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Collapsible infobox

I've added a [Collapse] feature to {{Game}} infoboxes. This allows users to hide parts of the infobox that are more "data" than useful for finding other interesting games. Currently it starts expanded, but I'd like to change the default to collapsed. As a first draft I made everything hidden except the following:

  • Image
  • Developers
  • Genres
  • Systems
  • Ratings
  • Expansions
  • Series
  • Partner links

Should we hide any additional rows by default? Should some hidden rows be shown by default?

The information and content is there if people want it, but some of the content that gets filled in takes a lot of space on the screen. -- Prod (talk) 04:05, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Prod If you need help creating gadgets to give users an option let me know. Lite Grooves (talk) 04:01, 7 February 2020 (UTC)
I like this idea, I think it would go a long way to helping get rid of the vast swaths of white space that ends up filling nearly every front page of games that have had multiple releases. I think the proposed defaults are good choices. Procyon 19:17, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Get rid of Category:Distributors

There are a lot of digital distribution systems that are now available. Many of them having libraries of hundreds, if not thousands, of games. I'd like to propose removing that section from our {{Game}} infoboxes, and deleting the associated categories.

In cases like consoles, Wii/Wii U/Switch only have one option for where to get the games. Including the eShop as a distributor is redundant. For PC games, PCGW lists out many of the sources. Otherwise, it's not too hard to check the most popular distributors (Steam, GOG, D2D, Epic, etc.). Getting statistics about what each shop contains is also probably easier from the individual sites. -- Prod (talk) 21:34, 24 February 2020 (UTC)

Distribution method doesn't seem that important to me. Arrow Windwhistler (talk) 13:07, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
Considering that the game pages don't even link to the actual store page and rather few games appear to even have their distributor listed (337 for Steam, only 9 for GOG) I agree it's not too useful. Lite Grooves (talk) 20:53, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
It's important to me that the focus of SW be the guides and walkthroughs, and not so much the database entries that many other sites do much better than us. Presumably, if someone is coming to our site for information, they are doing so because they already have the game and are looking for help with it. They aren't coming to us for help on how to find and purchase the game. The distributors category serves no walkthrough/guide purpose, so I have no problem eliminating it. Procyon 19:20, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Delete Category:Defunct companies

Tracking defunct companies does not contribute to the usefulness of any of our guides, and doesn't help finding other related games. I suggest we delete it. -- Prod (talk) 19:06, 23 March 2020 (UTC)