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I was reading this thread where some people got together on another forum and tried to work together to figure out the format for Guild Wars. I was thinking about suggesting this wiki for them to gradually add stuff they figured out on some sort of GuildWars 'under construction' page.

In the event they want to use the wiki, would it be better to place that page under the normal GRAFs area, and tag it 'under construction,' or is it maybe an idea to create an 'work in progress' area? The area would feature a list of grafs that are not yet finished, and also a request list where other people can add requests for different games.

-Captain 00:48, 2 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Good idea

I like the idea of a Alpha Work In Progress section. Should be a bit similar to the GRAFs section, with an index maybe. --Mr.Mouse


Seems ok to me. --Elbereth 06:53, 2 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Other (non-archive) formats

I was just wondering, what do you all think of the idea of a section that has format specs and whatnot for some of the more common non-archive formats, ones commonly used in games? Perhaps like BMP or WAV... I'd like to know what you think! Dinoguy1000

Sounds good

I think it would be benificial if there's not only info about the archive structures, but also the structure of files that can be found within archives. If they're common, like jpg, 3ds or whatever, they should just be linked from a new dedicated section for that type of stuff. If they're specific to a game, they should be linked from the GRAF page on that game. I also want to hear Mr. Mouse's thoughts on it.

We may need more of that kind of info before we can dedicate an entire section to it though. How much info have you got between you guys?

Is okay

This is of course a good idea. It would be nice to find such info here, and not have to move off-site to find such stuff. However, there are sites out there dedicated to that kind of stuff. With LOADS of formats. Like wotsit.org ! We'd have to have lots of formats to beat them. On the other hand, if we do not wish to beat anyone, we might as well start our own base. And borrow here and there.

wotsit.org is not a wiki. I say we start our own base.-Captain

On another note, it might be very handy to have a list of Format Identity Tags. You know, stuff that you can use to recognize certain formats in a hex editor. Like BMP always starts with "BM" and executables with "MZ" or zip files with "PK", etc etc. Not only tags, but also other ways to find out what resources represent, what encryption/compression might be ID-ed. Mr.Mouse

There should already be something like that. I believe Unix systems have used the first few bytes of files to determine mimetype for years already. That doesn't mean that a signature section shouldn't be handy on this wiki. There are many proprietary types that Unix won't recognize, that should be published here, in addition to 'known' types.-Captain


One of my ideas takes off. Score one for me! Okay, I'm done rambling for now...


Another Idea

Perhaps it's too soon now (or there just aren't enough games), but perhaps we should expand the GRAFs page with console-specific lists (e.x. PS2, GAMECUBE, etc.). What do you think?

(bump2) Anyone?

Dinoguy1000 22:41, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)


The spamming is becoming highly annoying. Isn't there some way we can employ preemptive banning or something like that? It seems to be bots posting it... Dinoguy1000 21:38, 26 Nov 2005 (EST)

Yeah it is annoying. But we also want to keep it as easy as possible to contribute. I'm open for suggestions though. Captain 07:58, 27 Nov 2005 (EST)

Well, I've noticed that the majority of the spam uses the exact same div id tag, and the exact same links. If we could find a way to block those, that would solve much of the spam. Dinoguy1000 13:29, 27 Nov 2005 (EST)

Or just eliminate divs altogether. I don't see how anybody needs those in this context. Captain 15:48, 27 Nov 2005 (EST)

Indeed... but we still have the problem of HOW to eliminate them. Though that comes from someone without (direct) access to the server(s), so you've probably got some administrative tool you can use to that effect. Dinoguy1000 21:00, 27 Nov 2005 (EST)

No, I think I'll have to hack the source... Captain 04:19, 28 Nov 2005 (EST)

> Is there a way to forbid the edition of the 'Template:Latest Grafs' page (not all pages) to unknown users ? That way only logged users would be able to edit it... I don't particularly like the idea, but if it can at least slow the spams... Paul Siramy 19:55, 28 Nov 2005 (EST)