I've written a couple of blog posts about what I'm planning on doing with the wiki, but no one has replied to my latest post where I asked for opinions, so I'm going try a discussion post. Most of what is below is most of my last blog post (a week and a half ago) because I want other people’s opinions on some of the stuff I’m doing, which, at the moment is dealing with some of the more unkempt, backend stuff in this wiki.
tl;dr: Should all the infoboxes & footers on the wiki be standardised? (And revamped?) Do we want to keep old organisational categories? Should pages with absolutely no information be made just to mark that a thing exists?
The infoboxes across this wiki are inconsistent. I believe there is an infobox for each of the current templates being used that is made with the new markup, but there are some articles where an older version is being used. (I'm not going to name and shame the person adding these back in, but I think it's a move in the wrong direction. I don't feel like I have the authority to tell them to stop because I'm not an admin, but maybe we need to have a community decision to move onto the new infoboxes, or if there was already one before I arrived, maybe point us both to the link.)
For some page categories, these need standardisation, like, for example, there are at least three different character templates being used. Creating one that can be used across all the character articles with all the features of the previous three will be a good place to start. Then we can make sure it is used on all character articles so the wiki looks uniform and is well organised.
There are several types of page category that I think we need, based on what already exists:
Groups (for fictional teams)
Series (to cover the comic & tv series as a whole, each series of books, etc.)
Real people (To my knowledge, there is currently only one of these pages on the wiki, but there are several more key people who should have pages here)
There might be more
Once all these infoboxes are in place, I want to make sure that all articles across the wiki use them. There are currently many articles that don't use an infobox at all, and some so old that the infobox structure is part of the markup itself.
In addition to this, I want to modify the issues infobox, because with it's header, and the white background it creates, I think it's ugly. At the very least, the two places in it where the issue title is displayed should be made to display the same title. I believe that I can make a draft version of this to show what it will look like, so if we as a community want to take this decision on together, that will be possible.
Across this wiki, the footers are in various states. The big W.i.t.c.h. footer, in particular, is hard to read and so information-dense that it is almost useless, and in my opinion needs work.
I want to make sure that all footers are standardised and look consistent. I'd also like to make sure that they are used across relevant articles. I quite like the current look of the books footer, but there are some more changes I'd like to make, such as removing the italics and making the spacing dots more visible, and would like to modify the other footers to look similar. If I had access to the CSS, I'd want to make sure that was used to ensure consistent styling throughout and easier updates in the future.
As above, I think I can make a draft version so people can see before this goes live if that is what we want, because, again, this should be a community thing.
All Templates, Really
Looking through the templates, including the footers and infoboxes, I’ve already sorted them into categories, but I think they all need documentation on how to use them.
The categories across this wiki are used inconsistently. Some articles use them like an Instagram post uses hashtags and is trying to get popular, while others don't have many at all.
I think that categories should convey information and help users find similar/related articles. For example, the category "W.i.t.c.h." is used on several articles, however, everything on this wiki should be related to W.i.t.c.h., so that conveys no useful information. Were it to be used to mark, for example, the pages of the characters who are a part of W.i.t.c.h., that would be different as it would convey the team. Similarly, Lillian Hale's page features the category "Goths", and is the only page in that category. (As a side note, is she even a goth? because I don't remember anything like that) If she is the only goth in the series, then I don't think it should be a category, but actually mentioned in her article somewhere, or there should be other articles with the category "Goths".
There is also a discrepancy between the categories, "Arc 6" and "Ragorlang". These should be identical categories, but for all the arc I've checked, they're not. They should convey the same information so using both is irrelevant. In all arcs that I've checked, the "Arc" tag has more articles, and as they are more obvious as to what information they convey, particularly to newcomers, I want to change all of the articles categorised as "A Crisis on Both Worlds" to be categorised as "Arc 3", etc. There are a few other categories like this too, like “Issue” and “Issues”, where the first redirects to the second making the use of that category irrelevant, anyway. I’ve started work on fixing this.
There are also some categories for wiki organisation which aren’t consistently used and have been depreciated across other wikis. I’m quite happy to completely remove them, because finding what is tagged is easier than what isn’t, so once again opinions on all of this are appreciated. Ideally, I want to go through every page on this wiki to check all the categories, but that's going to take some time.
As I mentioned in my into, I want a little advice on the book pages, in particular, the books that do not have an official English translation.
None of these books have pages on the wiki currently, and I don't have enough information to create them, but there are several links to these pages and authors. The way that I see it there are three options:
I can make some absolute bare bones pages for them so that other people will hopefully be encouraged to add to them later
Remove the links entirely as there is so little information in English about these that it's unlikely that we will ever be able to make a decent page
Leave things how they are, dead links and all
Opinions? If I get none, nothing will change except in the cases where the original title and the English translation are both linked, in which case I will probably just leave the English translation linked, as that is what has happened with the other pages, and like the comic issues that don't have official English translations, using fan translations will work. I may also remove the dead links from the books footer so that it looks neater.