Hey Qedsa40, great to be hearing from you again. That depends on which category and on which page. Some categories are added by templates so they may not be removable. Could you provide a link to the page as well as tell me which category you want removed?
Both their factions are labelled wrongly according to their card.
Anyway, I really like love this game so much and was quite sad when it had to shut down. I mentioned in my blog that I more or less found a replacement to this game where it's an actual TCG with actual transforming characters! Speaking of this wiki, I even have it added as my favourite community, showing how loyal I am to it. Anyway, I have noticed that some pages either missing their images and (on my fault) had low resolution so sorry about that. I still had the game in my library thankfully and am wondering if I can extract some files with some third party programs to add better quality images.
Okay, so those categories are added based on the value specified in the template. As you noted, the template has been given the wrong value which is why they are in the wrong category. To fix it, you can edit the page by clicking the edit button at the top-right of the page. When you do this, you should see a bunch of form fields. Change the one labeled "Faction" to the correct value and the category should be automatically changed. In the section lebeled "Free text", you will see the wikitext corresponding to the categories that were added manually. Remove the "[[Category:Decepticons]]" that was added when you added the category using the "Add category" button on the page.
I really liked the game too. But as I said in my reply to your blog, I am not interested in dishing out money for TCGs at this time. I don't know if you will be able to extract the images or not. It depends on whether or not they were stored server-side. I am guessing they were because it would have required a lot of storage space to keep them on a mobile device. However, you are free to try. Casualkirk and I took screen shots of every card in the cyberdex before the game was shutdown. However, I have weapons only and Casualkirk has been busy with other things for some time now.
That is great. However, we are currently in the process of setting up a better way of doing it. So, for now, the cyberdex isn't ready to be updated. If you would like to know more about the changes we are making (or even why we are making them), I can tell you.
I don't want to offend you or anything but since you are relatively new to the wiki, I just want to make sure we are on the same page. Per Casualkirk's comment on your wall, I suggest you view the Manual of Style if you have not already done so. This provides a standard naming scheme for card images meant for use on card pages. Card name conflicts are a fairly recent occurrence so we are still working on sorting that out with regards to image names. The cyberdex has yet to be standardized so, naturally, we are still working that out as well.
Having a standard naming scheme is important because it makes managing the 5000+ images much easier. This is particularly important since the close of the game. We want to be able to return to this site at any time in the future without needing to re-sort through a tangled mess of pages and files.
I you would like to know anything more about current or in progress standards for this wiki, let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions, please share them.
I took a quick look at the achievements settings and still cannot figure everything out. However, I did find out that we have been "cheated". Apparently, an achievements track for characters was created but never enabled. I estimate that our scores would have been somewhere between 500 and 1000 points higher with that track enabled. We could enable it now but badges are not awarded retroactively.
As for the weapons track, I still haven't figured out what the deal is.
I have thought about this some more and have come to a disturbing conclusion. It appears that achievements do not look at edits made to subcategories. Since we restructured the categories so that pages are no longer added directly to Category:Characters and Category:Weapons, the achievments are no longer counting edits on card pages. I have asked on Community Central how one might work around this issue. Hopefully there is a work-around.
Wow! Posting the response above gave me the 76,000th edit. Talk about lucky.
That is good system. Then you get your edit in at the start of the UTC day.
When did this happen? I used that button just a day or two ago.
I tried looking around and couldn't find anything obvious that would cause the formedit issue. I checked my own edit history and used it on the 12th. When was the last time it worked for you? I will go on Community Central and see if I can find something about this.
I have viewed the form using my PC. I think whatever they did made the input fields larger. It appears that the input text has a lot more white space around it. The dropdown lists are the most obvious but I think the text boxes also get larger. The text font might have changed as well but I'm not sure.
Yeah, don't feel bad. I inadvertently missed a day with more than 200-odd days towards the 365 day Wiki Hero badge. I don't think I could have maintained a daily pattern for much longer. Anyway, will be doing a burst of updates for the last 2 events probably on Monday.
I figured as much (with regards to trying to keep up). They really should have built-in some leniency policy. Something like, 1 slip allowed every 2 months. Oh well. You are still doing better than I am.
Well, I was in the middle of doing some important real-life work. I did the math and, believe it or not, revising the cyberdex still has more than enough edits (the characters have 330+ pages alone of which I have created < 100). I am not sure if that is good (because I can still get the badge) or bad (because that means there is still a lot of editing to do).
I would say grossly difficult. The requirement for getting it is perfectly clear. I appreciate the sentiment though. What is unfair (but hasn't happened in a while) is when Wikia's servers are down for > 24 hours; forcing everyone's counters to reset.
Hey guys. I am setting this up because I have had a recent look at the stats for this wiki. Unfortunately, despite having over 24,000,000 registered users, only 26 (including us) have been active in the last month. I don't know about the two of you, but that is really discouraging for me. I would guess most of the traffic went to the Facebook groups. I understand that the game is on its way out, but there are definitely more than 26 people still playing (and new people joining).
As we all know, Casualkirk and I put significant effort into maintaining the content portion of the wiki. Often, it is just the two of us. While I do like the wiki, I think we must determine where to "draw the line". Is 23 other users significant enough; considering most of them only use the forums? I am not suggesting that we close or abandon the wiki. However, there comes a point where the effort is simply wasted.
Should we engage the other users on this issue? Perhaps they could provide some help on figuring out how to get more traffic.
Another thing to consider is that some people choose to use this wiki anonymously. I can understand why they may choose to do so (as I did in the beginning). However, this type of activity is not as well tracked by Wikia. If we could get these users to register, it would give us a more complete picture of what we are dealing with (good or bad).
Comments, suggestions, opinions?
I don't know what is going on with the statistics page but now is says 7,000,000 registered users. Seems more reasonable but still pretty high.
Do we see what the number of unique views are? I imagine only a small percentage of users visiting the wiki for information are going to take the trouble to register an account. I didn't do so until I had updates to contribute, and also, to join the chat.
OK, I interpreted that as unregistered users who make changes without an account, and get identified simply as an IP address. But I was referring to users who are just visiting in "read mode", who I think of as the target audience of these pages.
Well, to your other points, wanting some kind of confirmation that your efforts are worthwhile, and reaching everyone that could benefit from them is totally understandable. I also record a weekly gaming podcast, and can relate to trying to build an audience.
The declining participation here is likely a reflection of the overall diminished player population. Even on the Facebook fan pages, you don't see the number of updates you used to. So I'm not sure that a "pledge drive" would net any positive results. Plus, it takes a bit of extra effort to want to sign up and add content, and I think the majority of visitors just aren't going to do that.
Personally, I first found this wiki when trying to figure out which of my cards were worth upgrading, and then noticed I had some cards that were missing, and so that's when I decided to register and start adding data.
I guess I gain enough satisfaction from making the data available to the players that remain. If the game is on it's way out, at least we've done our best to keep a record of what it was.
I suppose it couldn't hurt to "advertise" here and there to the Facebook groups, there's always someone who doesn't know this wiki exists.
I see your point and for the longest time would have agreed whole heartedly. But the fact I am really stuck on right now is that, from the available stats, we only have 26 trackable users while the game still has thousands. Those numbers seem to reduce the significance of the wiki to that of a high school class project. Then again, the key word being "trackable".
When I say it would be nice to have more users, I don't necessarily mean editors. It has mostly been the case that editors make a small portion of this wiki's user base.
I have been "advertising" the wiki from time to time during team events. People will respond to ally requests but not noticeably to the wiki.
I apologize for showing up late to the party. I haven't been around much since the TF:Rising rollout, largely due to my organizing work with that community (which is all FB-based) and the contacts I have within the game's development team, to whom I've been part of a group pitching ideas to them for improving the game.
I can totally understand the frustration that brings this commentary up. I think there are three reasons this is happening:
1. TFLU - now TFGU - makes it their mission to draw people to their site at all times. They have constantly and consistently advertised.
2. There are now multiple other TF-based games to play. There's Rising, Battle Tactics, and there is a new Chinese game (I believe called Frontiers) that was just released. The Wikia is really explicitly for TFL, and, thus, can be viewed as not supporting the other games.
3. TFL is largely viewed as a dying game, given the months and months of reruns and the loss of players to other games.
I feel confident in leaving the decision on what to do with this site up to you guys, as you're the ones keeping it alive right now.
As I am sure you already read, the biggest issue is that we do not have the entire picture. The stats available to us only track registered editing users so there is no way to tell how many anonymous users and/or read-only users there are. I understand that the game is dying and that is going to decrease traffic. However, my point is that the game is still popular enough to expect more than 30 participants.
As for the narrow focus of this wiki, I have looked around briefly at other wikis. I have found a few generic Transformers wikis; none of which cover this game with the same level of detail. Most of them only briefly mention it as yet another product. I have not found another wiki focused on this game. Therefore, I am lead to believe that the narrow yet deep focus of this wiki is actually working in our favor. However, as is already clear, we are, in a sense, competing with the FB groups.
The search I mentioned above was a while ago so I just performed another one. One site I found was tfwiki.net which I did find the first time. This is an example of a site that is current but not detailed. As far as I can tell, they do not have a card database. Another site I found was transformerslegends.org. I did not see this one during the first search. This is an example of a somewhat detailed site that is no longer current. Their last post was over 1 year ago about Cyclonus (4) Weapon.
Good catches on the SSfDK page. It was a bit messy trying to organize it all. Funny how they originally explained that adding numbers to the cards were to help match character cards to their signature weapons. Apparently, the reward weapons are not giving the signature weapon bonus with the signed reward cards. Hope that gets patched.
Yeah, I was just talking with Irongrid82 about the signature weapon issue. Perhaps someone should submit a ticket to Mobage? You have a really good point about the numbers thing. The initial intent has been entirely destroyed at this point. Also there are several mistakes that Mobage seems reluctant to fix. Overall, the intent was good but they apparently don't have the commitment to stick with it. Something interesting about this event was that they actually advertises Prowl (10) as the Advanced Operations card yet he never showed up anywhere in the event.
I am not certain but here is what I think. That Scourge (3) you have is the one associated with the new missions. If I recall correctly, Brockrb mentioned to me that Mobage named it the same as a previous episode card. Naming conflicts occur from time to time because of the various naming schemes Mobage has switched between. Not all cards can easily be converted and some are forgotten. This makes it a nighmare to try and organize all the card pages.
Just wanted to let you know that I removed a certain thread you created a few hours ago. Mobage has been known to spy on forum threads in the past so not every topic can be discussed in a public place. If you have such questions, please find one of us in the chatroom.
Ah, I understand now. It was simply a matter of timing my friend. The post I made to you was on april 29th, that means I had already seen and removed that thread on April 29th and was just letting you know. The one you linked me to I posted on April 30th, that means I did not see that post till April 30th, by that time the deli 8 fiasco was already well known and didn't really matter that much anyway. So removing it was not totally necessary and probably would not have changed anything at that point.
I see that you've obtained the Dedicated badge for contributing 60 days in a row. I'm currently working on the same one and am wondering if there's one above that. Like how Dedicated (60 days) is above Devoted (30 days.)
Thank you very much. I would have gotten it months ago but every time I get close, I forget a day. 3 times, I think, I came within a couple of days of getting it but then forgot. So that means about 240 days of almost daily contributions.
Click here for a wikia about wikia badges. As you can see, there are badges above this one but, of course, they are harder to get. I wish there was some sort of allowance because it is so annoying to contribute 58 days and then blow it on the 59th. Anyways, just be careful you don't make the same mistake I did or a badge that should take 2 months to get might take 6. You may notice that the daily contributions is the only category with a platinum award. That is what I am ultimately shooting for. I also believe Roboteer-beginner was shooting for that as well but I am not sure if he still is.
By the way, I have been meaning to thank you for your contributions to this wikia. I noticed that you have taken over creating the card pages. I have a few comments regarding that so I was waiting to thank you once I had gathered all of the facts. I still haven't yet so I will only be brief right now. However, keep an eye out for a more lengthy discussion on that topic.
I don't know what you do or don't know but I am a college student in the United States of America. Since joining this wikia (in May), I took the lead in creating the card pages but, as the school year started (in September), course work took over my schedule. Since then, I believe there have been a couple of users who have taken on that responsibility temporarilly. I was hoping to pick it up again so I am hoping that you are willing to share. I noticed that you have had several conversations with Speedo978. While he/she has recently done some edits to card pages, he/she has mostly been involved with the cyber-dex pages.
An additional reason why I halted posting pictures was that a former conversation with him/her brought forward his/her opinion that the card images should not be the episode images. In other words, should have neither the multiplier nor the MTM stats on the image. If we are not adhereing to that anymore, images are another thing I wouldn't mind contributing once more.
There are also some standardization issues that need to be addressed but most of that would be between me and Speedo978 unless you want to get involved. Bottom line, I am looking to get re-involved with the card pages and hope that there are no hard feelings about that. Furthermore, there are some issues about those pages that need to be sorted out. It is not that you did something wrong, it is just that a decision was never reached regarding standards. I wish you good luck with getting the badge and ask that you keep an eye out for coming communications.
I actually made the mistake when going for the Devoted badge but that's because I didn't realize the days went from 5:00p-5:00p and not 12:00a-12:00a due to the time zone difference. I see that Roboteer has a badge for contributing for 200 days, so that's what I'm now going to go for. The Badge Wiki says that you can get a Hero badge for 365 days, but I don't know if that's going to be possible for me since my first kid is due this summer. (Bye bye spare time.)
I'm willing to help with the card creation pages since they appeal to the OCD part of me and the badges are a way of rewarding it. I'm also all for standards (again, the OCD in me) just let me know what they are when they've been decided.
Something I've done a few times is just logged in and added a page to a category. I've found that the cards with Episode or Evolve in the title usually need to be added to the corresponding category. While it can be done via your phone you have to load the site in desktop view to get the capability. I'll admit it's kind of a pain but I don't know if that's due to my old phone with a shitty network connection and it's kept my streak (I'm at 120) going when I haven't had time to do any real contributions.
Also, if you're missing it due to not having any updates to make I can share out my DropBox folder that I keep the card images in for each event. That way you can create the card pages as well. I don't want my commandeering of the card creation pages to impact anyone else contributing that wants to. I've found that doing one character/weapon page a day keeps me consistent along with creating the event pages.
No worries man. I'll let you know if/when needed. It is good to know that there won't be any hard feelings if I start making a comeback on card contributions. At the moment though, I don't think that will be the case. Perhaps later in the summer.