Wiki Updates

A small amount of tidbits, seeing as nothing has been said about the wiki for a long time.

1. The main page of the wiki has been completely overhauled to both look better and be easier to navigate while containing more links to the rest of the wiki. The main page has been tested down to a resolution of 1024x768, and works flawlessly.

If you however happen to be running 800x600, I'm sorry to inform you that you're ten years late and need to get better hardware.

2. The wiki now supports videos (or more precisely embedded videos much like the forums).

3. And as those who have received my PM's know, I've conducted a small wiki-survey here at Diablofans during the last two weeks where I asked active members what they thought of our wiki. The results were as follows:


  • 20% do not use our wiki regularly
  • 53% uses mainly Arreat Summit however only 23% actually preferred Arreat.
  • Only 13% has ever made at least one edit, however as many as 60% said they would like to help out in one way or another. Call me a skeptic, but I doubt that figure. Feel free to call me on this one however, I could always use some help.

  • When asked what they would most like to see in the wiki, it's a close call between info about d3, d2, lore and builds/guides.

  • Several people said however that the design of the wiki needed to be improved. Which is precisely why the main page has now been redesigned.

4. In april, I reported that we had reached 1,000 articles. One would expect us to be closer to 2,000 by now, when in fact, during the last few months, we've only increased the article count by about a hundred. For those of you who are wondering why this is, the reason is two-fold.

First, most of the previous articles were not added by us here at Diablofans, but were instead copied mainly from Diablo Wikia. This basically had the effect of us becoming a clone of them which wasn't very good. Nothing has been copied from there in a while, and it's something I definately don't think we should do.

Second however, this is also in part because many articles have been combined for better and easier browsing, such as Unique Armor. Instead of 15 pages, we currently have one page with 15 armors on. While this doesn't increase the article count, it probably helps the wiki more by making it easier for you to browse and overlook our info.

5. We've also started to put guides into the wiki. Currently, the prime example is Seth's Energy Shield Lightning Sorceress, but I was hoping other people would like to contribute to this area as well. I've created the Savior for the specific purpose of showing how a guide can be structured, and I'm hoping it'll be of use to some of you.

Those are the wiki updates for now :)

Comments

  • #1 Zhar
    About the 60% wishing to help, I've already offered to help (check my last post in the set items page update thread), offer still stands if you need me for anything. You'd probably be suprised how many people here want to help, all we need is a little direction to get us started :D.

    I agree with the 15 armos on one page example though, I'd much prefer things to be found in the same place, instead of having them spread out just to get more articles.

    I could write out a fairly good wolf druid guide, if need be :D.
  • #2 Zhuge
    yea i could also help with some of the mod pages eastern sun and mxl
  • #3 DSquared82
    Yeah, I know I haven't contributed in forever, but I have certainly wanted to...just time constraints right now. I think I have a few monster pages that I was working on for the D2 bestiary, I just have to finish them. Anyways, thanks for the update.
  • #4 Zhuge
    heh it looks like the wp.gif on the main page needs some recoloring (from black to the bkground color)
  • #5 DSquared82
    Awesome job on the main page by the way! Looks really good and I like the layout.
  • #6 Zhuge
    same looks like a something out of indesign :P
  • #7 Lt._Venom
    I can help with item related articles as I noticed only a few sets had info. I don't know how to add the information though.
  • #8 Zhuge
    ah
    i think there needs to be a mini tutorial how to :P
    either in a vid or well a small wiki page
  • #9 Genesis
    That looks awesome. Now when I visit the front page I want to explore it with my mouse and click on lots of things ^_^
    Those guide pages look professional. I love that little Deckard Cain guide article message at the top too
  • #10 PhrozenDragon
    Quote from "Zhar" »

    I could write out a fairly good wolf druid guide, if need be :D.

    I certainly ain't holding you back. Go for it :)

    Quote from "zhuge" »
    heh it looks like the wp.gif on the main page needs some recoloring (from black to the bkground color)

    Yeah. I haven't been able to find the waypoint in the D2 files and extract it myself yet, so as of now that image will have to stay. I'm aware of it though.

    Quote from name="Lt Venom" »
    I can help with item related articles as I noticed only a few sets had info. I don't know how to add the information though.

    Quote from "zhuge" »

    i think there needs to be a mini tutorial how to :P
    either in a vid or well a small wiki page

    I suppose I do have to write an in-depth tutorial on how to edit things. I'll see what I can do.

    Quote from "Genesis" »

    Those guide pages look professional. I love that little Deckard Cain guide article message at the top too

    Courtesy of WoWwiki for the inspiration ^_^
  • #11 maximusje
    I would love to see someone actually play The Savior :).

    I had not responded to the wiki survey (no time, noticed it too late) but I don't use it that much and I only edit pages once in a while, usually to fix grammar errors ^^.
  • #12 Zhar
    Do we have to create another account for Wiki use ?
    Tried using my normal one, and it said it doesn't exist :/.
    Thought that all accounts on Dfans would work with the Dfans wiki..

    Ok... just created a user account for the wiki, off I go to edit ^^.
  • #13 PhrozenDragon
    Quote from "Zhar" »
    Do we have to create another account for Wiki use ?
    Tried using my normal one, and it said it doesn't exist :/.
    Thought that all accounts on Dfans would work with the Dfans wiki..

    Ok... just created a user account for the wiki, off I go to edit ^^.

    No, they're two different databases, even though they're hosted under the same domain name.
  • #14 Zhar
    Ok... just finished editing the werewolf druid page.
    I've still gotta format it and make it easier to read, sorry about not doing that, this is my first wiki page article, ever.
    Will do it later, or Phrozendragon if you've got any suggestions or tips they would be welcome :D.
    http://wiki.diablofans.com/index.php/Werewolf_Druid#First_and_foremost.2C_the_skills
  • #15 Zhuge
    heh i need to start editing the mod pages again (specifically eastern sun and median xl)
  • #16 PhrozenDragon
    Quote from "Zhar" »
    Ok... just finished editing the werewolf druid page.
    I've still gotta format it and make it easier to read, sorry about not doing that, this is my first wiki page article, ever.
    Will do it later, or Phrozendragon if you've got any suggestions or tips they would be welcome :D.
    http://wiki.diablofans.com/index.php/Werewolf_Druid#First_and_foremost.2C_the_skills

    Well I can't comment on the guide itself, since I'm not very knowledgeable in druid builds. However when it comes to formatting, you don't yet have any templates on your page. Which is understandeable, given that it's your first time. Basically if you look at mine and Seth's builds, you'll notice so called navboxes at the bottom of the page linking to other builds. Same goes for categories, those are missing as well.

    You're also missing the guide ownership template, if you wish to use it.

    I'm including instruction for all of this in the new tutorial. Hopefully it will be up sooner rather than late. I figure these are things people wouldn't know about when first editing a wiki. I know I didn't.
  • #17 Zhar
    Kk, will add those when I can.
    And also, how do I link specific words to other pages ?
    Never figured out how to do this :/.
  • #18 Glipkerio
    The Wiki Update looks fantastic! Great job!
  • #19 Zhuge
    zhar i can help with some stuff i did the median page mostly by my self (content wise) and did get some major help from phrozendragon
  • #20 Fidodo
    Keep in mind there are other better reasons to design sites to be resolution flexible than legacy monitor support. Alot of people browse not using full screen, so while their screen might be large enough, they might not be using it all for just the browser.
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