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I had two questions about the Edge Chronicles contest. Can I write a short story about Rook, for example, or does the main character have to be someone less important? Does it have to 100% conform to canon?
I'm pretty sure Rook wouldn't be allowed, however he has since sent me his entry... What shall I say? I don't want just to dismiss his entry after they have put all this work into it(plus, I'm suprised we even got an entry), but yet again it doesn't really fit the brief.
Rook definitely isn't a minor character, and I'm not sure what they mean by "100% conform to canon". Rearding the canon, I don't think it matters that much, although ideally it shouldn't contradict the current canon. Regarding the character, I think you should inform them that Rook isn't a minor character, but shouldn't disregard their entry unless we actually get lots. Hopefully they will feel encouraged to write something new about a smaller character.
While I am very glad that we already have an entry from someone who isn't one of us, this is a bit of a difficult situation. Rook is not a minor character, and conforming 100% to canon would be preferred... but it seems like a bad idea to reject a short story if someone has already written it. I'm not sure what is the best course of action. I guess that you should answer their questions and accept their story, but encourage them to write another one that fits the idea of the contest.
At the beginning you get badges for like every edit and then at some point it's every 1.000 edit, so it will take some time for us both now. Also, I am still No 1, there's two No 1 ;)
I still have somewhat mixed feelings about the achievements feature though. I like that it's motivating, but the feature just disregards so many details like how much you really edited. It is totally the same thing if you just fix a broken link or rewrite a whole article.
But it's fun anyway, especially because I always forget how we customised the badges and every time I earn one I'm like: "Oh, that's cool, now I am a sky pirate" or I am really annoyed because the picture was cropped in a very ugly way.
I do feel that many of mine (especially the 1000 categories) were undeserved, because I got 1000 edits for adding all the categories to characters, yet The Strange Traveller got pretty much nothing for all their huge edits. And it must be annoying that 2000 of your edits don't count... But still, I'm almost halfway to your number of edits! I hit 1500 today, even though the achievement hasn't counted 400 of them. My #1 goal is to get the 250 point reward from editing every day for a year. I really liked the theme of the pictures you used for those, with Quint and Maris. It's a shame you ran out of pictures of them for the 60 day+ rewards.
Congratulations from me as well DeadlyDirtBlock! So many edits is very impressive! Is the badge for a whole year of editing in a row really worth 250 points?! (I can’t see it yet)
I really like the achievement/badge feature, despite its flaws. It is a fun motivation for editing, and it does give a general idea of how much people have edited. The badge for days in a row of editing has motivated me to come to the wiki to edit, at least one small thing, every day, even if I am occupied with other things like school. I too really like the theme of Quint and Maris for the days in a row badges.
I don’t mind that a lot of my work isn’t really registered by the badges. The badges don’t do anything, they are just for fun, and all of you know about the amount I have contributed to the wiki regardless of what the badges say. The badges just happen to represent one way of contributing to the wiki, making many minor fixes, over another, making a few big edits, but they are both valid and good ways.
Congratulations, it certainly is a record. And as long as you edit productively (eg not intentionally making what would normally be one edit several edits, not making unnecessary edits) I have nothing against you coming near my #1 spot. But I still have more than 4 times as many edits as you do ;) (which don't count because many of them were made before we enabled the badges).
And congratulations for now getting you Lucky badge! Have fun editing!
I would also like to offer my congratulations! This is definetly a record! I came home and looked at the wiki expecting to see a normal day's worth of activity, and then I saw what seemed to be several weeks' worth of activity condensed into one day. It will probably take me a few more months to get as many badges and edits as you have now, and I might never get the Caffeinated badge at all. I know that Tnuy got the Lucky 5000th edit less than a month ago, and now we are already at 1000 more edits!
Also, I did notice and appreciate your answer to my question in the Questions Discussion, but I decided not to reply. I think that the Questions Discussion should be left free of all replies except for questions and answers if possible.
Thanks! I had only been trying to get the Caffeinated badge, but after I discovered the almost-empty Males category, I just kept on going. I was also really surprised to get the 600th edit badge. It took eight and a half months from the badges being activated to reach the 5000th edit, and then less than three weeks for the next 1000! I guess it's because you, Tnuy and I all started editing at roughly the same time.
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I came home and looked at the wiki expecting to see a normal day's worth of activity, and then I saw what seemed to be several weeks' worth of activity condensed into one day.
Just wanted to show you the numbers that very much support The Strange Traveler's impression. Compare the numbers of the 11/12th of December with the average edits in November. (Sometimes the statistics tool does a few bizarre things (like showing 0 edits), but the best week we ever had was somewhat over 8.5k. 7k is a good week with everyone editing (5 people!) regulary.)
Yes, they are admin-only (at least it says so on Community Central and I can't access them anywhere else or edit anything), I don't know why. As I said, they are a bit weird sometimes. I not even know what the views actually mean and how this is calculated. I guess there is the small number of normal people looking something up on the wiki. Then there's us. And then there's Google's search engine bots that visit the wiki and I guess that they come round more often when much is changing in the wiki and also the higher your website appears in the rankings. And the Google bots usually come around regularly and every day, at least one of us is on the wiki, so I guess that 0 is a wrong number.
Make sure you get the right date, the one on the link is from October. Enter today's date now and you'll get today's WAM and you can go back to just 2012 I think. You can also see the general score of the wiki, or the vertical one in the books category.
It wouldn't let me see today's score, but I put in yesterday's. Since the 12th of October (2 months) we've climbed more than 1100 spots overall, and more than 70 in the books category! That's really cool!
The Strange Traveler will maybe edit the Farrow Ridges after Undertown and the Deepwoods
What classifies an article stub?
Categorizing an article as a stub signals other people that the article needs work. It is also helpful to remember later that you wanted to look something up/edit something later/let others check for grammar. If you have nothing to do, you can also just look up the category and see what pages need work.
Who should be on the list of deaths?
This should be decided by answering the follwing questions:
1) Was it one (possibly named) person?
2) Did this character's death influence any other character's decisions?
So for example: Academy of Wind=Unnamed people, no impacts on characters decision, shouldn't be included. Tug's mother=Named, Tug fled the Nightwoods, should be included
How do we deal with last words that we don't know?
"N/A" (not applicable) if someone is not capable of speech
"Varies" if members of a group said different things, but they should generally be seperated.
Words over sounds: If someone uttered last words and then screamed and then died, we keep the last words.
Speech marks seperate words from sounds. "Aiiii" is a word, "he screamed" a sound.
"Unknown" everywhere we don't know if someone said something/too much happened between what he said and when he died. Blanks should be filled as fast as possible.
All these should be added as a key to the Deaths in the Edge Chronicles page.
But you need to. We will add the next minutes there as well, and if you make the blog post, I can edit it as well. But if I make the blog post, you are not able to edit it or add anything if I might not be around for the chat time. It is just a formality, but you have to make the blog post.
I just copied a lot of the stuff from the chat and took notes while chatting, that's all.
I saw that your edits don't appears on the Top Contributors list. I though they had fixed this bug long ago, but I contacted the support and they said they have been looking into it for some time and are working on it.
If you weren't aware of this problem, sorry for bothering you, but I think the feature is motivating and helpful to see if there's a lot of activity on the wiki, and I was always kind of disappointed when I was ignored by the counter. We appreciate your edits and the answers to my comments ;)
Also, would you be interested in joining our chat on Sunday, 5.30 pm GMT? (I know, time zone differences...)
Last time, it was just me and The Strange Traveler, sometimes it doesn't work out because no-one has time or there is nothing to discuss.
I should be available at 5:30. I've never actually used the chat system before (I'm new to wikia), but I'm assuming an icon will pop up in the "Live! Chat" section, next to the "Start a chat" button. I was online at the time last Sunday, but forgot about the chat, so I didn't think to try and join it :/
Yes, if a chat is live you will see "Join A Chat" where it says "Start A Chat" now. It's easy to miss it if you don't know about it ahead of time because there is no notification anywhere except right there that there is a chat going on.
The chat can go on as long as there are people who are still able to chat. If you leave halfway through and there are still people in the chat you can rejoin, but if everybody leaves you have to start a new one. Also, there is no log of the chat after it ends, so if anything interesting is said that we want to have a record of it will have to be recorded elsewhere.
I guess we could copy paste the chat log, or make screenshots, if we wanted to do so.
You can start a chat at any time, but people can only join if they are online at the same time. Last time we chatted for an hour or so? That was pretty long.
The chat is a "Labs Feature", so it is something Fandom/Wikia is experimenting with. That's why it isn't perfect.
They even invite you to do give feedback, so I already suggested a few improvements, like it making it more noticeable when there is a chat going on.