Recently my interest in the game series has been sagging. There's not much in TLS:DZ that particularly captivates my attention anymore, and I've been feeling more and more distanced from the game as I seem to be losing interest in it. It doesn't seem to be just me, as it appears that many of the long-time players of the game have also left. This wiki is suffering partly as a consequence of this reduced interest in the series; although we are still averaging a little over 2000 views per day, the average number of edits made to the wiki on a daily basis has dropped by half since 2017. I myself find myself editing this wiki less and less, and recently I lapped my own record: The Last Stand Wiki, which used to be my most edited wiki on Wikia, is now in second place; The Sims Wiki is now my most edited wiki.
That being said, I have still remained committed and faithful to this wiki to at least check it a few times every day, mostly to revert vandalism and deal with new edits as they come in. UndefineD, our founder, has been a forgotten name since 2011. Ecthel013, who used to average one edit a day, stopped editing not long after the start of 2016. SmilingWolf is the only admin I've seen to have edited recently—just last month, actually—but he edits so sporadically and unpredictably that I can't consider him to be active either.
I have been looking for a possible new administrator that I can appoint on the wiki, and have kept my eyes peeled for any possible candidates. My expectations for adminship are much higher than most other wikis on Wikia would probably have, but I'm starting to realize that, at the rate this wiki is going, I doubt I'll be able to find a user that adequately meets the expectations I have. So far, you're the only user who comes even remotely close for me to consider for an administrator/moderator position. I know, your writing perhaps isn't the best, but other than that, you appear to meet my expectations of trust.
Over at The Sims Wiki (where I'm also admin on) we recently implemented a new content moderator position that basically grants part of the tools available to administrators, like the ability to delete and undelete pages and add or remove page protection (to restrict who can edit a page); however, they don't have the ability to block users or edit the wiki's system message pages or change the theme of the site. The new position has been successful and it's been helping to relieve the work of administrators there. It's a good position, in my opinion, for users who are proactive in the creation of actual wiki content but are not as involved with internal wiki affairs or with having to deal with user disputes. Content moderators can't block persistent vandals, but most vandals generally don't continue far or long enough to warrant a block, and usually the most important thing that needs to be done is for their problematic edits to be reverted and any inappropriate pages that they create be deleted. That's something content moderators can help out with.
I still hope that I can hand someone the administrator position so 1) I won't have to be the lonesome admin around here; and 2) In the event that I cannot edit the wiki for extended periods of time, or even in the event of my death, there will at least be a local admin to help keep this wiki in check. I am still undecided if I should give you full adminship or just give you content moderator as a sort of "trial" or "warmup" period to see how you're able to handle it (I'm sure you will do very well); do advise me on what you think is best. However, I do personally think you are ready for the content moderator role, and perhaps once you've gotten familiar with the tools, then I may give you the rest of the administrator package.
You can read a little about content moderators here, as well as the help pages for deleting pages, protecting pages, and rollback, which are the tools that will probably see the most use. There is no on-wiki policy page for this, but the one for administrators should more or less be relevant to content moderators as well too.
You're not required to take up this position, and if you do there is no quota or anything you need to do to retain it; you can continue to edit as you normally would. If you have any questions about this nomination or the tools that the content moderator position provides, feel free to let me know. As always, you can always ask me for help at any time.
Granted, I haven't been an active user on this wiki nor I have provided game-related content but... this is great news. I mean, work's been on my neck recently and I only sign in to check stuff, see things run "OK" and inform about the new stuff whenever I can.
If you feel that I am ready for that role and, seeing how you trust me (idk really), I would gladly take it. While my interest in the game hasn't decreased just not have the time I used to (same for the wiki. Fanfic is another business) I still want to see this wiki alive and not left alone forgotten in a corner of the world wide web.
It's okay, I have not been too terribly active with the game as well, and I've been very busy recently too. I've been looking for potential candidates for a very, very long time, and you're the closest one I could find.
I have given you the content moderator user right. You will most likely not have any experience with using these tools, but then again, neither did I when I first became admin here back in 2014 (that was four years ago?!). You are, of course, free to experiment with the tools in your userspace (that is, any page that begins with the "User:Z Creator/" prefix). Some notes on the use of the tools:
When you delete a page, an entry is irremovably recorded in the deletion log. The page will be hidden from public view, but you and other administrators will be able to view the contents of the deleted page, as well as undelete them later on. Undeletions are also recorded in the deletion log. Make sure that nothing libelous or inappropriate is in the logs as only Staff can remove them once they've been logged!
When you protect a page, an entry is irremovably recorded in the protection logas well as the page history. You can either protect the page so that only autoconfirmed users (accounts that are over four days old) can edit it, or fully protect it so only content moderators and administrators can edit it. In practice we refrain from protecting pages unless it's absolutely necessary, or in the case of templates, if they are very widely used. When page protection is needed, we also generally allow autoconfirmed users to edit it as well; full protection is reserved for more serious cases or for certain templates. You can also protect a page to restrict who can rename, or move, a page to a new title; this is called "move protection". You can protect a page that has not been created yet to restrict who can create the page under that title; this is called "create protection". You can protect files to restrict who can upload files to that title; this is called "upload protection". When applying protection, consider setting an expiry period; most pages do not need indefinite protection.
When you use rollback, remember that it reverts all consecutive edits made by the same author to that page to the last edit not made by that author. Rollback should only be used for obvious vandalism or for cases where the reason for reversion is absolutely clear; when in doubt, consider reverting manually and providing an explanation in your edit summary.
That's not everything, but it's enough to hold you over for a bit, and of course most of the learning comes from experience. Oh, and remember that you will always delete and protect The Wrong Version and that the sun may spontaneously combust when you have the tools. Jokes aside, you will make mistakes as you go along; no matter, just correct them and learn from them. I have made tons of mistakes as an administrator, and I don't think I'll ever truly stop making them. As always, you can ask me if you have any questions on how to use the tools or advice on what to do in situations.
Well, since on-wiki chat and IRC are pretty much dead and quiet, I created a Discord server for The Last Stand Wiki and was wondering if there were any community members that wanted to help populate it. Since a lot of people these days seem to struggle with IRC, I thought Discord might be easier for community members to use. It would also be easier for me to chat with you, since you do seem to struggle with IRC a lot.
I'm gonna need to write some on-wiki documentation for Discord but I wanted to know if there was anyone that was willing to use Discord on The Last Stand Wiki first, just so I don't wind up opening up the server to everyone and have to sit in empty channels staring at a blank screen.
Would you, perchance, be interested in using Discord as a possible replacement for on-wiki chat and IRC? I already have a server created but it's not open yet. I say this because the community here has been really quiet as of recent. Over at The Sims Wiki, we recently made our Discord server public and it's attracted a lot of positive attention; we're actually getting people joining and talking and socializing. I'm looking for a way to revive the community here, and seeing how Discord's working for The Sims Wiki, I was wondering if it could also work here.
As you may have noticed by now in the sidebar, the Discord server is now live and anyone is free to join. Since you struggle with IRC, Discord will probably be easier for you to use and get the hang of. It also saves messages for you even when you're not online, which solves the problem of me being unable to respond to you when you're offline. You can let me know if you're experiencing any problems, but like I said Discord is much much easier to use.
Aug 28 2017 22:38:55 <Z_Creator> Second, why the new places are suburbs and not districts?
Aug 28 2017 22:39:06 <Z_Creator> aren't they part of the city anyways?
Sorry for not responding to your message; I was caught up with communication with another user on the Internet. Anyways, the new districts being introduced are described as "suburbs", and since the nature of the update seems to be "expanding outside of the city", the new districts don't seem to be part of city proper. Think about how Whistler's Forest isn't really part of Union City (but I guess "Greater Union City Area" would work).
I have a summer job over the summer and I'll be working out of town and away from home. While I will probably still be able to drop in to the wiki from time to time, my activity here will be greatly reduced. It would be helpful if you could do some of the Independence Day stuff, and any major updates Con decides to bestow upon us. Remember: be bold, don't worry about perfection; just try your best. I'll still be around somewhat, so if you need help you can still ask me.
I think I talked to you about this before, but could you license images appropriately when you upload them? On the upload page there's a drop-down menu just below the "Summary" field that lets you select the license template that'll be added to the page. For existing images, there is a license adder script that does the same thing.
Feb 20 2017 21:51:33 <Souvage> any ideas on how to add the number of containers per variant of each location?
Feb 20 2017 21:53:06 <Souvage> modify the infobox of each location? add it in the tactics? the level calculation?
Feb 20 2017 21:53:12 <Souvage> let me know
Before we go there I'd like to make sure that the number of containers per location variant is consistent. I remember seeing a few containers occasionally not being present even in the same supposed variant, which would mean that our "Number of containers" count would have to be a range and not a single number. The level of the location may have a role to play as well.
[22:36:37] <Souvage> Havent played, just checked my compound. So, how are we going to treat the raider compounds and, will raiders become a new enemy type (i.e. new page)? Let me know
I think Raider Compound could go on its own page, though I haven't had the time to attempt it. Perhaps the raider enemy type could go on that page as well.
Should also be noted that human player compounds are no longer shown in the Neighborhood, but are still in the compound list. These raider compounds have replaced them, at least for the time being. Not sure if Con wants this to be a Z-Mas only thing or if they're here to stay (I'm guessing the latter).
EDIT: Huh, guess you already created that page. Very well!
On another note, do you have any information on Woody Hackett himself? I heard that, if you play with the volume up, you can hear his voice. What's it like? (e.g. Does he taunt you or something?) Would try it out myself if I had time.