Talk:Main Page/POTD

To be categorized or not to be? That is the question.

Shakespeare hit it on the right note once again! ;)

Anyway, should this be categorized or not? Just wondering if ALL pages should be categorized at some point in the future. I'm not saying this should be categorized right now but just wondering if this will be categorized in future or should it stay uncategorized for, uh, eternity. :O Thanks. --Legion 00:54, 6 May 2007 (BST)

I think this page and a couple of others are totally one-off and just don't need to be categorized. Although maybe if we get loads of them we can have Category:Uncategorizable Pages :P - Xenon (?) 01:37, 6 May 2007 (BST)
LOL, good one. Category: Uncategorizable pages, I like that. :P --Legion 01:50, 6 May 2007 (BST)
Speaking of this page, what other pages that should not be categorized? A list would be nice.Or perhaps some kind of a template tagging them as uncategorizable pages or something. Thanks. --Legion 02:03, 6 May 2007 (BST)
Well I was just referring to most of the things in Special:Uncategorizedpages - if they don't easily fit into an existing category, and if there aren't enough articles to make another category, then they don't need to be categorized. Remember that categorizing is all about grouping together similar things, and you can't have a group of 1 thing :) Xenon (?) 10:36, 6 May 2007 (BST)

New Pictures?

The last edit to all of these was resizing, the actual pictures haven't been changed for over a year (before I even came to the wiki). I know it says feel free to edit them yourself, but I don't want to go around choosing pictures that I like, for the whole wiki. So, I'm making this edit to hope that some other users will read it (see it in recent changes), notice the "feel free..." thing themselves, and edit them. Biggest GTA Fan EverTalk 00:22, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

Put a link here to some pictures you think are worth putting up there. Put a colon before "Image:" to make a link instead of inserting the picture (ie: [[:Image:Picture.jpg....]]). Check out Most linked-to images, Recent Images and Category:Screenshots - Gboyers talk 03:42, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

The screenshots made by ZS are really good high quality ones. I like these screenshots
Others are good, too.
So any opinion for these images?--spaceeinstein 23:38, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

In my honest opinion, each picture should be from a different game, as (apart from todays picture) every picture depeicts something from GTA IV - the other games deserve to be featured as well. We could easily have a picture from each "main" game in the series - so it could be like this:
  • Monday - GTA 1
  • Tuesday - GTA 2 (the PC screenshot on the GTA 2 article would be perfect)
  • Wednesday - GTA III
  • Thursday - GTA Vice City
  • Friday - GTA San Andreas
  • Saturday - GTA IV

As for Sunday, the picture could be something from any GTA game, which could (maybe) be changed every month or so, or we could feature a picture from The Lost and Damned - although that is technically an expansion pack. The pictures don't have to be in chronological order either - they could be mixed up. - Hardrock182 19:07, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

I don't think there are much pictures for the early GTAs. We would run out of them far sooner than others. Of course we should get a variety of pictures but this page hasn't been updated often and the pictures I like are from GTA IV. You can replace the images with whatever you like.--Spaceeinstein 19:16, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
Remember that the Main Page's job is to get people interested in the wiki so they stick around, and I don't think that a picture from GTA1 or GTA2 is going to do that job. So it could be (in my opinion):
Sunday - GTA III
Monday - GTA VC
Tuesday - GTA SA
Wednesday - GTA LCS
Thursday - GTA VCS
Friday - GTA IV
Saturday - GTA CW
Then we're only missing GTA1 (and it's expansion packs), GTA2, and GTA Advance, the games that are the least popular in the current time. Thoughts? Biggest GTA Fan EverTalk 22:56, 9 May 2009 (UTC)
I have a nice screenshot depicting a UFO above San Fierro. The "Looking for that special someone" picture is now older than dirt, anyway.

Image:SF_UFO.jpg DarwinSighs 16:38, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

Random images

I like the idea that the random pictures all involve GTA V, but most of the ones that appear are kinda pixelated and blurry, being screenshots from the first trailer, being blown up to a bigger size. There are hundreds of other GTA V images that would work better there. Is there a way we can change this? -Ian Phoenix (talk|edits) 03:10, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

The current functionality works simply by choosing a random image from one of the following categories:

:*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V|Screenshots of GTA V]] :*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V vehicles|Screenshots of GTA V vehicles]] :*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V settings|Screenshots of GTA V settings]] :*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V features|Screenshots of GTA V features]] :*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V characters|Screenshots of GTA V characters]] :*[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V weapons|Screenshots of GTA V weapons]]<no/wiki> :Basically, this means that any image that we have which is related to GTA V can be chosen. We ''could'' limit this to a special, high resolution category, but that wouldn't really be random. I had the same concern when we first started testing random images (long before they were restricted to GTA V), and while you do occasionally see images that [[:Image:Sergeant.png|don't even have anything to do with GTA]], I think that the concept works fine overall as it is, being truly random. Thoughts? '''[[User:JFletcher|JFletcher]]<sup>''[[User talk:JFletcher|Talk]]''</sup>''' <small>(formerly User:Biggest gta fan ever)</small> 03:19, 1 February 2013 (UTC) ::I don't really think it pulls from all the images that it should. I really only see the [[:File:BuffaloGTAV.jpg|lower-resolution images]] and a few that [[:File:PoliceCruiser-GTAV-trailer.jpg|aren't so bad]]. But if we could set a minimum resolution to maybe a 200px square, so it includes some of the poorer quality images but not the horrendous quality images, then it might filter in some of the high quality ones. Counter thoughts? -[[User:IanPhoenix|Ian Phoenix]] ([[User talk:IanPhoenix|talk]]|[[Special:Contributions/IanPhoenix|edits]]) 04:05, 1 February 2013 (UTC) ::One of the categories was labeled wrongly on this page (I don't have access to editing the main page and don't know if it's a separate script). the "Screenshots of GTA V settings" <nowiki>[[:Category:Screenshots of GTA V setting|shouldn't have the s at the end]]. With that, I did see a high-resolution image. So it does seem that they will get pulled, but it's very infrequent and thus not seeming very random. -Ian Phoenix (talk|edits) 04:30, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

What you're saying makes perfect sense to me, actually - But the problem is that there is no syntax for that (at least that I can find, the 'catefories' attribute isn't listed there either). Gboyers may be able to offer a solution for what you're suggesting. Thanks for fixing that category, though! JFletcherTalk (formerly User:Biggest gta fan ever) 06:41, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

There is no easy way for us to achieve this automatically. The best thing for us to do would be to make a new Category:Featured Images (or similar) that we could put loads of decent hi-res main-page-worthy images into. We could just go around and add it to hundreds of image pages. That way, we can also make sure it pulls out some images of older games, not just IV and V. Feel free to choose a category name and start doing that! gboyers talk 22:28, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

With GTA V coming out in September now, we need a way to kill more time, so this I'll start working on it now. I'll start with the GTA V images, as those are probably the most wanted at the moment. -Ian Phoenix (talk|edits) 00:37, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

I set the script for the new category and added several images so far. It's working very well... check it out on the main page! -Ian Phoenix (talk|edits) 01:33, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

After more than a week, adding many images to the category, I've noticed only the first few really pop up. This makes it seem to be some sort of technical issue, like the database can't handle so many images. Does this make sense? -Ian Phoenix (talk|edits) 00:14, 11 February 2013 (UTC)