One thing you'll probably have to do is going over the commented instructions; I realize that creating a new page is a complex job, even for me, who has built it! :-P I'm concerned with both unhelpful instructions and unpolite language, even though "please" and "thank you" should be kept to a minimum.
I've added one navbox per template, and it is the most basic for each form. The category it carries with it is therefore the one to stay. For the other ones, hard to say; it depends on a number of factors known only when the page is created. I expect there's going to be a lot of going over new pages, before they are up to standard.
EDITED: The new category/navbox navigation system is hybrid, and it's going to need to be checked by an indipendent set of eyes. Once that is done, it may be easier to find other categories/navboxes to add to the "NewTemplate"s.
So they are basically going to completely redo the migration, this time with a closer attention to detail as opposed to just flipping a switch, so hopefully this time the process will be considerably smoother. Again, still do not recommend that you edit old posts (old as in, used-to-be-in-the-forum old) or the existing Categories, since FANDOM & I will be trying to doctor them, but you can make new posts at your leisure.
Currently we use Wikitext ''' (equivalent to <b>) & '' (equivalent to <i>). That’s usually fine, but I think you should read those documentations. The three tags above have different meanings on mobile & for web readers (for blind people). <i> means italics, but <em> stands for emphasis, so while it is italic, a web reader might pronunciate it differently than a regular <i>. <cite> also produces italics, but is meant for the title of a work (a book, a graphic novel, et cetera) & has different semantic meaning than <i>. Similarly, <strong> stands for Strong Emphasis & is treated differently by mobile phones / web readers than simple bold text.
Basically where I’m going with this, it might be a good idea to use these different tags in different situations. I have not started doing so yet myself, but I think I may soon make it a habit, especially in templates.
Aight so I finally got around to cleaning up the Discussion Categories post-merge, & unfortunately things came through extremely buggy, some tricks I expected to work no longer do & the user-data for each post got stripped. I am in contact with FANDOM Staff trying to fix things up, but in the meantime do not move old Discussions posts to their proper Categories, we are going to do that at some point, but I do not think either of us are capable of moving them without stripping the formatting & breaking the post (as I did by accident, hopefully FANDOM can revert my edit somehow >.<).
We will hopefully get stuff squared away, but for now just exercise extreme caution with Discussions Moderation.
Ye but it is basically where people are going to be funneled if & when we ever get a decent population here so it is more like making the bed so to speak.
Blogs are gr8 because they show up in the Main Page, but you can make new Discussions like I just did, it is just old Discussions (they typically have “hotlink” somewhere in the contents & “A FANDOM User”) should not be touched, along with Categories.
I will need to doctor the existing threads / change around the boards in order to get everything nice & ideal for the Merge, but soon we can get it closed.
It should be noted that there is a 10-category limit in Discussions. The only way to get around this is to migrate a Forum into Discussions; the Boards become new Categories, & in this fashion you can go above the usual 10-category limit (which is how the Diep.io Wikia got 11 categories). Are you satisfied with the current categories, or do you want to jump the limit just because this is basically our only opportunity to get more than 10? I’m just going to go on the assumption that our current categories are fine.Oh, & talk namespaces can indeed be shut down. I just need to double-check to make sure we got them all.
Alright, I am basically done with the preparations. That said, I strenuously advise against changing them up in any way; I know the boards make no logical sense, but that’s because there must be at least one thread in a board before it is transferred into Discussions as a valid Category. We want this to happen with all of our Categories, because Boards that are migrated in this fashion become redirects to Discussions (so you could use [[Board:Lore]] to link to the Lore Category in Discussions instead of using a ridiculous full URL). Once FANDOM get done, I will take all of the preexisting Categories & move them into the freshly migrated ones (although this will require Staff help due to some restrictions, so I again advise staying clear of Discussions Categories until we are fully done) so this means that we effectively have the same old Categories, only these now have proper wikilinks to them that we can use outside of Discussions.
Of course, if like I said earlier, you want to go above the 10-category limit, this method will also enable us to do that (only difference is I won’t close the old preexisting categories, I’ll just repurpose them after moving their contents). Let me know what if you want more than 10 or not, but otherwise I will be overseeing the merge.
Yes, there are threads in only those categories, but we want to be able to link to all of the existing categories for when they do get content (several of them will just as part of this migration). This is why we’ve mirrored the categories as boards in the Forum, so that when they go over they can be linked to. Stuff that’s already in Discussions likely wouldn’t get much change in the end result.
Not entirely sure I did well. "Dresden Files:Administrators" and "Category:Help" are gone by your request. I also deleted the "Dresden Files:Community Portal" as a member of "Category:Help"; you all right with it?
I'm of half an idea that a link to special:community in the main page is not too bad an idea, perhaps in the "contribute" section. But with my skills, it would it'd be just a plain link. It would be awesome if it was possible to show the "start here" boxes in the main page so that clicking on them would redirect to the special:community page.