Sega381 19:31, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Forums: Index > Codex Discussion > Wikia's new skin

In case you don't know, Wikia has created a new skin for all wikis, called Wikia, which changes dramatically the viewing experience. For now, it can be activated in each users's preferences page, but from November it will be mandatory for every wiki in Wikia.

This new skin has some nice changes, and some very controversial changes (such as defining a fixed width for every article, which can really mess up the flow). The changes are so significant that several wikis, including the Dragon Ball Wiki and the World of Warcraft Wiki are seriously considering moving out of Wikia and into new web hosts (in fact, there is already an Anti-Wikia (skin) Alliance).

Given these facts, I encourage you to turn on the skin and try to find out if it does affect our wiki as much as it affects others (a lot of pages in the Dragon Ball Wiki are seriously messed up by this skin, for example). So far, even though I do not like several of the most prominent features of the skin, I haven't noticed a significant impact in the contents of the Editable Codex, though some articles do look a little worse.

So, if everyone could start checking this out, it would be a great way to prepare for when the change comes, and to see if we have to rework the articles in order to fit the new skin (or maybe even leave Wikia if we see the need to, in the worst case).--Sega381 04:10, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

How we feel about thisEdit

Sign your name under the appropriate heading.

I am going to leave Wikia even if the community decides to stayEdit

I would prefer to continue our wiki elsewhere, but I will yield to the community's decisionEdit

  • Sega381
  • Tribun 17:47, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • Dungy 17:20, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • Sergorn 17:42, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • -- Fenyx4 19:18, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • Rodimus 11:30, October 15, 2010 (UTC)

I would prefer to stay here and work through the changes, but I will yield to the community's decisionEdit

I am going to stay here even if the community decides to leaveEdit

Where to go if we do leave?Edit


Ultima AieraEdit


  • -- Fenyx4 20:29, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • --Tribun 20:33, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • --Sergorn 20:36, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • Dungy 22:11, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
  • --Sega381 02:18, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
  • --Browncoat Jayson 15:51, October 8, 2010 (UTC)




Well, my initial reaction is "Bleh". I'll try it for awhile and see if it grows on me. -- Fenyx4 05:07, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Wow, it's certainly going to take some getting used to. It looks "nice," if a little cramped. It appears they want to get away from resembling Wikipedia as much as possible. I guess like any big change I'll eventually acclimatise to it, and as long as it doesn't seriously mess up our content, I think it would be going a little overboard to shift locations because of a cosmetic change. --Terilem 05:36, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Oh my, that is indeed terrible. It completely destroys our sidebars, and jams them horizontally onto the top. That means we'll completely have to get rid of out nav bar. Also, now they're putting big blank spaces on each side that serve no other purpose than to reduce viewing space. Worst of all, on the right I'm stuck with all my stuff like "Pages you're currently working on" and "contributions" that takes up half the space. All of the information is now jammed into a horizontal area less than half the width of my screen. Geesh, and if you accidently mouse over one of their advertisements on the top of the screen, the advertisement that pops up is a third of the screen. Ech. Dungy 11:25, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Yep, it certainly is cramped. After being used to the current layout spread luxuriously over the width of a widescreen monitor, it's a hell of a space constraint. --Terilem 11:30, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I find changes like this by a web-host are always a slippery slope. I remember Geocities. Their advertisements got larger and more offensive until the point where nobody could deal with it any longer, and then the company went out of business. Dungy 12:01, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I tested it, and it looks horrible. I wonder who the moron is who hatched this POS. I'm seriously think of retiring from working on the Codex, since this new skin makes it next to impossible for me to work and it's a püain to read things.--Tribun 11:03, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Just a preview of what to expect:


Dungy 12:01, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

This does it. The two biggest fuck-ups are the fat sidebar, and putting it on the wrong side of the screen. If they enforce it, I take my leave since it then would be a chore for me to read anything here.--Tribun 12:05, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Hrm I see what you mean, Dungy. The left-right reversal I could certainly live with since it's rather inconsequential, but the fixed page width and enlarged sidebar combined are really doing a number on that article layout. I fear this skin is a result of what's currently fashionable in website design at large. It's more suited for blogs than it is for a wiki. --Terilem 12:24, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

We should ask Fenyx4 to make a mirror at ShoutWiki. If this really happens, it would save us the hassle of having our content being bombed to kingdom come.--Tribun 12:30, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

I agree with the fact that the narrow fixed area and the fat sidebar are the worst changes. Almost all the other changes are just that, changes, and we could eventually find them useful, or at least live with them (although I said ALMOST all the other changes). But the waste of space purpotedly to allow Wikia be seen the same way in all screen sizes... it's a major mistake.
And btw, the worst part is that, even with dozens of wikis considering leaving, and hundreds of users protesting, the staff has insisted that they will not change their minds, ever.--Sega381 13:00, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

I've got to agree with Tribun here. Now, I don't know or understand the intricacies of moving a wiki, but if it is possible without substantial work, then I'd think about it. This new change shrinks the useable space to less than 50% the width of the page, from the current maybe 80%. Even if we could get rid of the giant sidebar, I'd be willing to think about it, since that sidebar uses up nearly half of the available room and supplies absolutely nothing useful. Who cares what was most recently added to our page? Surely our users don't need to know that I added a new image 23 seconds ago. Why would they care? This is a wiki, an information source, it is NOT a social site. Dungy 13:02, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Moving it seems to be not much of a problem, according to this:
Q: How do I move my Wiki to a new host?
A: You will have to download a database dump from Special:Statistics on your wiki (towards the bottom.) Then, contact the new host and they will tell you what way they want you to upload to them (you can usually use Special:Import). If moving to ShoutWiki, you will have to either email them at with the link to your wiki and the link to the new wiki or file a bug report at BugZilla.shoutwiki under imports with the same links.
--Tribun 13:08, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, but what about all the templates and everything. If they all needed to be revamped, that could be a lot of work, and I'm not the one who could do it. Dungy 13:09, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Ug, totally agree with everything people are saying. The fixed width is just terrible by itself. Then they cram nigh useless information on the right taking up a large portion of that space. But even worse if you do shrink the window below the fixed width you don't get a scroll bar.
The above I doubt if we could manually fix. Other issues we might be able to fix are the pencil edit images the have on the sections which are on the left now. Images in an article having editor's names under them for some strange reason... Ug.
If this goes through we could certainly look into moving to another wiki host. I've glanced at Shoutwiki and it seems to have all the extensions we'd need. Another option would be just getting a domain name and running a wiki server of our own or asking if, say, Ultima Aiera would like to host it. -- Fenyx4 13:44, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Exactly, WHO CARES who uploaded that individual image? I KNOW the casual visitor doesn't care if Dungy, or Tribun, or Fenyx, or whoever else uploaded that particular image, heck, the only person who SHOULD care are the editors, and I don't care a lick who it was as long as it's good. Dungy 15:16, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I briefly looked at shoutwiki. It's clean, neat, and its advertisement space is inoffensive. Just one bar on the right hand side, and that's no more than 100 pixels wide. I would be happy to move there. As for talking to Ultima Aiera, I would be interested in that option too. As it currently stands, if the proposed changes get pushed through, I'm 100% behind moving. Dungy 13:58, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I agree as well. We however should first try to keep it in the fandom by asking Aiera. If they can't help, we should go to ShoutWiki. I think this maybe could also give us the freedom to make the page look more Codex-like.--Tribun 14:06, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I'll drop Ultima Aiera a note telling him of our consideration and seeing what he thinks.
With ShoutWiki we would have the same problems we have now of me constantly saying "Sorry, I can't do that with Wikia." for things like adding new extensions or modifying "$wg-" variables.
Referata and Wikkii have advanced hosting features which would appear to provide just as much freedom as self-hosting or using Ultima Aiera would.
It won't be all peaches and cream though. I still won't be able to fix the ifexists redlink concerns. And facing me saying "I don't have time" instead of "Wikia won't let me." :) -- Fenyx4 14:31, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
BTW, I encourage everyone to look at the Anti-Wikia alliance (link above) and to browse discussions on moving on other wikis. Some interesting ideas, possible new web hosts, or moving wiki-buddies may be found.--Sega381 16:17, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
The cool part about Aiera would be we could link to direct downloads of fan patches and stuff. Still, that would be a big commitment for WTF, and I could certainly see why he would not be interested in that. Dungy 16:21, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Knowing WTF_Dragon, I'm pretty sure he would actually be very excited to host the Wiki at Aiera. I do feel this is a great idea actually and could help really create a central place for the fan community -- 17:30, October 7, 2010 (UTC) <= that was me --Sergorn 20:36, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I have added a section at the beginning of the forum in order to use a voting scheme that other wikis have been using so far in order to decide what to do. I think we should decide as a whole what to do, and though the discussion goes in that way, the best way to see the final decisions is the voting section above. So, if you agree with that, I think it would be best if each of us signed in the section according to our positions. We may end up all signing in the same section (according to how the discussion has been going), but at least we will let other users, who may have not joined the discussion yet, clearly state their position.--Sega381 16:31, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I have other Wikis that I maintain and contribute to, so I will still be on Wikia regardless. However, I think consolidating the codex with Aeria is a good idea, and don't fault anyone for leaving. I'll keep contributing, regardless! --Browncoat Jayson 15:51, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
If anyone wants to see it, there is a blog post here trying to explain the rationale behind the most dramatic changes. It does explain some of the reasons of why they are doing these changes, but it's not very convincing (for me at least, though they are logical), and it does not address the main problems (such as wasted space), it only points out the benefits. It also ignores the subtler motives, such as better ad placement, and more inter-wiki traffic. But I guess that is the best response we'll have. I--Sega381 18:44, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
WTF_Dragon of Ultima Aiera's response to my message would be best described as ecstatic. He'd love to host the wiki even going so far to say he'd start setting it up today. As said he feels it would be a great to help centralize the Ultima community. His only question is do we want it installed as a subdomain or sub-folder ([1]? [2]?)
I've added another voter thingy at the top for where we want to go if we decided to go. (A vote in either of the Aeira subsections is a cote for Aeira as a while). This does not mean a decision has been made yet! Please keep voting on how you feel about leaving! Things are just moving quick and I'd like to plan ahead to make the transition as smooth as possible. -- Fenyx4 20:29, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
OK, so if we do decide to move, what should be done with this current site? How would we direct people to our new location, and how would we prevent competing Wikis? I mean, would we go straight up vandalism and have Fenyxbot mark every page with a link to our new location? Also, if we moved to Aiera, what differences would we notice from our current site? and what about the stability issues Aiera has had? I mean, I can't access it right now. Dungy 21:28, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Any high-traffic site not running on a dedicated server will have stability issues occasionally. Aiera has been getting a lot of traffic of late; I may at this moment be suffering a spike in traffic from Reddit (not 100% sure). At any rate, if the wiki did make the jump, I'd probably look at expanding my hosting package with my current provider to give me something a little more robust and traffic-tolerant. There are five or six sites that I am running concurrently, so I could either move to more robust hosting or else move the other sites to a second hosting account and leave Aiera on an account dedicated solely to it. - WtFD
I'm also worried what this will cost you, since I know hosting like this is not free. I'll admit, I have no idea how much bandwidth and what not this wiki uses, but I imagine our cost amounts are orders of magnitude less than the numbers I've seen thrown around on the Wowwiki. I'm looking to move, I just want to know a few more facts before I throw my hat in a new home ring. Dungy 21:46, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
I won't lie: Aiera isn't free to run, and it's not particularly cheap to maintain. I am hosted with Mediatemple, which costs about $200/year (plus the domain name, of course). Adding the wiki as a subdomain would be free, of course, so no worries there, and I pay the $200/year hosting cost myself. (Although, because of a couple of other sites I host, I get a tax receipt for some of it.)
Technically, my costs don't have to go up. I'd be inclined to move Aiera to a distinct server if the wiki came on board, but I don't have to (strictly speaking). If I did, that's another $200/year, although the domain name costs remain the same. Not like I'd ever charge the community directly; there are donation links on Aiera's articles, and those would remain in place, and I would welcome any support donations the community did make. But if you're worried what the cost to you would be, in the sense of what I'd charge you...the answer is "nothing, unless you feel like chipping in of your own free will."
Hence my italicizing of "to run" at the outset of this reply; it isn't free to run, but it is free to use.
Oh, and this outage has been...I see from my host's support page that the server has been under "high load" all day. So I'm not the sole cause of the problem (yay), although my posting of sixteen pictures of maps from the original Serpent Isle concept's development probably didn't do anything to keep traffic levels DOWN.
I think you slightly misinterpreted my last post. I'm honestly concerned about the negative impact this would have on your wallet, but if that's not an issue with you, I'm all for moving in, since I've found in the conversations I've had with you, that you're a level-headed, mature individual who is genuinely enthusiastic about supporting the Ultima community. Dungy 22:11, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Just to warn people moving does have some other problems. Not all the extensions will come with. Wikia's Rich Text Editor won't be able to come. This doesn't bother me because I don't use it but I know some people do. There are others out there so we should be able to find something though. (In fact I think Wikia's is based in fckeditor.) -- Fenyx4
Total crap imo. New design offers too much stuff which makes it not pleasing to watch. Reduced viewing space is the worst part. All that which isn't needed to see any bigger have been done just that. Like said earlier, space of Widescreen monitor goes to waste. It feels like more a step backwards, rather than forward. I'd rather have it simple and functional like it's now, instead of being forced to use system which is 'fashionable'. What works for social sites won't work with stuff like this. Rodimus 07:53, October 10, 2010 (UTC)

What Happens Here? Edit

Dungy brought up an excellent point. What would we do with this wiki after moving? I think I'm happiest with leaving a message on the top of each page letting people know the community had moved with a link to the new wiki but leave the content. But I certainly could also protect all the pages or even delete everything. I don't view it as vandalism if everyone is leaving. If someone decides to remain though it is completely up to them. The wiki will be in their hands. I really hope that isn't the case though. If we move I hope no one will be left behind. -- Fenyx4 03:13, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

I've been researching that topic. It seems when previous wikis have left, they have left links to their new site, and Wikia has subsequently come along and erased them. So what you suggested may not be an option, but we're a small wiki, and they might not notice us as quickly. Personally, I would vouch for changing every page to a link to our new wiki, and then locking them all. If someone does choose to stay behind, I suppose that is their right, and we should then leave the information intact. I REALLY do not want to have competing wikis, though. Dungy 03:31, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
The main problem is that, even though we're a small wiki, the traffic and ease of access will decrease. I guess the two main ways to reach this wiki is through search engines (which will need time to update in order to have our new site, and the links left in this site poiting to the new one would be all we have until then), and through searching in Wikia (I think that is how I found it). Unless every link stays forever, the Wikia-generated traffic will decrease. And if the links get deleted quickly, and another group of people (new people) start working on this wiki at Wikia, it will be even harder for people to reach our site, both because of the competing wiki reachable through Wikia, and because of the search engines pointing at both sites.--Sega381 12:54, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Very True. It is going to be quite a bit more difficult to get new contributors in the future, when we're no longer a member of a larger wiki alliance. I know there have been some contributors who have stumbled in here from other wikis, or from the wikia in general. Dungy 17:00, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
If this site leaves for Aeria, I would vote to add a banner to the top of each page, noting that the site has moved, then lock all of the pages. Updates should only be made on the new site. Is there a way to disable creation of new pages; I don't believe so, but it would be nice. And we can always check back for "new contributors" on the activity page, and send them messages directly, at least until Wikia kills the codex. --Browncoat Jayson 15:55, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Also, if we try and reduce every page here to nothing more than a link to another site, it wouldn't surprise me if this is against Wikia's TOS, and would be deleted. AngusM 18:24, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
I'm hoping that being an a devoted Ultima site vs. one more wiki amongst the mass of Wikia wikis will increase the number of contributors. But I might just be an optimist. -- Fenyx4 20:39, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
If we do move, no matter where it is to I want to be absolutely sure that the Codex is run in the 100% exact same manner; as in, no one and everyone is in charge. I don't foresee this as a problem with WtF, but it still bears mention. --Warder Dragon 22:37, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
That is also my sincerest hope, and regardless of what happens, I hope we all still continue to work together. Dungy 22:45, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
And, BTW, Fenyx, can you confirm that nothing that Codex editors did will be lost ('sept stuff you've already deleted, of course)? When you look at all the different kinds of pages and media there are, what with (main), forums, images, categories, templates, user pages, "project pages", "editable codex" pages, etc. and all of their accompanying talk pages, can we be sure that none of this will be lost? What about user accounts? Would this also be a good opportunity to reverse my amazingly unnerdy, and pedestrian mistake of using my own name when registering? AngusM 02:01, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
Maybe. If I can get a db dump (a more complete one than the one in Special:Statistics) then it would be everything sans any changes people snuck in between the dump being made, me getting the dumping and warning everyone to halt changes. I made a move like that before (on a smaller personal wiki) and it was pretty straight forward. Although like I said above not all extensions would make it. Things get more difficult if that isn't possible. Special:Statistics only has articles and article history. No media. So that I'd have to figure out how to dump out and import media using FenyxBot. Which may mean a loss of history on them.
Ultima Aeira (which looks like would be the one we move to) would give direct access to the db. Which would let me or WtfD go in and change your username. I could even follow up with FenyxBot to change all signatures on the talk pages. (Although the history would remain). -- Fenyx4 04:29, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

While I can't help with the technical stuff, once we did move and everything is up, I can notify numerous pages of the move so that they change their links. We also should then put a notification up on the front page. I don't exactly know if we can turn off this one, but at least we can notify all contributors of then change once it is done.--Tribun 12:33, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

From WikiaEdit

Hi all, just to say I hope you won't decide to move... we'd love you to stay at Wikia. The new skin is a big change, but in the long-term it should be a skin that really improves every wiki. I know there are doubts about the fixed width, the changes to navigation, and other aspects, but I know that my personal experience is that the skin has really grown on me as I've used it... now it's rather a jar for me to go back to Monaco :)

One other thing I'd like to say, is that the new look is still a work in progress, and will be for a long time to come. We are using various click-tracking and other methods to see how it's used once released fully, so we can continue to develop an interface that really works for you all.

On the suggestions to vandalize the wiki if you were to move - we don't allow that. Everyone has the right to edit elsewhere, of course, but the wiki should remain for anyone who prefers to edit here and for any future visitors and editors. But I very much hope that it won't come to that anyway. -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 00:14, October 12, 2010 (UTC)

The problem, as I see it, is with these new changes you will be offering a service inferior to that offered elsewhere. Personally, and I think this applies to most of us, I am interested creating the best possible resource for Ultima-related information. To do that, we need a resource that showcases all of the content we have worked hard to create. The problems is your new website design does not allow us to showcase out hard work, but instead jams all of our hard work into a small bar that fills up less half the screen, while the remainder is advertisements. I see no reason why our wiki should be forced to look like everyone else's, and you are no longer allowing us to create the Wiki Ultima fans want to have. I care nothing about personal recognition for my hard work, so why is my name being splayed across every one of the over 1,000 photos I have uploaded?
I'm here solely for the Ultima. You have to understand. We have 50,000 edits on this site. The people who have commented on this thread make up far more than 70% of the content of this website, and a number of us have decided change is necessary. Is it difficult to accept that we wish to take our information with us and destroy what remains? We feel like you are profiting from our hard work while reducing the ability to do what we wish. That is an insult towards us. Dungy 00:47, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
Whoa! Who said anything about vandalism? If anyone was to so much as suggest such a pointless, spiteful act I think the rest of us would have reacted. AngusM 03:56, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
My issue is it seems pointless and confusing to have two competing sites. What I mean by vandalism is adding a link on most of the pages to our new home and removing a lot of the old information so people don't get confused by what is our new home and what is our old home. I think maybe our definition on vandalism was different. I have no intention of creating false, misleading, or profane information, but if we do move, I do not want to leave any confusion about what has happened. It's unfair to readers a year from now, if there has been no edits to this place, letting them think this is the current state of the Ultima wiki. That's my major issue. Dungy 09:42, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
I find it insulting that they only react when we are about to leave, while before they have ignored all protest against their plans. And then to actually say we are about to vandalize this place only strengthens by belief that we should leave as soon as Aiera is running.
Btw., how is that going along?--Tribun 09:46, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
Having two competing wiki would be terrible. The Ultima fan community is dwidling and is already spread out way too much non two many site, having two competing wiki would hurt the community even more. The fan community has created this wiki and made it grow - if the fan community decides to move this wiki elswhere, then wikia should have no say in it. So if the content move elsewhere, it has no purpose in staying here. I can understand if wikia wouldn't want direct linking to the new wiki (altough I would say this is not vandalizing, just redirecting to our new homes) - but it's not up to them to decide what is to happen with the content of the ultima wiki here once we move. --Sergorn 09:53, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
I guess in the worst cases, we'll have to mantain a presence in both wikis, as to ensure that the efforts stay focused.--Sega381 12:47, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
In the case they don't let us "close" the wiki (but I say we should try anyway - shouldn't it be possible by the wiki's admin or something?) I'd actually say the opposite: ditch the old wiki and don't update it anymore. This way it'll die eventually and people will move naturally to the new Aiera wiki.
In any case if this message was a way to try to get us to stay here, I have to say that personally it makes me even more intent on moving to Aiera and forget about wikia because that feels insulting and annoying. (Never mind the attitude of enforcing a look for every wiki, but that doesn't even need to be commented upon) --Sergorn 17:10, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
If I understand correctly, Wikia staff are uber-admins, way higher than a particular wiki's admins. So whatever a wiki's admin does, Wikia staff can undo.
But I actually refered to the same thing you mentioned. I didn't mean we should try to update both wikis, of course this one would have to be left behind, in order to focus on only one of them, the new one. What I meant was that someone should come regularly to this wiki, not to update it, but to see if there are any users left behind, or new contributors, who can be persuaded to use the new and current version of the wiki, not the old and no-longer-updated version that will be left here. As any links, warnings, and whatnots may be eventually deteled by Wikia staff, that is the only way to ensure this abandoned wiki won't start growing again in the future by other contributors, and thus splitting our efforts. --Sega381 17:36, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
Oh, all righty - I tought you were saying we should update both wikis. My bad.
And it makes sense that Wikia's staff are uber admin, especially to prevent vandalism. However if the community behind a wiki hosted by wikia decide to close its wiki and/or move it elsewhere - they should NOT have a say about it and should certainly have no right preventing it. They've been hosting it and this is great but it's not their wiki, it's ours. So if we want to move it elswere and close it on wikia we should be able to do it. Or else, well... it brings words to my mind that I'll refrain to use in order to reach a godwin point. --Sergorn 17:49, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
I agree with you in theory, but it is at this point where my lack of the details regarding Wikia's policies start to show. I do not know what rules or fine print Wikia has regarding its wikis. Maybe by creating a wiki here, Wikia owns it. Maybe it doesn't, but there is no possibility of destroying/moving a wiki after it is created, according to their policies. (Keep in mind I'm just speculating; I don't know enough about this). And, ok, it is our wiki... but who is "us"? The users that created this wiki? The users that have been more active in the last few months? The users that have contributed the most? The admins? By definition, the property of content in a wiki is shared, so it is difficult to define who "owns" the wiki, unless you define the host as its owner. We may know more by researching Wikia's policies, but my guess is that any wiki being hosted here loses its right to be "removed" later, as its ownership is beyond what its "current" active users may define. So it basically becomes the property of nobody, or everybody, or of whomever wants to come and continue contributing. That's my guess.--Sega381 02:22, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Well I assume this is the policy, but it is a bit silly. I can understand in theory that they'd want to provent people to close wiki on a whime or such so that the content is not lost. However in this case, not content would be lost since the plan is not to simply close the wiki, but to move it somewhere else. They should respect that. The important is that the content continues to exists for everyone, not that it HAS to be on wikia. --Sergorn 05:50, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
I fully agree with you, I'm just not sure the Wikia staff does. And from the looks of Sansses's message up there, it seems they don't. But we could ask them, I guess maybe Fenyx would have to do it, being the only active admin and the closest thing to an authority figure here? I'll also check out other wikis that are about to move, to see how they are handling that.
But in the end I think it boils down to money. Having more wikis on more topics means Wikia will be more popular, and therefore it will have more traffic and more revenue from ads. Closing down wikis because they are moving is just not profitable for them.--Sega381 12:37, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
There are some interesting discussions on other wikis, most notably on WoWWiki. Most wikis that are moving are having similar problems to us. Btw, at least 4 wikis have already moved. But what I've seen from discussions is that basically Wikia will remove notices from pages, if we start doing something like adding a note to each page saying that there is a new wiki somewhere else. So, of course we could add links to mention the fact that the wiki has moved its userbase and updates to a new host, maybe in the news and main page, but this wiki (or copy of this wiki) will stay here. For all practical effects, we will be "forking" the wiki, not moving it, and just moving the userbase and the fan efforts. So I guess the only way to help the community stay focused would be to check on this wiki regularly and ask new contributors if they would like to check out our forked "active" wiki at Aiera (or wherever we decide to stay).--Sega381 13:09, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah well I guess this is how we'll have to do it. I'm honestly baffled by wikia's attitude here: they force a new skin which suck, don't listen to the conplains of the people they're hosting, and if a wiki want to move elswhere they go "sorry suckers, you can go away but we don't care since we'll keep all the hard work you're put in it here anyway!" It's nothing short of insulting and if anything it clearly comforts me in the idea that we should move away from here ASAP. If I need to set up a wiki someday, guess I'll know where I won't do it. --Sergorn 13:45, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
@Sansse: thanks for dropping by, even though it may be late and all. Anyway, just in case you drop by again, just one simple question: is there any chance that the value of the fixed width area could be increased? The fixed width thingy is not the worst part, the worst is that it is toooo narrow (maybe ok for the lowest resolutions, but not for the majority of the current used resolutions). Might this value be changed?--Sega381 12:47, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
Agreed. And even the current fixed width would be okay if it would include the space on the right that is being used for WikiActivity and recent images. Before we had front facing portions of the wiki which we tried to make a clean and complete experience. And we had back facing portions which allowed us to do work. Now a major backfacing portion is taking up a good two thirds of the screen in prime real estate... It's like driving down the highway with your hood up. *sigh* -- Fenyx4 13:38, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Sadly, after reading the WOWWIKI discussion thread, it is painfully obvious that Wikia will not play ball with anyone regarding this change. They will not consider increasing the fixed width, and they will not consider making the space on the right smaller or moving it to the left where it should be. They've made it painfully clear that they are doing what they wish, and will not deal with the community. They will also do everything in their power to make leaving as painful as possible to protect their profits. We're a small community, I mean, we're about 0.01% of Wikia's hits, but they won't even play ball with WOWWIKI which makes up a substantial portion of their revenue. They want to even prevent wikis from posting links to their new site, even when the community has agreed to move. It's terrible service, and I for one want to get out of here ASAP, and I'll be patrolling this site for the next year making sure everyone realizes that this is not the home of the Ultima wiki. Dungy 14:18, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
I've found an interesting note on Wikia's Wiki Creation Policy, which says that "While a wiki founder may request that their project be closed, if the topic is of general public interest Wikia generally prefers to leave dormant wikis available for adoption." There is a little more information here on how to do it. Now, this leaves the decision on any request for closure completely up to Wikia's criteria, but it may be easier in the case of our wiki, which is not that significant for Wikia (unlike other wikis, such as WoWWiki). I'm not sure if its mandatory for the wiki founder to send this request, and I'm not sure the founder can be located or even established (it seems that Asfaloth created this wiki with its original U5Lazarus focus in March 2006, and Wwwwolf later revived and maybe adopted it in December 2006 as a general Ultima wiki, ... Tribun, maybe you know?). If we can reach the founder, or if anyone can do the request (maybe at least the only active admin), we could ask Wikia to close down this wiki according to the above rules. We could also try to adopt the wiki just in order to formally request its closure as its adopted founder, but I'm fairly sure Wikia won't see any point in that. In any event, even if we do somehow send a request for closure, it will still be up to Wikia to decide whether they will close it or not. But I don't see how it could hurt to try.--Sega381 16:26, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Funny thing is, that Wwwwolf had actually very little to do with the actual jump-starting of the true work here. When I found it on December 31st 2006, the place had a mere 3(!) non-Lazarus articles after several months. I think he would have forgotten it outright, if I hadn't said "I'm bored, have nothing to do, so let's do it.". I just started to create articles like mad, basially creating the whole basic structure of the wiki in a month and filling it with enough articles to attract others (I also did some advertisement in the fandome).
Basically, we don't have a founder. He just had an idea and simply got admin status, I simply started to mass-produce articles and others then joined the fun for more and refined work.--Tribun 18:17, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the info Tribun. So, basically the original founder (Asfaloth) just disappeared after a few months, and the other admins (Wwwwolf and Carcerian) have only been partially active, and are definitely not the official founders. Tribun has been here for a long time, but he doesn't have admin rights. So I guess the closest thing we have in that case is, once again, Fenyx, which is the only active (or considerably active) admin. Maybe you could try and request the closure, Fenyx, on the basis of the community as a whole moving? It's a longshot, but again, it won't hurt.--Sega381 18:43, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Heh considering how much you put into this wiki, if there's anyone who deserve to have a say in its fiture you are Tribun ^^
I figure it wouldn't hurt to ask for the closure, altough let us wait until we have the new wiki set up and the content transfered :P I've mentioned this to WtF_Dragon - he's basically just waiting for our "GO" to begin setting it up --Sergorn 19:12, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Sure, Tribun is the closest thing we have to a founder, but seeing as requests to Wikia staff usually require someone with admin rights, they may not even listen Tribun if he asked... but I guess between him and Fenyx they can try. But you are right, it is not that urgent to do it, until we have made the move.--Sega381 19:27, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Just to join in on the Tribun wagon. There is no denying that this wiki exists first and foremost because of Tribun's hard work. Sure we might spar from time to time, but I do recognize if anyone deserves the title "founder", it's Tribun, and if anyone deserves a say in its future it's him. Dungy 20:03, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

I have seen that the database dump was already requested. I wonder if pictures are included, or if we have to copy them all manually (that would be quite a piece of work).--Tribun 19:30, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

I think we should do a test run first... once we have a dump, we should test loading it in the new site, see how it works, etc... Then delete it, freeze changes in this wiki, and then doing the official transfer. Othewise, it would be a pain to transfer the most recent changes manually to the new site.--Sega381 20:01, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
That would be ideal but depends on the turn around of getting the dumps and what type of dump we get. I've made a request to try to get a more complete dump than what is on Special:Statistics (i.e. one that includes images) but I haven't heard anything yet. Special:Statistics has the history of a page but it doesn't have the actual image itself.
If we do end up having to use Special:Statistics I'll have to figure out someway for FenyxBot to rip all the images and reupload them to the new wiki. Also realize that the current request for the dump has been there for a few days. The turn around between request and update of the dump is long. So we'd end up having to wait days between doing the test load and getting another dump.
If we get a more complete dump from Wikia then we may not have an option of getting a second. -- Fenyx4 20:35, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

Maybe we should announce an editing stop once we get ready? This would make thinks much easier and also hopefully get the message across, that this site won't be updated any longer.--Tribun 22:51, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

As I still haven't heard from Wikia about better dump options I went ahead and did a test import onto my personal server to see if I could get images moved over. I think it turned out pretty good. I haven't gone the whole nine yards and installed all the extensions or gotten user creation working though. But pages with their history all seems to be there. Images are there but they have lost any previous versions of the image.
I imagine some of you would like a sneak preview and I wouldn't mind a few more eyes on it to make sure it transferred alright or if it needs anything else ironed out. As it is my personal server run from home I don't want to just post the URL openly on the internets. So, I made an e-mail address for Editable Codex related stuff; editablecodex-at-gmail-dot-com . Send me an e-mail and I'll send you the server info. -- Fenyx4 21:45, October 14, 2010 (UTC)
I did sent my request. I'm curious how it looks.
EDIT: I got it. Most impressive, only little retooling needed. I think we should give Aiera the green light.--Tribun 22:20, October 14, 2010 (UTC)
Looks fantastic! Just a matter of tweaking the side-bars and getting an up-to-date dump, and lets blow this popsicle stand. Dungy 22:22, October 14, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, if we can ever actually get the up-to-date dump. I noticed the button had reset today even though we didn't actually get a dump. I'll prep putting up site notice for when the dump finally comes in. -- Fenyx4 23:18, October 14, 2010 (UTC)
Nice setup, we would be all right like that. Guess the only remaining problem, besides the forking, is to get that dump....--Sega381 02:27, October 15, 2010 (UTC)

Wikia's skin down? Edit

I'm not sure if this means anything, but since a few days ago, users had the possibility to turn on the new Wikia skin in their preferences. I turned it on, and I have left it on for the last few days in order to get a better feeling from it, be it good or bad. But today, even though my preferences still list the current skin as Wikia's new look, Wikia is actually using Monaco. Basically, using either the Wikia or Monaco skins in effect ends up using the Monaco skin, in all the wikis I have checked. However, the Community Central wiki still has the new skin. Here's hoping that this may be a setback for the new skin, but I guess they are just making some adjustments and turning it off for a while.--Sega381 17:39, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

Update: the Wikia skin is back online, but I'm not sure if they did any noticeable changes...--Sega381 19:31, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
I had the same problem. I found the switch back quite refreshing for the brief time it lasted. :) -- Fenyx4 20:17, October 13, 2010 (UTC)
Yes, at first I was thinking "what have they done to improve the skin?"... and then I noticed that the improvement was Monaco :).--Sega381 20:26, October 13, 2010 (UTC)

Another section headerEdit

Sorry for the slow return, with so many wikis on Wikia it's been more efficient to focus on the staff blog as our main contact point. We're starting to contact wikis individually now, to check on wiki-specific comments we may not have seen yet. There was no insult intended, it's just that with a small team looking after 160,000 or so wikis, it's generally best for us to use global notifications and staff blog posts where possible.

On fixed width: we aren't ruling anything out 100%, but the first full release will have the current layout. One of the goals of this new look was to increase the consistency of experience for readers, fixed width does that and we want to get some real data on how that works in practice. For example, do people read more of your articles if they have a clear layout with fixed width and shorter line length? We've looked at studies that say they should, but we'll also measure that in practice.

On moving: As was said above, we don't close wikis if another version is set up. It's likely that either someone will decide to stay, or that a future group will develop that want to edit here. That's not intended to sound blase about you moving on, I still hope that you will choose to stay. -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 04:22, October 17, 2010 (UTC)

sigh, you really are a broken record, aren't you? I've read other forums, and you continue to ignore fan complaints. You refuse to let fans remove their wiki simply so you can protect profits. You just tell us everything is going to be OK, and there's no need to worry, while you completely ignore our legitimate concerns. Then you try to bait us on with lines like, "we aren't ruling anything out 100%", while you've already mde it clear that absolutely no change is forthcoming. We've been waiting on our dump for like 17 days when you promise us it should never take more than a week. You're stalling our departure, and I am frustrated. Dungy 10:24, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
It should be clear by now that it is completely useless to talk to the staff. I say that if they stall us for two or three more days (And by now I suspect that they do this on purpose by turning of the dump generator!), we should should use the existing dump and then copy over the changes manually.--Tribun 11:25, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
I know talking to the staff is pointless but I'll just add as a final note to them that No, it's unlikely that someone will or that another group will come to continue the wiki because the Ultima fandom is very small. This is not WoW of Star Wars we are talking about. As it was pointed above 3/4 of these articles were created by the very same people that voice their discontentment on this page - so sorry wikia guys, you might want to prevent us to close the wiki, but don't expect it to come back from the dead once we've left. --Sergorn 19:04, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
Ok, so what I'm hearing is that this wiki will have to remain as dead weight, occupying search engine space, and distracting readers from what all the editors consider to be the true Editable Codex, thereby causing a dilution of trademark (morally if not legally). I don't like where this is going. AngusM 00:26, October 18, 2010 (UTC)
Yup, that's the game Wikia plays, so it's our duty after the move to get as many links redirected to the appropriate place, and closely watch the old wiki to make sure everyone knows what the true new home is. Frustrating, but that is sadly the game Wikia plays.
Thats sucks, but that's how it is aye. I don't like it either, but the fact they are trying to force us and the wiki to say at wikia, is really proof of why we shouldn't stay here IMO --Sergorn 07:01, October 18, 2010 (UTC)
But if you read between the lines, what I'm getting at is that I see a major PR problem coming on. This derlict of a wiki can only be an embarassment to Wikia. Then there's the fallout from keeping an instance of the Codex that all Ultima fans will regard as bogus. That's where I see this going. Who's the winner? AngusM 23:56, October 18, 2010 (UTC)
That's sadly the problem that has been thrust upon us. Stay here and have a terribly ugly unwieldly wiki or go somewhere else and leave a derelict wiki behind. My true desire is to keep the current status quo, but now we have the option of two bad options thanks to Wikia. Dungy 00:08, October 19, 2010 (UTC)
Keep in mind that there are a LOT of wikis facing this same problem here. Some of them have a LOT more traffic, such as WoWWiki, and them leaving can't be good for Wikia. They will have a bigger problem with the leftover wiki, too, but multiplied millionfold.--Sega381 01:58, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

I'm really upset nowEdit

Browsing the WOWWIKI forums, it seems Sannse has been trying to bribe the WOWWIKI with a special wider skin just for them because of how important the WOWWIKI is to Wikia. We on the other hand get nothing, and we've been waiting on our dump for like 19 days. I'm VERY angry by this. Dungy 17:50, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

We really need to get away from here as soon as we can. I'm not even motivated by doing any more edit in this state of things. I'll refrain from using swear words, but I'm really thinking them --Sergorn 18:19, October 19, 2010 (UTC)
I say just let it go, no need to get more angry about it if we're leaving. Let's focus on what will do to smoothe the transition, how things are going to work in the new site, what extensions we'll need, etc.
Btw, WoWWIki had some kind of "plan" to move over edits that were done between their dump and the final move. I'm not sure what they are thinking, but as the dump may not be up-to-date, it might be interesting to ask them (unless someone here already has a plan about this).--Sega381 18:39, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

If it makes people feel any better the reason they are taking so long on the dump is because they have so many requests for them. I've gotten really tired of refreshing the Statistics page but I think I have found a way to transfer it without needing the dump. *crosses fingers*
However this is a more time intensive for me (I have to do a lot of stuff manually) so I need to find a large contiguous amount of time for me to do it all in. Maybe tomorrow. If not though I won't be able to until next week. :(
My first step will be to spread around the template I just made to everything. -- Fenyx4 18:46, October 19, 2010 (UTC)

Let's wait until the weekend is there, and then we are up, ap and away. This new revelation only proves to me that things are fast going down the toilet. Also quite telling that they are swamped with requests for data-dumps.

EDIT: Now I'm pissed. They set the skin automatically to this new shit and I had to turn it back off. Do they think by annoying us like this, it will get more acceptance?--Tribun 10:58, October 20, 2010 (UTC)

Tribun, annoying as this may be, this is no surprise. A long time ago they released the timeline. On October 8th (I think), they enabled the new skin optionally for all. On October 20th, they would make it the default skin (and we have reached that date). On November 3rd, they will make Monaco disappear. Maybe you hadn't noticed this plan before, but it is no surprise, and no new annoyance. Actually, the whole reason I created this Forum topic and wanted to talk about this soon is because we knew that on the 20th, today, they were going to make the skin default, and in less than two weeks from now they will make it the only one. That's the reason we had to get to a decision soon.--Sega381 12:54, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
One more reason to take our leave better sooner than later.--Tribun 12:58, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, afraid today isn't happening. I'll be able to do it on Tuesday next week. -- Fenyx4 18:59, October 20, 2010 (UTC)

Dungy: We aren't trying to "bribe" WoWWiki, but we certainly are trying to address their concerns, and those of everyone else. They are a large wiki with an unusually low number of people on low resolution monitors, so we are trying out the wider width there. There are no plans to extend that right now, we really want to get data on how the skin works as is on a range of wikis. We've made a lot of other changes that are Wikia-wide in response to the feedback during the beta and since, but I accept that this hasn't changed your minds on forking.

Tribun: the intention in the switch today was to make sure that everyone is aware of the coming change before we removed Monaco. Despite our attempts to make sure it's communicated to everyone, we knew that some would still not know - so switching to "opt-out" today was planned as the last "notification" to all users. As Sega381 says, the removal of Monaco as an option is scheduled for November 3.

To everyone: I just want to say (as you may have seen me say elsewhere) I respect your right to fork, however much I regret that you are choosing to do so. Of course, I still hope for changed minds... I'm a believer in this skin and what we are trying to achieve with it. But either way, I'll carry on following this page and trying to answer any questions -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 06:33, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

If you trully respected our right to move our Wiki elsewhere as you claim - then you would respect our desire to close this wiki once this transition as been made. I know you'll give us the usual crap about how the content of the wiki should be preserved and so on and this is why you don't want it to be closed - but this is bullcrap and you know it as well as we do, since all the content will still be available at the new wiki. Again, Ultima is not WoW or Star Wars with millions or users and fans but a pretty tighted community who worked hard to create all this content and decided as a consensus to move it elsewhere because our community does not like where wikia is headed. Now wikia is you guys' site, so if you feel these change is for the best this is your prerogatrive and we respect that. All we'd want is to see to the same kind of respect in return because if feels to us all you are doing is profit of all the work we've put into making this Ultima wiki what he became and hurting our community by not letting us close it. Of course I know I am talking to a brick wall, so I don't know why I even bother :( --Sergorn 10:00, October 21, 2010 (UTC)
@Sannse: even though you may not be "bribing" WoWWiki, you must admit that it sounds unfair to other, smaller wikis, that the staff is making concessions to bigger, more popular wikis, and not to the rest of the wikis. For all of you know, all the users in our wiki may have high resolution monitors, but the reason that WoWWiki is being addressed is because, besides the resolution thingy, it's one of the biggest wikis at Wikia. I do not intend to fight or anything, I'm past the point of getting angry over this changes, but it's weird that the staff starts with a "no-exception" rule, and then starts making exceptions for the most popular wikis. And we smaller wikis are left without our complains resolved. I just think it is not the best way to handle this kind of dramatic visual changes.
I do also think that your policy on how to close wikis is too vague and arbitrary. There should be ways in which wikis can be easily moved, not forked, in and out of Wikia. I understand you don't want wikis or the community to leave, but the way the policy is implemented now, there is basically no way that a community can actually move a wiki, unless the wikia staff, for some reason, subjectively decides to close the old copy. It is only natural that this will be seen as a selfish way for Wikia to prevent losing revenues by losing wikis, but it really degrades the quality of the service. If you did have a more defined policy on what are the requirements for a wiki to be closed (for example, all the active members in the last two months file a petition to move), the reaction from the community would be a lot better. Now, people are going to think it twice before deciding to host a wiki at Wikia, unless they don't know about this. I think in the end everyone loses.
Oh, and for the record, I think the way you are rolling out the changes, without getting into the issue of how good or bad they are, was not the best one. You should have given wikis more time than a few weeks before imposing the new look. A "we'll let you try this skin as a default for a while (a month maybe), then we'll turn it off and address your concerns" approach would have worked a lot better, and you might have ended up implementing the changes, addressing the biggest concerns, and not getting all this negative feedback from the community.
In summary: I think the decisions the staff has made recently regarding how the changes would be rolled out, and how to handle the wikis' concerns, have done a lot to damage the Wikia image, which should be your greatest asset. Besides the fact we move out or not, please do address these things with your colleagues and superiors, or Wikia will quickly start to go downhill.--Sega381 13:12, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Wowwiki > WowpediaEdit

Btw, Wowwiki has already moved (or forked if you will, but the userbase has moved) over to a new site, now called Wowpedia, here: They used a dump (not sure where they got it from), manually moved the images, and a bot moved some leftover changes up until a certain date, after the dump. They did some weird thing in order to reclaim one's username. The new page looks good. Btw, in their discussion page on whether to leave, back here at Wikia, there is a nice list about desireable extensions for MediaWiki, which we could add to the new Editable Codex server too. --Sega381 15:55, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Guess we have to do it the hard way Edit

Since Wikia still blocks all our attempts to get an up-to-date infodump, I say we should do it the hard way and manually copy all the changes we've done since then into the new database. I honestly see no other way to get around their stalling tactics.

Think we should go ahead?

EDIT: After reading their broken recond replies in the staff blog, I even more want to go ahead as soon as possible, no longer waiting for a dump that will never come.--Tribun 17:49, October 23, 2010 (UTC)

According to Fenyx's comments above, he's going to do it the hard way, but he'll have to wait until Tuesday to do it.--Sega381 22:07, October 23, 2010 (UTC)
Yup, as long as everything goes to plan I will be doing the transfer on Tuesday. -- Fenyx4 22:50, October 23, 2010 (UTC)
I see from X that you've started. I'll refrain from editing for a while then.--Sega381 13:30, October 26, 2010 (UTC)
Yup, FenyxBot has spread the news to other pages. Things are going fairly well so far. Can't say it's been completely smooth but it is coming together. :) -- Fenyx4 13:49, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Very good. Can you tell us once everything is transferred? I tried to acces it, but pictures were still missing and I was unable to access anything other than the main page.--Tribun 15:05, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Okay guys I think we're good. Head on over to the shiny and new Editable Codex. Create an account (preferably with the same username). Start looking around.
I've started a list of things that still need fixing on my talk page; The List. Please add to it if you spot something that isn't on the list. -- Fenyx4 16:38, October 26, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! I'll check it out. As I was already using Monobook over here, the style change won't be much of a problem. But before that, a few notes:
  • Is the transfer ready? Up to what date/time was it done? I've noticed some recent changes (today) to the talk page of Minoc weren't transfered over.
  • I think we should put a notice on the main page mentioning the move. Ok, by Wikia standards, not a complete move, but a fork which will take along the userbase and the fact that this copy will no longer be updated by the regular users.
  • I haven't checked yet, but what about user contributions? If we create a user over there, will there be a connection to the contributions if they were under the same name? Or can we do it another way later? (Wowpedia did some "reclaim" thingy in order to link that).
  • This is not su urgent, but Dungy and I were talking about the possibility of changing the name of the Editable Codex. With the move, this is a good time. Maybe we can open up a discussion on the new site to see what we'll do about this.
  • I don't want to edit much here, but because of the user contribution thingy, I was a little afraid of going and creating a user over there....--Sega381 16:52, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

I created a new account and it seems the site gave me the credit for all my previous edits. Right now we need to do bug-hunting to eredicate all the annoying things that come with a total move.--Tribun 17:07, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Currently importing new files requires administrator status. That should probably be changed. Also, can I be an admin on the new site. Please? Please? Pretty Please? Dungy 17:48, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Moving templateEdit

Hi, I've adjusted the template to remove the direct link to the new site. It's fine linking it in discussions of course, but you shouldn't use this wiki to advertise your alternative. I will also revert other pages using this notice. We will be leaving this wiki open for anyone who wants to stay, and for any future community -- and adding a notice on all pages will obviously hinder the chances of that revival. I'm sorry I couldn't help in persuading you to stay at Wikia, and I wish you all the best in your new home. -- Sannse@fandom (help forum | blog) 22:21, November 1, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for updating the template so it is in compliance. Say, if you want us to stick around you could work on that whole skin issue thing. Feel free to drop by our new wiki sometime! -- Fenyx4 00:08, November 2, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for doing exactly what the community doesn't want. Your lack of helping is noted. Cheers! 14:38, November 6, 2010 (UTC)