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Monthly archives?[edit source]

This page is almost at 100,000 bytes. I propose splitting it into archives, similar to what we do with the game updates and news pages. Any suggestions on the size and contents of the archives? I was thinking monthly, but we could do quarterly. RandomTime 12:27, June 10, 2010 (UTC)

Agree. I'm thinking like the first three or six months be in an archive at a time... Thoughts? User Ariyen sig icon.gifriyen 17:01, June 10, 2010 (UTC)
This page may only grow til November when things start repeating. Another consideration is the fact that most of the farming information is obsolete due to skill changes; making this page near worthless as a guide. You may want to just cut it in half for now and decide what to do after the repeat happens. Bottle 07:43, June 11, 2010 (UTC)
Great idea. I like monthly: 4 guides is a reasonable page size...and it's easy to remember when/where to split. While the skill techniques might be useless when Nick repeats himself, the location of the farms will always be helpful (in fact, that can be helpful outside of IotW farming).  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 04:29, June 12, 2010 (UTC)

Plan B[edit source]

I've changed my recommendation: Unless there's major objection, I think we should store these at Guide to Item of the Week Farming/Item.

  1. This makes individual farms easier to find.
  2. The farms are often useful for reasons other than Nick requests; no reason to make ppl scour to find the listing
  3. We could update the Template:ItemInfo to include an optional farming link.
  4. With individual articles, we can recycle old farms (2 years from now, if anyone is still playing) via DPL or just simple transclusion.

Is there any strong reason to avoid creating individual articles? (Aside from the workload, which I volunteer to assist with.)

Another place to store these would be under Item/Guide to Farming, which would be more work to setup. On the other hand, it's a more logical spot (since, again, there are other reasons to farm some of these).  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:15, August 24, 2010 (UTC)

I dunno about adding a link to the infobox. There's 3 ways that could be done:
  1. It always displays the link, which results in a redlink on the vast majority of item pages and clutters up Special:WantedPages (which is actually useful now, after years of being plagued by build-wipe remnants).
  2. It uses #ifexists: to hide redlinks; unfortunately, this still clutters up WP because of how #ifexists: is implemented.
  3. We add a boolean parameter to the template like farm = yes, and it only displays the link if this parameter is set.
3 is the best in terms of limiting unintended consequences, but it requires additional effort in terms of "turning on" the link.
Here's an alternative to your overall idea: just add a "Farming" section to the item's article instead of creating a subpage. Several trophies already have this, like Skree Wing, Plague Idol, and Bog Skale Fin. As long as the section is consistently named, which shouldn't be that hard to get right, it can be grabbed by DPL. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 23:26, August 24, 2010 (UTC)
I like where this is going and it seems to me that #3 above and your alternate aren't mutually exclusive. We're trying to satisfy a few requirements (of differing value):
  • Usefully archive IotW Farming tips, so that they can be found (and therefore re-used);
  • Automatically update IotW farming after e.g. week 138;
  • Make it easy to use those farms elsewhen;
  • Make it easy to review past IotW farming tips;
  • Put the link to the farm tips in the infobox (bonus requirement; probably work >> value)
There are two good ways forward:
  1. Tips are placed in a new, standard section on relevant trophy pages, Farming
  2. Tips end up on their own subpage, Item/Farming
  3. Tips end up on a subpage of IotW. (No longer seems sensible.)
Which do people prefer? (The tasks/effort for either are much the same.)  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 01:08, August 25, 2010 (UTC)
1, definitely. The reason we have historically used subpages was because we needed a way to store content in a single location but display it in multiple locations. DPL can do the same thing without needing a subpage - the content can be stored on the primary article (e.g. weaponsmith info would go on the weaponsmith's page) instead, making for a less complex system. Technically, we could go back and replace all the existing subpages with DPL, but since that system works just fine and DPL wouldn't provide any significant advantages, there's no real reason to do all that work.
The code to use such a system on this guide is pretty simple. We get Nick's weekly index number, we pass it to SMW to get the name of this week's item, then we tell DPL to include the "Farming" section from that item's article.
 | title = {{#ask:[[Traveler index::{{Nicholas the Traveler/index}}]]|link=none}}
 | include = #Farming
And here's an example of this idea in action, using different sections, and inserting a header for each:
We'd probably want to do a multiple-section include like that anyway, in order to get the "What drops it" list. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 03:20, August 25, 2010 (UTC)
All this sounds great! Bottle 05:37, August 25, 2010 (UTC)

Following comment copied from Template talk:Nicholas the Traveler#Past collections

Do we need subpages? Probably not, but to start with, it's much easier to copy/paste the farms into a subpage linked to the main article than it is to standardize. I think we have about 60 farms covered, only about 40 of which follow a similar format (but we've evolved that, too). I'd rather transform the farming into subpages soon and not care if we ever bring it into the main article. The alternative is to undertake an even more massive effort to review and edit 70+ articles. In other words:
  1. Move 70+ sections as-is (as-are?) now and replace Guide to IotW Farming with links (on articles and as noted above) to the sub page. Review/edit and merge to main article in the future, at leisure.
  2. Determine a new format that suits current articles. Review/edit 70+ articles and move one-at-a-time.
I can manage (1); I personally don't want to start (2) b/c it would be bad to stop in the middle.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:44, September 7, 2010 (UTC)
You're going to have the formatting-inconsistency issue regardless of which option you go with - the first option just seems like a procrastination measure. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 22:13, September 7, 2010 (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly my point. The formatting-inconsistency can live in a sub-page that is linked to the main article. Postponing that work means we can begin making it easier for people to find farms, whether for Nick or not.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 00:05, September 8, 2010 (UTC)
So... my point is, why hide the farming info on subpages at all? Why postpone it? As you say, there will be people who want this farming info, regardless of Nick. Take what we've got and put it out there, maybe throw together a custom {{cleanup}} tag (like what we use in armor galleries) with a link to a new/revamped S&F article, and let "the community" clean them up. You don't have to do everything on your own. (Yes, I know exactly how hypocritical it is for me to say that. :P ) —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 01:19, September 8, 2010 (UTC)
5-10 articles? Sure. 70+? Uh-uh.
The thing is, (as you know) it's a lot of work to touch that many pages at all. I'm not interested in doing any work if the results are going to look that bad to start with. I'm certainly not keen to spend the effort on 70+ pages only to have them all look bad.
Let me put it another way: would you be willing to do all the initial copy/paste? If that's the case, I'll join the clean-up team (starting with setting up a straw-man design for how we should including farming on the page). Otherwise, if I'm initializing the project, I'm going to start with something that makes me feel I'm doing something useful (rather than moving the mess someplace new).
Plus, I think we both expect that there will be considerable discussion about what looks good on the page. Bad enough to copy/paste the 70+ times, but some of those pages are going to go through 2-4 or even 10 iterations of edits to get the farming part to work for this wiki. I'd rather discuss that before merging the farms into the primary articles.
In the meantime, I don't think it serves the wiki well to leave the farms lost in the Item of the Week archives, where they are unsortable and in random order.  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 01:34, September 8, 2010 (UTC)
If you don't want to merge the farming info into the articles until we have finalized S&F, then where's the advantage in moving it to subpages during the interim? It'll be just as "lost" there as it is here (if you put a link in the item's article, it could just as easily be a section link to this page).
Hijacking your argument: "Bad enough to copy/paste the 70+ times" when you know that all 70+ pages you're pasting to are eventually going to be merged and deleted. And I don't buy your line about "10 iterations of edits", either - all you need is to get S&F set up first, then edit everything once. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 02:27, September 8, 2010 (UTC)
Erm, the point is how motivated I am to do the work. Putting the farms on their own near to their main articles makes me feel that I'm making progress; the other way makes me feel as if I'm making things worse. If someone else is doing the work, I have no opinion about how they want to go about it.
I am almost willing to bet that even if we have a good idea of the format, at least 1-2 articles will undergo extensive revision as reality meets design. It's rare that a design meant for 230 articles (eventually) won't need to be tweaked substantially.
You didn't answer my specific question, though: do 'you want to start things off by cutting/pasting to 70 articles? (I don't mean that as a dare — I'm reminding you that it's a lot of work that almost no one will want to begin.)  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 02:47, September 8, 2010 (UTC)
willing paster. just need target location or example and about a week time. --Bottle 05:45, September 8, 2010 (UTC)

Done all but the Dwarven Ale and the rare crafting materials from this list. Hope that's enough to get started. -Bottle 08:25, September 10, 2010 (UTC)

Awesome! Thanks, Bottle. I've already started comparing the various farming pages (trying to get an idea of what works/not when it's out of the context of Nicky). (As I suspected, for me, this is easier on the subpages than it was on the behemoth previous tips page and than if it was on the trophy article pages). I hope to post a suggested format shortly that people can support (or pick apart).  —Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 08:33, September 10, 2010 (UTC)

Finished?[edit source]

Is the job of breaking up this page finished? If so, should it be deleted or replaced with a link list? --◄mendel► 09:55, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Broke this page up to including Hardened Humps (end of Aug'10). Don't know if there is any direct links to [item]/farming pages yet. -Bottle11:03, 11 December 2010 (UTC)

Final breakup[edit source]

I am going to undertake the task of localizing all of this data to the individual item articles so that the main guide can be auto-populated by DPL. No need for subpages. I have the rest of this week off from work, should be plenty of time. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 05:49, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

While you are in the midst of moving IotW farming tips to the trophy articles where they have always belonged, please add notes to the current and past tips articles: people currently use those articles to find trophies (for reasons other than Nick and to prepare for cycle two)...and now, those are no longer reliable bookmarks. For the moment, it's a crap shoot whether to start at the trophy article, the main farming tip page, past tips...or if perhaps the info isn't even on the wiki; there's no easy way for the casual reader to know.
You appear to be moving about 6-8 tips/day, which means the transition period could last around a month. This info has long been one of the major competitive advantages of GWiki over GWW, so I think it's important that people be able to find the tips easily.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 18:12, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
I've been meaning to do more, I've just gotten distracted by other stuff the past couple days. I'm going to try to finish at least half of them this afternoon. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 18:56, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Eh... perhaps "half" was a bit too ambitious. Still, I've done ~1/3 of them, and I'm pretty sure I can do the same tomorrow and the next day. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 23:45, 29 December 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for this.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 07:02, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Left to do[edit source]

Alright, I've taken care of everything except for a few non-trophy items and anything collected before 2009-06-29 (when this guide got started).

  • Drake Kabob, Pahnai Salad, Skalefin Soup, and Mandragor Root Cake are all collector rewards. I don't know whether to put the farming information on those articles directly or on the trophies you have to trade for them. For Herring/Bog Skale Fin that wasn't as much of an issue, since Nick collects both of them (to farm Herrings you need to farm Skale Fins, and hey, we already have info on that), but he doesn't collect any of these trophies. So is it more appropriate it have it:
    • on the collected item so it will be DPL'd into the guide? or
    • on the trophy where it would be more appropriate?
    • For Root Cake, we should probably point to the Luminous Stone farming info - even though it's the salvage item drop and not the trophy, it's still farming the same creatures, and we'd avoid duplicating that info.
  • Elonian Leather Square, Amber Chunk, Jadeite Shard, Roll of Parchment, and Tempered Glass Vial are rare materials that don't drop anywhere (at least, anywhere significant).
    • Vial of Ink is the same, but it had info on farming the components, which I did merge onto the material's article. This would probably work well for ELeather, Parchment, and TGV, except we don't have anything written for them.
    • Amber and Jade, no clue.
  • Bolt of Linen does drop significantly, so it just needs the farm info written up.
  • Dwarven Ale - farming info would be basically "farm gold, acquire ale." (Honestly, who's gonna farm Fronis specifically for the ale?) I guess someone just needs to write that up fancy.
  • Branch of Juni Berries I just took care of by changing "Notes" to "Farming".
  • Chromatic Scale, Dessicated Hydra Claw, and Gloom Seed just need some farming info written.

I'm done for now. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 22:23, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Um, I have had Amber Chunks to drop in Urgoz, and probably the Challenge Kurzick Mission. I can imagine that Jadeite Shards drop in The Deep and probably their Challenge mission. Though, I think doing pvp Fa/JQ and / or vanquishing would be suffice to get and use to get these items other than buying them from the rare material trader. 00:49, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes, I didn't say they don't drop at all, but farming them from drops is a waste of time due to the insane difficulty of "farming" the challenge missions, not to mention the low drop rates. It's much easier to farm faction. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 17:00, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
I've used ✓ to denote articles to which I've added initial farming notes.  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:32, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
What's wit' you 'n yer fancy symbols, eh? Ain't ASCII good enough fer ya? :P
I'm marking Dwarven Ale as done, there's not much else we can say about that. —Dr Ishmael Diablo the chicken.gif 21:38, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
ASCII was old before we were born ;-) (But mostly, I just like finding fancy symbol codes.)
I didn't want to mark anything done without having someone else review (or decide that it's "done enough" for the purposes of this section). If I have time, I'll see if I can get to a few more so that others (esp. Ish) can concentrate on other tasks (perhaps more valuable or timely than this bit of clean-up).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 21:49, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

(Reset indent) I've added ✓ to pages that now have a farming section (that will allow folks to spot checks).  — Tennessee Ernie Ford (TEF) 03:22, 21 March 2012 (UTC)