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Replacing Pictures

I've been working on the RollerCoaster Tycoon walkthrough and I'm wondering how I can replace some of the old jpgs with cleaner-looking pngs. I've tried searching the help files, but couldn't find how to do this.

As an aside, RollerCoaster Tycoon/Mels World should be nuked since it's missing the apostrophe. Sorry about that.
Antwan 04:43, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

While you can convert from one image format to any other format, when it comes to losslessness (what you're calling "clean"), you can't go from jpg (a lossy format) to png (a lossless format), because image integrity has already been lost. The only way to do what you're asking is to retake the screenshots from scratch and make sure they output in png format. Procyon 14:37, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
That is exactly what I plan to do. I have the new screenshots. How do I replace the old ones with the new ones? I still can't find that feature. Or do we delete the old ones first, then put the new ones?
Antwan 06:01, 3 May 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, since you're switching to a new file extension, it won't count as a file replace. Just go to the existing jpg images and add a {{delete}} tag to the top of them. That will flag one of us to go ahead and delete it from the site. Then upload the new image to site and you're all set. Thanks! Procyon 13:32, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Long pages

Long pages are listed under Maintenance reports on Special pages: is this just so we can see which pages might benefit from subpaging or use of templates, or beyond a certain point does page length cause technical problems? I ask because, despite the use of templates, 12 of the longest 50 are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic pages, the main guide to which I've been contributing. Onderduiker (talk) 21:17, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, that's the basic idea behind that list. If a page is on there, we don't necessarily have to subpage it, but it might be a good idea. This is primarily a consideration for people browsing the site on mobile devices, which we don't do a particularly good job of taking into account. Procyon 13:32, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Star Wars templates

First, a heads-up that the following guides are in the Star Wars category but don't match wanted pages in the {{Star Wars}} series template:

Guide Wanted page
Star Wars: Starfighter Starfighter
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed The Force Unleashed
Star Wars: Episode I Racer Star Wars Episode I: Racer

Star Wars: Lethal Alliance and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels are in the category but not the series template. There are also many wanted pages that look like they should be prefixed with Star Wars: or Star Wars, but I'm not sure how to proceed (I'm much more interested in contributing to specific guides, rather than researching SW titles in general).

Wanted pages for Star Wars: Racer Arcade and Racer Arcade may also be the same game, and there may be more sub-series (like Super Star Wars, or per episode or trilogy), particularly if a series is defined as just more than one (Rebel Assault, Force Unleashed, Angry Birds and possibly Starfighter).

Second, I'm thinking of creating a template for opening crawls, since based on the 14 (yikes) SW titles in my own library most, if not all, SW games have these. I've previously added opening crawls with yellow text on a black background to the Walkthrough pages of five guides, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, although I now think they'd be better placed on the main game page, below {{Continue Nav}}. Using KotOR as an example, something like this:

Four thousand years before
the rise of the Galactic
Empire, the Republic verges
on collapse. DARTH MALAK,
last surviving apprentice of
the Dark Lord Revan, has
unleashed an invincible
Sith armada upon an
unsuspecting galaxy.

Crushing all resistance,
Malak's war of conquest
has left the Jedi Order
scattered and vulnerable
as countless Knights fall in
battle, and many more
swear allegiance to the new
Sith Master.

In the skies above the Outer
Rim world of Taris, a Jedi
battle fleet engages the
forces of Darth Malak in a
desperate effort to halt the
Sith's galactic domination....

Any feedback appreciated! Onderduiker (talk) 19:44, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing out these issues! This was initially a copy-paste of the wikipedia template output, rather than the original game names, so some of them were missing the "Star Wars". I've corrected a bunch of them now, but there are still a few missing games, and some ambiguous names.
  • I'm not sure what we should use for the official name of Star Wars: Episode I Racer.
  • Racer Arcade does appear to be one game, so I've moved it to the racing section in the template.
  • Series are generally defined as 3+, otherwise we'd be splitting things up too much. I'm not sure I want to split those ones off, since they're mainly just separated by the console they were built for. I think it's a bigger problem that they're not even listed!
That template should be pretty cool and make it easier for other users to add them in other games. -- Prod (talk) 00:59, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
I'd since noticed the similarity to Wikipedia's Star Wars game template and had planned to try editing {{Star Wars}} myself, but you beat me to it: thanks!
Just over four years ago you supplied me with this link (although this archived copy is now needed for the older games) after I mistakenly renamed a game, but Star Wars: Episode I Racer only seems to be listed as Star Wars Racer (whereas the box art title clearly contains Star Wars, Racer and Episode I). This and other inconsistencies are part of why I'm reluctant to edit the template myself.
I'll most likely create {{SWOC}} when I next edit a main game page, and add it to other guides when I contribute to them: I'm unlikely to complete guides for all 14 SW games in my library, but it is likely that I'll at least create or edit Getting Started pages (and possibly some Appendices) whenever I start playing a game. Onderduiker (talk) 21:09, 30 May 2017 (UTC)