Date: March 9, 2016
Due his hard work and dedication to improving our articles about DICE's Star Wars Battlefront, Scout Trooper 164 has been named Wikian of the month for March 2016!
"Your swords, please. We don't want to make a mess of things in front of the Chancellor."
―Count Dooku, to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker
Please no profanity in my talk page.
Sorry. I've started a new job working all hours. I'll take a look when I've got a free couple of hours.. 14:51, October 25, 2015 (UTC)
Yes, just fill it in.. 16:39, November 1, 2015 (UTC)
Question for you!Edit
We have been working on a couple cool projects for Battlefront EA. One is a Fannotaed trailer video and the other is a Travel Guide that highlights 5 planets from the game. When we create the articles, we would like to be able to use two slots from your mainpage slider for a short time to link to them. Would you have any issues with us doing this? Please let me know as soon as you can. Thanks! Pinkachu (talk) 23:17, November 4, 2015 (UTC)
I'd prefer to have individual species articles. Also, I've made DICE versions of the faction navbox templates:
New badges Edit
Hey, I decided to change the badges around a bit. I've added puncuation to some of them, added rebel icons to the blog post ones, and added a new track for DICE articles. What do you think? --Commander Awesome (AKA TheCrazyWeirdo) (Talk - Contribs) 02:42, January 24, 2016 (UTC)
Discussions feature in the Community App Edit
Hey Anakin Skyobiliviator,
Have you been using the Star Wars Battlefront community app on your phone? If you're one of the app users, then you know: Before, it was just a more convenient way to view your articles and content on mobile. But we've added something more! For the past month or so, app users have also been able to talk about the game directly in the app, via Discussions. Activity has been light, but new users have even signed up to your community just so they can participate in Discussions.
Many of them pay return visits to the app, and even though they've previously only been reading the articles you’ve written, they now have the option to talk about the show and contributing to your community. Some of them might go on to add content to your articles and stick around as valuable editors.
You can read and post to Discussions on the web as well: Battlefront Discussions on the web. This web version isn’t "discoverable" right now, meaning it isn't linked anywhere on your wikia. You can only find it through a URL shared from the app, or by following the link here. So you can use it to discuss Battlefront even if you don't use the app.
Moderation features: The Wikia Community team has been handling the (very few) problematic posts and users so far (you can see deleted posts indicated by the red triangle and grayed-out text), but we've now added features to Discussions that allow your mods and admins to delete/restore posts, in the app as well as on the desktop version. Very soon, we'll also add the option to view all posts by a user. In addition, admins and mods will be able to delete all posts by a user (very useful, of course, if you're dealing with a spammer). This will at first only be possible on the desktop version - but that's where most moderation happens, anyway. We're also planning to add a "close thread" option for mods, and an option for regular users to flag a post as inappropriate. That last one will be exciting, because it's something we currently don't even have on Wikia's regular forums!
If you're not using Discussions yourselves, and won't be there to moderate, you can pick promising discussion participants who might want to to take on that role. Admins will be able to assign those users to the Discussion Moderator group.
Right now, it's a bit challenging to message app moderation candidates directly. The app users don’t always confirm their email addresses, and so won’t get notified about talk page posts. But if you've spotted someone you'd like to contact about the moderator role, let Wikia staff know, and we'll help you contact them!
All of that is still in the future of course, since there is not much activity yet. Would you be open to having us try some experiments on this wiki to see which ways of linking to Discussions generate the most click-through? Things like adding a link on the main navigation, or at the bottom of article pages, etc. As part of that, we would also like to disable the current Forum feature which Discussions will eventually replace.
Let us know what you think! We're still working on adding more features to make discussions more fun and convenient to use (such as thread categorization, search, link previews, etc.) For that, we can really use your opinion. How do you like Discussions? What are you missing? What should be different? Please share your thoughts here, and if you have questions, I'm happy to answer them!
A few updates!
This week we released:
- "View all posts by a user" which is available by clicking the "three dots" icon in the upper right corner of a post or reply
- "Delete all posts by a user" which is available for Discussions Moderators and Admins on the "View all posts by user" page. (Please note that bulk undeletion is not possible)
These tools should help with moderation and with getting a sense of an individual user's history. These tools are currently only available in the web version of Discussions, and will be added to the app at the end of February.
In the latest update to the app (out this week):
- Users will see some basic guidelines for participating in Discussions, the first time they enter Discussions after doing the update. You can view those guidelines here. In the future these will be customizable on a per-community basis, and will also be accessible in the web version.
- On iOS only -- Discussions Moderators and Admins can choose to remove the hidden (deleted) posts and replies from view. This is enabled by default, and can be changed in the app settings area called "Moderation Panel".
We will keep you updated as more changes happen! Please keep the feedback coming!
got an anon editing a page that isn't necessary on the page power up
Hey Anakin Skyobliviator! Doug from Wikia checking in, just wanted to let you know that I've been relayed your request for the Original/Reboot template changes that you left on BertH's wall. I'll do my best to tweak everything to your liking, I'll keep ya updated! TheBlueRogue •(profile)•(talk)•(firstname.lastname@example.org) 16:59, February 2, 2016 (UTC)
- Hey Anakin Skyobliviator! I wanted to let you know that I've been able to tweak the templates so they are thinner, very little wasted space above the words on the top! Unfortunately, the way the template has been created prevents an easy split between Original/Reboot templates. I've tried my hand with a few different approaches but no dice. Hopefully them just being thinner will suffice : > I'll continue to try different approaches when I have the time and let you know if I find a way to separate them properly! Take care. TheBlueRogue •(profile)•(talk)•(email@example.com) 01:12, March 1, 2016 (UTC)
Scout Trooper 164 Edit
I'm considering making Scout Trooper 164 WotM for this month. He's been very helpful lately in adding more info to the DICE articles. Thoughts? --Commander Awesome (AKA TheCrazyWeirdo) (Talk - Contribs) 02:31, March 9, 2016 (UTC)