Thanks for creating the page for the new XCOM game and adding news about it on the mainpage. Good work. I was worried for a moment when I saw 2kMarin's site taken down, but it will turn out right by the looks of it.
No problem. I saw there was a planned annoucement for today so when I checked the news this morning I knew we should get something up quick as this is likely to stir up a new wave traffic for the wiki. Any idea how you want to go about canniblizing the old "XCOM" pages/categories to fit with the game's new title?
Great work on the wiki on the past few weeks Monkeybite. You keep this place going, thanks for that. You've made a good start and are on the right track with renaming some pages to the new game. We don't have that many XCOM pages; once we get more information about the new game it shouldn't be too hard making disambiguations if it should be needed.
Thanks. Hopefully as more news trickles in about The Bureau (or even the long rumored Enemy Unknown expansion) we'll see some more activity on the wiki. From the few articles I've read about the new game it looks like we're going to need disambiguation pages for Sectoids and Mutons; which I'm tempted to put together soon to get a head start on redirecting the links from dozens of Enemy Unknown specific pages that reference those aliens.
We haven't had much wiki activity on The Bureau, though admittedly I haven't seen much new information about the game released yet; a few new gameplay videos and a couple more teasers but not anything really in depth about mechanics, characters or enemies. Still from what I've gleaned I'm thinking there might be enough to start putting up some framework that we can start filling in (that and I still need to create a few disambiguation pages).
Sure, let's make a start with that. See what new information will come the next few weeks. I just changed the Muton XCOM: EU and its disamb. page. It's better to move the old page, that way the history comes along with it.
Hola Monkeybite! I'm excited to tell you that 2K would like to work with this Wiki in order to promote the game The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. They want to do this by running two different quizzes on this wiki.
Quiz 1 - Quiz 1 will be a personality quiz where people will be paired with a secret agent from the following secret agents (Solid Snake, Sam Fisher, The Spy (Team Fortress 2), Agent 47, and the XCOM Agent) based on their answers. It will be very similar to the quiz currently featured here.
Quiz 2 - Quiz 2 is more of a yes/no trivia-based quiz. It will based on historical events from the 1960s and 1970s. It will be similar to the quiz currently featured here.
Basically, from you/the other admins (whom I will be reaching out to) I need to know is it allowed to post these quizzes on here - and if you have any questions that you'd like to submit for either of these quizzes.
Been thinking about that a bit lately. I was originally thinking we might need to break off the DLC link into its own navigation tab under the main Enemy Unknown one but given how much content Enemy Within is adding, it might warrant tab by itself. It's something I'll have to discuss with the other admins first though as we'll need to consolidate some of the other tabs to make room.
Just wanted to let you and the other XCOM Admins know that we're doing an interview next week with the lead designer on Enemy Within, so if you guys or anyone else on the XCOM Wiki have any questions, please post them here, and we'll make sure to ask them for you.
Works for me. As for relating to Weapon Platforms, do you mean for the Foundry Upgrades that also boost S.H.I.V.s? I don't see any particular reason for a special category designation in that regard. If you mean linking in general, just direct them to the base S.H.I.V. page for now.
Enemy Within is technically an expansion (despite the slightly different treatments on PC and consoles) so I'm going to say it's best we stick with Enemy Unknown categories where they exhisit but also tag new content that can only be found in the expansion with the XCOM: Enemy Within category.
I was thinking of making a color template for Meld, as we already have for Power and Credits. I like the idea but am slightly concerned about having a rainbow of text in articles, since that would make five potential colors including the standard text and links. (Although I doubt many articles would make use of all five at once.) Any thoughts about that?
I also wanted to discuss the "Added by:" that is included when "thumb" is used to add a caption to an image. Many of the larger wikis such as Fallout an Elder Scrolls disable that feature, as it is somewhat odd to place emphasis on an individual contributor in the mainspace, not to mention unnecessary since that info is already displayed when clicking on the pic. Personally, I've avoided adding captions because I find it inappropriate to have my username/image appear in an article, especially multiple times. Disabling it simply requires adding a line to the MediaWiki:Wikia.css, and I was wondering how you and Jspoelstra feel about that.
I had actually wanted to do that for Meld when Enemy Within launched but wasn't sure how to go about it; I mean ideally we'd actually be able to use the Meld symbol in the appropriate orange color (kind of like the Credit symbol) but if we can't find that I think a standardized color template is the best option. I say go for it and we can judge the rainbow effect afterwards.
I'm completely for dropping the "Added by:" for picture thumbnails. As you say that information is completely nonrelevant to any article and is a distracting; honestly, avoiding their presence is the main reasons I directly code the image size on most of the wiki's images. I'm giving a tentative go ahead unless Jspoelstra offers any objections.
For the Meld symbol we'd probably have to use an image file. I doubt that it is a standard ASCII or Unicode character like the symbol for Credits. It's definitely doable, but I have a feeling it might result in abnormal spacing between lines when inserted in a paragraph, or having such a small image might make it unclear. But I can give it a shot and try in out in a sandbox. Otherwise, the text color is approximately Meld based on my screenshots, although the symbol itself is a lighter and more yellow-ish color. I'm not sure if its the same for you on XBOX.
For the "added by", I found two slightly different methods in Wikia's community forums:
Both seem to have worked for other wikis and contain the same core, but I'm not sure which one we should use. I hope that either you or Jspoelstra are more familiar with CSS than I am. Here are the links: 1 and 2
I put together a test template and used it in my sandbox, located here. It seems alright to me, but please take a look and let me know if you'd like me to tweak anything before I move it to Template:Meld.
Hey good job finding the Meld icon! As for the template, I'm thinking it might be too much to have both the symbol and the word Meld; I'd probably drop the word for some consistancy with Credits when showing costs. Also I think the orange/yellow hue could be adjusted slightly to better match the icon. Of course if we're going to have just the symbol representing Meld, I guess we better add a (larger) version of icon the to the Meld and Enemy Within pages for reference; do think you could dig up the recovered Meld image from the debriefings (the one with an image of the canister and the Meld icon)?
As for dropping the "added by", I'm not terribly familair with CSS but reading from the links, I think the first one is the one we should try. Also sounds like their might be some internet cache clearing involved to verify the change worked.
It's been interesting to work on this - what I thought would be difficult, getting the image perfectly in-line with the text and the right size so that it doesn't modify the spacing between lines of text in a paragraph ended up being the easy part.
When I zoom in on the image, its actually made up of at least two dozen different shades of that color. I didn't have much luck using RGB codes to get a match, so I'm using HSVA codes instead.
If you'd like to give it a try, the first two values in the color code are pretty consistent, they vary by +/- 1 when I select different areas of the image, and the last value is always the same. It's the third number that varies greatly (between 40 and 90 depending on which pixel I select), and likely needs the adjustment. I can see that it's slightly off, but I'm not sure that my eyes are good enough to tell when it's just right. The template is here.
No problem to remove the word Meld, that was an oversight on my part. And I'm sure I have a screenshot of the other image already, I'll find and upload it tomorrow.
The template and documentation are done, and I'll start implementing it soon. I've uploaded the larger Meld symbol as previously discussed. I wasn't sure if you wanted just the symbol or the full recovery image, so I uploaded both. Feel free to delete one if you'd like.
Hey there Monkeybite, my name is Doug and I'm a member of Wikia's Community Development Team. We've got an exciting opportunity to conduct an interview with the one and only Sid Meier! We're reaching out to various users on our network to pitch in questions! If you're interested in chiming in some questions, feel free to stop by the Sid Meier Interview Outreach Blog on the Ace Patrol Wikia.
Thanks so much TheBlueRogue •(profile)•(talk)•(firstname.lastname@example.org) 19:44, March 7, 2014 (UTC)