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Re:Templates
 
Re:Templates
The reason the site makes such heavy use of templates is because the average user for this site is a gamer, not a mediawiki/wikia nerd. By using templates, it's very easy for people without wiki syntax knowledge to fill things in - for the most part they can copy paste and be done. The auto-linking means that the causal user doesn't have to know how to add categories (or worry about that). There are problems with deciding not to use templates at this point, not using them is not harmless - specifically if we were to decide to change the layout of how information is presented (for example the inbundle template - let's say we changed the way things are displayed to clarify which icons were distribution vs drm-free. For templates it would be a template change and all game pages would immediately be updated - by not using templates, pretty much every entry you create not following them template would have to be redone).
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The reason the site makes such heavy use of templates is because the average user for this site is a gamer, not a mediawiki/wikia nerd. By using templates, it's very easy for people without wiki syntax knowledge to fill things in - for the most part they can copy paste and be done. The auto-linking means that the causal user doesn't have to know how to add categories (or worry about that). There are problems with deciding not to use templates at this point, not using them is not harmless - specifically if we were to decide to change the layout of how information is presented (for example the inbundle template - let's say we changed the way things are displayed to clarify which icons were distribution vs drm-free. For templates it would be a template change and all game pages would immediately be updated - by not using templates, pretty much every entry you create not using the template would have to be redone).

Latest revision as of 04:17, January 13, 2014

Re:Templates The reason the site makes such heavy use of templates is because the average user for this site is a gamer, not a mediawiki/wikia nerd. By using templates, it's very easy for people without wiki syntax knowledge to fill things in - for the most part they can copy paste and be done. The auto-linking means that the causal user doesn't have to know how to add categories (or worry about that). There are problems with deciding not to use templates at this point, not using them is not harmless - specifically if we were to decide to change the layout of how information is presented (for example the inbundle template - let's say we changed the way things are displayed to clarify which icons were distribution vs drm-free. For templates it would be a template change and all game pages would immediately be updated - by not using templates, pretty much every entry you create not using the template would have to be redone).

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