Heya! It's been a while. I'm here to bring you more news from Fandom, a big one - a new Analytics Admin Dashboard feature has just been introduced, giving admins access to interesting wiki data. You can now understand better how the wiki is doing and may plan certain things/make decisions based on what you can see there.
The page Help:Analytics dashboard was also made available if you have any questions about the feature. But please ask me if you have any other questions - I’m in direct contact with staff and would be able to find out from them.
Feel free to spread the word with the other admins. I hope this is useful! (Some of the data can be surprising, right now "Quinn" seems to be more searched than "Dexter" :P)
Heya! I'm passing by to share one more blog (just trying to making sure these don't go unseen, particularly when they're relevant to editors like yourself.)
This one is about Fandom's projects for Editor Rewards. You can find all the information in the blog, so not much to add on my part - feel free to check it if you wish, and comment if you have any questions/feedback.
Hi! My name is Playsonic2, and I just wanted to introduce myself as the Fandom Wiki Manager for Dexter Wiki.
I am here to help the community and be a liaison to full-time Fandom staff. If you ever have a question or issue relating to the wiki, editing, etc., please feel free contact me on my message wall. See you!
I'm passing by to share a staff blog post - you might have seen it promoted already, but it's here just in case. It's about an upcoming MediaWiki software upgrade, which is huge news (it's been ages since this last happened).
Got another bit of update: Fandom just launched their official Discord server and lots of editors are joining to chat! In this blog post you can find more information, as well as a server invite link. Lots of exciting things happening! :D
I know the Episode 301: Our Father credits list them as "Kid #1", etc. but the "#" has a special meaning in wikis. It links to a section of the page like this Episode 301: Our Father#Gallery. So "Kid #1" will try to link to section "1" of the page "Kid". I would suggest calling the page "Kid number 1" or "Kid No. 1" or whatever else you think (I have no preference) but using the pipe to make it display like the credits show: [[Kid number 1|Kid #1]]
I hope I've explained sufficiently, but I can elaborate more if necessary. :)
While we’re on the subject of actor credits, I have a couple of questions, please. There are quite a few actors who are credited the same, such as “Cop,” “Waiter,” “Waitress," etc. and they need to be differentiated in order for them to have their own pages. I have been trying to do this (probably not correctly). Should the more specific name always be separated with a pipe on the episode page, like with the kids? Also, for the few uncredited actors who did not appear in an episode (perhaps their names were added prematurely to an IMDb list, or their scene was cut), do they stay?
Good questions! There is no one correct way to differentiate like that. Whatever works without being too clumsy is generally fine. Many wikis tend to use parentheses and a location or episode name, and I've seen you do some of that. It works for me.
I guess the pipe isn't really necessary, but I think it looks better on the episode page to have it display as it is credited, even if we can't name the page that because of a technicality. What do you think?
I hadn't even noticed folks being credited who did not appear. I wonder if deleted scenes are available somewhere like on DVD. What about if we leave them on the page, but cross them out? For instance
Thanks! I will use the pipe as much as I can while using a more specific name or description (I’m not very imaginative. haha). I don’t think there are many uncredited actors who didn’t appear, however, I have looked for a few of them frame by frame, to no avail. I’m not sure how to verify it. I’ll leave them on, as you suggest. Since I want to get as many actor pages up as possible, I’ll attempt the easier ones first. There are some actors I have passed over for now because I couldn’t find a suitable photo. (That's why I have used screen shots in some instances.) I appreciate your help and suggestions!
I tend to think it's better to discuss different aspects of characters on a single page. I think it's easier to compare and contrast, plus readers may not know to look on a different page or that different pages even exist.
I saw your message in the chat, apologies I was writing up something in regard to the character Esenya. If you can I'll be in the chat again tomorrow after I get off work if you'd like to discuss it further.
I'll try to chat tonight. I should state that I won't be a part of working on The Method for two reasons. First, the show sucks, maybe that's why it's only one season. Second, I barely see any similarities to Dexter other than him being a killer. Have a good day!
Would you say it doesn’t have a place on the Wiki then? There’s probably other series with more in common than Method and having watched into it a bit...there is scarce a similarity that can be tied to Dexter. My honest opinion is that we should just remove it especially considering it has a place on the Main Page.
If we could get Gnome on board...I think it best the series be removed from the site completely. I don’t really want to make a Wiki for it either..it’s a one off, nobody cares about it.
I know I kind of disappeared a little while back. I’ve finally recaught the Dexter bug and am rewatching the series with a new perspective considering how life has been the past year. I’d like to even get back to editing articles! Do you know of any in particular that need some work at the moment?
Welcome back! A lot of work has been done on the wiki, but much still needs to be done. Personally, I have tried to reduce redundacy, speculation, and incorrect info. Check out the new category: Indexter. It was TheBigGnome's idea and has proved very helpful.
Can you elaborate on the purpose for the category? Just so I’m on the same page. Yeah when Jack and myself were the only ones running this place my writing style led to some personal narrative and speculation. All things considered, we wanted to cover as much info as possible since there was so little. Before you and Gnome came around and long before Jack and the others, this place was very empty. Something like under 200 pages and most articles had maybe a paragraph of information. I filled them all the best I could but I was younger and some of it may have been written for more detail than necessary and some personal input to flesh out each page.
In the past few years I’ve read info across many wikis and I believe I can adjust for more to the point information this time around.
"Indexter" is basically the same as a "Content" category, but with a cool name. It's helpful with searching for grouped items. For instance, if you were looking for "Residences" or "Drug Dealers," it has a category.
You've previously done a lot of great work on the wiki, which is being built upon. There is nothing wrong with detail as long as it actually happened or was said. My opinion is that conjecture belongs in comments, blogs, or perhaps Notes (if supported by facts). However, I'm just an editor. :)
Ah yes, I tend to pay attention to the way a character's reactions or looks at another person. By example I was watching Dexter today and I see how I may have wrote something for say Doakes giving a particular facial expression to something said. While overall it basically converts the episode into text format, that can add a bunch of extra words that a user isn't looking for.
I appreciate your kind words =) I see that The Method is on Netflix with English subtitles. We have virtually nothing on this series, I think that's a good place for me to start! Though is it actually confirmed that it's based off of Dexter as a counterpart series in Russia?
Indeed, if this is the case perhaps we should remove it. I'll notify Gnome. I went ahead and edited the series page as it's referred to as "The Method". It's a one season show so it wouldn't be too hard to cover and there isn't an official wiki for it so if it's allowed to stay, we could make room for it here.
I went ahead and removed the most glaring examples it being a "remake". A little rusty on editing haha but all in due time, as long as we're accurate in the end! I wouldn't mind covering the series as a whole but at the same time, there's no real connection to Dexter so I'll just leave these as is until I get word from Gnome.
I liked Cody at first...he was likable and innocent, but turn into a very annoying character...Astor was no prize either (running away and getting drunk...smoking grass)...this could be attributed to unresolved anger...against Paul, their father, a drug addict and abuser...their mother, for dying...their grandmother, Gail, a mean spirited creep...Dexter...
Cody would have been more interesting if he had developed like he did in the books ("Cody had a dark passenger")...If there had been a ninth season he might have a serial killer or an arrogant bastard like Dokes...either way Dexter would have forced to kill him.