Please contact Andytizer if you are interested in helping to implement MediaWiki translations, as we currently need technical template work on this project. Dravic is leading on the Polish translation project.
There are a huge number of technical issues involved, please be aware that we are working hard on this. For now you can visit the new [Home/pl Polish language portal].
Our first 'PR' type move into obtaining preview code has been successful. A TERA beta key has been acquired, and an article is being worked on by new moderator 1R0N W00K13. Hopefully this means a start of the site having more articles ready on the day of release for new games.
After much discussion with moderators and contributors, I have completed a new version of the sample game article layout which should be used as a blueprint for all game article pages. The biggest change is that the same H1 header level has been given to =Windows=, =Mac= and =Linux=. I am happy to take any feedback on the new layout.
Is the "Version differences" section really the best heading for that section? I mean Serial Keys and DRM really have very little to do with the version. Sure, different versions might have different DRM and serial keys, but that's not typically going to be the case.
EDIT: Also, I have one other question. If a game is Windows only, should we be using the H1 header, or is it just a waste of time?
In response to your second question: The Windows header IS a waste of time if the game is windows only.
I'm open to a new header name instead of ==Version Differences==. However I can't think of one at the moment!
Really, it's a place to say -
Torchlight on Steam has features x y z,
but not on Steam has a b c,
on Retail it has a serial key, etc.
If a game has no differences between stores, then we could say 'no differences between versions'.
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Check the Citadel Project page for more information about how to upload a file.
The most requested feature of the site so far has been for a long term solution for hosting files. This is especially important for rarer files such as old patches or utilities, which may be difficult to find on the internet due to link rot. After much discussion with the community about different file hosting options, JRWR and I have pulled the trigger on a new solution which will be webseed hosting (a combination of web hosting and BitTorrent). Once the new file system has been fully tested, we will rewrite our file hosting policies, and provide a clear path for people wishing to mirror files on PCGamingWiki for the long term future.
Site growth has been absolutely immense in the last week. Our page and user count just keeps growing and growing. However, I would very much like to refocus our attention back onto existing content. Since the creation of the site, the philosophy has been 'content first, editing later'. However, my aim is for each game page to be the very best and most useful page for any specific game or issue, and to be edited to a high standard. Therefore this week I will be working very hard with the moderators to fix up the templates and infoboxes, and to eventually complete a full content audit of all existing pages.
Here's a roundup of recent media coverage:
- Destructoid - PC Gaming Wiki 2.0 aims to help fix every PC game.
- Kotaku feature - PCGamingWiki Wants to Solve the Biggest Problems with PC Gaming: Intimidation and Confusion.
- TotalBiscuit's second tweet.
- a mention on Rock Paper Shotgun's The Sunday Papers column.
- GamingDaily - Interview with Andrew Tsai.
A comment post about the state of PC gaming from user Sir Digby Chicken Caesar: http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056564264.
- "it's a great idea and all, and I hope it succeeds but trawling the web for 2 hours to find a fix to get a game made in 1992 working in w7 64bit, then having to google translate through 3 or 4 different russian language sites to find a rumour about a defunct ftp where a rogue developer once uploaded a patch to fix several gamebreaking bugs, pausing for a couple of minutes to take a sip of coffee and post on boards about how consoles games are ruining the industry then finding a patch for a different language version of the game, rushing to amazon (because piracy is wrong) to purchase a swahili edition of the game only for it to arrive 5 days later needing a different patch (1.0431a) before you can apply the aforementioned patch (1.043b), breaking the disc into hundreds of tiny little pieces which you can arrange into an amusing image of a flaccid penis while you wait for steam to download modern warfare 3 always seemed to me to be character building"
25 February - The new PCGamingWiki subreddit is now enabled. Come for general chat and game fixing discussions.
25 February - Added reddit style threading to talkpages. Now users can post new issues with their games to the respective discussion pages for the game
23 February - Due to the high cost of increased server load, we have had to implement some adverts on the site. As a thank you to the editing community, we have disabled ads for anyone who is logged into the site.
21 February - Reddit post reached no #2 on the front page and brought so much traffic our old host disabled the site. Thanks to JRWR for quickly migrating the site over to Linode and doing a huge amount of back-end work. Also big thanks to all the donators and supporters. Unfortunately users will have to recreate their accounts, but everything else is preserved. We are looking at replacing the forum with a subreddit.
21 February - Added collapsible navigation, expandable search, ref tags, better editor.
18 February - Game article layout finally complete. Update all our articles to the new standard!
13 February - Should this wiki contain game background, content and reception information like Wikipedia?
12 February - ParserFunctions and ConfirmEdit (CAPTCHA for account creation) are enabled.
12 February - We are looking for a new logo! Talented logo artists, please post up creations on the page logo competition for the moderators to judge. Logos need to be 160x160px or smaller.
11 February - Thanks very much for all the fantastic work, we are all working hard to optimise and improve the wiki.
10 February - Posted up a thread on reddit, and we've received a huge amount of traffic and new wiki editors (over 200!)
09 February - Changed name and domain from PCGamepedia to PCGamingWiki. 20 articles and 3 editors.
03 February - Hosting arranged with domain PCGamepedia, MediaWiki and phpBB3 installed.