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    Default Lexicanum namespace change

    Some time ago the namespace of the pages in the Lexicanum category (help pages etc) were changed from "Lexicanum:Help" to "Warhammer - Age of Sigmar | Lexicanum:Help" and "Warhammer 40k | Lexicanum:Help".

    Because there was no redirect all links to these pages have to be fixed (seen on all main pages of the wikis) and more importantly the vertical bar in the names messes up the pipe links.

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    Why was it changed in the first place? I don't see the reason behind it.

    And there're no redirects because you can't do it with the Wiki software we use: Warhammer 40k | Watever will always link to Warhammer 40k -> [[Link|Text]].

    Sure, it's fixable but also a good deal of work as we need to repair a lot of dead links (help page and templates) and can't even use internal linking - instead we must use the full web adress because of the problem above.

    Edit: I fixed the link in the navigation bar (sans the French Fantasy Lexicanum) but refrain from replacing the other links for now until the matter is sorted out.
    Last edited by Gene; 10-05-2017 at 09:22 AM.

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    We updated the namespaces for SEO purposes.

    Each current and future lexicanum needs to include the gamesystem it covers to continue to rank in googlesearch against other wargame wikis that are competing against us.

    We have only changed the $wgSitename variable, and left the $wgMetaNamespace unaltered. This should not affect a large number if items, and we will update them as we find them.

    The updated names are where they need to be, so assume they are now complete. We will not be updating them further.

    Future updates will be mediawiki version updates and template updates.

    In general Lexicanum needs to be updated to keep up with modern wikis and we now have resources and developers to start these projects.

    If any admins see broken links or items we missed, please feel free to fix them and post about them here.
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    sure, i fully understand the need to update a lot of things, but it would be better if the namespace would not contain functional symbols like the vertical line. The current version now makes it impossible to use links to these sites in templates etc.

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    As Arh-Tolth said. The "|" is the problem.

    And Larry, your welcome notification is flawed. You use [Lexicanum:Help help pages], but that's not a link at all (I fixed it when I had the time - we also have a special template. It should be [[Lexicanum:Help|help pages]]. Or should have been. Now [[Warhammer 40k | Lexicanum:Help|help pages]] would be redirected to Warhammer 40k.

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    The "|" is the most commonly suggested title divider used for titles for SEO title purposes. It is understood by gogglebot and is used by other mediawiki sites.

    Again, if we have to do a certain amount of cleanup of links - that is unavoidable. Our current template was setup in 2005 and is showing it's age. As we continue to update the wikis I'm sure there will be items/links that need to be updated/repaired.

    On the other hand our continued updates are all designed to bring in more readers/authors. These change are all designed to keep lexicanum modern and prevent sites that were built on the back of Lexicanum's work from taking all of our readership.

    Gene, did you need admin/beaurucrat access on wfb-french? I can get you that right away?

    -Larry
    Last edited by Bigred; 10-05-2017 at 07:18 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigred View Post
    The "|" is the most commonly suggested title divider used for titles for SEO title purposes. It is understood by gogglebot and is used by other mediawiki sites.

    Again, if we have to do a certain amount of cleanup of links - that is unavoidable. Our current template was setup in 2005 and is showing it's age. As we continue to update the wikis I'm sure there will be items/links that need to be updated/repaired.

    On the other hand our continued updates are all designed to bring in more readers/authors. These change are all designed to keep lexicanum modern and prevent sites that were built on the back of Lexicanum's work from taking all of our readership.

    Gene, did you need admin/beaurucrat access on wfb-french? I can get you that right away?

    -Larry
    I think it's literal impossible with the "|" because that symbol has a mechanical function in wiki linking that changes how the wiki interperts between the link itself and what it dysplays on the article. Like [[Realm of Aqshy|Aqshy]], will only show Aqshy in the article itself but it will link to the Realm of Aqshy article.

    I think the largest problem with attracting editors is the way the lexicanum deals with account requests which is a bit complex when it could be, and probably should be, a lot simpler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigred View Post
    Gene, did you need admin/beaurucrat access on wfb-french? I can get you that right away?

    -Larry
    Well, normal admin rights (bureaucrat rights are unnecessary) would be handy for some basic work (updating, fixing, deleting, redirecting) as I can't edit mediawiki and protected sites there.

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    OK, Genestealer - you have admin rights on wfb French.

    I have a question about the title changes.

    Would changing the vertical pipe "|" in the namespace titles to a dash "-" be a solution to the mediawiki problems you are seeing? Googlebot sees dashes and pipes identically as dividers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigred View Post
    OK, Genestealer - you have admin rights on wfb French.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigred View Post
    I have a question about the title changes.

    Would changing the vertical pipe "|" in the namespace titles to a dash "-" be a solution to the mediawiki problems you are seeing? Googlebot sees dashes and pipes identically as dividers.
    Indeed. There would be no problems with linking - there're several sites with a dash in the title.

 

 
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