#1 Posted by Not_Rage (567 posts) -

 I've been editing the GB wiki for a while. I have some ideas and suggestions on how it can be improved:
Revamp of "Add New Game"  window- I think the process of adding new pages to the site could use some improvements. Here are my suggestions:

  • "Add New Game" window should have all fields from infobox- When I add a new game to the site the first thing I do is go the page and start adding the infobox info. Why not just have all those fields in the "Add New Game" window. The developer, publisher, platform, release date (etc). It would speed up the process.
  • Be able to add multiple games at once-  Right now you can only add a single game to the database at time. But there are several different scenarios where the ability to add more than once at a time would be useful. For example, when the WiiWare/DSiware releases come out, a lot of the time, none of the games are in the database. Instead of adding each game individually, you can add them all at once. This feature would save time.
  • Image you add automatically goes into boxart gallery- The image you choose in the "Add New Game" window should be uploaded and them automatically put into the boxart gallery for that game. Currently you have to do this manually.

Split object/location pages into two categories- There are two different types of object/locations: generic and proper. A generic object/location is something like "Knife" or "Casino". Then there are proper object/location pages like "Lancer" or "Mushroom Kingdom". When I go to the World of Warcraft page and click on "Location", cities that are in the WoW universe are listed right next to "Tavern", "Mine", "Castle" (etc). This list should be split. All the generic places in one list, then all the place in the game's particular universe in another.

A "Canceled" option for release date field-
When a game gets canceled, there isn't really a good way to show that on a game page. Instead of just removing the date, you should be able to add the word "Canceled". This would make things more clear.

Ability to specify that game didn't come out in U.S.- Some games don't come out in the United States. Just like when a game gets canceled, there's not really a good way to show that a game didn't come out in the U.S. The "release date" field is usually left blank. Or sometimes people put the Japanese/Europe release date in the "Original US Release". It leads to mixup.
Highlight good concept pages- There's a lot of amazing and interesting concepts, it's one of the things that makes Giant Bomb unique. But there really isn't a great way of showing off theses concepts. When you click on "concepts", what if it displayed a dynamic list of interesting/good concept pages instead of "Jump", or "Health".  

Fuzzy date for "Date Founded" on Company pages - Company pages have a "Date Founded" field. But there's no fuzzy date option, you have to have the specific date. Most of the time the specific date isn't known.

Ability to choose 3 main images on game pages- Right now it seems like their chosen automatically in the order screenshots have been uploaded. This leads to sometimes having 3 very similar screenshots, It would be great if you

The ability to sort games by platform alphabetically and by release date- In addition to its main purpose, this feature would help when trying to make sure every game for the platform is in the database.
#2 Posted by 20ozmonkey (130 posts) -

I agree very much with revamping the "New Game" window. I was just adding a bunch of games and every time I would jump immediately to the page to edit the info box. The splitting of objects/locations is a good idea but it might lead to a huge organizational headache.

#3 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

Yeah there are so many things to make it better....for one the wiki editing tools are overly basic....so much so that their are some things I want to do but I can't because the system is too basic

#4 Posted by zerdune (206 posts) -

When I upload a box art to a page where there is already a screenshot in the overview page, I can't replace it with a box art.

#5 Posted by Marino (5558 posts) -

@zerdune: You can when you have enough points.