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May 2020

The Milk Moon (the first full moon of May) was beautiful in 2020. Even if you don't watch the moon, I hope you've at least gotten a glimpse of the night sky. When you're stuck inside, taking a just a look out the window can do wonders for your day.

  • This month's newsletter is going to focus on overall wiki quality. We are trying our best to pave the way for new things, but we can't do that until we fix what needs to be fixed! Thank you very much for your patience!


Quality.

If you have browsed the site for long enough, you will quickly learn which pages are of high quality and which ones aren't. As a wiki that sees several new pages in the span of even a week, quality monitoring is incredibly difficult for a handful of people to do. Just about everyone here has come across a grammatical error or a sentence that seems wonky or out-of-place. Please do not hesitate to edit these things! Even small edits add up over time.

Another thing is about low-quality pages. If you come across a page that seems nothing more than a skeleton of a superpower (with, like, one sentence in the capabilities section) and feel that you can improve it, please do so! Another editor may come along and consolidate your wording once you've finished elaborating on the power. After all, you can't edit what isn't there. While being concise is essential to some extent, you don't have to worry about using vivid descriptions in your edits.

A Word About the Undo Button

The "Undo" button is used to quickly revert one edit made by an editor. It restores the page to its prior form before the editor had even touched it. On Wikipedia, there is a rule that you may only perform 3 reverts on a given page in a 24 hour period. We're not going to enforce that, but we do request that users treat the undo button as a tool against vandalism and bad-faith edits, not a quick way to "fix" normal edits.

Instead of viewing the changes made by an editor and then instantly moving to undo them, try to re-read the page as a whole and then make changes accordingly, in a new edit, rather than simply hitting 'Undo.' If someone added a user that doesn't belong, don't hit Undo. Go into the list of known users and remove them manually. Liberal use of the undo button doesn't only leave editors feeling dejected, but also inhibits page growth.


Custom Namespaces

As of right now, we only use one namespace to handle anything with even a small semblance to superpowers (and the Superpower Wiki: namespace to handle every non-power article... like this one!) It has been brought to light months ago, by several users, that certain pages (specifically, the Archetypal Powers and Power Sources) do not belong on the same space as superpowers. For this reason, the administration has decided that the best course of action would be to move these powers to two different namespaces, titled "Archetypes" and "Traits" specifically.

This would differentiate "Archetypes" and "Traits" from other powers. The Traits namespace would house all pages that describe a superpower, such as Double-Edged Power,  Aversion, and Training Regimen while the Archetypes namespace would contain 'archetypes' (see Dark Lord). While this will likely stop traits and archetypes from appearing in "Random Page", it would be easy to add a button that fetches a random page from either namespace on the navigation bar.

Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone, and we (the administration) would like to open up this discussion to the entirety of the wiki before proceeding. Rest assured that we do have a vision for how these namespaces would integrate into our wiki and enhance user experience.

Namespace Consensus

While there is a poll, I would like to preface this by saying this is not a direct vote. Instead, this is simply to assess the climate about the introduction of this fairly major change. Voting on these polls are entirely optional.

Keep in mind that namespaces are a feature for organization. Content will not be mass-deleted off of the site.

How familiar are you with the term "namespace"?
 
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The poll was created at 21:30 on May 16, 2020, and so far 64 people voted.

How confident are you regarding the introduction of namespaces?
 
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The poll was created at 21:30 on May 16, 2020, and so far 47 people voted.

If you agree with the introduction of new namespaces, do you have suggestions on how they can be integrated?
 
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The poll was created at 21:36 on May 16, 2020, and so far 39 people voted.

If you did NOT agree with the introduction of namespaces, could you volunteer a reason? (You may also contact staff to voice your concerns in detail).
 
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The poll was created at 21:44 on May 16, 2020, and so far 35 people voted.

If you have any concerns that absolutely need to be voiced about namespaces, please contact me through either my talk page or Discord. I will likely forward your comment to the rest of the administration (unless you request that I don't) and will try my best to answer your questions.

Potentially Migrating to Message Walls

We are one of the few remaining wikis that still use User Talk pages. While this is nostalgic and preferred by quite a few users, Message Walls offer a chance to modernize our wiki a little more as well as organize communication between editors.

Do you want message walls?
 
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The poll was created at 21:44 on May 16, 2020, and so far 48 people voted.



Upcoming Changes

  • Wiki cleanup project...?
  • A way to easily communicate what you think about a page...?
  • Page organization...?
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