Forum:"Confirmed" Style/Presence?

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First off, I have noticed the animosities between UESP editors and editors here for whatever reason. Yeah, if you look up my username you'll find out I used to be a highly active editor over at UESP, but in fact, I disagree with some of the things they do (ie, namespaces), and I like this wiki the way it is for the most part. Just wanted to point that out, since I am suggesting a change (in fact, I'm not even sure they don't do this over at UESP, but it's been a while since I've checked).

I've noticed a lot of articles with unsightly bugs like this (I made it up, but similar issues are around):

  • James randomly jumps through a hoop of fire. (CONFIRMED ON XBOX360) This editor did not notice this problem on the PC. I didn't see this problem, it may have been fixed with the latest patch. (Confirmed on PS3). There is a workaround, just use the console <entire description of console commands, including the basic ~ to show it>.

Of course, anything that hard to read, with varying opinions, needs to be fixed. It doesn't help a reader at all to know that this may happen on some platforms without or possibly with the latest patch (especially for an innocuous bug. My example is just plain ridiculous). I personally think having (confirmed on) or (not noticed on) at all interrupts the flow of the article, and I personally hate first person in articles (which seems to always be a problem at gaming wikis, no offense to the editors, it's just the constant pressure to write about one's personal experience and that's hard to stop/reword).

My recommendation is to have bug suggestions on a separate page, either Pagename/Bugs or Talk:Pagename#Bugs. This would be linked to from the bugs section, and users could then post bugs they find there, perhaps even using a template that has them fill in relevant details (System including details if on PC, Patch version, location, notable actions preceding bug). This could be a master bug list, now that I think about it, instead of article by article, increasing the chance someone tests it and confirms it. Information on the bug could be collected, and then it could be put on the article page. Unconfirmed bugs would be linked to with a message in the bugs section, like This subject has unconfirmed bugs (link). These may not be widespread issues, and have not yet been repeated in more then one person's game.'

Any thoughts on the idea? I know that it would be pretty complicated to get all of that working, but I could definitely help with it. Since that is a major wiki style decision though, I wanted to know if anyone else shared this concern and what the admins think. Thanks. -- Dylnuge(talk · edits) 04:31, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

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