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Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, readers, and welcome to the September Issue of Pipe Plaza! I have plenty of news to share with you this month, so let's not waste any more time!

First of all, in chronological order, MrConcreteDonkey (talk) unfortunately resigned from Forum Update last month, leaving a vacant spot in the Sign Up page. If you're interested in signing up for the section, be sure to send me a PM with the application form filled in. However, the team got a new writer this month; please welcome our new Featured writer, Yoshi876 (talk)!!

There were also changes regarding Pipe Plaza sections: we from the Core Staff have decided to move Mario Calendar and Upcoming Games to the Main Team, as we feel that's a more suitable place for them. Additionally, and quite ironically, after removing it from the Pipe Plaza last month, a special issue of NIWA News, written by Co-Director Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), will be featured in this month's Pipe Plaza.

Section of the Month

Last month's SotM poll got 11 votes, half of the 22 votes from the previous poll.

The August Section of the Month, with 6 votes (54.55% of the total), is...

...Mario Calendar, for the fifth time overall!!!

Mario Calendar, written by me, brings a list with all the Mario, Donkey Kong, Wario and Yoshi games released during the month in which the newest 'Shroom issue is released. Last month, we checked all the games released sometime during August. FunkyK38 (talk) got second place with her Tip of the Month, earning 3 votes (27.27%). The third-placed section was Monthly Report, also written by me, with 2 votes (18.18%).


And that's all for now! I hope you enjoy this issue!

Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Welcome to this month's issue of Monthly Report!! As usual, I have no news regarding this section, so let's see the wiki statistics from September, August and July, along with August-September and July-September comparisons.

(Credit goes to Stooben Rooben (talk) and Super Mario Bros. (talk) for the table coding. Stooben originally created it when writing this section back in Issues XXIII, XXV and XXVI, and SMB based his coding for Issues XXXIX, XL and XLI – which I am using in this issue – off of Stooben's coding.)

September Statistics
Statistic As of 11 September 2013 (17:20)*
Content Pages 13,749
All Pages 105,908
Files 48,348
Edits 1,410,241
Edits per Page 13.32
Registered Users 15,629
Active Users 450
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 43
Patrollers 4
Administrators 11
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


August Statistics
Statistic As of 8 August 2013 (20:40)*
Content Pages 13,626
All Pages 104,844
Files 47,697
Edits 1,391,096
Edits per Page 13.27
Registered Users 15,369
Active Users 531
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 44
Patrollers 4
Administrators 10
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


July Statistics
Statistic As of 11 July 2013 (14:00)*
Content Pages 13,553
All Pages 103,361
Files 46,557
Edits 1,368,660
Edits per Page 13.24
Registered Users 15,096
Active Users 592
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 44
Patrollers 4
Administrators 10
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


August — September Statistics
Statistic As of 8 August 2013 (20:40)* As of 11 September 2013 (17:20)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 13,626 13,749 +0.903%
All Pages 104,844 105,908 +1.015%
Files 47,697 48,348 +1.365%
Edits 1,391,096 1,410,241 +1.376%
Edits per Page 13.27 13.32 +0.377%
Registered Users 15,369 15,629 +1.692%
Active Users 531 450 -15.254%
Bots 2 2 0%
Autopatrolled 44 43 -2.273%
Patrollers 4 4 0%
Administrators 10 11 +10%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%


July — September Statistics
Statistic As of 11 July 2013 (14:00)* As of 11 September 2013 (17:20)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 13,553 13,749 +1.446%
All Pages 103,361 105,908 +2.464%
Files 46,557 48,348 +3.847%
Edits 1,368,660 1,410,241 +3.038%
Edits per Page 13.24 13.32 +0.604%
Registered Users 15,096 15,629 +3.531%
Active Users 592 450 -23.986%
Bots 2 2 0%
Autopatrolled 44 43 -2.273%
Patrollers 4 4 0%
Administrators 10 11 +10%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%
*All times EST.

Community Report (YoshiKong (talk))

Hey guys, YoshiKong here to supply you with the wiki's Community Report! So, what happened during my partial-hiatus over the past one-and-a-half-something months? Well as of now I've resumed full activity, so that happened. But here's the other important things that happened. Much preparation and planning was put into a new class and colouration system, which was updated to relect the new way to code and color templates. A "nearest neighbor interpolation" feature was added to the wiki's CSS. This enables a better visual quality of images which are scaled higher than the native resolution on pages (especially sprites). Additionally, wiki veteran Ghost Jam (talk) was reinstated as a sysop after choosing to return to an administrative position.

These are the proposals which have reached a consensus in the past two months.

And these are the talk page proposals currently in progress.

And that's all for this month's edition of the Community Report. For next month, I have a few changes in mind for how this section could be displayed and formatted, so make sure to check it out. Enjoy the rest of the issue!

Featured (Yoshi876 (talk))

Hello and welcome to this edition of Featured. I'm Yoshi876 and I will be writing this section from now on.

Featured Articles

No new articles have been featured.

Re-featured Articles

No new articles have been re-featured.

FA Nominations

There is only one ongoing Featured Article Nomination. Neo Bowser City was nominated for Featured Article Status on July 31st.

Failed FA Nominations

Bianco Hills (Nominated June 15th, failed August 14th) It failed because there problems with tense, it sounded like a walkthrough, the camera movements seemed odd, and it contained a lot of unnecessary information.

Unfeatured Articles

One article has been unfeatured in the past two months. Yoshi (series) (August 17th) It was unfeatured because essential information was missing from the Items section and only two games got substantial coverage.

Unfeaturing Nominations

There are currently no FA Unfeaturing Nominations.

Failed Unfeaturing Nominations

No unfeaturing nominations have failed in the past two months.

And that's it for this issue of Featured. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed.

Projects Seeking Contributors (YoshiKong (talk))

Hey and what's up? Welcome to Projects Seeking Contributors. This section will bring attention to any new and active projects on the wiki where input and general discussion are needed. Let's start with the most active and recent projects seen on the Wiki Collaborations forum board.

Topic Started by... Description
Post Sticky Icon.png Holy Grails Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
A request for valuable information to help expand articles article subjects which are hard to come by. If you are knowledgeable about any content outlined in the thread, then please let us know.
Post Sticky Icon.png 'Shroom Spotlight Hobbes
Henry Tucayo Clay (talk)
Read about the latest updates and progress on the 'Shroom Spotlight project. Users are welcome to post feedback and suggestions for future editions.
Post Normal Icon.png Request: Screencaps of M&L:DT Enemies LTIan
LTIan (talk)
A request for screenshots of the many enemies found in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Post Normal Icon.png COLLAB: Get rid of Images' redirects Megadardery
Megadardery (talk)
A collaboration to help update the links to all image redirects on the wiki.
Post Normal Icon.png Ongoing collab: Adding correct licensing and categories to new files Shokora
YoshiKong (talk)
An ongoing collaboration to help add game image categories and correct licenses to the most recently uploaded files.
Post Normal Icon.png Translation request: WarioWare Smooth Moves "blog" Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
A request to translate several pieces of Japanese content from the WarioWare series and related spin-offs.
Post Normal Icon.png Removing refs to the Super Mario Daijiten? Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
A now-defunct Japanese fansite called the "Super Mario Daijiten (Big Dictionary)", was used as a reference for many names of enemy articles found on the wiki. The site's credibility for official names is being questioned.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: MW:Galleries Kylie Koopa
GBAToad (talk)
A collaboration to help adjust the Gallery pages to comply with the recently implemented policy.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Make "List of Quotes by Character" Pages Megadardery
Megadardery (talk)
A collaboration to create quote pages for specific characters (as per a passed proposal), rather than limiting quotes pages to games only was done in the past.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Empty Section Policy Baby Luigi
Baby Luigi (talk)
A collaboration to help articles comply with the empty section policy.
Post Normal Icon.png Collaboration: Unstubify Knife
Knife (talk)
A collaboration to help clear the stub list, which is currently at around 150 articles.

And that's it for Wiki Collaborations. Once again, see the forum board for the complete list. Discussions which concern specific issues of articles and pages can be found at Category:Unresolved talk pages. Sections of the pages which have a {{Talk}} template require input to resolve an issue. And that's all for Projects Seeking Contributors. Check back here next month for any new issues and collaborations which need input. Enjoy the rest of the issue!

Tip of the Month (FunkyK38 (talk))

When filling in information that is not strictly related to Mario, (i.e., information about real-world items, people, places, etc.) try to use as few Wikipedia links as possible. Links to other wikis in the NIWA are fine, but try not to trace back to Wikipedia too much. We are our own wiki, and we try to keep as separate from them as we can!

NIWA News (Henry Tucayo Clay (talk))

HI, readers! I'm your intergalactic Co-director, Tucayo, here with a special edition of NIWA News!
For some of you, NIWA is just a template in the Main Page; for others, it's a glorified affiliates system. But truth is, NIWA is much more than that. When the Nintendo Independent Wikis Alliance was founded back in 2010, we founded it upon the premise of creating a friendly and cooperative environment to foster new wikis; hence our name, NIWA, which means garden in Japanese. Sadly, our projects have stalled over the last couple of years, producing the image of us being no more than an interwiki linking system.

But we are looking to bring back NIWA back to life, and for that we have several projects:

  • The election of an Executive Board composed by one member of each wiki, plus a Chairman of the Board. The representatives of each wiki will serve as a bridge between their respective wikis and NIWA, helping move projects forward.
    • For the Chairman of the Board, elections will be held soon among the staff members. The Chairman will serve as the new Coordinator.
  • Rewriting the "About" page, as proposed by the Super Mario Wiki Administration. The purpose of revamping it would be to make it more clear and concise, focusing more on us instead of talking about Wikia.
  • Increase participation in social media. For this, the official NIWA Twitter handle will feature news related to all the series we represent.


But those aren't all the projects we have in store. There are a couple more I won't mention until they are more developed, so be sure to check back next month! BYE!

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