Recently on the South Park Archives wiki, I conducted a survey using Survey Monkey for editors and readers to take. Doing this brought fourth a lot of interesting data that the wiki administration could use to help better the experience for the community.
I asked simple questions at the start, and then allowed people to input their comments. Questions like "Is the wiki up to date with content", "Do you approve of the current administration" and the question that revealed the most information "What do you use South Park Archives for?"
This survey revealed lots of things from user suggestions regarding wiki features and articles. To direct feedback about the administration.
I believe this is a great way to address transparency of administration…
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We are all aware of the achievements. You know the badges you get for edits somewhat? It used to be in the wiki features. Now, you have to bribe-I mean ask Staff to enable them. So why should you or should you not use badges?
- Editor morale - Hence the name, achievements can give one a sense of achievement and a badge can show dedication hence improving the editor's morale.
- Improved community - If there's a reward, some may want to start editing and it might even be able to grow your wiki.
- Competition - As opposed to competing for who has the highest editcount, hence causing cheats by userpages, you can have competition for who's on the leaderboard and usually badges are given for mainspace edits.
- Cheating - Cheating for badges can be an issue …
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Hi, you're an admin on a wiki so you would be wondering what do I do about registration? Well, you can't control that. But here's a way that can make you feel like you can...sort of. It's when you enable the feature that requires all contributors to log in, preventing anonymous edits. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
- Possible way to prevent spam - Anonymous contributors are often associated with spam and vandalism. While this is not always true, some may still get a bit sceptical about anons. And if your wiki is one where a lot of anons do a lot of spam, that can be a way to cut down although it should be noted that registered users can spam as well.
- Keeping track of edits - Anons can change their IPs or use VPNs in thi…
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Hello. I was shown the new infobox categorization scheme on Starter and was horrified by what I saw. It makes me glad I am not creating a new wiki right now. I would not want to clean up the start wiki's mess right at the start.
The following categories are on WantedCategories on Starter.
- Category:Templates/Infobox (8 members)
- Category:Quests (2 members)
- Category:Locations (2 members)
- Category:Items (2 members)
- Category:Events (2 members)
- Category:Episodes (2 members)
- Category:Characters (2 members)
- Category:Books (2 members)
- Category:Albums (2 members)
- Category:Templates/Quote (1 member)
- Category:Templates/Navbox (1 member)
- Category:Policy (1 member)
- Why are category sub-pages being used to categorize anything?
- Why are inf…
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This blog is about a serious topic for admins. Explaining When and How to block a certain user or IP address, which can be crucially important in developing a wiki as one wrong move on blocking someone could be fatal. And ruin a wiki all together. Which is why i'm bringing this Admin topic up.
Administrators can block users and individual IP addresses from a wiki. Blocked users or those with blocked IP addresses will still be able to read the wiki, but will not be able to edit, upload files, add comments or chat. They may also not be able to use their message wall if the blocking admin chooses that option. Reasons to get blocked may be because of, Inappropriate language, Vandalism, Trolling, Sock-puppetry, Flaming, Edit warring, P…
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As the admin of a wiki and a writer of articles and lists, I am very aware of the image a wiki can get if their material is all copied and pasted from other sources. Fandom wikis may not be as tight with some rules, but there should be one at the top of every list of what a wiki is not, that wikis here are not thieves.
I have made it a point to import templates from Community Central to my wiki, and I would import anything else needed. You might wonder why I do not copy and paste. The reason is, I want to make sure the editors of those templates get the proper credit for their work on my wiki too.
I would do the same for anything else. If I find an article I want on my wiki, I will import it so the editors keep their credit.
As an editor, I wou…Read more >
Are you an admin on a wiki and come across recurring IP address vandals with slightly different addresses each time? There's a neat less-known type of block known as a Range Block. It is a powerful tool and can be used by any administrator on a wiki, only if the vandal's IP addresses are known. If misused it can wreak havoc on a wiki, so it should be used wisely after necessary checks have been made.
Let's say there's an IP address called 188.8.131.52 and they vandalise your wiki. So you revert their changes and block them, as usual. However, a few minutes later another IP vandal appears called 184.108.40.206 and they do similar vandalism as the first. You're almost certain they're the same individual since the behaviour and address is so s…
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A little while ago, it was announced that Achievements was being deprecated. Achievements will still be supported, but it will require intervention from Staff to install or uninstall, and development on it has stopped. We do not know for how long this extension will still be supported.
Reading between the lines, I think achievements will become officially unsupported at some point within a few years. This is a major issue. Many smaller wikis rely on achievements as an incentive to get new users and maintain them. That got me thinking: "if achievements is officially abandoned, what other means do we have to maintain a user population and gain new users?". Here are some ideas I've had to maintain a user population with achievements on its las…Read more >
If you see this, you probably have a wiki. You are unsure what to do.
To-Do lists can be useful for this, but what stuff to add to a Wiki to-do list?
- Add categories to uncategorized pages.
- Add missing info on pages.
- Removing outdated info and replacing it with in-date info.
- Check Special:WikiActivity (On the wiki you are admin of) every now and then.
- Browse through the history of recently edited pages (To check for users who have been acting up.)
- View the wiki's insights. This should let you know what you need to change and edit.
- If the wiki has a chat, you can moderate it. (Which brings me to our next list)
- Moderate the chat.... That's about all Chat Mods do.
To-Do lists can be useful if you are doing them right. Take this blog as a note, whether y…
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Just created a duplicate file on the Gate thus the jsdf fought there Wiki. I wrote the Admin thus:
Sorry for the duplicate pic http://gate-thus-the-jsdf-fought-there.wikia.com/wiki/Special:Images?file=Kuribayashi_fighting_the_monster_Kucy_in_Light_Novel_Volume_7_Chapter_1.png the same image was posted by Tomtheman99 with little info here http://gate-thus-the-jsdf-fought-there.wikia.com/wiki/File:047.jpg earlier. The new Wiki controls are a bitch! and I couldn't use the existing photo, nor coud I erase the duplicate (I hope one of you admins has full Beaurocrat powers to remove inappropriate articles and pics) so I used my download in a post.
By the way if you add a pic on the admin page you have more options and can add other Copyright opti…Read more >