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MediaWiki:Sitenotice[edit source]

MediaWiki:Sitenotice can be cleared to "-" to remove it. It's been over a year, so any accounts that were worth merging have been merged. Just in case, I put said information on the FAQ. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:12, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Done. I replaced it with something regarding our extensions. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 23:03, 7 February 2016 (UTC)


Xbony2 for Administrator/Bureaucrat[edit source]

The reason I'm applying for both is because my current group proposal has them combined.

I'm Xbony2. I've been on this wiki for a fairly long time- I registered on wiki.feed-the-beast.com on July 15th, 2014. This is my first edit (you can see my userpage has evolved much since then). I became mod maintainer and part of staff on October 28th, 2014. But I didn't really start editing seriously until January 2015; during that month, I made at least a couple edits every day, usually more. Wiki editing slowly became my "major hobby" over programming mods. I figured out how to markup pages and deal with translation, and became translation administrator after a vote that started on the 21st of April 2015 and ended on May 4th (a few days after my birthday. Cool, huh?) (Retep announced it on May 5th, but the user rights change on the 4th).

Since then, I've been wiking away. I've [arguable] become the most active editor ever on the Feed The Beast Wiki, and one of the top editors on Gamepedia in general (trivia: I own a Gamepedia shirt, Gamepedia mug, Hydra plushie and some other junk after Gamepedia gave free stuff to the top 100 editors based on wikipoints). I've created the Translation Restoration project, as well as overhauled how pages are marked up and marked up a very large amount of pages (likely the majority of them). I've documented a lot of mods, the newer ones including Immersive Engineering and Avaritia. I've done a lot of maintenance work too, {{G}} fixes, category restructures, cleaning up of articles, etc. I've welcomed and been generally friendly (in my somewhat humble opinion) to new users. I created the {{IP}} award.

I would like to have full administration/bureaucrat rights. If you don't know what this means or includes, look at Special:ListGroupRights. The bureaucrat group has the largest amount of responsibilities, excluding Curse. The mort important rights is that it allows me to modify groups, to block users, to change protections, to edit the interwiki, to edit all pages, to edit stuff in the MediaWiki namespace, to nuke and to modify many internal settings/filters. If given, I will not abuse these powers, as I believe I have not abused my current rights.

Retep told me all staffs' vote counts, not just administrators. This is pretty reasonable; a two-person vote would be a bit lame. Since my vote for translation administrator was over a period of about 2 weeks, this vote will close on February 28th.

Update: After this application was created, SatanicSanta has given me banhammer rights. This makes a point or two invalid below. It is a bit disappointing to have to create a very wordy adminship application with much debate just to gain this right, even though I have requested it from the two administrators several times in the past, with them seemingly considering me eligible but not doing anything.

Update 2/Decision: Although some of the staff which haven't voted yet could vote support and I could become administrator/bureaucrat, I feel I couldn't accept it without a larger consensus (plus I don't imagine that would happen anyway). It is probable that I will re-apply for administrator (less probable for bureaucrat) at a future time, but I do feel like everyone got something out of this vote anyway; I've received the long merited banhammer (which is something I would argue that all staff should have, not just the crazy ones like me [though this can be discussed at a later debate]), and the current administrators have pledged to react faster to requests given to them. I'd like to thank everyone who voted, even the ones that voted against me (I'm still unfriending all of you on Facebook though).

Support[edit source]

  • Pictogram voting support.pngSupport It took me more then an hour to right write this. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:01, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting support.pngSupport Mhhhh .... it seems to be a great responsibility (where I know about it less than the admins). But he does already many tasks about the entire wiki and I think he will do that all right, and will support/relieve SatanicSanta and Retep998. But as always with higher responsibilities, he must think 1 times more about his actions. And he has a "Gamepedia Mug" .... that's the right equipment for a bureaucrat, then he only needs coffee. -- The preceding unsigned comment was added by LuminousLizard (talk β€’ contribs)
    To be honest, I don't like coffee and have never used the Gamepedia mug for that. I've used it for soda and orange juice though. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:42, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

Against[edit source]

  • Pictogram voting oppose.pngNo With banhammer rights (which I totally agree with you having BTW), I don't see the point in you having admin rights. With what you say you need, banning you've now got, update to rights it's clear Retep and Santa have got that covered with how infrequently it happens, and protected pages are protected for a reason. If they've been protected but shouldn't be, then they can just be lowered to Staff edit-only rather than Admin edit-only, or the protection removed completely. With pages like the main page or core templates that are admin edit-only, it's better than the edits to them are compacted down and offloaded to duplicate versions so that the wiki itself isn't effected until the changes are proved to be fine. There is, after all, no point in you having rights like edit filters and the interwiki table if you're never going to use them. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 22:17, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting oppose.pngI agree with Choco above -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 22:24, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    I somewhat do too. However, I think that voting against me means that you and Retep will need to step up and cleanup some of the mess caused by you two's ignorant (as in ignoring the mess the wiki is) behavior. This includes cleaning groups, updating the Sidebar, and overhauling some of the MediaWiki namespace's messages to make it easier for contributors and new users to pointer to the wikis guides/guidelines/MOS, some of which are nonexistent or outdated. -Xbony2 (talk) 22:48, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    Fair enough. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 23:26, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    The main reason I ran for administrator was dissatisfaction with current administrational [lack of] actions. Ex. when requested to fix an issue on the Common.js which was easily fixable, asking Retep many multiple times just wasn't enough. It took over a week for it to be resolved, by you, who was at the time "in and out" of wiki editing and hard to reach. One week is seriously a bullshit response period. Things have generally improved since then, but I would have much hesitation before calling it perfect. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:36, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting oppose.pngNo to bureaucrat and leaning a tiny bit towards against for admin, I don't feel good about giving power to someone who is asking for power. You are a competent editor but that doesn't necessarily translate to someone good at administrative things. I also do feel a minor pang of guilt for not having good response times to your requests for certain things to be done, so I'll try to improve on that which simply means not procrastinating and just doing things when asked. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 12:50, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    If you don't ask, you don't receive, and little is done. I think my work as translation administrator/editor shows I would not be a terrible administrator. -Xbony2 (talk) 13:02, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
(I as well will work on doing shit when asked and not procrastinating as much anymore, so you won't be alone in this anti-procrastination journey) -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 05:58, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

Neutral/Abstain[edit source]

Pictogram voting oppose.pngNope, I feel rights should be given on a "will use the permissions given" status. As bony doesn't do, and has a lack of showing, that the permissions given from sysop/crat will be used in an advantaged manner, I vote against.Cblair91 (talk) 12:17, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
To prevent confusion, Cblair's vote is considered neutral/abstrain. See the CurseVoice conversation below.
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Cblair vote.png

(Addressing this comment in a minute) -Xbony2 (talk) 12:25, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

Cblair's point is that I do not need these rights. I disagree. I've had to request a large number of administrative/bureaucrative actions from Retep/Santa (usually the later), including edits to protected pages (especially Project:FTB Wiki Staff which took many requests to update, until thank god Santa removed the protection over that page), updates to user rights, and lastly (and most importantly) blocks. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:39, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
Blocking can be done without administrative rights through the banhammer usergroup. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 20:14, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
Supposable. I have requested this many times, and the general response has always been... "Should bony have banhammer? I dunno, do you know? I dunno". -Xbony2 (talk) 21:41, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting neutral.pngNeutral β€” I don’t have anything serious against appointing Xbony2 as an administrator, but why go for being a bureaucrat?! Xbony2, you are asking for that too soon. We already have two here, plus we have Curse staff. And you weren’t a fitting administrator yet to be applicable for a bureaucrat. β€” Agent NickTheRed37 (Kirk to Enterprise) β€” Russian Translator and Minepedian 15:32, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    NickTheRed37: I mentioned this already, but my current reformed group proposal has the group merged; unlike the MCW and wikipedia/wiktionary, this wiki isn't really big enough for there to really need to have a difference. Throughout the wiki history, there's only been one admin (AgentTadpole aka Nerixel) who didn't become a bureaucrat. My group proposal is just a proposal and isn't even finished yet (at the moment), but there hasn't been much stated disagreement with the idea. -Xbony2 (talk) 15:45, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    I don’t like having default rights merged. Some extensions might be confused by that, plus I just don’t like that (I don’t know why).
    And, as a point of comparison, I would say that my own home wiki, the Russian Minecraft Wiki, is also β€œnot big enough” so it could have the two groups merged, but what we have is apparently okay. We don’t need modifications to user rights. (We had a special β€œmoderator” user group ages ago, and I even was a member of this group, but it was scrapped.) Alongside the only active bureaucrat user, we have a somewhat active regular admin, plus a nearly-inactive admin sometimes appears on the wiki.
    And, Xbony2, just a personal thing: you’re too active. Don’t wear yourself down. β€” Agent NickTheRed37 (Kirk to Enterprise) β€” Russian Translator and Minepedian 16:18, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    I'm opposed to merging admin and bureaucrat. While I am still somewhat neutral in your application to be administrator, I am opposed to you being a bureaucrat. There is simply no need for more bureaucrats as their power is needed very rarely to promote/demote staff which is never a thing that needs to be rushed. It is useful to have people that can be trusted to do technical things which is what sysop/admin should be, people who can muck about with the javascript and css and core templates without messing up the wiki. Bureaucrat is for a smaller group of people that only are needed when there is a staff promotion/demotion which is rare. Meanwhile the power to block is granted via banhammer which doesn't need admin. Having that separation is good. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:15, 14 February 2016 (UTC)
    Debate over group reform is something that should go on the Staff's Noticeboard at a later date. If you wish, you can vote "Pictogram voting support.pngSupport Xbony2 for administrator but Pictogram voting oppose.pngOppose Xbony2 for bureaucrat" or "Pictogram voting support.pngSupport Xbony2 for administrator but Pictogram voting neutral.pngAbstain Xbony2 for bureaucrat".
    NickTheRed37: don't worry too much about me. Wiki editing is more or less my passion, but it's not my only hobby; I'm healthy and happy, so I think I'm doing okay. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:54, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

Discussion[edit source]

Looks like the goal is going to be β€œNo”, isn’t it? β€” Agent NickTheRed37 (Kirk to Enterprise) β€” Russian Translator and Minepedian 15:13, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

I closed it, remember? -Xbony2 (talk) 22:12, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

Fix for Template:T JavaScript[edit source]

The recent MediaWiki update broke {{T}}, and from a quick test in my browser's console it can be fixed by changing the line in MediaWiki:Common.js from

$( this ).children( '.tankLiquidImageContainer.minetip .tankLiquidImage' ).each( function() {

To

$( this ).children( '.tankLiquidImageContainer.minetip' ).children( '.tankLiquidImage' ).each( function() {

Can an admin please make the fix?

–KnightMiner t/c 02:57, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

Done πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 04:02, 18 February 2016 (UTC)

Common.js cleanup pt.1[edit source]

Requesting for the deletion of the "insertUsername" section of the Common.js. This is a small script by Cblair91... it's ununused, and unfinished for that matter; {{USERNAME}} should be a created template, like here on her habbo wiki. Although it could be complete, and is generally a clever idea, it doesn't have much use other then as a cheap trick to impress/creep out the reader. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:23, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 17:14, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
Was it intentional that you deleted the instantCollapsible part of the code rather than the insertUsername? In any case, the code from instantCollapsible does not seem to do anything. –KnightMiner t/c 19:06, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
Nope, I was half asleep when I did this :D -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 19:08, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
Late to the party as always, but I will probably be doing a lot more updates to the javascript in the upcoming weeks (no quoting of this allowed)? Cblair91 (talk) 19:42, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Protection for safety[edit source]

Most of the vandalistic attacks on this wiki have been arbitrary and aren't particularly offensive or effective. However, many of the templates and modules (as listed below) are unprotected, and any user can changed them. If someone with more serious motivates and higher technical skills was to to attack one of these (like a crazy competitor or evil ex-staff), it could break basically every page on the wiki, or at least a lot of them. Thus, I'm proposing these following pages be put into "editor"(+) protection. Although they could easily go for staff or even admin-only protection, there's a pretty small amount of non-staff editors (hint- it's pretty close to 0) and (in my opinion) they can all be trusted with very little risk.

I'm a bit embarrassed these aren't already protected. Somebody add this to my list of why I want to be admin. May justice prevail (or something, I wanted to end this interestingly).

Also requesting for the unprotection of MediaWiki:Gadget-UTCLiveClock.jsβ€Ž and MediaWiki:Gadget-DotsSyntaxHighlighter.jsβ€Ž, apparently Santa doesn't know pages in that namespace are automatically protected per default >.> -Xbony2 (talk) 13:14, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Protection cannot be set to editor. It can be set to everyone, autoconfirmed, staff and admin, admin, or bureaucrats only. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 13:55, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
Well, that's stupid. I guess staff would better. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:18, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Done. I also protected {{Cg/Furnace}}. The /en pages cannot be protected because they cannot be updated manually. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:11, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Protection 2[edit source]

Requesting the unprotection of IndustrialCraft 2; I requested Retep to protect it until the removal of EU was announced as merely an April Fools joke.

And requesting the protection of List of Mod Author Patreon accounts to the "autoconfirmed" level, and move to the "staff" level. It is suppose to be a replacement for FTB's list on Confluence, so it'll be linked to on the top of the FTB Forums, so it'll be probably be a high-traffic page. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:56, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:19, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
PROTEST! List of Mod Author Patreon accounts really should not be sysop-only; staff-only at most. It's not like the main page; it's a pretty dynamic list, and I don't want to rely merely on you, since we know Retep probably isn't going to do shit. Also since I made the page it would make sense if I could edit it :P -Xbony2 22:12, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
u wot m8 πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 23:22, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
yeah dat's rite. Here's some chocolate for your bunny-butt ->🍫 -Xbony2 (talk) 00:46, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
That was an accident. Sorry -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 00:49, 3 April 2016 (UTC)
Forgiven once you get me that Dutch bae. -Xbony2 (talk) 22:26, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Requested MediaWiki namespace additions[edit source]

  1. MediaWiki:section-templates with text: Templates
  2. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-infoboxes with text: Infoboxes
  3. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-cg with text: Crafting Grids
  4. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-grids with text: Grid Icons
  5. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc with text: Misc
  6. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-infoboxes-main with text: Block/Item
  7. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-infoboxes-mod with text: Mod
  8. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-cg-crafting with text: Crafting Table
  9. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-cg-furnace with text: Furnace
  10. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-grids-item with text: Item
  11. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-grids-ore with text: Ore Dictionary
  12. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-grids-liquid with text: Liquid
  13. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-grids-string with text: String
  14. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-pn with text: Icon with Link
  15. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-p with text: Icon
  16. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-l with text: Language Link
  17. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-dis with text: Disambiguation
  18. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-stub with text: Stub
  19. MediaWiki:section-templates-groups-misc-cleanup with text: Cleanup

This is all very much needed and stuff. Thanks. -Xbony2 (talk) 17:04, 20 February 2016 (UTC)

Why? -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 19:14, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
To allow User:Xbony2/common/toolbar.js to have proper localizations, which is something, when complete, may become part of the wiki JS core. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:46, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Okay well let's just wait for that to actually happen first -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 21:48, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
These localizations are one of the things required before it is complete. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:49, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Right, but it has not even been discussed. I'd prefer to keep the MW namespace clean until we're actually ready for it. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 21:56, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
It won't break anything. Why? -Xbony2 (talk) 01:12, 21 February 2016 (UTC)
Because if we decide against it A) We'll have to delete all of them, and B) I'll probably forget to delete them. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 01:36, 21 February 2016 (UTC)
A) Just because it may not be used per default doesn't mean people won't use it ;) and B) I'd remind me you constantly. C) ko gasnu .e'osai -Xbony2 (talk) 02:04, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

TheSatanicSanta: Requesting temp. adminship to do these and to make my script into a gadget. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:51, 21 March 2016 (UTC)

It still hasn't been decided if we are going to use these things. I'm waiting on a response from Retep998 and perhaps PaladinAHOne and Chocohead. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 01:00, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Do we really need to call everyone and their mother to do this? It's going to be a gadget; if anyone has a problem will it, they can just disable it in their preferences. Of course, it won't be on per default anyway when it's first introduced. -Xbony2 (talk) 01:07, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
We aren't an oligarchy. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 01:25, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
But we are. If we were a proper democracy, we'd have at least more then ten active staff members. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:15, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
We'd need 10 more active members before we could have 10 more active staff. A certain bunny needs to get breeding like his species is known for. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 16:16, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Anyway, SatanicSanta, if anybody had any serious objections or comments that they wanted to raise, they would do so. If someone doesn't keep track of RecentChanges, or at least the noticeboards, that's their own fault. This is something that's been tossed around for a month; there's been many chances to say "BONY THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA!" and no one really has... -Xbony2 (talk) 21:13, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
Good point. I'll deal with it this week. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 03:44, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
I approve of these changes. Creating pages in MediaWiki: won't affect anything unless it is already in Special:AllMessages. I see no harm in trying. -- Kappa -- The preceding unsigned comment was added by 50.165.56.29 (talk β€’ contribs)

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The intimidating environment is not us arguing on the Admin's Noticeboard. The intimidating environment is all the complicated templates, which aren't going away. That and doing wiki work gets old quickly if you're not motivated. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 19:11, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

Xbony2, I've created these pages. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 19:27, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

TheSatanicSanta: They need to be moved to have the prefix "WikiEditor-", like MediaWiki:WikiEditor-section-templates. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:51, 25 March 2016 (UTC)
I've been having issues getting the localizations to work. However, I'd recommend keeping these in the case it does become fixed (and moving MediaWiki:WikiEditor-section-templates back to MediaWiki:section-templates). -Xbony2 (talk) 22:25, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Toolbar finalizations[edit source]

Requesting for User:Xbony2/common/toolbar.js to be moved to MediaWiki:Gadget-toolbar.js. I'd prefer a move rather than a copy-paste so that I can get the credit I somewhat deserve :P (don't worry about my JS being a bit broken from it). Next step is the conversion of it to a Gadget, and making it on per default. If you don't know how to do this, look here. There's also dozens of examples on Wikipedia and Wiktionary and on other wikis too. Or you could give me temp. adminship.

Before Santa or some other scrub protests that further input is needed... I disagree. I've had this on the centralized discussion and administrator's noticeboard for about two months now. Plus, if you don't like it, you can disable it. That's why I'm making it a Gadget; you can disable it. In fact, you can also disable the entire toolbar if you want (that doesn't have anything to do with being a gadget though). There will very likely be more input once it is put into usage for editors, which is fine since it's awfully easy to extend. -Xbony2 (talk) 22:48, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

i think i did it \o/ -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 00:23, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
You tried, I guess. Move User:Xbony2/toolbar to MediaWiki:Gadget-toolbar. And put a [default] in the definition. -Xbony2 (talk) 01:07, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
done -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:29, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
And |ResourceLoader.... -Xbony2 (talk) 20:44, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

(reply to: User talk:TheSatanicSanta - "It still isn't showing up though.")

Ugh. Wrap a...
(function (mw, $){
'use strict';

...around the top (right under the comment) and...

}(mediaWiki, jQuery));

around the botton. Probably works. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:25, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

Actually wait, it just magically showed up for me. Forgot it. -Xbony2 (talk) 00:21, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Gadget completion[edit source]

Add full direction support to MediaWiki:Gadget-CgAnimation.css- {{Cg/Furnace}} goes the wrong way... real annoying. I tried to fix it but our gadget here has no .progress-down class, or a .progress-left class, the later which could have the potential to be used in the future, the earlier we need now. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:54, 22 April 2016 (UTC)

I made it possible to use left. I'm not sure what to do about down because these animations are for revealing the full bar, rather than hiding it. And for some reason, the latter is something I can't wrap my head around. Retep998? -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 01:11, 23 April 2016 (UTC)
Okay, all four directions implemented. Also added a reverse parameter that is used to reverse the direction to make it shrink instead of grow. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 03:34, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Broken O[edit source]

{{O}} is broken. See Apple Jelly Sandwich. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:31, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

More specifically, it is handling the error case, where nothing matches the oredict entry, incorrectly. listAllnutbutter and foodApplejelly have no entries in the oredict table. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 11:35, 29 April 2016 (UTC)
Fixed -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 17:58, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Want/Want-not extension list[edit source]

Want[edit source]

Want-not[edit source]

  • Semantic Wiki/Semantic Forms Removed!
  • DataValues/DataValues Common/DataValues Geo/DataValues Interfaces/DataValues Validators
DavaValues family of extensions i think is a dependency for one of the translation extensions (and potentially others). I don't think i does anything on its own but other extensions use it. -- Kappa -- The preceding unsigned comment was added by 50.165.56.29 (talk β€’ contribs)
It's almost certainly never been needed for the translation extension; likely one of Curse's extension or something, since it's on all Gamepedia wikis that I've looked at. -Xbony2 (talk) 00:57, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

Will wait for any further comments plus a little extra time to get everything straight before pinging Gamepedia staff. Any extension we don't want or any extensions we have a fetish for? -Xbony2 (talk) 20:50, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

When would we use the chart one? -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 20:56, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Good question. A couple of mods are mathematical in function like RotaryCraft. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:08, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
Anybody else want/not want Pchart4mw? I'm mostly proposing it to see what others think about it. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:10, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
I don't think it would harm anyone to add it, I'm just not sure when we'd even use it :P -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 23:06, 7 February 2016 (UTC)
I'll say this, I'd love some of these charts for graphical representation of the power requirements for some machines for RotaryCraft. Would be a great way to set this wiki apart from the others too :D Luke14199 (talk) 20:59, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
Does anybody have an objections to installing Pchart4mw? Speak now or forever hold your pizza. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:32, 18 April 2016 (UTC)

Pchart4mw is now enabled. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:22, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Can we archive this now? Or are we still debating whether to disable DataValues stuff? -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 04:50, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

CgAnimation fix[edit source]

Change 0px to 0 for each 0px. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:51, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 18:55, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Automatic mod list generator[edit source]

This is something that should of been done a very long time ago... Choco and me a bit made a module that automatically generates a mod list for the main page. On the main page, {{Mods{{L}}}} should be replaced with {{#invoke:Mod List|major|lang={{L}}}}, and {{Minor Mods{{L}}}} should be replaced with {{#invoke:Mod List|minor|lang={{L}}}}. When I asked Santa a long time ago to do this, he said it will be too slow... it adds around 0.5 seconds to the load time... that's about 25% of the time it would take for a navbox to be considered to be converted to lazy loaded. This is something we probably should of had a very long time ago... like maybe when we first had DPL. -Xbony2 (talk) 10:47, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Complaining about how long it took to do it won't make me implement it any faster. I fixed a couple minor problems with it. However, it is still getting the English names for the mods in other languages. Perhaps it could utilize Module:Mods/list? -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:25, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

MW Fixies 1[edit source]

On MediaWiki:Upload-summary, change...

Users uploading images that are intended to be displayed in crafting grids and infoboxes, '''''please do not upload them here'''''. Instead, pack the images up in a zip named as the mod of the items in it and link it on [[User talk:Retep998]].
{{Fmbox warning rule}}

to...

Users uploading images that are intended to be displayed in crafting grids and infoboxes, '''''please do not upload them here'''''. Instead, pack the images up in a zip, following the first part of the [[Feed The Beast Wiki:Tilesheet update guide#BlockRenderer (Minecraft 1.8 and 1.9)|Tilesheet update guide]], upload it to a site such as [[wikipedia:MediaFire|MediaFire]] or [[wikipedia:Dropbox (service)|Dropbox]], and then share the download link on the [[Feed The Beast Wiki:Tilesheet requests|Tilesheet requests]] page.
{{Fmbox warning rule}}

-Xbony2 (talk) 10:55, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Done. I didn't link to the BlockRenderer section of the tilesheet update guide, though, because that's weirdly specific. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 15:47, 23 May 2016 (UTC)


Proper redirect[edit source]

{{G}} -> {{G/Cell}} -Xbony2 (talk) 11:16, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 17:51, 20 June 2016 (UTC)


Site notice[edit source]

Please clear the site notice. The editathon is old news. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:46, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Done yo. I wasn't sure when you wanted this to happen, so thanks for not getting annoyed about it :D -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 17:39, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Site notice number something[edit source]

If you have a minute, please respond to [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/197ioXzwgYMF8u4V7xruXPvI3RVmZMCmF7Qs_afyej-k/viewform this survey]. Thank you for your time.

I'll release the results after a month. It's for all viewers, so that includes anyone who reads the site notice :P (yes, YOU!) -Xbony2 (talk) 11:47, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Something something, bunnies are fluffy. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 11:56, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Interwiki fixation[edit source]

There's a bunch of interwikis that need to be converted to HTTPS and shit. Go through each one, check if it is HTTPS, or redirects to another website, and fix it. And Gamepedias should start with the prefix //, not https:// or http://. This is the kind of thing I'd fix myself, but you know, I'm not an admin. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:46, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

It's a wonder why we have so many obscure wikis on the list to start with. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 12:48, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
That's just how it is per default. See [1] -Xbony2 (talk) 12:54, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Just because it's default doesn't mean keeping all of them is necessary. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 12:56, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Didn't say it was. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:15, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Can you just stop complaining about not being admin? It's really annoying. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 19:46, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
I'm sorry. It's just that I feel like sometimes I do everything around here. I devote hundreds of hours, pretty much every single day, to wiki writing and fixing shit. This is my passion. But yet, this wiki is ruled by two admins who just "do enough editing on the wiki to maintain PRO", and who don't seem to do anything unless I literally force them to. I'm sorry for being snarky, I'm sorry for being for a bitch, I really am, but I'm just tired. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:45, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
You know, this wouldn't be the first time you haven't responded to a request over the course of a week. -Xbony2 (talk) 15:42, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
It's also hardly a huge priority, for months we've coped with it (especially considering the only 2 we really use is the MC Wiki and normal Wikipedia), an extra week isn't a big deal what so ever. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 19:50, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
And gamepedia/wikipedia are already fixed anyway. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 20:00, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
There I fixed the fucking https shit -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 20:09, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
thank you -- The preceding unsigned comment was added by Xbony2 (talk β€’ contribs)
It's not that it is a huge priority, it's just that it's something that takes very little time to do but yet takes a lot of time to get around to doing. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:02, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
If it's so quick, then you could've done it and put it in a table so they'd only need to copy and paste the links over. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 21:04, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
@Retep, that's not unsigned. It's just part a badly indented comment. (bony)
The lesson here is to always indent your comments correctly. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:25, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
You're one to talk. You just broke a comment in half. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:38, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
@Choco, I probably should of, if it would of helped that much. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:21, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I'll never vote for you to be admin since you insist on saying "could of" instead of "could have". πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:25, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I think you became admin not because you were experienced or worked hard for it, but because there just weren't any other admins around at the time. Santa could of ;) been fine as the only admin, but alas. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:38, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Peter was admin before me, and was also made admin at a time where there were 3+ other admins. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 21:42, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
To be more specific, it was the role of Bureaucrat which I assumed by bureaucratic fiat. Admin I got a full month before santa and was given to me by jinbobo, who was wiki lead at the time. Staff I was given by jadedcat, who was wiki lead at the time, when I first joined so very very long ago. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:47, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
And I'm pretty sure Tadpole (now known as Nerixel) was admin at that time too -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 21:49, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
Yep. See Feed The Beast Wiki:Administration.
If I re-apply for admin, which I don't even know if I'll ever do, I won't be surprised if ya'll don't vote for me. Not because I'm not experienced (I've written thousands of pages), not because I'm not hardworking (I contribute almost every single day, and I've spent hundreds of hours contributing), not because the tools aren't of any use to me (a rather large amount of the administrative action taken recently (I could say a majority, but I'm not keeping score) has been at my request), but because I bitch-out when it takes a week for administrators to do a ten minute task. -Xbony2 (talk) 22:19, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

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-- santa wanted me to sign, so there you go. -- The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jinbobo (talk β€’ contribs)

Uh, I appreciate it, but I think that doesn't count as a signature. -Xbony2 (talk) 10:38, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

Side bar fix[edit source]

Special:NewPagesFeed|New pages feed -> Special:NewPages|New pages feed (caught by Nektro77) -Xbony2 (talk) 01:20, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

This was fixed before I even noticed you posted this. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 01:25, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
Those special pages are different things. NewPagesFeed is from an extension we used to have called PageTriage. I've been trying to discuss whether we should re enable it for like 3 days but nobody has said anything about it. It's very useful. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 02:15, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
It doesn't really have a description, and it doesn't seem to work on my local wiki (then again, nothing does). -Xbony2 (talk) 12:13, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
Well, if/when we do get that extension we can update the sidebar. But until then that link will point to Special:NewPages. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 14:26, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
wikipedia:Wikipedia:Page Curation -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 19:39, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that. It's cool, but I don't think I'd use it, but I don't have anything against ya'll using it. -Xbony2 (talk) 00:08, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Groups and stuff[edit source]

-Xbony2 (talk) 13:46, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Done. I actually meant to do that first one last night, but fell asleep first -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 17:22, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for giving me your trust! -- ScottKillen [talk] 17:25, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Except I have no idea what editor does Kappa.png -- 21:16, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
To be honest it doesn't do much at the minute. Likely in the future it'll mean more \o/ -Xbony2 (talk) 22:37, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Hey now that I think about it I may have created that group CoolCat -- 03:21, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
The editor group will mean more if you vote for my group overhaul reform proposal thingamajig. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 03:35, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Retep998, where can we read about it? -- ScottKillen [⌨] 15:51, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Scottkillen, here. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 15:57, 19 July 2016 (UTC)


Developaws for Administrator[edit source]

Reason

Because I am tech, I fix things. Cannot fix things without rights. Upon recieving sysop I will send cat GIF's to you all, and actually fix the hydra dark CSS and mobile CSS. #VoteKris. Developaws (talk) 20:52, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Due to a lot of the comments people have made regarding "dedicating time", and what not. I have come to realize that I don't have the largest amount of time to dedicate to this project. I have a lot of my own stuff I work on, which take up WAY to much of my time. I would just like to say that I've met some lovely people here, and some utter douchebag's, but each to their own I guess. Meanwhile, I am deciding to step down as FTB Wiki Staff. I have requested removal of my rights on the curse group, forums. And if Retep998 could remove them here would also be great.

A lot of you probably won't see me around in the future, and the chances of me returning here are pretty slim. So I just wanted to thank the following people;

  • ImmortalPharaoh7 Here's your cookie :3
  • Xbony2 Dude, you became somebody I trusted, and a close friend. It's sad to see you're no longer willing to talk, but a lot of the conversations we had together were amazing. I just hope some time in the future, you decide to forgive me and start talking again.
  • Wolfman_123 Where have you been in so long. Some of the IRC discussions we had were so great :(
  • PaladinAHOne One of the few people I've had delightful conversations with outside of FTB. You are amazing to talk to, and just wanted to thank you for all the fun times we've had together, even if I did suck during some of our league matches.
  • Retep998 Although we've ended in arguments a few times Peter, I'm happy to see you willing to learn stuff. Your advice is great, and your ability to take advice is much greater.
Drops mic. Developers out.
-- The preceding unsigned comment was added by Developaws (talk β€’ contribs)
Staff decision
  • Pictogram voting neutral.pngNeutral. Meh. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:43, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    Pictogram voting wait.pngConditional. I will support you for admin if my group overhaul proposal goes through, otherwise I am against. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 21:59, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
    You're trying to pass your proposal by blackmailing other users into supporting it? -Xbony2 (talk) 23:50, 29 July 2016 (UTC)
    No? I simply don't feel comfortable with Developaws being admin under the current system. However I would feel comfortable with Developaws being admin under my proposal. It all comes down to the set of rights that admins have. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 00:27, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    "xbony2: I think PeterRabbit voted conditionally because he is more comfortable with developaws having the rights appointed in his proposal, but not the current admin rights" -SatanicSanta on IRC. It still comes off as an unfair way to promote your own vote, though. -Xbony2 (talk) 00:35, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    "xbony2: I think PeterRabbit voted conditionally because he is more comfortable with developaws having the rights appointed in hisHER proposal, but not the current admin rights" -SatanicSanta on IRC if he used my gender correctly. Developaws (talk) 03:29, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    The proposal is my proposal, therefore "his" was correct :P πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 03:32, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    This is why sleeping only 3-4 hours a day is a bad idea, Kris <3 -Xbony2 (talk) 09:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    Cabbage. Developaws (talk) 06:36, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait.pngConditional. As long as you 1. test everything first, and don't make crazy changes without consulting everyone first, and 2. don't make stupid decisions like deprecating G one day. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 21:48, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    1. Testing everything, accepted. 2. Deprecating TheSatanicSanta, accepted. Thank you for your support <3 Developaws (talk) 06:36, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
     :) 3. Deprecating Cblair91, accepted. β€” NickTheRed37 (talk) 14:50, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    With some thought and watching the discussion on here (and Curse) unfold, I have come to a decision on my vote: Pictogram voting oppose.pngAgainst. Honestly, I have to agree with Scottkillen on some of his points (not necessarily you having no experience or anything here; you just disappeared for a year+). During the course of this RfA, you have not shown professionalism, and actually have shown that you are insulting to newcomers and those who have opposing views to yours (calling Choco and idiot, rudeness towards Scott, etc). The fact is that you haven't been around for the majority of the time that you say you have (you were not active for a significant amount of time; most of those "2 years" you were basically gone, occasionally coming back to fix a grammatical error or document a single item). With all of these factors, and the fact that you really only need the editinterface right for like 3 pages, I think I am okay with you having to simply proposing changes to their according talk pages. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 06:02, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I have a few conditions.
    In my earlier application for adminship, you voted neutral, and said I shouldn’t become an administrator because I had "a lack of showing, that the permissions given from sysop/crat will be used in an advantaged manner". But yet, a greater amount of administrative action has been at my requests rather than yours- so by your earlier logic, why should you be an administrator? However, my logic is flawed, since many (or maybe even most) of the administrative actions requested by me have been made after the old vote. However, I still vote on the condition that if I reapply for admin rights, you cannot hypocritically vote against me on the condition of me "not needing the rights".
    That’s not my only condition. I’m a strong believer that adminship (and staffship and whatnot) is earned not only by using the rights for good (which I’m sure you’ll do), but also by working hard and showing devotion to the wiki. The later is something you’ve failed to do. By me voting you for admin, I want you to start working on the wiki. I know you- you’ve made a lot of projects, and dropped a lot of projects. Do not just become admin and edit the common JS/CSS a few times and become inactive. I’m not saying you have to devote all of your time to the wiki, but please spend some time writing, some time patrolling, some time encouraging newcomers, etc. This wiki really needs it. Treat this wiki not like another little project, but like something that is very important to you.
    And, like Santa said, don’t do anything huge without asking around. You kind of broke every page on the wiki without much warning- although I think the staff reacted very immaturely and inappropriately to it, I don’t think they reacted that way without reason.
    If you agree to these conditions, then I Pictogram voting support.pngSupport you unconditionally. This is me being serious btw, since I know I’m never serious when I’m around you. -Xbony2 (talk) 22:44, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    "If you agree to these conditions, I support you unconditionally." - Xbony 2k16 Kappa.png -- 03:41, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    Conditions accepted, I shall only break hearts, not systems :D Developaws (talk) 06:36, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    I'm adding two more conditions. Number one, you take responsibility for your previous actions- that modifying all the crafting grids without really asking anyone was a mistake, but that you're ready to move past it. Number two, ask Chocohead for forgiveness, whether he gives it to you or not. If you don't meet these conditions, then consider my vote oppose. -Xbony2 (talk) 10:43, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    Me and Kris and chatted via CurseVoice. It's none of this wiki's business, but what was said was very much from the ego and very little from the heart. I really like you, Kris, but you've shown me that you aren't ready for a leadership role. This vote is an X mark.pngagainst vote. When you voted against me for admin, perhaps it was for the best for me. I hope you understand that now when I vote against you, it's for the best of you, not in spite. I hope you can get over this and we can act normal. I'm not angry, I'm just depressed. -Xbony2 (talk) 18:56, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    Oh Kris... you didn't read the note I send you hard enough. Not like it was sideways and written with bad handwriting or anything (any half decent image viewing software could fix the first part). I still want to talk to you and be luffy and stuff <3 Maybe for your birthday? I might give you a real present too :O but only if you're good
    Wolfman went poof recently. I think work swallowed him. Also Retep is on vacation at the moment, so you'll have to wait for Santa. (actually in RC it looks like he's ahead of me) -Xbony2 (talk) 20:02, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  • X mark.pngAgainst. No, you can edit the css with Firebug or use your user css, and the same with the js. There is no need for giving you admin when you should only need to edit the common ones once, which means Santa or Retep can just copy-paste it over without ever having to change your rights.
    Also xbony clearly has forgotten half of what happened last time but the dis incident you two managed to break majority of the crafting grid links without even asking other staff for their opinions, let alone Santa or Retep. I still can't believe you think that was a good idea, especially as the list of pages that still needed fixing was only cleared a few months ago (nearly a year after it happened). Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 23:11, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    I remember that. I mentioned that. It was very irresponsible and reckless, but it was a long time ago. Maybe we can get over it? -Xbony2 (talk) 23:26, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    You put the entire blame on cblair ("You kind of broke every page on the wiki"), when it was you helping too. It might have been a long time but it still happened, and it still broke most things. When you break that much in one go, it's not forgotten quickly. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 23:32, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    Yes, I helped. I'm glad that you've not forgotten, but I'm not glad that you haven't forgiven. I don't think she's going to do anything like that again, and that's more what matters. -Xbony2 (talk) 23:37, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
    I'm going to keep drama out of this, for the sake of sake's (thus not comment on the latter part), however. Editing stuff via firebug, an all that stuff? Why the hell should I need to persistently bug Retep or Santa to fix the CSS/JS, because MediaWiki updated, or Curse did this amazing new idea of theirs (sarcasm people, welcome to the internet). Maybe if you actually partook in the conversations in the curse channel, I may have explained this better there. So while I respect your decision, I would like to inform you that if you feel that all developers can work under the conditions of just using a CSS/JS editor, then you're pretty much a loony bin, I'd recommend you seeing some help. Developaws out. Developaws (talk) 06:19, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    Like you calling him an idiot? Is this where this wiki's administration is going? -Xbony2 (talk) 10:35, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    First, I said nowhere he is an "idiot". I simply stated that he appears to have no ideas about how often Curse or MediaWiki changes stuff, so if he thinks it's a "one change" thing, then he should really take his ideas and put them where somebody actually think's it's smart. But if you wish to create an argument out of it, then go ahead, I will stand my ground, because I will happily call people out when they say something which is completely stupid. Developaws (talk) 12:26, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    "Also I'd request that people take the reply I just made to choco to not be "considered". That was pure fuel to the fact he's an idiot, and that he has no idea of any of the workings of the pain and suffering of working with web" -your exact quote. It's not appropriate, in or out of context. I have a greater issue with the way you're acting like a jerk. Show me you're mature. Don't show me this. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:37, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait.pngConditional. I agree with TheSatanicSanta's Conditions --sokratis12GR Staff 06:58, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    I also only promise to break your heart, and not your body the wiki. Developaws (talk) 09:47, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting wait.pngConditional If you test everything before pushing it to the wiki Pictogram voting support.pngSupport otherwise Pictogram voting oppose.pngAgainst. -Moritz30German translator 09:57, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
    So put you as our guinniepig, to test these changes? Okay :) Developaws (talk) 10:01, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting neutral.pngNeutral or Pictogram voting wait.pngConditional. I mostly forgot about Cblair91/Developaws (I still can’t get used to the new username) and didn’t meet with her, but I do know what has she done here. I encourage accepting more administrators, since two of them appear to be not enough. But, with great power comes great responsibility. I know about the link disambiguation incident and I was even discussing it here. Anyway, SatanicSanta and xbony2 said everything, there’s no need to recite them. β€” NickTheRed37 (talk) 14:50, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.pngComment. This RfA is very depressing. The language here is getting a bit heated. I suggest closing this RfA for people to cool down. (but I have to agree with xbony, he's making some good points here) -- 03:19, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
  • X mark.pngAgainst. I have not seen Developaws do anything since I have started...so I don't think this person holds a high enough stake in what happens here. — ScottKillenStaff [⌨] 18:52, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
    Well I've been around for a while (I'd say 2 years now), however, more of my recent stuff has been tech things like Lua, JS, or CSS changes (So not really seen /all/ that often, but none the less, some of my work should have been seen.) :P Developaws (talk) 19:01, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
    Edit: Since you've only been here since the 27th of June, 2016. Should you really be voting AGAINST a person because you've not "seen me do anything"? A month to see somebody's work really isn't that large a time frame, just saying. Try checking some of my contributions in the module/mediawiki namespace, and tell me that I don't really "do anything". Developaws (talk) 19:07, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
    Sorry you disagree with my vote. That is not unexpected. I did not say you don't do anything. I said I haven't seen you do anything. I believe that an admin should be at least as committed as its editors. I am not trying to insult you...but the facts, as I see them is that you have not been around for five months (4 and 1/2 if you count a single character grammar change.) and then you came back, worked for 2 days, applied for admin and then made 3 more constructive changes over the next two weeks. I see you insult Choco and make jokes about Sokratis' and Moritz' conditions and Now your first encounter with me is to condescend...I think I might actually be less likely to work here if you were an admin....so, again, not to insult you...but my newbie self still votes X mark.pngAgainst. If my vote should count less, I leave that up to whomever does the count. — ScottKillenStaff [⌨] 20:31, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
  • X mark.pngAgainst. I agree with some of what Scottkillen said and some of what Cblair91 said. Doing some tech work to the wiki is good but to become an admin -in my opinion- needs to also document mods as well. I do understand that you want to become an admin to work on the phone design and such but you can do what Xbony2 did and apply to have the rights that you need but you still remain a staff (unless the new system is applied).IndestructiblePharaohVII 13:57, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Closed. Please see the application section


Main page[edit source]

Remove the translation tags surrounding {{#invoke:Mod List|major}} and {{#invoke:Mod List|minor}}. The language is automatically detected, as it should of been. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:41, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 18:21, 6 August 2016 (UTC)
"This is one of those errors typically made by a person more familiar with the spoken than the written form of English". Bullshit, I'm antisocial. -Xbony2 (talk) 19:55, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Lang fix[edit source]

Make the code and pageSuffix methods of Module:Language public. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:09, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Module:Utility_functions already has a public version of pageSuffix, although you have to trim the first character off if you're not using it as a link. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 21:15, 13 May 2016 (UTC)
I mostly want code; I just threw in pageSuffix because, why not? -Xbony2 (talk) 21:19, 13 May 2016 (UTC)
You should be able to get code from pageSuffix and just trim off the /. -- SatanicSantaFTB Wiki Admin 16:13, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
That's ugly and redundant code. -Xbony2 (talk) 10:29, 23 May 2016 (UTC)
require(Module:Utility_functions).pageSuffix():sub(2) is not that ugly in the grand scheme of things, especially as you'd only likely have to call it once. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 16:40, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Group updates[edit source]

-Xbony2 (talk) 21:20, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

-Xbony2 (talk) 11:03, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Veto. That person has only been editing the wiki for a couple days. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 04:04, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
Editor should be given out whenever you think someone's edits are good enough that they don't need to be manually patrolled. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 05:22, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
"Promoted based on staff choosing; any staff can nominate a user for editor rights if they are trustworthy and if they create documentation past a few pages. Requires no formal vote." - My renewed and unfinished group proposal. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:48, 4 June 2016 (UTC)
Peter: I agree. But we also shouldn't give it out to people who only have 30 contributions. I don't think that's enough to determine that they will almost always have edits that don't need to be looked at too much by staff.
Xbony: I don't know why your future proposal is really relevant in our decision making right now, where your proposal hasn't even been proposed. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 17:17, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
That portion of my proposal is my interpretation of how it works currently. Apparently I'm wrong, but then again there isn't an established group system here (hence why I'm making my proposal- so we can have a system to cover all cases, and so each staff member that joins joins the same way). -Xbony2 (talk) 18:10, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

(the more active editathoners) -Xbony2 (talk) 11:32, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 17:11, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

New editor retention[edit source]

Here's something that people (by that i mean everyone) should work towards. This was something I was working on, which involved creating new policies, pushing the translation tools, visual editor/template data, the new notification system and most importantly the wikilove and thanks extensions which i believe have been since removed. Of course while I haven't observed/monitored the wiki closely, but you'll know if anything I say here is true or relevant. -- properly signed (Former Wiki Lead); July, 2016

Rationale[edit source]

As with any volunteering work, inviting and retaining new volunteers is an issue. Since reestablishing the wiki as a public wiki, there has been no significant (perceivable) increases in the editorship among the general public. There has also been no significant structural change to the content or the administration of the wiki (although there seems to be a closed off effort to reorganize the categories on going? I advise you create a project page to invite general participation). I put this here because only the current admins have the power to instigate any meaningful change in the current state of the wiki. The wiki lead has been phased out (for the better), but the admin (and possibly the staff) needs to take up the responsibilities that were previously held by the lead. Currently the wiki isn't going anywhere, it's just chugging along since I left it, maybe fixing the shit I left behind.

Resources[edit source]

Assessment[edit source]

  • Editor by tenure: Stagnant admin/staff count could represent two things: (1) failure to retain editorship (2) administrative failure (I'm leaning towards the latter). There should be a clear direction in which the admins are taking the wiki. I see none of that.
  • Accessibility: The existence of the visual editor significantly lowered the bar of starting to edit. But as crafting grids and infoboxes are central to many of the pages on the wiki, there remains a challenge for new users to understand how they work. The TemplateData extension was my intended solution to this but it has been removed. It is impractical to think that a visual editor without template data will solve the problem of the inaccessibility of wikitext on this specific wiki. The existence of excessive levels of user groups also gives the impression of a closed community. The PRO tag also works to give off the same impression (especially when 90% of the edits are made by pro users, though since it's a curse thing we really can't do anything about it).
  • New user editing experience: There is no longer any obstacle for any user to begin to contribute. However, retention still seems to be a problem. Special shoutout to Xbony2 for scaring off anon editors. In general there is a lack of compliments and a surplus of criticism (direct or indirect). templates remains an issue to new users, until a better system is in place, the burden is placed on the staff to add/include templates on new pages instead of asking a new user to understand the complicated tilesheet/oredict/crafting grid system that is in place.
  • Mobile audience: The generic mobile skin is present. However, templates and other page elements are not optimized for mobile. Crafting grids also don't seem to be working. Editing on mobile remains a miserable experience (this is however, to be expected).

Recommended Actions[edit source]

  • Establish clear and simple wiki policies. Convey clearly to active and "tenured" editors the official stance (decided by consensus) towards new editors.
  • Identify possible obstacles that may cause disinterest in editing in the different stages of wiki participation up to adminship and bureaucrat requests. cf. attrition pipeline
  • "Openness begets participation". Encourage and mentor new users, express your appreciation to their contribution (the thanks ext is a good lightweight solution to this, wikilove would also be good). Assume good faith. Simplify the user hierarchy. If possible, hide the pro user tag (it looks ugly as fuck anyway).
  • Ease the use of templates. Test out the TemplateData extension (used on wikipedia, go check it out [2] [3]). Write guides that are geared toward new users. Do not expect, however, the new users to read them. Make them accessible, but don't make them mandatory.
  • Encourage participation, let people know that anyone can edit the wiki. (I'm looking at whoever keeps adding {{IP}} to anon user pages) You won't get any new users if no one knows that the wiki is open to the public. Coordinate with the FTB team (forcefully, that's how i pissed them off. this is called the official ftb wiki after all) to inform players the existence of this resource.

Closing Remarks[edit source]

As the current active editorship is low, this seems like a lot of work. But it is crucial for a wiki to have editors to be able to survive. There will be that one day when you decide to retire from editing, who's going to take your place then? Inviting participation and retaining users should always remain a top priority for any wiki. Of course this wiki will die if modded minecraft ceases to exist (ftb is already ded to me). {{}}

Update July, 2016[edit source]

Let me tell you my story, Xbony2, to motivate you my intentions. I want everyone to think about why they are doing what they are doing and ask yourself, "Will other people want to contribute under the same mindset?". You be your own judge to decide whether the model you envison the wiki to have is a sustainable model.

The following account may not be entirely accurate as I don't have perfect memory.

In the beginning, I joined as a mandarin translator. My motivation is that, I hope ftb will be able to expand in to the vast untapped market that is the mandarin speaking part of the globe. I chugged along, translating as they instructed. They put english articles into a shared dropbox folder, and I translate them into mandarin. However, months passed and no new english articles were added, and if I recall correctly, my translations weren't added in a timely fashion either. I finally conjured up the courage to ask for editing privileges on the wiki. (Translators did not have that back then)

I observed that there were almost no activity on the wiki, none of the staff editors were updating the website often. How exactly I started to update templates I can't remember clearly, but I volunteered to update the wiki skin. I push for more staff to be hired, and started organize the templates. A some point, I think it was shortly after I updated the skin, the ftb "core" team updated the forum skin. I was kind of frustrated that they did not bother to inform me but I assumed they did not know by then. Eventually I got "promoted" to a full wiki staff member. I think by then, the wiki is still closed, and I realized that whatever model we were operating under is not sustainable. I pushed strongly (I can't emphasize enough how strongly I pushed for this) to open the wiki up to the public. And so we did, to a horrible start. Spambots plagued the wiki and we had to stop it within minutes. We decided to make it so that only registered members may edit. At somepoint we realized that navboxes keeps crashing the server, and I developed some broken extensions to attempt to solve the problem (I should have just asked for outside talent, I admit fault on my part). But this part is irrelevant to what I was aiming for, so I will not go into detail.

In the beginning I was content, the wiki was open to the public and I expected editorship to rise dramatically. That was not the case (and still is not). After a couple months, I postulated that the staff rank may be discouraging new editors from continuing to edit (again, I should have done a survey to research but I did not, and I admit fault). I felt that the existence of a staff on the wiki established some kind of hegemony, and that the goal of the users is to contribute enough to become a staff (this is why I am now opposed to any kind of addition to user ranks). This discouraged users that do not have a lot of time to contribute and lacked long term commitment to editing. The goal of a wiki is that anyone should be able to edit the wiki easily and without hassle (reason I oppose the IP template). I started to move towards more radical changes. I added a bunch of new accessiblity extensions, even when they were in early alpha, VisualEditor, Translation, etc... (It was I that introduced the very position that you occupy right now, xbony2. and the only reason your position exists, is because I believed that more people should be able to edit/translate the wiki without any technical knowledge. I created this position because I felt the process of marking a page for translation is difficult and I felt the need for a person to specialize in this so that other staff may focus on editing/improving the wiki). I also introduced WikiLove and Thanks to become more welcoming (I also admit fault at creating hostile warning templates, and failure to use the wikilove properly. However, I still maintain that the thanks extension is useful, as it only adds a link next to contributions that notifies users that another contributor thanked them for their edit. this is one reason I added the notifications extension). This was also why I unified template documentation, make crafting grid templates modular (creating them are way easier than they have been before) and introduced the TemplateData extention. I wanted anyone who wished to contribute to be able to.

The next step I was planning to take is to gradually phase out the staff rank believe it or not. I was planning to promote trustworthy staff members and demote the rest (one stepping stone was to let staff decide who should be staff, believe it or not, I was responsible for approving staff application before that). I was also ready to step down and abolish the lead position and give the adminship full reign over the direction of the wiki. This is how it should be. Any wiki should be self regulating and any kind of adminship hegemony is unnatural and serves as a barrier to easy access. I get why the current staff may want to keep the staff rank, and I admit my views are a bit too idealistic without proper research to back it up. This is also why I've said that the wiki is stagnant. Stagnant in the sense of organization. In terms of content, the wiki is doing just fine. But apart from making the wiki software more stable, there isn't really any direction that the adminship is headed towards to. (This is my opinion. I've only really checked the wiki out for a couple of days. I may not have the entire picture. If you feel this is untrue, then by all means continue what you are doing.)

This tells you the reason that the first thing I post after I revisit the wiki is to post about editor retention. Editor retention is the only reason I've taken the wiki in the direction it has gone. And I am sad that it has not kept heading in that direction (I am serious, an MS Paint award is not a sincere award). There may be efforts to welcome new editors, but I haven't seen a community wide effort to push for that. That was my ultimate goal and the ultimate reason I fell out with the team. I pleaded them to actually promote the wiki actively, but the response that came back was, essentially, "perhaps you aren't competent enough, we should find someone else". Part of me am glad that they did not follow through and got another wiki lead, but part of me is also sad that perhaps the new lead would continue what I left.

Thus I urge, strongly, for current editors, to revisit this issue of editor retention. Do the proper research, the links I provided are merely resources, and take the appropriate action. Create a clear direction for the wiki (eg. foster a welcoming and accessibile enviornment for modded players). To reiterate, you need to accept the bitter truth, there is going to be the day when you are unable to continue your work, and you need someone to take your place (you are important!). Start early, so you can find good talent. I do not hold the final word of any wiki policies, as I no longer have any kind of power, but I do hope that every one of you will share by belief that editor retention should be the goal of any wiki.

I also want to reaffirm my gratitude for current wiki staff members. I have not interacted with many of you and you have done a great job. My comments are in nature a bit hostile, as they are in a conflict of the status quo. Please don't take it that way. And as many of you (if not all except retep) never seen the state of the wiki when I started to work on it, please understand that the only reason that you are able to work on the wiki today, is that I believed in editor retention and worked to accomplish that.

And to xbony, my comments are not meant as critism, if you believe that you are falsely accused and that other people agrees, then declare it wrong and move on. There is no need to be upset. You did a great job and I want you to continue to do so.

-- Jinbobo (speaking as Former Wiki Lead). July, 2016

Above plain wikitext is signed. This was hastily typed and may contain errors, if you spot any of them, please add an errata section after the signature and do not edit the wikitext as that will invalidate the signature. --J.

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Addendum[edit source]

Here are my reasons to oppose to any form of exclusive rank, be it staff, or the pro label. Ranks are fine if you have established rules for joining and clear roles for the rank. I personally believe that an excessive user rank structure is an impediment to open and easy access. The first two reasons are the main reason I think this way.

  • Establishment hegemony: The same people occupy important positions for too long and no fresh ideas are injected.
  • New editor mentality: They have staff, why should I bother contributing. (this is a wiki after all)
  • Overwhelming: There are too many ranks to climb. The ladder is hard to navigate.
  • Intimidating: Everyone editing has X rank, what if I make a mistake? Do those people with rank Y override my opinion?
  • Time commitment: It appears that the purpose of editing the wiki is climb up the ranks, and I don't have the time for this.
  • Undervalued contributions: This person has rank X and I have rank Y, does that make his contribution more important or valuable?
  • Fixation on prestige: He got rank X and has Y edits. Does that mean I need Y edits to obtain that rank? (edit counts are counterproductive! By all means include it on your user page, it is a metric of your impact on the wiki indeed. But putting it on page level 2 (one click from the main page) might not be the wisest idea. I realize this now and I regret including that on the staff page.)
  • Improper motivation: User X join the wiki with the specific intention to get to rank Y for bragging rights. However, User X does not fully understand the workings of the wiki resulting in low quality contributions.
  • Sense of divide: The most visible people here all have rank X, but I have rank Y, does that mean I am unwelcome here?

The reason I hope the team cut down on the number of ranks is to give the image of an even playing field, that the different right classes are established only out of necessity (eg. editor, sysop) and not arbitrarily.

To stress this again. You do not need to answer to me, I'm only providing feedback. You should value feedback, even if it is a criticism of your actions. It is, after all, the nature of it. I encourage you all to invite editors, new and old, to participate in this discussion. The cost of maintaining a wiki only grows not shrinks. -- 73.73.175.189 01:47, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

Comments[edit source]

You may leave your comments here. I am leaving it as is and will not be providing any more comments. The staff and admin should come to a consensus of the situation at hand and any actions to take among themselves, however, anyone is free to participate in the conversation.


There is a page for the category overhaul, btw. It's here. I don't really think it's up-to-date, though. It's more or less Santa's project.

This wiki has not declined. I'm very insulted that you think it is. It's been going places. It's moved in status from "that other wiki" to "the new wiki". We're actually used now, actually relevant now, believe it or not. When I joined the wiki, we had about 5000 articles. It's now at around 11,000 articles.

I think the direction we staff are taking is obvious- we're going up. I've been trying to work on 1.8/1.9/1.10 documentation, so when that version becomes the version that everyone uses, this wiki will be a well-established reference point, and hopefully will grow in usage and editors. Other staff are more focused on making up for what we have in 1.7 documentation, since there's plenty to do there.

I removed TemplateData a while ago, because it doesn't work if you have VisualEditor disabled (like me, and many other editors do). I strongly dislike VisualEditor- I don't like correcting <languages></languages> every edit. It's just bad. I don't think levels give an impression of a closed community. Actually, I think the opposite- editors look up and say, hey, I can do that. Either way, it's still very easy to edit.

Why are you bashing the IP award? It's funny. It's encouraging, a warm welcome, in my opinion. You get it if you make a contributing edit. And if you use your regular account, you get the good old classic bony welcome. Some new users have used their user talk page to ask questions, which I think is cool.

About templates btw- one thing I don't mind taking credit for the MediaWiki:Gadget-toolbar.js. It adds a toolbar with all of the FTB Wiki's most used templates. It makes it a lot easier to new users to use templates. Getting new users to understand templates is tough, and there's no magical way to do it. But we haves guides, we have the toolbar, and we have staff that help out.

Mobile sucks ass. We get it. That's something we want to improve at some point; actually, we want to improve the entire skin.

What's next? Policies. We're working on that, but ultimately having a formula for every single thing is silly. We expect staff and editors to use common sense. We don't want to make a hundred thousand byte policy just say "be a good guy"- that's pretty much redundant, and a waste of our time.

I don't like wikilove or similar extensions. If you need a special extension to tell someone thank you, you're kind of lazy. It means a lot more to just to say "thank you" then to mess with barnstars and cookies. They really don't mean anything.

We have guides. Here's a nice guide to assist with templates. I also started a general getting started guide, although it's quite incomplete (but still useful).

I had an editathon a while ago. That was great on newcomer participation. Went really well. People know this wiki is open to the public. It's not in its dark ages anymore. It's a real shame that this wiki was once only accessible by staff; It should of [this is where Retep bashes me for grammar] been open to all users day one, this day, and every day in between.

The currently editorship isn't low. It's pretty much higher then it's ever been, and I intend to push it and the wiki as far as it can go. Modded Minecraft isn't going to die, at least not any time soon, so mod documentation will always have a place. I plan to monitor this wiki even when it does, though, kind of like a dragon watching over its treasures. -Xbony2 (talk) 15:40, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

I have PRO hidden for myself btw. If you don't like it, hide ".gamepedia_pro_user:before". We could hide it globally, but Gamepedia might not like that. -Xbony2 (talk) 15:52, 4 July 2016 (UTC)
I said I wasn't going to comment, but Xbony2 here is making it difficult. I am not saying that the wiki is declining. I'm suggesting that the wiki is stagnant. The edit count may have risen, but from what I can tell, editor retention remains a problem (just from me looking at the active users list). My intention is to draw attention to the issue to the problem of editor retention and implore the team to take it seriously. I do not have the stats to back any of my claims up. These assessments are made purely based on what I've seen in a single day. I hope to team would be able to monitor the actual amount of new editors and their retention and consider whether the obstacles I've outlined matter to the wiki and take the appropriate action. I intended this comment section to be a dialog and discussion between staff members and editors at large and not as a section for responses to my post. You may want to restructure this section. The reasoning behind inviting regular users is to be able to get actual feedback from regular/new editors, this I highly advise you include this in the forum, the site notice and where. This is a great timing as the editathon (good job) just concluded and we have fresh editors that may be willing to share their experiences as new editors. As for Xbony2, I'm taking back my endorsement as he does not seem to take this issue seriously (I highly doubt you've even looked at the links). You can joke with established users all you want, but you need to take a good look at the attrition pipeline and think about who you're potentially driving off. I want to reemphasize, there will, not might, be one day you decide to retire from wiki work and you need editors to fill that gap. Editor retention is important, the stakes are higher than you think it is. I implore to everyone that is currently involved with the wiki to treat the issue with care.
This was not intended as a criticism of the wiki and I apologize if any of you took it that way.
tl;dr this should be a dialog between editors at large, this is a good starting point. what I've stated here are only suggestions, you need to decide what's important and what actions to take.
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If you were just going to lay out a big proposal and not respond to any criticism of it, I'd be awfully disappointed.
Yes, keeping editors around ("editor retention", as you like you call it) is an issue. I know it's an issue. We know it's an issue. I take it seriously. That's why I'm the person who usually welcomes and assists newcomers, that's why I'm the person who has been creating/improving tools and guides to simplify the wiki experience. I'm very much insulted that you don't think I take this issue seriously. According to SatanicSanta, what I've done on this matter has been quite helpfully, thank you very much.
But yes, it's true I just skimmed through the links you provided. Although there's many things we can learn (and have learned) about Wikipedia, but their growth problems are much different than ours. We're a gaming wiki, and the average age of our viewers is about 15. We're largely incomplete, whereas Wikipedia is largely complete (or at least, it looks largely complete). The way we create articles and the way we delete them is far different. I could list differences all day. The point is, I'm much more interested in your and other users' suggestions to improve this wiki, not Sue's suggestions to improve Wikipedia.
This is very much a criticism of this wiki, and a criticism of my actions and the actions of other staff, even if you say it isn't. I know you have good intentions in mind, but your re-enterance to this wiki has been more of a disturbance than a help, and I'm not the only editor who thinks this. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:45, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
Santa also proves that as useful as the welcome messages are, none of the editors on the list have actually stayed around for more than a few weeks. It's all well and good getting 100 contributions off people, but if they then disappear never to be seen again, users will never have any experience to keep the wiki up (you can't keep training people for them to leave). Long term retention is the overarching issue, and nothing has been done to handle that (at least successfully). The recent edithon is a chronic example of this, none of the editors stayed after it had finished, some didn't even stay the whole week, and that was with a Steam card to bribe people to edit more. {{IP}} hasn't proved it's even helped as much as the welcome messages either, how many users have actually made accounts that received it? There's a fair chance most IPs don't even read their talk pages.
The links might be more general, but the other comments are direct for applying to the wiki. We may hate the visual editor, but for new users it's so much easier than editing the raw wiki text, so having to cater for them is a fair thing to do to encourage editors to learn the (complicated) template systems more gently. The mobile skin is hell for using when {{Gc}} doesn't show and neither do navboxes, there's an entire user-base excluded because the js doesn't load. It's comments like this that we should be taking on board, rather than blanket rejecting as being for a different type of wiki.
I feel we may be being too defensive to actually look at how we've ended up in the situation we're in. Jin may have not put his point across terribly well in the most effective way, but the truth is we haven't had many long term editors at all, and most of the content comes from only a few people. If we want to be able to keep up with the ever changing modded Minecraft seen, we need to get more editors that play with different mods. Looking at how empty mods like Thermal Expansion is despite it's huge use is evidence that the current editor set doesn't play with it, and because there's so few, it leaves no one to actually document it. Jin is really just making comments and suggestions about the situation, whilst some of them may be more focused on individuals, the hostility they have been met with probably makes them seem more criticising than they were intended to be. To ignore and reject all of them I don't think is the best idea for the long term, an outsider's view is useful to see what the rest of the world thinks of what's happening, especially if they have experience in what we're doing. There is no need to agree with absolutely everything Jin's suggested, but I think we should explore them at least for our own sake.
Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 15:13, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
Again, I apologize to xbony2. I want to say that the entire team has done a great job. You guys have taken the wiki to places I could never taken it to. I want to reiterate that my comment is to suggest to you that your current model is in my opinion not sustainable and I urge you to evaluate the situation. I thank everyone who has taken my comments seriously and taken concrete steps to address it. I also urge to not just discuss this issue within the team, outside feedback from potential editors, former editors, new editors alike are important as you may be blinded by your own views. I do not intend to reenter the wiki business. I have, however, poured a lot of effort, just like all of you, into the wiki, and I feel obligated to bring to light an issue that I have deem important and remains unsolved. This in part, is failure on my own part. I hope that you believe that I have the best intentions in mind. Thank you.
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-- 128.135.100.114 18:07, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
Random point- this format was a bad format. I wish you structured it like a normal talk page message. Also the PGP signature isn't necessary, it's just making things hard to work around.
I'm sorry for being hostile and reactive. I know I have been.
Wanna know my story? I wasn't around when you were around. I joined the wiki, on its original address, on the 15th of July 2014 (shit, my 2 year anniversary is in ten days). I really wish I joined the project sooner, but I am young, sixteen, and I bet I would of been kicked with my lack of professionalism if I joined in 2013 :P I edited some of the IC2 pages, and some of the Nuclear Control pages- I'm the current maintainer of Nuclear Control. I was a GregTech fanboy, so when GregTech called this their official wiki, I called it my own as well. I became mod maintainer (DAC) and part of staff on October 28th, 2014. I branched out to documenting other mods. In 2015, wiki editing became my main hobby. I edited pretty much every single day... I figured out how to use translation markup (it's really quite simple) and become a translation administrator on May 4th. I don't know why, but translation and linguistics is something that interests me a lot...
I remember during summer, I saw a Direwolf ForgeCraft video. It showed an early version of Immersive Engineering. I said, shit, that's going to be the next big mod, and I swore to document it. And I did, once it was released. It's one of the most referred to mods on the wiki. The mod author has kept updating the mod, and I've kept updating the documentation on it, and I'm about sick of it xD
I've kind of become the most active editor on the wiki. You can measure it in edits, wikipoints, or better yet time spent. I got a package from Gamepedia in November cause of it, with some fun shit in it, a tee-shirt, hydra plushie, some other fun stuff.
I've still been around, pumping out documentation for various mods and patching shit up. I applied for admin/bureaucrat February. Really don't go so well for two reasons. The first being I didn't explain so well what I'd do with these rights. The second being I was applying for bureaucrat and skipping admin. I figured that all of the current admins are bureaucrats already, and if you trust a user enough to be admin, why not the extra right or two of a bureaucrat? My group reform proposal had admin and bureaucrat merged, but Retep and Santa stomped on that shit like a wack-a-mole. I closed the application on the condition Retep and Santa improve their lack of activity and responsiveness. Currently, they do it in waves, but they've improved, I guess. -Xbony2 (talk) 01:57, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

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For the record, I think I've only really kicked one single person out for being extremely immature (of course after consulting the staff editors), right Santa? *cough chris cough* {{}} -- 73.73.175.189 03:34, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

I'm against some of your points on groups. Maybe they hurt retention somewhat, but I think most of the new users are more discouraged by 1) documentation is boring to create and 2) documentation is hard to create. I don't think it's really groups. There are other things I disagree with it, but this is one of the main things. -Xbony2 (talk) 01:09, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
As long as there is overwhelming consensus then it is fine (get feedback from actual users!). I accept that I may be wrong on certain points and you should too. You seem to be too attached to your ideas. All I want from you is an acknowledgement to look into this issue, nothing more nothing less. My comments are only suggestions and feedback, and you should take it that way. Imagine I submitted this as a survey response and I've left the section that solicits permission to follow up blank. I am doing this because I am clearly not the person you should be discussing this with.
(My entire point is if it's hard for new users to begin. Make it easy! VisualEditor removes the wikitext barrier, it's a start, but it's not good enough. The points listed are only examples, there might be more, of potential reasons new users may be discouraged by excessive amounts of ranks. You may disagree with them, but are you willing to accommodate people who think that way?) -- 73.73.175.189 03:44, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
I'm going to work on creating a survey for general information.
VisualEditor is generally bad. The main reason we have it on this wiki is because Gamepedia put it on all of their wikis. When we first got it, we talked about trying to remove it, or trying to hide it. The idea behind it is great, but for whatever large amount of resources that have been sinked into it, it hasn't impressed me much. For spelling/grammar fixes, it works well, and that's why I won't advocate for removing it- you shouldn't have to understand complex markup just for that. But it is no solution for the "wikitext barrier"- templates and tags are a massive hassle through it, and most pages that have been created purely through it get covered with template messages ({{Infobox needed}}, {{Cleanup}}, etc) or nowadays get pretty much rewritten by me. -Xbony2 (talk) 14:51, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
It should be a solution for it though, all the antics with the template data and such to make them work better in it is what's really necessary, it's just with none of the editors really using it no one's ever tried. Not to mention how you fixing them is not a viable solution to the problem what so ever. The best view I suppose is to ask the people who have made a few edits whether they'd rather use it and clunk about or read a huge wall of text about {{Cg/Crafting Table}} and {{Gc}} then edit the wiki markup directly. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 15:13, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
I want to complain about a thing that is unrelated. the baseline on the doc tpl headers and cbb headers is off. And it's annoying me. Kappa.png -- 128.135.100.114 16:14, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

I agree to Jinbobo that the "pro" mark is stupid. The symbol gives the view that it is a closed community and has the appearance that some are "pro", and the person who wants to help and purely looking for the first time, thinks he is a "noob".
Guides: Meanwhile, I have found many pages you would need for edit (internal and external) but some I still have to ask. An overview of all possible stuff (with links to the special pages/guides/template definitions) I miss to this day. Some useful pages are hard to find and accessible only via detours. For example Special:TileList. --LuminousLizard FTB Wiki Staff de-N / "en-2" (talk) 17:25, 4 July 2016 (UTC)
We can't really do much about PRO, even though it is pretty clunky. Curse will probably do something to improve it; users from the Minecraft Wiki and WOWpedia wikis among many other wikis have complained about it (they're big wiki fry compared to us small wiki fry). You can hide it in your CSS though (the users of the Minecraft Wiki made it into a Gadget, which I think would be a cool idea to steal).
As for lists, the sidebar has links to important things, like the community portal (which is an outdated page I need to get around to improving. It looks like it's admin only though, which is probably why I haven't), the recent changes, the MOS, the noticeboards, the full list of templates, modules, special pages, mod abbreviations, etc. I'd to work on making an improved sidebar some time, though. -Xbony2 (talk) 19:49, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

  • I don't particularly agree about "pro". I don't think it's significant enough to turn off a large amount of editors just by seeing that people here are "Pro". It also hasn't been around long enough for us to observe a significant effect. Since it's been around, there hasn't been a change in the amount of non-staff edits.
  • Most of the administrative stuff lately has been around changing and creating new things in Tilesheets and OreDict, not really things visible here on the wiki in some fancy way like RC. For example, these extensions now have APIs that we will soon be using to import tilesheets and stuff with Peter's tilesheet program. Another example of this is that tiles can now be translated. You wouldn't really know that this happened unless you looked at the special pages and noticed the new "TileTranslator". There are also some other projects that we've been slowly working on, not just as administrators but as a group together, like deprecating {{G}}, the category overhaul, and as of yesterday deprecating/deleting all of the Help pages.
  • I also don't agree about the level of groups. I agree the amount we have sucks and we need to remove a few of them, but I really doubt it has an effect on editors. Most editors probably won't even see the various rights and groups unless they look at special pages or random users profiles (most of us don't even use the UserProfile as our main user page, so that's even more unlikely).
  • Criticism vs compliments/thanks is something I plan on surveying here. I just have to write some code to help me do the actual surveying. Once I do that, we will be making appropriate changes. I have personally noticed that the majority of the things on user talk pages are either "welcome!" or "you did this wrongly", especially since we got rid of the thanks extension. That extension is kind of annoying and I agree with xbony that it's lazy, but I also feel like it's much better than having dozens of "thank you" messages on their talk pages. That might be more annoying to be honest. When we had WikiLove we never used it as anything but a joke. You can see that on many of our talk pages and talk page archives. We do encourage that users read our crafting grid guides and such, but having new users understand how tilesheets works is kind of ridiculous, especially since they can't even import them. All we ask of new users is to give us the tiles and we do some magic shit.
  • Mobile sucks. I use mobile all the time, and I hate it. Super unusable. You can't even view tiles. Definitely something we need to fix.
  • Interaction and cooperation with FTB has slightly improved, but we still haven't been mentioned in the news posts despite being told that our news will be included. Somewhat disappointing, but there really isn't anything we can do but bitch, which we do.

-- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 19:38, 4 July 2016 (UTC)


Apparently the β€œcrisis of the staff system” began way earlier than when I questioned whether is it needed (I wasn’t honestly aware of this message back then). Pictogram voting support.pngI agree with Jin that its mere existence may hinder the input of new users. β€”Β NickTheRed37 (talk) 14:54, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

And yet, staff and ex-staff are the only ones that complain about it... -Xbony2 (talk) 15:01, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
That can very simply explained due to beside the occasional IP edit, we don't have any editors that don't have extra rolls (like being a translator). The fact there are no other comments at all is proof we have a very deep problem with retaining people just as editors without giving them more important jobs. Whether the staff system is to blame is another matter, but compared with the current system it certainly can't make it any worse. Chocohead Nagβ€’ Editsβ€’ Staff 22:24, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
>extra rolls
To recap everything, why do we want to remove staff? What effects do we think will occur with the removal of staff? This is not a sarcastic comment, but a question I'd like you/others to answer in one string of comments so we can through it properly. -Xbony2 (talk) 01:11, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
For the record, I am an editor without an extra roll. — ScottKillenStaff [⌨] 02:32, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
I guess my comments here might be relevant, seeing as how I am a new user and all. First, I am grateful that this wiki exists. For me, it allowed me to return to the community that demanded so much of my time with a lesser commitment. (For me, this is lighter work than modding.) The main obstacle for me to remain in the modding community was the huge amount of politics surrounding the deeper levels of modding. (If you want to do anything in MinecraftForge it is political. If you are "connected" there is a low barrier relative to those who are not "connected".) Now that I have participated in the community here for a bit, I see some kind of political machine...which makes me nervous and hinders creativity. I guess there will always be people in any community who seem to mostly be maneuvering for more "power", regardless of how insignificant that power is compared to the Grand Scheme™. From my standpoint, it is this (and not privilege levels) that is the real monster. Give me a framework and I will work in it...but unpredictable flux is dampening. Regarding the privilege system, I understand the need to protect certain areas...and what we are really saying here is that the inadequacies of the software need shielding. I would much prefer the technical solution of improving the software so it is more difficult to abuse--but technical resources are scarce. As I have been able to piece together this discussion from several places, I understand that my comments here may or may not be helpful. If this ramble helps, please use it, if not, please ignore it. Either way, I am all for whatever lets me do what I came here for: to properly document mods. My current level of privilege seems to be the sweet spot.— ScottKillenStaff [⌨] 03:18, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
It's better to talk than not to ^^ -Xbony2 (talk) 08:59, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Protection[edit source]

Requesting a 7-day auto-confirmed protection on Getting Started (Botania), because the vandalism I just saw there was probably the craziest vandalism I've ever seen >.> and it was by a combination of two IPs -Xbony2 (talk) 19:46, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Eh... It's only been vandalized once, which is actually pretty good for those guide pages. Those IPs are blocked which should be enough. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 19:49, 7 August 2016 (UTC)
Eh, but I'm not sure if the second IP was just a pile-on effect or an alt of the first, considering they were the exact same time frame. And if said user has one alt IP, who says they might not have another? Either way, it's safe to give it protection, and it's only for a week. -Xbony2 (talk) 19:53, 7 August 2016 (UTC)

Munin295 for editor[edit source]

title says all -Xbony2 (talk) 21:37, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Retep said I should provide a link. But because it is so much effort on my part, I couldn't help but find a way to make it more fun. So I scrambled it.
u[ i r: n ]U 5 2] 9 M n e [s

-Xbony2 (talk) 21:56, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 23:35, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

GreenZombie76 for editor[edit source]

They are the new account of Fudge. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:46, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 16:03, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Site notice reset[edit source]

It's gone on too long. I will be releasing the results of the survey ASAP, but keep in mind it will take a long time to type everything up. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:17, 1 October 2016 (UTC)

Done -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 00:19, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Extension:Translate updates[edit source]

We should request Gamepedia to update it, I think a bug that might have been affected this wiki has been fixed, and also there's summaries and a few other cool new features. -Xbony2 (talk) 12:03, 12 October 2016 (UTC)

Jamdoggy for editor[edit source]

-Xbony2 (talk) 12:46, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Listo -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 21:24, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Editathon ad (sitenotice request)[edit source]

Like pink? Like magic mods? Consider helping document magic mods in the [[Feed The Beast Wiki:Puffy Pretty Pink Magic Editathon|Puffy Pretty Pink Magic Editathon]]! It's going on from the 27th to the 30th, if you happen to be interested.

-Xbony2 (talk) 23:36, 25 October 2016 (UTC)

Maybe for thanksgiving we can have an editathon about foooooood. Tasty GregTech food. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 03:09, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
This can be cleared. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:22, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
I think an editathon about food isn't a terrible idea. Those articles are typically very simple so it could be used to introduce new people to wiki editing. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 16:45, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Hopefully I finish my mod sooner than that. -IndestructiblePharaohVII 19:13, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
I'm meh on the idea for a few reasons- I don't want to oversaturate editathons; having one editathon per month for three months straight is a bit too much. Editathons are suppose to be special events, and they definitely lose value if they happen frequently. Secondly, having a "food" editathon is rather specific; I'd rather participants be able to focus on documenting the entire mod that they want to, not just some parts of some mods. And also only creating food pages for, I dunno, some large amount of time straight, would be terribly boring, especially for newcomers. -Xbony2 (talk) 19:55, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
These are all very fair and valid points. -- SatanicSantaπŸŽ…FTB Wiki Admin 19:57, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Agreed. -IndestructiblePharaohVII 20:18, 31 October 2016 (UTC)

Name fix[edit source]

On Module:Language/Names, "jp" is not the code for Japanese, "ja" is. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:45, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Romanian (ro) should also be added. -Xbony2 (talk) 21:47, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
Bump? -Xbony2 (talk) 12:46, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
It took you a whopping seven minutes to tell me what Romanian is in Romanian. I expect quicker responses next time. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 13:35, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
It's much better than 3 days. Anyway, "ja" comes before "jbo". -Xbony2 (talk) 13:38, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
Bump. -Xbony2 (talk) 11:22, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
Why do you only seem to care about the alphabetical order of "ja"? There were other entries that were also out of order, so why weren't you bothering anyone to fix those? Do you just hate Norwegian, Lithuanian, and Chinese? You sicken me. πŸ‡Retep998πŸ‡πŸ°Bunny Overlord🐰 15:31, 31 October 2016 (UTC)
It's just the first thing I noticed. -Xbony2 (talk) 19:26, 31 October 2016 (UTC)