Hey Bert. I just saw the Help:Discussions FAQ page and I was wondering if I could ask some questions over on the community discord server? Namely related to scripting and some other stuff. If not possible on the community discord, I can ask on here. :)
That is a good point, although most of the users in the Discord server are the power users who would be more interested in these particular questions than others :p
Main questions are:
Will Discussions allow JS scripts, such as those that can be done in the current forums? This is a make-or-break for me: being able to extend the /d system with things like ArchiveBoards or ThreadIndicator would really help with improving /d for Desktop-based users, unless there's an intention to introduce these scripts as core features?
When will we see a better desktop skin for /d? It looks more like a mix of a facebook and twitter, too narrow. More use of the space and columns would be better, ideally a better "index page" should be presented to desktop users, rather than just a list of popular topics (important for Narutopedia, where "popular topics" on the forums are not necessarily ones we want users to just keep posting in).
Will /d include an ability to "highlight" important discussions in some way? One of the benefits of special:forum is that they're a drop-in replacement of wiki-style forums and have extra benefits (highlighting important discussions for others), but /d does not appear to have this functionality yet.
Is there any possibility of including wikitext? On Narutopedia, we regularly use wikitext for formatting, as well as transcluding notice templates that can be posted into threads (eg when people double post or pyramid quote) and not being able to use these features will severely hamper the moderators from doing their duty to the wiki.
Apologies to you for the delay in the response to these questions.
1. It's more likely that the common needs will be introduced as core features/settings/options in the future. These are two great examples and we want to hear more about what systems and customizations are most widely used in the current Forum. We'll also be looking at various ways that community-level customizations can be implemented. It's unlikely that the open JS paradigm from the wikis will be extended to Discussions pages.
2. As has been noted in an existing FAQ response, the desktop layout will continue to evolve. This may include both the placement and width of elements, and the initial filter/sort options are presented to users. We do plan to stick with the broader concept of presenting initial lists of posts right away, alongside the category filtering options. This gets users to content faster, as opposed to requiring them drill down through multiple levels of indexing first, as in the traditional forum structure. Category filtering is cookied so that returning users can quickly get to the content they are most interested in.
3. Highlighting is indeed an extremely useful features that was introduced with the Forum. We'll be introducing an updated Notifications system, and this will include highlight-type functionality that should be even more versatile than what we currently offer.
4. Currently there is no markup/code or rich text formatting of any kind, and there will be further development in that area. Many of the specifics are still to be determined, and it's helpful to know about the most common uses of wikitext and templates (beyond basic text formatting). Discussions is intentionally built separate from MediaWiki, so it's likely that some conventions and processes will have to change in any case. Coming at the wiki integration from the other direction — choosing where the specific touch points are — is much more optimal from a development standpoint. There will be fewer edge case bugs and we can be more clear about expected functionality.
Hello, my friend create a wikia that should not exist. As he says: ( http://elerio.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:87 ) Would you delete it? Also i don't know that you even have permissions so if not would you say who can delete it or inform people that would do it? Thanks for it.
I would like to know if there are any requirments for specific wikias to test the disccusions feature, I know it is still in testing stage but I think it would be nice to have it (or even test it) on the White Day Wiki, I realized that the forum feature is a bit harder to use for lazy users and on wikis with the discussion feature it is easier for them and lots of users use it due to it's portability, and since this is a horror game with lots of puzzles I suppose many users would like to inquire quick help.
Please let me know if its possible to have, thank you!