considered big or small), Category:Pictures needed is up to 314 entries. That's 314 existing articles (primarily ones that use {{Monster}}, {{Artifact}}, or {{Equipment}}) which don't have an image to go with their subject. Trimming that list down a bit could also be a good way to get non-writers involved in creating wiki content. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 06:39, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Oh, yes, and Category:Stubs is up to 552 articles that (in theory) need fleshing-out.
I say "in theory" because some of them may not really be stubs, having been expanded since they were tagged that way. In the "Advanced options" at the bottom of the appearance preferences is the option "Threshold for stub link formatting". It takes a length (in bytes) an article's source must be so it's not considered a stub. Links to all articles shorter than that threshold will be colored with a darker shade of red than the standard redlink coloring.
I currently have that preference set to 1000 bytes, and still some of the items in Category:Stubs are colored blue. It's certainly possible for an article that's over 1000 bytes long to also be a stub, but it's also possible that there's already plenty of content there and the stub designation is outdated / overzealous. I'd say maybe 10-15% of the category's members show non-stub link coloring. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 07:00, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
These are great ideas for events, WardPhoenix and FeRDNYC. I've added them to the bullet point list above, and tried to evaluate them as large or small, based on your descriptions. Please feel free to expand or change what's in the bullet list.
WardPhoenix, good suggestion about the planner/calendar for events. Is something like that possible in GodWiki, FeRDNYC? --SourceRunner (talk) 15:21, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

I'd say that if you want to throw an event, just go for it. Create a page for it and allow us to help for the preparation.
— User:WardPhoenix

I would agree with that, with one small adjustment: When you decide you definitely are throwing an event, creating a page for it would be the first step in preparing for it, and can serve as the formal announcement of the upcoming event.
I think Djonni worked up to JanuWiki 2019 exactly the right way (whether intentionally or by pure luck): He put out feelers on the forums and in a proposal here at Talk:Main Page, and used those discussions to solicit feedback and take the community's temperature on the idea. Then once he was sure there was sufficient interest that he could commit to definitely doing an event, he pulled the trigger on creating the event page, at which point he had someplace he could link to as a "more information" resource when he made the official announcement(s) about the upcoming event.
At any stage of planning, there's always the possibility that an event could end up getting cancelled for lack of involvement or interest. Things happen. But that risk can be minimized by getting at least a core team on board before putting a lot of work into constructing an event framework for a "maybe" or "possible" event. -- FeRDNYC (talk) 14:43, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Moved this to the main page as it is more appropriate place and also easier to reach (yeah I'm lazy to reach for januwiki page every time on my phone). By the way I think the EIS event would be quite interesting, and as easter is coming i'd suggest we start thinking about it if you really want to kick it. On a side note, I don't think a guideline event would be appropriate. Guidelines are supposed to be wrote by experimented and active users for beginners. That's more something we have to work on with experimented users I'd say. -- WardPhoenix (talk) 23:02, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

That's a fair point, re: the Guidelines. I guess it depends how broadly you define "event". Certainly, you're right, guidelines-updates aren't the sort of free-for-all activity where we'd put out a call to the entire Godville user community for participation. Maybe "an effort", or "a sprint" (to employ some of my least-favorite software development jargon), among those experienced users.
That being said...
  1. A lot of what's lacking in the current Guidelines articles just comes down to formatting, copyediting, structure, and layout fixes — things that could be done by almost anyone, especially with guidance, as there's no real expertise needed. (However, as they also need major content updates, they're definitely not entirely fixable by casual editors alone. But they could be vastly improved.)
  2. Because (as you say) the target audience for the Guidelines is inexperienced users, in my experience it's a huge mistake to write them without any input from users at or near that level. One of the things I learned in software development is that you never have the senior programmer, the one who wrote most of the code and knows every aspect of the software inside-and-out, write the instruction manual. If they try, 90% of the time it'll end up being unintelligible to the "average users" it's supposed to be written for.

    (It's the same reason you NEVER sign up for a freshman-level "Intro to Whatever" class if it's taught by that department's most senior, most published, most brilliant researcher. Very few people whose knowledge of a topic is at that level will be capable of "dumbing things down" sufficiently that they can effectively teach it to students who have virtually no background in the subject. Everything will go right over their heads.)

The two trickiest problems in documentation don't have anything to do with knowledge or accuracy of information: The first is figuring out exactly where your target audience is at in terms of background knowledge and skill level, so that you know which things need to be explained, vs. what they probably already know so you don't waste their time repeating it. The other problem, then, is being able to explain things at that level, without leaving out any of the information they need because it's just implicitly assumed or seems "obvious" to someone with more experience.
...But, all that being said I agree that Guidelines updates wouldn't make sense as an "event" in the JanuWiki mold, where we try to solicit come-one-come-all participation from as many users as possible. Heck, they may not be a very good fit for any sort of organized "group effort" at all — our best bet may be for someone to eventually just dive in and start making Bold changes to define an updated, improved structure for the content. Even if they only update a single Guideline article, once there's an example to work off of, other editors can pitch in to apply the same changes to the rest of the Guidelines. (That sort of example-based, follow-the-leader model is how most content-wide changes propagate here, really. Djonni created the {{hero or heroine}} template set, but he's responsible for only a handful of edits that applied those templates to article content.) -- FeRDNYC (talk) 14:43, 27 March 2019 (UTC)


The Monstrous Recapitalisation of 2019

So, the way the game handles capitalisation after a hyphen in a monster name has changed recently. The Ideabox has always automatically capitalised monster ideas, but it didn't historically treat a hyphen as a word break, and it does now... Mostly. A word after a hyphen will be capitalised if it is at least 3 (or maybe it's 4) characters long. This is an attempt to make sure that articles and short prepositions in hyphenated words are not capitalised, according to traditional title caps rules. And, of course, ER editors can manually change capitalisation in cases where that simple rule hasn't quite got something right, as they always could.

At the same time, existing monster names in the game have been recapitalised to match normal English typography. The recapitalisation seems to follow these rough rules:

  1. Where something after a hyphen was already capitalised, it has stayed that way (the only changes are to previously lowercase letters immediately after a hyphen)
  2. Articles and prepositions after a hyphen remain lowercase, as they would in a title (e.g. Monster-in-Law), but not entirely consistently (see point 1, e.g. Missing-In-Action Figure)
  3. Word fragments, e.g. Arrgh-onaut, remain uncapitalised, but not entirely consistently (see point 1, e.g. Flame-Ingo)
  4. Otherwise, words after a hyphen have been capitalised pretty consistently.

This post here is essentially to signal that there will be some monster pages that need to be moved to their new capitalisation, and edits being made to List of Monsters as well as monster articles as required. I'm going to do a lot of this, but even taking advantage of some extra external resources I probably won't catch everything, and there's a chance I might move or correct things to a wrong capitalisation.

If you see a hyphenated monster name in the game, and that monster is capitalised differently on the Godwiki, then we need to fix it! It can be a bit of work to make those changes, though, so if you spot something wrong but don't have the opportunity (or perhaps knowledge) to do it yourself, please leave a note about it (right here, or on the monster article's talk page if that's easier) and another editor should get the changes done mañana.

That said... if you think you don't have the skills you're probably wrong. Be Bold, try to do it yourself, and if someone can see you're struggling or not getting it right they'll clean up after you. No muss, no fuss, no worries. It's really not more work for an experienced editor to fix a mistake someone else makes, than for that editor to do the work in the first place, so you're never creating more work for someone else!

A brief checklist for myself and others:

  • If the monster has an article:
    • The article must be moved to the correct name. (Looking at original article, the "More" menu in the top right has the "Move" action. Is this also true on mobile? Can't recall and can't currently check.)
    • Text in article body corrected as needed. {{Monster}} infobox should be fine, as it uses the {{PAGENAME}} magic word by default, but double-check for |title= parameters or unusual description text.
  • List of Monsters to be updated.
  • Check for a relevant navbox and update. (A text search will only include the main namespace by default, but hitting 'Everything' or 'Advanced' in the results will allow searching of templates.)
  • If time permits, search for text in pages with the old capitalisation. Put quotes "..." around the name to get the right results. (Two birds with one stone: correcting the capitalisation and an opportunity to increase interlinking if the monster has an article.)
  • If time permits (lowest priority though, I think), update Omnibus List. The main users of the Omnibus are crossword solvers, to whom capitalisation is irrelevant.

(Please feel free to add to or alter that checklist if I've missed something.)

Obviously, this is a fairly low priority and on-going project, so it'll take a while and a bit of work to get done together. :) -- Djonni (talk) 08:44, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Put monsters' name here if you can't update

JanuWiki 2020 Ideas and Planning

Heya once again! I did a bit of poking around in the JanuWiki 2019 page, and couldn't find any plans for what the next theme is gonna be. It never hurts to start planning early, so I kinda decided to start gathering a few ideas. After looking around the internet for some potential New Year themes, I have three potential suggestions:

  1. A glasses/vision-related theme. It's going to be 2020 - it shall be the year of perfect vision and clarity!
  2. Something related to time. Similar reason as the first one (mostly because I already anticipate all of the 'hindsight is 20/20' puns that the year will bring), but there's also the whole 'marking of another year going by'. Sounds a bit on the melodramatic side, though.
  3. Chinese zodiac time! Now, there isn't exactly a whole lot of potential rodent-themed articles on here (2020 is the year of the Rat, after all), but I did some cross-referencing! Apparently there are Chinese elemental years too, and next year's element is going to be Metal. So, Metal/Rat articles?

I know it's really early, but I really want to help the next JanuWiki be like the first one (cuz seriously, the sheer number of content was really amazing + fun to read)! What do you guys think? --Arcanedreamer (talk) 02:47, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Arcanedreamer, I actually think that those are pretty great ideas! I for one have try to give JanuWiki 2020 any serious thought, but using a 20/20 theme is a brilliant thought!
One (really great) thing that happened with JanuWiki 2019 is that as the event rolled on we had to expand and extend it to new themes, bring more ideas into the event, and keep offering don't exciting new ideas for people who just didn't get inputted enough by the first tranche of suggestions. So having a handful of interesting, related-ish, but quite diverse options is really valuable. I think working with the 20/20 concepts you've suggested first (vision, hindsight, foresight, time) is an excellent focal point (pun intended), with metal and rodent articles tucked up our sleeves for when/if we need to grow the theme. For 2019, we started all about beer, and from brainstorming and adapting we added bosses, lions, tigers, and bears over the month. So we've seen that a diverse and interesting collection of ideas can really help catch the interest of folks who might only like one part of it.
Later today I'll do some surveying to see what missing or stubbed articles will be captured by these themes, and that will give us a more concrete notion of how they would look for an event! -- Djonni (talk) 08:38, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
Themes' Ideas looks good. I wonder if doing a survey on the forums could be usefull to see if people would be willing to participate in the event, and what they think could be improved compared to previous ones. --WardPhoenix (talk) 18:33, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
I'm actually really happy you guys like my ideas! So, thing is, I already did a bit of artwork in anticipation of JanuWiki 2020. I'm perfectly fine with doing a couple more items in order to make the event look even better, but I'd like to know ahead of time if that's okay. And if so, maybe let me know ASAP if there's any specific items you guys would want so that I don't have to do a rush job at the last minute? --Arcanedreamer (talk) 19:49, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
So, I got around to that thing I said I would do yesterday... I've started a survey of possible articles for the two theme groups (20/20 and Metal Rat) at Djonni/Shared sandbox (note that I've intentionally kept that out of my User: area so that everybody can tinker with, improve or extend it). I was pretty inclusive about what I captured for the 20/20 theme, and only just started on the Metal Rat articles (I've saved it in progress, I'll carry on and on anon. 🎵🎶Alalalalalonglonglilonglonglong, sing it🎶🎵
I definitely agree WardPhoenix, we should take this to the forums, but before w're ready to do that we should have a very clear idea of what the theme ideas we're presenting are, I think, so that folks there have some concrete, fully though out and fleshed out things to discuss and contribute to. Let's discuss and refine the articles and concepts a little more together here first!
And for readers who are following this but have not yet joined the conversation — please share your thoughts, good, bad, or whatever they may be!
Arcanedreamer, whoa, I'm pretty impressed by your artwork there! Personally I think that's a great piece of decoration for the main page announcement, and will probably be useful in places on the main event page too, fantastic work! Something that I discovered doing the theme survey — Did You Know that there's actually a Steel Rat monster in Godville? I feel like the Steel Rat would make an excellent mascot for JanuWiki 2020, regardless of how the theming conversation goes, what do you guys think? Your geometric artwork there is excellent, Arcanedreamer, I suspect a Steel Rat is much harder. Do you think it's within your scope? There will probably be some reuse-permitted images we could use, so it's entirely up to you! :) -- Djonni (talk) 14:45, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
Djonni, I hear a mild challenge in there. I shall accept and prove your skepticism wrong! In all seriousness, though, it sounds like a fun way to push at my pixel art boundaries (I've been doing nothing but inanimate objects so far, ehehe....)! Also, two things - should I go ahead and place whatever JanuWiki 2020 art I end up creating in the sandbox? And are there any other art requests? --Arcanedreamer (talk) 15:07, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

It looks like from Djonni/Shared sandbox that there is already quite the amount of articles found within both them (good work finding them by the way). So now, what? Do we use the forum to see if there is people interested in a potential event before throwing anything and thinking of the form JanuWiki 2020 could take? --WardPhoenix (talk) 13:58, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

Sorry guys, been a busy week at work! Arcanedreamer, your Steel Rat is great! I'm very impressed! :D
Yeah, WardPhoenix, if you guys are happy with the lists at Djonni/Shared sandbox then we should probably take it to the forum. I'll create a dedicated talk topic for JanuWiki 2020 ideas and planning, so that folks don't feel like they need to wade through months of discussion above to get up to speed. -- Djonni (talk) 15:48, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
Well, I just posted an offensively long message on the forums (Godville Forum topic 308, post 1274998) so if anyone's masochistic enough to actually read it, welcome to the conversation! 😅 -- Djonni (talk) 17:38, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
Bold of you to assume that I would think reading a long forum post is a masochistic action. In all seriousness, I think you did a good job doing an early advertisement for the event! Hopefully it'll attract old and new participants alike~! --Arcanedreamer (talk) 23:47, 27 September 2019 (UTC)
So, with the new Book of Creation update, should we consider a chance in focus to all things related to words, books, and writing? -- Djonni (talk) 16:53, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
Maybe? I mean, on one hand, I think we're fine with the themes we already have - look at how many articles that are already available! On the other hand, people tend to be a lot more hyped up for new things, so there's a pretty good chance that more people would be interested. In the end, I guess it just depends on how big you're expecting this next JanuWiki is gonna be. --Arcanedreamer (talk) 02:33, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I've done a rapid survey of book and word themed items at Djonni/Shared sandbox#Books and words. The main takeaway from that is that there's essentially no monsters (the most popular creator category by far) and a huuuge list of artifacts that don't offer the same variety and breadth that the other categories do.

It might still be nice for us to do something about books and words with the Book of Creation update, but I think making it a part of JanuWiki isn't going to create a lot of excitement.

And to answer that question, Arcanedreamer, I am anticipating that this JanuWiki will be a little smaller than the last one. But we won't know until we see for ourselves. :) -- Djonni (talk) 06:49, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Decoration Questions and Art Requests

Alrighty, so I noticed that the navboxes for the past GodWiki vents tend to have a neat little picture instead of a simple dot separating the different articles. I'm not entirely sure how that works - is there a way to place our own pics (I.E. some specialized JanuWiki pixel art icons) in there, or are we limited to a preset group of images? I was about to start working on a few icon designs before realizing that I didn't know if we're able to even use them. --Arcanedreamer (talk) 05:10, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Well when I made {{navbox items}} I built in quite a bit of flexibility for exactly this kind of reason! :) Using the |bullet= parameter, you can set the separator between list items to anything you want. We usually use emoji characters for this, which has benefits and drawbacks, but there's no reason why we can't use an image!
The image that we use in the {{god}} template for this: GodArcanedreamer  is rendered as 17x17 pixels, making it just a little taller than the line on most screens. In the wiki software used to run the GodWiki, there's no way to make the size of an image dynamic in any way, so we will have to decide on pixel dimensions to use (and the wiki doesn't have support for any vector image types either, so a small bullet-sized image won't stretch or shrink well on a lot of screens).
If you think you can come up with some cool tiny bullet images for navbox use, I think that would be great! We can do a bit of experimenting and see how well it works. I'll leave choices about size up to you, but it might be wise to aim for something that's around 12x12 to 8x8, and using transparency if you don't want it to be a square block :)
To test out how it looks in a navbox list, use this:
{{navbox items|bullet=[[File:Filename.ext]]|List item one|List item two|List item three}}
Which should give you something like this:
List item one Godicon.png List item two Godicon.png List item three
If you want to play with different render sizes, you can put |12x12px or |10x10px etc in the image options like [[File:...|12x12px]]. :) -- Djonni (talk) 06:31, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Call for feedback on new {{Usergod}} template

Notey.png Feedback required

Hello all!

This is an official call for anyone interested to test and give feedback on the draft of the new {{Usergod}} template. If you want to get stuck in straight away, you can leap to the fully documented draft at User:Djonni/Template sandbox.

To begin testing the new template straight away, if you already have the Usergod template on your page you can simply replace {{Usergod with {{User:Djonni/Template sandbox to see how it will look with the new template.

In short, the {{Usergod}} and {{Usergoddess}} templates haven't been updated since 2013, and they really need it. We have modernised and made pretty all of the {{Monster}}, {{Artifact}}, {{Equipment}}, etc. infobox templates, and with the lessons we've learned there, it's time to get to work on the big ones: {{Usergod}}, {{Hero}}, and {{Guild}}. This is the first of those to hit the bench.

In the redesign I have tried to keep to several principles:

  • Don't mess up existing pages. The Usergod template is currently used on 203 Godwiki pages. Many of those pages have made very specific choices about colours, styles, backgrounds, etc. This is why, by default, the new Usergod template will be transparent: the old template has been transparent for over 8 years, and it should be entirely up to you, the template user, how your Usergod infobox looks. Which leads to:
  • Allow for a large amount of customisation, as simply as possible. I have investigated quite deeply (I think) how those existing 203 users of the template have used it, and tried to look at what they wanted but couldn't get from the existing template. The replacement has a large and flexible suite of colouring, styling, and creative options there to use, all of which are completely optional. It can be as elaborate and detailed as you like, or just a quick, simple summary of your most interesting and important features. Whatever you want.
  • Try not to force any decisions onto you, including gender norms. Don't want to be called either God or Goddess? No problem, set |title=The Great and Powerful, or =The Divine, or =Furmeister General, or anything you want. Don't want your minion to be called Hero or Heroine? Great, |herolabel=Champion, or =Minion, or =Kōhai, or whatever you like. If you see a way to make the template more customisable, please say so, and if I can realistically do so, I shall.
  • Expect the unexpected. I have not tried to guess everything you'll want to do with the template. Instead, I've tried to make the template capable of doing anything you might want. There are options to create fully customised sections of the infobox, which you could use to: embed your hero(ine)'s details into it; prominently feature forum roleplaying character sheets; proudly display your pets, ark, achievements, skills, pet peeves, anything. People really tried to get creative with the old Usergod template, and it just didn't allow them to. So, this one does.

As implied above, updating {{Usergod}} is phase one; after the new Usergod is finalised and put in place, phase two will be {{Hero}}. Depending on the feedback received, my observations of how the new templates are used (or not used), and the level of interest, phase two may also involve designing some additional related templates: {{Pet}}, {{Lab boss}}, {{Ark}}. Then finally, after a lot of feedback and testing, the {{Guild}} template will be updated. This will be the most difficult and controvertial, as it's the most heavily used template on the Godwiki (at this moment, there are exactly 500 pages using the Guild template), and for many people, their guild page is the only thing they interact with on Godwiki.

Feedback, discussion, and questions about the new template can be given right here, or at User talk:Djonni/Template sandbox. You'll also find some discussion and feedback from early testers at User talk:Djonni and User talk:WardPhoenix/Sandbox if you're interested.

I'm looking forward to hearing from folks about everything that's wrong with the new Usergod template, so that we can make it better together! -- Djonni (talk) 08:43, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Update: Just a quick note about a couple of additions made recently to the test template, and about feedback I'm getting publicly and privately!
Firstly, I noticed that some user pages have chosen to specify pronouns, and some people have been modifying or adapting existing infoboxes to do so. So the Usergod test template now supports a |pronoun= parameter, which, if specified, will appear below the row where gender appears (if specified). As with all parameters on the new template, it's optional. I've included the parameter in the documentation example, set to the intentionally slightly silly and non-specific |pronouns=Hey/Oi. If anyone wants to suggest a more suitable example, please do.
On a personal note, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that, as a cis-gendered person who has never in my life needed to specify my pronouns, it took me a long time to realise that for a number of our users that could be important. If anyone can point out other simple things I've missed which may increase the inclusivity and accessibility of the Godwiki/{{Usergod}}, those things are extremely important to me and I'm always open to listening and acting. I have always tried and will keep trying to put inclusivity and accessibility to the front of all the work I do here.
Secondly, after feedback and discussion with some testers (thanks everyone!), I've added the Guild pantheons for those who want to show them, in the spirit of "let people do what they want to with the template". The docs have been updated to reflect the changes, and they are exactly what you would expect them to be: |unity=, |popularity=, |duelery= and |adventure=. As with the other pantheon groups, |pantheonsubheaders=yes/no will explicitly enable or disable the group subheader.
Finally, a lot of the feedback (more thanks to everyone!) has pointed out that the template could be a little overwhelming or intimidating for new users. I completely agree. What I'd like to do, just before launching the new template, is restructure the documentation so that there's a very simple section at the top with only the basic options, and perhaps a couple of suggested colour options, and then additional sections below with the rest. Hopefully it's obvious that the way the documentation is set up now is just for testing, and testers. A complete rewrite of the docs will be, I suspect, the biggest job left before launching the new template. Doing.png In progress...
On which last point, I would love to get the template in place before December so that it's out of the way for the run-up to JanuWiki, which is rapidly sneaking up on us! The JanuWiki prep will become my no. 1 Godwiki priority for December! 😄
Thanks again to everyone who's been testing the new template. Even if you haven't given me any direct feedback, just seeing what people are (and aren't) doing with it, how they're using it, and what they're finding difficult or confusing about it is really helping. So please, keep playing with it, breaking it, and pushing its limits! -- Djonni (talk) 08:07, 21 November 2019 (UTC)
A few small changes I made today to the test template.
While working on other infoboxes recently, I realised that none of them have a full colon : at the end of the labels. Which, y'know, makes sense, and should have been obvious to me. So, to keep in style with the existing infoboxes, I've taken the colons off the labels throughout the infobox.
I've also removed the fairly useless linking of the Pantheon names to the Pantheon pages (I doubt anyone's really going to discover a Pantheon they didn't know about from a User page). This is to allow for better colour styling: since link colours cannot be changed, the more links there are, the harder it is to style colours.
And so, I've also added two new parameters, |guildlink=no And |herolink=no. If set, the guild and hero names won't be made into links. This allows people to set any values they like without a link to a dead page, as well as allowing those who want to colour their text to do so.
For anyone interested, Emptysora suggested a way to have both coloured text and a link, which you can find at User talk:Djonni/Template sandbox § A bit of a hack for the link colors.
As the end of the month approaches, I'm getting closer to releasing the template into the wild. So please be sure to make any last minute suggestions or complaints ASAP! I'm going to expand the supported length of the custom section for 40 rows to... Well, more rows, but aside from that I'm pretty great to go.
My biggest hesitation right now is the width issue on very narrow screens, as reported by GodHoly Spirit of Hell  in the forum. It really bothers me, I'm sure it's solvable somehow... But it's always the image widths not being dynamic that ends up as the breaking problem. |upright= unfortunately doesn't help here. -- Djonni (talk) 11:44, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
Alright, I've been procrastinating on this for too long now. Last chance to voice concerns, otherwise I'm going to go ahead and launch the new template tomorrow or the next day
The narrow-screen issue can't be solved without access to site CSS, which is something discussed with and rejected by the Devs many times in the past. Perhaps we'll have a proper Godwiki player admin at some point in the future — until then, we can't fix that, I'm afraid. -- Djonni (talk) 17:08, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
I have not been shy in experimenting with it and voicing ideas and criticism. Overall it is a very good improvement and I approve. As more people use it, we will get more feedback going forward and can't make improvements until then. I am anxious for you to move on to hero's and guilds. ;) Thank you --Sand Devil (talk) 18:08, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
Well, the new template is now live, with reworked documentation to try to give a beginner an easy start.
Not just yet, but soon I will be using the User:Djonni/Template sandbox page for the next project. If you've tested the template, firstly, thank you very much. Many of you gave me really helpful suggestions, feedback, advice, requests, criticism, and reports of unexpected behaviour. Even if you didn't actively give me feedback, by watching what people were doing with the template I learned a lot about what it should be doing.
Please point all your {{User:Djonni/Template sandbox}}es to now use {{Usergod}}. In a few days I'll leave talk messages for anyone who's still using the old sandbox page. Thanks again everyone, and hopefully the general Godwiki populace likes the change to the new template. It can still be undone if necessary, of course. -- Djonni (talk) 20:15, 12 December 2019 (UTC)

File namespace pass (pass to mark images for deletion)

Shortly, I will be going through the file namespace (specifically the items listed on Special:UnusedFiles) and mass marking files for deletion.

According to Rules:

4. GodWiki is not an image-hosting platform, and images should never be uploaded "in case they're useful" or "to be used at some point" but only for immediate use in an article. Images which are not used in articles may be deleted without notice.
— Rules

I interpret this to mean that anything in the Special:UnusedFiles report can be safely marked for deletion under the Images which are not used in articles may be deleted without notice. sentence. However, the keyword there is may. That means that images won't necessarily be deleted just for not being on a page. I've been trying to think of scenarios where images would be kept vs deleted (since some of the images in Special:UnusedFiles might be worth keeping).

So far, I've come up with these scenarios:

  • Images with watermarks (eg: File:Greyscale.jpg)
  • Images not related to the game at all (excluding images of heroes/gods) (perhaps: File:104866108.jpg)
  • Images related to the game but do not have an article created (eg: File:Feralpetrock.jpg)
  • Images related to the game but not included on any page (eg: File:Undead garden gnome.jpg)
  • Images of diary entries and other in-games screens (which otherwise have no purpose since the diary and diaryquest templates exist, eg: File:Dust Kitty.png)
  • Images of formulas that are not listed on any page (eg: File:Fo3.gif)
    • If necessary, I can go through and try to determine what these formulas are (eg: the linked one above is probably a formula to estimate temple completion)
  • Images with no discernible purpose or description (eg: File:Founder.jpg)
  • Images that appear to be duplicates of other images (eg: File:Beer-bottle-tree.jpg and File:Beer-bottle-tree1.jpg)
    • If they're perfectly identical, I can just mark one of them for deletion
    • If they're different sizes, I can mark the smaller one for deletion

Unfortunately, I can't detect if an image used to be on any pages by nature of MediaWiki. (I was thinking about exporting the diffs of each page and searching them for [[Image:xxx]]] or [[File:xxx]]. But I don't want to do that because that would put a lot of strain on the database/website [probably], and I don't want to be responsible for if anything happens.)

I'll be considering the nature of the images (as listed in the scenarios above), as well as the age of the image, who uploaded it (mainly to see if Spode or a few others uploaded it. Spode created a bunch of templates and other things that have since been marked for deletion (Usually Spode was the one to mark his templates as such))

Worst case, you'll be able to see which ones I have marked for deletion in Category:Marked for deletion and on my dummy page (User talk:Emptysora/dummy) when I add them there (which will be as I go along, but I'll save after every couple hundred or so). If you feel a file shouldn't be on there, feel free to discuss it here or on the file's talk page.

The main reason I have been going through the Special:UnusedTemplates, Special:UnusedFiles, and Special:UnusedCategories special pages is so that we can actually use those reports as intended. Ie: I'm adding everything that has been marked for deletion to my dummy page such that they're removed from those reports. The page is in User talk because the User namespace is semi-protected (but User talk isn't). IE: If I go off for a month and things are unnominated or the devs actually clear the category out, you'll be able to modify the page to remove the deleted pages from the Special:Wanted reports.

Before I start "pruning" (mass-marking these images for deletion), I wanted to hear some opinions about this. To be safe, if there's anything I'm not sure about, I'll post a reply to this thread asking for more opinions on a case-by-case basis. To start out, I've listed the example images from above. -- Emptysora (talk) 21:08, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

I don't think there is something wrong about marking any unused pictures with "To delete". That whats the Recommandation #4 say that happens to those pictures anyway, we can still upload new pictures when needed.... The problem remains the same, we can't delete them ourselves. I don't know if that's something easy to do/useful from dev POV though. -- WardPhoenix (talk) 22:41, 19 November 2019 (UTC)
What I was thinking about is if we could perhaps every so often submit an "Other" report to the devs via feedback and ask them to clear out Category:Marked for deletion. (Eg: maybe once a year). From a dev perspective, I don't think there's an easy way to batch the deletion. At least not without installing extensions such as DeleteBatch or Nuke. The only thing I can think of is if we made a template that would link to the confirmed delete action and create a page where all they had to do was to click links to delete the pages. That poses an issue of, say, if a malicious actor modified the page before the admins get to it (not that our special category doesn't have that risk either). Aside from that, the devs would have to go into each page, drop down the "More" menu, and click the "Delete" option that's listed for them.
I just think that just because we can't delete pages doesn't mean we shouldn't be looking to (hence why I'm doing this). -- Emptysora (talk) 23:03, 19 November 2019 (UTC)
Passed through the list and whittled it down to 317 (when it used to be at 1200~). Gonna apologize now since that action probably will make people's lives miserable when they check Special:RecentChanges. Tip: Set "namespace" to "File" and check the "Invert selection" box (which might not work on mobile) to hide my recent File edits (which is over 800). I'll do some more tomorrow. -- Emptysora (talk) 02:10, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
Nobody's been willing to go through this so thoroughly in ever, Emptysora, so 👏👏👏 well done! I have a small suggestion as to how to best use all this work of yours. I think it's worth trying to turn this into a genuine cleanup, and make it as easy as possible for the Devs to do that big batch delete. I've always had a concern that there's quite a lot of material in those old pictures that is copyrighted or lacks suitable licensing, and shouldn't be here.
We could, if we want to be generous, post a message on the forum about this and give fokls a grace period to come and rescue anything they wanted kept. I also think it's wise to exclude anything which is a screenshot of the game, as there are lots of genuine reasons why someone may have one of those uploaded without being in use on a page (and, since they're material from the game, they pose no threat of copyright or licencing violations at all). But, assuming those two things are done, I think that it's worth you submitting an Ideabox->Other to the Devs asking them to do a batch delete (with links to those extensions, as they might find that useful).
To make it as easy as possible for that deletion to go ahead, I can modify {{delete}} so that it checks if it's on an image page (i.e., in the File: namespace), and adds those images to a new [[Category:Files marked for deletion]], which will make not just this batch deletion easier, but future image cleanups as well. We will then in future simply be able to drop a {{delete}} onto images as needed, and once there's enough to make it worth the trouble, pop a fresh request through to the Devs.
I suspect they will actually be glad for the opportunity to clear all that old junk out, especially if we point out that there's copyrighted and unlicensed material sprinkled through it. For most of the Godwiki's history, image licensing issues have never been adequately emphasised, but I really think it needs to be something we're much more assiduous about, and this big image cleanup will really help with that. 👏 again! -- Djonni (talk) 11:02, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── The only screenshots of the game I propose to mark for deletion unquestionably is things like screenshots of the diary, pantheon rankings, and hero stats screens. The rules state this isn’t a hosting website, and generally, those kinds of images are mostly uploaded to share “hey, this happened” or “I’m number one on the Destruction pantheon” or “I’m rich.” So, those ones should be almost certainly deleted. Things like inventory screens etc. I can see keeping. There was one I caught after the fact but forgot to remove the template that showed some holiday exclusive items. There’s also what appears to be dungeon maps and strategies/guides (I assume that’s what that is, I’m 92 bricks until I can see that mechanic.)

I also agree that a warning (especially if this is a regular thing from now on) on the forums is important. I forgot to suggest that in my OP (despite alluding to it). If people on the site have a desire to keep their images, they’ll check. It allows us to prune the inactive images and old content. If you do put a message on the forums, you should specify that they should add their images to their user page or something so they aren’t marked for deletion. If they want to hide it there, you can tell them the 1x1 trick we thought of on your page.

I hope the moderators don’t have to go through a lot of trouble to batch it.

Eventually, I’ll be going through the entire File list for inappropriate images, copyrighted content, etc. and marking those accordingly. That’s... another day though.

Personally, and as heartless as this is, nobody has the right to complain if their image is removed since GV doesn’t ever guarantee it’ll stay, has provisions for removing images, and states it’s not a hosting platform. They can, however, get mad at us for marking it to be deleted (Especially me since I just went through and added 800 to the category).

Well, I guess I’ll call this Project Cleanup 2019 I guess, if this is going to become a full cleanup operation. I’m only one person, so, I could use all the help I can get anyway. Honestly, I had planned to do a cleanup of all three for this reason. No offense to anyone, but there’s a lot of old “junk” left around. It bugs me when I see stuff like that (especially with the unused reports), so... you know (;一_一)

Lastly, the image licensing we definitely need to pay attention to. I hate copyright law enough to know that some people and companies CAN and WILL take action against people for this stuff **cough cough** RIAA/MPAA **cough cough** (though those two are music and video, and our at risk files are mostly anime images)

Glad to help with all of this, though. — Emptysora (talk) 11:41, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm going to gently but quite firmly argue again that material that's clearly directly related to Godville — screenshots, etc — has an implicit but clear reason to be here, regardless of whether it appears on Special:UnusedFiles. There are plenty of places around the wiki (Hall of records spring to mind) where a large number of players with zero experience (or interest) in wikis and how they work have simply made trial-and-error guesses about how to do stuff, and come up with some creative solutions that will mean files that are, in fact, in use will erroneously appear on that report. And that's not even to mention when people upload an image to the Godwiki to be linked from the forums, or in a private message, or in the discord(s), which does happen, and which is, in my opinion, a totally reasonable thing for a player to do. Because, in fact, why shouldn't people use the Godwiki as a place to put those kinds of images... uploaded to share “hey, this happened” or “I’m number one on the Destruction pantheon” or “I’m rich”? Proudly displaying your achievements as a God or a Guild is one of the Godwiki's most-used purposes.
Granted that the Godwiki isn't an image-hosting platform1, but if you're a Godville player, you have a totally reasonable expectation that it's a place you could safely put game-related material, regardless of whether you have 1) ever seen those guidelines or even realise that they exist (most don't), and 2) have the slightest idea how wikis work. And both of those are things we can continue to expect from the majority of occasional Godwiki contributors forever, as there's really nothing we could (or should) do about it if we want people to feel like they can use the Godwiki freely.
There's a reason why Special:UnusedFiles is separate to the marked-for-deletion categories. Any mediawiki installation would have use cases for images to be present that should not be deleted, and this is definitely one of them for us. Regardless of whether we like having things on that report, it is, nonetheless, simply a report, and doesn't always require action to be taken to "fix" it. 😊
Of course, I realise that this might mean that someone has to go through every file that's been marked for deletion and un-mark anything that is clearly game related, and I don't mind doing that work in the next while. 😊
Footnote 1: That wording actually comes from the bad old days, and in my opinion, we should actually rethink it with the above in mind. Because all mediawikis are an image-hosting platform, if they have any images at all. The wording is sarcastic, and was put there just to be a stick to hit people with (ref: {{Warning}}) if they uploaded something that a certain someone didn't like. The rule is sound in principle, but should reflect a more reasonable, friendlier tone. -- Djonni (talk) 12:09, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
I’ll go through it later, don’t worry.
My only comment is that I don’t think that just because it’s a screenshot of the game or directly related to the game, that we unconditionally keep the image on the site. All the rules state is that it’s not a hosting platform, things should be for immediate use, and content unrelated can be deleted without warning. Ie: it doesn’t say “Anything related to the game will always stay” (as silly or implicit such a rule would be)
What I’ll do is go through and individually find the applicable images and evaluate based on your comments so far, if they would have a use or would be necessary to keep. I’ll even search the forums (assuming I can actually search for links like that and automate it) and see if any are linked, automatically removing the template etc.. I’ll post here if I have questions.
I know why Unused is not called pending delete or similar. I never treated it as such (or else there’d be nothing left in that report). In such cases, we could still add them to a page like my dummy page so they don’t show up in the report.
The problem is that while some of the images MAY be in use despite being on that report, there’s no way for us to tell. We can’t just not delete any files because they could be used elsewhere. Things directly related to GV I understand. But, with other images, there’s just no way to tell. This is why I think a forum post is a good idea. At least then we gave people a chance to see if their image is pending deletion and potentially remove it.
Regardless, I think the rules are a bit too vague in this situation. They’re too broadly written. It allows people to interpret them too extremely. I kind of wish we had an admin’s opinion on this. That would certainly clarify some of this. — Emptysora (talk) 14:57, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
Sorry if I’m coming off harsh... I’m half asleep and really need to sleep. I **will** go through them later and put the applicable files into a temporary purgatory of sorts.
Honestly, I’m playing devil’s advocate for the most part (just offering a counterargument). at least this discussion will allow us to not have to fuss about it as much. There’s just too many hidden variables with this.
From what I read, you feel that if it’s game related, it almost certainly stays (nearly regardless of the image itself), and that some images shouldn’t be deleted just because they aren’t used (that one... is hard to deal with).
Our main issue is the fact that we have nearly zero categorized images, we don’t know what any of them are for. We should start categorizing images based on where they’re located (into the appropriate existing categories)
in the very least, once we deal with the unused file report, in the future, we’ll be able to see which files were uploaded to be used on the wiki. This allows us to pretty easily determine what to do with most of the files. The uncategorized files we can, for the most part, assume are used elsewhere off the site (Eg: forums). This can allow us to make a better decision on what to do with those.
Ideally, the only thing I’d like in that report, is files that are new, or are not on the site for use on the wiki. (Or images that have since been removed with categories)
We just need to clean up the mess from “the bad old days” as you put it.
As for rule changes. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with allowing game-related images to be hosted. We should probably word it, “GodWiki is not an image hosting website. Images unrelated to the game, it’s contents, gods, and guilds can be removed without warning. In the event you do not think your image will be in use soon, please put a description with the image when you upload it so others that come after you know what you intended. Any content that breaks TOS can be removed without warning.” (Ie: be specific about what is considered unrelated content, and put a note to uploaders letting them know to describe what they’re uploading if it’s not going to be immediately used.)
For this first purge, I think the unused guild, god, and content images (Eg: monsters, artifacts) be included too (excluding other content related to the game like screenshots.) we then do a forum post so that people can pull what they want out (Eg: grace period of a month). After this, ideally, we categorize uploads so we know WHAT is on the report (since half the time it isn’t clear.) — Emptysora (talk) 15:25, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Heh, don't worry about it. It happens to the best of us me all the time, I often reread stuff I wrote when tired and wonder why anyone still talks to me, or how they could have possibly understood what I'd hoped to say. 😐

And in which spirit, I want to be more clear about what I mean, as I'm not sure we have ended up on the same page. I'm really talking very specifically about screenshots of the game, or of game material which was generated by Godville itself in some way. And there is a more general way to talk about this which might draw a clearer picture.

To me, it comes down to this: why do we wish to clear out old images? What's our purpose? It can't just be to clear the special report pages, or keep things "tidy". In fact, there's very little reason why one should want to do this, other than general fastidious (which I am in general down with, but not in this case).

The most legitimate purpose for clearing out old images is to prevent potential future problems to do with licensing and copyright. Because in the end, at some point, someone had a reason to put every single one of those images up in the Godwiki, and it's not possible for us to know what they were, nor if the pictures are still important to someone. So to remove any image we need to justify the choice. And honestly, the only justification I think is reasonable is a precautionary one against legal threats to Godville.

Material generated by the game or by the game's players doesn't pose that threat. There is, I argue, simply no justification for removing it.

Organise it? Absolutely! Find a way to better use it? No question! Find a way to take them off the reports, so those reports become useful again? Great idea! Delete someone else's contribution or achievement just... because we decided to? Nah.

What I'm trying to say is that simply not being displayed with [[File:...]]] (the report's metric for "in use") isn't a reason to delete a file. But it's absolutely a reason to take a look and figure out whether it's safe to keep. And if it's not safe, it should go. If it poses no risk at all, which includes any screenshots or game-created content, we don't have a reason to remove something that someone choose to put here. 😊 That's all I'm trying to say. -- Djonni (talk) 18:29, 20 November 2019 (UTC)

It's basically a case by case issue. I know I uploaded a screenshot that could be deleted because it have no use now (need to find it back to mark it). I don't think there is any good middle ground since deleting is kinda permanent. And copyright haven't been a major issue here so far thanks whatever (Gosh if would be drama if all copyrighted images were deleted).
There's also a lot of duplicate (guilty as charged for one...) that could be deleted without much thoughts. I'd tend to say that unused screenshot intended for the hall of records could be deleted, but well I can understand the objection of Djonni.
But, I'd object that objection by saying that most of the people who posted those unused screenshot are unlikely watching at them or at the Godwiki on a regular basis (far fetched argument I know).
But I also understand there is no emergency at deleting pictures, unless the devs says otherwise (when i need a pic, i try to search if there is something down there i can use instead of upload, like i did for {{Geography}}), it would just make it cleaner.
Categorizing the pictures can be useful I guess, but that's gonna be quite the monumental task. (And I guess we need to define those category firsthand). -- WardPhoenix (talk) 23:26, 20 November 2019 (UTC)
Djonni I ask myself that question everyday... heh. I see what you mean. I’ll definitely add the categorization to my list of things to. I like monumental tasks. For the most part, we can use Category:Gods, Category:Guilds and so on for nearly everything. There’s no real reason to create new categories explicitly for images.
My reason for deleting files was never to clear out the Special:UnusedFiles report. That was simply the first place I looked through as those images were not in use (Ie: people wouldn’t care as much if those were gone through)
I understood what you meant by the game generated content. Yes, those generally would not cause us legal issues, but, there’s other reasons to delete things than just because of legal issues. As WardPhoenix pointed out, there’s duplicate file issues too. Aside from that, there’s also the potential storage space issue. I’m not sure how the devs are handling that one though, and since they haven’t said anything, it’s likely not a problem yet. We should ask them for their opinion on this at some point, though.
The general assumption I had when I was going through that report was that “since they were unused, the uploaders either don’t need, or want the images anymore.” (That obviously doesn’t work in the case of forum messages.) If somebody worked hard and contributed by uploading a file, you would at least assume they would want to show that file off. The fact that such images appear on that report defies that very idea. In many cases, people have uploaded replacements to be used instead of their original uploads (such as hero/god avatars, guild banners, especially HM, and some bird one I can’t remember the name of.). I kind of want to hear a scenario where this logic would not hold true for the unused file report (at least for the older images, and ones not of game content itself). I’m not suggesting people don’t care about their achievements, but that, in many cases, that doesn’t apply.
As WardPhoenix said, there’s no rush to delete the images (and I was thinking at least a couple month grace period for the forum post since not everyone comes on everyday like we seem to).
Sorry for the “late” reply, I’ve been dealing with some legal things these past few weeks (I alluded to it on my user page Monday). I’ve been a bit busy.
Ugh, this topic is getting long. REALLY long. For some reason the TOC doesn’t show up on the mobile skin, so scrolling to the “edit” link for this section, is a big hassle. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emptysora (talkcontribs) Thursday November 21
Hey, no problems, real life always comes first here. Everyone's among friends here, you take any time you need. As one of my old mentors here once patiently told me, the Godwiki will always be here. 😊 We all hope you're okay, and if you need anything, we're here.
As WardPhoenix pointed out, there’s duplicate file issues too: Yes, absolutely, there's some common sense actions that can safely be taken to clear out dupes, etc. 👍
there’s also the potential storage space issue: This doesn't concern me at all, for a few reasons. Firstly, it's not our concern. 🤷‍♂️ If the space used by the Mediawiki installation had ever been a concern for the Devs, they could have popped in at any time in the last eight years and nuked every unused file. They haven't. Not on Godwiki-en, nor on Godwiki-ru, which is much busier and larger than ours. Secondly, a careful inspection of the Godwiki deletion logs reveals that, even at times where deleting offensive images was necessary (and it's worth noting that that's the only reason an image has ever been deleted), they were very selective in deleting only the historical revision of the [[File: that was offensive, and leaving behind the pointless placeholder that was uploaded to obscure the offensive file. They have clearly demonstrated that they strongly prefer for all user content to be kept, even the pointless stuff, unless there's a clear and compelling reason to remove it. Y'see? We don't need to ask the Devs opinion on this stuff, we've got it demonstrated if we just look.
you would at least assume they would want to show that file off. The fact that such images appear on that report defies that very idea: Well, I think I've expressed my disagreement with this enough. 😊 The key word there really is "assume" — we simply shouldn't be assuming what those users wanted, or want, with the file. And we shouldn't assume that a correctly formatted [[File: is the only way the images have been used.
such as hero/god avatars, guild banners, especially HM, and...: I don't believe we ever really disagreed on that. 👍 Unless for some weird reason a guild used a screenshot for their emblem, which 🤷‍♂️ sure, if they did, I'd be arguing for it's preservation.
On the matter of guilds, though, it's not difficult to imagine a scenario where someone would be angry about this. Take: the newly elected guild leader, keen to revitalise the guild's symbols and wiki page for recruitment, goes looking for all the old emblems and banners for some retro inspiration, or to cherry pick the best to reuse. For the last eight years, there's been no problem doing that. We are about to change the de facto rules, to bring them more in line with the de jure, in a way that could, and one day certainly will, disrupt and frustrate people. It really is something we need to remember. Indifference to user experience has damages the Godwiki's reputation again and again, year after year, and we really mustn't repeat those mistakes
Btw, I'm not arguing that we keep all the old guild rubbish files. Just highlighting that the expectations of our fellow users need to be kept in mind at all times. Fair warning on the forums will suffice, for cases like that suggested above. Before we take this to the forums, though, we really need to develop a very clear and easy way people can rescue any files they want kept.
Okay, okay, I'm procrastinating because I'm having a bad day. Must. Get. Back. To. Work. -- Djonni (talk) 12:04, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Let's place a header here because duck scrolling

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Thanks for kind of understanding what I meant when I asked for a scenario. I wasn’t being combative at all (even though it probably looks like that), I just figured, if there WAS a reason, I just want to know, since I can’t think of such a reason. You make a good point about going through for past inspiration. Basically, I just wanted a counterargument to what I argued.

I think we should change our perspective on this. We’re currently taking a “delete first, ask users to save their stuff later” kind of thing. Let’s flip it. Instead of that, let’s “Save first, and ask people and guilds to go through their uploads to see what they don’t need/want anymore.” You’ve already shown that there’s far more scenarios where keeping the files is the de facto norm. Instead of trying to arbitrarily decide who gets to keep their stuff and who doesn’t, I feel we should instead categorize everything, and ask people to look into their uploads for stuff they don’t want to. The only things we will auto-flag for removal are: 1) copyrighted content (which would likely, and, unfortunately include memes), 2) inappropriate content, 3) and duplicate content (putting a redirect on the dup’s page to the kept file). User content isn’t a problem in most cases, I’ve noticed that most of the outdated user content is handmade, not from copyrighted material anyway. There’s no pressing reason for us to push this. Space isn’t an issue. Most of the content doesn’t violate copyright, and generally poses no issue. And, as a result, simply asking for people to go through their uploads, will get the so called “file purge” I have been devising, while not upsetting anyone (hopefully).

For guilds in particular, I think we should suggest that final authority on whether things like banners be removed be delegated to the original uploader/guild master/majority of the guild (Ie: that they use the guild council and forums to debate whether they need to keep their content on here.)

I’d say that we should stress that most of the content is perfectly fine and can stay, but, that, we’re trying to do something about the vast number of unused files, whether that be just to hear, “yeah, it’s not in use, but we’d like to keep it” or “Oh, that? You can get rid of it.” We all like this game, and most of us definitely want to see this wiki improve (I for one want to live to see the Special:WantedPages show a single digit red link count), so, if we simply organize this as a sort of “spring cleaning” I have no doubt that the interested parties will at least look through their stuff.

I’m going to start going through and categorizing all of the files into their appropriate categories. Files that can be categorized and don’t fit into the above listed auto-flag scenarios will be removed from Category:Marked for deletion.

After this is all done, we should write some form of guideline article for uploading files (reminding people to put descriptions, categorize, avoid uploading duplicates, etc.). We could even create templates to be used in the file namespace explicitly, such as a {{Quality}} template which could say, “The quality of this image does not fit the guidelines for images on this wiki. Reason: (((reason))). If you can provide a better image, please replace this file.” Or similar, (reasons can be, “Image has watermark” “resolution too poor” or similar).

Your thoughts? — Emptysora (talk) 19:55, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Created a working demo of the "FileUse" template. It's in my sandbox. example:
{{User:Emptysora/sandbox|no-category=yes|type=hero|god=Emptysora|hero=Sora Amasaki|hero-link=User:Emptysora/Sora Amasaki|hero-gender=female}}
Produces:
Picturecamera.png

This file is an image.

This content is associated with the goddess Emptysora's heroine Sora Amasaki. Please do not delete or modify this content without permission. To suggest changes, please add a topic on this article's talk page, the goddess's talk page, or their heroine's talk page.


The template uses the {{gender:[username]|ifmale|iffemale|ifneutral}} magic word to automatically detect the gender preference from the user's settings to decide whether to call the user "god" "goddess" or "almighty" (gender neutral). This setting is found on Special:Preferences the section titled "How do you prefer to be described?". I chose this example because it explains all of the fringe usages of the parameters in the template (namely hero-link). The template, as suggested by no-category=yes, by default, automatically categorizes the file into categories (namely: Category:Guilds Category:Gods Category:Heroes and Category:Backstage) Feedback and suggestions can be left on my sandbox's talk page.
Type currently supports: god, hero, guild, and forum. If you have any other suggestions for file uses, please tell me. I want this template to be as complete as possible from the get-go.
-- Emptysora (talk) 00:06, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
There is already an existing guideline for the upload file within the Creators Manual, it just needs improvement (I did my best, but obviously I missed some points when I rewrote that whole article).
Categorizing the image is ok, obviously. But as Djonni pointed, is there really a need to mark for delete except for unused obvious dupes and unused copyrighted content?
As for your template, as impressive it is technically (great work seriously), I don't see the point apart from polluting the file page (please don't take it bad, I know i kind of say that too blunt) and it feels a little... agressive somehow.
In theory, files won't be changed by people, unless by mistake or by vandalism.
The former will be worried about the warning and may takes it the bad way, while the later will not care obviously.
But as revert is quite easy it's not an issue. Basically, I'd say that changing any file upload by another user falls into Rules#2. And if the file is deleted, it will be by the Devs, who will never be wrong if they delete a file. --WardPhoenix (talk) 00:42, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
I don't see how it would pollute the file page. The purpose of the template is to provide information about what the file is, and where it is used. It presents this information in a clear, easy to understand, way. If you click a photo on a monster article and see said file, you obviously understand that the image is an image of a monster. Say you click on the "random image" link on the Main page, without looking at the file name, description provided by the uploader, and the pages linking to the image, it's impossible to tell what the image is. And, in the case of images on Special:UnusedFiles, all you have to go on is the description provided by the uploader (which is, in the vast majority of cases, missing), and the file name. Even if modifying files uploaded by other users falls into Rules#2, if all you do is look at the file page, and have never seen the Rules page (which is most of the people in this game), you won't know that.
The "Please do not delete or modify this content without permission" message is supposed to just tell the user not to make edits or flag for deletion without contacting the owner/discussing it. That's why it links to the appropriate talk pages. I understand the verbiage sounds aggressive, but verbiage can be changed. We shouldn't not do something just because the first incarnation of it can be considered aggressive and taken the wrong way. That goes against everything a wiki stands for: collaboration.
"But as Djonni pointed, is there really a need to mark for delete except for unused obvious dupes and unused copyrighted content?", I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this. The only things I suggested be marked for deletion is duplicate files, copyrighted content, and content that is against the ToU/ToS of the site. Aside from the last item, that's exactly what I said (when I agreed with him). What I'm suggesting is that we call on users to see if they have any files or whatever they want to get rid of, before we send the request to the devs to do a mass deletion, since there's likely not going to be another opportunity to remove files for a long time. IE: I want to at least give the others a chance to get rid of anything they don't want anymore instead of just not telling them we did this.
While the "This file is an image." title may seem redundant, it's not because images aren't the only thing that can be uploaded (even if the allowed extensions only permit images). Not to mention, I simply couldn't think of what to put there. I can either remove or edit the message so it's not so useless, which is, again, why I wanted feedback.
-- Emptysora (talk) 01:21, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
Cool template. :)
It's been a long time since I've actually set up my Godwiki preferences. Is the gender preference from the users settings automatically populated from their God/Goddess status, or does it default to something (hopefully gender neutral)? I would also suggest removing the link to the hero(ine) talk page, as messages left their won't trigger an alert to the user when they next visit, so 99% would never be seen.
I know that a bunch of image use templates are used on wikipedia and a lot of other wikis. They've never been used here, obviously, and I thing there's some reasons for that. My main question about the file use template, which isn't obvious to me... who is expected to be placing these templates on images, and when? And within 'who', I'm bundling in a question about how familiar that group of intended users are with templates, parameters, etc, and how they will find out about the template.
Is it intended to be a part of the spring clean effort, a way for people to mark their images as still wanted? Because if that's the case, I think it's way too hard to use (our target group there is likely to have very little wiki literacy). I honestly would think that simply removing the {{delete}} template from an image they want kept will be at the upper limits of what folks will figure out how to do. If this is the intended use, I would really aim for purest of simplicity. E.g., something named along the lines of {{Keep image}} with one optional unnamed parameter for the username, with documentation that recommends placing in pages like so: {{Keep image|~~~}}. (An {{#ifexist: User:{{{1}}}}} would catch cases where a username is manually entered.)
My biggest concern is that it will just not be used. Or, more specifically, that it will become another thing that we wiki gardeners will need to do on every uploaded image, just for our own benefit, in which case I wonder if we would actually take the time use it, switching between screens and copy-pasting stuff to fill in all those parameters with other people's information...? Does it offer us materially more information than the "File usage" section at the bottom? -- Djonni (talk) 10:42, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
In arelated vein, ref this edit comment: after said guilds no longer exist...? What do we do with these? Redirect to Main Page certainly isn't the answer
I completely agree, and it's something we've discussed a little (at Talk:Main_Page/Archive#Many_GodWiki_pages_need_to_be_deleted, which we should consider un-archiving as part of the spring clean). As you'll see there, I agree that the main page redirects are a terrible solution, and have already argued that those redirects should be removed, but we didn't reach consensus. It was a part of why I created {{Delete guild}}, and arged that these pages should go into a special Category. (I suggested 'Category:Dead guilds' at the time, but I don't think that 'dead' is the right word anymore, and would argue for 'Category:Guilds not widely known on Godville', in light of later discussion with WardPhoenix at Template talk:Delete guild.) -- Djonni (talk) 11:23, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I’ve seen a few edits by people who have done such redirects with the excuse “it’s not going to be deleted anyway.” Aside from how pessimistic or cynical that is, redirecting pages to Main Page without using “Delete” when, at the time, it actually existed, seems a bit... weird and arbitrary.

The preference defaults to gender neutral.

Ideally, I would like the template on all images (and I can rewrite it to make it easier to use for inexperienced editors). In other words, it would (hopefully) be something the uploader can just copy and paste into the “description” box when they upload (ie: in the same vein as the article infobox templates). It’s purpose isn’t to mark things as “to keep” but to show the purpose of an image in a clear manner. The only place I’d really say it’s required is when images are no longer in use, or images uploaded for the forums. Like with other other guideline articles, we can move the image guidelines to a separate, dedicated, article, and describe how to use the template. Alternatively, we can add a “Images” subheading to the guideline articles, describing a case-by-case use of the template.

Really, though, I don’t think it’s that important if the template is on the monster, artifact, equipment, and quests. Those are half obvious. The message is pretty redundant and unnecessary on those anyway, I only added those parameters for consistency with the types of images uploaded. Ie: I would only suggest putting them on guild/god/hero images.

What I could also do is split up the template into “guild-file” “god-file” and “hero-file” templates making the usage much easier (like we do with the already split guild, usergod, hero, and the other templates.)

The “File usage” at the bottom, especially if the files aren’t used, gives *no* information (and neither does the description in most cases). Anything the template says would be information that section cannot provide. Not to mention, this information wouldn’t disappear as soon as the file goes into disuse.

Though, I don’t see how the usage of this template really affects our spring cleaning. Like I did with stubs, if we ultimately decide to use the template (if even in a subset of files), we can remove the category references if we add said template.

Emptysora (talk) 15:37, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

As a side note, I've started categorizing the files. I started from most recently uploaded to the least recently uploaded. If you guys see new files on the wiki that haven't been categorized, do you mind categorizing them (that's why I started from most recent, I'll eventually clear through my 4,786 image backlog and then we only need to worry about new images)
I'm putting notes on my edits where possible, you all might want to read them as they contain ideas/suggestions, potential copyright issues, etc.. Recent changes only shows up to 500 edits, so to see all of mine, you'll have to go to my contributions. They're all in the format "categorizing: {categories} [(notes)]". Similarly to hide my file edits on Recent changes, you have to select "File" from the namespace menu, and check "Invert Selection".
As per usual, I uploaded the script I'm using to my website, so you can download it if you want. Details on how it works are on my user page. (all the way at the bottom)
I'm planning on going through roughly 500 images a day (might only do 300 today because of how late it is right now), so I should be completely done in under two weeks.
I quick overview of the script: Scrapes the list of files on the server using Special:ListFiles, provides a semi-automatic way to edit images. It provides a sidebar with a bunch of buttons that can add/remove categories from the page, and another sidebar that views the "Read" page of the file (so you can see the image/description/file usages/etc.). It removes the copyright warning in the editor so the "Save changes" button is in-view (less scrolling). It removes the "delete|unused" template call automatically. and automatically sets the edit to "minor" and the summary to "categorizing: [categories]" (auto-updated). Every time you save the page (or click "Read" to exit the editor), the script moves on to the next image on the site, allowing you to sequentially batch edit the files. (EDIT) Screenshot.
-- Emptysora (talk) 02:20, 24 November 2019 (UTC)

Articles about content that's no longer in the game

So, we've started finding more and more articles that are about content (artifacts, monsters, equipment, quests, skills, pantheons...) that is no longer in the game for various reasons. I think it's time we worked out what we do with these things.

Firstly, I think that deleting a contributor's creativity and work on the Godwiki because the item's gone is a shame. My vote is that articles are preserved, with a hatnote, and possibly categorised (perhaps Category:Articles about things that are no longer in the game).

However, I would equally argue that deleted items should be removed from the relevent 'List of...', and the Omnibus. If they aren't in the game any more, then they shouldn't really be there, I think.

A hatnote could look something like this:

👻

This article is about something which is no longer in the game

This subject of this article was once a part of Godville, but is no longer. It is kept here for its historical or creative value. Please do not delete this note or the article's content without discussing it on the talk page first, however, creative contributions and additional accurate details are still welcome.

No styles applied to that example, of course, we can decide on that if we like the general idea. Whaddaya think? -- Djonni (talk) 12:57, 25 November 2019 (UTC)

I definitely like that. I feel bad about going through and effectively playing god with “what gets to stay, and what gets deleted.” I mean, it’s one thing if the creator of something blanks a page (which is somehow systematically done), but, if it’s just left there, I don’t want to just get rid of it. A lot of guilds put a lot of effort into their pages. It’s a shame to permanently delete them. — Emptysora (talk) 13:20, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
For guilds in particular we need to tweak the message. After all, a guild with the same name that used to exist but now doesn’t, could come into existence again. We shouldn’t bar them from editing their own guild page because someone else had a guild with the same name.
Things removed from the game should unquestionably be removed from lists whose sole purpose is detailing things existing in the game. It’s just clutter at that point. However, I think we should add another list page “List of content removed from the game” with headers for Monsters, Equipment, Pantheons, etc.. At least that way, something links to those articles and they won’t just be dead. We could actually use THAT talk page to discuss whether to move items there. — Emptysora (talk) 13:27, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
Well, just to clarify, we already have guilds covered with {{Delete guild}}. Inactive deities and their heroes and heroines can remain here until the day they return to the game or the sun explodes, whichever comes first.1 I'm not talking about user (god, hero, guild) pages here, I'm talking about objects or mechanics from the game that have been removed.
Note 1: There is one important exception to this. If a god no longer exists in Godville at all, they have requested that their account and all of its data be deleted under GDRP. If we stumble upon a User page with no corresponding User, an Ideabox -> Other should be submitted to alert the Devs, and they can decide what should be done for GDRP compliance. -- Djonni (talk) 14:06, 25 November 2019 (UTC)