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License Templates & Categories

I need to ask you, can you count artwork, and maps as screenshots, or should you leave the licensing section blank or replace it with something else? And with businesses, and weapons should they go into the general category or the more specific one or both? --Gta-mysteries 22:53, February 24, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I start sorting them out if needed.--Gta-mysteries 00:13, February 25, 2010 (UTC)

Antipatterns

I think this might explain why a few of people have shown some hostility towards you. Although your organising is almost always correct, it's difficult for normal users to see what happened to the stuff they wrote, who did it, why they did it, and where everything is now. Most of this could probably be solved by redirecting after a merge (instead of just deleting), redirecting misspellings, directly contacting users who have a pattern of accidentally doing things wrong, and {{prod}}ing questionable content instead of immediately deleting it. Of course most of it should be deleted, but if some people might disagree (for whatever reason) then we should take that into consideration and either redirect them, give them a chance to discuss, or explain directly to them. Not trying to judge, just trying to prevent people getting upset in the future, without causing this wiki to become disorganised. Gboyers talk 00:57, February 25, 2010 (UTC)

Before I say this, don't think for ONE second that I think we should be more like Wikipedia, but their criteria for speedy deletion is something we could use a bit more. Articles should only be deleted after given a chance for a {{prod}} discussion, unless it is completely 100% obvious that it should be deleted. This would include nonsense, test pages, vandalism or spam. Duplicates or typos should be redirected (and merged wherever possible). Things in the wrong place (ie questions not being in the forum) should be moved (leaving a redirect). If you're not 100% sure then just prod it, then someone can jump in and explain. If nobody replies, delete it a couple of days later. Is there anything wrong with that or could I make some of it Policy? Gboyers talk 01:12, February 25, 2010 (UTC)

Reply:User talk:Gta-mysteries

So should I remove the regular business category, and go with the game(s) specific ones?--Gta-mysteries 01:34, February 25, 2010 (UTC)
And when should I use the places in (district name). Should that be just for district names, and landmarks.--Gta-mysteries 22:07, February 27, 2010 (UTC)
Well I'm finished with the Businesses in GTA San Andreas page. I'm about to start on the others. And I didn't really understand your response on my discussion page.--Gta-mysteries 23:15, February 27, 2010 (UTC)
OK thanks I understand it now, and this should be done for every business that appears in different districts?--Gta-mysteries 23:22, February 27, 2010 (UTC)
I was going through some of the businesses and some have two categories that pretty much mean the same thing. Like clothing, and clothing stores, music, and music stores, , clubs, and nightclubs, and radio and radio stations. Could you tell me if these belong in both or one?--Gta-mysteries 01:22, March 2, 2010 (UTC)

Also some of the images are tagged with the public domain template. Should GTA screenshots be tagged with it's corresponding template?--Gta-mysteries 22:32, March 2, 2010 (UTC) And I know it's against copyright to use images from other sites with watermarks, but it is against it to use screenshots of videos with watermarks?

Well I think I'm finished with the public domain category. Could you take a look at it, and tell me what you think?--Gta-mysteries 04:02, March 3, 2010 (UTC)

Should there be a template for modifications, instead of using the general screenshot because regular images are copyright to Rockstar Games? Except for those using modified original files. And modifications aren't really copyright, more in the public domain. And there is an image of manhunt that uses a GTA screenshot template, what should I do about this?--Gta-mysteries 20:35, March 3, 2010 (UTC)

When I make changes on the template should I leave the middle section as is, and should it be used on all that use the original game for modding, other than completely building one? And the first part shows copyright for the GTA game, but is the mod non-copyrighted, when showing who developed it should I include the source or the person/team. --Gta-mysteries 01:32, March 4, 2010 (UTC)
So just leave the template as it is?--Gta-mysteries 01:59, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

And I think I'm done with the all of the business sections, and categories. Do you think you could take a look at these for me? Thanks. --Gta-mysteries 02:22, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for your help, and your welcome.--Gta-mysteries 02:46, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Checkpoint Charlie

I corrected the wording of the article. THEN, then I added the improtance of the mission. I can't believe I hadn't already thought of this; for this is the very mission that frustrated me for the longest time over why I wasn't getting the cell phone call leading to the final two missions. I "cheated" eventually, asking someone why the hell it wasn't happening. I had only done the side missions that seemed important or that weren't frustrating like I had thought this one was. Daniel Christensen 23:02, February 28, 2010 (UTC)


Hey why the Hell won;'t it let me add an infobox or do rich text editing; it says it won't cause of the complex text that exists; why is this a dumbed down version of wikipedia? It actually makes it harder for me; as I am used to Wikipedia. Daniel Christensen 23:06, February 28, 2010 (UTC)


Okay I figured out the template thing but the "game" part of the template doesn't show up no matter how I enter it; this is all SO easy on Wikipedia; by watering it down to make it easier it's actually much worse; Wikipedia is already watered down obviously from the level of HTML it takes to make a webpage; but it is watered down just right; not too much or little. This half and half shit here is ridic. Daniel Christensen 23:23, February 28, 2010 (UTC)

NOOOOOOOOOOO

WHY DID YOU REMOVE MY MARK TENNINCH PHOTO!?? RAAAAAAAAH


Sorry for rage dude, but why?GeezeLuis 23:59, March 1, 2010 (UTC)

Mission Layouts

I do have some questions on how a mission article should be written. Should it first start with the infobox, then a brief description of the mission, location, and mission giver? Then a walkthrough, script, and gallery section?--Gta-mysteries 03:11, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Like this--Gta-mysteries 03:34, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

I fixed it, and do all headings have the second word lowercase or just the external links?--Gta-mysteries 03:48, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Should all of the missions in the basic category be removed?--Gta-mysteries 00:35, March 8, 2010 (UTC)
And do all missions need walkthroughs on a separate page?--Gta-mysteries 02:54, March 14, 2010 (UTC)

Direct question

Hello I'm Station7 and I have a question. If you want to create an article here do we made those page immediality without any mistakes. So I mean not 2 sentences.--Station7 17:22, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Thanks.--Station7 17:49, March 4, 2010 (UTC)

Help

Hi could you add a Trivia to Vladviostok FM please? Or show me how.Taigtafan 01:35, March 5, 2010 (UTC)

Article needing deletion...

That is, unless there actually is a "Jennifer Ancelotti" in GTA IV somewhere... [1] Ghost Leader 20:04, March 8, 2010 (UTC)

A Favor

You being an admin, do you think you could do me a favor? Could you undelete the image File:Cedar Ridge Observatory (GTA3).png long enough for me to get it on my computer? Thanks.--Gta-mysteries 21:30, March 9, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I needed that, and I have it on my computer now if you want to delete it.--Gta-mysteries 23:53, March 9, 2010 (UTC)

Finishing Businesses Sections

I have an idea on how to get all of the businesses in each game. I don't know if it's a good one, but would it be better to use images of them in all the places they appear in, instead of having all of the separate articles? --Gta-mysteries 02:41, March 10, 2010 (UTC)
So use a table on them, like on the Businesses in GTA Vice City page?--Gta-mysteries 02:49, March 10, 2010 (UTC)
Should it be something like this?--Gta-mysteries 03:21, March 10, 2010 (UTC)
Got it, but what about the businesses that have articles? Should those go into the chart too?--Gta-mysteries 02:33, March 11, 2010 (UTC)
Could you take a look at the page again and tell me if that's right? And should the type of business heading be removed and put in the chart?--Gta-mysteries 02:48, March 11, 2010 (UTC)
Should they be alphabetized or in order according to type? And I think I'll start with GTA3 on my sandbox.--Gta-mysteries 22:22, March 11, 2010 (UTC)
I've added a new table at the bottom of the page, with a notes section, and a caption under the image.--Gta-mysteries 02:17, March 12, 2010 (UTC)

Just to clarify, whether businesses deserve their own article depends on whether a) people care & will look for information specifically on this, b) whether there is more than 1 sentence worth of relevant information, c) whether it will be linked to from many different places. If the answer to those is yes, then you can make a page. If the answer is no, then you might as well put the information into the tables of businesses in city/game/era. A-Dust is right in saying that we should try to be inclusionist and hold as much information as we can. However, if we had a page for every single building in every single game, it would be impossible to manage and maintain. I think there should be a difference between businesses that do things ingame (such as media companies or pay'n'spray), enterable shops (24-7), mentioned/advertised companies (such as Sprunk), and dud shopfronts that are nothing more than a photo (1 Hour Photo). I don't think the dud shopfronts deserve articles, and they are better off going into a table, since there is only 1 sentence of information we could ever write (games, locations, photo). Having 1000s of articles about them that are never used or looked at makes managing them a lot harder, and makes vandalism/errors much harder to find. We can still have all the same information, but put it into one page instead. No? Gboyers talk 16:37, March 14, 2010 (UTC)

That's what I'm working on. I was putting putting the information of businesses that are already made into a table like you recommended a while back. It does look better than all of the individual articles.--Gta-mysteries 19:43, March 14, 2010 (UTC)

joe's pizza real life

i'm new here. Don't know if this kind of information is useful. Here is some lionks of the original joe's pizza from which photo may have been taken by rockstar :


http://joespizzaofthevillage.com/gallery.html

http://gosstronomy.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/blasphemy-whats-your-favourite-fast-food-joint/

Very good research! Almost every shop front/texture in the game was photographed by Rockstar somewhere in New York City. You can always tell by the quality of the textures which is photographed and which one is self-made by Rockstar. I'll add it to the German GTA Wiki. Thanks! Zaibatsu 23:29, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
PS: The house numbers match perfectly: both marquees show the number 233. Zaibatsu 23:40, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
Sorry for triple-posting but I just realized that the allegedly "handrails" (my assumption) are in fact bar tables. Rockstar just photographed them as well. Zaibatsu 23:46, March 13, 2010 (UTC)
Thanks :) Jimi79 17:20, March 14, 2010 (UTC)

GTA3 Mission Screenshots

I'm re-doing all of the mission screenshots starting with GTA 3. And I was wondering if the smaller blips on the radar would make a difference in the appearance.--Gta-mysteries 01:23, March 19, 2010 (UTC)

Mule images

You know how on the Mule page there is a section for variations that sport businesses on the trucks? Should this be done for all the games, or were those just extra?--Gta-mysteries 00:46, March 18, 2010 (UTC)

Insults and undos

Please, do something about it: http://gta.wikia.com/index.php?title=Murders_Committed_by_Niko_Bellic&action=history He deserves a ban for his insults to me.

Final Job

Hey A-Dust i made an article called Final Job considering its in all cities do you want me to clear content or just move it somewhere else.--SSJJ TSSJJ 01:27, March 22, 2010 (UTC)

Help

hi dust i was wondering,,please can you tell me how to create an article on this wiki, it doesn't give me the option CHEERS File:Nukey_Snake.gif - Tommygunner32 - talk 12:47, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

thanks

ok thanks for the help, i already created an article called Dealers Apartment,,,,,, File:Nukey_Snake.gif - Tommygunner32 - talk 22:56, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Help

I am working on the wanted files, and I've got them down to two, and I was wondering can I remove the links if their on talk pages. And one of them is on a page I cannot edit. Oh, and thanks for nominating me for Staff, I like having extra tools, and responsibility. --Gta-mysteries 01:23, March 28, 2010 (UTC)

Hi, there is something you can help me with I am the leader of LCTRU (liberty City tactical response unit) on the PS3 a few things went wrong and many of my fellow clan members left without notice. I don't know if you could let some people know that i'm looking for members if you could do that I would really appreciate it our website is www.libertytacticalresponse.webs.com thank you and have a good day.

You're a real jackass.

You know that? JamesSunderland46 16:32, April 2, 2010 (UTC)

Hey! I am new to the wikia and I don't mean to be stupid, but how do you get userboxes

Please reply- 00:30, April 3, 2010 (UTC)ILUVGT@M1SS1ONZ ILUVGT@M1SS1ONZ 00:30, April 3, 2010 (UTC)ILUVGT@M1SS1ONZ (or ILUVGTAMISSIONS)

THANKS!!!!!1111!!!!

More of a favor...

Hey. Could you please delete these two? They are pretty useless redirects. I've marked them with {{delete}} already. One's a typo, and I'm pretty sure no one would even type these. Thanks. Masterpogihaha 15:13, April 3, 2010 (UTC)

Modding Template

Would it be a good idea to use a more specific category for the modification template just like with the screenshots? I've added in a source syntax for it, and was wondering if one template could be used to auto-categorize something instead of making more templates, or manually adding in categories.--Gta-mysteries 00:19, April 4, 2010 (UTC)

That didnt really make sense. Surely {{modification}} should be for articles about mods, and {{mod screenshot}} would be for screenshots of mods. As for an screenshot template-template, I absolutely agree. I've updated {{screenshot}} for this purpose. Gboyers talk 01:29, April 4, 2010 (UTC)

Hi there

Lol I noticed you've been shadow-editing me for a while. Is there a requirement for the images to have a certain name, because I've seen you changing it while keeping the image the same. Silver Infernus

Thank You

For the Awards and help I've gotten -NYYankees333

Trainers

How does one use a trainer...I do not understand...T-888 12:57, April 7, 2010 (UTC)

Vandalism?

Hey i'm sure you have noticed the recent Vandalism on the Southside Hoods page. The User who is commiting the vandalism has at least two accounts, does this wiki have a page lock as i would suggest locking from page from any edits.ViperJono08 22:23, April 7, 2010 (UTC)

Thank you

I am new to the GTA Wiki, and I am also going to contribute to the Condemned Wiki, and Call of Duty Wiki. I am usually found on the BioShock Wiki, hence my name as BioShockGuy52. I am trying to get to Administrator level, and am helping out to get support when I officially request it. Anyway, I look forward to being a major help on the Wiki of may favorite PS3 video game!


{{SUBST:User:BioShockGuy52/Signature}} 01:29, April 8, 2010 (UTC)

Help, again.

Hey. Do you think this is necessary? It's an idea I've been working on, since other areas do have area templates, but I'm not sure if the rural areas deserve so. Thanks again for the help. Masterpogihaha 17:03, April 8, 2010 (UTC)

Donald Love

I seem to remember reading on Wikipedia that Donald Love is not only a cannibal, but also a necrophiliac. In case you don't know, necrophilia is the sexual attraction to and use of corpses. Fucking disgusting...


{{SUBST:User:BioShockGuy52/Signature}} 00:04, April 10, 2010 (UTC)

Hey, A-Dust

A couple of things:

First, as it seems that the "There are no Easter Eggs up here. Go away." sign in GTA: San Andreas is like the Hidden Signs from the GTA III and LCS games, it might be good to create a trivia section in the Hidden Signs or Gant Bridge page ststing the possible connection and therefore continuation of th joke. If you want me to explain my reasoning better, please ask.


Second, since apparently there really is a Bigfoot in San Andreas, first I want to know if it can be interacted with. Second, is it hostile? Will it do anything?


Oh, BTW, sorry about my signature. Apparently, customization does not transfer between wikis.

{{SUBST:User:BioShockGuy52/Signature}} 13:14, April 11, 2010 (UTC)

Ill Take Her...

I don't know if it was because I had the pistol [Glock 22] at the time or it is just not mentioned in the Mission Page "I'll Take Her...", but during all the fighting and mouthing Gracie does in the car, Niko pulled out the pistol and threatened to shoot her if she didn't stop hitting him and grabbing the wheel. It does not really deter her that long after he puts the gun away. Is it worth noting on the mission's page in Trivia or somewhere?{{SUBST:User:BioShockGuy52/Signature}} 00:00, April 14, 2010 (UTC)

Random Hooker

You know the abandoned hospital you where you get Elizabeta's cocaine from in "Snow Storm"? Well, in the game after the mission, if you return to the hospital and go to the large back room that has a couch, sometimes there will be a random hooker/stripper slumped over on the couch sleeping. One of them seems to be a unique character model, a lightly clad white female with extra high leg boots. She can be killed like a normal NPC. Hobos also seem to have taken this place over. Weapons found here are the Combat Shotgun [Remington 87] and Assault Rifle [Kalashnikov AK-47]. Is this noteworthy? BioShockGuy52

Porno

In the Adult Product store in Algonquin, the one that you can enter, and I think it is also in a mission cutscene, there are bags over some of the more 'extreme' porn magazines. One of the bags over the magazine says 'Animal Lovers', so it is probably bestiality porn, and another bag says 'Fuck it, this is T rated!'. Just a little hidden joke, I guess. {{SUBST:User:BioShockGuy52/Signature}} 18:58, April 15, 2010 (UTC)

how to get an edit of the delete list

hi im just wondering how to het my page off the possable deletion list so just please tell me on my talk page thanx:)Crazyboy 97 05:44, April 16, 2010 (UTC)

Userboxes?

Is there a full list of Userboxes to place on my page? If so, where?

MAINEiac4434 20:41, April 18, 2010 (UTC)MAINEiac4434

Manager Position Open

Hey. I think its time that GTW promoted a new Manager (bureaucrat). This user would mostly be a "lead admin", coordinating the efforts of the other admins, making sure all the little jobs get done, and making sure the site's organisation works properly. I know you're not a huge policy person, but thought I'd give you the opportunity to put your name forward. If you would like to be considered, please nominate yourself. Thanks! Gboyers talk 00:34, April 24, 2010 (UTC)

I accepted your nomination, and you can answer the questions here. Please also take the time to comment on the other two nominations (here and here). Gboyers talk 00:41, April 27, 2010 (UTC)

Spamlulz

Could you consider employing severe measures on this guy? He's been in a racial rampage, lately.

Thanks a lot for banning that guy; he was beginning to grate on my nerves. He's gone ape on me @ Comm. Central, nevertheless I'll deal with him. ProtoStealth 17:46, April 28, 2010 (UTC)

Butler

can I create an article about a deleted character from gta 3, the Butler? Qwerty4965324 01:08, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

You might as well go ahead, in my opinion. ProtoStealth 02:15, May 4, 2010 (UTC)

clan page

can i create a page for my clan in gta?

Shlomi52 16:14, May 12, 2010 (UTC)

You might as well go ahead. But keep in mind; advertise the clan in question only in your userpage. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm stealin' A-Dust's thunder but hey, I've got heaps on Wikia experience. ProtoStealth 18:28, May 12, 2010 (UTC)

GTW Forum

Hey. I have created a GTW Staff Discussion Forum here. You will need to Register on TGTAP, and leave me a message on my talk page with your TGTAP username to gain access to the GTW forum. Gboyers talk 13:05, May 31, 2010 (UTC)

Use of images within webs

Hi A-Dust. If you remember I'm member of GTARevolution's Staff, the biggest web of GTA in spanish. You and me talked a long time ago about the collaboration with this wiki, my web and/or Spanish wiki. We were agreed for using images and information, always quoting the original source. The problem is that some users of Spanish wiki "stole" some images and information from Revolution and used them in the wiki without quoting the original source (GTARevolution).

I've watched that you always quotes my information, but you sometimes use information of spanish wiki that you believe is original from they, and it's incorrect because it's mine. Please, if isn't a lot of work, I would be grateful if before use any information of spanish wiki, you advice me if this information is mine. Actually, you can use the information of GTARevolution directly.

In this moment I'm revising all images and information in Spanish and English wiki that I suspect is originally mine. If I found someone, I will quote the original source (my idea is not request the removal, simply quote them). I'm not distaste with you (and other English wiki users that could use my information), is not your business if others users (Spanish wiki) stole my images and information. Simply, I'm asking you for the future.--_CuBaN_VeRcEttI_ 11:52, June 27, 2010 (UTC)

gta v

do you know when its coming out?

Take a look at this.

http://gta.wikia.com/User:Gtawon


Sockpuppet account of User:GTA34LIFE, created a spam page. Can you deal with him, please? Sgt. S.S. 16:54, September 15, 2010 (UTC)

GTA SA car mods

I have a vehicles can be modded as rally cars.

Vehicles needed to mod as rally car:

  • Sultan (Wheel Arch Angels)
  • Elegy (Wheel Arch Angels)
  • Uranus (Wheel Arch Angels)
  • Flash (Wheel Arch Angels)
  • Blista Compact (Transfender)
  • Club (Transfender)
  • Cadrona (Transfender)
  • Primo (Transfender)

--Videogamer13 15:13, September 22, 2010 (UTC)

Sayonara Salvatore

Since we already have a video walkthrough, it makes sense to put the written walkthrough in the same article rather than do a spinoff. Lastly, the trivia is connected to the written walkthrough. WildKard 03:09, September 28, 2010 (UTC)

Access to staff forum

The staff forum was set up in your absence. You should have access now. Gboyers talk 22:10, October 2, 2010 (UTC)


Adverts

Look I know that Ads are one of the reasons we left, but would it be okay to tell people about the site on youtube?Answer me on my talk page. Thanks for answering. Okay i understand if this is to far, but should i vandalise the opposite wiki. --Cj184 09:05, 4 June 2011 (BST)

Vehicles

Wasn't sure if you knew that vehicles are the most popular pages on GTW. In fact, Vehicles in GTA San Andreas is the most popular page! Gboyers 19:04, 14 October 2010 (BST)

Bot Flag

I've given sysops the right to flag themselves as a bot. Could you do this every time you make loads of edits/uploads/deletions in a day? That way your edit count keeps going up, but you don't fill Recent Edits. You can un-flag yourself as soon as you're done, and those edits you did whilst flagged will be hidden unless you show bots. Thanks - Gboyers 21:18, 15 October 2010 (BST)

Problem with GTA SA

I need help. I have a problem when the car is flipped and the game crashes. --Videogamer13 13:38, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Thumbnail images uploaded instead of originals

Hi. I noticed you've gone ahead uploading images that failed to transfer from Wikia, but I have a comment.

Most of the images you copied are still not the original full resolution images, but rather reduced versions as shown in their image pages at Wikia; these versions tend to smaller as the originals are too large to fit the resolution of the internet browser (any originals more than 800 pixels wide, for example, are resized into 800 pixel wide thumbnails by default). Also, Wikia has the tendency to render any resized JPG thumbnail in poor quality JPG, which degrades the clarity of the image; thus only the original is genuine. For comparison, here's an original at Wikia and its reduced version as seen on the image page (note the "800px" suffix). I've taken the liberty of showing what needs to be done at File:Cluckin'Bell-GTASA-OceanFlats-exterior.jpg.

You can access the original image by clicking the image itself in their image page. I trust you know how to upload here via URLs? - ZS 21:25, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. Glad you understand. :) - ZS 18:08, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

WikEd

WikEd isn't working (for me at least). If you want to turn it off, just press the white button in the top-right, near the log out link. If you'd rather I disable it, just ask. This isn't Wikia :) Gboyers 19:13, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Korean Manager

Why you removed the quotes from this page? I didn't think they were too irrelevant. After all, he says them and they aren't listed on the page for Dining Out. I thought it was helping contribute to the Wiki by adding more info about what is said during that mission. LyHungViet 22:45, 13 January 2011 (UTC)


O.k, thanks for clarifying :) LyHungViet 23:10, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

Photo

What happened to my photo in Stillwater Ave? Vermicida47 22:30, 15 January 2011 (UTC)


Thanks man! You're a good administrator. Vermicida47 02:25, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

Just wondering

Hi A-Dust,

I was just wondering what was wrong with some of the edits I made regarding Red County. I am asking as I would like some constructive criticism. Thanks! Montario 18:19, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

RE: Leon McAffrey

Sorry about the misunderstanding on that, but would you care to enlighten me? I was under the impression, both from in-game events and articles such as Ray Machowski, that the attempt to kill him was made in Silence the Sneak, he was seriously injured but not killed, and later Claude was sent to kill him again in Plaster Blaster (accounting for his hospitalization and body cast). Cheers, Michael von Preußen

Ah, that makes sense, then. Thanks! Michael von Preußen

Tommy Vercetti's date of birth

The official Grand Theft Auto: Vice City strategy guide states that Tommy Vercetti is 35 years old. I have it here, it is mentioned on wikipedia and the other gta wiki. 1986-35=1951. :-D 18:09 (GMT)

Video links

How come you're removing all the video links for the PS2 versions of games on the mission articles? Sgt. S.S. 19:20, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

"(Boss)" and "(Killed)"

Hello, A-Dust.

I've been going through some of the pages on this wiki and I've noticed that in the "Mission Appearences" section of a character page it commonly says "(Boss)" and "(Killed)" after certain missions. I don't know what those mean and was hoping that you could tell me.

I edit regularly on the Red Dead Wiki (Wikia), and the same thing was on character pages there. However, after a talk with the admins, we decided to remove them. I don't think they make much sense, because Billy Grey (for example) isn't really a boss until the final mission.

I hope this doesn't come across as rude. I'm just trying to get some information. Thanks.

Sláinte mhaith! - Hobbes (Talk) 03:20, 15 April 2011 (BST)

Mission Images

Hey there, I have a question. I've been uploading images for some missions in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and I happen to notice that a lot of the screenshots have letterboxes, and more annoyingly, subtitles. How come the users who upload it don't have it removed by editing it first to make it look more professional? Silver Infernus 16:09, 4 June 2011 (BST)

Template capitalization

Shouldn't templates be all lower case?--spaceeinstein 18:08, 17 June 2011 (BST)

Yep. All templates should be lowercase, just to make them easy to use and for consistency across them. It's less important for templates that aren't used by anything, but definitely any templates used in main articles should follow that naming convention. Would be good to rename the ones that aren't, although no huge rush. Gboyers 18:48, 17 June 2011 (BST)
Oh and just to add, the first letter makes no difference. {{cubans}} and {{Cubans}} are the same thing. Mediawiki always shows the first letter as a capital, but lets you use either. Gboyers 19:00, 17 June 2011 (BST)

What do you mean "typing out the descriptions in full"? You mean typing the full name of the game? It feels redundant to type the full name, which is why I never bothered to do that, but the descriptions would look complete if written fully. I would like more input on this.--spaceeinstein 20:24, 18 June 2011 (BST)

That would be good, but I think the direction of the view of the camera should just apply to wide view shots showing a general scenery. It would be too much work and would feel like overkill to do that for specific shots like of characters and objects.--spaceeinstein 20:40, 18 June 2011 (BST)
Yes, something like the Nick Kong image description would be nice.--spaceeinstein 21:08, 18 June 2011 (BST)

Gallery images

Is there something wrong with the images I've been uploading? It makes sense if you don't think about it 17:49, 30 June 2011 (BST)

All right. I'm currently going through GTA: San Andreas again, and I'm taking screenshots of 1680x1050x32 resolution with subtitles in English in the image (instead of in the letterbox). Would those be okay, even though they're larger than the other gallery images? It makes sense if you don't think about it 19:23, 30 June 2011 (BST)

Right now, I'm taking one image per mission for most missions. For some, I picked more than 1, because they're all pretty important parts of the mission. I haven't taken any in-game screenshots where you can see the HUD (mostly because I'm busy shooting someone or speeding down a road with the police chasing me). But I guess I can go over San Andreas and Vice City one more each with whatever key points of the missions there are. If you don't want letterboxes and subtitles, I can keep them off, because I personally think they look unprofessional on the wiki. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 20:40, 3 July 2011 (BST)

Hey, I noticed that the list of missions in GTA San Andreas is missing some images . Since the page is locked, can you post my uploads of Sweet&Kendl and High Stakes, Low Rider?

By the way, there's a few mistakes. Under the section "OG Loc" upon completing "Life's a Beach", "Madd Dogg's Rhymes" is listed as a reward instead of an unlocked mission. And the link to "First Date" leads to an disambiguation page, rather than the GTA: SA mission. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 04:13, 4 July 2011 (BST)

Never mind, it's not actually locked. By the way, sorry if my uploads are messing up the numbering order, but I didn't want them to have the same name as an existing .jpg image to avoid confusion. Can you hold on before renaming them for when I'm done going over all the missions?

And one more thing. I've noticed that most of the images in the article infoboxes show the beginning of the mission. I know why because it's where the start of the mission is. But since we're keeping subtitles to make the image look more "interesting", shouldn't the most "interesting" image be the one on the list of "missions in GTA San Andreas". Especially because a lot of missions you do for the same person start the same way, with Carl talking to them inside their house. And if they're all placed one on top of each other on a long list, it's going to look boring. It's different from introducing the mission on the articles, which stand individually. What do you think? It makes sense if you don't think about it... 05:45, 8 July 2011 (BST)

All right, then I'll keep the images as they are on the list. Oh, and I've got more images to post, but you're welcome. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 23:46, 9 July 2011 (BST)

Mission images

Hi, I was wondering about those. I'm guessing the reason that almost all of them are in Polish is because we don't have our own yet? That annoys me more than anything, and personally I think it lets down the standard of this site. Are you free to upload new English versions of them if you want to? I understand that you (the staff in general) want the subtitles there, but is there any other limitations to the images, like resolution? --Andreaz1 19:22, 19 July 2011 (BST)

Anyone is free to upload better quality images if they have them. I personally agree with you that they need to be in english. I think I read somewhere that they were copied from the polish GTA wikia. But yeah, if you personally have better quality images, by all means, feel free to change them.--Tommy-Vercetti 19:36, 19 July 2011 (BST)

Thanks for your help. I don't have, but I can take new ones. I tried using the "upload new version of this file" option, but all it did was change the size of the original version and stretched it to the resolution my image is. However all the content of the image is still the same, so the subtitles are still in Polish. Yeah, that has me confused. :/ --Andreaz1 23:51, 19 July 2011 (BST)

I would just reupload a completely new copy then tell one of the admins about the polish one so they can delete it. I see them deleting old pictures all the time. Try that.--Tommy-Vercetti 00:22, 20 July 2011 (BST)

Seems like that is my only option. I tested uploading an image of my own in the Sandbox, and uploading a new version of that image worked perfectly. If I try uploading a new version of one of A-Dust's images (tried it on two now) all that happens is that the original image gets stretched. Would uploading a completely new one and marking the old one for deletion work? --Andreaz1 14:27, 20 July 2011 (BST)

Uploading a new version of a file DOES work. However, your PC doesn't always re-download the new version of the file (why should it?), so it just stretches it instead. Just hard-refresh the page (Ctrl+F5) or clear your cache, and you will see the changes. Gboyers 15:51, 20 July 2011 (BST)

Oh my god. Sometimes I just want to sink through the floor. Thanks. --Andreaz1 15:56, 20 July 2011 (BST)

Tasks

Hey, could you take a look over the Tasks page and update it? I hope to push this forward a bit more, and I'd like it to be a useful point-of-reference for new members, more experienced members and admins alike. I might split it up into easy/hard sections too. What do you think? Gboyers 23:41, 21 July 2011 (BST)

That's no problem, I was asking you because you (and ZS) do a LOT of cleanup and organisation on this wiki that I don't even know about! I've made a couple of edits, and I'll keep an eye on it. I don't mean for it to be an exhaustive list of everything that needs doing; just a quick-start guide for people that want something to do. I'm also in the process of adding a welcome message for new users (again), and I'll include tasks in that. Feel free to edit either. Thanks - Gboyers 23:55, 21 July 2011 (BST)

RE:RE:Hey

I originally thought I sent the message to ZS, lol.

Anyway, thanks for that. I'm currently working on the cleanup articles.

Oh, yeah. That's what I wanted to ask you. Any suggestions for a signature? How do you make one?

Cheers,

Bacon777

Bacon777 00:45, 22 July 2011 (BST)

Grand Theft Mods

Grand Theft Mods

Hey, could I have your feedback on the status of our upcoming Grand Theft Mods site? If you can't access our forum, let me know. Thanks - gboyers talk 07:33, 15 August 2011 (BST)

Question

Hi, I saw in your profile of all of the places you traveled, and I was wondering what's Japan like?--Mizu (talk) 13:24, 30 August 2011 (BST)

WTF?

Why you deleted my Love Fist screenshots? TheReaperHoldsOurHearts 17:56, 17 September 2011 (BST)

Excuse me?

Is there a reason why you reverted some of my edits, mainly in the pages of Ray Machowski and Leon McAffrey? Awc

Pictures

I'm confused, and it looks like a few other people are too. Whats the deal with you just completely reverting perfectly fine edits and picture additions? And you don't even give a reason why? ALWAYS PUT A SUMMERY. So then people can understand WHY you're doing something. Just because you're an Administrator shouldn't mean you don't have to follow any of the rules. Grand Theft AJ 02:08, 23 September 2011 (BST)


In reply to Re:Pictures
I respect your decisions, but when you talk about using your time elsewhere apart from putting a summary, what about the users who have to take time out of their editing, to check what was edited, and why it was edited? Instead of just looking at the summary and moving on which would be nice. You know what I mean? It only takes three seconds to write one, and that's all I asked. I understand what you mean about the extra pictures, however I disagree about the main picture for Victor Vance, the picture now just seems too blurred, the picture I had replaced it with was much more clear and larger. Please try to remember your not the only Grand Theft Auto fan editing this site. Can we not at least have a respectful discussion about it? Grand Theft AJ 19:07, 24 September 2011 (BST)
No offense, but that's a bad excuse for not putting a summary. I've been here just as long as you, and I'm still writing summaries. If you're that worried about time, you should think about how much of it you're putting into this wiki as opposed to life. I mean yeah it's cool, and I love Grand Theft Auto more then a lot of things, but there's limits. That aside, I think you're a great attribute to the site, and I hope we can get along. I don't want to make enemies, or have arguments, I just want to edit in peace, and be at peace with other editors and come to solutions in normal discussions.

I edited the picture for Vic Vance by the way, how is this one? Do you think it's alright? File:VictorVance2-GTAVCS.JPG Grand Theft AJ 20:48, 24 September 2011 (BST)

Alright perfect, and I apologize for approaching the subject somewhat hostile, that wasn't my intentions I just can't express myself exactly how I want through typing, as opposed to how it would sound in person. It wouldn't sound as bad in person haha. I'll use the image naming policy from now on too that slipped my mind, and I'll edit images I come across that are not properly named too to clean those up if it's easier. Have a good one. Grand Theft AJ 18:23, 25 September 2011 (BST)

Re: stuff

In reply to Re:Pictures

Actually, it is precisely your no-nonsense attitude and attention-to-detail that I like. I don't pick staff that'll just agree with whatever I say, I pick staff who have good ideas of their own, and staff that will work together to make this wiki awesome. I know we disagree on a number of points, but it's not that I think your ideas are wrong/bad/stupid (you wouldn't be staff if I thought that!!), it's just we often have to choose one way of working - sometimes we'll use your ideas, sometimes we'll use others. To be honest, I personally consider you in charge of images, simply because you have much more experience, knowledge and input into images than anyone else here. I agree with your comments to AJ - images should be useful, not there just for the sake of it. As you know, my preference is for a general/helpful/descriptive/clear image in the top-right (on virtually every page), then specific, targeted images throughout articles and in galleries. This is to ensure we cater for the 3 main reasons someone would read an article: just randomly browsing (simple image helps); actively interested in the topic (simple overview, detail later); or looking up specific information (accurate detail is important). I know you often champion the accuracy and detail side of things, which is great, but I need to make sure we remember the casual visitors we have too. As you say - just having multiple images of the same character from different angles is not useful for anyone. As for edit summaries, I enabled them by default to encourage editors to think about and explain their edits, particularly where they are not-obvious or controversial. More experienced/trusted users can get away with not leaving a summary because there's no controversy or confusion. I can see you've disabled it in your preferences, which is fine. I know you always have the article's best interests at heart in all your edits, so there's never going to be a problem. gboyers talk 03:42, 23 September 2011 (BST)

Re:Protagonists in GTA 1

Would you like to discuss the issue of including subpages for Protagonists in GTA 1 and Protagonists in GTA London? These subpages will be turned into redirects for the sake of simplicity, but since you had a hand in restoring those pages after I redirected these pages the first time, it's only fair that we talk about it here. Thanks. - ZS (talk) 17:54, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

News articles

Hi. Do you think it's better to have all news articles be under one author, like TJ Barry? Or is it better to separate author from the news article, like Peter Armstrong and Another Punch in the Gut for Organized Crime?--spaceeinstein 00:36, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Re:Game logos

Thanks for talk page reply and the heads up on the logo. As for the logo, the help is appreciated but Ultorultor's logos for GTA games from GTA III onwards omits the "Grand Theft Auto" bit, so Spaceeinstein's GTACW logo doesn't quiet cut it. While I wait for Ultorultor's reply, I'm also attempting to separate the "Chinatown Wars" text from an image of the logo myself. - ZS (talk) 12:00, 20 November 2011 (UTC)

Patrol

Hi A-Dust, Gboyers told me you've given me the right to patrol articles? Thanks, I didn't know about that until I got the message.

By the way, you'll notice I've been back to adding pictures for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas missions. Most of them were old, low quality, and some pages didn't have enough pictures. I'm in the process of adding new ones, but I've kinda messed up the order they appear in the gallery by file name. If it's a problem, could you move them around? Also, some pictures I've simply uploaded as updated versions of .jpg but after a while I noticed that the newer versions of images don't take for a while, even after purging. So I think I'll just upload everything as .png now, could you delete the older unused pictures? It makes sense if you don't think about it... 01:51, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

If you go to OG Loc (mission), scroll down to the gallery and look at image #4 ("CJ and Loc shoot at Freddy."), you'll see the first version of the image. You'll only see my updated picture by clicking on it. Also, the thumbnail of the updated picture is identical to the first one. This has been the case for any new version uploads I've made on all the mission articles. It makes sense if you don't think about it... 02:33, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

If I may drop in here and answer part of your question - when you re-upload a new version, it does change straight away (unless there's a problem I don't know about). It's only your own browser that caches (remembers) the old version of the file and its thumbnails. I can confirm the image you mention above HAS changed to reflect your replacement, but the thumbnail hasn't yet (I'll check that). Best thing to do is do a hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) or clear your cache. Or if you just want to check whether it's gone through, try using a different web browser or enabling private/incognito mode, which will show you what everyone else sees without using your cache. As for unused pictures, just add the {{delete}} template to the File's page and an admin can delete it. gboyers talk 02:49, 8 January 2012 (UTC)
Correction - there was a problem, and I've now fixed it. Should work normally now. If you ever get a problem like that again, it'll fix itself overnight when the scripts run. gboyers talk 03:10, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

Don't delete my images

What's your problem? Don't delete my images. Content nowadays needs to be changed. You might want the old image but deleting my image? That's nonsense. I prefer the new image, and it has a higher resolution. SFK363 (talk) 15:37, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Bot replace tool

I've added a new bot function that you can use yourself, at Special:MassEditRegex. Instructions are here. You can use this to mass-replace templates, categories etc on any list of pages you want (such as a list of pages already in the category you want to change. I've also added Special:ReplaceText which you can use on ALL pages in one go. Just be careful, and test it on a test/sandbox page before running, especially if you aren't familiar with RegEx! gboyers talk 19:21, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

Re:Chat

Sure thing. Silver Infernus talk 22:43, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Loss of rights

Hmm, I noticed that you were no longer a bot. Strangely, I can still move and delete, but I no longer have access to Special:UserRights. The list at the top of my preferences says Autoconfirmed Users, Logged in Users (which is why I said it's strange that I can move and delete). The user rights were lost in the past due to an update, and Gerard manually restored them, so something similar may have happened. Gerard is the only person that has direct access to the software to look any further than that. JFletcherTalk (formerly User:Biggest gta fan ever) 22:08, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

Where are the GTA Chinatown Wars image templates?

It's strange that image templates are available for all but Chinatown Wars.

Not sure why, but some consistency is really appreciated. - ZS (talk) 12:12, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Real weapon photos

Hello A-Dust I noticed you removed some of the real life weapon photos I uploaded.May I ask why you removed them?User:Gtajesus

Test.

cj

hey, u said please provide proof before putting up cj's date of birth , well on that article it says he is estimated to be in his late teens to early twenties during the game so is it ok to put the date of birth back up?

thanks

ok yeah thats good, thanks

How do I change the title of an article?

How do I change the title of an article? GTA CJ Bellic (talk|edits) 18:01, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

I'd like to see the title of Roman's Killer changed into Faustin's Bodyguard, because he only kills Roman in the "Deal"-ending, not in the "Revenge"-ending. GTA CJ Bellic (talk|edits) 19:33, 13 May 2012 (UTC)

Questions

1. Why the severe simplification of image categorization, like this image page for example? The new setup does nothing more than clumping hundreds of categorized images into a single category, making it impossible to locate specific images.

2. Is there a need to use roman numerals for image names? I have serious trouble properly typing these in compacted image naming formats. I've already mistakenly typed "VI" as "IV" twice.

- ZS (talk|edits) 19:01, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

1. Still not sure how that works. Articles are usually listed above images, so their presence in a category is not necessarily a hindrance. An explanation of how consistent naming would make it easier for images to be located.
2. I am well aware of the fact that these games use Roman numerals and the fact that we have to use them when referring to them formally in articles, but trying to extend its use to every aspect of the wiki doesn't seem very helpful, especially for something as petty as image names, let alone a compact image naming convention where it's hard to distinguish an acronym from a Roman number. While I'm all for consistency, this rigid adherence has gone a little overboard.
- ZS (talk|edits) 21:29, 27 July 2012 (UTC)
1. I was requesting for an explanation on the talk page about how the new category system is an improvment.
2. Considering the fact that the GTA Wikia is still hogging all of the traffic and is edited far more extensively (despite the severe degradation of quality), an extensive naming regime shouldn't have been top on our list of priorities for now. What this wiki desperately needs is improved content if it is to compete with the Wikia, and we're don't even have enough manpower to do that anymore since this wiki lost its momentum a year after the move, having far less active editors than the Wikia. There is seriously no point for these standardizations if there is little to no new content to go with it.
- ZS (talk|edits) 16:47, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

Puerto Rico

Sorry about that, that was my mistake, I changed it back. Grand Theft AJ (talk|edits) 19:05, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

AA-12

Hi there i wanted to ask why you deleted the page AA-12 although it was a redirect page, I am asking this question because i've already asked User:gboyers about page limitations he said there aren't any. Please be kind to discuss this on my talk page.


Thankfully --Faizanali (talk|edits) 06:12, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

RE: AA-12

Thanks for your kind reply i will surely recreate the page as my friend and most of the guys will be needing one


Thankfully --Faizanali (talk|edits) 21:40, 9 September 2012 (UTC)


Leon McAffrey dies in Plaster Blaster

If you played this mission, then you know that Leon McAffrey survived Claude's attack in Silence the Sneak. Ray is very angry that Claude failed to kill McAffrey, and the mission is to throw him out of his ambulance and to kill him with a car. So he is injured in Silence the Sneak and killed in Plaster Blaster. GTA CJ Bellic (talk|edits) 16:42, 6 November 2012 (UTC)