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Namespace Separation: Yes or No?
We should address this early before it gets much harder to change directions. We currently do not have a decision to use namespaces or not.
The main pros for using namespaces include:
- Better compatibility with UESP's infrastructure.
- Can be neater as namespaces function as "super categories" of topics.
- Will allow us to document topics from gameplay and lore perspectives easier.
The cons include:
- Although UESP users are likely to be familiar, most wikis do not use namespaces in this fashion so it could be potentially confusing to readers and prospective editors.
- We don't know if this is going to be a series yet, so it may not be necessary to really divide between different games and lore.
- It may increase the difficulty in implementing Scribunto/Lua templates.
Considering these points, I find myself in favor of adopting a namespace structure like UESP's. While it may not be standard, I don't think it's that overall confusing. And while we don't know if this will be an ongoing franchise, none of the wording from Bethesda has implied this series will only ever get a single game, and considering the history of the games industry, assuming there will be sequels is likely the safer bet. --AKB (talk) 12:04, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
- I'm not strictly opposed, but I don't think there is necessarily a need to do this overall. Namespaces work really well to separate multiple media types and styles, especially when a company is first figuring out what and how they want to create their world. Thus, early games, like TES1 become very very different from later games such that the exact same content is quite different and could be confusing all on the same page. Once a company matures, you see that sort of variation less. I don't believe Starfield and future games in the new franchise will have quite as much contradictory information as TES1, TES2, TES3, etc.
- That being said, I do feel like a Lore/Gameplay split is a very useful one for separating talk of gameplay mechanics from the in world content, though this can easily be achieved with separate sections on a single page. One worry I do have is that while a lore section for an existing franchise of multiple games gets filled out, a lore section for a single game often feels... lacking... and presenting pages that are complete but feel empty might not be the look we want to go for, if that makes sense. Jeancey (talk) 13:27, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
I'm also in favor of doing namespace separation. While a single game may not be enough to justify a separate category of articles, it's still likely that Starfield will get sequels, and lore exists in media outside the mainline games as well: books, mobile games, spin-offs, movies and series. I think it's better to create the separation now rather than having to adapt the whole wiki for it once it does become a need. --Sayoregg (talk) 15:50, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
- I'm in favor of the namespace separation as well. Starfield is just the beginning, and I can't see them stopping at this game only. Even though we probably won't see any sequels for a while, I think it's better to have the separation now than doing it all later when more entries are made. --YzraDoesStuff (talk) 16:09, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
- I think that Starfield is likely to receive more content on a faster pace. I think part of the delay with BGS was caused by them working on Creation Engine 2 and the new mechanics/setting needed for Starfield. Beyond that, there is a fairly high chance for a spin-off, based on the other releases for TES and Fallout. So even if the next mainline sequel is a decade out (which I'm not sure about), I think we'll definitely get more Starfield in the interim. --AKB (talk) 14:27, 20 June 2022 (EDT)
- Oh, you can bet money that this franchise will be like Fallout or Elder Scrolls... They may very well create SF 2, SF 3, etc. in the future, or at the very least do something similar in the form of DLC's or such. Better to have the namespaces now, than wish you had them later. --Acaveman (talk) 09:14, 15 September 2023 (EDT)
I added a Wikipedia link on Starfield:Sol System and noticed that it displays as orange, similar to internal links. Do we want to change external hyperlinks to have a different style to alert users that they are leaving the site? I'm partial to the light blue colour used on UESP personally. —Legoless (talk) 13:30, 21 March 2023 (EDT)
Can we get a Merchandise namespace set up in advance of launch? There are already items of Starfield merch that need to be documented, e.g. the Constellation watch, the Xbox controller. —Legoless (talk) 06:58, 23 August 2023 (EDT)
Addition of a Newsletter on the Wiki
I have had this discussion with SFWiki Discord Staff, Including a UESP Wiki staff member. As many members of the wiki knows, there is a part of the front page where you are able to see the news of the game and stuff relating. My point being, I run a newsletter as the News Director on a Discord community called Galaxy News Network. The newsletters being for Fallout and now one for this game with it being called "The Constellation Tabloid". The tabloid is a newsletter where we cover news about the game and the community of players, modders, artists, storytellers, roleplayers and everything under the sun. We plan on expanding the tabloid and think this place would be an amazing home. The newsletter makes people, big or small in the community, have a voice and share the things they made / are apart of or things they wanna make or do. We genuinely love this game and we think that others will as-well. Any questions that anyone may have will be answered. --GalaxyNewsJah (talk) 23:23, 27 August 2023 (EDT)
- just adding my support. having a newsletter is something i've wanted on the uesp side for the longest time, with starfield being new and a burgeoning audience i think it makes sense to have a regular starfield newsletter to help build and foster a community. it could also be something i or dave could supplement on the dev side - email newsletter or improved news system, just some thoughts. Thal-J (talk) 08:08, 28 August 2023 (EDT)
- Hey AKB, I totally forgot about putting a link. Here is an example with our Fallout newsletters called The Galaxy Tribune. I have also taken the liberty of putting our first edition of the tabloid in here too. Hope this helps! (ps, I am in the Wiki server in #server-discussions) --GalaxyNewsJah (talk) 11:36, 28 August 2023 (EDT)
Main Page Rename: Home vs Main Page
as part of the styling spruce up that launched today in the lead up to starfield, the main page was renamed to "Home". this is a departure from how it is done on uespwiki currently. i brought up to dave/reorx whether the main page should be renamed to "Home". (reasons below) he ok'd the idea, provided it was seamless.
it was brought up today that i should have given the community a say on this as well, so that's why i'm here.
- with the focus on content (the content menu on the home page), i thought it made sense to call the main page "Home", as fits with what users today would commonly expect from a traditional webpage navigation.
- in doing research on how other similar sci-fi game wikis did it, i found that a lot of them had either the main page fully as "Home" (as in both the url and the page title), or a hybrid (the page title was called home, but the url said main page)
- the rest of the styling spruce up was following starfield's modern, simplistic in-game ui closely, sampling from the game itself. i thought that "Home" fit starfield's more simplistic aesthetic more than "Main Page" did.