Thread: The Upgrade
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by MoviePropMaster2008 View Post
Still trying to figure it out. So if someone doesn't write a summary for a gun, IMFDB will automatically do it? How does that work?
MPM, the code will automatically output a simple summary saying something along the lines of "John Smith (Brad Pitt) uses a Mossberg 500". This is just an example and is unpolished. This isn't the big feature though. The big part, and the most important part, is that the tables will automatically update. You no longer have to edit actor pages or gun pages to list the occurrences of the weapons. THIS is the biggest feature.

Originally Posted by Mazryonh View Post
The update is to make the wiki more user-friendly, right? I'm fine with the system as-is right now--are you sure that an easier system won't attract even more spammers and people without a clue?
There are two things that are an issue here. The first is spammers. As funkychinaman said, spam has gone down dramatically because of new systems that we have put in place. We are now screening all users. There will still be spam of course. That is just the nature of an open source website such as a wiki, but this upgrade will not increase the amount of spam.

The second thing here is people without a clue. In my opinion, i think that this is going to open the site up to a wider audience. There are a lot of people out there who know a lot about guns, but do not understand how to edit the website. This upgrade will make it easier for them to help out. Again, there will always be people who identify things wrong. (Can anyone here say they have never mis-identified something? I know I get corrected ALL the time.) That is just the nature of the site. I feel that this upgrade will make it easier to fix those errors though. When we did our survey back in March, the biggest complaint that we got was that the site was too hard to edit. There are people who see a mistake and want to fix it, but do not know how. This will make it a lot easier.

At the end of the day, this is not a panacea. There will still be issues. The only way for a wiki to succeed is for people to contribute and edit.

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