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==Current Organization==
==Current Organization==
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Currently page are sorted into one of 74 [[Special:Categories|Categories]]
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Currently page are sorted into one of 113 [[Special:Categories|Categories]]. Of those 16 are not subcategories (see [[Special:UncategorizedCategories]]).
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==Problems==
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The wiki is organized according to a Tree System with the main page as a root. Each page about something general has links to things more specifici.e. [[Main Page]] -> [[Erfworld Mechanics|mechanics]] -> [[magic]] -> [[thinkamancy]] -> [[thinkagram]]. We use redundant trees to organize by multiple paradigms.
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*Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it can be difficult to get a sense of what's here.
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**There is no intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
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*Categories are uncategorizedThe [[Special:Categories|Categories]] page has too many entires for easy browsing.
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==Proposed systems==
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==Goals==
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*Tree System
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*Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it should be easy to get a sense of what's here.
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**The main page would be the root
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**There should be an intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
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**Each page about something general would point have links to things more specifici.e. Main page ->mechanics -> magic -> thinkamancy -> thinkagram
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*Categories should be categorizedEach [[Special:Categories|Category]] should have a browsable number of pages and sub-categories
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**Redundant trees could be added for multiple paradigms.
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*Pages should not have redundant categories.  For instance if some thing is a [[stat]] and a mechanic, it only needs to be included in the [[:Category:Stats|stat category]]; because that category itself is within mechanics and implies it's members are to.
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===Potential Structure===
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==Paradigms==
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In looking through the categories already extent in the wiki, there are only a handful of top-level categories for content:
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These are the paradigms in use to organize the wiki. With each paradigm is a short list of example categories to provide an idea of how the paradigm characterizes the pages.
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===Subject based===
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* [[:Category:Wiki]] (Containing page about the maintenance, improvement, and structure of this wiki)
* [[:Category:Comic]] (containing actual comic pages, comic structure, and creator bios)
* [[:Category:Comic]] (containing actual comic pages, comic structure, and creator bios)
* [[:Category:Erfworld Mechanics]] (purporting to encapsulate anything that covers the "physics" of Erfworld)
* [[:Category:Erfworld Mechanics]] (purporting to encapsulate anything that covers the "physics" of Erfworld)
* [[:Category:Erfworld Culture]] (an umbrella under which the social and cultural dynamics of Erfworld live)
* [[:Category:Erfworld Culture]] (an umbrella under which the social and cultural dynamics of Erfworld live)
* [[:Category:History of Erfworld]] (potential home for battle analysis and events pages/cats]]
* [[:Category:History of Erfworld]] (potential home for battle analysis and events pages/cats]]
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* [[:Category:Fanon]] (surprisingly well organized compared to the rest of the wiki)
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* [[:Category:Fanon]] (Listed twice because it's subjects seem to be kept separate from other origins' subjects)
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* [[:Category:Characters]] (Containing pages about the characters)
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There is also, at present, a second, parallel tree structure based on content type and "value":
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===Origin based===
* [[:Category:Canon]]
* [[:Category:Canon]]
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* [[:Category:Analysis]]
* [[:Category:Analysis]]
* [[:Category:Disambiguation]]
* [[:Category:Disambiguation]]
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* [[:Category:Fanon]] (surprisingly well organized compared to the rest of the wiki)
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So, there are two existing paradigms under which most of the regular content pages live.  As such, perhaps it is just an issue of codifying and enforcing those paradigms more effectively.
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[[Category:Wiki]]
[[Category:Wiki]]

Latest revision as of 19:19, 26 March 2012

Contents

[edit] Current Organization

Currently page are sorted into one of 113 Categories. Of those 16 are not subcategories (see Special:UncategorizedCategories).

The wiki is organized according to a Tree System with the main page as a root. Each page about something general has links to things more specific. i.e. Main Page -> mechanics -> magic -> thinkamancy -> thinkagram. We use redundant trees to organize by multiple paradigms.

[edit] Goals

  • Without knowing the wiki's contents well, it should be easy to get a sense of what's here.
    • There should be an intuitive path from the main page to most of the contents, without being specifically aware of the contents already.
  • Categories should be categorized. Each Category should have a browsable number of pages and sub-categories
  • Pages should not have redundant categories. For instance if some thing is a stat and a mechanic, it only needs to be included in the stat category; because that category itself is within mechanics and implies it's members are to.

[edit] Paradigms

These are the paradigms in use to organize the wiki. With each paradigm is a short list of example categories to provide an idea of how the paradigm characterizes the pages.

[edit] Subject based

[edit] Origin based

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