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