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I have two questions about the theories that have been removed. Are they going to be placed on a ZU dedicated topic? All of them or some of them? Thanks in advance! Zeldafan1982 (talk) 04:31, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Various questions + Contacting the Staff/Getting Updated

I was thinking that there should be (if plausible/reasonable, of course) more validation across the Wiki. For example, when uploading files, we could have a Placeholder attribute to example display the format required, or otherwise validation like the Pattern attribute or js validation like this (or the rest of that webpage). The idea is inline/contextual help and/or prompts for when blocks of instructional text or the help guide (of which the relevant sections might be missed, or even missing certain details itself). Some things I'm not sure if in the Help Guide include:

  • Using capitalisation of the first letter of a template's name when using that template
  • Not using underscores in links
  • Using the Standard Initialism for (e.g.) "Cite manual" template
  • That NA is preferred over EU version of a game when it differs
  • Norms, e.g. User:Tony/Sandbox/ZW Norms

In terms of contacting the staff, what's the best method? I also realise ZUF exists, but doesn't seem frequently consistently used, or I still haven't figured out where all the action is. Segueing, I also notice some "big" things were being discussed, but in the first place, I didn't know about it, though at that time I hadn't realised to use the Forum until recently. I was absent from ZW for a while, and noticed an update to the Wiki software or something, which included a title font change (I think...), Mobile site, and the "Online Users" on the Recent Changes page breaking (it shows {{#currentusers:}})

In summary:

  • A question about validation additions, and
  • A question of how to best gather information useful for a ZW contributor.


--KokoroSenshi (Talk | contribs) 08:52, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

This isn't the first time you've come up with good ideas for custom features for the wiki. The best answer I can give you is that you should join the Zelda Wiki staff as a developer. You would have the support of the Zelda Wiki/Zelda Universe development team and it would put you in direct contact with all the wiki staff. (Not to mention we have quite the backlog of tasks and could use someone with your technical skills.) Short of that, the forums are indeed your best bet.
About the upload form, I'd really like for us to have Extension:UploadWizard. Custom code is the first thing to break when we upgrade (case in point, the "Online Users" thing). If there's a stable MediaWiki extension that could do the job, it's better to start with that. The only thing holding us back is that the extension doesn't currently support generation of custom templates, which we would need for Template:FileInfo. There is an open task for this which I hope to get to in the near future. — Hylian King [*] 02:24, 6 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. Thinking about it, joining as a developer sounds like a good idea; though in terms of technical skills (well, knowledge at least) I usually make it up as I go along, Google, etc., but if that's ok, I'd still like to join, or at least give it a try. --KokoroSenshi (Talk | contribs) 12:43, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
We're all volunteers doing this for fun. A willingness to try things and learn is all we'd ask for in a developer. I'll send you an email with the details later this week. Is the email address in your preferences up to date? — Hylian King [*] 01:43, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Awesome! Yes, I have checked that the email is up to date. --KokoroSenshi (Talk | contribs) 12:14, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
Sent. — Hylian King [*] 14:36, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Userpage Problem

My userpage has external links, so it asks me to check if I'm not a robot. Okay, click save page after that, and it says I've edited my page too many times (once). Thinking nothing of it, I hit save page again anyway... to be brought back to the "I'm not a robot" thing. Save again, says I've edited my page too many times. Infinite loop. Can someone fix this? Alex95 (talk) 05:13, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

EDIT:Also, your {{#currentusers:}} code on the Recent Changes is broken. Been meaning to say something about that for a while now... Alex95 (talk) 05:14, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Hey Alex, thank you for reporting this. We've since disabled the "too many edits" filter due to its bugginess. You should be able to edit your userpage now.
We are aware of the currentusers problem and it's on the to-do list. It's just not very high on the list is all. :P — Hylian King [*] 02:28, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

New and unvalidated?

I tried adding a trivia info I came across few days ago, but it was removed. Why did it get removed? When I added the info, I did wonder where can I add my sources, but any other info didn't have sourcing. Just references to game quotes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by EBuddy (talk) 00:29, November 15, 2016‎

You need a source to validate that trivia point, specifically the part where the Fishmen actually say that word. Without it, there's no way to prove that it's true and not just made up or pure speculation. Also, don't forget to sign your posts with four tildes (~~~~). - Chuck * (Talk) 08:18, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Judge the notability of this anecdote

I saw a anecdote about an interview with Aonuma on Twitter today and thought I would at least notify it, even though I doubt it's notable enough. The source is here, the tweet is in French and translates as “For the anecdote, I asked [Mr Aonuma] if The Witness could be considered as an “extreme Zelda”, but he didn't know the game :(”. Lunaramethyst (talk) 16:42, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Indeed a completely unrelated game to the series is not notable enough. - Chuck * (Talk) 17:47, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

"GNU Free Documentation License" image link broken

At the bottom of every page is the "GNU Free Documentation License" icon (next to the "Powered by MediaWiki" icon), but shows no image.

The image url says the first below, but probably should be the latter:


--KokoroSenshi (Talk | contribs) 00:52, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Noted. Thanks! The fix is ready, we're just having some issues deploying right now. It should be up soon. — Hylian King [*] 16:34, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Use of § for sections

I have recently noticed § used at Help:Glossary#Edit conflict indicating a section in the following link: Help:Editing Etiquette§Edit Conflicts. Looking it up on ZW with a search, it seems rarely used, and am uncertain as to the policy regarding its usage (as opposed to e.g.Help:Editing Etiquette#Edit Conflicts), and also how many instances of the alternative (with the hash) are currently present on the wiki (or if those in the search are the only instances of links to sections in that manner). --KokoroSenshi (Talk | contribs) 11:30, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

That was my doing, although I made one little formatting mistake. We never collectively agreed to use the section sign and it's not widespread on this wiki; I just think it should be. It's used on Wikipedia and as far as I know it's the only correct way to refer to sections, from an editorial standpoint. The hash is a technical detail and it shouldn't be presented to readers in articles.
This is perhaps a matter of discussion for the Zelda Wiki forums... — Hylian King [*] 16:57, 22 January 2017 (UTC)