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Wiki database?

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jwarrend
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I know you guys already have a lot on your plate to get the wiki ready, but I was wondering if it would be easy to whip up a simple database for the user game pages.

I was just toying around with the wiki this morning and thought about creating pages for each of my games, which I assume is the acceptable/intended use of the "blog/journal" aspect of the wiki.

What would be nice is if before creating a game page, you had to provide, say, 4 pieces of information: user name, game title, genre, and mechanics (could be from a limited list -- eg, check off the boxes for mechanics that your game contains).

This would make it easy to search the database by user to find out what games Zzzz is working on, or to search by genre to find out who else is working on a dungeon crawler. The journals at present are basically impossible to use for this purpose, and I think we have the chance, before any content is added, to create a simple structure that could vastly improve the usefulness of this aspect of the site.

But...I have no idea how to code this kind of a feature, otherwise, I would. Is it easy to do something like this?

-Jeff

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Wiki database?

Jeff,

This is highly possible using wiki page templates. You suggested a database, but since the wiki is actually a database, I think it may be redundant to create a seperate database for user games. I think the best idea would be to create a template and have users apply that template whenever they enter one of their games.

Can't talk very long now, but I will think about this some more.

-Michael.

jwarrend
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Wiki database?

Darkehorse wrote:

This is highly possible using wiki page templates. You suggested a database, but since the wiki is actually a database, I think it may be redundant to create a seperate database for user games. I think the best idea would be to create a template and have users apply that template whenever they enter one of their games.

Sure, that sounds great! I noticed when I created a couple of pages that there's a pull-down menu for "category". This would work just fine for what I'm describing, if there was a similar menu for game genre and game mechanics. If it's doable within the existing infrastructure (and if it's easy to write a "sort" or "search" algorithm to enable targetted browsing/searching), that would be terrific!

-Jeff

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