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  • I had a feeling that perhaps the low editor count could be explained by statistics; if everyone is coming from mobile then it’d make sense why the editing is down. I have Quantcast access, so I checked some graphs: this is overall views over time, & this is views by platform over time. For many years desktop was the biggest platform from which this site was viewed, but in the past two or three years mobile came to dominate by a slight margin.
    Those are just some of the graphs. As an Admin you can request Quantcast access for yourself if you want to see more information; it might prove insightful, or it might not. Just wanted to share this with you.
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    • OK, it works.

      Thank you for the info - it's somewhat disappointing though; it seems to indicate that a community here is not going to take off. Not until cell phones really allow editing easily.

      Do you really think that a Dresden Files fan is going to stay without an iPhone or some such? Except for old fogies like me, born in the middle of the last century?

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    • Remember mobile is only leading by a slight margin, about 56% at present, it just looks larger because that graph was covering all data since this Wiki began. There’s still a large number of desktop viewers, & for a great deal of time there were more desktop viewers than mobile, so it seems to indicate that my original guess was wrong. It means that portability & Discussions are important for making sure the mobile users can reach out, but desktop is still a large minority.

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    • I doubt very much is our style of admining, though. Under Bacod253 and Elbefluss it was pretty much the same. One main editor, few follwers, a large margin between them.

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    • Perhaps. Statistics can only tell you so much. Helpful yes, but I don’t think it’s solved the mystery outright.

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  • At present I currently have very, very poor internet until I can get into my new place, so I cannot tell if my changes are slowing things down or speeding things up. What I have done (in regards to JS at least) is break up most of the sitewide imports into several files. Scripts only we would use are in Sysop.js, scripts only bots would use are in Bot.js, scripts only logged-in users would use are in Autoconfirmed.js, while scripts that everyone, including readers, might use are in Common.js & ImportJS. This means that, while you & me may notice a slight decrease in loading speeds, normal users should have a slight increase, & non-user readers should have a large speed boost. Bots of course could be bogged down considerably.

    That’s what’s supposed to happen, but since my internet is already abysmal, I have no idea if that’s actually happening. If you could report any speed changes, that’d be great. If pages are loading much slower than before, then we have an issue & I may need to centralize imports again.
    Beyond that, I totally rewrote our CSS to be as optimized as possible; since there’s only one stylesheet, & it has been optimized for speed, CSS should load so fast you don’t even notice that it’s loading (even on my super slow internet it’s like that). It’s also optimized so that it can be more easily added to down the road, & it’s organized with a table of contents in case you wanted to try & learn some of it.

    That’s all :)
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  • Just wanted to say in the interest of accuracy, the two Bully Brothers watched over by the Svartalf refered to as Coach Pete or Cpoach Vogon are most definitely NOT half Svartalf.

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    • The svartalf in question, coach Pete makes it a point to tell harry that he is not their father, but does not say any more about their parentage, and Harry never asks. It is not stated anywhere in the story what kind of scions the bully brothers are. It is not expolicitly stated that they are NOT half svartalf, but it is not stated that they are, either. In my opinion( it is only that) their behavior is not in any way like a svartalf, because they are rtaher underhanded and sneaky. Svaralfs value honor, and what they did with the cafeteria tray just doesn't seem like a svartalf type of thing. Svartalfs like to fight, sure, but in an honorable duel. But thats just me. What I do know is that they can be any sort of scion including, but not limited to svartalf. Maybe in time we will find out. If you reread the story, you will see.

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    • Will come to that later. Need to go back to the story.

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    • Yep, it is not explicitly stated that they are half-svartalf. But it's logically implied in the story - why should Coach Vogon guardian two scions if they are not related to svartalfheim?

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  • This, you could always add another field to the Infobox, or I could make that one field have a multipurpose label that you could change via #switch or other basic functions.

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  • if I changed the names up again? I figure we might as well make things as easy for any potential new users to understand the rights system. The Gatekeeper & the Merlin are cool names but most people wouldn’t get ’em (I’m aware of the irony that it was me who put them in place at first lol). Would you care if I changed everything to simply “Administrator”? Universally understood, gets the message across, has no embellishments.

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  • I know this is the third message lol, this is just to make sure that when you get back you’ll be up to date on the stuff I’ve changed, there’s no rush or urgency or anything. Anyway, era icons are one of the very few modifications we are legally allowed to make the the Header area via JS/CSS & after seeing them employed on many other Wikis I thought they might turn out very useful. Basically what they are is small icons placed on the top-right of a page which display a small image which does three things; A) it serves as a link to the general page about whatever a particular page covers, B) it produces a small dropdown on hover which can be used to provide further information, & C) it helps to associate characters or places with symbolism that can be easily recognized when used elsewhere throughout the Wiki.

    So, I’ve made two new templates for them: {{Icon}} & {{WPI}}. The first is used to generate any of the regular symbols I used in the War Infobox only as Era Icons, an example can be seen at Ebenezar McCoy. The second stands for “Wikipedia Icon,” which is used to link to the Wikipedia article about a particular concept we have (such as Karrin Murphy). Both can be used at the same time such as in the Harry Dresden page, but they should always be placed at the very top of the page or else they come out weirdly in Mercury. The templates are fully customizable so I can replace the icons if you have better imagery in mind, add more icons for different organizations, or create a whole new template such as when linking to equivalent articles on external sites. There’s a lot of options available, so if you have any suggestions for improvements or if you think the idea is bad/should be trashed then please let me know.
    Lastly, I might be creating the Battle of the Deeps page soon, so by the time you get back I may or may not be done with it. I also got invited to Vanguard so if I pass all the tests n such then I might become busier, but this way I’ll be able to spend more of the time I do have here on this Wiki.

    Cheers.
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  • The Mercury (Mobile) skin hates <references group=""/> Tags when they’re in a Template. It quite literally breaks (read; vanishes) a large section of the page & then throws a massive error for all our readers to view. I figured out a fix, but it involves replacing all of the {{Footnotes}} Templates with the raw <references group="Footnote"/> Tags, but at least they then work properly in Mercury & it no longer throws an error.

    So, I’ll be replacing them all. Just letting you know, since it’s the only way I’ve found that won’t cause issues on Mobile.

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  • The War, there’s references for all of it, they just don’t show up because in Infoboxes they take up too much space. They’re still in the usual reflist at the bottom of the page though.

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  • I’m 90% certain Deathstone is just a moniker for Mordite. In chapter 29 of Death Masks Ortega & Harry both refer to the same object, only Harry calls it Deathstone & Ortega calls it Mordite. I went ahead & just redirected it to the Mordite page, if that’s alright with you.

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