Praxis's forum posts

#1 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

There definitely needs to be an easier way to find pages in need of help; just trolling through the database is, as you say, inefficient, and if you happen to find something massive that you don't have the time to fix your only recourse is to start a forum thread, which may or may not lead to anything actually getting done. There was a brief discussion back when the wiki task system went away about what should replace it, but as of this moment there is nothing.

To be honest I was really taken aback by the inclusion of "Single-Player" and "Multiplayer" feature tabs during the site relaunch. Why you would add additional fields to releases when the existing ones weren't getting filled out consistently is beyond me. It seems like one of Jeff's "wouldn't it be nice" features that utterly fails to take into account the actual labor that would be required to make such a feature useful. Whatever the case, the way releases are handled on this site needs to be simplified or at some point people will just decide to not deal with them at all.

As far as getting additional style guidelines goes, I have a hard time not being cynical about the prospect. I remember a user posting a while back that, statistically, if a wiki does not instate firm guidelines within its first few years of existence, it probably never will. I don't mean to be a pessimist, but I'm starting to come around to this way of thinking. Many people have tried to get clarification from the staff, but not much has been offered.

#2 Edited by Praxis (234 posts) -

This is probably the most contemplative and earnest piece of writing I've encountered on this site. Bravo.

#4 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

@mrpibb: The Doom II and Final Doom pages appear to be fixed now, but there are many others still affected (HoMM II, Dark Forces II, Myth III, to name a few). Should I just post pages here that need to be fixed? Also, should I be receiving notification when followed pages are edited, or is this working as intended?

#5 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

Giant Bomb doesn't really need an explanation of the tools available for wiki editing so much as it needs guidelines on how to edit properly. The database has needed something along the lines of Ethan's Comic Vine Style Guide for some time (ideally, with examinations of actual pages to see how well they conform); if this thread is any indication, people have more questions about what is expected of them when editing than they do about the basic mechanics of the site.

#6 Edited by Praxis (234 posts) -

Both of these issues still exist.

#7 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

I noticed one of the pages I followed when the site launched was edited yesterday, yet I received no notification of it. I assume this is a bug, since there's really no other reason to follow a page other than to be notified when something new happens to it. Also, I'm sure you guys are aware of this already, but images within wiki articles are not displaying properly in many cases, Doom II and Final Doom being two examples.

#8 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

I'm missing most of the points I gained on the Worms 2 page, which I edited about eighteen months ago and was shown as one of my top edits up until the site transition happened. My overall point score is still accurate, and I haven't noticed any lost points in other areas, but its a little hard to know for sure what with wiki histories being broken right now.

#9 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

Honestly, this whole discussion just illustrates how far behind the Comic Vine database Giant Bomb is in some respects. On CV, you have the concept of "Public Domain" characters that are used by a variety of different comic creators in a number of contexts. Rather than forcing people to shove every incarnation of a character onto this public domain page, however, they allow separate pages to be created that are flagged to specific publishers. Giant Bomb needs to adopt a system like this at some point, because shoehorning Disney's Hades, God of War's Hades, and Kid Icarus' Hades onto a single page is not only inadequate, it's kind of silly.

#10 Posted by Praxis (234 posts) -

@Hailinel: I'm not suggesting we open the floodgates or anything, but there has to be some room for exceptions when the case can be made. Amaterasu may be a sun goddess, but she is also a dog with a calligraphy brush. The main character of Darksiders II also seems distinct enough from general depictions of Death to warrant having his own page, although I will concede that the distinction between Death and Pale Rider is pretty tenuous. One has a horse, I guess?