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Preview of Naruto Uzumaki in Wikia's new Skin, a full page view is available here.

What should the Narutopedia do about the new look?
 
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The poll was created at 07:53 on October 1, 2010, and so far 345 people voted.
If we moved elsewhere would you be willing to donate to help deal with our heavy server costs?
 
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The poll was created at 04:05 on October 2, 2010, and so far 255 people voted.

Put down your pitchforks and raise the mobile bomb-shelters, the bombs are already in mid-fall. Wikia has already announced and begun plans for yet another massive skin change. And this time they're not compromising.

Wikia's first skin change long ago was when we left Monobook behind (preview) Wikia originally started out building a skin called quartz (preview) however after large rejection by the Wikia community they opted to instead develop the Monaco skin we see now (preview). Wikia has announced an entirely new look for all of Wikia. On October 6th you'll be able to see what it will look like here, for now I've included a Cut & Paste job using content from Naruto Uzumaki and the skinning of Community Central in the thumbnail to the right, as well as a full page view (warning, it's huge in size and large in filesize). On October 20th the new skin will become the default on Wikia, the Narutopedia will be forced to use the new skin for readers. And on November 3rd Monaco will be removed entirely from Wikia, users will not have the personal choice of making use of our current look anymore.

The biggest problem with the new look is the size of the content area, it is about 1/2 the current size (from my perspective, right now it flexes to your monitor size), and infoboxes will take up 1/2 of the entire content area, images that are on the left in areas where the infobox is on the right will make for even less content area. In other words, under the new look we're probably going to have to redesign every article we wrote to look good.

Update: The skin is rolled out, added real images, can't add preview link right now, it's broken.

Discussion below is transcluded from the talkpage, please post there.


Moved from Talk:Narutopedia#Wikia's New Look.

Since Narutopedia is one of the bigger Wiki's in Wikia, i'd like to know your take on Wikia's New look. As you guys have more than 2000 pages, you will be greatly affected. For those who dont know what I'm talking about visit the Muppet Wikia and to see what content pages will look like, visit the Kermit The Frog page. And yes, the size of the page, is what this wiki will have to be like as well, content width is not optional. Since you have an infobox for every page, and a lot of images, its needless to say that the pages will look crappy.

Just want to know if Narutopedia has any ideas on how to tackle this. 112.135.111.142 (talk) 21:19, September 28, 2010 (UTC)

It's no worse than Monaco. The only difference is that navigation is on the right instead of the left. It can't be that difficult to flip infobox placement if deemed necessary. ~SnapperTo 23:10, September 28, 2010 (UTC)
Yes, but there is the more pressing issue of Content Space, the size of page isn't optional, and cannot be adjusted using coding. If you check the Kermit the frog page you'll see how crammed information is, Narutopedia has Infoboxes, Pictures, and in some cases tables, all that which will not bode well with the space issue.
Well, there are a lot of other issues other than content space, such as how other Wikia's seem to stand out more than your own, even when a visitor is in this wikia, thanks to the Over sized Wikia header that they now introduced, and the New Image Attribute option that'll now list the Image Uploader under every image used in any articles, and how Blogs won't be optional anymore (and for Narutopedia who, I believe had it removed, It'll come back), those are just a few problems. Explore their Test Wiki, the Muppet Wikia, Twilight Wikia, the Red Dead Wikia, the Healthy Recipes Wikia, and the Glee Wikia to see for yourself the problems of the "New Look"112.135.87.156 (talk) 02:48, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
Basically, Narutopedia, which prides it self on a no nonsense, encyclopedic, and comprehensive source of Information wikia, will become a fan blog, which looks like twitter or Facebook.112.135.87.156 (talk) 02:51, September 29, 2010 (UTC)
  • Overly small content area. About 1/2 the size of what I see now on the wiki (quite literally), infoboxes will take up 1/2 the width of an entire page as a result, and will look awkward because they are no longer the rightmost thing.
  • Barely any control over style, at the very least it's not going to be the nice kind of color oriented theming we have now where the focus is on a simple naruto-like color scheme site wide, rather than a big overweight background image.
  • Our wiki logo isn't going to fit completely in any way in the new skin, namely, goodbye slogan.
  • The new skin is going to make it hard to have navigation as good as our current sidebar, and trying to fit cooperation with the animanga hub...
  • Our talkpage Archive tool was designed for Monaco, since Wikia is disabling that there will be no more access to that tool.
  • Non-optional blogs, image gallery in the sidebar, image attribution of copyrighted images to random users; These will cause problems with more people not following the wiki's policy.
  • Prominent "Create page" link; This is going to have people bypassing any semantic forms setup we might have and creating garbage pages.
  • The new skin completely removes the sitenotice and instead replaces it with small ephemeral notification bubbles... in other words, say goodbye to any possible way of telling new users to follow policy.
  • By the new ToS all these features that are going to cause problems with wiki policy and quality of the content are forbidden to be hidden.
Knew about it for awhile, didn't want to bother putting anything up till the skin was testable or up. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Sep 29, 2010 @ 14:42 (UTC) 14:42, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

So in short the new Wikia skin will basically almost FUBAR the site? Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 22:14, September 29, 2010 (UTC)

O.o Must be my day, seeing this discussion here. Wikia's new skin will ruin a lot of Sites, and they seem dead set on it, and are even refusing to compromise on even article space. Yes, it'll totally destroy most Sites. In fact Bleach Wikia has threateened to Move hosts, and some Wikia's like Darthipedia have already moved. Almost all the comments that the staff have recieved in their blogs have been negative, but they avoid the negative comments like a plague, so, unless they have a massive change in heart, Wikia will stop being Wikia after November.
Btw Dantman, slightly good news, according to the staff, Blogs can still be deacitvated but not through CSS, you'll have to contact the staff...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 07:11, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I've been talking with one of the admins at the Bleach Wiki, and they are considering moving, along with WoWwiki and few others. Perhaps that should be something we look into as well?--TheUltimate3 (talk) 20:46, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Which brings up the interesting question of: how is it even possible to move so many articles and files.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 20:49, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
And its going live October 6th. So I think it may be a wise decision to make some decisions now.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 20:56, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I will just leave this here. A list of alternatives.
Since I'm a Bureaucrat at the Reborn Wikia, and sice we are also going to move if Wikia continues to be completely deaf, i sent the people at Shout Wikia an email and here's the response:

"Hi AlienGamer, thank you for your interest in ShoutWiki. We're pleased to know that you're considering moving to ShoutWiki. :-) Our technical team can import a database dump generated by Wikia's system; if your wiki is a smaller one (like around 100-200 pages maybe), you can export the articles yourself by using Special:Exportspecial page on the Wikia wiki and then using Special:Import on the new ShoutWiki wiki. For larger wikis, I'd recommend grabbing a database dump from Wikia (see the Wikia wiki's Special:Statistics page for more information) and contacting us. Jedipedia, the Finnish StarWars wiki, for example, started out as a Wikia wiki but now it exists as a ShoutWiki wiki -- and the site has over 4,000 articles currently!
(Regarding my question on Monaco in the future)
We're planning to roll out a set of premium (paid) features in the future, of which new skins would be a part of. These new skins will include user favorites such as Monaco. We haven't actually decided on premium feature pricing yet (hence why premium features aren't live yet!), but we plan to make them affordable in order to attract as many customers as possible, while still gathering money for server costs. We hope that you'll enjoy using ShoutWiki and if you have any futher questions, please don't hesitate to ask!"...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:19, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

I sent them a second mail regarding how images may be included in the dump and:

Hi again AlienGamer, you can email ShoutWiki's technical team at technical@shoutwiki.com directly, or better yet, file a bug at our Bugzilla (http://bugzilla.shoutwiki.com/) to have the technical team import the wikis for you. Unfortunately you will need to register a separate Bugzilla account, but that should be only a minor nuisance. Once you have registered, choose "Enter a new bug", select "ShoutWiki" and choose "Imports" as the component; enter necessary info, such as the URL of the Wikia wiki and the ShoutWiki wiki, on the description field, give the request a good summary (like "Import foo.wikia.com to ShoutWiki" or something like that") and press the "Commit" button once you're done. Our technical team will deal with the import from that point on; they can easily export images from the old Wikia wiki with aspecial script and then import them back into the new ShoutWiki wiki. If you need any futher help, don't hesitate to ask -- I know frompersonal experience that using Bugzilla isn't that easy. ;-)..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:26, September 30, 2010 (UTC)

Btw, for anyone intrested, you can view what the New Skin looks like on Narutopedia by changing your user preference, i.e Preferences-->Skin-->New Wikia Look. See for yourself, lol, i'd love to hear your thoughts once you see it...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:44, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Doesn't seem to work. I just get the current default Wikia.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 23:46, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Then that option might be limited to Beta Testers, and let me tell you, the image policy would be the last of your concerns...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:48, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
Just saw a feature of the new skin that'll piss off long Narutopedia editors....Article Comments, thats right Article Comments, users can now Comment on Articles that are there in the Wikia!..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:52, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
YEah thats enough to warrant a move in my opinion. Hate those things, why does an encyclopedia need comments?--TheUltimate3 (talk) 23:54, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
I stopped commenting on the Staff Blog, because its like we get automated answers, but their reasoning: [1], basically, they're gonna force you to become a fan page...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:59, September 30, 2010 (UTC)
They want to enforce the idea of "Community Center" instead of an "encyclopedia". Yeah it would be best for us to jump ship.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 00:06, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
There are no words for me to describe how much I hate, despise, detest and loathe article comments. I barely go the wiki where I'm a sysop and a bureaucrat since they enabled those and the badge/medals. It's pure pollution and it hazes the recent changes so bad I can't look for actual non-article comment edits to check for accuracy and vandalism. Is there a way to disable it? Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 00:56, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

I think Naruto Pedia is the cleanest most informative wikia I visit really! You guys have so many active members who contribute. More than any other wikia I like. Why focus on little changes. As long as you keep your policies the same and enforce the rules no one wants to get banned so everyone will follow the rules, and so people get blogs no one reads blogs and I don’t think it’ll have a large effect on the site since everyone already uses their talk page for conversation anyway. Have faith in people, and try to find a compromise not everyone on the internet is a spammer and not everyone on the site will abuse any new features as long as you send everyone a message stating your new rules. Also maybe only allowing registered users to edit pages may help with the spam a little.TwinRisingDragons (talk) 01:12, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

@ Ultimate3, you'll be suprised at how many major Wikia's are jumping ship. Darthpedia has sum 582,970,629 articles have completed their move, and are waiting for offical confirmation before making their move complete. Actually, judging by the Staff Blog Comments, a lot of Wikia's will jump ship if this gets implimented, but a lot of people, me included, are hoping that they atleast compromise.
@Omnibender, No clue, most features are non optional, but they decided to have Blogs as optional, so maybe. But from this point on Admins have less control over their Wikia. Things can no longer be disabled via CSS, you'll have to contact Staff. ..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 01:17, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Mark my words, article comments will be like the plague. The only way I know to filter them from the recent changes page is to mark it to exclude the talk pages from showing up, and that takes away both nasty comments and useful talk page edits. Couldn't they have created that abomination under a different namespace? I can see pages getting filled with shipping shit and Tobitardness faster than A's reflexes. Also, there's this big "CREATE A PAGE" button, so there'll be loads to clean up. Will article comments and blogs be turn-off-able? Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 01:21, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

If this was simply a change in the skin like they did with Wikipedia, I'd be ok. I would even like Wikia to have that "pending changes" feature, that would be great. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 01:23, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

@TwinRisingDragons, its not things like Blogs that you have to worry about, its the absolute rape that the content is gonna take. Imagine content space at half the space available now. Since I'm a beta tester i saw what the articles look like. Let me tell you this, you'll have to change every single page in the Wikia to make the Wikia look decent. And it still won't look as good. I'd give a screenshot, but according to terms of agreement I cant.
At the end of the day, this wont look like an encyclopedia anymore, but a site like Facebook or Twitter...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 01:24, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Hmm... well maybe the abusefilter will come in handy to block people abusing those features... otherwise I got 2 life jackets on. SimAnt 01:26, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Hi everyone. I can answer a few questions. I see Ultimate3 already linked you to my blog over at Bleach wiki concerning wikia alternatives. You can look at that if you would like for info on moving and problems and things associated with it. Also, article comments will be able to be turned off. I am very glad for that. As for your content, unless you like long walls of text, things are not looking good. Naruto's page is alright. It is certainly not the worst I have seen but it will need some content taken out if you plan on staying. Wikia randomly made me a beta tester today for some reason so i can see all the pages in the new look--God (Pray) 01:32, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

A list of Wikia's leaving..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 03:07, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Bwah! Bwah! I want my heart medication or else I'll DIE! I suppose that when you all get a flat tire on the highway, you pull over and have it changed too, right? Idiots; you all need to grow up. These servers are located in America, and in America, when you don't like something, you complain about it until your Social Security benefits kick in. You don't actually do anything. Did the Incas leave when the Spanish arrived? No, because unlike the rest of you pussies, the Incas were men. Inca women? They were men also. And like men, they took smallpox and discriminate slaughter with dignity. Don't even get me started on the Jews. Jews have got so much more balls than you that they have some of it cut off at birth. And they've had four diaspora. But you say, "Snapper, didn't the Diaspora consist of the Jewish people leaving the holy land?" No, kind cuckold. The Diaspora consisted of the Jewish people being forced to leave the holy land.

Really, I think you're all just missing the perks of this necessary transition. Namely, we can finally replace the current, gaudy background with this. ~SnapperTo 03:29, October 1, 2010 (UTC)


*sigh* I wish I was online earlier to deal with this... ok, to rattle things off.

  • As AlienGamer mentioned about blogs, don't worry about them, we can have them disabled by staff.
  • CreatePage is going to be an annoyance, but lets hope we can find a way to specifically add messages to users on that page.
  • Don't worry about article comments, that one is not a problem, most brand new wiki may have article comments, but individual wiki get Talkpages or Article Comments depending on what they have been using more... in other words, with our pile of talkpages we're of course already going to be set up to use talkpages instead of article comments.
  • Now for shoutwiki... first the part on my bias. I'm not getting into anything involved with ShoutWiki, I don't trust them one bit. Quite some time ago I was involved in a group trying to create a good wiki host I came up with the name "ShoutWiki", but after awhile the group disappeared. The users appeared to disappear from #wikia, and even from #mediawiki, some time later there was some shady business, Angela contacted me asking about a shady site using the ShoutWiki name which Wikia believed had gotten ahold of Wikia data which was supposed to be private. After that was dealt with, a fair time later, the ShoutWiki you see now came up.
  • Now, my history aside, here is the practical issue.
    • The Narutopedia is within Wikia's top 10 wiki, see http://www.quantcast.com/naruto.wikia.com and http://www.quantcast.com/wikia.com/traffic/sites?sort=reach-desc&country=US
    • We have a huge amount of traffic any place this wiki moves to has to be able to cope with an extreme amount of load very quickly. However going by this blog post ShoutWiki hasn't even moved past using a single server. Quite frankly if we were to move to ShoutWiki, we'd probably bring so much load along that either ShoutWiki would die altogether from the load, or be burdened so much that they drop us without warning.
    • And frankly, I was a core developer myself, I have the experience needed to host MediaWiki wiki, and Wiki Farms were my specialty. In fact right now http://wiki.commonjs.org/ is being hosted by me, and http://baseswiki.org/ was setup by the company I work for. The level of what you could get from any of these wiki hosts around is what we could get (or rather, in terms of control, less) from me hosting the wiki myself.
    • The actual issue is not what it takes to setup a distributed set of servers (I could even do that with cloud servers for a start) it's what it costs to host an infrastructure capable of handling wiki like the Narutopedia. It's prohibitive to setup something like that if you are not able to balance it out by making enough money from the wiki. And to be frank, advertisements don't generate nearly as much as you think they do. And that's fine for small startups, and companies like Wikia with large external donations. But for us, it means anyone hosting the wiki is paying out of their pocket for awhile if no-one can up up with a good way to finance the wiki.
    • Btw, there's a security hole on most of these wiki farms.
    • And importing users is a whole other mess... Actually I had some thoughts on how an extension that allowed for user migrations could be built.
  • You'd be surprised at how much I've thought about something like this before you guys... in fact I think I had thoughts about this even before Wikia came up with Oasis. I actually already have 4 domain names suitable for the Narutopedia. I even considered what it would take to get into contact with some companies involved in the creation of the series a few wiki are involved in.
~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 1, 2010 @ 03:51 (UTC) 03:51, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
I want to point out, I read all of that Dantman. All of it. From what I understand, ShoutWiki is apparently evil, and we'd kill any service we could use. It sounds like we'll be stuck with the New Wikia Look, but you apparently have 4 domains we could potentially use.
Did I read it correct or am I just stupid.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 04:51, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Well part of that's my bias, I had issues with members of the group in the past and don't trust them anymore. And for the pile of research I've done in the area of wiki hosting, I haven't found a single host that seems to have a good setup — I could spend pages detailing issues with wiki hosting and ideas on how to make a good one. In fact I've been experimenting with developing a really good quality Wiki Farm system that gives a great deal of control — Referata comes close, but we'd probably kill them too. I have entertained the idea of setting up a network for hosting anime wiki, and even the idea of seeing if companies like Viz, FUNi, Crunchyroll, etc... would be interested in direct advertising. But honestly, unless someone can come up with a good idea on how to monetize the wiki to pay server costs, there's no way anyone will be able to handle the load. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 1, 2010 @ 05:23 (UTC) 05:23, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
And not to be rude, but I wouldn't want to be under the advertising thumb of Viz, FUNi, ect. Part of the reason I feel we work so well is because we aren't getting paid by them, per say. I don't know I feel like if we work with Viz we'd end up in trouble somehow.
That piece being said, overall what is our plan? Wait things out and go along with the move? Because I seen the new Layout on Red Dead Redemption Wiki and I was not impressed, not even a little, and AlienGamer said he saw Narutopedia in the new layout and he said we'd practically have to redo all the articles to make them presentable.--TheUltimate3 (talk) 05:31, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Well... the only other type of group I could think of that would pay as much as any of the anime companies, would be the ones with those horrid MMORPG advertisements that take over the bg on crunchyroll... ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 1, 2010 @ 05:48 (UTC) 05:48, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

At least they tend to not ask questions (I assume). Just let you post what ya want while they advertise their game on the side. Though that still didn't answer my real question, as of now, what does out outlook look like?--TheUltimate3 (talk) 05:56, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

...^_^ I'm bad with early formalized plans... there is no plan... If there were plans, the Animanga Mascot would already have a name, heh. I sent an e-mail to my boss asking what he thought. Still listening for ideas on this end... I debated setting up a poll. Whatever the case it's unlikely to do a full move entirely before Oasis is made default. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 1, 2010 @ 06:21 (UTC) 06:21, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Although I dont like leaving Wikia (I doubt anyone does), since the staff wont even make a compromise, Me both as n admin (of a couple of Wikia's) and as a user dont have much choice. Personally I dont like seeing a Wikia look like Twitter.

Even for Narutopedia, re designing 3000+ articles is a lot to do, and a lot the staff is asking with no gurantee that by next year they decide to change things further. If you read the latest Staff Bog, its obvious that the staff have already made up their mind, and is dead set about this (I really, really hate their reasoning). Maybe Narutopedia can do a detective Conan. They have their own domain, yes they pay for it, but they get wayy less traffic than Narutopedia, if they can do it, i'm pretty sure we can...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 08:56, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

Way less traffic is the tricky part. They can probably handle their entire load with a single server, we'll need a proper network. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 1, 2010 @ 11:22 (UTC) 11:22, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
I must speak up. Although I'm not a regular editor here, I do browse quite a lot. I am also a Beta Tester for Wikia, and have been for over a month. And from what I have seen in this month, the new look only affects the space in which the articles are placed in. It's not that bad looking, actually, and it's still as easy to navigate. Sorry if this didn't help in any way, just had to get this off my chest. Koukishi.....Talk.....Contributions. 12:44, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Seems to me, from what little I have seen, the fixed width (which i seem most upset about..), stems from their inability to properly place advertisements using tables and align, while detecting other elements... SimAnt 15:56, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
While the full image of Naruto's article on the new skin made me cringe on how squeezed everything was, I thought it wasn't as horrible as I thought it would be, which is a plus. If blogs and comments can be disabled in anyway, it'll also be a plus. Please tell me they don't enable to badge/medal abomination by default. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 18:15, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
As far as I've seen, badges haven't been present in the Beta. Koukishi.....Talk.....Contributions. 20:51, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
I read on the bleach wikia i think that the staff had said something about putting the infobox in the rightmost area, outside of the article text... (haven't found where they actually said it..), but if they do that, i think i would be content with the space issue. SimAnt 22:57, October 1, 2010 (UTC)
Ya apparently... but that's a "After we've already forced your content into the small area with no alternative and you've already started butchering your content to try and fit in this area, we 'might' give you the option to move some of that content into the sidebar... no promises of this being ready early enough for you to stop rewriting your content the first time, and end up needing to rewrite it a second time." kind of promise. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 2, 2010 @ 02:07 (UTC) 02:07, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be possible to have two big Wikia's, like say Bleach and Naruto to get a domain and split server costs? Both Wikia's get a fair amount of traffic, which mean's a higher chance of Donations to keep, even a large Network running.112.135.107.122 (talk) 10:20, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
I played with the idea of starting a whole animanga wiki network off-wikia, any Wikia wiki that wanted to leave could join in, after doing the Narutopedia adding other wiki is trivial. But the issue is Naruto vs. Naruto + Bleach isn't that much different, there are plenty of people that edit both, but mostly it's unlikely there will be any "split" of server costs, a few more donations might come in, but it's quite unlikely for adding another wiki to come anywhere near doubling the donations. But in any case, if the Narutopedia moves other wiki are welcome to come along if they want to follow what the decision on how to deal with balancing out costs. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 2, 2010 @ 11:53 (UTC) 11:53, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Random thought... I absolutely loath Hulu, they distribute in US only and they're basically a big black hole sucking most of the R1 distributors into offering US-only streams when they have a whole R1 license that covers all of North America (and a bit more IIRC) and treating their non-US consumers second-class and either giving them nothing (Viz), or putting bad effort into their alternative streaming methods (FUNi)... But apparently 3rd parties embedding Hulu videos can get 10% of Hulu's cut of the advertising profits of people watching the videos from the 3rd party site. I hate the idea of using Hulu, (of course, on every hulu page we'd offer a link to Crunchyroll with a message welcoming all non-US viewers... heh "Sorry to those of you not in the US, we know you'd love to help the wiki out by watching Naruto on the wiki instead of directly on the streaming sites, but because of Hulu's unnecessary region restrictions you'll have to head over to [Crunchyroll] to watch Naruto along with our founder. We wont get any of the cut from it, but have fun enjoying Naruto.") but it's a potential idea to look into in addition to advertisements, someone on bleach mentioned PlayAsia affiliation, varying levels of sane advertisements, and donations. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 2, 2010 @ 13:40 (UTC) 13:40, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Meh, I live in Asia, so I guess Hulu really wouldn't work for me, but if it helps the Wikia to find the server costs, it's definitely something to look into. Plus 10% of even the American viewers that come to this site, could potentially be a game winning move. Its definitely something to look at..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 14:08, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Ah, right there... no... if we move it won't be "the Wikia", Wikia is Wikia's service mark, you mean "the Wiki"... don't know what's worse, calling it a Wikia in that case, or calling it a "Wikipedia" as people do. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 2, 2010 @ 14:21 (UTC) 14:21, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Habit, it'll take some time to get used to, but i'd rather get used to this, than Wikia's "New Look"..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 14:33, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Btw Dantman, what'll happen to this site if we do move? I doubt Wikia will let you burn it as you go...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 15:28, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
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Ok when the discussion moved to advertisments, I got lost. Could someone quickly cliffnote the yesterday's minutes?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 15:32, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Normal servers can't handle Narutopedia's Traffic, so Narutopedia has to have quite a large server or network to run smoothly. This means site's like ShoutWiki and anything similar is out of the question. One alternative is to pay for the server (hence the poll on the Main Forum page). Dantman caught wind that Hulu pays 10% of advertisments costs for shows that are viewed at a thridparty site, which could also act as a source of payent for severs. I think thas the Gist of it...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 15:51, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
Eh, if they 'might' give us that area for infoboxes and other special content, then there is no need to update our content to fit the new area, and if they don't then thats pretty much burning narutpedia down already. SimAnt 17:10, October 2, 2010 (UTC)
I had some thought about that infobox in sidebar thing. Looking at one of the Oasis previews even accounting for the possibility of the top advertisement disappearing I can't see an infobox placed inside the sidebar getting any prominent view by logged out users (ie: a portion of the primary article image inside the infobox may end up cut off for readers), unless the square box ad disappears on pages with Infoboxes it sounds like being stuck with squishing the content vs. making the prominent article image less visible. And to be clear that infobox in sidebar option isn't even a guarantee, staff are very persistent on the "It's just an idea atm, big disclaimers here, [...] no guarantee" so there is no reason to even expect something like that to show up within a reasonable amount of time. I'm almost inclined to think "screw it, forced skin changes are no reason to make any changes to our content, let the new skin have what results from messing with our content area." even if we don't move right now, especially given the poll results so far. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 3, 2010 @ 07:36 (UTC) 07:36, October 3, 2010 (UTC)
The advertisements pushing down the infobox while users are not logged in happens with the current skin, my concern is that area under the ad's, but looking at how there are differences between wikia in that area, looks like it might be an admin editable space like that area on MyHome, "Community Center". Maybe you could just {{:Infobox}} + other code and stuff. Transclude the otherpage name into that content space and force infoboxes to work there if they don't give you an easy way to do it. 15:15, October 3, 2010 (UTC)
Monaco has a higher content area than Oasis, there's more in view, so the ad has less effect on the location of the infobox, while in Oasis the lower content top as well as the ad seem like they'll make the infobox worse. While allowing the infobox to crush the content horizontally actually brings it up higher, in a way that looks the same for both logged in and logged out users in Oasis. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 3, 2010 @ 16:01 (UTC) 16:01, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

Heh, random mockup in my head media:Random Mockup.png, too bad it's impossible on Wikia, and tricky self-hosted (getting stuff outside the content in the least hacky way, on top of the trickyness of stripping down Monaco)... ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 2, 2010 @ 23:35 (UTC) 23:35, October 2, 2010 (UTC)

Random note, I've been fooling around with stripping down Monaco into a normal skin that'll run on vanilla MediaWiki. There's still a fair bit more to do, but it's interesting how far I've gotten already. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 3, 2010 @ 17:53 (UTC) 17:53, October 3, 2010 (UTC)

Been a quiet day it would seem. Anyone got anything more to add?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 23:54, October 3, 2010 (UTC)
Not really. From the image Dantman uploaded showing how articles would look, it was bad, but not as bad as it could have been imo. As long as we can keep social network stuff like blogs and article comments under control, I see this as a less traumatizing experience. Of course, assuming these are the most problem causing changes. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 00:06, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Side note, whatever fallout we get from the new skin, it's probably better to have it happen earlier while we still have the option of flipping back to Monaco temporarily. When Wikia rolls out Oasis I think we should skin it and turn it on to see the community's reaction to it. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 4, 2010 @ 10:39 (UTC) 10:39, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Alright, we've reached the End Game. The New Look is out. It still doesn't actually work on my computer so I can't see how anything has changed however.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 10:04, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

It doesn't work on my computer either.--Ttogafer (talk) 10:09, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Try Preferences-->Skin-->New Wikia Look..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 12:02, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
No that doesn't work, created an account to try it, but no go...Try in a few hours, it'll probably go live by the end of the day...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 12:09, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Ya, it's not rolled out globally yet. Some skins were involved in the beta program, that preference lets you see the new skin on the wiki involved in the beta and on central, on other wiki it falls back to Monaco. If you turn it on you should see the skin suddenly change later on today when they roll out. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 6, 2010 @ 13:02 (UTC) 13:02, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
The New Look is now Live. Change your preferences to test it...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 15:18, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Can we start a new section for new comments, its getting harder and harder to type properly for me give the size of this section...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 15:28, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
My very important question, who do we beat/maim/kill? But seriously, what is the problem with putting internal navigation links at the top of the page? Does it help them make sure you scroll past the advertisements; there is an "end" key, so surely not. Most browsers, even phones have zoom in/out feature, so what the heck with the size reduction... are they dumb, is this corporate suicide? SimAnt 18:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

The New Look

I likw the new look and all, I just think it needs more of a Naruto theme to it. —This unsigned comment was made by 220.236.246.8 (talkcontribs) on 23:00, October 2, 2010.

ALl I WOULD LIKE IS THE NEW LOOK TO HAVE TONS OF PICTURES ON EACH CHARACTER PAGES NOT IN THE GALLERY —This unsigned comment was made by Joneslee2 (talkcontribs) on 03:31, October 5, 2010.

That would be impossible, given the size of the page..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 21:35, October 4, 2010 (UTC)

Few Tips for those who Didn't follow the Staff Blogs

  • As you can notice, Recent Changes and a few other features cannot be seen in this new skin, but at the bottom of your Screen is a link called "My Tools", click that, and go to Edit My Tools, and add them manually if you want to have them again.
  • Page History is under the Page Name..Its the one where the last contributer is listed, scroll there and click View Full History to have the normal History Mode.
  • Move, Protect & Delete are under "Edit"

I'll add more as I remember, if anyone has any questions, I can answer a few..I followed the Staff Blogs quite regularly...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 15:25, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

You can also get to the RC by clicking "Wiki Activity" then on "See all activity >". ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 6, 2010 @ 15:32 (UTC) 15:32, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

Also, there are a few keyboard shortcuts that may really help.

Your UserPage: Alt-.
Your User_talk: Alt-n
Current Wikia Homepage: Alt-z
Random Page: Alt-x
Wikia Activity: Alt-g
Recent Changes: Alt-r
Watchlist: Alt-l
Follow Page: Alt-w
Edit Page: Alt-e
Search: Alt-f
Talk Page: Alt-t
Move Page: Alt-m

With those and my super uber custom skin, I'm set. Who cares if readers can't read content? They don't really want to read content anyways, they want to click ads to naruto dating. SimAnt 17:14, October 27, 2010 (UTC)

Live Test

Gave it the schoolboy try. Don't like it. Can't like it. It's more distracting than anything else in my opinion. More complaints likely to come.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 20:31, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I find the new Spotlight ads particularly distracting, I mean, they are the biggest images on the page...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 20:36, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Everything feels so...compressed. It even hurts my eyes for some reason. My roommate who has is a graphic designer even agrees, it looks odd to have so much stuff just pushed to the side. A lot of dead space to the right of the pages, while to the left everything is very jumbled.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 20:39, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
On a I'm sure related note, exactly how do I take the Survey?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 20:41, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
here..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 20:45, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
T_T I wanted to keep that link in the new skin to get clear answers. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 6, 2010 @ 21:12 (UTC) 21:12, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Ahh, i could just remove it since i already answered TheUltimate3's question....AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 21:22, October 6, 2010 (UTC)
Too much white space!!! Also peeved that paragraph justification doesn't work. Visited links no longer get a different color. Don't really see the ads (ad blocker), but page loading feels swifter for me. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 23:23, October 6, 2010 (UTC)

I HATE IT LEAVE IT AS IT IS.I also agree with omnibender way to much white space. I say leave it the same its good, dont change what already good. Narutofox94

If we stay on Wikia, in some time, this will be the only skin available. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 01:40, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

True... well it better make sure that the ads dont cover the words like it did in the past and that the pictures dont cover the words too. Narutofox94

Don't worry, advertisements are in the sidebar... and pictures don't cover text... ;) they just squish the text into 1/3 of the content area that is 1/2 of the entire page giving it about an inch of width... </sarcasm>. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 15:21 (UTC) 15:21, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Jokes aside, has anyone got headaches after using this? A lot of people in the Staff Blogs complained about it saying "This skin causes eye strain in people who have dominance in their right eye, which causes the headaches."
I'm curious to know if it's true..I thought my headaches were due to my utter hatred for the skin, but if there are more people getting it... ..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 22:57, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
As weird as this may sound, I think it is. When I was testing it, I had to strain my eyes more (not sure why. Seriously I have no idea but for some reason I felt it was more of a strain to read)--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 22:59, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Ok..so now we need to have our meds in hand to edit a wikia..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:11, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Maybe someone could delete the image preview of "narutopedia in new look" cause, the most of users are using the new look i suppose? --Ttogafer (talk) 16:57, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

Only logged in users can see it till November 3rd..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 17:15, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
Ok (as far as I can see) it's been a while since we've spoken about this, aside from Dantman's Double Wiki Solution, have we come to any sort of decision as of yet? Like, are we seperating the wiki into two as Dantman proposed? Are we sticking it out (dear god I hope not)? Do we have a domain we can use?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 17:02, October 10, 2010 (UTC)
On the bright side, if we do have to stick with it, you can just customize your own personal CSS to remove the sidebar and Image attribution, and that annoying Wikia header. Others will still see the crappy Wikia, but atleast you won't have to look at the damn thing when you edit.
Since the Reborn Wikia gets waay less traffic than Narutopedia, we came up with an alternative to moving (all though moving is still the #1 choice so far), which is that all regular users use the same personal CSS, and then add a note in the Welcome Message that says "we know the wikia looks like shit now, so create an account and ask an admin to change the way you see the Wikia to the way its meant to look." Not much of an alternative, but well, the main editors just continue like nothing happened...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 19:35, October 10, 2010 (UTC)
That's a workaround, but not a solution to the problem. We'd still run the high risk of people looking at the Wikia in the Oasis format, editing it to make it suck less and end up screwing up the articles.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 22:07, October 10, 2010 (UTC)

A fairly constructive idea for the double-wiki issue

No matter what we do Wikia will always continue to run this wiki here, whether we leave or not. So under the assumption that the majority wants to leave, and there is consensus for moving (waiting on real reader feedback in the survey from the new look being actually made live) I think I have a productive idea to solve the issue.

Firstly, reiterating, Wikia will always run the wiki here whatever it becomes. If the admins try to mass-redirect, delete the content, break the wiki, Wikia would of course deadmin and ban the user and revert it. From WikiSimpsons' attempt at changing the wiki's name to Simpsons Wiki when they left Wikia doesn't seam to like that either. And since the wiki would be abandoned any random person could adopt the wiki. The big issue is duplicate content. Google penalizes sites when it looks like they are nothing but duplicate content, namely because in the past there were a bunch of sites that decided to go and mirror Wikipedia or whatever. Thus when moving the wiki we'll end up with content that Google will consider a duplicate of what's here and penalize the wiki. Or rather, they don't actually "penalize" the wiki, they filter it, which in a way is worse, it basically means it would be hard for the content on the wiki to even be considered for any real ranking in Google's index while our content is still similar — which for a wiki this size will be awhile till we'd become diverse enough. The other big issue is search ranking at all, it takes awhile to build that up, and this wiki would continue to compete and cause issues with the ranking of the other wiki.

So I think I ended up coming up with a fairly productive idea. Wikia wants this wiki to say, long as it's being edited by a community, they don't care much about what is actually here as long as it's being constructively edited, not destroyed. The general objection with Wikia's changes is not that they are all around evil, but the fact that Wikia has two distinct types of wiki, heavy Encyclopedia wiki that are heavily against the social features, and strive for no-nonsense neutral content, like Wikipedia. And fairly social wiki communities, making use of blog features, discussing in forums, playing with badges, comments, polls, top 10 lists, integrating with their Facebook accounts, and putting less encyclopedic content into articles... The objection mostly is the fact that Wikia's new changes seem to distinctly favor the latter type of wiki and can potentially be a problem for the encyclopedic wiki...

So I thought based on that, why not let them have what they seam to be aiming for? Make a split of the wiki, but instead of abandoning it move the encyclopedic focus of the wiki off of Wikia to self hosting focusing on neutral well sourced in-depth factual content. While still leaving behind a wiki with an active community, but instead leaning in the direction of less encyclopedic content. On this wiki drop all our old policies about userpages, forums, re-enable features like the blogs, allow for encyclopedic article content to be trimmed down to summaries and new content like "Fan theories", "Fan art gallery", "Forum discussions", consider merging small portions of the whatever fan wiki there was supposed to be into here (though leaving distinct fanfics/rps there).

Wikia's features definitely would be more well suited to a wiki like that, and if we're constructively editing this wiki, not doing anything negative to it, then Wikia can hardly have an objection to us cross-linking between the wiki sending users looking for encyclopedic facts to the off-site wiki, and the off-site wiki sending users looking for social and fan activities here to the Wikia wiki giving both wiki fair traffic and search rankings. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 03:35 (UTC) 03:35, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

As long as I still have a nice, factual, orderly wiki to work with, this one can go to the masses if it must. I see no problem.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 03:40, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
You tl;dr'ed again, didn't you? ;) ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 04:26 (UTC) 04:26, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Let's see, ideas ideas...

  • On the Encyclopedic wiki we can drop Quotes entirely, the Social wiki can expand on them.
  • We can consider dropping Infoboxes on the Social wiki to make better use of the space.
  • Part I, Part II sections can dropped from the Social wiki, articles don't need to be as in-depth.
  • Fan theories and Fan art on the Social wiki
  • Discussions and Blog posts can be cross-linked with articles on the Social wiki
  • Reader voted Top 10 Characters, etc... pages?
  • Open up the forums to generic discussions.
  • Intro, Appearance, Personality, and a subset of the Abilities sections trimmed down would work fine on the Social wiki. History doesn't seem to fit a social wiki as much.
  • Trivia may be split up, one or two trivia items may be dropped from the Encyclopedia wiki,
~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 04:26 (UTC) 04:26, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
No friend, I actually read the entire thing. If I read it wrong then I guess I just fail lol. And now for your bullet points.
  • Aw I like the quotes. Important quotes. Not the one word phrases idiots tend to add.
  • Agreed.
  • Agreed.
  • Agreed. Let the unclean handle the fandom, we got the facts to worry about.
  • Cool...I think.
  • Yeah they can knock themselves out.
  • Much much needed with the new style.
  • I'm not sure what would be considered "drop worthy" to be honest. Most of the stuff in trivia are usually encyclopedic, to the character/team/whatever they are in, just no good way to place it in the article.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 11:37, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

Side note on names

Side note on names... if we do happen to move, what domain do we want to be primary? naruto-encyclopedia.com narutoencyclopedia.com narutopedia.info narutopedia.net thenarutopedia.com thenarutowiki.com; ^_^ or I could try registering something along the lines of "Naruto, the Wiki!"... lol, nah. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 06:31 (UTC) 06:31, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

I was wondering about that, since this wikia is naruto.wikia.com, wouldn't narutopedia.com work? Keeps the original name, and since this one is not gonna be an encyclopedia anymore, the main page name (which hints at an encyclopedia) might as well change as well. If not, my pick is narutoencyclopedia.com for the new one..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 11:23, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
{narutopedia,narutowiki,naruto-wiki}.{com,org} are taken by domain squatters. If we wan't to keep the narutopedia name all we have are .info .net variants, and thenarutopedia.com with a (the). I do like the idea of using naruto-encyclopedia.com, we can expand our name to Naruto Encyclopedia and emphasize the idea of it being a high quality Encyclopedia about Naruto. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 11:40 (UTC) 11:40, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Seems like they don't want us to tell others where the new wiki will be. SimAnt 23:38, October 10, 2010 (UTC)
AH so they be pinning us down?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 23:42, October 10, 2010 (UTC)
Also, if anyone posts links to new site they will get banned like the former grand theft auto wikia admins, and a couple others that have posted about it. SimAnt 16:22, October 11, 2010 (UTC)

That's pretty evil. Now I really want to leave.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 17:07, October 11, 2010 (UTC)

I'm still for waiting a month or so after oasis is made default for everyone, no need to jump off the ship too early (unless they get ban happy over here). Random thought, if "hypothetically" we were to move it would be nice if we left the wikia available to be edited by ANYONE (like the staff wants) so to do that remove all the protection settings for all pages. SimAnt 18:08, October 11, 2010 (UTC)
Dantman said that this wiki would be converted left to the as is. Policies will be dropped, fanart can be loaded, it can be a lot more community based, and the new site would be the encyclopedia this was supposed to be.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 18:36, October 11, 2010 (UTC)
Well, they were pretty stupid to publicize the fact that they were moving in the Staff Blogs. I'm pretty sure the staff took note of all the Wikia's that threatned to leave, and that Anti-Wikia alliance helps the Staff keep track of the Wikia's..The idiots are helping the staff more than persuading. So far, Narutopedia hasn't even been mentioned as a candidate for leaving, so shud be safe for a bit. But on the other hand, Narutopedia isn't moving its converting, so there's no real threat. ..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 19:40, October 11, 2010 (UTC)
Those GTA admins haven't just been banned from the GTA Wikia, but all of Wikia..My, my, this is a dictatorship :S..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 19:49, October 11, 2010 (UTC)
this is the kind of edit people are already trying to make on the wiki ^_^ can't see Wikia objecting to helping the wiki revolve around that. ;) heh. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 11, 2010 @ 21:40 (UTC) 21:40, October 11, 2010 (UTC)
If we did decide to remove our polices, we should unblock everyone since the policies they violated are no long in place... SimAnt 00:41, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
That's not something we should do. If they were permablocked, that means they were problems. We're doing everyone a favor keeping them permablocked.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 01:10, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
Well, well have to do a sweep... there are users that should be blocked, and some borders who were blocked for simple things like making profiles, fan stuff, and to much abuse of the forums for normal discussions who don't need to be blocked. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 12, 2010 @ 01:13 (UTC) 01:13, October 12, 2010 (UTC)
@ theultimate3, of course not the crazies, they don't even qualify to be on a fanon wikia. Edit: [2] tempted to remove this, since we aren't a member... but don't even wanna edit that page. SimAnt 01:40, October 12, 2010 (UTC)

Plus side

Apparently the autocomplete feature that was misaligned before now works. Now I know whose fault it was, and here i was thinking it was semantic forms bug.. Also, the edit for pages that have forms is now default to form edit, as well as the alt-e shortcut. SimAnt 19:30, October 7, 2010 (UTC)

^_^ Tick those off as things that are also trivial to do elsewhere. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 7, 2010 @ 21:27 (UTC) 21:27, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Btw, Oasis got owned. Now to read the Terms of Use and find a loophole.
:"Not intentionally block, remove, or otherwise obstruct the proper functioning and view of advertisements, and/or user interface and functionality by other users, including but not limited to changing or adding javascript or CSS changes to the Service that would prevent the proper display or function of advertisements and/or user interface and functionality"
Define proper display of user interface and functionality please? :P SimAnt 23:25, October 7, 2010 (UTC)
Completely pointless... and as for the ToU, it's a very vague line that lets them interpret it nearly any way they want. They're basically reserving the ability to object to any change that changes the layout, features, etc... in any way at all besides basic coloring and bg images which work asthetically (but not all coloring is even allowed, making redlinks green, or using colors that don't work aesthetically and make it harder to read would both violate to ToU on top of that). ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 8, 2010 @ 00:54 (UTC) 00:54, October 8, 2010 (UTC)
Doesnt matter, I am not using Oasis skin, I set monobook as my default skin. But I tried, if it is blockable - yes, and its not a problem. No admin-sided CSS/JavaScript change is needed. --TakeruDavis (talk) 00:22, November 8, 2010 (UTC)

Even tho I'm pretty sure y'all already know this ,but the new Wikia skin is optional (not sure for how long) All day yesterday i could not sign post at all and I wonder why. I then defaulted my setting and the new wikia skin appeared. I then realized I could change back and forth in my setting. I'm not sure if its forever ,but its optional now.(Man I hope this dose not make me look like a total loser ,wait the fact that I care already means I am.TwinRisingDragons (talk) 07:46, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

This is the public testing period, it becomes non optional on November 3rd...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 08:28, October 8, 2010 (UTC)

This may be helpful

Ok,I know that I'm not active here,but Dragon Ball Wiki and Dragon Ball Fanon Wiki are also complaining about the same problems (Same with Bleach etc. possibly) So what if we ask for Wiki to leave us the Monaco for Anime style Wikia's.What do you think.If we make One Piece,FMA,Bleack wiki and more to agree,they might even let us! --{{SUBST:User:Raging Blast/siggy22}} 16:12, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

If they've refused the requests of countless users, this request wont go anywhere. They already said that having two skins running is not an option for them financially..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 16:33, October 9, 2010 (UTC)
Except of course for the ever loved uncyclopedia, which is exempt from this evil. SimAnt 18:43, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

White space possible workaround

I took a quick look at the Avatar: The Last Airbender wiki, and found a possible work around for the white space to the right of articles. Because that wiki allows fanon content, and keeps separate articles for movie articles, there are some namespaces. In articles about stuff from the actual series, there is the waste of white space, but on the articles on other name spaces, the whitespace and the stuff just above it, the activity, link to images et al, they just disappear. Having stuff in other namespaces appears to override something in the new skin. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 21:36, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

That seems to only be the case for supplementary namespaces. Content-namespaces, such as main, User, Narutopedia, Help, Category, Forum, Type, and Form, have room for the sidebar, even if the sidebar isn't there. Namespaces enabled by staff (as in your examples) or that are only seen when transcluded, such as File, MeidaWiki, Template, Infobox, Quotes, Property, Concept, do not. ~SnapperTo 22:24, October 9, 2010 (UTC)

i hate it!

THIS NEW BACKGROUND SUCKS YOU CANT READ ANYTHING OR FIND ANYTHING!!!!!! —This unsigned comment was made by 76.88.10.74 (talkcontribs) on 18:38, October 12, 2010.

I hate it too. I couldn't find a place to comment, so I edited another person's. ( hope you don't mind.)

It lacks compatibility with even the most basic browsers. As a graphic designer a little tip. ANY kind of skin, no matter what it is, will always always cause problems. You should stick to the basics. —This unsigned comment was made by 69.245.58.254 (talkcontribs) on 19:45, October 12, 2010.

A critic's perspective

Well, the look may be improved, but it tries to cram too much information in a single page. The "Recent Wiki Activity" can be smaller, or contains less updates, about three. The "Photos" can be omitted, since some people don't really give any care about those. Also, do not try to fit the large info table to the text. It looks overcrowded. The readers don't want updates from Wikia, but from the profiles of the Characters themselves. Who would want to read at a site full of information, but overcrowded? Not me, of course. They could've placed the updates list at the bottom of the page, rather than at the upper sides. It looks so irritating. That is all.

Updates

Because most of the discussion above is getting long and unyielding, I'm asking about any updates here. So...uh. Any updates?--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 19:59, October 15, 2010 (UTC)

Apparently the new skin was made for people with disabilities. The skin will be the defaul option for all wikis on the 20th of this month, with Monaco available as a personal preference till November 3rd. Thats about it...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 21:39, October 15, 2010 (UTC)
Well that's impressive. Any more information of our situation.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 21:58, October 15, 2010 (UTC)
Sannse says making text float below the widgets is hard/Complex. Don't ask me why, we did it fine with our infobox... SimAnt 22:11, October 15, 2010 (UTC)
Just a suggestion to you all. If you indeed decide to move off of Wikia to a new site, as one of the top admins of the fanon wiki for Naruto and a main contributor to the Bleach Wiki, as well as a small time contributor here, I would be interested in the upkeep of our site. I mean, I don't know if you guys would even consider this, but, as you've probably noticed, the Naruto Fanon Wiki sucks...pretty badly, mainly do to us having issues with hackers and other spammers, along with lazy admins, and well, we could probably use this wiki as a new beginning of sorts. You know what I mean? I mean, this is just a suggestion and is all up to you all, but consider it if you do decide to move off Wikia and message me at my talk page when you reach a decision. I would hate to see this wiki that I've come to love be reduced to a gameplace for vandals and rot away, so putting it to practical use would prevent that from happening. ---Ten Tailed Fox talk page 00:55, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Mhmm, that's part of the reason for my productive idea a few sections above. We get plenty of edits that don't fit the encyclopedic nature of the wiki; Generic forum discussions. Fan theories. I once had to delete what appeared to be a failed attempt at creating a "Top 10" page. So, given that, the idea was to refocus the wiki on whatever it seams that the people left behind want the wiki to be.
I've been waiting for the skin switch, hoping to get feedback from random editors and readers alike. Hoping to profile what the general reader and editor opinion seams to be to decide what to do.
Even if we did decide to "move" I don't think we'd exactly "move". We'd probably split into two sister wiki, an Encyclopedia, and a wiki focused on whatever it is the people who stick around here want, with an attempt at focusing on anything that Wikia's unique features seem to promote best. If the general opinion seamed to favor a "move" or even a splitting like that I'd probably start up a thread after the decision asking the people sticking around what kind of things they'd like to see on the wiki here. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 16, 2010 @ 03:00 (UTC) 03:00, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Ok. For what it's worth I downloaded the data dump. Keeping it safe on my harddrive. Depending on what happens it'll be a month or two old, but that's the most recent one downloadable, and it takes about an hour to download which makes my computer completely useless.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 12:17, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe wiki dumps have anything to do with the corresponding wiki's layouts; it's just a copy of everything on the wiki. Therefore, it will be just as useful after Oasis as it is before Oasis. ~SnapperTo 17:50, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps this is why Staff isn't even visiting or trying to accommodate us. No one has the job (at least in California...) SimAnt 21:44, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Huh, I was offered that position, someone from Wikia sent me an email, but other than Naruto, my anime/manga knowledge is very limited. Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 22:17, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
@Snapper2; I assumed that was what the dumps where, a massive collection of all the information within the wiki. I was keeping it in case we decided to move, we'd have all the information (save for a few things) ready to go.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 23:24, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
Dumps contain the namespace info, and title/user/comment/timestamp/id/content of every non-deleted revision on the wiki. Images, blocks, logs, protection, users, etc... is not included. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 16, 2010 @ 23:41 (UTC) 23:41, October 16, 2010 (UTC)
I see. Images may be a problem...--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 00:08, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
Even if there was some sort of new wiki setup, I'd only do it after developing both a method of importing user, and and extension that rejects registration of users that were part of an import and allows people to use a special page to claim their account importing it from the other wiki. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 17, 2010 @ 00:33 (UTC) 00:33, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
The GTA Wiki which moved found a way to import even user edit history if that helps...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 03:32, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
Nope, they didn't that's just a page detailing users for people. ie: Your accounts are no longer here. If you're new, sign up. If you're from Wikia, sign up with the same name. If someone stole your name, sign up with a new name and tell us what it is on the Wikia wiki so we can get your username back. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 17, 2010 @ 05:18 (UTC) 05:18, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
I meant the However, all edit histories, edit counts and user pages have been copied here. part...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 06:56, October 17, 2010 (UTC)
Example: User:Gboyers vs Gboyers Wikia acc..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 06:59, October 17, 2010 (UTC)

Todays lesson: Do not attempt to bribe a large (87,600+ pages) and angry wikia community with special features, while denying those features to others. SimAnt 04:36, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Joining up

Hey guys. I'm not an editor here on Narutopedia, but on behalf of the Dragon Ball Wiki, I just wanted to let you know that we're disappointed about the new skin too, and we're also considering leaving Wikia. While we haven't decided on a destination yet, it seems that we're at least preliminarily agreeable to the idea of joining up with other anime/manga wikis. There may also be a few members in our community who would be able to donate toward such an arrangement. While donations might not cover all the costs of hosting, joining up multiple wikis could be especially advantageous if ads were used, since adding another wiki to the group would effectively add another few thousand pages that ads could be displayed on, as well as a whole other audience that would be viewing those ads. Anyway, just thought I'd let you guys know we're thinking along similar lines if you're considering going that route. -- nonoitall 06:47, October 17, 2010 (UTC)

Phase II

Phase II of the Oasis Skin has begun. On my account at the WoWwiki, no matter how many times I go into preferences and change it to something that does not suck, if I close the window and reopen, it's back to Oasis. Only a matter of time before it reaches Narutopedia, then the hardcore "testing" period begins.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 11:29, October 20, 2010 (UTC)

Um, excuse me, but I think I might be of some assistance, if people would be willing to hear what I have to say.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 13:59, October 20, 2010 (UTC)

...usually there's little point to saying you have something to say online, might as well just say it. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 20, 2010 @ 17:33 (UTC) 17:33, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
I just wanted to add that one of the wikis I follow successfully made the jump. Now it seems less of an issue...if you ignore the possibility that we will crush whatever server we get on...--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 20:47, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
Ya, but the problem with moving is getting the search ratings up again..and Dantman mentioned that duplicate content gets blacklisted from google..So doesn't that mean that the articles will have to be changed big time here before moving?..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 23:50, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
Maybe give google ads on pages, then they blacklist "other place." :) 74.236.92.133 (talk) 23:57, October 20, 2010 (UTC)
We've already have a plan for that, let this fall to the fandom. Fan Art, fanfics, original characters, Speculation, revoke most of the policies. Ect ect.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 00:41, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Well you see, a User on Sonic News Network and Sonic Fanon Wiki, has a dad who owns a hosting site. The Sonic wikis are moving as well, and this User's dad is capable of moving them succesfully, while allowing a wiki to keep its look, as well as Usernames, contributions, ranks; everything. This site isn't limited to Sonic wikis, so if you want, I could ask on behalf of Narutopedia to have it moved as well, along with other sites that want to be moved. Since this is one of my favorite wikis, and the first wiki I signed up to, I felt I should extend the offer. Before you ask, there are no strings attached whatsoever. So, is that alright for you guys?--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 01:02, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

"[...] owns a hosting site."? We'll need a lot more detail than that. Who handles the MediaWiki installation? How experienced are they at it? Is this just one server or are they running a proper setup with load balanced mysql, caching, etc? What sites are already being hosted there, how large? ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 21, 2010 @ 01:33 (UTC) 01:33, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Well, I don't know all the details in terms of technical, but I know that the site will be able to host wikis just like Wikia did, and that the wikis can be moved without losing any data whatsoever. Experience-wise, I'm going to assume that they haven't done this before, but in 2 days, Sonic Fanon Wiki will be moved. If it's successfull, should I ask for Narutopedia to be moved?--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 14:55, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Without technical specs of what it is, where it is, who owns it etc. and a decision to move by the whole community, then no. SimAnt 18:47, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

Okay, okay. Well then, if you want to know all of that, ask Nero to ask his dad about the technical aspects and all of that.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 02:14, October 22, 2010 (UTC)

Alright, got it! The site is called 12pointdesign.com, a hosting site for the company Nero's dad in fact owns.--Kagimizu-Seeya 'round 20:18, October 23, 2010 (UTC)

Why does the WOWWiki have a larger content space that the other Wiki's? Cant Narutopedia and other Wikis request the same thing? It'll solve the biggest issue I've seen being talked about in this blog. TheMist (talk) 08:58, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

If I had a reason, it's because they have been in direct contact with Wikia for weeks, and even then they moved off wikia. Truth be told, I was hoping if worst came to worst we could use their hosting provider, but they are now affiliated with curse.com so...--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 10:24, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Gah...

Y'know, if they didn't have those fugly 'photos on this wiki', 'recent Wiki activity', "create a page" stuff on the right, I could tolerate the new skin. But with those boxes it just throws everything off and crushes the articles so that I'm unconsciously leaning to the left so I can read them. Why couldn't they stick those boxes at the bottom of the page? It'd be so much more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. Anyway, I kinda doubt that the totalitarian dictators on the Wikia staff are interested in making any more changes to their precious baby Oasis.--The Red Grandmaster (talk) 20:51, October 22, 2010 (UTC)

Survey

We have 767 responses to the survey already, including unfinished responses it's 983... I've got limit to 1000 responses on my account. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Oct 22, 2010 @ 23:49 (UTC) 23:49, October 22, 2010 (UTC)

I would consider it done now and let's see what we've got from it.--TheUltimate3~The User King~ 19:28, October 23, 2010 (UTC)

Hey I dont know if the other people who use this site have the same problem as me but it takes me at least 5 minutes to load a page when on the old skin it took only seconds,Narutofox94

Hmmm... I know I posted it so that it would show up on the top of the announcements... but I suppose I should have linked it here as well... full survey results charted, Forum:Narutopedia look survey... conclusion; disappointing... mass majority hates the skin, but not enough people hate it enough, and votes are too neutral instead of the split bias I was hoping for where people that like the skin or want fan content want to stay, while people that hate the skin or want an encyclopedia want to move. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Nov 5, 2010 @ 10:04 (UTC) 10:04, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

/sigh
So we're stuck then? Should we set up a task force to prepare our 3k articles for the fall?--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 10:15, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
I think the problem is, the voters don't know the true meaning of the questions (need to list out pros and cons after each question). I highly doubt the people who voted "I really like it" know what a "skin" is, you have to remember that not everyone is reading the forums (perhaps include images side by side of which they prefer, using different skins). As for the social elements, it's clear that the main editors don't want it, and the only people who want it are those people who don't work to maintain the site by editing. SimAnt 13:44, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
So, give Oasis a few weeks or so and try the survey again?--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 14:13, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
I mean, apparently if the survey was difficult to understand then we didn't get an accurate answer from it so it would be best to try again sometime down the road.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 14:17, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
Who (not including those getting paid) would really vote that they liked the new look if they really understood what the survey was asking? Wikia itself is gonna do a survey... not sure when. SimAnt 14:20, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, lets not wait for their survey.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 14:23, November 5, 2010 (UTC)
Opinions on the skin isn't the issue, in fact they're pretty much what I expected. Only 17% actually like the skin, 26% can tolerate it but still preferred monaco, we've got the 8% of traditional monobook/vector users, while 46% say it gets in their way. So looking at the pie, 2% of people haven't seen the old skin, 17.3% like it, and the other 80.7% dislike it for varying reasons and levels of tolerance (the majority being users who absolutely can't stand it). And to top it off, if you take a look at the crosstab with who reads and edits the wiki you'll see that the people voting that they liked the new skin are biased towards readers and users that don't edit much (in other words the people it gets in the way of the least).
The issue is the opinions on encyclopedia vs. fan/social wiki, and opinions on going independent, splitting, moving, etc... they don't have stats that would make for a good split. ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Nov 5, 2010 @ 15:36 (UTC)
My points are:
  • Do the people voting against moving know that we will be able to change the skin that they hate?
  • Who cares that people who don't edit want to blog?
    • I'm willing to compromise on a new site to let users use a subsection of the forums to talk about stuff, as long as they keep it there.

SimAnt 16:11, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

Readers are the ones reading the content, so it makes sense to write what they'll read, but that chart showed that all 3 classes have a majority that want an encyclopedia anyways. In any case it wasn't just about blogs, it was about fan art, fan theories, etc... other stuff that we'd never allow. The question was there for use in crosstabs to see if the stats on people that wanted to stay were biased towards the users that wanted a wiki with fan/social content (in which case splitting would be a good idea, since the editors that wanted to leave would have an encyclopedia elsewhere, and the ones that wanted to stay would have the fan/social wiki they wanted here, which would make good use of Wikia's new features). ~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Nov 5, 2010 @ 16:22 (UTC) 16:22, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

End Game

This is it. The time we all feared. We've finally reached the end game of the Oasis Crisis (lulz).--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 10:46, October 31, 2010 (UTC)

Keep the discussion alive?--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 12:31, November 1, 2010 (UTC)
Well, I'd like to, but everything that needs to be said has been said..Now it comes down to are we going with the "divide Narutopedia into two" plan, or will we have to suck it down..I guess its decision time...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 12:58, November 1, 2010 (UTC)
Agreed.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 13:34, November 2, 2010 (UTC)
Monaco removed as a Personal Option...Decision?..AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 18:38, November 3, 2010 (UTC)
Now we are seriously at the end. Oasis drops permanently tomorrow.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 09:36, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

So in the end it comes down to, people want to comfortably and easily read an organized encyclopedia about Naruto. So the question is: Can they do that on Wikia at the moment? If people don't mind the squished content area, rail, and most likely oncoming Special:AdSS, which will give advertisers the ability to take over the background of a whole page and have floating advertisements on the toolbar, then sure. SimAnt 17:14, November 5, 2010 (UTC)

I had no idea about the Special:AdSS...Wikia never explicitly mentioned that particular feature. Taking over the entire background of a page for an ad is ridiculous. Other than that, Narutopedia actually doesn't look that bad in the new look, so I don't see why a move would be all that needed. ---Ten Tailed Fox talk page 15:12, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
I haven't commented on this issue before, but I have a question. As it all comes down to stay or leave, if we do move away, what will it cost? Wikia being free is a major pro, after al. Also, if we move, will we be able to do it painlessly, without too many problems? Won't there be more problems after the move? —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 15:22, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
After month you finally speak huh. Anyway, moving can be free and painless, depending on where exactly we go. We could have moved to other free wiki farms and rebuild that way. We could have moved to our own server, which would have cost money. In terms of of being painless, I think it would be relatively fine. I already downloaded a information dump which I was told contained all the stuff we have on the wiki, save member information and images. How to get that to work however is beyond me, as I was only trying to make sure we had the information.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 15:46, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I tried to ignore this issue as long as possible ><
Any way, if there is a wiki farm out there that can offer us what we want for free, I'd say let's do it. The longer we wait, the less motivation we'll have. We have to make a choice and neither one is perfect. However, as the Wikia staff has proven to have a complete disregard for their users, I'd say moving is the lesser of two evils. Let's take the plunge. —ShounenSuki (talk | contribs | translations) 16:22, November 6, 2010 (UTC)
From how I understand it all that is required to move the text information is the dump and to use Special:Import at the new location. There probaly are some extensions that can move images. But the point is, if readers don't care about the ads or sidebar width, then the editors can just customize their css, or use monobook. Sidenote: TenTailedFox, how do the infoboxes taking up 300px out of 660px not look bad? Feel free to share your creative ideas on how to fix that... SimAnt 17:59, November 6, 2010 (UTC)

Well, the only wiki farm I believe that could support us would be ShoutWiki, but Dantman said not to trust them. I don't know anywhere else.--TheUltimate3 ~The User King ~ 18:08, November 6, 2010 (UTC)

For Narutopedia the logical choice would be to get its own domain. After all, ShoutWiki might turn to the same feature given a few months, with your own domain you have all control over what happens...AlienGamer (UserpageTalk) 22:57, November 6, 2010 (UTC)

Well, I don't expect a ShoutWiki oasis, but besides my note on how little I trust some of the staff there's plenty wrong:

  • Unstable servers; already slow without a wiki as heavy traffic as us moving there, and they only have one doing everything
  • Questionable upgrade support; Despite claiming "Newest stable version of the MediaWiki software:", they are only at 1.15.4 when 1.16 has been out for awhile.
  • A level of advertising which makes it questionable they'll earn enough money to pay for the quality of hosting that they require to host wiki such as ours.
  • Questionability on whether they are even a real company doing the hosting.
  • Monaco is only a future premium option.
  • No way we'll get features like putting the infobox in a right sidebar.
  • The same security vulnerabilities Wikia has (sans ones created by Wikia features), but without a team trying to fix them, and without a good large community team/vstf team to clean up and fix the damage.
  • List of extensions doesn't include a number of extensions we use (SD, SF, AbuseFilter)
  • Same restriction on CheckUser use as Wikia, but without the large active comm team.
~NOTASTAFF Daniel Friesen (DanTMan, Nadir Seen Fire) (talk) Nov 7, 2010 @ 06:20 (UTC) 06:20, November 7, 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I'm DancePowderer. I'm from the One Piece wikia. I read about the problems you've been having with a potential new host or domain. If you don't like shoutwiki, we (the one piece wikia) are looking at a wiki site called wikkii.com. We're in the process of moving. Yes, we are having some initial problems, but they should be resolved. Anyway, I just came to suggest that you maybe take a look at the host we're going to. They are supposed to have much more flexible guidelines about changing the wiki's look than wikia. I don't want any other manga/anime wikis to suffer, and since I frequent this site a lot but never edit, I thought I should at least bring this other option to your attention.--DancePowderer (talk) 06:34, November 16, 2010 (UTC)

leave Wikia!

you should create an alliance seperate from Wikia made up of Wiki's that chronicle Anime or Shonen Jump manga or something. not that it matters much now. —This unsigned comment was made by ZetsuSan (talkcontribs) .

I think there already is some alliance, separate from Wikia. Not just for anime... Look for Wikkii.
If you liked Monaco skin, I seen place where it is accessible to download source code, so I think it is only matter of time when people make it work on independent wiki sites(it so far was throwing errors, probably just some differences, maybe in database).--TakeruDavis (talk) 09:50, November 21, 2010 (UTC)
Firstly, mono skin is way better than the creepy new look. Secondly (specially to the webmaster and admins), this pedia should be moved from wikia for sure. You can move to a wikia-free site so that it ATLEAST look like a good easy-to-use site. Then, I think you should also join NIWA Network which will help you a lot in the co-operation thingy and with the help of some other wikis, you can do A LOT better then the current state. Thank you Adyniz (talk) 04:41, November 26, 2010 (UTC)
Not the NIWA Network, they are specifically oriented to Nintendo, not anime. Naruto is not connected to Nintendo. --TakeruDavis (talk) 15:33, November 27, 2010 (UTC)
Oooppzzz... My bad, I totally forgot. Adyniz (talk) 05:38, November 29, 2010 (UTC)

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