News/2010 Archive

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This is an Archive of the news from 2010. Please do not edit it.



Welcome to Curse.com!

Hey all, and welcome to gwpvx.com hosted by the fine folks at curse.com!.

Username/accounts

You MAY* be able to reclaim your old account, use Special:UserMigration (this is also linked on the login page) and follow the onscreen instructions.

*because of someone's username having swastika in their username we were unable to reserve all the required usernames, about 11% of accounts were affected. Sorry if this is you, but you should be able to register the account as normal!

Watchlists

Watchlists haven't been copied across (rather we couldn't). If you want your log into PvX@Wikia and go here, click in the text box, press Ctl+A, Ctrl+C. Then log in here and go to here, click in the text box, press Ctrl+V and the "update watchlist" button. You now have your watchlist back =).

Custom Extensions

Now the site is in a "usable" state, in the sense people can view builds, and create their own (so PvXbig is working, if the skill bar doesn't show up do a null edit (edit the page and just press save without doing anything)). We also have the rating extension up and running*. However, because this is a more recent version of Mediawiki we may encounter some compatibility issues, if you notice anything say so on the talk page.

*All previous ratings are gone. This means that we have no ratings on record, so no builds have any ratings.

PvXDecode is up and running fine, so you can copy your template codes from in game and paste them there to grab the wiki code as normal.

Special:GraceExpired has been left out for now. Curse want us to try and get by without it, but if it gets to a point we really need it, we can try and sort something out!.

Mediawiki Extensions

As for the other extensions, everything we asked for has been installed (so CheckUser and DPL are there). We've also requested the "Widget" extension. This allows users to develop widgets to be used around the wiki! (you need to edit the "Widget" namespace which is restricted to users in the "Widget editors" usergroup, we'll decide how users can get those privileges at a later date ;D).

Images

Some images couldn't be imported. This is because the curse server runs on a Windows OS, so images with "'s or ?'s in specific, couldn't be imported (most noticeably are shout and chant skill icons). We currently can't think of an easy work around for this, but we'll keep thinking! This doesn't apply to the PvXBig icons though, so those skills should still show up fine.

How up to date is the site?

Material

The content of the site is up to the 4th of October, that's as far as the database dump went up to. Images are up to date to about the end of last week.

software

The wiki is running on the newest version of Mediawiki. Currently we can only use Monobook to allow curses analysts (as well as for maintenance reasons) work properly. However they're going to look into a way of making all that stuff easier to be done over multiple skins so we may have Vector in the future.

Some minor things of note

The archive and guide namespaces are currently switched due to some coding mixups. Move archived builds to guide and guides to archive (where applicable). The two will be switched at a later date.

Also, mini skill bars using a skill with a quotation will not display (e.g. "Fall Back!" will appear as a red link). A fix is incoming so continue to edit as usual, expecting it to appear later.

How can you help?

Obviously things may still be a bit buggy, so if you notice something, please say so on the talk page. If we think of anything else we'll let you know =)

once again:

Welcome to Curse.com!

Changes to build archiving

We have recently implemented a new name space specifically for archiving builds. This is the appropriately named "Archive" name space (and the associated talk name space is "Archive talk").

As a result of this all currently archived builds will be moved to the Archive name space. Users shouldn't move pages. The reason for that is because a bot is scheduled to run (currently) tomorrow morning (Wednesday 01 September (2010)), to move the large amount of pages (and associated pages) to their new destination, while leaving Special:RecentChanges clear from the massive amount of page moves, and the wiki to function normally. We apologise for the short notice of this, but it shouldn't impede your editing capabilities.

The addition of this name space, also means a small change in policy (specifically the changing of how builds are archived). As such, from now on when a build is archived, the build, it's talk page(s) and any sub pages (and associated talk pages) should be moved to the Archive name space.

This page will be updated when the move has taken place.

~ PheNaxKian talk 22:17, August 31, 2010 (UTC)

UPDATE: The move has taken place. As such from now on when a build is archived, please move the build to the archive namespace!. ~ PheNaxKian talk 20:13, September 1, 2010 (UTC)

March 2010 Administrator Evaluation

Currently the most active administrators are undergoing evaluation by the bureaucratic staff. If you've seen any particular contributions by a particular administrator that make you think they're not fit for being an administrator (such as abusing their rights as an administrator) please add a link to it on this page, under the appropriate administrators heading.

What is this evaluation?

Administrators are constantly being monitored by the bureaucratic staff in an informal manner, and users can ask for a formal review of a specific admin at any time. Recently it was requested that a formal review be taken of the (currently) most active admins, as there hadn't been one in a while. The review will result in one of two things for an administrator:

  1. The administrator has been seen to be doing his duty, and will keep his rights as an administrator and continue as normal.
  2. The administrator has been seen acting in an unacceptable manner for an administrator (abusing rights etc.), and the Bureaucrats will decide if it's necessary to remove the users right as an administrator.

Concerning Build Master Position Removal

The BM position is to be removed entirely on Sunday 31 January. Many on this site view the position as a failed experiment. The position was originally created for knowledgeable PvP'ers - people who would know what they were doing and be able to explain to other users how or why a build was either good or bad. These people would also command respect simply because of who they are and the guilds they play for, not simply because of their "position" on PvX. However, due to many circumstances, the position became one that often resulted in flame wars, trolling, and many headaches for the Administrators.

Understanding the Administrator's Position

The Sysop position should be a merely janitorial one. Sysops can delete pages, block users for policy violations, and remove obviously biased/sockpuppet votes, and take any other actions (within policy) in an effort to clean up the site. Sysops should be a neutral third party. They can have build knowledge, and it can help them remove some of the more obviously wrong votes; however, user arguments over build votes should be discussed on the build's talk page or on the user talk page of the voter rather than on the AN. The Noticeboard should only be used for issues that can not be solved through user discussion.

User Responsibilities

The void left by the BM position is expected to be filled by the normal users here at PvX. Users will be expected to discuss builds bluntly, and at times explain to other users of this site why builds are good or bad. It will be the responsibility of the users here to discuss builds, vote on builds, report vetting problems to the AN, etc. In turn, we hope this will provide users with more understanding of the game and will help their ability to distinguish between builds.