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January 2011 | February 2011 | March 2011

CotM red link

Would it be too resource intensive to wrap the CotM inclusion on the main page with an {{#ifexist}} and transclude a static "Visit the CotM page to vote!" message if it hasn't been made yet? This would stop a red link from showing up on the main page, but I know it's highly trafficked. — najzereT 08:34, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

It's considered an expensive function, but I'm willing to try it out to keep the annoying red links off our front page. We'll see how performance goes. -- Prod (Talk) 14:26, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Special:MultipleUpload broken

This special page is displaying a white screen. Sheriff James B. McDonaldbad guys 16:54, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

Not our fault. Seriously. The extension doesn't work at all with MediaWiki 1.16, and an update hasn't appeared yet. When one does, no doubt it'll be installed as soon as possible. Until then, unfortunately, you'll have to upload images one by one. Moydow T · C 17:23, 19 October 2010 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. But I have robot software to do that ;) Sheriff James B. McDonaldbad guys 17:27, 19 October 2010 (UTC)
Even if the extension not working isn't StrategyWiki's fault, shouldn't someone here at least do something about the current blank page, such as adding some explanatory text, and removing it from the list at Special:SpecialPages etc.? --Pelago 16:15, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
Disabled. -- Prod (Talk) 16:28, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
The extension has now been updated to work with 1.16 now! Please re-install. Sheriff James B. McDonaldbad guys 16:26, 15 December 2010 (UTC)
Updated. -- Prod (Talk) 13:59, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Adding to watchlist behaviour changed?

Am I thinking of a different wiki or has the behaviour of adding a page to the watchlist changed? I seem to remember that a few weeks ago clicking the "Watch" link used to make that immediately change to "Watching..." then the page refreshed with the link changed to "Unwatch". Now instead clicking "Watch" goes to a page with title "Added to watchlist" and you have to click to get back to the page you were watching. The former behaviour was nicer, I think. --Pelago 16:13, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Hmmm... I've fixed that a few times now. I'll look into it. -- Prod (Talk) 16:30, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry for the slow reply, but I believe this was fixed (works as expected now :). -- Prod (Talk) 14:00, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Apple devices to iOS category

So apparently iOS is the same operating system on the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad devices, which makes it seem like it should be handled here on StrategyWiki the same way as Windows or Mac. Some games, like the third season of the Sam & Max episodic content, is only on one out of the three devices, but a lot of these simpler games are on all three devices. A simple iOS category would last for a while and we can keep adding new devices to it as sub-categories, instead of adding every device the iOS is installed on. It looks like Wikipedia may already be starting to add iOS to their infoboxes instead of individual devices as well. — najzereT 01:40, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

Not only am I for this, but we should also include Android and WinPhone7 as categories as well. Procyon 09:45, 23 December 2010 (UTC)
Do those fall under the "Mobile" category right now, or does "Mobile" refer to the Windows Mobile operating system? Just wondering if the games in Category:Mobile need to be split up or if "Mobile" is simply the precursor to the new Windows Phone 7 O/S. — najzereT 01:37, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
Ugh, hadn't thought of that, I'd forgotten about that category. I think Mobile is equivalent to having a Console category or a Computer category, not that we do. Then again, I'm not sure if game that ran on prior versions of Windows Mobile OS work on WinPhone7. My guess is Category:Mobile becomes a catch-all for anything that can't be properly narrowed down to other cats. Prod might have a better idea. Procyon 13:17, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
I think "Mobile" itself is for the lower power phones (as you said, a catchall). I also think Category:iPad, Category:iPod, and Category:iPhone should all be merged, with history, into Category:iOS and placed directly below Category:Systems. Category:Android and Category:Windows Phone 7 would probably be good too, and WP does mention it isn't backwards compatible. Prod (Talk) 12:41, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
I left Category:iPod as is for any legacy iPod games, created Category:iOS for any of the newer games. I also set up Category:Android, Category:Windows Phone 7 and Category:webOS. -- Prod (Talk) 22:49, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

iOS in system browser

With the number of "app" based games out there, I think that we're probably going to get a fair number of people looking for iOS game guides. Perhaps it's time to replace an older system with it? I'm thinking we replace either PSP or Xbox. -- Prod (Talk) 01:11, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

I wouldn't get rid of PSP or DS right now, as they're basically the entire handheld market and both are coming out with new systems shortly. I would get rid of PlayStation 2, GameCube, GBA and Xbox and replace them with PSN, XBLA and "Apps" or "Mobile" or "iOS" or whatever category is a superset of all the phone games. — najzereT 10:44, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
System Traffic
DS 17.50%
Other 15.47%
PC 13.79%
Wii 10.39%
Xbox 360 9.77%
PlayStation 3 8.36%
GBA 8.25%
GameCube 6.35%
PlayStation 2 5.75%
PSP 3.07%
Xbox 1.30%
I actually suggested PSP and Xbox because they get the least amount of traffic. I wouldn't want to remove DS even when the 3DS comes out because it's still quite a popular system. As for superset of mobile games, I don't believe there is one. iOS, webOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 are all separate (just like Windows/Mac). We'll probably just have to include the most important one and let the rest fall under "other". I repointed the system browser to the actual category pages so we can get some consolidated info about which category pages are actually getting the most traffic. However, xbox and psp are certain to show up near the bottom. I believe gamecube was the 3rd lowest.
Perhaps we should have a row of text links below with the less popular systems? -- Prod (Talk) 16:59, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Here's some hard facts. Based on these numbers, I'd suggest we drop Xbox and PSP and for now only replace with Mobile (the superset). When the new handheld consoles come out we can add the as well, perhaps dropping ps2/gc. I know it's been discussed a few times, but I can't remember the outcome of whether psn/xbla are considered distributors or systems. -- Prod (Talk) 08:22, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
Just wondering, do those numbers take into account the number of pages/guides we have for each system? If not, they're more indicative of the site traffic distribution rather than which platform is most popular with viewers of the main page. I'd be interested to see the number of clicks on the system browser per platform, although that's likely untracked. No harm in using the numbers you've posted and going with your solution, the question has just piqued my curiosity.
As far as XBLA/PSN, the outcome of the last discussion was they are distributors. — najzereT 08:33, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
It doesn't, but the day after I made the change in the system browsers there was overall a 20% jump in traffic to category pages (when tracking by url rather than page name). What do you think of having a 2nd row of text only links? -- Prod (Talk) 00:42, 19 February 2011 (UTC)
Sounds like a good idea. — najzereT 00:48, 19 February 2011 (UTC)