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Pangaea (talkcontribs)

Hi there. Thanks for the changes you have made, fixing up some pages and updating outdated info. Great stuff. Since you are working with properties and I see you tried to fix the template, just figured I'd pop my head in with some info. I/we are working on some fairly big changes. It may take quite some time as it's a big task, but by the end of it we may remove Semantic Mediawiki (SMW) entirely, which is what all those property pages and suchlike rely on. Instead we aim to replace it with a database system called Cargo, which should be easier to work with.

I have written about the plans and some early developments here and here.

Am working on a new frontpage with a new skin as well. I'm about to install all these wiki gadgets locally so it's easier to test out stuff.

Always good to see more people actively contribute to the wiki :)

Jimyoda (talkcontribs)

The second link above (showing as a redlink) meant to link here: Admin noticeboard.

Also, thanks for contributing/fixing.

FixSomeBugs (talkcontribs)

Appreciate the pointers on the Cargo migration -- that sounds like an excellent idea. I spent most of an afternoon getting up to speed on SMW. I think I've got a decent understanding of it now, but I think Cargo migration makes a lot of sense. A cleanly separated schema and presentation logic would be a lot easier to understand than the current system with SMW.

I'll avoid attempting any major changes to the SMW properties given the upcoming migration. Instead I'll see what I can do around clarifying and improving things that are unlikely to change with the shift to Cargo. Thanks!

Pangaea (talkcontribs)

Didn't notice your reply until now. Sorry about that.

You are more than welcome to make changes to SMW as well if you want. The idea is to migrate from SMW to Cargo, but the amount of work is rather a lot more than I thought at first, so it's going to take time. Had it been possible to simply migrate current infobox data to Cargo it would be relatively fast, but I'm basically starting from scratch by checking countless game XML files to make sure I get most of the needed stuff in there. And then I have to change the structure into a database one. However, if we get there in the end, I believe it will be easier to manage all the data, and use it on other pages.