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  • Mainframe98

    Fixing Template:Games

    February 16, 2019 by Mainframe98

    As you might've seen, has been broken for quite a while now, working not quite right. Its main issues are its, now awkward, placement, the tendency to cover content that resulted from the move and the fact that it would mostly show an empty square with no icons in it.

    Luckily for us, the handy folks over at the Fandom Developers Wiki have a replacement for us. Using the EraIcons script, we can now place the icons where they originally were. I've created a demo at Template:Games/replacement, which you can see in action on BioShock Wiki:Sandbox. The icon in the top right, above the edit button, is the icon added by the new template. The one within the box in the article is our current solution. Stupidly enough functions fine on that page, s…

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  • Mainframe98

    Andrew Ryan once recorded: " enterprise is the foundation upon which our society has been established.". To me, it seems odd that this integral part of the games does not have its own Infobox. In my opinion, most (if not all) articles could benefit from having an infobox.
    Now, at the moment this blog is presented to you, the BioShock wiki has + }} pages about businesses (give or take). That's + ) / * 100 round 2}}% of the total amount of articles on the wiki. Quite a lot! So, I've created an abomination the Business Infobox! It is not done however. I'm missing one very, very important part, and that is your input! Specifically, I'd like to get feedback on the points below:

    • Parameter naming.
    • Fields that you'd like to see.
    • Fields that …

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  • Mainframe98

    You may have seen my bot MainframeBot editing several file pages in quick succession. I'm using AutoWikiBrowser to achieve this. It makes replacing categories, adding templates etc much easier. It does flood Special:Recentchanges and Special:WikiActivity however. By getting a bot flag, edits by an account flagged as a bot are hidden from the aforementioned special pages. A bot flag has to be requested from staff and usually requires community consensus. The question thus is:
    Does the BioShock Wiki community agree with MainframeBot obtaining a bot flag?

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  • Mainframe98

    Removed content is always a fascinating part of every BioShock game. In this blog I will show you how you can access the transcripts of BioShock Infinite and it's DLC's. It's really easy. All you need is a computer with access to the game files of BioShock Infinite and a text editor. Notepad, which is available on any Windows computer, is sufficient, although many users prefer something like Notepad++. The computer DOESN'T have to be able to run the game, just be able to download the files.

    1. Navigate to the location of the game files. On default this is
      C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock Infinite for 32 bit and
      C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\BioShock Infinite for 64 bit. You can also find this in the setting menu of Steam…

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  • Mainframe98

    Wikia moves to new Infoboxes, called Portable Infoboxes. In short, these infoboxes use a much easier system with XML tags which can be customised by using css, and are fully compatible with mobile devices.

    I have been working on rewriting both the templates and CSS for the infoboxes to make sure we can make the change as quick and painless as possible. On my sandbox I have added a section where examples of these new infoboxes are visible. For reference they also have been included at the end of this blog.

    While the switch can be made without too much changes on the individual articles, there are a few things to keep in mind:

    • The align parameter has been deprecated.
    • The website parameter now requires complete input, something like

    A lot of docum…

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