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We need your vote on this, everyone else voted already: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:GoTWiki_Small_Council_meeting_4:_GoT_video_game_by_Telltale?t=20141204001549
I tried emailing you the other week in regards to an exclusive opportunity; hopefully, it’ll be of interest! In conjunction with Telltale Games, Wikia will be working to create a unique experience for visitors of our Game of Thrones community, specifically the pages centered on the episodic Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game. I wanted to see if you'd be interested in joining us.
Let me know if you are interested or have any questions,
Hi :) My name is John and I'm an admin on Mistresses Wiki.
I just started watching the show and upon visiting the wikia I saw the affiliates list. I was wondering if you'd be interesting in affiliating my wikia ? :) --Zooomi 21:30, January 27, 2015 (UTC)
Appointing new Admins for Season 5Edit
Please check this out: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:GoTWiki_Small_Council_meeting_5:_Wild_Card_Day
Episode 2 Mainpage ChangesEdit
This is Knakveey from Wikia's game team. I wanted to reach out to some of the active admins with a request in regards to the main page for the upcoming Telltale: GoT episode 2 that is due out soon. This is of course a request and you can decline to have any changes made, but you might find some of the suggestions helpful for the wiki.
- Would it be possible to have the latest fannotation trailers highlighted on the mainpage slider? I know it is currently under "featured media", but it would be great to have it in the slider too.
- What are your thoughts about adding a "Telltale" link under the "Episodes" tab in the nav bar? It would allow users to access articles in regards to the game more efficiently.
- We thought it would be nice to add a right rail unit that highlights the most recent game episode/game character/crucial choice, etc. This would be a new unit on the page and it would be designed by our artists here. They would make something that is slick and will not deviate from the overall look of the wiki. This design will also be sent to you before proceeding so we can make sure it's something that you like and are happy with. Alternatively, what about using the existing "Featured Article" section to highlight the current episode?
If you prefer, I can also post this on the forum/small council and repeat what I have mentioned above.
Again, you do not need to do any of these things, but it is something we think can help improve traffic to the page and increase it's reputation for being a great database for all things Game of Thrones.
Thanks for your time,
- For the main page slider I'd rather defer to my co-bureaucrats QueenBuffy and TheDragonDemands
- I would keep the bar as it is, the Telltale game is supplementary to the show and this is a wiki about the show, not the game.
- Likewise. Too much rails and links make the wiki visually cumbersome.
--Gonzalo84 (talk) 15:06, February 3, 2015 (UTC)
Histories & Lore pagequotesEdit
This has come up a few times: for historical characters, sometimes we have a great quote that "encapsulates the character" from the Histories & Lore videos, because they're more detailed. Conversely, we have times when they're at least mentioned in the main TV series, though only in passing.
Major example: Maegor Targaryen is discussed in greater detail in the Histories and Lore videos, but the most prominent time he's mentioned in the TV series is when Sansa gives the answer to Mordane that the Red Keep was built by Maegor the Cruel, back in Season 1.
A principle I've been trying to use from my library school instruction is to remember that most of our "audience" doesn't know the material as well as we do. Even the "attentive TV-first viewers", TV viewers who do pay attention, don't always watch the Histories and Lore videos. So I think the best thing to do for "historical characters" is to start with "most prominent/good quote about them in the main series" at the top of the page....though we'd then work in the "better quote about them from the Histories and Lore" into another part of the article. That is...the opening quote is "this is where you may have heard of this person or thing mentioned in the main series", a "hook" to act as a starting point. Well, see what I mean on the Maegor Targaryen article.--The Dragon Demands (talk) 04:58, February 5, 2015 (UTC)
I used the quote because I don't like dialogues so much. As for Daeron. The quote was more about the book than Daeron himself.--Gonzalo84 (talk) 15:24, February 5, 2015 (UTC)
Site merge Edit
As the good folks here know, we have an existing Game of Thrones wikia that exists solely to document content for the Telltale game. After discussing it with the lead admin over there, a tentative agreement has been reached that would result in the merging of that site into this one. I am aware that a recent vote was cast here on how to include game information, but am also aware that the existing team here has been focused almost exclusively on the television series.
Here is the proposal - please keep in mind this is not set in stone and is certainly up for debate, as consensus needs to be reached between the two sites before anything moves forward:
- The team over there wants to focus exclusively on the game when the sites are merged which, of course, frees the team here to focus on the television series.
- It is preferable that the admin team over there be included in the leadership here; additionally, it would probably be nice to have the lead admin from over there be a bcrat here in order to have the "game team" represented.
- There should be some indication on the main page and the navigation that articles on the game exist on the wikia
- There are no plans to change the look or feel of the site here, at least in general; given that the team being merged already has a look in place for their pages, it might be best to take what they've done and tweak it so it fits with the theme of this site - this will potentially be something that would have to be sandboxed and then agreed upon, unless there's no issue (of course)
That pretty much sums things up. I would be doing the heavy lifting of import/export in order to keep all revision histories intact as much as possible. Smaller changes have to be carried over manually, as well as images and templates. The lead admin over there would likely assist with the latter. I would also be involved in every step of the merger from beginning to end and would be on-hand to answer any questions or solve any issues that might arise.
The obvious benefits of this include this team being able to focus solely on what their passion was in the first place, namely the television series. Another team completely related to their passion - the game - means the best of both worlds. Obviously there would be an increase in traffic here with the redirect alone; but then Telltale is planning a Fan Studio endeavor, which would bump traffic up even more (hopefully) and result in both teams of admins able to potentially benefit from any information from the gaming company... and who knows what else related to GoT they might reveal.
Please let me know what you think at your earliest convenience!
We're going to have to keep an eye out if Fansided's WiC.net plagiarizes us again in Season 5, as their quota-numbers rise and they run out of ideas.
I've already seen them outright linking to Game of Thrones Wiki....and rerunning WatchersOnTheWall.com news reports!...when it's a slow news day.
Recently, in preparation for Season 5, they made a series of refresher-posts on the "Great Houses of Westeros" -- basically compiled by making a quick read-through of AWOIAF and GoTWiki articles. What I find most offensive is...if these people actually WATCHED the show, they wouldn't NEED to rip off wikis for such basic information. Well, "rip off", at least these aren't verbatim quotes. But they have minor errors which someone actually familiar with the content wouldn't make.
Some of the things this Rowan guy did are just bizarre:
Check out the comments section (which seems to be combined for all of them). He actually mixed up that Arya *doesn't* help "liberate Harrenhal" in the TV version! Must have been reading AWOIAF's page. He then in the comments...tries to cover himself by saying that it was implied that Jaqen killed every single guard in Harrenhal, paving the way for Robb Stark's army to recapture it. Why would Jaqen kill Stark prisoners as well as Lannister guardsmen?!?!? -- they said pretty clearly that Gregor massacred what prisoners they had then withdrew.
He also claims that the "male preference inheritance laws" of Westeros mean that a younger brother inherits ahead of his older brother's daughter. No...that's how the Targaryen rules work. Even in REAL LIFE....he said that Edmure's heir would be "Catelyn's children by female preference, his uncle Brynden by male-preference"....No. That isn't what "male preference" means! Only the Targaryens did it that way, the royal succession laws.
The funniest/saddest part is when he defends some of his wacky decisions with even worse justifications in the comments.
Meanwhile....and I think this reflects much of their "casual viewer mentality"...they're just watching Game of Thrones as the "hot show of the moment" - they could just as easily have done Mad Men or The Walking Dead, but they're not even paying attention and only half-assing it because they're just paid to do it, not independent fansites.
Well, to get to the point: He refers to Joffrey as "Joffrey Lannister-Baratheon" and Tommen as "Tommen Lannister-Baratheon".
In the comments, someone pointed out that they don't use double-surnames in Westeros like that. His explanation was that he felt casual viewers would get confused, so he wrote it that way to make it more explicit....yikes. How little attention does someone have to be paying attention to need that? Why cater to the mouth-breathers who say they love "Khaleesi" but have no idea who "Daenerys" is?
BY THAT LOGIC, why not call EVERY child of Eddard and Catelyn that? "Arya Tully-Stark"? "Robb Tully-Stark", etc.?
I am unconcerned, however, in terms of competition: the morons didn't even integrate these little character profiles into their site menu! The only way you would notice them is if you read the original news post! They even have character pages (like a paragraph each) but you wouldn't notice if they didn't link to it.
Again, I am unconcerned: they're paid to do this and they're already undermanned, and they don't know as much as many TV-first fans who just pay attention. We do this because we love it.
Michael Corleone: "I saw a strange thing today. Some Cuban rebels were being arrested. One of them pulled the pin on a grenade. He took himself and the captain of the command with him. Now, soldiers are paid to fight - the rebels aren't."
Hyman Roth: "What does that tell you?"
Michael Corleone: "They could win."
Video Programming OpportunityEdit
Hey there! We're planning an upcoming video about Game of Thrones that we wondered if you'd consider participating in. Let us know if it's something you'd like to do, and we'll get back to you with more information. Thank you for your time! :)
MediaWiki color scheme templateEdit
Okay, I finally got onto updating the color scheme of the nav templates, had to ask XD1 for help updating the new color scheme (instead of Blue and Grey (ugh), it's now Wood Brown and Beige - both blue links and black text will show up better against this).
The Appearances/Credits templates needed to be updated by hand because unlike the others they use a grid, but that was easy enough.
Only one that might still need updating is the House information Navbox - it uses three vertical columns so it's different from the others - managed to change the title bar to Wood Brown, but I couldn't get the background to Beige without making an ugly grid pattern, so I left it neutral.
At any rate, writing to inform that the next time we ever change the entire color scheme, the way to do it is by playing with the CSS code on this page: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/MediaWiki:Wikia.css
If we remember this, next time we won't go a couple of weeks with the old color scheme in the templates because we don't know how to change it :) --The Dragon Demands (talk) 19:57, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
Also attempted to update the Wars/Battles/Massacres/Events infobox - template page says it has changed but it isn't showing up yet on actual pages - may take a few minutes to kick in.--The Dragon Demands (talk) 20:12, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
UPDATE: I fixed the color scheme on the templates for Massacres, Events, Battles, and Wars.
One exception: I don't know why, but the title "War of the Five Kings" is not displaying on that article. the "Name=" tag does work in other war articles such as "Dance of the Dragons", I have no idea why it isn't displaying properly. --The Dragon Demands (talk) 22:26, March 12, 2015 (UTC)
FixedGonzalo84 (talk) 23:01, March 12, 2015 (UTC)