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August 2018

Community News 31 August, 2018

Since the last update, we’ve had a lot of people, old and new, joining the wiki and contributing.

Community updates

As was mentioned in the previous update, we now have a discord channel dedicated to the wiki (yay). This has already been a great place to get some feedback on changes we’d like to make, while also motivating others to help by contributing. So, if you haven’t already, check out the discord channel.

Furthermore, we have gotten a lot of attention from the guys (and girls) higher up, seeing both a Twitter and a Thursdoid mention. This, along with the Discord channel has caused a massive increase in our active users, from a measly 6 to a whopping 10 (wow, too many to count)! So thank you everyone that has contributed to the wiki over the past 30 days, no matter how diminutive your edit may seem, it is all appreciated.

We are always looking for more people to help contribute to the wiki – while we’ve made a lot of progress, we’ve still got a long way to go before we can consider the wiki 'up-to-date'.

Changes to the wiki

There have been quite a few large and important changes made over the month, some tedious (which are still ongoing) and others are a lot more exciting.

Administration stuff

Notice boxes

First off, a small but important change, the notice boxes have been completely rewritten, since they were using multiple templates, including one which was directly copied from Wikipedia and far too in-depth and complicated for a small wiki like ours. Along with this change, some new templates have also been added, including one for merging and moving. Each of these templates will be added to a category so we can come back to them and either merge, move or remove the notice. All of these old and new templates can be found on a single template/page.

Vehicle infobox

An infobox for both vehicles and buildings has been created, both of which may see some changes as the wiki and game progress. Along with them, the design of the new templates that were mentioned in the previous blog update have been redesigned. The biggest changes include: moodle icons (which link to the relevant moodle), merged primary and secondary use into a single ‘function’ and food templates can now have up to 3 alternate images (this will eventually be added to more infoboxes), along with other more minor changes to the overall look of the infobox.

Main page changes

Some new screenshots have (finally) been added to the main page, along with a caption for each. So no longer will you come to the main page of the wiki and see the same dude jumping over a fence on a basketball court (yes, I’ve been on the main page way too many times). The main page is open to new screenshot suggestions, especially with the new update well on its way. Which, while I’m here, a Steam thread has been created, asking for any screenshots of the beautiful weather effects, which will be needed for an update on the weather article, but more on that later.

So, silly old (not so old) Vaileasys (thy author) made a boo-boo when trying to bypass the spam filter (no, I was not doing naughty stuff) in one of the core parts of the wiki, the bypassing methods resulted in some fairly minute, yet noticeable changes to the wiki, specifically the main page. Luckily for us wikioids (yes, we are wikioids now), Kirrus the Wizard of Esoteric Networking Magicks came riding over to our discord channel fixed it… (sorry for dragging that one out), so thank you Kirrus for my incompetence.

Head/navbar/background

Something else, pretty much everyone that uses the wiki regularly would’ve noticed, is the navbar/background template has been updated to a much nicer and slick design that is hopefully easier to read than the previous one, not that there was anything wrong with the old one Mr. Andrew323 (creator of the template).

Page updates/changes

Vehicles

One of the most noticeable changes that have been made is the new vehicle pages that have finally been made. They’re all using the new vehicle infobox, along with an image of each vehicle variant and their vehicle IDs, which can be used to spawn them into the game using server commands. However, unfortunately the articles are still stubs and need more content before we can remove that beautiful new ‘Stub’ notice.

Mechanics, electricals and metalworking items

Along with the vehicles, we’ve also added an article for each mechanic item, both tools and parts. Some of these have more content than others, however the basics are on their which should satisfy that stirring question many players have had.

Adding the mechanics articles has also lead to the addition of the long-awaited metalworking articles, which have been missing since… probably 2 years, when they were first added to the game. Along with metalworking though, we’ve also added ‘’most’’ of the electrical items, radios, walkie-talkies and TVs are still missing though as they’re a much larger task.

Food! Food has been one of the most up to date categories in the entire wiki for the longest time (since the disappearance of poor MJ). So we’ve been working our butts off, asking for suggestions and collaborating on the discord channel, until we found a design we liked, along with a future update to the navigation path. While this is a much less interesting update than vehicles or electricals, this has been a massive task, and is still far from being completed.

The state of Project Zomboid

Recently, build 40 has been moved over to the IWBUMS beta branch, which is accessed by a lot more players. What this means for the wiki is that we still have a lot of time before we see the new animations being released, which will likely change a lot of what’s currently on the wiki (specifically clothing and weapons). However, with build 40 we may also see some changes to the current farming system which has been mentioned in a Thursdoid, although not confirmed as of yet. We will however, be seeing the new beautiful reflections on vehicles, which will mean all the current vehicle images will need to be replaced (dang it).

Going forward

The RecipeLookup template hasn’t seen any love lately, so hopefully some progress will be made on that over the next month. Currently, the food articles are the main focus, then we’ll probably move onto cooking and food. We may also see some changes to Knox County, radio, the addition of television and Knox Event (some beautiful lore), which some work has already been done for in the background.

A quick note on the author's future status on the wiki: while I (Vaileasys) am and will continue to do my best for Project Zomboid and the PZwiki, I will be starting up a new job in my personal life, which means along with Uni, the updates I make to the wiki will likely dwindle down somewhat. Although, I will continue to play the game, read the dev blogs and make edits (especially if it’s something major) to the wiki. I will always still be available to contact.

- Vaileasys (talk) Wiki Administrator


July 2018

Community News 30 July, 2018

This is just a quick update regarding the changes to discord.

Dedicated Discord Channel

As the heading suggests, we have a discord channel dedicated to the PZwiki set up. This is somewhere we can go, whether you're a contributor or reader, to discuss changes, make suggestions, or ask questions. If you don't use discord, that's fine, you can still leave messages on discussion pages and the external wiki threads. The purpose of the discord channel is to have an instant messaging discussion, allowing us to collaborate more effectively and hopefully respond quicker.

You can join the channel conversation here.

- Vaileasys (talk) Wiki Administrator


Community News 20 July, 2018

After a long break, we're finally back with more news on the current state of the wiki.

Wiki Administration

You may have noticed a lack of administrators on the wiki for a while, which there is a very good reason for. Since the last update, Connall has been employed by The Indie Stone as a dev, which has taken up a large portion of his time. However, him and Kirrus will still be popping by and are always contactable, see their user pages for details.

So, who am I? If you've been keeping up with the logs over the last few months you may have noticed me, Vaileasys, making a lot of changes to the wiki, which I'll get into in a moment. I am a new administrator here on the wiki and will be frequently active, you may also see me on the forums and Steam. Come say hello to me on my talk page and ask me anything you may be unsure about.

Changes to the wiki

There have been a lot of changes made to the wiki so far, mostly regarding consistency. The style guide has been updated, so check that out, as well, a number of help articles have been prepared to help you learn the basics and get started editing quickly. I've also made some changes to the boilerplates, hopefully making pages less confusing to read and edit.

Community stuff

The community portal has seen a massive overhaul, making it easier to navigate to what you're looking for. All the contents of the old portal can still be found as subpages, including things to do and priority issues.

Community projects are now finally up and running, these are projects run by you, the community, to focus on a particular section of the wiki based on your areas of expertise within Project Zomboid. Anyone is free to contribute to any of these projects or become the leader of any that are missing one, or create a new project. To get the community even more involved, we've decided to pick back up on the long since abandoned userboxes and awards. Userboxes are simply a small piece of code you can put on your user page as a communicative notice, which will help editors to collaborate more effectively.

The state of Project Zomboid

Sadly, Project Zomboid is several updates ahead of the wiki, therefore we ask anyone, no matter your experience, to check out the priority issues or projects on the community portal. As I'm sure everyone would have noticed, Project Zomboid was updated to build 39 at the start of June, this update added vehicles along with plenty of other minor changes and additions. As a response, we've organised the Vehicles and Mechanics project in hopes to get this update covered quickly. Additionally, we've already been able to get our hands on the new weather mechanics that will be coming with build 40. You can find how to opt into that here. Be sure to report any bugs you encounter.

Going forward

I will continue to make more changes behind the scenes, the somewhat broken RecipeLookup in particular. I've also got some more plans to further improve the boilerplates/page layout. If you'd like to see what I, personally, am working on, you can check out my user page. In regards to these news articles, we may decide to make this a monthly thing, reporting on changes that have been made on the wiki along with the state of the game.

- Vaileasys (talk) Wiki Administrator


September 2014

Community News 5 September, 2014

Another one of these the very next day, pretty surprising in all honesty. You probably won't be seeing these once a day but seeing as there's a fair bit going on it does seem to warrant an update from day to day. Interesting in it's own little way. Anyway, what's been going on today? Well first off pzwiki has a new Twitter account, for quite some time we had the link in the sidebar that said "Follow us on Twitter" I had never clicked on the link. Turns out, I should of. It had been linking to an old wiki administrator account, that was a cross between a personal account and wiki. It was all rather... odd. After a discussion with brilliant blindcoder (you would know him for his excellent Project Zomboid map.) and the magnificent man with the rocking body nasKo I decided to start an account for the wiki. The account can be found at: @ZomboidWikiZomboidWiki so follow it!

The Twitter account will mainly be used to notify users of major changes to the wiki, along with general information.

If you visit the wiki semi-frequently, you can see that the main page has been rejuvenated a bit, to make it look a little bit more sleek. Hopefully everybody will enjoy the changes that have been made. Should you seem something out of place, make sure to pass on a note to me. I'll be sure to look into the issue. You can thank Bowlympicshero for the update to the front page and for his work, I introduced and awarded the Front Page Designer award, so congratulations to him.

Nightmare has put in considerable work into the Items page at the moment, adding class names, statistics and also doing translation work for the German version. It's all been pretty impressive so props to him.

I believe that's all for now. Until next time. --Connall Project Zomboid Wiki Manager 03:19, 6 September 2014 (BST)


Community News 4 September, 2014

Hello again, time for another quick update as we integrate more and more items into the wiki. At the moment we've had a couple of users continue work on things such as the items page, which have been looking pretty impressive recently. In any case I figure I would do a quick rundown of what's happened.

A project page has been created, but at the moment it's just temp as I get more things written down and integrated for the use of projects. What are projects though?

Projects are supposed to be a centralized page in which leaders can create tasks and contributors can be on the same page. It allows people to know what should be focused on and what problems people are aware for. It allows for an easier standardization and a central discussion point on changes that can be made, whether info wise or design wise.

It will hopefully make people more encouraged to contribute to project and will give a central goal that people can work towards. I will be rolling it out in a couple of weeks time and bringing pages under certain projects. Nothing might happen (due to the number of consistent editors is certainly possible) but lets hope not.

Some of things we have pulled from MediaWiki are Ambox Templates, these offer new information boxes that people can access and use on pages to make things look a little bit more slick. Documentation has been included and you should find everything you need at Template:Ambox so be sure to check that out.

I will also be rolling out a new main page design that was spearheaded by Bowlympicshero tomorrow at some point. The final design (short of any objection) can be found: here

As per the last post, I have been looking into user badges and I have in fact pulled over the user boxes template from MediaWiki as well. As a test run I have created an administrator user badge that can be found on my page here and Kirrus page as well. While there is a third admin by the name of Pianoman, due to his inactivity I have not put a badge on his profile. While Kirrus is an admin, anything to do with the wiki should be coming to me. Kirrus is here to make sure that the server boxes are running as smooth as possible and less to do with general editing around the wiki.

That's all for now, thanks for reading.

--Connall Project Zomboid Wiki Manager 05:41, 5 September 2014 (BST)


Community News 2 September, 2014

Hello there, I have decided to open up this community news section, where we will post anything management wise that happens with the wiki.

There will be a few things going on over the next coming weeks and months that you should hopefully look forward to. One thing we will be looking at is documenting Project Zomboids LUA Modding and hopefully getting at least something started on that front. I will also be exploring the idea of "Projects" and "User Badges" as a way to insentivise or at least help users show off a little on their profile for the wiki.

I have cleaned up the administrators list, removing those who were no longer an active member on the wiki.

As always please feel free to ask my anything, if you are interested in something being added on the wiki, feel free to visit my talk page.

Thanks,

--Connall Project Zomboid Wiki Manager 03:24, 3 September 2014 (BST)