Hi Kuhgz, the idea of the timelines is to help especially new players in getting the necessary background information in a digestible form with references to important posts and such. Although in practise the events added will mostly be related to the staff plot, I don't want to restrict it to that, since not all important and major is part of the staff's plan. I think naming the timelines "staff plot timeline" instead of just "timeline" restricts their potential and function and discourages others from editing and adding events to it, which works against the purpose. So I would appreciate it if we could rename the timelines back to the way they were. :)
Yeah, I made a mistake when I first read it, thinking you'd altered the original staff arc pages, but I'll happily switch them back to Timeline Arc1 and Timeline Arc2. However, wouldn't it be better if this was melded in with the Events category? Each wahi would have events by Timeline, with linked individual event pages, instead of a bunch of separate things doing the same job. Thoughts?
None at this time. Please talk to Ghosthands about implenting such tags. I was the instigator of the original 2012/2013 tags and was met with repurcussions and did a mass delete of several tags (oh that took ages). If you want to ask about an arc tag, by all means go ahead.
I kindly disagree about different pages for events. If we have an events category pages already broken into arc events by Wahi, why create a whole new page for each arc on top of a staff plot arc page? It seems excessive, and our mutual work better suited to finding a single form for all of it to blend seemlessly. I know Ghosthands wants the Staff plot arc pages to stay exclusively staff plot, yet maybe we can figure out a way to combine your idea with what's already been established?
The problem with the events category page is that there's only one of them. Fitting the timelines of both arcs doesn't sound like a good idea for me, not the least because of their length and the fact that they both need space for long lists of reference posts. Putting them together would make the page more convoluted, which works against the idea that the timelines should be clear to new players, who can find information on past events easily.
Another problem is accessibility. Category pages don't show up in the search box unless you write Category: before the word you're searching. All in all, having actual pages for the timelines makes them more accessible. A category page is not an actual wiki page, it's meant for categorization and making a list of pages that are similar to each other.
I agree with Tapio about category pages. They don't show up in searches, so the average user can easily miss them (although admittedly this does suggest that we might need a better navigation system). I know some of them already have such content on them, but frankly, they shouldn't. Separate pages is the way to go.
As for how to split up the timelines, perhaps we could have a single unified timeline, but with Staff Plot events bolded or otherwise made to stand out?
Okay awesome. How should we re-order and shift things around? Let's decide on the best system, no compromises. We've been working with some clunky stuff. If you (Tapio) have figured out a smarter way let's do it. Ghosty?