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Shouldn't the mane page contain an index. As it stands I see no clear center; a nexcus, a list of all the games. What the strategy wikis goals and what it is about. Seems more likely to be an about page.

  • There are links to categories that contain the categorized guides on the main page. Right under all the goals. --Hack 19:48, 6 January 2006 (PST)

Screenshot of the day suggestion

I know it's some shameless self-publicity, but could my Image:css_cs_office_overview_general.png image be used as a screenshot of the day? I've just worked for quite a while to make it, and there isn't a screenshot of the day on the main page at the moment anyway. --DrBob 14:37, 22 May 2006 (PDT)


Currently, the links to StrategyWiki:Collaboration of the Month and StrategyWiki:Promising Guide of the Month look really ugly. Basically, instead of

[[StrategyWiki:Promising Guide of the Month]]

have something more like

[[StrategyWiki:Promising Guide of the Month|Promising Guide of the Month]]

So? What do you think? -- RovingRoflguy

Done (I think). -- Prod 00:13, 8 October 2006 (CDT)
Great! --RovingRoflguy 05:57, 10 October 2006 (CDT)

IRC server

irc:// -> irc:// . -- Prod 00:17, 12 October 2006 (CDT)

Bypass Redirect

check out an example of our system in action should point to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/The Beginning instead of a redirect. --inarius(T) 20:37, 18 October 2006 (CDT)

Wording on introduction

Since people have to register in order to edit pages, the introduction text of

"The guides here can be edited by anyone, so feel free to jump in and improve something!"

seems a bit misleading. Perhaps the words "jump in and improve something" can be linked to the register page? --blendmaster 13:19, 3 July 2007 (CDT)

What about the exclamation mark?--Rocky (Talk - Contributions) 14:36, 3 July 2007 (CDT)
It doesn't matter to me. --blendmaster 13:53, 5 July 2007 (CDT)

Ordering of systems

I think it would be better if the order of systems on the main page was in alphabetical order, e.g.:

Systems (all systems): DS, GBA, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360

Pelago 15:15, 12 July 2007 (CDT)

Done--Rocky (Talk - Contributions) 15:25, 12 July 2007 (CDT)
I disagree with this change. The systems were sorted by company which makes it a bit easier to navigate (always put similar things together). -- Prod (Talk) 22:24, 12 July 2007 (CDT)
I like it alphabetically, however Wii does NOT fit well before Xbox. Weird... --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 22:29, 12 July 2007 (CDT)

Genres location

Why not set it underneat the A-Z and statistics? That way we'll have a pyramid effect (why are they at the top anyways?). This is, of course, for when we switch to the systems in graphical form. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 19:49, 8 August 2007 (CDT)

Looks good on 800x600+ resolutions, sadly the lower ones have to deal with double rows (doesn't matter the location). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 18:15, 9 August 2007 (CDT)

SW is not ready to show off

The DPL list and the redesigned system browser are two very nice additions, but they reveal where StrategyWiki is lacking most (especially the system browser.) Until StrategyWiki is ready to show off, are the new additions really going to help us impress readers with more red links?--Dan 20:24, 10 August 2007 (CDT)

The DPL list (yay: DynamicPageList list--redundancy ftw) is listing the best that we have (aka highly complete and viewed guides). We could modify it so it only picks stuff from completion stage 4, if that's needed, however. -- Skizzerz Talk · Contribs · Spel Chek™ · VFG · RTFM 20:50, 10 August 2007 (CDT)
Interesting fix, but given the number of finished guides that are actually popular, it would bear no usefulness seeing how there would be nearly no contemporary diversity and therefore does not seem necessary to be front page material. At this point a "list of 10 popular unfinished guides" and vice a versa would make more sense on the Community portal if on any front page.--Dan 23:09, 10 August 2007 (CDT)
But the key word is popular. To hell with their completion level, they're what people come to StrategyWiki for! I don't think 217k page views of MapleStory says "this guide is not ready to show off." -- [[ blendmaster | talk ]] 23:45, 10 August 2007 (CDT)
Remember, we are a wiki, so even if some users aren't impressed with red links, others might see it as an opportunity to contribute or even as a promise of content to come. -- [[ blendmaster | talk ]] 23:45, 10 August 2007 (CDT)
What red links are you guys talking about? I don't see any... --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 23:55, 10 August 2007 (CDT)

Ok, I've modified the DPL to show 10 random pages from the top 50 pages in Completion Stage 2 or above (aka not 1 or 0). This will bring them to popular guides that some people may find that they could improve upon. -- Skizzerz Talk · Contribs · Spel Chek™ · VFG · RTFM 10:27, 11 August 2007 (CDT)

Too bad it only counts edits on the main page of the guide, is there a way to fix this or will it put too much strain on the Database.--Rocky (Talk - Contributions) 12:04, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
Yes, there is, but there is no way to only make the guide itself show then. Besides, if you want all the edits, just use Special:Recentchanges. Most casual visitors won't care about sub-pages, anyway, which is why they aren't there. -- Skizzerz Talk · Contribs · Spel Chek™ · VFG · RTFM 12:12, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Missing icons

The logos for the Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC are missing. I tried refreshing and stuff, but I still can't see it. Baejung92 17:59, 27 October 2007 (CDT)

Fixed. -- Prod (Talk) 19:14, 27 October 2007 (CDT)

DPL completion levels

Does anyone object to me adding completion levels to our popular and new guide lists? It looks like this:

New and updated guides Most popular guides
<DPL> category=Games namespace= mode=userformat format=,\n#,[[%PAGE%|%TITLE%]], secseparators=[[Image:000,.svg]]  include={Header Nav}:num ordermethod=lastedit order=descending count=10 allowcachedresults=true </DPL> <DPL> category=Games notcategory=Guides at completion stage 0 notcategory=Guides at completion stage 1 namespace= mode=userformat format=,\n#,[[%PAGE%|%TITLE%]], secseparators=[[Image:000,.svg]]  include={Header Nav}:num ordermethod=counter order=descending count=10 allowcachedresults=true </DPL>

I think it looks pretty nice. -- [[ blendmaster | talk ]] 13:23, 3 November 2007 (CDT)

it LOOKS nice, but it makes it even more server-intensive. Perhaps after we update our server? -- Skizzerz Talk · Contribs · Spel Chek™ · VFG · RTFM 14:22, 3 November 2007 (CDT)
Okay I have a better idea! How's about we ditch the new and updated guides list, and just manually (copy the wikicode from DPL every week or so) add a list of the top ten guides on the front page? That way, we could still have a top 10 list that isn't very resource intensive (even though it wouldn't be quite as accurate). -- [[ blendmaster | talk ]] 18:50, 5 August 2008 (CDT)
Ya know, that might be the change we've been looking for... We've been debating on what will go on the main page, and this can be another alternative. There's a thread on the forum for this. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 22:27, 5 August 2008 (CDT)


Shouldn't ABXY be connected with StrategyWiki in someway? Incase you didn't know, ABXY is the sister project of StrategyWiki. ABXY is a gaming forum made by StrategyWiki creator (Echleon/Brandon). It can be found at .

There are a fair number of roadblocks in the way for us to properly connect ABXY and SW the way we want. We are working on interoperability, but it may take some time. -- Prod (Talk) 13:01, 19 November 2007 (CST)
I have to express vocal concerns over a proposed merger. The staff at ABXY has a lower maturity level than the sysops and bureaucrats here by a long shot, and by merging the two, these same staff members would have all of the privileges of a sysop, if not close to it. Those in #strategywiki can undoubtedly understand my reason for my concerns. --Tathar Tathar.jpg (talk|contribs) 21:40, 31 March 2008 (CDT)
The wiki will stay on its own, but the portal and forums will be shared. As the site grows, things should balance things out nicely since we have good "leadership". -- Prod (Talk) 21:57, 31 March 2008 (CDT)

What are some way that are planned to connect the two? Lately ABXY has been dying, but one of the admin (Teddy) has recently returned and has been working on it a lot. He wants to connect the two eventually, but you guys are going to need to work together, which you probably know.


Who is the founder of this website?(MrSue 00:34, 9 March 2008 (CST))

That would be User:Echelon. -- Prod (Talk) 01:08, 9 March 2008 (CST)

Forum Registration

Since Community Issues and all that is now based in the forums, I can really think of no better place to post this. I cannot register at the forums. Whether I use Safari or Firefox, I cannot friggin' register. Is there any reason for this? More importantly, is there any way around this, or an I screwed? Lunar Knight (Talk to me + Contribs) 16:49, 30 March 2008 (CDT)

I registered there, why can't you? Doesn't let you use hyphens? --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 00:31, 31 March 2008 (CDT)
Maybe it's to do with all numbers as well.--The preceding signed comment was added by Rocky (talkcontribs). 03:07, 31 March 2008 (CDT)
The only way I could get registered on the forums was to click through to and register when the URL displayed in my browser displayed abxy instead of strategywiki.--Vizeroth 00:27, 1 April 2008 (CDT)
Off topic here, but I found that the Staff Lounge is still around as well. Baejung92 17:49, 1 April 2008 (CDT)

Main Page should totally be deleted

By the way, did we have an April Fools' joke last year? I don't think I checked back then... Baejung92 17:55, 1 April 2008 (CDT)

I don't know if we did. We originally had a bit more planned for this year, but two of them didn't work out (saving them for next year, so I'm not saying what). Anyway, see if you can find the other two jokes. Perhaps jumping around to random pages would help you locate them. --Skizzerz (talk · contribs) 18:04, 1 April 2008 (CDT)
Well, I obviously found that one... I might have found the other, but right after I watched that youtube vid I realized I had a virus on the computer that disables both my browsers, IE and Firefox (McAfee can't get rid of it, so I'm looking for new solutions, and meanwhile I can temporarily get online because I installed Safari). What was it? Baejung92 20:52, 2 April 2008 (CDT)
[1] sums it up quite well... --Skizzerz (talk · contribs) 20:55, 2 April 2008 (CDT)
I did a little one last year that got put in every infobox and on the main page, sadly it only worked for people using IE6 or the monobook skin.--The preceding signed comment was added by Rocky (talkcontribs). 03:03, 3 April 2008 (CDT)

Ways you can help

We have "Ways you can help" but not "Why you should help". Please add to the Main Page/WIP what you think we should add. -- Prod (Talk) 14:35, 10 May 2008 (CDT)

Featured Guide Icon

While digging through all the buttons and icons I made for this website, I came across this thing. I ask you: to replace the current star icon for featured guide, would my icon be worse, or better? -- [[ blendmaster | talk ]] 01:23, 17 December 2008 (UTC)

I think the one we have at the moment is better, because if you shrunk that image down to go in the header you probably wouldn't be able to see what it was, and the current icon is simple, without lots of details or anything. But then that's just my opinion. --Melon247 17:54, 29 December 2008 (UTC)

Problem with New Design

The new design has a serious flaw: all pages linked using the DPL are being fully protected because of the cascading protection on the page.--Rocky (talk · Contribs) 19:46, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Fixed by removing cascading protection and protecting the transcluded templates/pages manually. --Skizzerz 20:16, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Most Wanted

Why Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Uprising is on the most wanted list? What that page do to get on that list?(Noryb989 20:20, 21 April 2009 (UTC))

I'm actually kind of curious as to the nature of how the Most Wanted list is chosen as well. There are some odd choices on there, I'd expect something more like Dante's Inferno or Darksiders to be on there, neither of which even have pages set up. --- JepjrTalk
Prod picks them out of a hat. You should bug him on his talk page to add some popular games. — najzereT 04:48, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
It's based on what people look at while on the wiki. If there's no page for the game, chances are noone will visit the wiki to look at the guide. -- Prod (Talk) 06:30, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Broken link within Projects box

I've just noticed that the link to doesn't work in the bottom-right Projects box. Should be I guess, although usually I think this site links to so that people can see both the live forum and the archived one. --Pelago 20:47, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Fixed. — najzereT 21:22, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Clickable headers

Is it possible to link the various major headers, (and the icons to the left of each of them and the SW_Lightblue_Header.jpg background if possible), to relevant pages? I.e. have the headers link to StrategyWiki:Announcements, StrategyWiki:Collaboration_of_the_Month and Category:StrategyWiki_projects. (I don't know where Ways You Can Help could link to). Also the Most Popular, Most Wanted and Featured Guides headers? Cheers. --Pelago 21:00, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

What would be the point? Announcements, CotM and featured guides all have links to the main page already. The other ones don't go to pages meant to be viewed – they're either direct transclusions or a category. — najzereT 21:22, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

Image links

I think we should consider having images on the front page (for items such as featured and collab) link to the guide page instead of the image. Though I know it might not be conventional, I was confused for a moment when I clicked the Pokemon image (thinking I was going to the Pokemon page) and seeing a big Pokemon image instead. Teddy(talk) 03:53, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

I wouldn't have a problem doing this for just the main page, since many readers are not aware of how wikis work. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 04:03, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

Layouts and unused images

Rather than delete these, we should just keep them here in case we want to use them again.

--Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:25, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Future games link on main page

A link to Category:Upcoming games could be useful. People are interested in what is next. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 05:20, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

Any suggestions where to put it? -- Prod (talk) 22:49, 30 September 2012 (UTC)