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PROJECT: WIKI CLEANUP

 

Ever since we began the mass migration to IIWiki in early 2018, it has quickly become the go-to site for reference in our community. From the political parties in Orioni, to the 2018 EurthVision competition in Prymont, to the annals of the greatest Empire in history, IIWiki simply has it all. It is an indispensable hub of knowledge at your fingertips, granting quick and instant access to almost any fact and figure of any nation on Eurth. It is, quite simply, our treasure trove of information.

And part of our duty in maintaining this cherished jewel is keeping it clean, orderly and presentable. That's not to say it isn't, but hey, there's always room for improvement, right? After all, we take pride as a community in our revered values of quality and excellence. One way we can work towards that is by helping improve our very own Eurth IIWiki network, even through taking small steps in improving the fine details of our wiki pages.

 

Why we do this

It's simple. A cleaner space creates a more welcoming environment. Our main objectives are to streamline the process of creating and editing articles, as well as to provide the necessary wiki resources to assist community members in writing their articles. And while we're at it, we could also make the Eurth wiki network just a tad bit more appealing to the eye, most especially the eyes of other regions. But that's an idea for another time.

 

Our central goals

Enough of that introduction and let's get straight to business. Here are the seven central goals of Project: Wiki Cleanup.

1. Standardize and streamline the list article system. 

You can probably tell it from the name—a "list article" is simply a list that's an article. Basically, it's all those "List of countries on Eurth by X" articles. Here are a few examples:

From the surface you might already notice that the naming system is a bit... anarchic. To include "List of...", or not to include? Should "Spoken Languages" even be capitalized? How about in Eurth, on Eurth, or of Eurth? Furthermore, the layout of the article itself may be a bit counter-intuitive or user-unfriendly, mostly due to everyone just dumping their stuff everywhere. But that's never too big a problem. Luckily, Wikipedia has its own manual of style for these types of articles, which I'll be studying soon. Also, I paid a visit to our good friends Kylaris, who seem to have a pretty neat list article system (see here as well).

2. Replace all references to "Europa" and replace with "Eurth". 

No, not the continent Europa, silly. I mean the region Europa. You know, the one where we were all banned from? Funny enough, more pages link to Category:Europa than to Category:Eurth. It's a minor problem at most, and can be easily fixed. That way, we can consolidate all Eurth-related pages into one category, while at the same time clearing up the name "Europa" for use by those on the actual continent itself.

2b. Remove all references to Rihan and its puppets, wherever possible. 

As per the Statement on the removal of Rihan and associated accounts, all references to Rihan's puppets (Kipan, Tikva, Aluxia) are to be retconned. At this moment, however, there remains no clear consensus on how to handle references to the nation of Rihan itself. In line with these decisions, it is only appropriate that—although we may not be able to completely erase all references—we strive to reduce mentions of any Rihan-related subject on the wiki. This includes the deletion of any Rihan-related page, wherever possible. (For the purposes of clarity, "Rihan-related" pertains not only to subjects related to Rihan, but also to its aforementioned puppet nations.)

The key phrase here is "wherever possible". Rihan and its puppets have made an undeniably sizable impact on the canon lore of Eurth. But, wherever possible, we must undertake the aforementioned measures to ultimately reduce the influence that Rihan has illegitimately gained in our community.

3. Oversee the development and documentation of relevant wiki templates. 

For this I've already created a category page for all Eurth-specific templates. These include the navbox at the bottom of every page, and the region icon. For this, we'll need the help of those experienced in Wikipedia markup, as well as those willing to learn. We'll also create a simple page explaining what each template does, and when or where you should use it.

4. Update outdated maps and images, wherever possible. 

Self-explanatory. The many wonderful maps of Eurth are ever-changing, but unfortunately our wiki isn't able to keep up. Updating an image can be as easy as simply uploading the new version on the existing page, which should take only a few minutes at most.

4b. Remove the "wave effect" in flag image files. 

Certain flag images have been taken from NS, and thus have been defaced by the "wave flag" graphic. Removing the wave effect might even be as simple as replacing the old flag of Ahrana with the new one. Other flags like Miiros and Great Burlington, however, are another story.

5. Create a simple changelog to report and record important changes in the wiki. 

Mostly to tell users what's new and what important changes have been made. This is especially important when moving an article to a new name, as other pages linking to the old article name will not change (this results in a redlink).

6. Create a basic Manual of Style for writing articles. 

Now, I don't mean to say we recreate this beast. After all, it's already there, and it's all up to you if you'd like to give it a read. What I mean is that we create simple guidelines on how to find your way around the deep and intricate workings of IIWiki. Simple tutorial articles on how to use certain wiki features like templates, how to name special pages, how to write a lead section, and the like. At most this is only a minor detail, so it definitely doesn't need to be focused on. But it's always good to have one.

7. Encourage cooperation and ensure readily-available community assistance in improving articles. 

Seriously—if you see a typo, a broken link, or wrong source code, fix it! Of course, do notify the article owner for courtesy. But I'm sure anyone would be very happy to receive a little bit of assistance in their grand project. Likewise, don't be afraid to ask on Discord for help in using templates, infoboxes, text formatting, and the like.

 

What now?

Well, we get straight to work! I'll be using this page to list issues that need to be resolved, as well as to report the progress of this project as described in goal 5. If you, too, have a little free time on your hands and/or are willing to contribute your Wiki markup expertise, don't hesitate to help out!

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Changelog

Broken link? Need a template? Consult the changelog to view our progress in resolving the issues above.

 

Major Updates

  1. [05-06-20] Created Template:Eurth as a duplicate of Template:Europa. The old template will remain so as not to cause any broken calls. Replacing all calls of {{Europa}} with {{Eurth}} must be done manually.

 

Minor Updates

  1. [04-19-20] New Salvia flag file (SICflag.png) uploaded w/o wave effect, special thanks to @Salvia.
  2. [05-06-20] Updated File:Flag of Tagmatium.png with the "clean" version, courtesy of @Tagmatium Rules. In order to see the new file, please clear browser cache. Also updated page categories.
  3. [05-06-20] Replaced all pages linking to the old Salvia flag (UJijPQG - Imgur.jpg) with SICflag.png. Also updated page categories.
  4. [05-06-20] All references to Iverica flag.jpg and Iverica Federation Flag Draft V2.3.png have been updated to Flag of Iverica.png (wave effect removed). Furthermore, Iverica Federation Flag Draft V2.3.png now redirects to the new file.
  5. [05-06-20] Updated Category:Sanctum Imperium Catholicum to Category:Eurth. Created Category:Salvia as a redirect page.
  6. [05-06-20] Updated Flag of Ahrana.png with the file from Flag of Ahrana.PNG, removing the wave effect and also updating to the new flag. All links to Flag of Ahrana.PNG have been updated accordingly. Also updated categories.

 


Issues

Here you'll see a list of unresolved issues, sorted by agenda item (see above post for details).

 

1. Fixing list articles

  1. Create a subcategory for lists and topic pages in order to differentiate them from normal articles, as these require special community attention.

 

2. Removing Europa references

  1. Re-categorize all pages, files and subcategories of Category:Europa and migrate to Category:Eurth. Is there a way to do this quickly?
  2. Find and replace all references to "Europa" in articles.
  3. Our most beloved navbox is still called "Template:Europa". WARNING: Changing the name may cause broken links in every page using the template. Handle with care.
  4. Fix up the page Europa (region). Preferably, it should be a redirect to the Eurth page, not an article of its own.
  5. Rename Flag-of-Europa.pngWARNING: This image is linked to the navbox. Please update the navbox image link also when migrating the image.
  6. Not really a Europa reference, but Synturia still exists and needs to be removed.

 

2b. Removing Rihan references

  1. Who exactly are Rihan's puppets, and is there anyone willing to "adopt" them? Better list them first before scrapping anything.
  2. Wiki pages for Rihan's puppets still exist (also here and here), as well as mentions of them on other pages. Archive them, record them somewhere, then mark all the articles for deletion. Scrap the mentions.

 

3. Developing templates

  1. Fix up the "Country Data" templates. Preferably, create a sub-category for this so that new members can add in their own.

 

4. Updating images

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5. Removing the wave effect in flags

  1. Outdated: Flag_of_Ahrana.png. Simply update with the new one. As numerous pages are still using the old one, the suggested course of action is: (1) upload the new version of the flag to the old flag page, (2) delete the new flag page, (3) then update the Ahrana main article to link to the old flag page.
  2. Wave effect: Flag_of_Beleareas.jpg. It shouldn't be too hard to re-create the flag.
  3. Wave effect: Flag_of_Great_Burlington.jpg. Is there any existing "clean" version of this flag? It may be a bit difficult to trace this.
  4. Wave effect: Iverica_flag.jpg. A clean version can be found here. Same course of action as #1; however, do take note that the new page links to two articles, not one. Also, could we just move it to a new page? Instead of "Iverica flag.jpg" we can rename it to "Flag of Iverica.jpg" just like the rest.
  5. Wave effect: Flag_of_Miiros.jpg. Same as #3. Prioritize looking for an existing clean version rather than making a completely new one.
  6. Wave effect: Flag_of_Pallamara.jpg. I doubt there's any existing clean version. Although it looks a lot easier to trace, so there's that.
  7. Wave effect: FlagofPyeMcGowan.jpeg. Looks difficult to trace. There may not be any clean version of this.
  8. Wave effect: UJijPQG_-_Imgur.jpg (Flag of Salvia). It doesn't look to hard to recreate but an existing clean version would always be good
  9. Wave effect: Flag_of_Tagmatium.png. Definitely would be difficult to retrace, so we'd be better off looking for an existing clean version.
  10. Wave effect: Flag_of_Suverina.jpg. Basically #3.
  11. Wave effect: Youtabonia_791261.png. Also see #3.

 

6. Creating a manual of style

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On the topic of the Wiki Cleanup, I wanted to share two things.

Firstly I think the names of certain articles about Eurth in general should be changed where names like List of Spoken Languages on Eurth and Capital Punishment on Eurth be changed to List of Spoken Languages (Eurth) and Capital Punishment (Eurth) since real-life wiki articles aren't titled Capital Punishment on Earth. 

Secondly is to let everyone know that Rihan's work on the iiwiki does go deeper than expected as I had a no-wave flag on my iiwiki page as soon as I had the first chance to make one, but my Country data Template still had the wave flag as it was made by Rihan. So whenever I used the {{flag|Shffahkia}} command I would get my wave flag. To make sure your flag isn't like this check it by searching: Template:Country data Country_Name

And if you don't have this template made you can use this to make one: 

Spoiler

{{ {{{1<noinclude>|country showdata</noinclude>}}}
| alias = Country_Name
| flag alias =  File_Name
| size = {{{size|}}}
| name = {{{name|}}}
}}

 

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On 4/20/2020 at 2:21 AM, Shffahkia said:

Firstly I think the names of certain articles about Eurth in general should be changed where names like List of Spoken Languages on Eurth and Capital Punishment on Eurth be changed to List of Spoken Languages (Eurth) and Capital Punishment (Eurth) since real-life wiki articles aren't titled Capital Punishment on Earth. 

Right on! This is exactly what Kylaris did. There's also a lot of good information on that here.

The names are all pretty messy, so I'll probably make a standalone post explaining all the moves and changes.

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5.5 Flag of Miiros has been replaced. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/File:Flag_of_Miiros.png

5.10 Flag of Suverina I can re-make.

 

4 hours ago, Andalla said:

The names are all pretty messy, so I'll probably make a standalone post explaining all the moves and changes.

Each pages has a "move" button. Once we agree on a format, the execution is rather easy. It also adds a redirect, so you don't actually have to edit any other incoming links.

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Just saw this topic, didn't even know it was a thing and was sort of doing it already!

 

First, when it comes to article names, from what I've read, Wikipedia only ever capitalizes proper nouns, acronyms, and the first word in an article. So, "List of Spoken Languages on Eurth" would be "List of spoken language on Eurth".

Similarly, when talking about something about a nation, i.e. a military, currency, language of a nation, the proper way to name the article would be "Currency of the United States of America" or something similar. For this reason, the previously mentioned article would go from "List of spoken languages on Eurth" to "List of spoken languages of Eurth".

That being said, I do like @Shffahkia's suggestion to just have Eurth be in parentheses.

 

Second, I've already made an Alharu category for articles and categories that would be under it. Should we go ahead and make a category for every continent, and put it under Eurth? Every article for the region would still have the "Eurth" category, but it would also have the "Europa" or "Alharu" or "Thalassa" category if it also related to those continents.

 

Third, I can go through pretty much all of the articles with the Europa category and add the Eurth category to them, as well as double check that they actually are in Europa or not. Would this be alright? Would be a manual fix but not too difficult, just tedious.

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Some more things that I'd like to add:

  • Figure out what is and isn't canon about the Sanar system, and make separate articles for all of the astrological bodies, instead of just having everything link to the Eurth page.
  • Going through each of the organizations of Eurth and ensuring that they actually have more than just an infobox (or marking them for deletion if they're deemed no longer necessary).
  • Ensuring that all files related to Eurth actually have the Eurth category (and or switching them from the Europa category to Eurth).
  • Standardize some of the older articles, such as Armed Forces or List of freedom indices, to have them better match some Wikipedia counterparts. i.e. List of countries by number of military and paramilitary personnel / Military and List of freedom indices
  • Ensure all IIWiki articles about Eurth include the "Region icon Eurth" template.
  • Make articles for each of the major oceans, and perhaps some of the major seas as well.
  • Change the main Eurth article to more closely match the Wikipedia Earth article.

These are just a few more examples off the top of my head. What do you guys think about these?

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Today I replaced [[Category:Europa]] with [[Category:Eurth]] for all subcategories, images and redirects (±200 pages). If the page already includes {{Eurth}} you don't need to add the [[Category:Eurth]] since the infobox template already includes this. But, of course, not all pages need to include the templates.

I also embedded {{Eurth}} into {{Europa}} so we only have to maintain 1 regional infobox. The long-term goal is replacing all {{Europa}} with {{Eurth}}. Here's a list of pages where this still needs to be replaced. (±150 pages)

Of course, you can kill two birds with one stone. While fixing the first list, also making the change to fix the second.

Edit: all of the above has been taken care of. Took about 2 hours to push through it. That's that.

Edit 2: And while I was at it, I also untangled the spaghetti mess that was [[Europa]] and [[Europa (continent)]]. From now on we're only using the short version [[Europa]].

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I want to talk about the big table of nations. The one you can find on https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Eurth#Countries

Current situation

Right now, our country tables includes 4 columns with country information:

  • Name
  • Formal name(s)
  • Capital
  • Short description

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Two points I want to make. Feel free to reply to each of them separately.

(1) Adding government types

A little while ago, sometime in early 2020, I added the government type to that last column. Not yet for every nation. But a good 50% is taken care of. Mostly I went through the forum factbooks to find out more about former nations. If your government description is off, feel free to correct this. For the government types I had a look at some other lists that are available:

Moving the short description to individual country pages saves us some space. That helps display all information on one single line, in contrast to some longer rows. For example:

  • 4 lines for Adaptus, Afropa, Beleareas, Faramount, Mauridiviah, Shffahkia
  • 4 lines for Magnaeus
  • 6 lines for Derthalen

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(2) Considering additional columns

Moving the formal name(s) to the nation detail page gives us some extra horizontal space to use. We could use this extra space that to display more relevant information. Some possible additions could, sorted from most to least occurring:

  1. Population. One element of the points system. Recurring in most other lists. Already exists for Eurth but on a separate page. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/List_of_countries_on_Eurth_by_population
  2. GDP per capita in NS$. Another element of the points system. We can be more upfront about this by showing the number directly.
  3. Head of state / government. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/List_of_current_heads_of_state_and_government_in_Eurth
  4. Continent. Optional since this same information is already displayed in our box at the bottom.
  5. Area in km^2. Also optional. The third element of the points system. The existing table is already fairly complex as it is. https://iiwiki.us/wiki/List_of_countries_on_Eurth_by_area

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Three weeks later, without objections or feedback. I'll plan some time to execute my above suggestions. This will take some time because the table contains circa 100 rows. The easiest change is dividing the table into columns with:

  1. Name
  2. Capital
  3. Population (taken from https://iiwiki.us/wiki/List_of_countries_on_Eurth_by_population )
  4. Continent (including 2 labels for our transcontinental countries @Iverica and @Variota)
  5. Government type

Relevant information included in the columns "Formal name(s)" and "Short description" will be copied over to individual country pages. This means no information is lost.

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🗺️ Took a first stab at adding some basic maps to our timeline. No lines or borders. Only labels. The idea behind is this might help explain the changes through time.

https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Timeline_of_major_events_on_Eurth

ℹ️ Feel free to edit and replace. Use the "Upload a new version of this file" feature. Assistance will be given if you don't know how this works

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ℹ️ Manually cleaned up all ±60-ish articles with external links pointing them to the HTTPS version of our website. Each of these edits includes a comment that explains this. No insecure HTTP links remain. Everyone's privacy will be a tiny bit better.

https://iiwiki.us/mediawiki/index.php?target=http://www.europans.com&namespace=&title=Special:LinkSearch

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6 hours ago, Orioni said:

For the Cashar Rally, I made some progress with generating historic winners and fictional names.

https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Cashar_Rally#List_of_winners

I need some help from the players with a strong winning streak. Specifically:

@Ebrary for 1987-1988

@Walneria for Dazhdinia in 1988 and 1993

@Mito for 1989

@Xio for 2014-2017, and for the NPC's Afropa, Abantium, Kotowari, Wajoka, Yien. Which language do these countries use?

@Tagmatium Rules for yourself, @Adaptus, @Akiiryu, Euandria and Qubdi

@Gotneska @Aurivizh @Stedoria @DPR Velaheria @Roqoo @Anatea @Esonice @Fina @Safiloa @Hinterlands @Vostau @Qarau @Baltica for multiple years

@Salvia for Alvernia

Please add the name of your driver(s), or generate one from https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com. You don't need to put a new driver for each year. It's more realistic if a winner continue their winning streak across multiple years. For example: @Gotneska 1994-2003. If you don't have access to IIWiki, add the names here, and we will add them for you.

Done :)

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7 hours ago, Orioni said:

For the Cashar Rally, I made some progress with generating historic winners and fictional names.

https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Cashar_Rally#List_of_winners

I need some help from the players with a strong winning streak. Specifically:

@Ebrary for 1987-1988

@Walneria for Dazhdinia in 1988 and 1993

@Mito for 1989

@Xio for 2014-2017, and for the NPC's Afropa, Abantium, Kotowari, Wajoka, Yien. Which language do these countries use?

@Tagmatium Rules for yourself, @Adaptus, @Akiiryu, Euandria and Qubdi

@Gotneska @Aurivizh @Stedoria @DPR Velaheria @Roqoo @Anatea @Esonice @Fina @Safiloa @Hinterlands @Vostau @Qarau @Baltica for multiple years

@Salvia for Alvernia

Please add the name of your driver(s), or generate one from https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com. You don't need to put a new driver for each year. It's more realistic if a winner continue their winning streak across multiple years. For example: @Gotneska 1994-2003. If you don't have access to IIWiki, add the names here, and we will add them for you.

I've done my part as well.

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14 hours ago, Orioni said:

For the Cashar Rally, I made some progress with generating historic winners and fictional names.

https://iiwiki.us/wiki/Cashar_Rally#List_of_winners

I need some help from the players with a strong winning streak. Specifically:

@Ebrary for 1987-1988

@Walneria for Dazhdinia in 1988 and 1993

@Mito for 1989

@Xio for 2014-2017, and for the NPC's Afropa, Abantium, Kotowari, Wajoka, Yien. Which language do these countries use?

@Tagmatium Rules for yourself, @Adaptus, @Akiiryu, Euandria and Qubdi

@Gotneska @Aurivizh @Stedoria @DPR Velaheria @Roqoo @Anatea @Esonice @Fina @Safiloa @Hinterlands @Vostau @Qarau @Baltica for multiple years

@Salvia for Alvernia

Please add the name of your driver(s), or generate one from https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com. You don't need to put a new driver for each year. It's more realistic if a winner continue their winning streak across multiple years. For example: @Gotneska 1994-2003. If you don't have access to IIWiki, add the names here, and we will add them for you.

I'll do when I have time! Currently not in the country

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