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I recommend that we avoid using links to sub headers as much as possible e.g. [[Status Effectst#thirsty|thirsty]] or [[Equipment#Devices|Devices]], instead use redirects for the most common term. It would work exactly the same, be shorter to write, and in-case during development things go another way or someone decide to revise the target article structure, all it will take is a single edit to fix it (as oppose to link hunting with AWB. --AnotherArk (talk) 00:15, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Color Code[]

did you take the color code from my page? that was only an overview for myself, not a design rule for the wiki, allthough i dont have problem establishing it as a general rule. (also the magazine row is twice there)--TheBlackDracula (talk)

Indeed I have first noticed the color scheme on your user page. Since its used on all our item pages, I added here for documentation. The purpose is to not to create set in stone rules, but keep us informed and on the same page, as well as an outlet to discuss\suggest any wiki wide layout\style changes (with writing\layout\design). --AnotherArk (talk) 13:47, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Weapon article layouts[]

Most of our Weapon articles share several common elements. ( A section/paragraph covering the weapon background in real life; an attachments section; A Gallery section and usually trivia section that covers various development related info or tips ) What missing is a free text overview of the weapon, since the infoboxes suppose to provide an summary of the article, not replace it. For compraison here see http://dayz.gamepedia.com/Sporter_22 vs http://dayz-standalone.wikia.com/wiki/Sporter_22

I think that some focus on our weapon articles can greatly improve their quality. Here is a general layout suggestion:

==Background==
Summary of the weapon history in real life, preferably with link to Wikipedia at the bottom.
==Overview==
An overview of the weapon in game and or strategy on how to best utilize it.
==Attachments==
==Gallery==
==Trivia==

Any thoughts/suggestions ? --AnotherArk (talk) 08:20, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

The Background section can be replaced by a link to wikipedia because the game is placed in a alternative timeline from rl. Like with the CR weapons for example. I also personally find the infoboxes usage as a info back better than the on wikia. --Basinox (talk) 08:30, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
  1. The background section isn't intended to replace Wikipedia, but provide basic background information for flavor. For example the AK-74, showed why it is named so, linked it to other variants in the AKM family and explained why it would be heavily used in this region, after all Chernarus is former soviet state.
  2. As for Wikipedia link, this not a case of either one or the other. We should try to use both, for reason mentioned above and for those who want to broadened their horizons further (iirc I added the one that page)
  3. As for content, to clarify I am not suggesting to change the infobox, but that the info that summarized there for quick fact checking, should also be covered in plain text e.g. as it is on wikipidea. --AnotherArk (talk) 09:46, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

Youtube guides?[]

It might be nice if we can decided on consistent style for presenting youtube guides. So far I have encountered three common ways that we use:

1 - simple link

How to fill canteens

2 - embedded

3 - embedded but hidden in a spoiler

Any preferences? --AnotherArk (talk) 19:54, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

I'm against youtube videos in a wiki. Most of them are just pure crap and promotion for someones youtube channel. As far as I can see, BlackDracula tried to established some kind of channel on youtube to have control over the content but it didn't work. It's already a shame that this wiki is unusable without ghostery (80+ trackers) and an adblocker.
i have no general problem with videos in articles (we are a VIDEO game wiki), but people who only use the wiki for channel promoting, should get some limits.
for the implementation i would always use the youtube template with the constraint of only 1-2 videos per article--TheBlackDracula (talk)
Although we are a video game wiki, we are not a wiki for videos, but for a game. I don't think there is a mechanic in the game that is so complex that it needs a video to explain it. I don't know, it's hard to agree on some kind of rule of thumb here... --RocknRolla7 (talk) 21:50, 28 December 2014 (UTC)