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Robin Patterson

aka Robin Forlonge Patterson

1,739 Edits since joining this wiki
April 13, 2005
  • I live in Plimmerton, Porirua City, New Zealand
  • I was born on December 14
  • My occupation is Editor
  • I am male
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  • j'ai vu que sur la page de mon profil vous avez écrit:

    J'aime les chats

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  • Hi Robin, I just wantt o check whether you got my email a few days ago.  Can you let me know?  I'm worried I have an old email address.  Thanks

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    • No change in email address, but I've been having connectivity problems on two fronts lately. I recall something about admin training.

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    • Oops! I just sent you another mail, I didn't get notified of this reply

      If you can let me know you got that, and I'll resend the earlier one.  Hopefully we can get properly in touch

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  • Hi Robin,

    I wanted to get your thoughts on the Wikia Tour content, and whether this is something worth keeping around at this point. I was on the verge of removing most of it, but I see you were maintaining it as recently as last year.

    We of course have other avenues for wiki discovery now, and Special:Promote provides a place for general info about a community (we hope to surface that info on the individual wikis soon, right now it's primarily used on the wikia.com home pages and in the mobile apps).

    If you think the tour content is still useful, let's talk more about it.

    Thanks!

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    • Hello, Bert. Sorry for taking rather long to respond, but I've had browser problems that wouldn't let me edit most wiki pages.

      The tour is still an easy way for people to show visitors the best points of their wiki.

      Special:Promote doesn't do that for people who have reached a wiki, and it gives only a sporting chance of being noticed on Wikia's main page. Quite different.

      Is there any cost involved in keeping the Wikia Tour pages in place?

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    • Hi Robin,

      Nope, no cost involved. But it's for that very reason (i.e. Wikia is no longer pushing this as a tool for communities to use) that I wondered if we needed to keep these pages around. If you feel there is still value there and would like to maintain them, it's no problem to keep them.

      Thanks!

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    • Fine that you're not pushing it. But for people who use it and like it, it works and deserves to be kept. I guess I should have another check to see where the chain may be broken. Users interested can fairly easily see that I'm a potential helper if they need one.

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  • I'd like to see a "Help" page about Wikia's advertising policies and standards. Guidance for users, so that they know what to expect and can complain about real breaches by advertisers rather than complaining about anything they don't like and being told that it's within the guidelines. How about something along these lines:

    Adverts pay for WikiaEdit

    Wikia is free to readers and contributors because, like most big websites, it earns money from advertisements. Unlike some big sites, however, it has fairly strict standards so that the user experience is not too much impaired by advertisements.

    PlacementEdit

    Current ad policy restricts ads to a top banner, a top-right-hand rectangle, and areas below the page content. Except as noted below, nothing is allowed to cover page content. For logged-in users, there is slightly less advertising. Wikia's self-promotions, such as spotlights, may appear in other areas but should still not cover any content apart from the small bottom-right site-wide or targeted messages.

    Popups etcEdit

    Popups (except in approved locations) and audio are not allowed, except after "human interaction": if your pointer hovers over an ad for three seconds or more, the advertiser may display a larger ad and may add audio, provided that there is a "close" button (e.g. an "X" in a top corner) displayed.

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  • I create random pages, but with info on them. The same person keeps deleting my pages, saying their useless or another page has the same thing. What should I do?

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  • I have a problem, someone or some people are vandalisim my wikia or keep on vandalizing it even thought I block he or she or them, what can I do.

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  • Hi Robin.

    Just thought I'd let you know that we have a friendly template {{i}} that can be used on blogs such as this one which aren't necessarily relevant to Community Central.

    It provides useful information to the user about where they could put their blog instead, and also tags it for deletion at a later date. I'm currently delete blogs in that category after a week - it gives the user time to move content if they wish.

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  • Hey there Robin! I've noticed you've shown an interest in cleaning up Community Central recently. Several staff members are in the process of reviewing pages and choosing which ones to update and which ones to trash. Restoring outdated pages such as this is a bit counter-productive as they're no longer really needed. 

    I'd be more than happy to provide you with a list of pages that could really use some help and touch ups. :)

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    • OK, I'd be happy to have a list of such pages, as I continue to try to improve Community Central, the purpose of becoming an admin. But I can't see how Help:Hubs FAQ is no longer really needed, when hubs are (for example) the basis of what I and other users see covering our main menus every time our pointers stray to the middle of the top of an ordinary wiki page. Over a dozen hub talk pages link to it with an inviting little box at the top that says "Check out the Hubs FAQ for more information about the hubs!" - maybe there's another page that they should link to now?

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  • Hey I noticed you live in New Zealand. So do I and to far from Plimmerton.

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  • hey no one talks to me on chat . :( I as well talk to you even if you don't answer me. I don't care I talk to my imaginary friends all the time... like the Doctor Hank Pym So on well nice knowing you!

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