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Is it me or did you just cut and paste a welcome message? Checking your wiki contributions, you just did. Huh. By the way, I respond people's comments here, not in their talk pages for the sake of efficient organization. --RAP (talk) 20:48, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
It's our {{Welcome}} template. We put it on any contributing member's talk page, regardless of apparent wiki expertise. Few registered users are as adept at editing as you are. Procyon 04:24, 21 July 2013 (UTC)
Ah, that explains that. Didn't know there was a template too. Alrighty then. If you have time, can you take a look at StrategyWiki_talk:Achievements_project#In-Game_Achievements? Thanks. --RAP (talk) 04:32, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

No 'You'[edit]

I don't think we have the same 'You' policy here. I don't remember the exact discussion, but I think the discussion was towards, "let people personalize it". As long as it reads fairly well, there's no point restricting the authors too much. -- Prod (talk) 17:42, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

Yeah... I forgot to mention in the list on adding depersonalization (or having an informative tone); I was more on restricting myself from doing those and be creative about it. Those are more like my opinions that I wanted guides to be like than something that should be enforced on StrategyWiki. Will clarify that in the page. --RAP (talk) 21:14, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

PNG[edit]

I use PNGGauntlet to compressing PNG-files. Do you know of it? I will check out PNGMonster. Paco (talk) 06:57, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

I tried using that one, but I didn't know how to run it. It was complicated if I remember correctly (or was it something else?). That's why I still use PNG Monster. It uses all the PNG compression techniques all in one program. The only bad thing is the lack of differences between each file individually, it's the whole package. I'm sure there's a comparison chart somewhere for comparing programs on how effective the compression is, just like the many file compression techniques from various programs like 7-Zip. --RAP (talk) 07:06, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
really? PNGGauntlet is quite easy to use for me. Drag&Drop some images into it and choose a category (from light to heavy compressing) and then start running it. Paco (talk) 07:30, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Bullet[edit]

There is another method that i know of: {{listcol}} Check Ultima 7 TOC to see how it works. Paco (talk) 06:57, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

I implemented it to the Acno's Energizer's Level Codes section page. There's one problem however: there's a small amount of empty space before the first entry. It's noticeable upon highlighting the text. It looks crooked. It doesn't apply only to the page I just edited, it applies to everything else that has this template, like the one you linked me. --RAP (talk) 07:23, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

DPL[edit]

Hi RAP. Please feel free to experiment with DPL as you wish, but do understand that they come at a heavy hit to the CPU of our servers, so don't go crazy with them. We optimized the site run certain DPLs once every so often and cache the result so that we wouldn't have to worry about people refreshing pages that contain them. Just an FYI. Procyon 03:29, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

  • Eeeeh, I just want the results because I'm curious on the Top 100 Most Popular games users have looked, both the original and with guide completion 0 and 1 categories removed.
  • I couldn't get the Most Wanted stuff because it's set up differently; I wanted data of a Top 100.
  • I can just save the list manually so I don't have to use DPL again.
  • I could potentially use this data to help the wiki start, polish, or finish up walkthroughs.
  • I'm a bit surprised that you guys are using DPL in the main page, I can imagine a bunch of people going to the main page with DPL loading up.
  • I thought it would've been used in a maintenance page where less people would see it.
  • Since you said you made it sure the website is optimized, that explains why I can't get the Most Wanted data; why not apply it to the Most Popular?
--RAP (talk) 07:55, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Image categorization[edit]

Usually every Image have at last 2 category. One Game Category and one subcategory like Screenshots, Sprites, Maps, etc. Paco (talk) 07:30, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Nevermind that, i see you got that figured out. Paco (talk) 07:32, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Speaking of stuff having to do with images, do you have any idea what's happening with these images? File:EmeraldMine Keys.png, File:EmeraldMine_Bug.png (especially check this one), and File:EmeraldMine_Spaceship.png. I rearranged them and even though the new image is rendered in the correct resolution of 32 by 32, the visual rendered incorrectly. --RAP (talk) 07:38, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
I see them all in 32x32 instead of 64x16 which you previous uploaded. Especially the Bug last 3 images are all the same. I think it's a cache problem, but don't worry i had it too. Paco (talk) 07:45, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Last three images? After uploading the same thing, one is the same, one was reworked (the one with a slightly higher filesize, uncompressed), two of them I'm seeing are the correct images. Anyway, I tried purging all three of the images from MediaWiki link. Is it the end wiki server's problem? --RAP (talk) 07:51, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
Ah, right. First of three is 361 KB, then 782 KB and the last is again 361 KB. But all three look the same to me. Either that or it's a browser problem. After some time the images should show properly to you. Paco (talk) 07:56, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
I tested two of the other browsers and confirmed that it's not a browser-specific problem. It shows the same four images with two images being the original size in that orientation. It's definitely server specific, yet it's weird that it displayed in that manner to my end instead of yours. --RAP (talk) 08:01, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Your Sandbox[edit]

So, you're planning to revamp the skill pages? Any specific reason to that?
Now that I see it, it actually looks better. Have fun doing it, though.
And if that question on your 4th sandbox is meant for answer (stupid question I know), then it's because +# is adding stats to the character (such as weapon attack, accuracy, etc), and # is just a regular variable, such as MP Cost, Damage, etc. --PirateIzzy (talk) 02:13, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

I was doing it completely out of the blue, out of pure curiosity; despite having no knowledge about the game, I feel that it could be improved (and also applied to other games involving changing variables upon leveling). There were odd contradictions regarding the use of Template:MapleStory/Skill desc (such as missing and repeated info, and things like simplified and detailed or official info); even the contents outside the table look funny, which is why I was considering revamping that as well. For the variable table, Feel free to check the details of how the variable table is supposed to display info: User:RAP/Sandbox/4#THOUGHT_BOX. --RAP (talk) 02:36, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
Ah, ok. That answers my question. I need to figure out how to cover and phrase of both of those without being a bump in a road. I can't make it read like "plus +1 per level" (plus plus one per level). --RAP (talk) 02:39, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

It does seem like a good idea, don't get me wrong. It looks much neater. I never understood the purpose of repeating information, and I removed about half of the repeated information in the skill tables since it was just taking up space. And Nexon does make mistakes in level readouts (formulas), however, such as the Thief Skill Dark Sight's readout listing two negative signs earlier on, like this: MP Cost: 23, Duration: 20 sec, Movement Speed: --17. I usually manually remove them. If you'd like me to send you the level readouts for skills, I can gladly send you them. --PirateIzzy (talk) 03:32, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

  • If for making corrections from the potential errors that might occur in the StrategyWiki pages, sure, that would be great.
  • I checked some of the other Skill pages, and they seem to be tricky or confusing to handle regarding content
    (such as Rapid Fire [data beyond Level 30] and Double Down [dice roll data] from Jett class).
  • Also, I'm trying to figure out what to do with entries that only have one level, and even those that don't have stats
    (like Monster Rider from Beginner class).
  • It may take more time to understand and tackle the scenario here. --RAP (talk) 04:11, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

The way (most) 4th jobs skills work with the current template, the bolded part is the max level that you can achieve normally. There's a skill for the Paladin job called "Combat Orders", which works for the Paladin and anyone else in their party (a type of group for training/doing special quests). Combat Orders can raise most 4th job skills past the maximum (up to 2 at maximum level), which is why it is in Italics. As for Double Down, not sure exactly what confuses you. For skills that have one level, but have variables (such as MP cost and Damage), I'd just leave it with the variable, and not bother listing the percent. Something like this, for example, what I shall post in your 4th sandbox.


As for Monster Rider, I'll post my idea too. --PirateIzzy (talk) 04:34, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Colored tables[edit]

In your sandbox, you should get used to just using {{prettytable}} instead of coloring columns. Unfortunately, we are against colored tables because of background color changes (our themes change every couple of years), and we just want everything to look the same here. Plus, some people are color blind. This is something I tried to fight years ago when I had to simplify a guide I was working on. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:51, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

How have I not heard this when I'm already finished with Emerald Mine/Scoring, that uses a lot more colors? The weird thing is that I actually wanted to work on a color-blind version first but there were no wiki extensions to suggest. I think that the only way to workaround this is to upload grey shade types and shapes and implement them on MediaWiki:Monobook.css or with "<div id="[idname]">". I'm trying to figure out how MarioWiki works in that stance, particular on "The 'Shroom" section. When I working on finishing the page up with some help from Moydow (talk · contribs), he didn't seem to mind. --RAP (talk) 17:43, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
Mowdow is new and this issue only comes up about once a year. It is mostly a standardization thing. It is easier for us to maintain/edit/cleanup if we don't have to interpret as much customization data, and even though it is bland, if we use it everywhere then that is what people are used to. I, and some others, use the Monobook theme (the default Wikipedia-like one), so if you're basing your table look off of how it looks in Dolphin, you may want to switch it (in your preferences) to see if there is a difference. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 20:21, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
Just to weigh in here, NMH is correct, but there is also a fair amount of discretion and yielding to experienced contributors. If you were a user who only made a few edits here and there, I'd say stick to the formula, but if you're truly dedicated to maintaining something, you're welcome to experiment with new ideas. There are some fancier table designs on the site, the like move lists for some of the SNK fighters; see The King of Fighters '99/Athena for example. Definitely not standard, but it's been accepted as the template for those moves. Just try to find a happy compromise between novel presentation and maintainability. Procyon 02:12, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Chatted with Moydow (talk · contribs), four years since being admin is still new? Huh.
    • I checked it in Monobook skin, the only difference is that it is somewhat larger; only can tell with a side-by-side comparison.
      We'll talk about the Monobook skin in another time.
    • I hope you're not mistaking the content of User:RAP/Sandbox/4 with User:RAP/Sandbox/5, which the latter is outdated.
    • Please read the notes in the "Thought Box" section in Sandbox/4, there's a purpose for those colored cells.
    • If tables are supposed to be accessible to the color-blind, please explain {{Yes}} and their buddies that utilize color;
      those are the ones that I'm using in the test table (with exceptions).
    • If say I should not use the colors at all, would varying shades of grey be a replacement?
  • @ Procyon (talk · contribs)
    • I suggest checking User:RAP/Sandbox/0 for more examples of my experimenting on possible tables and templates incase you missed it.
      It will also be served as a set of examples for this project idea written in the ideals page.
    • Tables like this are a great step of advancement of displaying info away from text-based walkthroughs. Read up info quickly!
    • I checked the page you linked me and other similar pages for myself, my response is:
      • "Sorry, it looks like a mess." (if this is the final version).
      • With a bit of research and the fact that this was written up in 2009 (not sure if more development occurred since then),
        the attempt to add the categories for those particular fighting moves is poorly done.
      • The colors are too distracting with the text being white to compensate instead of regular black.
      • What's worse is that a certain category word like "Desperation" ruins the stability of the look by sticking the space out.
      • To nail it off, for readers using the Monobook skin, one notable difference is that the white boxes are filled with color, making it look bad.
      • One positive thing I can say is that space is being efficiently. I like that a lot.
      • Maybe I'll help you guys design a new one, or look into the Project talk page for previous attempts.

--RAP (talk) 04:29, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Wow, has it been that long? Sorry Moydow. I've just never worked with you on much. Anyways, yeah there are exceptions, but I'm not sure if this should be one? Although maybe it SHOULD just because its MapleStory and you know how our traffic loves those pages. Maybe they should be extra special. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 05:39, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
I think the setup of the table is actually generic enough to not be made as a specialized template and be applied to games that involve RPG elements, stats, and upgrading. I don't know if there's another example since I don't play RPGs very much. The reason I wanted to keep the table as small as possible is usually because the data lists are long. Revamping the stuff by removing the unnecessary stuff without sacrificing the details (which is tricky) would increase the accessibility and consumption speed to the end user. For revamping the Skills section in general, the way it was set up is awkward with having {{MapleStory/Skill desc}} as the basis. I tried plugging in the table into it to replace the bullet-point Level info, but it refused to do so. It seems that it's because the Level info is pulled out from the game without cleaning up (saying that I never played the game at all). --RAP (talk) 06:12, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
This is what a skill tooltip in MapleStory looks like: [1]. Skill name, skill icon, then to the right is the description. Below the line is the level and the current level's bonus. The game does not let you look at previous bonuses (like our tables do). If a skill can be leveled up, the tooltip will tell you what the next bonus will be. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:13, 2 October 2013 (UTC)
We support equal opportunity of guides :P, MapleStory is just another guide these days. -- Prod (talk) 03:02, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

If you need help with anything, I can do my best to help out if neceessary. --PirateIzzy (talk) 03:12, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) and PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Checking the image from NMH, looking at the "Skills Inventory" window:
      • Are the Skills have to be unlocked in a linear fashion? From left to right?
      • What are the symbols (Double Sword, Sword with Red Increase Arrow, and Person with Two Pluses) at the left represent?
        Are they subcategories of the skills?
        Are they consistent with each supercategory (from Beginner to Hyper Skills)?
      • Are the boxes that have a Mushroom image represent in comparison to Skill images? Empty? Unlockable skill?
      • What are the buttons at the bottom-left side? Do they open up to more skills the player can use?
      • The reason why I ask those questions is that it is critical on how I rework the Skill pages to add potential missing info for the guide.
        Not only that, but to rework on the custom TOC (which is large, and has pockets to space that has yet to be compressed).

--RAP (talk) 05:04, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

  • No, they're usually all given to you at once.
  • The Double Sword represents Attacking skills, the Sword with the Up Arrow represents Passive skills (skills that give you a permanent boost), and the Person with Two Pluses represents Active buffs, which are usually temporary buffs (though some can be toggled on and off, and last forever until turned off). The old UI for the skill window was a lot different, but yes, it's consistent.
  • It means empty.
  • The buttons on the bottom left are the following: Guild Skills, which are only available to people in Guilds, and the skills can be activated for a small fee, varying on the level and type of skill (skills include EXP increase, Weapon/Magic Attack, Critical Rate, etc). The next button, Mounts, represents, well, mounts that you can ride on that you have obtained over time. Some are temporary, some are permanent. Next, Macro, allows you to chain up to 3 skills to one button (for example, activating 3 buffs in a row by pressing one button).

--PirateIzzy (talk) 05:21, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Huh. That's a thing. "Attacking Skills", "Passive Skills", and "Active Buffs". Got it. Looks like I have to find a way to incorporate those categories. However, I don't think any of the Skill pages do not have that categorized with one of the three at all. Curious, what did the old UI look like? For those three buttons, "Guild Skills" are separate from being attached to the character correct? Does it also apply with the "Mount" button? I'm not sure about the latter because I've seen a Skill page that have a section on Mounts, and some of them are single skills in some sections. --RAP (talk) 05:49, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Don`t worry about categorizing, it's fine as is. The rest I'll answer tomorrow, going to sleep now.--PirateIzzy (talk) 06:18, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Ok so the game breaks down skills by job (class tier). So when you start you are a "Beginner" class in most cases, or pre-first job (these have very few skills, if any). Then you level and get to First job (a.k.a. the second tier) and so forth. There are typically 4 jobs (5 tiers) per class/character (in the image, note the tabs across the top of the window with Roman numerals - these indicate the tier). No need to categorize based on ability type, because all skills are available when you reach that job (although some have pre-requisite conditions like having a certain amount of points in another skill). Also, you cannot spend any points on a recently unlocked job until all existing skill points have been spent (basically they allocate a certain amount for each job; that way you can't save all your points to max out the best skills easily - they do this to force an end-game economy that revolves around gathering tradeable consumable items that add skill points). Also, the skill window appears to have changed. The image I linked is from a newer version of the game than I have played (I stopped playing in the spring; notice the character's level is above 200 - that was the cap earlier this year). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:55, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv7dlLukg48 ← Here is an old video of Korean MapleStory's Test Server with a revamp patch for the Pirate Job (specifically Corsair/Captain in this video), with the old skill UI (don't worry about the skill icons, they were just filler icons until the real icons were designed). Hypers skills were in their own UI, with 3 columns, S (passive stat boosts, such as Hyper Strength), P (passive skill boosts, such as Rapid Fire - Reinforce), and A (active skills, such as Power Unity). Guild Skills can be viewed by any member of a guild, and once activated, the entire guild, and the person who activated it, receives the buff for a short period of time. Mount skills are attached to the character, once you receive a consumable (for most mounts), or receive the mount and its saddle as Equipments (for the Monster Rider skill). Normally, each job has their own mount, though some jobs have none. In a rare case, the Party Quest Boss Rex (for the Resurrection of the Hoblin King PQ) drops his Hyena as a mount at a VERY low rate, as well as the saddle for it at a much more common rate (it can also be obtained with 100 Hobb Warrior Marks, dropped by Rex each PQ). --PirateIzzy (talk) 20:22, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • I don't mean replacing the job tiers (Beginner to Hyper Skills) with the three types of Skills, but incorporating it to the page and the table.
      It will inform the user better on how many skills are in a particular category among the three.
      Does this class within the job tier have more "Attack Skills" than the other classes?
      If say I wanted to make go into "Pirate" class, and wanted primarily "Attack Skills" all the way as I progress through my jobs,
      I would articulate my thoughts upon checking the table if it is made. (Again, keeping in mind that I've never played the game at all).
  • @ PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Huh. The Mount skills stuff is going to be tricky if they are going to be in both a separate section for themselves and within the Job tiers.
    • I'm curious if there's a page on "Guild Skills" in StrategyWiki since it applies only in Guilds. I can't seem to find it.

--RAP (talk) 22:28, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

I don't think we're going to bother adding more mounts to the Wiki, but I don't know. And nope, there's no guild skill page. Have any other questions? --PirateIzzy (talk) 22:45, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

I don't think so. I just need to hear from Notmyhandle (talk · contribs). What I need is the info of categorization of skills in each job tier for all classes; perhaps start at the Pirate class as the basis (the one I'm working on in the Sandbox). I'll be continuing on table implementation in the Sandbox later tonight and rework on the bloated custom TOC. --RAP (talk) 22:58, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

I noticed the table of content thing with the images, and I approve. A basic rule of thumb, the skills that ONLY give permanent boosts, and nothing temporary and no attacks, are passive skills. Attacks and actives may be obvious for the most part. The 3 skills you listed under active are actually passive (Master of Swimming, " " Organization, and Pirate Blessing), as an example. Attacks should be fairly obvious, though some of them give passive effects. However, the skill itself is still an active. Some active buffs also give passive effects, and the same rule applies. I'll give you these:

  • Pirate:
    • Active: Dash
    • Attack: Double Shot, Sommersault Kick
    • Passive: Bullet Time, Shadow Heart
  • Pirate (Cannoneer):
    • Active: none
    • Attack: Cannon Blaster, Cannon Strike, Blast Back
    • Passive: Cannon Boost

The order which they are listed is up to you. Of course, I'll be happy to help out whenever you need. --PirateIzzy (talk) 05:08, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Can you check the Sandbox/4 page if you have time?
  • I'm working on adding a 2nd custom TOC, one focused more on just the sections themselves, not the skills
    (I'm putting both that and skills-focused custom TOC).
  • I'm trying to work on communicating the user by utilizing Down Arrow symbols.
  • This is because when I first looked at the Skills pages at first sight, I thought a user can go into multiple jobs within a class,
    not actually having to pick one of the three jobs in the "Second Job" section, and stick to it as leveling up occurs.
    I found that out when I looked at the pages more closely.
  • The thing is that I can't seem to decide which one is better: B or AB.
    Don't worry about A, like Sandbox/0, there's a lot of thought into doing those revisions, tons of possibilities to work out as you try executing them.

--RAP (talk) 08:39, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

  • I like A better. I read the table in a chronological order from top to bottom. I start as Beginner, then I get some choices if I want to be a pirate. No one ever sticks with a Beginner past pre-first job because it sucks and it can't be upgraded. They released a special unlockable, upgraded Beginner character/class called Ultimate Adventurer or Ultimate Explorer (for some reason we don't have a section for it - I've never unlocked it).
  • Anyways, the point is everyone upgrades their beginner so the left column with down arrow and "Common" is not necessary. If you're using "Common" as a way to group skills that all three pirate types have at a certain job level, then you should make that into a template to insert into each section. Don't put it somewhere outside of the class's skill section or people will begin to add it there themselves since it appears missing. They don't care whether it is common or not. They want it to be grouped with the rest. When someone gets to the next job class, they don't have separate pages to look at for common skills or exclusive skills. They are mixed together. That's how they want it to be presented - as it is in game.
  • The best way to do it is to have the navigation table simply link to the class sections and then under the class section have a mini-navigation table (or a bulleted list of skills as presented in game) that links to each skill. Since we can use image maps, the prettiest way to do the mini-navigation table would be to make the table out of screenshots of the skill window and then you could click on the skill icon/name in our table to link to it.
  • For the time being we can just use the skill icon and the name. Re-doing the skill template is a good idea, too. There should not be numbered parameters as there are too many. The template should be formatted to help people fill out a standard {{prettytable}}. The reason we use templates in cases like this is simply to save space. It doesn't have to look unique. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:34, 4 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Bulletpoint 1
      • Interesting, picking "A" seems to be a thing that's more understand than B and BA.
      • I was working on a table with limited use of arrows (which seems to stick out odd in a table), which is why I suggested B and BA as choices.
        Seeing your table, I worked on 2 iterations derived from your work,
        RAP A1 and RAP A2, one using limited Down Arrows, and one not having them at all.
        It didn't look good as I thought.
    • Bulletpoint 2
      • I couldn't find a way to communicate that particular part regarding "Common" on all the four jobs,
        so I hamfisted it until I can think up a better way to implement it, which you might've did successfully back in bulletpoint 1.
      • Your explanation seems to be very endearing to me for a great understanding,
        seeing that I didn't have an screenshot that shows Common skills in later job levels.
    • Will try to answer the other two bulletpoints later.

--RAP (talk) 04:32, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Alright, but I'm just going to let you know, every now and then (usually a few months), Nexon Korea revamps jobs, sometimes with buffs, sometimes with nerfs, and sometimes just new icons. I'm preparing for a big one coming soon by changing icons for various skills, but there will usually be more than just new icons (I know NMH doesn't approve of me doing it but that patch is coming sooner than we think). Basically, there will be revamping every now and then.
  • Anyway, I already gave you the ones for the first job pirate skills. If you'd like the rest of the job advancements, let me know. Also, I like 2 more than 3, because it looks so much neater to me.
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), you'd be surprised. A lot of people play beginners all the way for fun and as a challenge.

--PirateIzzy (talk) 04:57, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

  • @ PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • I was going to ask about it. MMOs updating/revamping is a thing, and a tedious one that requires input from someone who's into the game.
      In an unrelated note, I'm working on some kind of scale on game content when one attempts to cover a guide in the wiki.
    • Perhaps I'll ask again when I'm done converting the other tables with {{prettytable}} so that other users can update it easier,
      hearing that MMOs will have to update their stuff with new and revamped content.
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Continuing with bulletpoint 3
      • Yep. Replicate the interface of the "Skills Inventory" window from the game. I'm still a bit wary of overbloat
        by having the text of Skills categories at the left, and wondered whether adding those symbol images is justified for replication.
    • Bulletpoint 4
      • I'm doing on the tables, converting it to {{prettytable}} – with certain odd exceptions.
      • I was thinking of trashing {{MapleStory/Skill_desc}} when I first worked on setting up the work due to be being clunky,
        but realized it will have to be specialized, much to my sigh on making the process simplified without using specialized templates.
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) and PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)

--RAP (talk) 09:30, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

4/C. No need to require people to click each section for data. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:01, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

My only qualm with 4C is that there are two tables of data, one normal and one collapsable, which is really unnecessary. It's basically like writing the description twice in the old prettytable template, just taking up space (which I am still in the middle of fixing). --PirateIzzy (talk) 18:31, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

I meant 4/C without collapsible lists. Duplication and hiding the tables is not good or efficient. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 19:43, 5 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @ PirateIzzy (talk · contribs) and Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • I specifically said to ignore those tables for the time being and focus on deciding which page style looks better.
      I left two versions incase the converting to {{prettytable}} goes wrong (like missing info).
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Wait...you don't want the collapsing tables? I was following based on what {{MapleStory/Skill desc}} does when attempting to do the revamp.
      I was wondering why, and figured that the content in the collapsible tables can be long to scroll if there are no collapsible tables.

--RAP (talk) 21:23, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

I thought you planned on putting a useful, efficient table of contents at the top. The collapsible lists are not necessary. I vote against it for any new/revised template. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 21:31, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • That's quite a curveball you got there. Yeah, I have a great knack of creating custom TOCs.
    • There are two custom TOCs that will be utilized in User:RAP/Sandbox/4/A: one focused on the sections, and one for the skills.
      I want to combine both of them together (despite both types having jumplinks to the respective sections), which includes the guide arrows,
      but I'm not sure if it is worth the effort to make the tables more complicated and require more maintenance due to the nature of MMOs.
    • The reason why I wanted to keep the collapsible tables is because of the section-focused TOC (or section jumplinks in general);
      utilizing the TOC, it is so that the user can linkjump to a particular section of the Skills page, and see more of the Skills in one screen
      than having the tables opened and spreading the Skills downward.

--RAP (talk) 22:31, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Why don't we start making headway on this rather than discussing the method? Please begin editing one of the existing skill pages (e.g. MapleStory/Warrior/Skills) with the proposed, permanent style. My suggestions: ToC at the top, keep it simple, no arrows. If you are combining the skill pages with all tiers, each Tier's table of contents cell could contain a simple row of skill icons that link to their section. No words or wasted space. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 22:51, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Actually, don't edit the Warrior Skill Page yet (if you were planning to), at least not until the RED patch comes to GMS (I know it's a few months away, but it'll save the effort). I recommend Thunder Breaker, Dawn Warrior, or Wind Archer for revamping. --PirateIzzy (talk) 23:13, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Too late. I initiated the changes on the Warrior page. You're going to have to get used to making updates on the new style anyways. I don't see why that matters. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 23:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
Huh, giving me some explicit permission to directly edit one of the actual Skills pages. Wait, what about doing the Pirate skills? I've done a fair amount of work on them in the test pages. If I have to work on the Warrior page, I need details of the Skills and where they are categorized in each job tier. This also means we're moving the discussion into their talk page. --RAP (talk) 23:33, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
No need to move the discussion at this point. Normally it would have been made on Talk:MapleStory as it concerns the guide as a whole. I chose Warrior because it was the first one I could think of. We can leave it as is for now if you really need to use the pirate page for the first draft. I don't think it matters. Take a look and let's see what needs to be done. I made the ToC more efficient and it links to each common section. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 23:38, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

@ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) I was hoping to save you the effort, but fine. I'll post the categories for both pre-RED and post-RED. I'll post the names of translated names, so they are subject to change. Just look at pre-RED for now. --PirateIzzy (talk) 23:42, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

To both of you, be sure to read the notes when I make edits to the Warrior skills page. Sad to say that I have somewhat limited time right now because I have other things to do later tonight. --RAP (talk) 00:17, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

I see the notes. In the end we will only allow for a single unified table, no header or following horizontal rule (please do not use ---- on guide pages. Level 2 headers have one included so it isn't necessary. The way it is now is fine for grouping the two tables. I used the details link so we do not need to worry about including beginner skills on any of these tables. I think the skill groupings idea is a bad one, but let's see how it turns out. I recommend getting rid of the individual cells and just making them fit along a wide row using colspan, but it is best to wait since the number of cells in each row will depend on how the number of skills in each skill categories turn out. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 00:56, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

@ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) How do you suggest we separate skills shared by only 2 jobs? Should we make a separate section, like you did for Common Hypers? --PirateIzzy (talk) 01:44, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

I don't think we should be separating the skills at all, and this problem seals the issue. I can't think of a way to do it in the table of contents (ToC) without making it overly complex. If you want to have a skill icon index, it is best if we do not categorize by type.
In either case, to denote what skills are used by each job, all we need is some bullet points in each skill's section denoting requirements/restrictions and what class(es) get it. Can you give an example of a common skill or two, and what classes have them, so I can specify them on the page as an example? --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 04:10, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) and PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Came back and had some spare time to help you guys on MapleStory/Warrior/Skills.
      Did some polish on the skills-ridden custom-TOC that makes it look especially neat and stable to look at.
  • @ PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Sorry to interrupt your conversation, but nice job on the custom skills-TOC, plotting the data down. That surely took some time.
    • I didn't know that {{MapleStory/Skill desc}} features a "hidden section" coding, when I clicked any of the four Skills in the Swordsman row.
    • Looking at the coding, the jumplink code has "Swordman" before the skill names, like:
      "Swordman_Power_Strike", "Swordman_Slash_Blast", "Swordman_HP_Increase", and "Swordman_Iron_Body";
      I was thinking, "Why not get rid of those Job Rank markers?", that seems like unnecessary code.
    • I was wondering if there is a possibility that there are two or more Skills that share the same name in the same guide which may justify this.
      I suppose that even if there's the remote possibility that this will happen, I'd say, "Keep it".
--RAP (talk) 06:42, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
I filled in the Swordman row with correct links so you can see how it works. Please do not fix the other links because our goal here is to replace skill desc with something better. Please begin working on {{MapleStory/skill}} (I created a basic version so something is there for you to start with). I am setting this up with named parameters, as the numbered parameters get very confusing with these big templates which all MapleStory templates end up with. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 18:10, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
The thing about the new skill template, I liked what RAP was doing because when I tag a skill, e.g. Power Strike, it would actually go to that, whereas with the old and new {{MapleStory/skill}} templates, I can't do that. And what about common skills with multiple icons, such as Weapon Mastery? I'd rather not list each one separately like we did before.

--PirateIzzy (talk) 22:43, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

This is by NO means finished. If you want that functionality, just request it or copy it from another template. Here, I've added it. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:31, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

Okay, now to figure out how it works. I'm not sure where the id tag would go, especially if one common skill has 3 different icons. --PirateIzzy (talk) 01:44, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Ah. I thought it was PirateIzzy (talk · contribs) because he set down the Skills category data.
    • Immediately, my first thought on seeing the test template all three of us will work on is: "Will my {{prettytable}}-ified table work in the 'data'?"
    • Didn't work. Like {{MapleStory/Skill desc}}, plugging the table won't render it properly, leaving only a "{" shown.
      If there's a consideration of incorporating my template with that, that's too complicated to wrap my mind around.
    • I wanted to suggest creating three parts of a template that make up the whole table as a workaround,
      three of them consist of: 1) item surface info, 2) table setup, and 3) data info,
      but skills like Blast Back (Pirate) would serve to complicate things.
      I'm not sure what to say at the moment when finding another solution; I'm preoccupied with schoolwork this week.
  • @ Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) and PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Offtopic...this is really getting a lot longer than I thought. Have both of you had a conversation or collaboration this long?
      I'm thinking of making an entirely new section in this talk page so all three of us don't have to scroll at the bottom to edit. It's getting irritating.
      It's less about the "colored tables" and more like having a three-person group collab to update the Skills pages of MapleStory.
Yes, this is reaching typical collaboration talk. Normally they end up split up into tinier sections, since most issues are resolved in a few back and forths. I'll begin the new section. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 04:53, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

MS Test template and ToC overhaul[edit]

Here is the new section for easy access.

  • @RAP (talk · contribs): I understand that the use of templates and the jumble of wikimarkup/HTML can be daunting. Feel free to fill in your finalized table-style of content in one of the skill sections. What I mean is, go to MapleStory/Warrior/Skills. Pick a skill (the first one is fine with me). Leave the current template the way it is and put your table above or below it, in the same section. If you think your table is complete, feel free to remove the existing template from that section. Then we can compare old to new, and I can come up with a way to template it. The hardest thing to put into templates are variable column tables. It is best if we can have columns that are standard to all skills. E.g. the headers set as "Level" and "Bonus" or something generic like that if you are going with a two table layout (I think that's what you want, right? That should be all that you need). Then I can make the number of rows variable, since some skills have like 3 levels and some have 20. What I mean by "variable" is you only have to fill in a certain amount of rows and no more will appear than that. The magic of templates!
  • @PirateIzzy (talk · contribs): I'm not sure what you mean. We will need to clarify things to help you learn how to edit templates. Since this is simple so far, it is best that you are able to grasp how it is currently. Feel free to copy code into this discussion (or start one on the template's talk page) using nowiki tags (like I used here, edit this section to see) and ask about how/why things work. The way I have it set up is that the id (a.k.a. the span tag's identifier), which is really just the text that you link (e.g. [[#id|id]]), will be set as the name of the skill by default. So Power Slash will just be {{MapleStory/skill|name=Power Slash}} and to link to it you use [[#Power Slash|Power Slash/or whatever text you want]]. The "id" parameter is something I created in case two skills have the same name (not same icon! Every skill could have the same icon - the file parameter lets you do whatever you want with the image). The id parameter will override the name parameter if specified. If the id parameter is not used, the name one will be used by default. NOTE: I made a mistake when I first implemented it, so I fixed it. Take a look. {{MapleStory/skill}}. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 04:53, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

The thing about the icons, I know what you mean that each skill should have the same icon, but Warriors (and Archers) gain skills post-RED that have a different icon for each job, meaning that there WILL be multiples, whether we want them or not. I also would rather not list them separately like I did before, so maybe if there's a way to add multiple icons (I doubt there'd be a use for more than 3 icons), that could work. I do like the new template now, and I especially like that it actually goes to the skill now when there's a link to it (e.g. Weapon Mastery, because it didn't do that before. Oh, and is there any way to hide the word "tooltip" from the tables? --PirateIzzy (talk) 00:25, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

  • My preference is to have the tooltip text there so people know what is displayed after is exactly what is shown in game. I am going to make it invisible for you, but only if no additional analysis of the skill occurs. If that sort of information is added, I will add a "description" or "explanation" parameter for comments/hidden details/clarifications of the skill.
  • If another skill uses the same icon, just use the file parameter. No duplicates here on SW. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:44, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

I didn't mean multiple skills with the same icon (I don't like duplicates either), I meant multiple icons for a common skill, such as Rush post-RED, since Heroes, Paladins, and Dark Knights all get Rush, with the exact same function, MP cost, damage, and mobs hit, but each job has its own icon and effect for it (Heroes have a red one, Paladins yellow, and Dark Knights have dark-purple). The same goes for Warrior Leap (Warrior's Flash Jump post-RED), and Double Jump (Archer's Flash Jump post-RED). --PirateIzzy (talk) 01:50, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

We can add a file2 parameter where you can add additional images next to the first. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 02:51, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Well, it could go up to 3, but that works. --PirateIzzy (talk) 02:56, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

It can be open ended. file2 could let you add [[File:1.png]][[File:2.png]][[File:3.png]]. That way we don't have to add more parameters if additional exceptions occur. I'll add it now. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 02:58, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • I put up my attempted work, and split the three into sections for easier editing.
      I used revision version 1 (or "4/B") but uses {{prettytable}} due to hearing the possibility of multiple skill images within the same skill entry.
    • A two part template might have to do: {{MapleStory/skill}} for the perimeter and surface info, and a table dedicated to level info.
      For the latter, I don't think a template will be a possibility due to uncertain complications.
      I'm not sure if there is viable coding technology to replicate that using fewer code in the final version, as far as I know.
  • PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Huh, there are more than two skill icons within the same entry? My, I'm rather trickled out on the maintenance of MMO game guides.
      The most complicated stuff is usually the variables I bet. Though, I like to think there's something higher than that:
      MOBAs, due to the metagaming aspect, adding more items, and champions. I would probably put it higher than fighters.
--RAP (talk) 07:09, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I was unable to make the table portion optional, so I will have to make another template for RAP to use. Its use will be to display the icon, name, link to the section, format the tooltip, and make the collapsible section. The table data will have to be added manually as there are too many variables. Once we have both table/template styles polished (which will be soon), we need to take a community vote on what style to use. I prefer the simple style since it makes it easier to edit and cleanup (when looking at a diff, you can't tell what table you are looking at, just the cells that were modified; with the simplified table the cell headers are repeated in the data). I like the complicated tables for their non-repeated labels and polished-look (color optional). Its a hard one. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 17:56, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

For the icons, do you want them uploaded like they appear normally, such as this, or would you rather have them uploaded as if you were hovering over the icon with the mouse, such as this? The thing is, it's easier to find them normal, but I know a lot of skills appear like the latter. --PirateIzzy (talk) 23:27, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

Your links are broken because southperry disabled hotlinking. Upload them here temporarily. Without looking, are you trying to point out default size vs. double size? Like when you mouse over an item in the inventory? Use the default size. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 01:10, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Nah, I meant how an icon lights up when you hover over it vs. how it normally appears (for example, File:MS_Skill_Rage.png , comparing the first version uploaded by Auto Prod Bot, the normal one, and the hovered-over one that Zienth uploaded). I was wondering which one I should upload, the lighter version or the normal version. --PirateIzzy (talk) 03:33, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Daunting? I would say "Yes", if I didn't utilize Notepad++ and it's ability for me to hold "ALT" to highlight a boxed selection. What a time saver!
    • Vote? Good idea. 3 of us voting deciding the final result isn't enough to resonate with potential users in the wiki who want to have a voice.
      My attempt on revamping the content table data display involves making it compact and detailed, with comes with it's own drawbacks.
      Wanna settle this decision on the staff lounge? Listing down pros and cons?
    • Oh, viewing those hotlinked images is easy. With both of them open, do not "Refresh", just re-enter it again.
  • PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • Aaaaah, images that change it's look when being hovered. I'm not sure if it is a wiki thing or a HTML thing.
    • Answering your question, I'm mixed upon checking both of the Skill icon images; at first, I'd pick the un-highlighted ones because:
      I think users are more concerned with the appearance of the image when it's better to recall it more visually than just the skill name verbally,
      but wow, they both look equally good. It might be because it doesn't use a strong glow but uses brightness instead.
    • Is there a possibility that the skill icons will stay highlighted at a limited time or indefinitely?
      If so, I suggest keeping it for the sake of completeness (but it might seem like fancy design);
      unless the reason is to make the icons more intuitive to the end user, instinctively tell the user: "Hey, you can press this thing!"
      Think of hovering the "Show preview" button in one's internet browser and seeing the color change, or a hyperlink gaining it's underline.
--RAP (talk) 06:45, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
    • I want to find out what NMH's stance is on that topic, but I approve your opinion.
    • In game, the icon highlights whenever you move the mouse over it, and stays that way until you move the mouse away from it. If it's possible to make it light up on the Wikia, then by all means sure.

--PirateIzzy (talk) 21:23, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

  • This is not a "wikia" - wikia is an organization that produces mass amounts of wikis. This is an independent wikis. Wikis run MediaWiki.
  • I was not aware of the color change. The brighter ones look better and appears to be our current standard, so stick with that for consistency. We do not need, nor want, both versions of the same images. It is a waste of our time. This is not a database. We only want pertinent content.
  • We don't have a way to pop up alternate images yet, it's a javascript thing. We need to discuss that feature in the staff lounge. It would require code added to our common javascript file, but wowwiki.com has a really good example we should figure out how to implement here (mouse over any purple link here): http://www.wowwiki.com/Ulduar_loot
  • RAP, you should play the game for a bit before you make too many assumptions. Everything will start to make sense. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 06:16, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
RAP, I made you a template to use for ID linking etc. for your tables: {{MapleStory/skillRAP}}. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 06:44, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Wait, what? I could have sworn I wrote Wiki. Ugh, whatever. Anyway, I'll try to get the brighter ones, but a lot of them are easier for me to get than others, so they may take a while.
  • And it seems like it is becoming more of a database, with all the quests, monster data, items, etc. The only difference is that we add more depth to them.

--PirateIzzy (talk) 18:32, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • Before responding: I see that you created {{MapleStory/skillRAP}} for me. Coolio, put in some tweaks and cleanup.
      There's a possibility that it might be a two-part template, but I have yet to face the potential ramifications of attempting to execute this.
    • Oh, playing MapleStory; MMORPGs. What I read, those things take a lot of investment, and building their own characters as their avatars.
      My time is tight in the middle of schoolwork, which is more important right now; more distractions would be a pain.
      I also don't like making unnecessary accounts unless I'm going to spend a notable amount of satisfactory time, I rarely create accounts.
--RAP (talk) 07:33, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

So, how exactly are we going to decide which template to use? Will there be a poll or something? --PirateIzzy (talk) 20:39, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

  • @PirateIzzy (talk · contribs): yeah it is pretty massive now. I just hope another Big Bang overhaul doesn't put us behind again. We will vote when you guys are satisfied with our final choices. If you are still perfecting what they should look like, or not, please write something here.
  • @RAP (talk · contribs): MapleStory/skillRAP is not a two part template. You put in the skill name and tooltip and that's all that's mandatory. Then after the template you can add the collapsable frame if you want, and the following data table. As far as playing goes, it was just a suggestion. There's no time commitment with MapleStory. I recommend downloading it while you're editing some time. Log in, play through the first few quests on a given class, take a look at all of the UI menus, and then quit. Just keep the editing in mind, rather than playing the game, while investigating so you don't get sucked in. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:17, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • @RAP (talk · contribs): also, {{MapleStory/skillRAP}} does not need the ID specified. We are trying to no longer use "Class_Skill_Name" format for ID's. The name parameter handles the ID by default, so all you have to do to link to a skill is use [[#Skill name|Skill name]] instead of [[#Class Skill Name|Class Skill Name]] (this second one, the currently used formate, is unnecessary and we would only need it to disambiguate situations where two or more jobs have the same skill name). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:33, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Notmyhandle (talk · contribs)
    • I could just check out videos for game footage (keeping in mind of update versions) instead of account creation. I'll see what I can do.
    • Ah, no ID_specific. Trying to figure out how skills of the same name will be handled. I'll leave that to you.
      The only reason for it to stick around is for more wiki SEO, info reachability.
      Keep in mind, webcrawling videogame content is more fickle than other types of info from my experiences.
      Instead of capturing jumplinks like "Power_Strike" when their web crawlers do their thing, it'll capture "Swordman_Power_Strike".
--RAP (talk) 23:07, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Alright, so when are we going to have a poll? I think we're ready, unless there are other template changes you guys plan to do? Oh, and @Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), I'm wondering if we could change Avoid on the Monster Template to something such as PDR/MDR. Avoid hardly matters anymore. And yes, I have asked you before, but we still kept it the same. --PirateIzzy (talk) 04:48, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

@RAP: I just explained how to differentiate between two skills of the same name, although not specifically. Here: 1) the first skill is to be created without the ID parameter. That way the ID becomes its skill name. Jobs further down (e.g. 4th Job) that has the same name would have ID parameter set to "JOB_NAME SKILL_NAME" where JOB_NAME is the Job's name, e.g. Swordman, and SKILL_NAME is the skill name, e.g. Power Slash.
@PirateIzzy: yes, I will try and start the voting discussion today in the staff lounge. What is PDR/MDR, and is avoidability an actual monster stat these days? --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:45, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

PDR/MDR are Physical/Magic Damage Reduction, the monster stat that reduces your damage by a certain percent, unless you have the % ignore defense stat. For example, most normal monsters have 10%, while some have 5%. Most bosses have 25% and higher, especially the high-end bosses. Von Leon, for example, has 55% PDR and 52% MDR. Avoidability does still exist, but since accuracy is so easy to come by, the purpose of it is barely noticeable. --PirateIzzy (talk) 20:44, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Then by all means add it. I don't remember that topic. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 21:29, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

MapleStory skill template overhaul vote[edit]

Please see StrategyWiki:Staff lounge#MapleStory skill template overhaul vote. We need your input. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:22, 24 October 2013 (UTC)

Done. Put in comments as well. Busy from collegework stuff. --RAP (talk) 07:04, 25 October 2013 (UTC)
Checking the MapleStory/Warrior/Skills page, more improvements have followed. I'll be working on that page (and others if possible) as a basis for the new way the info is typed and displayed. Recalling back, I'm a bit concerned about the potential large update PirateIzzy (talk · contribs) has mentioned back in the previous discussions that would ruin the revamp work. --RAP (talk) 07:48, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
I don't recall the discussion between RAP and PirateIzzy, but I assume RED will be changing skill stats, adding/removing skills, and changing icons. I think we are fine template-wise and can make adjustments if new skills appear that don't fit our mold. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 15:55, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
About the RED patch, here (skip to Skill Changes) are some details on it from the Korean version of MapleStory (don't worry too much about the names, there tend to be different translations when the skills reach GMS). I've already uploaded most of the icons here, and will change them accordingly when they reach GMS.--PirateIzzy (talk) 22:05, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • PirateIzzy (talk · contribs)
    • I noticed that you reverted my edits in the MapleStory/Warrior/Skills page regarding the "Duration" row;
      by removing the "sec" in the level data, and renaming the variable name as "Duration (seconds)".
    • There's a reason for the design to be left there alone when I created the table.
    • Seeing the level data entries with and without checking the numerical changes section have a implicit meaning that users will pick up.
    • Variable entries:
      • "+#" (pluses), "#%" (percentages), and "#" (ordinary numbers) indicates a change to attributes and effects being used in the skill effect.
      • "# sec" indicates only the duration of the skill effect.
    • Stripping the "sec" from level data turns "# sec" into "#".
      It would lose that implicit context because the user cannot tell if the variable is a "attributes and effects" or a "duration" variable;
      it requires rechecking the numerical changes if they want to know the context explicitly and if one forgets about it.
    • If applied to the rest of the variable names, it would have to be like this (numerical changes section disincluded for demonstration purposes):
Level Variable A
(#)
Variable B
(+#)
Variable C
(#%)
Variable D
(+#%)
Duration
(# sec)
  • It could be a proposed tweak to streamline the info more, but I'm not sure if always scrolling to the top upon forgetting is good;
    it's all about context, giving the user the info they need: simple to understand and fast enough to gather info.
--RAP (talk) 20:56, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Alright, fine, I'll re-add the second variables. --PirateIzzy (talk) 21:52, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Your level notes from Template:MapleStory/skill/Documentation[edit]

--Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 03:43, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Level data table[edit]

The table consists of three parts: Variables, Numerical Changes, and Level Data.

  • Variables
    • All variable names are bolded with "!"
    • Variable 1 is always "Level", sized "width=50px".
    • Subsequent variables vary by name, sized "width=100px" (with exceptions):
      • EXCEPTION 1 – If two and more variables share the same level data details, combine to save space.
        Example: Physical Training skill from Warrior class.
      • EXCEPTION 2
      • EXCEPTION 3 – If there is a sentence with multiple variables, the info must be displayed differently.
        1. Add quotations and itcalize the sentence – "(sentence)".
        2. Replace the variables with numbers with parentheses  – "(#)".
      • NOTE – Optionally, use "<br>" to space the variable name to make it look neat.
  • Numerical Changes
  • Level Data
    • All numbers in the "Level" are bolded with "!"
    • In the "Level 1" row, add a pale light blue color ("bgcolor=#E6E6FA"); it is the default unmastered level with no growth yet.
    • In subsequent level data entries, regarding color usage:
      • Entries that are pale green with {{Yes2}} indicate a variable change.
      • Entries that do not have a color indicate no change.
        • NOTE – Do not write level data alongside with "!" in the same line. Doing so will render {{Yes2}} unusable.

Returned, and wowed by the work![edit]

  • Hey, I'm back. I just checked the MapleStory/Warrior/Skills page so far (haven't checked other pages at the moment).
  • PirateIzzy (talk · contribs), I'm floored by the amount of work! You adapted the structure of the table I wrote up and done it almost flawlessly.
  • I also like to thank Notmyhandle (talk · contribs) for allowing this table system happen; quicker and easier to read info is the key for accessibility.
  • Huh, during my writing this message, I saw that you reverted my edit. There's yet another reason that this design decision has to stick:
    With that edit, is that an implicit statement that your explanation about the difference between "#" and "+#" is rendered null?
    Is there no difference between the two?
    1. In User:RAP/Sandbox/4, during my time working on setting up the table long before implementation, I typed this question:
      "QUESTION: What is the difference between "+#" (in Bullet Time) and "#" (in Sommersault Kick)?"
    2. In User_talk:RAP, finding out that I'm working on a MapleStory skills revamp, you responded:
      "And if that question on your 4th sandbox is meant for answer (stupid question I know), then it's because +# is adding stats to the character (such as weapon attack, accuracy, etc), and # is just a regular variable, such as MP Cost, Damage, etc. --PirateIzzy (talk) 02:13, 30 September 2013 (UTC)"
    3. Gaining knowledge of this particular detail in a game I haven't played before (yet wanted to revamp how the info is displayed), I responded:
      "Ah, ok. That answers my question. I need to figure out how to cover and phrase of both of those without being a bump in a road. I can't make it read like "plus +1 per level" (plus plus one per level). --RAP (talk) 02:39, 30 September 2013 (UTC)"
    4. Thus, back in User:RAP/Sandbox/4, I wrote:
      "With an answer provided from PirateIzzy (talk · contribs) on "#" being regular variables and "+#" being variables that changes the stats of the character; I was working on avoiding having the phrase "plus +# per level" ("plus plus number per level") while leaving "+#" variables alone. In order to do this, and to also cover minus variables, it would be written like this: "add +1 per level", "add 1 per level", "subtract 1 per level". That way, it won't sound odd upon reading that line."
This feedback you gave me at that time helped me refined the template better and pin-point accurate of how the table is designed.
Can you please explain your stance in detail?
  • Anyway, which article are you covering so far? I want to jump back and help after my absence around tonight.
--RAP (talk) 22:58, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for noticing! It looks great, thanks to you. Also, the reason I changed the +# to # is because I kept the + symbol in the changes, like when movement speed goes from 1 to 2, I wrote +1 and +2 with the Yes2 template, since that is a stat being added. The readout doesn't need to say "Add +x per level", when it basically means the same thing as "Add x per level". I created this template as a way to check which job skills are complete and converted to your format, with several footnotes about certain jobs. --PirateIzzy (talk) 00:16, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

  • I'm not certain about that justification. I mean, I know the phrasing is weird, and I was baffled by how it was worded when I found out;
    but then again, when people mention their weapons in say D&D, "my +1 sword" (My plus 1 sword),
    it tends to stick around as language changes and refines all the time.
  • When there are two variables in the level data: the former "#", and the latter "+#"; and both of them have "Add # per level" as a indicator, regarding "+#", it doesn't make sense to disinclude the plus, as if the table is selectively missing (tiny specific) info.
  • I wanted to say something about you keeping my partial edits on the minus stuff and that justification,
    but it's harder for me to think this because this is a lot more weirder to clarify this because there are two types of positive numbers ("#" and "+#") and only one negative number ("-#"). I know there's something wrong, as the way that I attempt to design around my work has a purpose, but a lot more trickier to say this out for now.
  • Wow, there are still stuff to work on. Only the Warrior skills page is finished.
--RAP (talk) 01:04, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

I can see where you're coming from with that, but I see it the way I see numbers in algebra or math in general, you don't say +2 times +5 (at least not where I live, I'm not sure about other places), you just say 2 times 5, but -2 times -5 is still used. And yeah, I've been the only one working on updating the skills, and I also had work for school, so my time was limited. I'm on break now, so I should be able to do more. --PirateIzzy (talk) 02:07, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

"What happens if the changes on the skill are condensed to a sentence or two? A different way has to be tackled. This is the first time that this has been implemented in the finalized version." To answer this, I usually add it into the header using the hover-over explanation. For example, what you did with the skill Dash for Pirates. --PirateIzzy (talk) 02:56, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

  • The reason why I preserve the sentences is that I don't want risk changing it through stripping, saying as a person who didn't play the game.
  • There are still variables that have ridged and tricky to handle, and that's why I focus only on the easier entries, and take a chance when I find a solution to resolve those nuances with these ideas: 1) hover-on explanations, and 2) sentence preservation.
  • Regarding the sentence preservation idea, I did pre-work while the tweaking period in User:RAP/Sandbox/4/B, the "Blast Back" entry is the first time I attempted to tackle a sentence-oriented variable changes. I was going to plug all of my work (with a revamp of course) in the finalization stage but found out that the Pirate skills page might be revamped completely according to Template:MapleStory/REDJobs/Jobs template that you showed it to me.
--RAP (talk) 03:40, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Well, Pirates didn't receive huge changes compared to Warriors (as you may have noticed), Magicians, and Bowmen. Here is the extraction of skill changes from Southperry.net. --PirateIzzy (talk) 04:12, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

LEGO adventure ports[edit]

I think all of the LEGO adventure games are exactly the same across game consoles, aside from minor differences like achievements. I assume hand held console ports are different, but these days the hardware is good enough that they could do rough exact ports, so that has to be identified on a case-by-case basis, unfortunately. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 17:10, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Replacing non-animated GIFs with PNGs[edit]

With the latest update that somehow renders GIF files to not display the images and animation properly when cropped, it brings me an opportunity to convert them into PNGs (with equipped compression, and necessary editing to reduce filesize). Well, after a bit of workflow tweaking and testing. I decided that in the future, the files (images) that I will upload that is not a replacement of a GIF with a PNG will have a unique description only, and not just the rest of the upload types I've done. It would've taken far too long to compress and think up a description. Additionally, I'm just going to change the filetype name, not the filename; that took too long as well; althrough, there are certain filenames that may subject to be renamed if the gamename is too obscure or if the subject of the image doesn't match up to the name. --RAP (talk) 07:07, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Broken GIF thumbnail issue[edit]

This is the issue already brought up on Prod's page and Staff Lounge. However, it is related to the below issues. Here is a great example, as well as a bug that fixes the problem (very odd). In this diff all of the GIFs work. However, go back to the previous revision, and the normal thumbnails do not appear (even though they did not have the word thumb in their code). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 00:37, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

@Notmyhandle (talk · contribs): The wiki doesn't seem to like rendering GIFs in a smaller dimension size (or perhaps some of them), as I recall from scanning the file list of .GIF files as I uploaded new PNG versions of the image files. I'm not knowledgeable of the insides of the wiki functionings to figure out what triggered the GIF-oddity scenario. Just a thought: Do they still render the GIFs smaller properly if another one is uploaded after the scenario was triggered? Can that suggestion be tested? --RAP (talk) 09:51, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
The issue is related to database and thumbnail file caching corruption. Essentially, the wiki is likely making thumbnails but not linking them properly. There's nothing you and I can do about it, though, except not use resized GIFs anymore. Prod will continue to look into the issue, but it is very odd, which is unfortunate. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:18, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Replacing PNGs with more compressed PNGs[edit]

I don't understand why you uploaded replacement .png files for the Donkey Kong version screenshots when there was nothing wrong with them. Also, you did not complete the process, which was a mess. I know you're trying to be helpful, but byte saving techniques do not need to be applied retroactively. That's one reason Procyon or Prod haven't used their bots to change all Image->File for us. I do that to help teach people that Image is deprecated. The bonus is that it is byte saving. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 20:20, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Also, you did not add Category:Donkey Kong images to the new images. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 20:20, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
I added the category where missing. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 20:26, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Hi RAP. I do have to ask you to stop replacing currently good pngs with compressed pngs. You're actually adding to our database size. When you replace an image, the old ones don't get removed from our image database. Even deleting them from the wiki doesn't necessarily remove them from the database. So replacing good pngs with compress pngs is giving us more to backup than necessary (and it's already a painfully slow process.) For the time being stick with "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Thanks. Procyon 04:49, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
@Procyon (talk · contribs): Before responding, I would like to say that the new msg notification might've been too subtle for me to notice uploading those imgs.
Ontopic: Really? That is very unfortunate. The previous wiki (MarioWiki) didn't mind my actions (and such actions influenced others to do so as well). Although, I do have to say, there are some compressed PNGs that I uploaded that have a larger size difference due to color cleanup, RGB to index colors, or reducing color palettes (and still maintain the same image), such as: File:PM_flyer_artwork.png, File:PM_new_artwork.png, and File:PM_Maze_Diagram.png.
With this notion in place on me (and future others), does this suggest that all future PNGs should be compressed to the max before uploading to the wiki so no other versions that are more compressed than the previous version will be uploaded unless it has a significant change in terms of content, not just the image (like a new version of the icon changed from beta as the final version theoretically). I'm sensitive to how images are not compressed at all despite using a fiber-optic connection (which I'm lagging right now), and I find it equally glum on unnecessary bandwidth being downloaded on a bulky uncompressed image during normal browsing. --RAP (talk) 05:20, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I suppose we can reach a compromise; if you can reduce the size of an existing file by close to 50% or more, then uploading a compressed version is acceptable. On the other hand, if you're only going from, say, 3KB to 2KB, the cons will outweigh the pros for us. Obviously, if a PNG can be uploaded compressed the first time, that would be great, but it's not a requirement (as few if any people will know to follow it. I try, but sometimes I don't bother when I'm importing.) I would assume that Mariowiki's image database is nowhere near the size of ours so the effect your improvements were having on the size of their database was negligible. We're extremely image intense, and easily over several GB already. Procyon 15:42, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
@Procyon (talk · contribs): MarioWiki's? As in StrategyWiki is smaller than their's? Yeah. Or as in bigger than their's? From my experiences managing and uploading the files back in that wiki: in terms of file sizes all combined, not the quantity of files, even with their 10MB file upload limit, with artwork, audio, and video being the heavy hitters; not to imagine the revision uploads! Although saying that, I might have to check the whole StrategyWiki database since both wikis publicly do not have statistics on how large they are in terms of the amount of files altogether. Speaking of large images, I find it interesting that there are very large images that are abnormal to what I expected during my adventures of converting GIF into PNG (and adding the missing categories along the way), with the largest file being around 30MB. I expected them to be small due to the wiki's direction of being a strategy guide/walkthrough/help wiki, and not necessarily an file repository. Anyway, 50%+ compression of PNG files it is! --RAP (talk) 18:45, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Old image files use-linking problem[edit]

@Notmyhandle (talk · contribs): Is it me, or is that despite applying the edit on Template:Secret of Mana/Enemy that changes from GIF to PNG so that the GIF versions will be deleted, the wiki still thinks that File:SOM_Dark_Funk.gif is still used, and not File:SOM_Dark_Funk.png? I tried purging with "?action=purge" and "?action=purge", but no dice. --RAP (talk) 21:13, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

When I replaced the images on Castlevania: Circle of the Moon/Cards, the same thing happened. After template changes are made, our job queue, which can no longer be viewed, goes way up. Jobs get completed whenever a page is loaded. But I haven't seen any major edits today. Prod (talk · contribs), please take a look. If it is still like this in 24 hours I assume it is a bug. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 21:45, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Just to be clear, the issue can only be seen when going to an old file - it will still say that the page is pointing to it. The new file that is being loaded will show, on its file page, that no pages are linking to it. E.g. File:Castlevania CotM Card Mercury.png is loaded by the page, but doesn't show a link to it. The old file has been deleted. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 21:54, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

@Notmyhandle (talk · contribs): 24 hours later, and unfortunately it's not fixed by itself. Curious thing: While working on EarthBound stuff, the same situation happened with this image (GIF, PNG); interesting thing, I made the following edits containing this image directly: EarthBound/Table of Contents, EarthBound/NPCs, and EarthBound/Ness. As a result, the wiki will finally recognize something has changed and remove the links from the GIF version and transfer it to the PNG version. The odd thing is that because the image used in a template (Table of Contents) that is used in most of the pages, the wiki will not recognize it in the rest of the pages that has image because it passively renders the template, and will not properly correct itself.

So the weird way to fix it is to made an edit on a page that contains that linked image for the change to occur. Edits that indirectly change the images (like a template instead of a game page) do not seem to be detected. That doesn't seem right, we're supposed to be informed if we can delete the unused images properly in a timely manner, or confirm that the images should be deleted after being replaced by another image. --RAP (talk) 23:18, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Clone image categories[edit]

Hi RAP. Before I answer your question, I really want to thank you very much for taking on the task of converting those images and reuploading them. I appreciate that tremendously. It's actions like that that have made me consider you for nomination for administrator. You raise a very good question. I would say that if a screenshot of a clone only appears in the originating games guide, they should be categorized under the name of the game guide they appear in. Ultimately, if a clone or derivative work gets its own guide, the image itself can be re-categorized from one game to another. The game image categories are largely to make sure that no image goes uncategorized, and to make it easier to find similar images, since wading through the Screenshots category can be quite painful, especially if the filename starts with a letter near the end of the alphabet. Procyon 17:25, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Effort vs. Payoff[edit]

Hi RAP. I just wanted to chime in and make sure you understood where NMH was coming from. We do appreciate all the efforts you make to try and fix they site. Sometimes your concerns align well with the staff's concerns, and other times they don't. That doesn't mean you have to stop when they don't align well, but it can cause the staff to worry when a lot of changes are happening very quickly and it becomes hard to manage them all. You're rather efficient at what you do, so you tend to create a lot of edits to patrol in a short period of time. I certainly appreciate your focus on bandwidth, but the ratio of the amount of effort you're putting in to saving the user on bandwidth versus the ultimate amount you're saving them is unfortunately very small. The ads alone dwarf the content on even our biggest pages. On the flip side, helping out with presentation, and especially adding new content, is a change that both the users and the staff can identify very quickly, and will be much more immediately appreciated. Keep up the great work. Procyon 14:44, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Welcome back[edit]

Hi RAP, welcome back. No, unfortunately there hasn't been any update concerning broken GIFs, although I thought I recall Prod (talk · contribs) telling me that they were supposed to have improved. Ironically, I went to look at Astro Warrior and did not observe any broken GIFs, so it's concerning that the problem may differ from client to client. Which web-browser are/were you using? And no, there haven't really been any significant discussions on SW, at least none on the scale of the whole SMB2 issue. It's been a relatively quiet summer. I am personally on a mission to put a skeleton guide in for Youkai Watch because I think that game is going to be huge once it gets released in English, and I want SW to be at the top of the Google searches. Feel free to help out if you're interested. Procyon 22:03, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Procyon (talk · contribs), I use Google Chrome, which autoupdates to the latest version...which incidentally, the formatting and text font is altered up a couple of days ago. I suspect it's the program's fault because I used the same browser in another computer outside my home and some of the pages were unintentionally italicized...what; I'm gonna have to switch back to Firefox if I can't find a fix, it's making this text look somewhat larger than normal, the text is subtly puffed up, and I thought the computer was screwed up. Apparently the browser had updates when it comes to DPL rendering or DirectWrite, or both from skimming the forums, which resulted in mixed reactions. Speaking of browsers, the Whale skin I'm currently using, the black nagivation section looks odd. Not only using Google Chrome, I replicated it with Firefox 29.0.1.
Bringing up about skins, are you still keeping compatibility with all the 4 currently installed skins? I'm not sure if I asked this or not, but I'm curious about it because there's a minority that uses the previous skins compared to the now default skin that includes me, still using the Whale skin. I made sure that my edits were compatible with all 4 of them (with such limitations I have to work around) when I found out some time ago, but haven't asked this to you before. --RAP (talk) 17:50, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
The GIF problem I'm hoping is fixed when we update our OS, which was stalled due to some library issue I was having. That's now been resolved, so I'll be working through the update soon. The primary skin is the updated Dolphin skin, so that's our only officially supported skin (since 99% of users use it). The other skins that are available are there in case people want some options. Monobook and Vector will continue to be supported as long as MediaWiki supports them, though people don't report bugs with them as much. -- Prod (talk) 00:51, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
After much hesitation I finally switched to re-formatting everything I come across in Dolphin. So, please join the rest of us in doing so, too. It's good to see you back, RAP. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 04:14, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), it will take a while before I decide to switch to the latest skin after several stares, looks, and performing functions of the UI; attempt for transition is hindered by being occupied in education. Curious (and as a chance to convince me to hasten the switch faster), what encouraged you to switch from Monobook to Dolphin (the latest skin)? How long did you use the old skin before finally moving on? --RAP (talk) 05:18, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Before Monobook, we had a really awesome custom skin that got me first attached to StrategyWiki. It was called BlueCloud. Then I made a personal mod for BlueCloud that was themed red. BlueCloud was abandoned after ~4 years of use. So ~2 years ago Dolphin arrived. At this point I had switched to Monobook and was not impressed by Dolphin. However, since Dolphin has stuck, I primarily made the change because 1) we had formatting conflicts between Dolphin and Monobook, and Dolphin is priority since it is what default viewers will see and 2) page width is significantly restricted in Dolphin and text cannot go off to the right of the screen infinitely. This means that tables have to be formatted to be constricted, or separated into multiple tables. So, we end up with completely different content with Dolphin and its not something I want to fight since it is our permanent public/default skin. Monobook is great for Wikipedia, but no longer for StrategyWiki. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 14:41, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Just to provide a little more background, we did have Blue Cloud for a long time to set us apart from all the other wikis which sprouted around the same time, using the same skin as Wikipedia. It was a nice way to look different without changing all that much. Then we introduced what was considered Dolphin 1.0, which is now Whale, as a way to liven things up a lot, give us a fresher, more up-to-date look, and address some issues we were having with space. Around the same time, the idea for the Auto-toc that appears on the lower left portion of the current skin was dreamed up, but it took a lot longer to code and implement. When it was finally ready, we launched Dolphin 2.0, which took over the Dolphin skin name, and the original was reassigned to Whale. Dolphin 2.0 was set primarily up to incorporate the Auto-toc, which was designed to address difficulty that some people were having navigating our guides, but also to address monetization short-comings that our business partners wanted to address. Procyon 01:39, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
If you want to fix a broken gif, replace it with a png and use {{delete}} on the gif. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 17:37, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), switched to the latest skin, quite an eye opener when it comes to compatibility and formatting...it will take a while though. You certain? The wait is too long? The broken GIFs thing are not going to be fixed at all? Procyon (talk · contribs) said that there are no broken GIFs in Astro Warrior and may be misinterpreted as me wasting time replacing images again. --RAP (talk) 23:04, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
File:AstroWarrior startscreen.gif is broken to me on Astro Warrior. I'm using Google Chrome/Dolphin. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 00:31, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Hmm...I'm gonna see what I'm going to do Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), starting up the replace-a-thon of GIFs that look broken when thumbnailed. I'm going to be busy the weekend after this day unfortunately; next week. --RAP (talk) 00:53, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

It's funny, when I looked at that page in Firefox on my Mac at work, it looked fine, but when I looked at it tonight in Firefox on my Ubuntu laptop, it is indeed broken. We have been trying to find a "quick fix" for the broken GIF issue, but it has eluded us for a long time. Feel free to replace the broken GIFs with PNGs. Procyon 01:39, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

All caps[edit]

Please do not use all capitalized letters anywhere on this site. We use sentence case, so 'Note: sentence is the syntax we use (where sentence begins with a lower case letter). --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 16:36, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), would underlining be more acceptable? I would like to make bulletpoints that specifically call the user's attention on a particular entry with emphasis: like "Tip:" for giving the player info on how to effectively utilize this given tool, and "Caution:" for giving the player potential risks, and how to minimize risk as much as possible. --RAP (talk) 17:28, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
(Can of worms incoming) Well, we do not underline anything except headers. Underline has been excluded from StrategyWiki:Guide/Wiki markup. It's a style thing. However, I can see on Bomberman/How to play how it would be useful to separate, visually, the "Most valuable powerup!" type of comments from the "Tip" bullet points. However, those comments (e.g. "Most valuable powerup!") do not appear to need to be bolded at all (and thus should not be), so underline would not be helpful in this example. Unrelated, the value of those power-ups is subjective and up for scrutiny. An example would be better than such a simple statement. I would prefer to keep underline prohibited. Bold and the occasional italics is sufficient. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 17:36, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), regarding the subjective value of powerups, I was thinking of getting rid of those as well, but don't want to get rid of the personality of what Procyon wrote; it's also because I'm not sure how Procyon (talk · contribs) would react to my rewrites (due to Procyon being responsible for writing it), and haven't heard from the user, even though it is expected that anything can be mercilessly edited. I could just de-bold and de-exclaimation it and merge it to the other sentence in the same bulletpoint (or get rid of it entirely), thus giving the player relief from the text calling attention whether or not it is relevant to the player's interests. I'm not sure what I said covers everything...I could be missing something. --RAP (talk) 18:20, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
As long as the basic meaning is still there I'm sure his voice/tone/style can be altered. The point is to improve the content, not just change its form (style or word choice-wise). I do not think unbolding those statements changes anything other than reducing them to the same status as the other words in the sentence. I also suggest improving those statements with specifics. --Notmyhandle (talk contribs) 18:47, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
I don't feel incredibly strongly about it. I haven't agreed with every change RAP has made, but I have been supportive of most of them. With regard to the Bomberman power-ups, those "most valuable" statements were made an observation how well they increased your chances to survive. Although it wasn't intended to be subjective, it certainly does read that way. Feel free to alter them as long as they communicate the same degree of usefulness to the player. (Not sure why you linked to the history of an Adventure Island page instead of the Bomberman page in question?) Procyon 01:39, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Oh, Procyon (talk · contribs), I was working on both of those pages before I was called out by Notmyhandle (talk · contribs), and somehow plugged that link here instead of the other link when being called (and made tweaks based on NMH's feedback). Both of them were written by you before. --RAP (talk) 01:52, 12 September 2014 (UTC)