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February 2014 | March 2014 | April 2014




Are image uploads ever going to be re-enabled?

Given that it has been a week since they were initially disabled, I am starting to get a little concerned that it has not happened yet; especially as I am waiting to re-upload the images of Blast Off's fifth and sixth bases and upload a gameplay screenshot of Sega's Ali Baba and 40 Thieves. I sincerely hope that it is not going to be a permanent thing - after all, the guides without images look somewhat inferior to those that do have them. Namcorules (talk) 20:20, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

We have every intention of re-enabling image uploads just as soon as it is possible. Prod needs to verify the authenticity of our most recent image backups in order to ensure that there is no further data loss. Once we re-enable uploads, we will be unable to go back and fix any images that were broken during the restoration. If we rush this, we stand lose more than we stand to gain. Procyon 20:40, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

Uploads will 100% be re-enabled, once I'm confident we none of the images on the fileserver are corrupt. Thanks for your patience, it'll just be a little longer. -- Prod (talk) 01:08, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

I'm sure the wait will be very much worth it. :) In the meantime I'll collect Tomb Raider images, since it appears it's made it on the Most Wanted list. Anyway, just wanted to say that to come back to this I'm the type who finds a reason to hate any site redesign but this one is absolutely lovely. The side-toc is especially awesome. I look forward to working with this stylish eye candy for guides to come. --WarioTalk 09:21, 23 February 2014 (UTC)
Yea, there's a _lot_ of images (and all their archived versions) and since I'm comparing to our offsite backups, it's taking a while to go through it all. I'm targeting re-enabling uploads this week, so not much longer to wait. I'm very glad you like the new design, it's been in the works for a long time! Do let us know if there's anything that looks off. -- Prod (talk) 17:10, 23 February 2014 (UTC)
I think my aim was a bit of in repositioning the featured icon star, but that's what happens with absolute positioning when page components are loading. --Sigma 7 (talk) 19:41, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Uploads have been re-enabled. -- Prod (talk) 03:02, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Android browser oddity

Since the default skin change, when I visit StrategyWiki with the default web browser (that is, not Chrome) on my Android device, the site looks like this: StrategyWiki on Android browser 2014-03-03.png

Any ideas? --Pelago (talk) 13:58, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

I haven't got access to the default Android browser, but it doesn't seem to translate well to mobile browsers: on Chrome, if I zoom in to a level where text is readable, the sidebar eats up screen space, and overlaps the text, making it unreadable again.
SW android chrome.png

--Moydow T · C 14:41, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

I have visited the site quite frequently on Android devices. I have never experienced what you're seeing Pelago, there seems to be some language setting that's either set improperly, or that we're not respecting properly, I'll try to look into it. However, Moydow, I have regretfully experienced what you're seeing, I tend to flip my phone over sideways to landscape view. We're going to sit down and review this and see what can't be done in the interim to fix the issue. Thanks for bringing it up. Procyon 19:37, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

I have tried to change character encoding, with no difference. I have managed to blindly logon to the site via the stock Android browser and navigate to Preferences. If I change the skin to any of MonoBook, Vector or Whale, things look fine. It's only Dolphin that is displaying as gobbledegook. Hopefully that will help you narrow down the problem. --Pelago (talk) 15:36, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

I just checked my tablet, and everything looks ok with the stock browser. Which specific device do you have, and are you able to check the browser version? -- Prod (talk) 01:22, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
I imagine Pelago is going to have his language set to "English (UK)" and not "English (US)" or "English (Canada)" like you and I would. I don't have any idea if that contributes to tracking down the problem, but it's the only hunch I have for where to start looking. Also, Pelago, have tried multiple browsers? If so, please let us know which ones. I would at least try the default Android browser, Chrome, Mini Dolphin and Opera. Procyon 01:46, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Looks fine on my US English Acer Android 3.2.1 default browser. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 06:42, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Managed to sideload the stock browser apk onto my Nexus 7 running 4.4.2 - having no issues here in UK English (except the aforementioned sidebar overlap). For what it's worth, Pelago's screenshot looks like it came from a device running Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x), which doesn't support HTML5 particularly well, and is no longer being updated by Google (it hasn't been updated since September 2011). If possible, maybe try using another, more up-to-date browser, such as Chrome or Firefox. --Moydow T · C 10:45, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
edit: yep, looks like a Gingerbread thing. The Galaxy S3 running 4.x loads it fine, but the three running Gingerbread load nonsense. --Moydow T · C 11:09, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I'm still on Gingerbread. I realise the stock Gingerbread browser is no longer cutting edge, but approx one fifth of Android users still use Gingerbread or older ( and so at the moment won't be able to view your site with the stock browser (which most will be using I imagine). Hopefully that's a big enough population for you to be able to find the time to tweak the default skin. --Pelago (talk) 11:52, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Pelago, in no way do I wish to appear insensitive to your problem, because I'd love to help you with it, but you're essentially viewing the site on an outdated, unsupported platform. The amount of work that it would take for us to correct it is considerable compared to the effort it would take for you to download an alternate and updated browser, or even switch to a different skin. I understand if you're still on GB and don't wish to (or can't) upgrade, but you still have other alternative browsers to view the site from within GB (Chrome, Dolphin, Opera, etc.) And to be honest, I wouldn't even know where to begin making a change to the skin in order to make it viewable. Perhaps Prod can think of something rather easy to tweak, but I'm doubtful. Let us know what you end up trying. Procyon 00:33, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

I checked what percentage of people browse the site on the old browser version, and it looks like <0.1% of users are on that browser. It looks like the problem is it doesn't understand the font, since you can see that the characters are "consistent" ('R' shows up as 'o' in Recent Changes and Random page links). I'm not sure if we'll be able to fix it for that browser, but I may be able to force anyone on that browser to a different skin. -- Prod (talk) 03:16, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

You're right of course that it's easy for me to change browser, but I expect most other affected users would just turn away from the page and never return without bothering to try and work around it, so on behalf of those people I thought I'd report the problem. For interest, I tried some alternative browsers. Chrome is not available for 2.3. Dolphin has the same problem as the stock browser, because it's just a wrapper around the same Webview control. Opera Mini has other layout bugs but is at least readable. Firefox and full Opera look OK. I'll give FF and Opera a bit more of a go, although when I've tried them in the past I've found them bloated and always returned to the stock browser. In general I dislike sites which force me to change browser (e.g. sites which only work on IE on desktop PCs.) Automatically detecting affected browsers and sending a different skin sounds like a good idea. In fact, given the sidebar problem, a separate skin for mobile might be needed in any case. --Pelago (talk) 20:15, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
if (preg_match("/(mobile|webos|opera mini)/i", $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'])) {
	$wgDefaultSkin = 'whale';
} else {
	$wgDefaultSkin = 'dolphin';

in LocalSettings.php would push mobile users onto the Whale skin. --Moydow T · C 20:49, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

No idea about these Android problems but hopefully you guys are able to solve the majority of them. This is a bit unrelated, but I figure it falls under the "mobile sites are a hassle" category so I'll write it here. I have a small problem when viewing the site on my iPhone (Safari of course) that involves an empty white space where the sidebar should be. Thought it disappeared until I found it all the way at the bottom of the page. Borrowed an iPhone that went through with the update and it had the same problem. Just a heads-up. --WarioTalk 22:46, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

I completely agree that using another browser shouldn't be necessary, especially since it's only a few years old. I've actually been working on activating mw:Extension:MobileFrontend, which would give a much simpler website that mobile browsers should have a much easier time displaying. I'll see if I can get everything working for it faster, but it'll still be some time before it's ready. Thanks for that script Moydow, I'll have to think about that, since that would force users on more capable browsers (tablets) into the old skin as well. -- Prod (talk) 01:33, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for looking into this, Prod. I've found Opera (specifically "Opera Mobile Classic", which is the version available to me) doesn't seem to work properly with the Dolphin skin, in that none of the links in the sidebar are clickable, oddly. And Firefox is slow and keeps crashing for me. So I'd rather stick with the stock browser if possible. If the extension you mention is the same as Wikipedia uses for its mobile site, that would be very welcome here. --Pelago (talk) 20:07, 7 March 2014 (UTC)
User:Pelago, does this work for you? -- Prod (talk) 04:12, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Image caching

Due to using a CDN to cache all our images, we were having a problem where new versions of images wouldn't be reflected for some time. I've deployed a new extension that should clear the cache whenever a new file is uploaded. Please let me know if you notice any further inconsistencies in image uploads. This should work for regular uploads, but not sure how it plays with Upload Wizard. -- Prod (talk) 04:25, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Bug on the new skin

Huh, a new skin. School still being a thing, but hopefully with less stress.

Anyway, regarding the new skin: clicking on a jumplink under the Contents section usually redirects you to a section in the same page, however, the irritating part is that you cannot see the name of the section because it's hidden away from the top of the display screen. The names of the section serve a purpose to make sure that when clicking on a jumplink, you are notified immediately that you are in the desired section; having it hidden away (until you scroll up) is discouraging because the confirmation timing is reduced, much to the user's annoyance. --RAP (talk) 10:26, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean. On Chrono Trigger, all of the contents links work. They take you to a new page, not a sub-section of a page. Individual page Table of Contents (TOCs) are in the white area (right column). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 17:50, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
Huh, I should have been more descriptive. Not the Table of Contents in the main game pages, but the other ones. I'll give you an example: In this page (StrategyWiki:Staff lounge), under the Contents box, there are a column of jumplinks to sections. If say I click StrategyWiki:Staff_lounge#Featured_guides.27_star_icon, I should be redirected to the section and shown the correct name of the section. However, under the new skin, it only gets it half right in which while it redirects me to the desired section, the name of the section (or the contents) are hidden behind a white fading glow. Such a confirmation and display of info is important. A more glaring example is Emerald_Mine/Objects#Player_2, the info for Player 2 is completely hidden behind the layout of the skin. It is tedious to the end user because they have to scroll up a bit to confirm and gather the info they needed properly. --RAP (talk) 19:46, 17 March 2014 (UTC)
I see what you're talking about now. Yeah the skin is not offsetting the top of the page far enough and the top horizontal navigation links/tabs are covering up the content. You can see that a section's header text's height is about equal to the tab links like "Project page" and "Discussion". The header text is sliding under those tabs. Probably because the tabs are inside of the same div as the page content div or something. Since I can't help edit the skin I won't pursue it any further than that. Prod and Procyon can deal with it if they want.
On my first test, IE jumped to the section like normal, but then after a few seconds skipped down ~50 pixels to cover it up. Quick fix: when logged in go to Preferences and change your skin. I use Monobook. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 00:38, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
Already did earlier; I used the previous skin when I joined the wiki, Whale skin (instead of the old favorites like monobook and vector). Even though I been used to those previous two skins on other wikis, I feel that the latest skin doesn't suit me as much (content not being centered due to floating box at the left, the toolbox and nagivation not at their respective places because I use two computer monitors - my cursor is usually between those two). Despite all of that, I actually try to maintain parity of making the content, especially the tables, display the same in all available skins with fixed widths and shorter words, and find new tricks to keep compatibility as much as possible. I like the content to be solid stable throughout the test of time amongst the skin changes. I am even considering thinking of the consumption of content through mobile devices. --RAP (talk) 01:22, 19 March 2014 (UTC)
I might have found a solution for this. I'm going over it with our css expert and hopefully should have it running in a few days (if it works). -- Prod (talk) 01:48, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh hey Prod (talk · contribs)! Also, in the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past page, when you scroll down the page slowly, you can see the star icon sliding onto the moving page header, not under it. I can even click the icon that sends me to StrategyWiki:Featured guides. --RAP (talk) 02:23, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
That seems fairly minor, so it's going to be at the bottom of my priority list. If anyone has any ideas of how to fix it, do let me know. -- Prod (talk) 03:09, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
The fix is now live. Please test it out. -- Prod (talk) 03:58, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
Definitely works on sections, but not on microsections set up within the tables themselves. Clicking on this link (Emerald_Mine/Objects#Player_2) would've redirected you to the info on Player 2, but the info is hidden under the hovering moving page header. --RAP (talk) 04:55, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

Bug report: Using the current version of Firefox, icons are not rendered properly in the following locations: left navigation bar, hovering page tools, and external links (and potentially related types of links). They are either rendered as boxes, or boxes with 4 characters of text. --RAP (talk) 19:03, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Mobile bug: when on the mobile site, I clicked "NES" from the categories on the main page and it took me back to the normal site content (non-mobile). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 22:56, 29 March 2014 (UTC)


I've turned on the MobileFrontend, but didn't enable device auto-detection. There are a number of things that need to be cleaned up before we can have it auto-detect by default. A few are technical, others are aesthetic. There is a link at the bottom of every page to switch to the mobile view.

  • Unless you toggle the mobile site on, everyone should be getting the default desktop site all the time, even mobile users. Let me know if you're getting sent to the mobile version without ever clicking the link at the bottom.
  • Some important navigation templates don't seem to work well in the mobile version. {{Footer Nav}} gets hidden in the last section for example. Are there any other templates we'll need to look at to improve usability?
  • The main page looks terrible on mobile. The extension is not working exactly as the documentation says, so I'll try updating to a newer version in a few days to see if that fixes it. If not, we'll need to make some updates to make it look nice.
  • Are there any other bugs you guys see that would impact rolling this out?

If you guys could provide feedback on the above points it would be great. -- Prod (talk) 04:08, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

I am testing from two android devices. First, my phone. Normally I don't have a problem going here. Now, first time I have connected in a while, I get a "Security certificate" warning, even though I am not trying to connect via HTTPS (odd). I have to click continue to load the page. The warning popped up three times.
The page loads non-mobile by default.
The main page has no mobile link.
The main page, probably others, is loading the weird character-breaking font like discussed in the above thread. Stock browser, old android version (Android 2.2.2 Froyo; kernel
It has a problem with zooming. When I zoom in, sometimes it works ok for a bit before the left nav takes over the screen, or if it is processing quickly, the left black bar starts to scale quickly as I zoom in. It will take over 75-90% of the screen so I can't see or click on anything. I have a slightly newer android tablet I will test in a bit. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:00, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
That said, I was able to log into my account on that phone and, with Monobook enabled, everything looks fine on normal, non-mobile site. I see the mobile link on home page (maybe I didn't scroll down far enough before - the word wrapping that occurs with the tiny width really makes finding the link even more difficult). I hit the mobile link from the main page. It says "Welcome, Notmyhandle!" and has some nice looking stuff. Then it says, "Welcome to" and then a giant ad to the right breaks the text. Below the ad and a 30% column of whitespace on the left begins the intro text for the homepage. The rest of the page looks okay, jumbled, but not unreadable. I clicked on Ocarina of Time. I like how the infobox appears first. The rest of the page is fine, though the Table of Contents is horribly squished. Also, cleanup tags appear with their full text from the hidden area we normally show in the sidebar hover. I clicked on a table of contents link, it collapsed the table of contents section. I re-opened, tried a different link. Now it took me to the page I clicked on. I like how the headers collapse. Looks good. No header or footer navs on any page. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:09, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I've made some changes to the main page which should make it a lot better looking through the mobile interface. Please try it out. We may need to do some template work with our ToCs to make them mobile friendly as well. Also, any ideas where the security exception is coming from? There's a bug in this version where the link at the bottom was https instead of http (which I manually fixed in our version). It's possible that it's linking to https in other places. -- Prod (talk) 02:49, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Since the main page didn't appear to be trying to load https for me, I can only think that maybe the advertisements had something to do with it. I don't get the issue on my newer android tablet (3.2.1, kernel I will try again with my phone... now: hm, this time no warnings. Maybe a one time glitch. Will try again tomorrow from the same location I saw the error earlier.
On my tablet, the main site is very readable. It is a large enough screen that a mobile version is unnecessary. One issue: the logo at the top left is getting covered up somehow, like it's cut in half (just the top ~40% shows). On the mobile side, you really cut out a lot! But that's something we will have to work on. It looks clean, just minimal (too minimal). Not a lot there. I see the most popular links. They need a left margin of ~5 pixels. The bullets always hover to the left further than where you put the text, so they are touching the left side of the screen (no whitespace). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 06:17, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
I took a look at some of the other mobile wiki main pages, and they're all very minimalistic. I don't expect mobile users to do that much editing or changes, more just looking for content, so I figured just getting to the search features would be the best option. As for layout, I wasn't able to find any documentation about it. There are a lot of new features in the version for 1.23, which may allow mobile specific css. I tried it to update the mobilefrontend with our version, but it had too many issues. MW 1.23 comes out next month so we can revisit it then. -- Prod (talk) 01:22, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Bug report: Clicking StrategyWiki:Staff_lounge using the current default skin when logged out of the wiki uses the Mobile layout. It is supposed to be just a regular desktop page since I am not using a mobile device to view that page. --RAP (talk) 00:29, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Ok, that's what I was afraid of. I think there might be some weird interplay with the page cache. I'll have to look into it, thanks for the report! -- Prod (talk) 01:22, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
I verified that this bug exists using IE11. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 18:20, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

PlayStation 4 button images

I just made some new button images for the PlayStation 4. They're in PlayStation 4 controller buttons. Wanderer (talk) 07:00, 26 March 2014 (UTC)