Ok, here are some proposed changes to style guides/practices to make maintenance more manageable. Please let me know what you think.
1) Pages about individual games/works:
The style guide would be changed to include
- A single-line game reference that follows the game reference style guide. This could be copied and pasted from whatever page is linking to the game page (e.g. a competition page). The only thing you might add in that case would be the year. And maybe the comp name (so the links will be reciprocal).
- A links section (to allow for adding links to things that aren’t on IFDB, for instance, author commentary). But the only “required” link in this section would be a link to the game’s IFDB entry.
I’m not sure if we should bother with the categories that appear at the bottom of the page. If we do I suggest they be optional. Or just stick to [[Category:Works]].
Here’s a sample of what this would look like: ifwiki.org/index.php/User:Bg … efWorkPage
2) Which works get their own pages:
There would not be an attempt to include game/work pages for every work by an author. Only works linked to from, say, a competition page or a craft/theory page would get to have a page. (Edit: in retrospect this was poorly worded. I don’t really want to disallow such things if people want to add them.)
3) Which pages list works:
Competition pages that are actually jams, or have lots of entries (but are not major IF-specific competitions like Spring Thing or IFComp), or are in any format that makes them a pain to keep up-to-date, do not actually have to list the entries. The “entries” section could consist of a link to the IFDB competition page. Or that section could be skipped, and the IFDB link could go in the Links section.
4) People pages:
The “author credits” section of a people page would have a link to a search for the person’s games on IFDB or the person’s IFDB profile. Individual games need not be listed on the people page.
Existing people pages that already have an author credits section could have the IFDB link added to that section with the label “Additional author credits” or something like that.
I’m not proposing that we go back and delete existing information on IFWiki. These would be changes to apply going forward.