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Welcome to the Community Portal

Do you like Looney Pyramids and can lend your time and skills? We have some tasks and projects that could really do with a little help.

Any questions? Ask on the Discussion page, or add {{admin|what needs doing}} to a page.

Useful Pages for Contributors

Things to Do

Tasks for Beginner Contributors

"I've never used a wiki before..."

Tasks for Experienced Contributors

Pyramid Arcade Project

Rules Project

  • Find games without rules
    • Obtain record permission to duplicate the rules on IcehouseGames
    • Link to the official sources for the rules.

Even if the rules are available elsewhere online, it's nice to have a lot of them in a consistent format, it's good for instant gratification when people are looking for games here, and it can provide a backup in case the original rules go down.

What Can I Play? Project

  • Help new players choose games to play, by filling in some more games and adding more categories and criteria by which to choose games.
  • Reorganise What Can I Play? to be more organised around Pyramid Arcade. Move the focus away from treehouse stashes and pyramid stashes.
  • Maybe use wiki categories instead of hard-listing the games.

Infobox Project

  • Work on the Template:Infobox Game and Semantic MediaWiki setup
    • Designer property should probably turn into multiple individual designers; not sure how to do that in the infobox
    • Description currently has wikitext on many pages, but that doesn't seem to be supported by the current version of Semantic MediaWiki. We need to either find a way to make a property that contains a plain-text description that goes along with the wikitext description, figure out how to enable wikitext in a property, or make it not be a semantic property.
    • Add a search page that allows searching or browsing games by property
    • There is a work in progress of a new infobox at Template:Infobox Game Fancy New inbox box is all loaded in and appears to be working! Please report any issue you encounter on the Infobox talk page

History Project

Game Strategy Project

  • Help write strategy articles for the games you know how to play
    • Some good candidates would be Pikemen strategy, Martian Chess strategy, Branches & Twigs & Thorns strategy, and any game that you think you could write a good strategy article on
    • Homeworlds strategy is a work in progress, and could use lots of improvement. Feel free to do copyediting, add advice, reorganize it to a better structure, or whatever you feel would make it better (although deleting the entire thing might be a little extreme)
    • Also flesh out the generic strategy advice, perhaps explaining concepts like expected value, sente (Go term), pinning, playing where your opponent wants to play, putting yourself in a situation where you have two good moves and the opponent can only block one, and so on.

Admin Tasks

Add tasks that only admins and sysops have permission to do here
  • Fix pages marked with {{admin}}
  • Make the Main Page look nicer on mobile
    • We now have the mobile extension installed. For the most part, this allows things to look good on mobile devices; but the image on the main page doesn't scale properly. We probably want to figure out a way to make it fit into the mobile layout better. There are some notes on how to do this in the MediaWiki docs
    • It looks like the main issue is getting the front-page images scaled properly. A first step to that would be to replace all of the custom pages for each of the main page images, with one that uses Template:Weekly image, so we can set parameters on these images globally rather than having to go through each one. I've done do on the first few already (for example Main_Page/Picture_for_week_1), just need to go through each of the later images (Main Page/Weekly images) and use the template.
    • Design favicon and mobile icons for the site
  • Remove unused files, especially images that look like they were uploaded by wiki spammers
  • Add an extension for embedding videos from sites such as YouTube Done, see Extension:EmbedVideo for docs, IcehouseOrg talk:Community Portal for example.