It appears our seventy years in exile have come to an end & we are free to return to the promised land of IRC! (: Jokes aside, I don't know how you want to handle the deprecation of Chat. If you don't want to return to regular use of IRC, maybe we should reconsider the idea of setting up an official Discord server. We could use Dev wiki's Discord script to add a Chat-like rail module for easy access if we wanted. It's your call; the community's already made its interest in a Discord server known in the past. If we do go that route though, we should make sure user rights on the wiki translate directly to Discord roles accordingly, with Chat mod rights transferring directly to moderator rights on the server, etc.
On another note, while I was trolling teh forums on Community Central, I took note of this Staff technical update. Basically, for the purposes of improving SEO, Wikia has decided to redirect all anons to the pages on which images are used rather than to their relevant File namespace pages. This has made me wonder about the future of the Image Policy. If site visitors (including artists without Fandom accounts) are physically unable to view attribution info on File pages without first creating accounts, is there really a point to enforcing the Image Policy? The whole purpose of the policy was to have publicly accessible attribution information on hand for all to see in the event that an artist wanted to ensure proper credit had been given for his/her work. With this update, the only people who would realistically see such information are the uploaders & the administrative team, as well as the odd users who happen to visit the file page for the purposes of downloading the image for themselves. Wikia has made the Image Policy into an exercise in futility with this move.
Hey man! I'm back, but I'd like to get your feedback about something.
In light of recent circumstances in my personal life, I've been thinking about retiring from my moderatorial duties and taking on a reduced role on the wiki. I've recently switched jobs, & while my new position is lighter on the hours, I have a lengthier commute than I did previously (or will have, once the current pandemic calms down & I start working in the office). I also no longer have the benefit of an understanding project manager willing to turn a blind eye to employees taking discrete "online smoke breaks" to surf Reddit (or Star Wars Fanon as the case may be) during the work day. I might have some leeway to patrol the wiki during the day while the work remains remote, but I'm not too keen on testing those limits.
I expect this change, in combination with other issues in my personal life, will heavily affect the frequency with which I can contribute regularly around here. I'm not really sure I feel comfortable with the idea of holding moderator user rights without consistently discharging the duties of the office on the regular, so I was wondering if I should step down to rollback or retire entirely. Let me know your thoughts on the matter. Either way, when I'm around, I still expect to do what I can to revert vandalism & handle any technical issues that may arise.
Speaking of which, let me know if there are any outstanding technical issues that need addressing. It looks like Wikia is behind schedule converting the wiki to the UCP (no surprise there), so I don't expect there's much to handle on that front yet. Cheers!
We've had TK on the books as an admin forever, despite TK's availability being most generously described as "gradual response force for major issues". I'm perfectly comfortable with you being a part-time Moderator, and I haven't heard any clamor among users demanding that you return full-time or face a RFRUR.
The Wiki's been decently calm in your absence, fortunately (which likely means I've been missing things, but alas...), but it's still good to have you back, whatever "back" may mean.
By the way, did we ever reach a consensus regarding the addition of a "recent blogs" rail module? I'm in the process of cleaning up my test wiki and rediscovered my example blogs module from months ago. I've removed it from my wiki, but the code can be retrieved from here if you ever decide to add it.
Also, I noticed there are a fair few newish Discussions posts that violate the Guidelines' ban on off-topic, general-purpose Star Wars discussion. Are we tacitly turning a blind eye to such posts or should I return to my previous policing of the forum?
Finally, I noticed this user has been editing pages created by this user. The former claims on his user page to be the latter & states that the secondary account was created due to the loss of login details for the primary account. However, the primary account was active several days ago. Regardless, it's a textbook Participation Guidelines sockpuppetry violation either way so I figured I'd bring it to your attention.
From a quick mcperusal, thesethreehere are too broad in scope & too unrelated to specific on-wiki content to avoid running afoul of Guideline §2:
2. Discussions thread subject matter must relate to Star Wars Fanon and its on-wiki content in some way; the Discussions forum is not a place for general Star Wars fan discussion nor a repository for fanon or fan fiction.
The way I have historically enforced §2 is as follows. Threads that invite feedback on existing articles or encourage opinion-based discussion on proposed fanon/fanfic ideas are permissible, as they relate to actual or potential on-wiki content, respectively. Opinion-based discussion topics that walk the line of being too general or broad in scope are only permissible if it is the OP's implied or stated intention to use the discussion as a springboard to create on-wiki content.
For example, threads like the linked "what is your favorite film?" post illustrate no such intention & are simply prompts for general-purpose fan discussion better suited to a different site. On the other hand, a discussion prompt phrased like "I need a canon Jedi to train my fanon OC Padawan. What are your favorite Jedi Masters from the prequel era?" would be permissible, as it is the OP's intention to solicit suggestions from the greater community for potential inclusion in on-wiki content.
Hello! I have a question for you concerning the Short Story Contest. As both as a pillar of our community and having a vested interest in this topic, I definitely value your input on this. Currently, you have the only entry in Pre-Movie Era and, assuming it stays that way over the next couple of days, I don't know that it makes the contest better to have Best overall and Best Movie-Era basically be the same less your entry. If a new entry is added to Pre-Movie, I'd of course leave that category separate, but I'd welcome your thoughts on whether to keep the Pre/Movie Era categories as separate entities or simply eliminate them in favor of retaining Best Overall for a more interesting contest.
Candidly, I've been expecting that for a while; I'm all but certain that my lone entry in Pre-Movie Era (and the new one in Vignettes) will stand alone when the nomination period wraps up tomorrow, and I concur with the implication in your instructions that it's better to just roll them into Best Overall rather than have winners by default.
As for Best Overall and Best Movie-Era, as I told MPK in Chat, keeping those two separate would boil down to, "Is Sakaros's entry better than all the others? If no, stop. If yes, proceed to Step 2."
Incidentally, since we only have about a day and a half to go, you might want to come up with some voting rules.
Hey Sakaros. I know you've noticed (as Thylacine's semi-posted it to your wall) but me and Thylacine's been having some problem with her recent story page.
For some reason, it takes it from the main page ("Recollections of a Life in Exile") to somewhere around six redirects before actually reaching the story page. Thylacine and I aren't experienced enough to deal with the problem, so I was wondering what you'd suggest doing.
Fixed it. I think Thylacine got a little trigger-happy with renaming and created several unnecessary redirects. Although the problem is most easily averted in the future by choosing a title before posting, if a rename does become necessary, it's essential to update the link on the main page too.
Thanks again, guys... anyway, it's a good story. I think all I want to do now is revise for some grammar and punctuation stuff... but I can do that later... kinda tired now and gotta get up at 4:00 a.m. for work... eeek. But I want to say, I appreciate the help and stuff. People here are very helpful.
Just for institutional memory for whoever may see or cite this in the future, I wouldn't impose a block simply on request, but I pulled up his rap sheet on the Arrow Wiki, and I concur that "harassed" is a fair assessment of the situation. Permanent ban imposed.
Hey, Sakaros! So uh, I've been thinking about the usage of fair use images in the Wiki. I think that the lastest image I uploaded classifies under fair use, but I'm not sure. I've already uploaded the image. What can I do?! I'm worried.
Must have crossed paths; I just left you a message here.
Each user has to decide for himself whether an image counts as Fair Use, applying the four-factor test described (and linked) in the tutorial. That said, whatever licensing you choose, your image has to comply with the other Image Policy requirements too.
Hi, I'm Atarumaster88 and I'm organizing this year's short story contest. Thank you for your participation in the contest thus far! I'm excited to read all of the submittals! Here's a quick reminder that there are two weeks left to nominate short stories (yours or someone else's) in the contest! After that, we'll have another four weeks of reviewing and voting! As a bit of fine print, though, this contest is only open to stories written in the current year! Thanks again for participating and being part of the community! Atarumaster88(Talk page) 17:38, July 17, 2020 (UTC)
Greet'ns. Not sure if you or anyone else is seeing this, but the Character Infobox template's ability to use custom colors seems to have been disabled recently. The orange-and-black I was using for Rebel pilot characters appears to have reverted to the base light blue. That an issue with the template, something about my use/view of it, or an intentional change? Do you see it as well?