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The answers wiki/normal wiki connections

Many of the answers sites out there are based on a topic which is also covered by a normal style wiki. Some answers wikis are very closely connected to their normal wiki counterparts, being considered an extension of that site, yet others decide to be completely separate with no connections whatsoever. What do you do on your wiki? What benefits have you found from working this way?

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The idea of closer ties between a parent wiki and its answers partner is one to which I've given a lot of thought. As the liaison between w:c:drwho.answers and w:c:tardis to whom Imamadmad referred, I have indeed been looking for ways to make the relationship more bilateral.

It's difficult, though, because there's nothing really "official" that exists, now that Wikia have deprecated their "Answers Module" that used to be in the right rail. Even when that was working, though, it only appeared, by default, to IP users, so registered users never saw a connection at all.

Aside from a javascript, special-purpose addition to a local wiki's code, the only thing I can think of would be to ask Wikia to create an inter-language link — that is, treat the answers wiki as a "language" of the main wiki. I'm sure it's possible to create such a linkage, but I'm not entirely sure whether Wikia actually have a code set up for it yet.

For instance, when we want to create a link to a French version of an article, we just type [[es:article name]] at the bottom of the page and a link magically appears. An example of a "languaged-up" article is tardis:Rose Tyler.

But you need that es in a link table to tell the software to add a link that reads "Español". Is there such a thing as maybe [[an:Rose Tyler]]. I dunno, but I'm guessing no. Would it be hard for Wikia to add? No. Would they have objections? I dunno.

Here's the deal, though. Even if they do have some sort of language link for answers, you can still only add one link per topic. So you'd have to pick the one question that you thought was most representative of your wiki on the subject in question. And then you'd hope that once people clicked on the link, they'd find your wiki sufficiently interesting to stick around for a bit.

It may not be much — but it's better than what we have now. Which is precisely nothing.

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Actually, I've been meaning to message you about a couple of ideas I've had regarding our two wikis. Maybe there could be a template or something that can be put at the bottom of some of your articles that link to the equivalent category on our wiki, so Tardis:The Doctor would link to w:c:drwho.answers:Category:The Doctor etc. Interested in exploring an idea like this further? It would be especially good for episode pages, because I think we have a category for the vast majority of Doctor Who episodes. Anyway, I should probably stop hijacking this thread now, and if you're interested in hearing more, I'll leave a message on your talk page.

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Well, I dunno. A template seems a bit intrusive, given the fact that there's already a big wedge of space at the bottom of pages given over to links to forum discussions. I still kinda think that we should leverage a part of the existing page infrastructure, if Wikia will allow it, as outlined above. If they'll allow an ILL, then we could maybe link the page tardis:Rose Tyler to w:c:drwho.answers:Category:Rose Tyler.

Ours used to be attached to the Final Fantasy Wiki like this:

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Keep in mind that's an old screenshot from before we deleted all the spam. I liked that setup because people reading through pages on Final Fantasy Wiki could see a question they had an answer for and in one click they were at the site (of course it made it easier for vandals to find the site too).

I know Resident Evil Wiki had an Answers search bar on their activity feed page but it seems to have been removed recently. And from memory, Metal Gear Solid Wiki actually had their answers wiki built into the site in a sort of forum setup with an Ask bar. Those are both pretty good alternatives (although the latter renders Answers wikis obsolete).

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Yeah, the Answers Module has long been deprecated by Wikia. It's no longer a part of the codebase.

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Mass Effect Answers ←→ Mass Effect Wiki are very disconnected. The main wiki admins have been somewhat apathetic towards MEA, so it used to be a spamhouse. Useless search inquiries and vandal spam mixed in with valid questions and fascinating on-topic discussions by anons, it was an interesting place, so I took over to stop the flood of junk.

We link to the main wiki all the time, but haven't been active in reaching out to them for back-way linking. Due to this, after the Recent Questions widget removal, the interwiki connection is largely one-way.

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Okay, if anyone has problems with their answers wiki us admins at the Main Wikianswers may be able to help.

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Um, Kryyton, the whole point of this wiki is that all answers wikians can help each other out, included, but not limited to, those at Wikianswers.

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I know.

Zelda Answers is very much disconnected from Zeldapedia network. Our previous admin here was hoping to reconnect, but I had long since ended that. It may not be right of me, but most everyone at ZA recognizes Zeldapedia as a not-very-great source of Zelda info, especially with many differences we have on certain subjects and what they believe to be canon is different from what we believe to be canon, so it's difficult to establish a link between us when they refuse to take an obvious source of canon, as such (Hyrule Historia). This is a problem, because we would constantly get questions about the credibility of something that the Zelda community should already be considering as canon.

I am by no means complaining about the situation, if it were possible (which it isn't) I would've attempted to connect us with Zeldawiki.org, given that they are a much more credible source and actually source their information.

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