Hey there, I wanted to get your opinion on this since I didn't want you think that I was bypassing your judgment. I noticed that you haven't edited here since 27 December -- totally fine, we all have lives outside of wikis, myself included. However, since it is coming near 60 days since an admin hasn't edited the wiki, I wanted to get your thoughts on having a new admin or two. I noticed the newest content moderator, Mike, has been making very productive and consistent edits over the past week, and could be a good candidate. Another user, User:DalesRV, has also been making consistent edits and could have potential for an admin or at least a content mod role. Of course, this would depend on their interests in these positions as well. Please note that this isn't meant to be any sort of criticism on your inactivity, it just would be nice to have a semi-active admin here. Do let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
Hi Shrev, no worries - I get you completely and no offence has been taken. It is difficult to juggle full-time employment, extra hours, and leisure time with editing at the Metro Wiki.
Both of the users you mentioned are good candidates who have made some stellar contributions to the Wiki, but for the simple reason that Mike has been even more active in his shorter time here and has already had a bit of time to get acquainted with the additional tools and privileges at his disposal after we made him a moderator - I'd say he would be the preferred candidate.
If he is still up for taking the offer, Mike certainly has my blessing to become an admin. I will continue to contribute to the Metro Wiki, but only in periods of activity as I can no longer do it on a daily basis like I used to.
Oh wow, nice work on those Metro Line articles! :D
I'm having a little break from editing, I've been editing every day for weeks or even months so I think I need to rest. :D I'm glad somebody created these articles in my absence and that they look just the way I would want them to. :D :)
Thanks, but you've laid some really good groundwork for these and DalesRV has done some fantastic work too!))) And don't worry about it, that's exactly how it should be - several active editors doing work whenever they can. I've been in your shoes before in some of the past few years and I know how much work it is when you're trying to single-handedly maintain an entire Wiki. You've totally earned yourself a break.))
Thank you for correcting mistakes in my new articles. I see my brain wasn't working well today. :D (to be honest, using definite/indefinite articles is always problematic for non-native English speakers, I seem to mainly make mistakes in those. :| I'm never sure how to use them when it comes to named things, such as stations, lines, weapons... :| )
By the way...if you ever have a bit of time, would you have a look at those navboxes? I'm not sure if you remember, but our navboxes are not installed properly or something, so they can not be collapsed, even when you specify in their template that they should be collapsible. I'm not sure what the problem is, messing around with this requires admin permissions, I hope you can figure it out, with the help of some forums/tutorials or something.
No problem, don't worry about it. We are all here to hep each other out and make this Wiki the best source of info about the Metro Series. I think the only reason I got the hang of articles in English is thanks to migrating to the UK when I was getting into my early teens! Haha
I completely forgot about those navboxes, so thanks for reminding me. I'll have a look at them and see if there's anything I can do, but I can't promise anything because - honestly - if you haven't been able to sort them out, then most likely neither will I.
I actually have Certificate of Advanced English, so my language skills shouldn't be bad, but...of course, living in an English speaking country grants you a completely different level of language skills than just using English on the internet. :D
The problem with navboxes must be technical, it's not a mistake in the template, I tried editing the template, even copied the template from STALKER wiki which has collapsible navboxes that work just fine, but that didn't help...as far as I understand, navboxes have to be "installed", it's some sort of wiki "plugin" or something, the mistake must be there...maybe googling something like "Wikia navboxes don't collapse" is our best bet of figuring out what's wrong. :D
Yes, indeed. Surrounding yourself with the language you wish to learn and getting involved with it on an everyday basis (preferably both writing/reading and speaking/listening) is the best way to fluency.)) Btw, your language skills are not bad at all; your English is great, we all make some tiny mistakes.
I've looked around online and experimented a little with the wikia CSS as well as the templates (mostly in preview mode), but unfortunately I could not solve our cursed navbox problem. I've asked CzechOut for some help - hopefully they will be able to get back to us with some help.
I was bothered by the fact that paneled infoboxes show the buttons for switching sections even if they only contain one section. I couldn't figure out how to solve it myself so I asked for help and somebody told me what could work. Sadly, it requires a small edit in sitewide CSS which is inaccessible to me.
Hey, sorry for the late response. Busy with long shifts at works - as usual, lately.((
I applied the change suggested in the thread you linked to, but it doesn't seem to work (at least not on my end). Even when I bypassed my browser's cache it still displayed the original version of the infobox with the redundant switch button. After this I removed the new rule from the Wiki CSS in case it had an undesired effect on anything else.
I see. I will go back to the forum and tell the person who gave me the tip that it didn't work. Maybe there's another way to do that.
If nobody will come up with a solution, we can solve this by having two variants of each infobox - a paneled one an a non-paneled one, with both having the same data variables that could be filled in. Filling only data related to one specific game in the non-paneled version would create an infobox that would look the same as the paneled one, bit without the buttons to toggle between the panels. It is a crude solution, but I can't think of a better option. As both infoboxes would be using same variables, it wouldn't be hard to convert one to the other if the need arose in the future. But still, I hope somebody can help us to solve this problem in a more elegant way. I don't believe we are the only Wiki which has this issue. :D
Sorry to hear that you have been busy lately. ;/ Hopefully things will get better soon.
Status update: The person on the forum replied to me again and said that just waiting for a little longer (at least 15 minutes) after purging the cache might help. At least that's how I understand that. You can use the link in my first message to go to that thread and see what exactly he wrote. Maybe there's still hope this could work. :D He also said to leave that change in the css even if it doesn't seem to work, so that he can come and see what's wrong.
It looks like it's working, at least on PC :D :) Thank you very much! :D
While you weren't here, I converted all achievement pages to include the new unified portable infobox. Therefore, you can delete all non-portable achievement-related infobox templates. You can also dele the system requirements template, as that's no longer in use (it was an eyesore anyway with that bright background :D ). When that's done, characters infobox will be the only non-portable infobox we have and I will later update it too. :)
Oh by the way, our navboxes might not be properly installed from what I've heard, because they don't display the "show/hide" button even though they should, their base template is very similar to the one found on STALKER Wiki, which includes such button. Even when I tried to use their template for our infoboxes, the show/hide button did not appear (even though our infoboxes have it specified that they should be collabsible and collapsed by default).
I'm sorry to ask you for more and more things, but you seem to be the most active admin here, even though you don't have much time on your hands. I could do most of these things alone but I don't have the required permissions. :|
Agreed about the ugliness of that system requirements template - I've now deleted it as well as the old achievement infobox templates. Once again, thanks for all your hard work. I'll try to have a more in-depth look at the thread you linked here in the coming days.
In all honesty, I would totally make you an admin due to the fantastic job you've done here so far. The only thing that's stopping me is that you haven't been a member with us for that long (which makes your rapid and significant contributions all the more impressive). But give it some more time and, if you're still here, I'd gladly give you all of the admin permissions.
Thank you for your help. :) There might be more templates that will need to be deleted in the future - for example now, when the hiding of unecessary section buttons work, we don't need two separate templates for weapon infoboxes - I will merge the two together and fix all the pages and then I'll let you know that you can delete the one no longer in use.
I understand, and I obviously can't demand to become an admin, it's up to you and other admins to decide whether and when I'm worthy becoming one. :D
Hello! I just wanted to thank you for correcting the typos and other mistakes you found in the articles I have recently written. :D Sometimes, I write stuff in a hurry and don't properly check it before posting, leaving typos and weirdly constructed sentences in it. :/ I will try to check my contributions more thoroughly next time before posting them. :D
No bother, everyone makes little mistakes like these - myself included of course.
I'm glad you reached out to me actually, because I've been meaning to contact you in order to thank you for all your hard work. Your contributions to the Metro Wiki - especially regarding Metro Exodus - have been fantastic so far and really helped with more recent content that needed to be added from the newest game.
Proszę bardzo! (Hope translator didn't completely butcher this translation. :D I can understand some Polish because it's in many ways similar to Czech, but I can not speak Polish myself. :D ) ...and I'm not nearly finished here yet. :D there are still many more pages that need to be added or improved and I will do my best to make that happen. I'm not going to have that much time in August, but I will still occasionally try to contribute...and I'm going to have plenty of time in September again. :D
I see you have done incredible work on this Wiki and I'm sure you will continue with your great work. Together (including other active members here) we can make sure this wiki stays up to date and full of content. :)
Oh, by the way, I hope it's not a problem that I'm even changing some "integral parts" of this wiki, like infoboxes and navboxes. So far I haven't broken anything (as far as I know :D ) but maybe there are some rules for changing these that I don't know about? I haven't found any, so hopefully it's fine. I was also thinking about updating more infoboxes, like the one for achievements, it's not even in the latest format. :D is there anything like a "sandbox" on this Wiki where I could test out those new infobixes before actually using them in articles? I know something like that exists on Wikipedia but I haven't seen it here...
Sorry for the late response, I've been busy with work lately. Yes, the translation is correct. Indeed our languages have much in common - I have been to Bratislava in Slovakia once and really liked it, someday I would love to visit Praga too!
As for changing some of the "under the hood" internal parts of the Metro Wiki, I think if you keep doing what you're doing then you'll be just fine. Your additions there have also not gone unnoticed and are very welcome. Parts of the Wiki really need updating. Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, we don't have a sandbox section, but I did find this: [] and it may be worth checking out. You might also be able to experiment with creating subpages under your username - which is kinda how creating userboxes works on Wikipedia - but I can't tell if that would work here, as I've only done it on Wikipedia myself and have not tried it with Fandom.
Thank you loads for the kind words as well, I actually still haven't played Metro Exodus because I missed my chance to buy it on Steam (so I'm still waiting for it to come back to the Steam Store). This has made contributing quite difficult. Although I created most of the Metro Wiki's early content about Exodus, the game's characters, weapons, and monsters using material available to us prior to the title's launch, I have tried to steer clear of many such sections about the game after that to avoid spoilers. It is really good to see that other capable and committed editors, such as yourself, have kept things in order and upheld the high standards there too.
Glad to hear everything is fine. :) When I come back from holidays, I have some more plans, such as creating a new, portable infobox for achievements, which will be universal for all games (current setup doesn't really make sense :D )...when I do that and update all achievement pages with this new infobox, I might need you (or some other admin) to delete the old infobox pages, as they won't be useful anymore and they are in an outdated non-portable format anyway.
I was also thinking about updating gameicons. I know it's a big change (as they appear on almost every page) so I will rather ask you for a permission to do that. Most of them look nice (although they were apparently taken from DeviantART) but they are too complicated for how small they appear and sometomes it's not clear what game/book they are referring to unless someone is already familiar with this wiki. I have two ideas how to improve this - I could either change these icons to the desktop icons of individual games (this is common on many Wikis but it would look bad with some of the older games) or I could create a new set of icons in a similar style to the current one, but make the sub-title of the game more visible so that it is legible even on that small icon (it's not that important if "metro" is legible, we all know those are Metro games, we need to see the other part of the name which refers to the individual game :D ) and also associate a specific set of colors with each icon, so that they are different enough from each other. It's kind of hard to explain, I could create two or three "experimental" icons at first to see if it looks good. I also suggest creating a separate icon for 2033 Redux and Last Light Redux, as both of these can now be bought separately and many pages (achievements, DLC missions etc) only concern one of these games - the current icon which only refers to Metro Redux isn't that useful outside very general pages.
Apart from all this, I will also keep updating other pages in a similar manner as before. :D there are still many information regarding Metro Exodus that should be added or updated, some other pages might need a cleanup...there's always a lot of work to do. :D
...if you come to Prague, don't be surprised by the amount of tourists, you can barely hear Czech in the city centre. :D and be careful when buying souvenirs or using exchange kiosks, many people try to rip the tourists off as much as possible. At least that's what I've heard, I'm not from Prague myself, although I've been there quite a few times. :D
Thanks for your reply, and also cheers for the touristy advice hehe.
I will delete any redundant old pages if necessary, of course - just let me know when the transition to the new ones is finished.
As for the gameicons, I've been thinking the same actually. You're certainly welcome to try creating your own - I'm eager to see what you'll come up with, because your ideas sound great. If it doesn't work, we could always just copy the same ones that our comrades over at the Russian language Метропедия use. Here's a good example of some of them on the page for Artyom: [].
Hi Bamul! My name is Shrev, and I’m the Fandom Wiki Manager for Metro Wiki. I am here to help the community and be a liaison to full-time Fandom staff. If you ever have a question or issue relating to the wiki, editing, styling, infoboxes, templates, etc., please feel free to contact me on my message wall, or on Discord at Shrev64#0089.
Hello. I'm looking for raw cover art for the Metro Redux games. I see you have already added some good quality covers to the wiki. Is it possible you could tell me where you found these originally? Thanks.
Sorry, I wish I could help you but I honestly don't remember. They're scattered all over the internet - much of the stuff on the Wikia here I've had to tune up myself (basic contrast, colour, sharpness, size edits and so on). In fact, I remember having difficulty with Redux too. Good luck!