I definitely think your wiki would benefit having a special subforum dedicated (along The World of Ice and Fire and Re-read Project).
Before we setup this subforum, the wiki was doing fine, but it's easier to have a place where actually people can organize its construction. I think it will bring more attention for your own members, questions can be answered one at a time (because here, you have a topic that will increase and be a giant melting pot, not the best way to make things clear).
Also a bunch of people can decide to concentrate on one special aspect (we have one thread about grammatical corrections of all articles).
I suggest you to create a thread where you tell all the main modifications you're operating on, and another one for Q&A (that maybe later become a FAQ). These 2 threads are stickies in our subforum, after that all other discussions are mostly related to specific articles. And it's better to discuss the articles onto the forum, because you can have a rapid overview of everything being worked, rather than having to randomly search throughout the wiki. (because of the "casper bug" they recently decided to put a link to a forum thread to discuss about one article, rahter than doing it onto th wiki itself, as it's on wikipedia)
We have also a portal (tab of the home page
) containing all the ressources needed to improve the the wiki, it concerns several aspects:
-tutorials (containg examples of models for characters/event/etc, the wiki language,...)
-Conventions about the writing (for example if to put capitals letters or not, etc)
But this is more for informations, a subforum is top when you need to talk (as well as a chatroom)
I dont know where to put this so here I go: for the characters articles we used the following structure(example with the Daenerys one
):1 In AGOT
1.2 The Dothrakis
1.4 Births2 In ACOK
2.4 Departure3 In ASOS
3.3 Meereen4 In AFFC5 In ADWD6 Notes et references
[we always try to source with chapter and book where the info can be found, sometimes to SSM
So the article is separated following the books, useful for referencing, and it adds consistency throughout the articles.
To be fair, what made the difference was the 4 people trully dedicated to the wiki for about one year with big knowledge about ASOIAF and willing to improve the wiki. (Evrach and French Direwolf you could see here along the "not here" Lord Riusma and Lapin Rouge, not forgetting to mention Lord Corbac, THE big boss always supporting)
For technical aspects of the wiki, don't hesitate to ask Evrach rather than reinventing the wheel
, he has mastered the art of doing that (with Lord Riusma).
What more to say, we have a huge collection of heraldry made mainly by French Direwolf (this guy is a legend, truly amazing
) we would be happy to share if you will.
Oh yeah, and we switched from GFDL
to [b]CC by-nc-sa[/b]
. (I did a little research about GFDL, and read through the official papers: it's clearly intented for software, CC are better for written/audio/art works).
Edited by maulkin, 23 May 2009 - 05:57 PM.