and I'm just wondering how do you get a wiki spotlighted? Because currently we have over 400 visitors a day and we just want to grow. We also just got added to the RPG gamesthing at the bottom of a wikia. Please answer.
I have looked at the Help:Building a community and have made a blog to promote my Wikia. I do not want to advertise on a different Wikia, in fear of being blocked. I have been welcoming to the few editors that are there. I want to apply for a Wikia Spotlight, but I do not fill the needs. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are blocked for me.
I can have thought of a theme for my Wikia yet. what else can I do.
Hello JoePlay, I'm an administrator for Transformers: Prime Wiki, I'm not sure if you remember this or not, but in case you don't, you helped us with colored admin, chat mod, and helper names. Well, after two years, it needs some updating. I Don't think it's fair for people who become admins to have to have green or yellow colors, I think they should pick whatever color they prefer. And I don't think chat mods should have colored names. And I don't want just a colored profile tab, I want message wall, blogs, and contributions tabs to be colored as well, the color the admin chooses. Look, I'm sorry about the trouble, really, but, if admins and regular users on forums, if you click a name in the forums, it goes to the user's message wall, and I want the other tabs colored so people will recognize admins on forums. You understand? Well, and special helpers having colored names, I don't like that idea either. I think only admins should have colored names. I'm sorry about the trouble, but it just needs updating. Oh and inactive admins having red colored names, if they're not active anymore than they shouldn't be colored. Sorry about the trouble, but do you think you can do that?
Taking a quick look, I see that the wiki does meet the best practices criteria. I'm currently helping Disney Channel Wiki, but I'm almost done there. Tomorrow I will add Ice Age Wiki to the approved list and contact you there to get started and ask for any additional info/details I'll need.
Hi Joe! We've talked briefly on the Peter Pan Wiki; um, just wondering, how long does it usually take for Wikia to be updated with changes? When I searched for Peter Pan, the introduction text has been updated, but the image is still not showing, so I'm curious if this is normal.
Also, I know it's a slightly different case from the Peter Pan Wiki, but is it possible for you to help make some changes on the Alice in Wonderland Wiki? I have written to three of the most recently logged-in admins, and with one of the replies I got the implication that the only reason they aren't making the changes I suggested themselves, was to keep the wiki open for adoption, for if any of them made the adjustment, people will have to wait another 60 days to be able to file the request. The founder even went to take down his bureaucrat and sysop rights. The whole conversation can be seen here (the proposal of adjustments) : Thread:841127. But like I said, even when I'm given the blessing to adopt the wiki, I don't think it's right for someone to adopt it without a true passion for it, so I'm hoping that since the founder, although now no longer having any rights, seems fine with the changes, can the staff do it? I also tried to start with the simple thing like replacing the wordmark, however, the wiki would not let me update the file; File:Wiki-wordmark.png this page is unlock but it says <Use Theme Designer to upload wordmark or wiki background> when I tried to update it, seems like regular users can't replace the file after all. I've updated the version on another image on the same wiki File:Alice in Wonderland Wiki.png. Hope it can be done! Thanks!
I reviewed the situation. Since you have no interest in adopting the community, and because I feel that the updates you're proposing (logo and navigation menu) are good improvements, I did as you asked and made the updates myself.
Thanks for taking the time to update the navigation and logo for that wiki!
The reason for the delayed respond is also because I want to ask about some other questions and wanted to thoroughly looked through what's been laid out on Help pages to avoid asking stuff that had already been addressed. I don't think I've found what I was looking for... so here I am!!
Is there some sort of Wikia official bot that will specifically take care of deleting duplicate or almost-but-not-exact images on wikis? I mean, I immediately thought about bots and I looked it up; I thought the sentence "Bots are most often used in short runs to make repetitive edits to many pages" kind of qualifies. If there is this hypothetical bot, where can I request for help of using it?
If there is no bot that functions as what is described above, is there a Wikia official position, like a Wikia-wide moderator, to manually handle this? If so, where is the place to send in requests?
If there is no such Wikia position as what is described above, and a wiki currently has no active admin, therefore having no one to change user rights, is there a page on Community Central to request a change of user rights on certain wikis? I'm not looking for becoming an administrator and/or bureaucrat, nor do I want to be in charge of the direction of an entire wiki (yes, I do know how to file for adoption but that's not what I'm looking for). On Help:User rights the moderator section, it only talks about chat moderator and for message wall or forum, but I've also seen on some wikis there's "Image Moderator"; is this a position open for requests?
I have read what's on Community Central:Community Development Team/Requests as it was the next thing I thought of after reading about bots; unfortunately, I'm not an admin, nor are the admins on the wikis I felt needing the image helps active. Is there a similar page for requests regarding to wikis in this situation?
In case specifics are needed... I'm asking all this stuff because of those two wikis:
The first one has 4,000+ images while the second one has 500+.
On the Oz Wiki, I know for certain I've seen some of the images being uploaded more than four times. There's also complication like sometimes it's a scan or a photo of an image so that they aren't the exact duplicate but you can still tell they are supposed to be the same image, just of different qualities. Those won't show up when using the special page searching for duplicate, but there's still the ones that will show up using this method. I thought about asking for VSTF, but I don't think those duplicate images are necessarily uploaded with spam intensions, just that those two wikis probably don't have a good catalog system for people to check what images have already been added short of going through the whole thing. Really hope there's a way to deal with this situation, because I think those two are great wikis with good materials, just that right now the amount of duplicate images is kind of spoiling them. (for me at least)
If nothing can be done, I still thank you for reading this!!
For questions 1 and 2, there is no bot or staff position specifically for handling duplicate images. That said, in reponse to questions 3 and 4, if there are no active admins and you want to do some clean-up, I would encourage you to put in an adoption request if the situation meets the guidelines listed there. If approved, you will be given the admin user right on those communities.
Hi, Joe! Thanks for the reply! I decided to use Special:ListFiles to go through the files gradually page by page and mark the duplicate images when I see them; for the Oz Wiki, I realized perhaps my initial thoughts about "not necessarily uploaded with spam intensions" may not be accurate, as I noticed a certain user had in fact been mass-uploading images, and when uploading the exact images, s/he just added a random alphabet onto the file name so that the duplicate could be uploaded. Does this qualify for requesting a VSTF? Although I found out my understanding towards the word "spam" is not exactly correct, what was done by this certain user was essentially what I thought the word meant... intentionally and repeatedly doing the same action without actually contributing (in this case uploading the same images on purpose...) Can nothing be done short of adopting to gain user right? (Just want to check one final time.)
Can nothing be done short of adopting to gain user right?
To delete images (or pages), you need the admin user right, and the only way to get that at a community with inactive admins is by submitting an adoption request.
Does this qualify for requesting a VSTF?
On the Policies page at VSTF Wiki, you can read the "When to take action on a wiki" section. I believe this situation may qualify as "a problem with vandals and no local administrators are available, or active, to block them".
To report the situation, use the button at the top of the Report:Spam page.
Hi Joe! Again thanks for the reply! I did in fact read the VSTF policies beforehand, but I was a bit confused as files or specifically images were not mentioned and Help:Spam also didn't talk about images, so I wasn't sure if VSTF do have the power to remove the duplicates or not and wanted a staff opinion on it. I will send in a request to do them! Thank you for the breakdown!