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Alex95 (Talk)

"though it's somewhat ironic to welcome someone years after they joined, when they joined around the same time you did." Truth be told, I didn't actually look at your edit history when I gave you this message. I just noticed you made an edit and then gave you the template because that's what we did back then :P Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:12, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

I'm sorry if I poked you a bit with my edit summary. I just got a bit of amusement seeing this message on my user page years after I registered an account. Obviously, I haven't been very active on Super Mario Wiki (I spent most of my time editing on Donkey Kong Wiki while people were still active there), so it's understandable that you would add the template. --The Retro Gamer 09:02, 29 March 2018 (EDT)
Nothing to be sorry about, I find this funny myself. Sometime later, I did notice you registered years before, but by the time I noticed that, it was like "Well, too late now!" That's probably one of the reasons why we abandoned this template :D Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 11:00, 29 March 2018 (EDT)

Merging the wikis[edit]

Hello! I'm a supporter of DKWiki merging with Super Mario Wiki. At the suggestion of Alex95 (talk), I came here to point out some good articles from the DKWiki whose Mario Wiki counterparts would be significantly improved if they had the others' information: Bonus Level, Funky's Fishing and Crosshair Cranky. Just some help with the job. Many people agree with the proposal and there's currently no opposition. My question is, what's gonna happen to DKWiki articles that are equally as good as their MarioWiki counterparts? Would be a pity to delete them simply. -- -- ByeGuy1.png ByeGuy.png ByeGuy2.png 11:28, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

I appreciate your input (as a side note, Crosshair Cranky was recently renovated by Atari Jaguar.)
In regards to the merging process, I am planning to systematically review all articles on DKWiki. After an article is reviewed on DKWiki, a review indicator will be applied to that article (either a template will be added or the page will be deleted; I haven't finalized the review marking method.) During that review process, many of the articles will have no new information or be identical (i.e. likely copied from Super Mario Wiki). These can be safely marked as reviewed. Another group of articles will have new information, or obviously improved formatting, and will be integrated into Super Mario Wiki's version of the article. For the rare case where the information is comparable, but the style is incompatible, a judgement call can be made on which style to retain. Most articles will not have this problem; the information and style of DKWiki is relatively comparable to Super Mario Wiki.
Hopefully that somewhat addresses your question. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask them. --The Retro Gamer 15:04, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

For the record...[edit]

For the record, as the guy who coloured it the way it is to match MarioWiki:Navigation templates, I was well aware that doing the CSS code directly in the DKC article was...less than efficient (one reason why the previous formatting is still on DKC 2/3, etc), especially since there doesn't seem to be a simple way to do odd/even rows within the page code except by doing each row manually [vs. (odd)/(even) in an external stylesheet]. So I support your efforts :) - Reboot (talk) 18:38, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Thanks! I've been learning some CSS, and realized it had direct application here, so I just wanted to help. --The Retro Gamer 18:40, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

re: 2 questions[edit]

1: ayyyyy, just applied it to the css.

2: While making a proposal would be the "proper" thing to do, I guess, my opinion is that it would be an unnecessary delay. I doubt *anybody* would have strong feeling on the notion, especially given the prevalent opinion among the community that DKWiki was redundant, and any objection to content change resulting from the merger would be on a vase-by-case basis anyway. --Glowsquid (talk) 19:06, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Okay. I've been considering the differences between the wikis, so nothing controversial will change without consensus here. People have already been trickling in from MarioWiki to support it anyway, so I agree that it's probably not problematic to merge at this point. --The Retro Gamer 19:16, 15 April 2018 (EDT)


Yeah, um, you can't have your own bot. Not sure how things are run and if you have one on the DKWiki, but here only Porplemontage is allowed to have a bot, or one officially created by the administrators (MarioWiki Bot (talk)). We have some policy pages on this, namely MarioWiki:Bots and MarioWiki:Blocking policy#Bots. However, you are able to request to a Bureaucrat to give you bot status for a time should large changes be needed. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 21:55, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Just saw you messaged Glowsquid about the account, so if he says something different that what I said here, follow that instead :P Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 22:02, 15 April 2018 (EDT)
(Edit conflict) Some merge tasks will require a bot, so I've (perhaps prematurely) registered an account for that purpose. Porplemontage does have a bot for template replacement, but that will be insufficient for merging. If it's a real problem, it can be disabled after the merge is complete, but it will be necessary in the near future. --The Retro Gamer 22:04, 15 April 2018 (EDT)
I'm not sure what you plan on using the bot for (likely to help with merge, I'm assuming), but if you need any large-scale maintenance done, you should talk to Porple and see if he'll configure his bot to do what you need one to do. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 22:07, 15 April 2018 (EDT)
Yes, the bot would be solely for the merge. Porple could probably configure something, but from what I've seen of his bot's contributions here, it's mainly for find-and-replace. I have more specific needs than find-and-replace, like template modification, category additions. I'm not going to do anything without discussion first. Regardless, the point is currently moot, because there's not any immediate need for a bot until I have more specific plans outlined. --The Retro Gamer 22:15, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

re:Flagging an alternate account[edit]

I gave it the bot rank due to the unique circumstances but I have no way to manually set it as autoconfirmed. If push comes to shove it might be easier to ask porplemontage to program porplebot to do your bidding tbh.

I'd recommend starting a thread on our forum board for wiki projects to discuss the merger and identify point of contentions before going forward with a proposal. --Glowsquid (talk) 22:20, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Porple also may be able to set it to autoconfirmed, or I can get the status the old-fashioned way (time and contribs; shouldn't be too hard). Thanks for the suggestion about the boards, I'll make a post there soonish. --The Retro Gamer 22:24, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Photo Album[edit]

Um, you realize we do keep separate articles for official enemy classes, like Dudim Phreykunoutonthis as separate, right? You should split those all back. Either way, that's a large enough-scale change you should have run a proposal for that, period. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:03, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

"Large-scale" varies on the perspective, but I can run a proposal on it if you think it's controversial. You can easily revert my changes if you want to. I've said my piece: the groups aren't independently notable of the album, and it's more useful to redirect them to the album than to spaghetti them into stubbish and speculative pages. If this is a question of consistency, perhaps other enemy groups should be combined into "Enemy groups of Game name" articles --The Retro Gamer 00:08, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
It's not stub if it covers all necessary bases :T . The only reason we don't have one for the DK1 enemy classes is that the names are so overly-generic. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:11, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Note I said "stubbish". --The Retro Gamer 00:18, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

Just for future reference, the outline for a talk page proposal is located on the MarioWiki:Proposals page in both the Basic proposal and support/oppose format and the Talk page proposals sections.
And just a suggestion, maybe go over our policy pages or ask before making major changes, as you seem to be having some trouble adjusting. I know you're just trying to get the merge with DKWiki to work as flawlessly as possible, but you also need to keep in mind how the Super Mario Wiki is handled. Most of us (all of us that has said something, anyway) support this merge and we're here to help you if you need it :) Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 00:47, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

The layout needs to be surrounded in <pre> tags for clarity, because I did copy it directly from the page. I'll try not to step on any more article modification landmines; I did check MarioWiki:Redirects prior to making the change, but it didn't cover turning pages into redirects, so I guess I should have realized that needed a talk page proposal. --The Retro Gamer 00:50, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Pretty much everything in a game with a name gets an article (levels, NPCs, etc.). The only real exception to this so far I can think of has been Power Moon missions. How we went about the Power Moons was decided by a proposal, and it seems to be somewhat the same case here. Usually, a major change such as a page conversion is something that needs to be discussed first, especially when it goes against what has already been solidified.
"The layout needs to be surrounded in <pre> tags for clarity" What exactly needs this? Never mind.
And got your message as I was typing this: the {{TPP}} is there, it's just located in the talk page proposals section. It says to add the template to the top of your proposal, under the header. And I'm not sure on the time, that was decided before I was even registered. Might be a question for an admin that's been here longer than me. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 01:07, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Thanks for the clarification.
I guess "Pretty much everything in a game with a name gets an article (levels, NPCs, etc.)..." is a community norm? In my opinion, that's a dreadful norm that encourages stubbish articles which could be combined into more meaty, interesting articles. It's somewhat disconcerting that this wiki doesn't have Mariowiki:Notability. But DKWiki probably doesn't have it either. --The Retro Gamer 01:29, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Further down on the main proposals page are where the main proposals are held, for things like major wiki-wide changes. The pre-writen code is meant to be the base for those proposals, with an explanation on how talk page proposals work coming next. An extra parameter, sure (it's only seven characters), but there's no need to write the whole code a second time on the same page.
The "everything gets a page" thing is so everything gets its own set of information. It would look terrible if all those infoboxes and Name in other languages charts were crammed onto one page. It also makes categorizing easier. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 01:31, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
I have to sign off because it's getting late for me, but if you have any other questions, let me know and I'll get back to you when I log in tomorrow :) Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 01:33, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Oh, no worries about signing off. Patience is the rule of wikis; without it, one will inevitably despair or be blocked.
I'm fine with everything getting its own information, but not everything needs an infobox. Names in other languages may have a point, but it can't take up too much space? Though I can see how it can be problematic if a named thing doesn't get more than a mention in the main article. Though, I'm not here to change Mariowiki policy, I'm just here to integrate articles (at the moment).
Regarding the proposal template, how about this proposed modification then:
===[Enter the proposal title here]===
[If it's a talk page proposal, include this template: {{TPP}}]

[Describe what issue this proposal is about and what changes you think should be made to improve how the wiki handles that issue]

'''Proposer''': {{User|[Enter your username here]}}<br>
'''Deadline''': [Insert a deadline here, 7 days after the proposal was created (14 for writing guidelines and talk page proposals), at 23:59 GMT, in the format: "August 8, 2011, 23:59 GMT"]

#{{User|[Enter your username here]}} [Make a statement indicating that you support your proposal]


With this version all the sentences are capitalized and it's clear the {{TPP}} needs to be added for talk page proposals (which are the majority of proposals). --The Retro Gamer 01:44, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
To be frank, you shouldn't make a proposal without reading the entirety of the page anyway. There is a separate section meant to describe how talk page proposals work, and there are additional steps that need to be taken for them that would just be a mess to have in the example. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 12:20, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

re:Photo Album[edit]

MarioWiki:Proposals --Glowsquid (talk) 08:50, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

No, the main proposals page. --Glowsquid (talk) 09:38, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

Your templates[edit]

Several of the template pages you've made don't seem all that necessary. I get that templates are supposed to make coding easier, but most of the ones you've made seem redundant.

Not sure on Template:DK levels table row and Template:DK levels table section, but these ones listed raise some major concerns. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 22:56, 22 April 2018 (EDT)

And User:The Retro Gamer/music doesn't need to be a separate page. You can just stick it in your sandbox. No need to create multiple pages tied to your userspace. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:02, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
Regarding {{para needed}}, it can be later expanded to an error category in case a parameter is overlooked. It's a nice catch for mistakes, but if it really isn't wanted, it can always be deleted and removed from the templates it's on. The DK levels templates reduced a great deal of redundancy, allowing changes to the tables to be made in 1 place instead of 7 (before, to change the section headings, one would have to individually modify the section heading for each world's section.) This removal of redundancy and clutter can be clearly seen in this cumulative diff, which reduced the page's size by 5,000 bytes.
table table begin, and table end were just a bit of mucking about before I realized it would just be preferrable to use a combination of table tags and templates. I've marked all 3 for deletion.
You seem concerned about the number of pages in my userspace. Reading through MarioWiki:Userspace, I see nothing concerning about having multiple subpages as long as they're related to the wiki. If I wanted to I could move everything to the sandbox, but it's a personal demarcation: the sandbox is for testing things, and other subpages are for other organizational hierarchies. --The Retro Gamer 23:13, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
Thing with para needed is that it's an error call, which is something editors usually try to avoid. How we usually have it set up, like in cases with infoboxes and other tables, if a parameter is ignored, it is excluded from the transclusion.
Take Template:Character-infobox for example; if "|full name=" is not used on a page, the parameter is ignored. Adding an error call and causing a large full name= is required where the parameter should be is not only space-consuming, but it looks terrible, and if there is something to include there, it would've been included in the first place. Or the parameter can be added later, fully coded and ready to use. This template does not seem necessary.
And you're right, there is no limit to userspace pages as long as they are helpful to the mainspace or are meant to be transcluded onto several pages, like a talk archive or status page. But if it's something like a simple table, it doesn't really need a page of its own, unless you're planning on transcluding just it somewhere else (which is something you don't usually do with a table). Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:26, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
It does look terrible, and that's on purpose. These templates are meant for a very specific purpose, and diverging from that purpose is always wrong. A table can't skip a cell; it should always be filled with something. An error could alert the current editor or any future editor that the template needs to be modified. I could have set it so that it would display "n/a" if a table cell is not filled, but I want the editor to make the conscious choice to format it that way, rather than have any risk of accidentally missing a cell. It's a bit different from a navbox, because a navbox can be expanded to add more information, while a table needs all of the cells in a row filled when a row is created.
Regarding the music subpage that "doesn't really need a page of its own", it's sort of a work-in-progress, and it's the organizational structure I personally find useful. I plan to add to the page. I may misunderstand the wiki format, but I don't think creating a new page uses significantly more memory than adding to an existing page. I will likely continue to create pages for things that "don't really need pages of their own", both because they're a works-in-progresses and because different page names can serve as a useful organizational tool in many cases. --The Retro Gamer 23:42, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
(If I may chime in) Yes, tables should be complete with information, but in the event it is missing information, it's really not so big of an issue that it needs to grab the attention of users in big, red text. An empty cell in and of itself should be enough to let users know that it needs to be filled. Having text to falsely simulate an error message and alert users is unnecessary and just makes the table look worse than it needs to. Wolf Link pose SMM.png Mario JC 01:33, 23 April 2018 (EDT)
Fair point. I've updated it so if individual cells are missing in {{DK levels table row}}, it just displays a "?". I have however, retained the other error messages for the moment, since I would prefer the template not be misused unintentionally. --The Retro Gamer 06:46, 23 April 2018 (EDT)

If User:The Retro Gamer/stuff is only meant to be transcluded onto your main userpage, keep in mind that you cannot do that as per MarioWiki:Userspace#What about user subpages?: "The following uses are NOT allowed, and will be deleted if created: [..] Pages that are just meant to be transcluded onto another page (I.e. a status update that only goes on one page, a subpage that just contains the userbox tower, or some other component of the user page: just put the content on the page directly. If you find that it makes your user page too cluttered, consider lessening the amount of content.)" I know it may seem like I'm being very nitpicky about this stuff, but I'm just trying to help you learn your way around how we do things here. The template can be kept if it's meant to be somewhere else as well, but it seems more like a main userpage kind of thing. Same thing with your User:The Retro Gamer/working, User:The Retro Gamer/links, and User:The Retro Gamer/done pages. They don't need to be separate. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 15:51, 27 April 2018 (EDT)

What Alex95 said. MLPJToadetteWink.gif ToadettetheAchiever 16:42, 27 April 2018 (EDT)
To go over your points individually:
  1. "Could you lend your expertise and opinion to this discussion?" Why does Porplemontage need to enter this discussion?
  2. What do you mean by "Creating new pages has barely any overhead"? Yes, a wiki is built on the amount of content it holds, but that doesn't apply to userpages.
  3. "Database memory is not being saved by deleting pages. The page is still saved in the database, and can be restored at any time." I know that. The point of deleting pages is to prevent regular users from accessing them or to remove anything unwanted or unnecessary. Time is also a factor here. I can't undelete Super Mario Bros. 2 (movie), for example. That record is lost.
  4. "this particular rule was added as a minor edit without any discussion that I can find." There is an admin-only forum board, from which I'm not sure if I'm allowed to quote from. Marioguy1 was also an admin at the time of the rule's addition. However, I know the addition of the rule was discussed internally.
  5. "The main things the user page rules are trying to be prevented are spam and using userpages as a personal repository for non Mariowiki-related things." Yep.
  6. "The only reason I can think of for this rule is a fear of userspace rules evasion through overflow with an extremely large number of pages." Yes and no. Not "fear" exactly. You can have as many sandbox pages as you want (the user Wildgoosespeeder immediately comes to mind as an example), but for pages meant to only transclude onto your main userpage as a way to "save space" is unnecessary.
  7. "But that's what patrollers are for: edits by non-trusted users are specifically reviewed to ensure rules aren't broken." Anyone can do that, hence why I'm talking to you. Not saying you're not untrusted, but I realize you're having trouble adjusting from the DKWiki to here and I'm just trying to help you.
  8. "While I could put everything on my main user page (very easily), I want the edit history of sections to be individually preserved in a cohesive way." No. Just edit your page as a whole.
  9. "I see no reason to dilute these edits into one stream if there's little overhead from creating new pages." It's to prevent several pages that serve no purpose to the wiki other than personal records. If it's just a personal collection of project lists, your main userpage is enough.
Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 22:21, 27 April 2018 (EDT)
"that would mean every previous revision of everyone's userpage should be deleted" You are allowed to have a userpage so editors, and sometimes readers, can get to know you better. But the excessiveness of user subpages that could very easily just be included on your main userpage is just largely, and I know I've used this a lot recently, unnecessary. The main reason is that userspace edits are supposed to come second to mainspace edits. Having your personal lists and information on one page can help reduce the number of edits you make to your userspace; having them each on separate pages would increase those edits. So, yeah, it would be a maintenance reason, to keep edits of userspace pages to a minimum. Something you may want to work on, btw.
"what's the difference between page revisions and new pages?" Not much. Page revisions are just the way for editors to look through the page history to find a specific point of when information was added. Yes, having subjects be separate into their own pages would make finding these points easier, but at the same time more difficult, as the informations would be split apart. Editing by section is much easier to keep track of. A new page is pretty much just that, a new page. Of course, I don't see a reason for anyone other than yourself to look through the history of your userpage.
Also, check Steve's page, as he responded. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:17, 27 April 2018 (EDT)
"table formatting can be a a tricky thing" Practice makes perfect, you know? It might actually be easier to use the standard wiki table code than a template, as a template has set coding that is transcluded among multiple pages, whereas the wiki table code can be edited for that specific table without affecting any other page. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 23:43, 27 April 2018 (EDT)
"I would prefer to keep the user subpages, the rules are against." You're an admin yourself, though on a different wiki. You should know better than to go against the rules simply because you don't want to follow them.
"Edit counts are in some ways a worthless metric because they don't tell one the substance or context of those edits." True. It's mainly a way for engaged users to keep track of what wikispace someone else is editing. If they're focusing more on talk or user pages than main articles, something needs to be said to direct their attention.
"In many cases, reducing the number of edits will reduce the amount of time, but sometimes many edits are necessary to quickly preview a change, particularly to preview CSS". Also true, but considering the issue here is mainly regarding your separate userspace templates that are meant to only be transcluded onto your one main user page, it's a number of edits thing. I'm honestly not sure what is you are trying to do with the CSS, but it seems like stuff to make your DK table templates work, which is something it seems Porplemontage is against.
"Generally also, I think the management of userspace edits beyond what is deemed actively harmful or sufficiently off-topic is a dangerous direction to go with the rules. Because you're not really encouraging more productivity by doing this, you're just throwing a monkey wrench into my flow." I'm sorry the rule wasn't added around your plans that would be put in motion years later.
"I also think you should avoid the "I don't see a reason" and "unnecessary" arguments, because they seem to suggest your opinion of how to manage my userspace should have greater weight than my own. I do see a reason. Saying something is unnecessary isn't a strong argument for not doing something. I do not think continuing to bring those arguments will further the discussion.
Basically I guess my argument boils down to: If I find the subpages useful (or think it may have potential to be useful), and it's not harmful to the wiki, what's the problem with allowing me to manage them in the way I want? I think this will come down to the definition of "harmful", though.
" I'm seeing this whole thing as "I don't want to follow the rules, just let me do my own thing." Doesn't matter if you see a reason to having separate templates that do nothing for the wiki, harmful or not. The reason is follow the rules we have placed, and the problem is you are not doing that. If you think the rules need to be changed, that is something that needs to be discussed in a proposal, but you shouldn't just go through with ignoring the rules just because they go against your personal preferences. Keep in mind you are not on the Donkey Kong Wiki anymore, how we do things here may not be how things are handled there. If you continue to ignore the rules without a real valid reason other than "This is the way I want it to be", I have half a mind to give you a {{warning}}. I'm trying to be on good terms with you, and I'm trying to help with this merge, but choosing to ignore our rules will make this very difficult. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:32, 28 April 2018 (EDT)
"Nowhere in the rules does it says a user must nominate their own pages for deletion if they're in violation of the rules." You misunderstood. The problem is they shouldn't have been made to begin with. And despite saying I can delete them, you still seem to be fighting to keep them. But I'm going to delete them now because they are in violation of the rules, and I should've done that sooner. Probably slacking on my part, but I wanted to see where this discussion went. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:56, 28 April 2018 (EDT)
I did find the reasoning for the rule before, but I can't find it now after looking again. Regardless, the admins do agree on its inclusion, so it will stay unless there's a good reason otherwise. The conversation definitely went on far to long, but I'm glad there's finally an end here. Sorry if I came off as harsh, but I was just trying to get you to understand. Be sure to go over our policies carefully, and if there's any questions, someone's always willing to clarify :) Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 21:39, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

Music names in tables[edit]

Docky here! Given that this page is just a click away, then I'd say no, removing them would be detrimental. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 03:01, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

The music consistently corresponds with very specific level types, I think that's important to note... Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 10:08, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

RE: DKC levels table[edit]

I'm going to have to register a strong, strong "no" to the colouring. I spent ages (starting with DKR and moving onto DKC) recolouring the tables specifically to *REMOVE* random colouring like that.

Widths, you have to remember that (a) it's not the only table on the page, they need to be consistent with each other - if they're all random widths and/or colours it's going to look bad and (b) not everyone's looking at things on a desktop browser. Frankly, I think the way you've done the tables as templates is fairly silly - everything else on the pages are still wikicode tables, there's not much of a gain in reducing complexity, and you're having to dump raw HTML into the page over wikicode. If you're going to try something like that, you need to look into (a) making the entire table ONE template, not one template per row and (b) switching from <table>s to a more responsive design style to justify it - there's nowhere near enough of a gain as it stands, . - Reboot (talk) 18:57, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

Having had a proper look at {{DK levels table section}} and {{DK levels table row}}, yeah, this is absolutely a backward step. These need to go. They're overcomplication for the sake of overcomplication - you're even having to manually specify all the row colours again?! - Reboot (talk) 19:06, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

Okay, proof of concept putting the whole table in one template, avoiding having to have any raw table code, or multiply specifying the same variable. (Insofar as the users are concerned, at least, since meta-templates are used. And no, it doesn't hit all the beats I mentioned above. Like I said, proof of concept knocked up in an hour. For a "real" one, even if I stuck with tables, I'd be hiding unused rows/worlds with {{#if}}s and so forth): User:Reboot/LevelTable - Reboot (talk) 20:06, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

Docky here, having all those colors, regardless of color coordination, just looks really unprofessional, and almost painful to be honest. It can be input through text alone just fine. Besides, some areas of the same type have different palettes, notably the underwater ones. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 01:51, 26 April 2018 (EDT)

Yeah, there is variance in some levels; I tried to pick a generally representative color scheme, but sometimes it's just the idea of the terrain in a cohesive sense that's important to convey. I disagree that "having all those colors, regardless of color coordination, just looks really unprofessional, and almost painful to be honest", but my taste may be different from the rest of the wiki, in which case I will obviously not implement it. --The Retro Gamer 01:57, 26 April 2018 (EDT)
When you have me & Doc agreeing, you know you've gone wrong :p - Reboot (talk) 01:58, 26 April 2018 (EDT)

RE:Music themes column in DKC levels table[edit]

Hey there! I understand your point - since each terrain type is associated with its own musical track, it seems redundant to list both of them separately like that. That's not entirely true, however: for instance, despite being respectively set in mine and walkway areas, the minecart levels do not play their respective soundtrack, instead opting for a specific music. Same goes for the toboggan levels in DKC3. These exceptions alone make the listing of both columns necessary, in my opinion. But a viable solution would be the one you presented me, in which you make a distinct table that does just that. However, this would be inconsistent with DKCR and DKCTF, which don't really have fully designated terrain types and the music may repeat in multiple unrelated levels. -- -- ByeGuy1.png ByeGuy.png ByeGuy2.png 15:44, 26 April 2018 (EDT)

You've got some good points in the main argument, but I also happen to agree with the counterargument... Though one has to outweigh the other. That is, notability should be put aside in favour of consistency; articles related to Mario games don't list music tracks along with the levels they appear in, so neither should DKC articles. -- -- ByeGuy1.png ByeGuy.png ByeGuy2.png 15:59, 28 April 2018 (EDT)


Regarding what you said to Mario JC, you most certainly do not, it still has two days to go. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 23:13, 27 April 2018 (EDT)

Whoops, never mind then. That doesn't make my question completely irrelevant though. --The Retro Gamer 23:14, 27 April 2018 (EDT)

Reducing the amount of coding on pages[edit]

I find it a tad ironic that you aim to do that, and keep making subpages, but still have not made a signature page, instead typing out all that "span" stuff every time you sign. You can make one of those, as many here have. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:00, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

Um, look at Special:Preferences. You can modify your signature's wikitext directly from there. I'm just typing out ~~~~. --The Retro Gamer 00:10, 28 April 2018 (EDT)
But if it's desireable for the signature to be cleaner by having it templated, I can certainly do that. --The Retro Gamer 00:11, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

GBA only anything[edit]

They do need the identifier in all cases, because you can't just expect a person who searches for the level name as soon as they discover the wiki to know those differences, potentially leading them to attempting to find something that isn't there. Especially considering there have been 3-4 more releases of the SNES versions than the GBA versions, it seems. More people will have played the SNES version and still will be, considering DKC1 is on the SNES Classic Edition. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:20, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

Re: Donkey Kong Country photograph sections[edit]

I actually think it's good to have, in case someone tries to find them in the SNES version. I only removed the "only" because it's redundant. MLPJToadetteWink.gif ToadettetheAchiever 18:21, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

DK wiki[edit]

Hey there! can i help you in moving content from DK wiki into this wiki? BlueYoshiYoshisStory.png Yoshi Egg 1990 Red-yoshi-with-umbrella.jpg

RE: Comments[edit]

Yeah, the intent was to solicit discussion. MLPJToadetteWink.gif ToadettetheAchiever 16:12, 30 April 2018 (EDT)

Infobox Animal Buddies[edit]

While that makes more sense, let's cross that bridge when we get to it. Even then, there are ambiguous cases, like the whales, Wigglevines, Nibbla, and several things from the Mario, Yoshi, and Wario games that would have to be considered (ie Yoshi himself, Poochy, the turtles in the Wario Land games, the dolphins, Fluzzard, it goes on and on.) Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 19:19, 30 April 2018 (EDT)

Raw Code Signature[edit]

I noticed your ~~~ usage is leading to inserting raw code instead of the code {{User:The Retro Gamer/sig}} (--The Retro Gamer). Super Mario Wiki's policy page and help page should help you out how to set one up. Just follow the steps carefully, and your signatures will insert the code as I described instead of raw code. You can edit this section to see my transcluded signature for an example. --Wildgoosespeeder (talk) (Stats - Contribs) 16:42, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

RE:Automating power moon proposal implementation[edit]

Oh man, thank you so much for doing that. Your solution would save me quite a few hours, since I'm the one who takes care of the redirects. In the example you offered me, I didn't bother to make lower-case redirects because the search function recognises what you enter regardless if you write in lower-case or upper-case, so long as every word in the title you are searching for originally starts with a capital. On the other hand, for examples such as Bird Traveling the Wastes, there needs to be a lower-case variant because of the existent uncapitalised word/words. However, when I got to make redirects for List of Power Moons in the Snow Kingdom, I was under the impression that lower-case variants for redirects similar to the "How You Doin', Captain Toad?" example are indeed necessary, though I'm not sure why. I've seen some people following this practice, even though it says in the guidelines not to do it. I'll ask an admin what's the drill. [Nevermind...]
Anyway; you shouldn't worry about the punctuation, as I can still take care of it manually. If the admins are okay with implementing this bot, go ahead; I find it very helpful.-- -- ByeGuy1.png ByeGuy.png ByeGuy2.png 11:33, 2 May 2018 (EDT)

If I may add, case redirects were discussed earlier when Afoot in the Foothills raised some problems. Different case redirects are indeed acceptable, but only if there are varying cases in the name. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 19:53, 2 May 2018 (EDT)

Regarding punctuation, I don't respect a certain criteria as far as I remember. I just write redirects with or without punctuation marks to ease searching. -- -- ByeGuy1.png ByeGuy.png ByeGuy2.png 11:16, 4 May 2018 (EDT)

Enemy counts[edit]

Hi, in regards to your recent proposal passing, what should be done about enemies that respawn indefinitely? I suggest adding a semicolon after the number, followed by a brief explanation of the conditional. Using World 1-4 from New Super Mario Bros. as an example:

  • Goombas (8; not counting those exiting Warp Pipes)

Additionally, Hotel Mario is the one game I'd like to make an exception for, since enemy numbers vary way too often to consider an actual count.

That said, I hope it treads along well. Thanks! MLPJToadetteWink.gif ToadettetheAchiever 00:34, 9 May 2018 (EDT)