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My resignation

I have simply been to busy to even edit here let alone be a bureaucrat here so I am resigning the position I hardly edit on Wikia anymore and I feel it is fair that a more active user can take my place on this wiki as a bureaucrat. Messi1983 (talk) 15:59, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

Probation Expiry: Camilo Flores

Closed as successful by Leo68 (talk) 19:50, June 28, 2015 (UTC)

Leave votes below for the probation expiry of Camilo Flores (Admins and bureaucrats only. Patrollers and non-staff can still leave comments).

Votes

  • Yes - LS11sVaultBoy (Talk) 17:39, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - Sam Talk 17:51, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - Leo68 (talk) 18:42, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 17:07, June 25, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • Neutral - smurfy (coms) 00:01, June 27, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - DocVinewood (talk) 23:06, June 27, 2015 (UTC)

Comments

  • A brilliant editor, corrections are almost faultless. He deserves his spot, as he his kind, friendly and non-argumentative. Nothing much else to say! Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 18:42, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
    • Monk, patrollers can't vote, so you'll have to remove your vote. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 17:44, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
      • Yeh, I just realized. I removed the vote, but I'll keep my comment. Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 17:48, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Cam's handled the step up well. No real problems to report. Sam Talk 17:51, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Cam surprised me, I didn't expect him to be such an awesome patroller during his probation. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 17:53, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • It's too early but two days will not change my opinion, Camilo has improved on probation and is up to the job. Yes from me. Leo68 (talk) 18:42, June 24, 2015 (UTC)
  • Camilo definitely deserves the spot to me. He has improved tremendously on his probation. Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 17:07, June 25, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • Cam is always improving himself every day, so why not retaining as a patroller? He will definitely make good use of his tools. MC (MyComputer) 09:47, June 26, 2015 (UTC)
  • As far as general patrolling duties, he's doing fine. As a contributor, the language barrier is still a problem. I started keeping track of the poor grammar edits but gave up when the list became too long. The grammar is still "Google Translate" level and is the sort of thing a patroller should be fixing, not causing. smurfy (coms) 00:01, June 27, 2015 (UTC)
  • He needs to improve his grammar, but I'm sure he will work to overcome this issue. Except that, I agree with most of you and think he's proven he's ready to be a patroller. DocVinewood (talk) 23:06, June 27, 2015 (UTC)

Probation Expiry: Monkeypolice188

Closed as Probation Successful by LS11sVaultBoy (Talk) 16:41, June 14, 2015 (UTC)

Leave votes below for our latest probation expiry, for Monkeypolice188.

Votes

Comments

  • Monk had a few issues when he joined, which were ironed out before his promotion, a reason why he is on probation. If you ask me they are an issue of the past now and he has gotten over them. He is a much better user and has been working well in his role as Patroller. A yes from me. Leo68 (talk) 21:22, June 12, 2015 (UTC)
  • I agree with Leo, he had some problems at first but he has gotten better and I feel that he deserves to keep the position. LS11sVaultBoy (Talk) 21:49, June 12, 2015 (UTC)
  • Monk deserves the position, he knows and enforces the policies and is one of the most active editors here. DocVinewood (talk) 22:03, June 12, 2015 (UTC)
  • Had a minor indiscretion with WildBrick and Rain last week (which he apologised to both users for) but in the grand scheme of things a relatively isolated incident which shouldn't overshadow the whole three months, as he's ironed out the early teething troubles. Probation worked for Andre and it's worked for Monk. Sam Talk 22:29, June 12, 2015 (UTC)
  • Monk had some relapses here and there during his probation, but who doesn't get carried away sometimes? He apologized and learned from his mistakes, he will make a good patroller. - DLVIII Talk 01:37, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • A good chatter, editor and rollbacker, of course he deserves to be a patroller. Since votes are limited to admins and b'crats, I shall not vote. However, it will definitely be a yes from me. :) MC (MyComputer) 06:02, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • Not a fan of his attitude at times, mine isn't any better either, but he usually does a great job (finding all top speeds, acceleration times, etc. is an example) so I wouldn't say no if I were allowed to vote. I believe he can improve a lot as a full patroller. The only problem I really have with him is that he, sometimes, is disputing facts but other than that I don't see much reasons for him not to become a patroller.
    Off topic: 558050, patrollers are not allowed to vote on users on probation so you'll have to remove your vote. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 10:33, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • Patroller vote removed (thanks for pointing that out Wildbrick). smurfy (coms) 10:46, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • Been giving this a bit of though all day. I'm wary of throwing stones from a particularly fragile glasshouse here, but have to point out that this has been far from a blemish-free period of probation and another case is ongoing right now with the Osiris. I'm not sure he is learning from his mistakes as much as has been suggested. However, with that said, I don't think the battles he's been involved in over the last few months should prevent the transition from probationary to patroller just because he's been on the wrong side of a few and has taken a while to back down. smurfy (coms) 10:46, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd just like to say, thanks guys for being there for me and giving me the chance to show my real self. I may not of been the best of probational patrollers on record (probably the worst, come to think of it), but I really will try to improve my decisions (that's my real fault, I make the wrong choices here, and make everything seem bad), and if that means me having to get told off or avoid making choices all together, well so be it. I really can be a good patroller, and I'll do my best to prove it, after all I am one of the most active users on this wiki, so I really can get a lot done in a short space of time, whether that's article edits, minor correction, talk pages and user talk pages, I will do whatever I can to improve this wiki. Thank you guys! Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 11:14, June 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • Sorry to be late but you definitely deserve to keep your spot Monk. You've had trouble on this wiki when you first started but like 558 said, almost everybody did, including me. What matters most is that you improved from your warnings and kept doing what you are doing. Now, you are one of the most active patrollers here and use your tools very well. You have greatly improved and I am proud of you. Keep it up. A "Yes" from me. Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 16:15, June 13, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • I've seen his contributions and his handling of his patroller spot and I'm impressed, but as all first time staff members (including myself), we have our hiccups every now and then and he seems to learn from his mistakes. Monkeypolice earns the right to be regarded as an official patroller here on GTA Wiki. -Tony42898

Notification - Infobox Beta redesign for mobile compatibility

See the project page. Anyone wanting to learn the new markup for infobox design is welcome to observe and possibly participate, the project is not limited to staff only. smurfy (coms) 13:16, May 22, 2015 (UTC)

Sliders on infoboxes

I was talking to WildBrick about the Marshall infobox, as we can see, there's a slider which changes the main picture every second, so I asked him about adding sliders to vehicles with multiple generations, he disagreed because it's too simple to add sliders, instead it's better to keep two images separete, however, he agreed that vehicles with multiple liveries should have sliders, such as the many Burritos, the many Boxvilles and the Hotring Racers. It would make much more simple than a text on the description and the many gallery pictures, so I had to post this on the noticeboard, what do you think about adding sliders to vehicles with multiple liveries?

Votes

  • Yes - EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 15:48, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • No Yes Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 16:21, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - Leo68 (talk) 17:48, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - DocVinewood (talk) 17:57, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - DLVIII Talk 18:09, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - MC (MyComputer) 03:56, May 10, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes - Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 04:19, May 10, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • Yes - JohnSignature 22:28, May 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • On Hold - pending compatibility/rendering issues. smurfy (coms) 23:05, May 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • Approve
  • Yes - LS11sVaultBoy (Talk) 07:43, May 14, 2015 (UTC)
  • yes - Myth(Talk/Stalk) 11:52, May 14, 2015 (UTC)

Comments

  • Wildbrick's right. Unless there's tonnes of different liveries (like the Marshall), I really don't think a slider is needed. I think it's best to either put the unique variants in the infobox (eg, Post Op Livery), or put the different regular liveries in a gallery "variant" section (eg, the Mule's different liveries). Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 16:21, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
    • But that's my point, if the vehicle has dozens of liveries, we add sliders, like I said, for the Burritos, Boxvilles and Hotring Racers. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 16:25, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
      • As I said, I don't think there's enough of those liveries to put in the infobox as a slider. Look, there's 25 different liveries for the Marshall, and only 3 (in two games) liveries for the Hotring Racer. I still think it would only be usefull for things that have more than 10 liveries. Putting sponsors or company liveries (found on trucks) in the infobox as a slider might work however, it depends how many there are to me. Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 16:29, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
        • Just understood what Andre and Wild meant, I always get so confused as they right so much in such large pieces of text. Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 19:46, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • To clear some things up; The slider is only for liveries. Vans or trucks that have different company on them. Vehicles and their generations are split as normal if it's a different model name and share the same in-game name. Boxvilles would stay the same with the exception of LSDWP and LSDS Boxvilles as they are the same model but different liveries.
    Template:Infobox Tester has the Burrito page with how the infobox would look like (ofc. changes will be made because even though the snowy one is a different model name, it appears only once ever which means it's better suited for Variants section - for same reason Humane Boxville is not included in the infobox). The slider still needs fixing though because it displays unused ones (as you can see on the page). V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:25, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • The slider for multiple liveries will keep the galleries cleaner but as for multiple generations, no, we have the second image for that. Leo68 (talk) 17:49, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • I think we could use the slider for multiple liveries and also for vehicles with different Universe designs (Perennial, Intruder, etc), although I'm probably in the minority here. DocVinewood (talk) 17:57, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • I wouldn't say you stand alone, if it's a car like the Perennial, the Manana or something that vastly changed between 3D and HD Universe I'd be inclined to agree with you. Leo68 (talk) 18:01, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes please, the Boxville page definetely need one of those. - DLVIII Talk 18:09, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • The page may very messy without this, due to the number of pictures in the gallery. The slider will also make the infobox more informative. MC (MyComputer) 03:56, May 10, 2015 (UTC)
  • This is an excellent idea especially when it comes to vehicles with a lot of variants or liveries. Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 04:19, May 10, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • This needs to happen. I really hate to scroll all the way to the bottom from a single page, just to look at its variants. Its a massive chore. JohnSignature 22:28, May 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • As documented on the Marshall talk page, the slideshow does not currently render in MonoBook wiki layout. This might be something we can fix under the hood but until then, we should not be rolling this out to any other page. smurfy (coms) 23:05, May 13, 2015 (UTC)
  • I think sliders for liveries is a good idea. LS11sVaultBoy (Talk) 07:43, May 14, 2015 (UTC)

Sockpuppetry

Resolved = Obvious sockpuppet blocked. Closed by smurfy (coms) 01:11, May 27, 2015 (UTC)

Ok, so, we had a user vandalize many staff member user pages, and vandalize articles a while back. It appears we have a sockpuppet: Domwoodygaming.

It is almost certainly them, given the name is exactly the same, bearing only the "gaming" attachment. This was made shortly before they started vandalizing other pages on their original account, suggesting they were planning on vandalizing pages and trying to get banned, and had another account ready for when they got banned.

Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 20:55, May 26, 2015 (UTC)

Comments

  • The "sockpupet" account created and edited his own user page, just before the original accout started to vandalize. All edits were made on one single day! However, just to be sure, it's best to keep an eye on the sockpuppet account first, as he had not made any edits since the original account had been blocked, as of yet, and this may need more evidence to proof that both accounts were sockpuppets. MC (MyComputer) 22:44, May 26, 2015 (UTC)
  • Reports of this nature need to be made to Admin/Bureaucrat staff, not made on the community noticeboard. This is an obvious sockpuppet account and has been blocked. smurfy (coms) 01:11, May 27, 2015 (UTC)

Use of the "Deceased" symbol

Symbol use in infoboxes approved, DECEASED- Skull, INCARCERATED- Handcuffs DETERMINANT- Question Grave. Vote closed by Leo68 (talk) 07:04, May 9, 2015 (UTC)

Four users (myself, Sean, Marcus and RainingPain) have been discussing how to list characters as deceased in various sections (members, relatives etc.) of infoboxes. One case is character templates, where deceased characters have been identified with a crucifix (†) symbol. As Sean points out, they make the page look cleaner, but they can also impose religious connotations on others, which may not be appropriate on some pages. Since we all have varying opinions on how this should be identified, Sean suggesting setting up a community vote, so here we go:

In infobox sections (such as relatives, members etc), should deceased characters be identified in Written form, or through the use of a Symbol?

Votes

  • Symbol - EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 19:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 14:52, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - DLVIII Talk 15:02, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - Leo68 (talk) 15:46, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol -TevanoRCMP (talk) 21:00, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 16:36, May 5, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
  • Symbol (deathmatch marker)  - DocVinewood (talk) 16:51, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Written - V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:00, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Written - SJWalker (talk) 17:41, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Written Symbol - Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 20:34, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - MC (MyComputer) 22:48, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Neutral - smurfy (coms) 23:32, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Symbol - Carl Johnson Jr. (talk) 14:24, May 9, 2015 (UTC)

Comments

  • I think the crucifix means more of religion than death, but I think it should be added to a character's relative who is dead, like Packie McReary, in the relatives section of his infobox, there should be; Derrick McReary†, but in the status section, it's better if we write Deceased. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 19:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
    • The relatives etc. section was the section we were discussing Andre. If you look on the Lost MC page, the members section in the infobox uses the crucifix. I'll re-word the statement to make it clearer. SJWalker (talk) 14:43, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • If the crucifix is such a problem, I may come up with a skull icon. That one wouldn't have any religious connotation whatsoever. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 14:52, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • We are living in an era where everyone can look at a symbol, a opinion or a idea and immediately feel ofended by it. If anyone look at that crucifix and say that we are imposing religious believe on him, I would say to him shut up and grow a pair, the crucifix is a universal symbol of death, on the context of the page it has nothing to do with religion, get over with. If anyone see religious symbolist on the crucifix is because they want to. The last thing I want right now, is to see this site bend over this ridiculous politically correct bullshit that have been plaguing the media for the past years.
  • Besides, writing deceased on everything is ugly, and as Sean said, the crucifix makes it seem more clean. - DLVIII Talk 15:02, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
    • Understood now, changed my vote. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 19:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • What if deceased was identified as the word deceased but written in the color red.along with the crucifix TevanoRCMP (talk)
    • Won't solve the issue. Just make the infobox look even worse than right now. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 15:48, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • The symbol works in the character templates and it will work in the infoboxes. Leo68 (talk) 15:46, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Seeing how the odds of my suggestion wont look good I am voting as symbol. I would hate to see the cruucifix to go away TevanoRCMP (talk) 16:13, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Since I am a Christian, I can say that the symbol we use is based on the "Cross", which Jesus was hung on, along with what we wear on jewelry for "protection". However, adding the cross symbol to mean deceased is not a good idea, since most editors here are atheists and therefore do not believe in any religion. Still, I'd go for the symbol since it makes the pages look cleaner. As Rain said, a skull symbol is more understanding and less argumentive of a topic than the use of the cross symbol. Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 16:36, May 5, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
    • So what if most editors are atheists? The cross is there to symbolize that the character is dead, not that he was christian or anything like that. If most editors here are atheists, thats their problem. Hell, DocVinewood is atheist and he doesn't care about this. The way that we edit the wikia shouldn't be a reflex of the staff religious beliefs.- DLVIII Talk 17:33, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
      • Well, I believe that the cross isn't a good symbol to use. As WildBrick said, it can offend some users. Plus a Cross isn't used in reality to define a dead character at all. Also, you misread what I was saying. I didn't say that the Cross meant characters were Christians, but that the Cross isn't a good symbol to use for everyone. We have religious and non-religious editors here. A better symbol to use is a skull, which makes more sense and is a less argumentative topic. Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 17:47, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
        • This is EXACTLY the kind of mentality I was arguing against in my first comment, this whole "some people might get offended by it!", fuck this people! No seryously, fuck then. If these people can't see pass their religious beliefs, then they might as well stay away from the internet as a whole. Changing the way we operate things just because some small amound of people are too simple minded to accept that others can have different opinions of the world as they is bullshit, plain and simple. And I say this as a catholic myself. And the cross can have tons of different meanings depending of with person you ask for, the most common meaning is the christian one: death and ressurection, DEATH and ressurection.- DLVIII Talk 18:08, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • I agree with 558. The crucifix is an universal symbol and everybody knows what it means, there is no need to change it. I'm an atheist and I don't have any problem with it, nor I'm offended in the slightest. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. DocVinewood (talk) 16:51, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • True as i don't see how the crucifix could offend anyone and well said Doc if it ain't broke don't fix it. ~~~~
  • Probably gonna be alone on this one but, yeah, written.

    First, the crucifix is mostly used as a symbol of christianity. Many people have different opinions of it whether it's good or bad. Not everyone might understand this though which can cause confusions. Remember, we live in a world filled with different opinions and religions which means some people will get offended by it and some won't. Some mightn't even know what that logo/symbol means (there are people like that) which will cause confusion and distrubance.

    Second. Cleaner yeah, effortful nah. The reason why I'm against this is because there isn't a point to these. "(deceased)" does the job just fine. It does not make the infobox ugly and it does give some bit of information. Unless you're using a 800x600 CRT (probably there are no issues even with that), there is absolutely no problems with it. Why try to fix something that isn't broken? Also how hard is it to type out "<small>(deceased)</small>"? It's no different than looking for and copy-pasting logos. It actually shows some effort put into the page instead of "here, have a random logo - I hope you understand 'cause you gotta find out things by yourself". If we're gonna use a logo to "explain" things, we might as well change all templates into pictures and put everything into abbreviations example being: "TA is a 2-door sc feat. in GTAV & GTAO." (imaginary cookies for whoever actually knows what page's description I shortened like that) I mean it makes the intro for the page cleaner and does give somewhat understandable information. It also doesn't need as much effort as writing the whole thing out so why not?

    Third, as said, the "(deceased)" does the job just fine. Are we really gonna waste so much of our times to swap everything with a logo? Nobody ever complained about the use of "(deceased)" then someone (don't remember who, I just remember seeing it on wiki activity) pointed out "it makes it cleaner" and suddenly everyone started losing their mind. Hundreds of pictures are uncategorized, hunderds of pages are stubs or are broken due to changes with whatever, hundreds of useless redirects are on the wiki, hundreds of old templates incompatible with the new design are not fixed... yet noone cares. Nodoby mentiones a thing about these and then suddenly we get a full-blown discussion about whether actual text should be replaced with some logo. Has logic taken a 180 degree turn or something? Even if this idea comes to pass, do we need to make such a silly issue our top priority?... especially when there actual issues around the wiki? V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:00, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
    • Disagree, and i'll use your words: The crucifix does a fine job either, you can see that it works well on other wikis. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 19:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
      • "Disagree" Explain why?
        "you can see that it works well on other wikis" Examples on wikis that noone (who supports the symbol) from GTA Wiki edited on? V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
        • Look at this infobox here. For me it looks good. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 19:18, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
          • Added by an IP address and you are also editing on this wiki. Fair enough though.
            Still, "Sam (brother) † " doesn't look that clean to me. Words in bracket and then a symbol, it makes the little character description inconsistent. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:31, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
    • I think the cross looks nice, look at this page for example, can you imagine how that infobox would look if they put deceased after every single character? It would look polluted as hell, the cross occupies less space and does the job just fine. - DLVIII Talk 17:44, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
      • That's a lot of family members. Anyway, that list and descriptions after it wouldn't look as polluted if bullet points wouldn't be used and the description text would have "<small>" tags.

        Valid link and point though, it seems like the symbols were used on that page all the way back in 2010. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 17:54, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • I've thought about it and decided to stick with it in written form. As an athiest I have no opinion on the meaning of the crucifix as it does not offend me in any way, I just think that writing "Deceased" is much clearer and in my opinion makes little/no difference to the layout of the infobox. SJWalker (talk) 17:41, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • Not everyone can understand symbols, that's all I have to say. I agree with Wild and Sam. Just saw Rain's skull idea. Changed my vote, symbols are always identifiable when it comes to death :P. Monkeypolice188-Signature LSPD Loudhailer-V-render StunGun-GTA5-ingame 20:33, May 5, 2015 (UTC)18:34, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
  • It does seem neater when using the symbol, as the written one may occupy some space in the infobox. MC (MyComputer) 22:51, May 5, 2015 (UTC)


  • Wow, the feeling was stronger than I had anticipated. Always risky touching on a personal space like religion in a forum such as this. As you may have read, I do have a problem with the symbolism of any one religious denomination being accepted as a "default" for something as universal as death. Much like Wildbrick, I don't think this needs to be a high priority. I do like the idea of using a symbol in list fields (not to be used by itself in the individual's status field as has already been pointed out), but I don't think it should be a cross. That could just as easily be interpreted as indicating a character's faith, rather than their live or dead status. Do a Google Image search for Death Symbol, the first results are all skull and crossbones style images. So is any better? smurfy (coms) 23:32, May 5, 2015 (UTC)
    • Good point, I feel like this skull you wrote is more like a pirate skull, so yeah, the crucifix suits more the deceased, as most graves are given a crucifix on top of them. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 00:32, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
      • I think you've missed  most of the point.  "most graves are given a crucifix". No, many Christian headstones use a cross which symbolises the religious denomination of the deceased party. Less than 1/3rd of the worlds population is Christian. It is the most geographically widespread (we won't go into the reasons for that) but Christians are still far-outnumbered by non-Christians. Just beacause the majority of the active editors on this particular wiki are from Western nations that are predominantly Christian, doesn't mean we have to impose the Christian view of the world on everyone else. 60% of the world population does NOT identify a Crucifix as being a recognisable symbol of death, they recognise it through western media forcing it down their throats that it is a Christian symbol (and some of them are intolerant enough to be offended by it, but that is irrelevant to this argument). I'm not saying we have to be strictly secular, but where we can avoid it, we should do so. smurfy (coms) 01:05, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
        • I don't think you got that right, what I meant is that most of the graves uses a crucifix, and that this skull you wrote is more like a pirate skull, last but not least, what else would mean death on the infobox? I have seen many symbols and none of them fit better in this case than a crucifix, but sure, I understand that some users will understand that as a religious image, overall, I actually agree with you. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 01:12, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
  • Should characters in "determinant" be represented as italics in the infobox sections, or represented as another symbol? MC (MyComputer) 08:57, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
    • Maybe an interrogation symbol or something like that. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 14:32, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
  • After looking at this hot debate going on about what symbol to use, I'll just stay out of it. But a symbol in general is good. Carl Johnson Jr. (talk) 14:24, May 9, 2015 (UTC)


  • Maybe instead of using using crucifixes and all that, how about something GTA-themed for GTA Wiki? Epsilon logo/HUD icon, GTA V rampage logo/HUD icon, 3D Era rampage, etc. There is a nice amount of things to choose from that we could use. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 15:10, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
    • I like this idea. But how would that work? The rampage skull for deceased characters and this interrogation symbol (MapBlip-GTAIV-Unknown) for determinant characters? - DLVIII Talk 17:05, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
      • I found this: Deathmatch marker GTA V. It's the deathmatch marker from GTA Online. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 17:22, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
        • 558 and Rain showed the best icons, now we don't need the crucifix anymore, who else agrees? EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 17:57, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
          • I agree too. Also image icons are good since you can make it show the text when you hover over them (unlike acronym which does the same but adds the underline) so that's a nice compromise.

            For determinant characters, I could make IV's/V's red/blue flashing blip (the one that appears on characters where you have to make a decision) as an icon. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 20:52, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
            • Now that we have the icons, here's what I suggest on how to use them. We would make a template called "Status" and it would work as the following:
              {{Status|D1}} produces MapBlip-GTAIV-Unknown
              {{Status|D2}} would produce Deathmatch marker GTA V
              Just my idea. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 21:08, May 6, 2015 (UTC)
              • I gotta say, that's a genial idea, if the voting is closed as symbol then we should use it, it looks much better than the cross and the skull, the images may also display a caption saying "deceased" or "determinant" for users who have no idea of what it means. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 22:21, May 6, 2015 (UTC)

(reset indent) - Tested with The Lost MC infobox >>>

I don't like the Interrogation mark, to me that indicates uncertainty whether the listing should be there, not determinant character, although the mouse-over tip helps. I think the "flashing decision" icon as proposed by WildBrick would be better. smurfy (coms) 22:33, May 6, 2015 (UTC)

    • The interrogation mark could be used on characters whose status is currently unknown, such as Donald Love, by the way, some characters status is incarcerated, (Hsin Jaoming and Gerald McReary for example) what symbol should we use on those kind of status? How about a badge symbol? Like this one (LCPD-GTA4-logo)? - DLVIII Talk 03:37, May 7, 2015 (UTC)
  • Maybe the symbol of the Bolingbroke Penitentiary or other known prison, the LCPD logo is more likely to say that the character is a cop. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 14:34, May 7, 2015 (UTC)
    • Deteminant blip: DeterminantCharacterBlip-GTAV (if someone could remove the white outline, it'd be great. Photoshop is absolute shit when it comes to gifs, I'm not even sure why Adobe added that "feature"). Also V has an unused handcuff blip (HandcuffBlip-GTAV) that could be used for arrested characters. V-michael-trunk-miniV-franklin-trunk-miniV-trevor-trunk-mini 15:28, May 7, 2015 (UTC)
      • I know how to do a gif using photoshop, the problem is my PC, anyway, look at the infobox now. EagleIcon AndreEagle17 PS3 Triangle PS3 Cross PS3 Circle 15:36, May 7, 2015 (UTC)
        • The flashing red and blue blip doesn't really show a character is determinant at all.I agree that 558's question mark blip should be used for unknown status characters and that the handcuff blip could be used for incarcerated characters, but the flashing red and blue blip doesn't speak for itself. It appears to me as if also the character is either a cop, or is incarcerated. Not to be difficult, but I'd suggest using a different icon for a determinant character. Maybe a cross between life and death (not the cross symbol)? Smashbro8-Sig-pt1 (Smashbro8-Sig-pt2) 16:34, May 7, 2015 (UTC)Smashbro8
        • Added the "incarcerated" symbol for Elizabeta. MC (MyComputer) 02:24, May 8, 2015 (UTC)
  • The skull icon should be used for deceased, handcuffs for incarcerated but as for determinant, that still needs to be determined. Leo68 (talk) 07:04, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • For those who are interested, I've made the template. It's called Template:Status. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 08:34, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Made GTADet quickly in GIMP for Determinant. Original image is taken from one of those stock image sites where everything is fair use, I just made it transparent. ToJ (talk) 08:49, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
    • Looks like a pretty good symbol, I don't think that theres any type of symbol that users can look at it and immediatly think: "this character's fate is determinent", so this one should do the job. - DLVIII Talk 18:09, May 9, 2015 (UTC)
  • Update, all three symbols are now able to be used in infoboxes, the skull for deceased, the handcuffs for incarcerated and the questioned grave for determinant. Leo68 (talk) 18:27, May 9, 2015 (UTC)

Lifeinvader Profiles

Closed as Tabbed (9) Flat (0) Leo68 (talk) 15:46, May 5, 2015 (UTC)

Update: As per the vote, I will continue development using the tabbed version and won't be trying too hard to get it looking perfect on mobile at the expense of visual or functional quality on a fully rendered browser. smurfy (coms) 23:58, May 5, 2015 (UTC)

I've been doing a bit of work this weekend building a template to replicate the GTA V in-game Lifeinvader profiles. The intent is to include this template on any character that has a Lifeinvader page in-game. This will also automatically include them in the new category I have also added.

LifeInvader GTAV Franklin Stalking Page

Sample of actual in-game Lifeinvader page

The template, as it stands at the moment, fairly closely replicates the look of the in-game page, with the Friends list page open displaying up to 20 friends with working links to each of their pages.

LifeInvader GTAV Template Header

LifeInvader GTAV Franklin Profile large


Franklin Clinton

Occupation: Entrepeneur
Relationship Status: Keeping my options open
LifeInvader GTAV Franklin Profile photos
LifeInvader GTAV Tonya Profile large
Feud logo2
Back to My Profile Photos Friends Stalking
Friends List
Family 5
LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton
Friends 17
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis
Stalking 5
GTAV-LSCustoms-Logo
LS Customs
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis

LifeInvader GTAV Simeon Profile large
Simeon Yeterian

LifeInvader GTAV Tonya Profile large
Tonya Wiggins

LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton

LifeInvader GTAV Stretch Profile large
Harold 'Stretch' Joseph

LifeInvader GTAV Tanisha Profile large
Tanisha Jackson

LifeInvader GTAV Tavell Profile large
Tavell Clinton

LifeInvader GTAV Dom Profile large
Dom Beasley

LifeInvader GTAV Beverly Profile large
Beverly Felton

LifeInvader GTAV Devin Profile large
Devin Weston

LifeInvader GTAV Demarcus Profile large
Demarcus Bradley

LifeInvader GTAV Andre Profile tiny
Andre Barnes

LifeInvader GTAV Nicolson Profile tiny
Nicolson Bell

LifeInvader GTAV Jamal Profile tiny
Jamal Reynolds

LifeInvader GTAV JB Profile tiny
JB Bradshaw

LifeInvader GTAV Daryl Profile tiny
Darryl Knox

LifeInvader GTAV Dana Profile tiny
Dana Ellis


LifeInvader GTAV Template private
0 friends with private profiles.

I have also done a bit of work seeing if I can more closely replicate the functionality of the in-game page by using 4 tabbers for profile/photos/friends/stalking but there appears to be limited formatting options available to the editor when using the tabber function, so some of the aesthetics of the template would be lost in favour of the additional functionality. 

LifeInvader GTAV Template Header

LifeInvader GTAV Franklin Profile large


Franklin Clinton

Occupation: Entrepeneur
Relationship Status: Keeping my options open
LifeInvader GTAV Franklin Profile photos
LifeInvader GTAV Tonya Profile large
Feud logo2

Messages
Family 5
LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton
Friends 17
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis
Stalking 5
GTAV-LSCustoms-Logo
LS Customs

Photos
Family 5
LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton
Friends 17
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis
Stalking 5
GTAV-LSCustoms-Logo
LS Customs

Friends List
Family 5
LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton
Friends 17
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis
Stalking 5
GTAV-LSCustoms-Logo
LS Customs
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis

LifeInvader GTAV Simeon Profile large
Simeon Yeterian

LifeInvader GTAV Tonya Profile large
Tonya Wiggins

LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton

LifeInvader GTAV Stretch Profile large
Harold 'Stretch' Joseph

LifeInvader GTAV Tanisha Profile large
Tanisha Jackson

LifeInvader GTAV Tavell Profile large
Tavell Clinton

Stalking
Family 5
LifeInvader GTAV Denise Profile large
Denise Clinton
Friends 17
LifeInvader GTAV Lamar Profile large
Lamar Davis
Stalking 5
GTAV-LSCustoms-Logo
LS Customs
Feud logo2
LS Feud


I'd like to know your opinions on which version would be more useful.

Flat Version:

  • Closely replicates look of in-game site
  • Functional for friends list only, no stalking list visible

Tabbed version:

  • Loses visual similarity for the tabs with background and text formatting lost
  • Fully-functional for both Friends and Stalking tabs, Photos tab is non-functional in-game so would have no content anyway, Profile (messages) tab content would not need to be replicated in the template (at this stage).

The current (flat) version has been trialed on Franklin Clinton's page. I am still undecided on whether to align the template on the right as an infobox or whether to align it in the center of the wiki page to more closely mimic the internet appearance or to align it on the left as a normal article table.

Niko Bellic test:

LifeInvader GTAV Template Header

LifeInvader GTAV Niko Profile


Niko Bellic

Driver at Bellic Cab Services
Lives in Broker
Garnet St
Dillion street
Burgershot


On Family (1)
Roman 2
Roman Bellic
On Friends (7)
MallorieBardas-GTAIV
Mallorie Bordas
LittleJacob-GTAIV-Closeup
Jacob Hughes
BrucieKibbutz-GTAIV
Brucie Kibbutz
On Obsessions 5
Burgershot
Burger Shot
LifeInvader GTAV Niko Profile
Niko Posted a status update xx minutes ago.
Happy Birthday Roman.
+1 Fanboy. Comment. Share.
Mallorie Bordas,Jacob Hughes and 18 others are obsessed with this.
Rockstar New England logo
Write a comment...

LifeInvader GTAV Niko Profile
Niko Posted a photo in Obsessions 12 days ago.
LifeInvader GTAV Niko Photo posted
I was hungry after an hour Jacob Hughes

Photos
On Family (1)
Roman 2
Roman Bellic
On Friends (7)
MallorieBardas-GTAIV
Mallorie Bordas
LittleJacob-GTAIV-Closeup
Jacob Hughes
BrucieKibbutz-GTAIV
Brucie Kibbutz
On Obsessions 5
Burgershot
Burger Shot

Videos
On Family (1)
Roman 2
Roman Bellic
On Friends (7)
MallorieBardas-GTAIV
Mallorie Bordas
LittleJacob-GTAIV-Closeup
Jacob Hughes
BrucieKibbutz-GTAIV
Brucie Kibbutz
On Obsessions 5
Burgershot
Burger Shot

Obsessing
On Family (1)
Roman 2
Roman Bellic
On Friends (7)
MallorieBardas-GTAIV
Mallorie Bordas
LittleJacob-GTAIV-Closeup
Jacob Hughes
BrucieKibbutz-GTAIV
Brucie Kibbutz
On Obsessions 5
Burgershot
Burger Shot
Burgershot
Burger Shot


Thanks for reading. smurfy (coms) 11:18, May 3, 2015 (UTC)

Votes

Please indicate your preference for Flat version or Tabbed version below:

Comments

Please add any comments or suggestions for improvements to either version:

  • The Tabbed version looks less confusing. However, both versions of the infobox looks very confusing in the mobile version. MC (MyComputer) 12:08, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
    • Good point. I keep forgetting that both my Android and Windows mobiles are set to browse the full version, not the mobile version of wikia. As far as I can tell, the mobile version doesn't render tabbers at all, it just flattens them out, and both versions of the infobox use nested tables which don't ever render well in the mobile version. smurfy (coms) 12:29, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
      • Checked using Wikia's preview tool. It definitely looks terrible on mobile. The table is extremely narrow and barely readable. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 12:31, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
      • Yes, I checked with my Android device (I think it is a better test than the Wikia previwer - although that works pretty well). The set widths of the left columns definitely mess with the mobile rendering, probably more so than the nested tables. I thought there would be side-scrolling issues but it just squeezed it vertically, even when you are viewing the mobile version in "landscape" mode. Yuck. smurfy (coms) 12:38, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
        • The mobile version of the wikia sucks anyway, I wouldn't bother with this if I was you. - DLVIII Talk 02:20, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
          • That's something I agree with - but we can't do much if a lot of people use Wikia through their phone. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 07:25, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
          • Noticed another thing - the infobox is readable in the GTA Fan App. Although a few words are not visible, it is far more better than the mobile version of this wikia. MC (MyComputer) 10:21, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
  • Are you going to be adding this template to Niko Bellic's page? Just out of curiosity. I like the idea and in my opinion, the templates look really good on the pages! Mortsnarg (talk)
    • We don't have access to his profile in-game, so that would be an incomplete template based on the blurry image we can see on Jimmy's PC. Monolith Patch Rain - Talk SCS Freedom 16:54, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
    • But the people that Niko's friends with and the business's he follows are still partially visible and legible. We could just link it to the people he's friends with (on the main page) it would be incomplete, but there's still info on his page and I think it would be fair to at least consider it. Whatever, maybe I'm missing the point, just think over the idea. Mortsnarg (talk) 17:01, May 3, 2015 (UTC)
      • No, I hadn't intended to put Niko's profile on his page, since the player cannot see it on the in-game LI site nor get the full content of his friends/stalk lists. The mock-up on Jimmy's laptop is unique. I may replicate the 3rd version - the real world internet version which doesn't match the in-game internet version as a 2nd template. Niko's one might warrant a one-off attempted replica on his page not using either template. smurfy (coms) 01:47, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
        • Test of Niko Bellic version added above (as best as I can make out some of the text from my screenshots of Jimmy's open laptop. smurfy (coms) 05:10, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
  • Even I'm not a big fan of things like this, the tabbed version looks nice and easy to handle, like the in-game version. Still can't give an accurate opinion about the mobile version, but all that I can see is that it looks messy in both forms due to their limitations. So yeah, the tabbed one. Body Armor Android SWAT Cam F Torpedo Android Dispatch Detonator Android Data Files Crate Android 04:02, May 4, 2015 (UTC)
  •  The tabber makes it look cleaner and more organized. Closing the vote as tabber. Leo68 (talk) 15:46, May 5, 2015 (UTC)

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