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I was wondering if there is a way to edit/add to the list on the left. It seems rather limited only having Creatures and Darkspawn listed. It would be nice to see more direct links to other categories.

Mav.

Hi! The sidebar menu is totally customizable, as well as most other parts of the wiki. I'll be glad to show you how to edit it. Just let me know something that you would like to be added to it, and I'll add that one thing, then show you what I did so that you can see how to edit/update it in the future. JoePlay (talk) 16:53, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
Thanks to Selty, we have a Characters category, so I added that to the sidebar. You can see exactly what I did in the history for MediaWiki:Monaco-sidebar. The basics of it is.. each line with one asterisk will show up as an item on the sidebar menu. Lines with two asterisks are submenus of the item with one asterisk, and so on. There are 2 methods of adding items to the sidebar, one is sort of an automatic way and the other is a manual way. I'll explain.
The automatic method is seen in the edit I linked to. If you have a category with several articles that you want to add to the sidebar, you can use this method:
*#category-CategoryName#
...just replace CategoryName with the actual name of the category, then save. This will automatically create a sidebar menu item named after the category, and create a submenu with links to 7 articles in that category (or less if there are fewer than 7 articles in the category) with the last link being "more..." which links to the category page itself (for example: Category:Characters).
The manual method is as follows:
*Category:Characters|Characters
**Alistair
**Cailan Theirin
**Dog
etc.
etc.
A couple things to note: with the manual method, the text on the left side of the | is the exact name of the page being linked to, and the text on the right side of the | is what appears on the sidebar menu. So where I entered Category:Characters|Characters, the word Characters appears on the sidebar menu and it links to Category:Characters.
Hopefully I explained that well enough to be understood, but if not, feel free to ask questions and I will answer them. There is also an explaination here at Wikia Help. JoePlay (talk) 23:32, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

After reading the talk pages messages between Selty and Xavier about the sidebar menus, I edited MediaWiki:Monaco-sidebar to implement what I think you wanted. In order to prevent Image:Mage casting.jpg from showing up on the Classes submenu, I changed that submenu from the 'automatic' method to the 'manual' method (see above for explanation). So now only Mage, Rogue and Warrior show there. Also, using the automatic method, it is not possible to display articles in the Darkspawn category within the Creatures submenu, so I made a separate submenu for Darkspawn (under Dragon Age). Feel free to use this forum topic (or start a new one) for issues regarding the navigation sidebar. If there's other things you want done, do not hesitate to mention them, and I'll be glad to take care of it. JoePlay (talk) 21:45, 22 March 2009 (UTC)


Joe:

Here's my personal assessment of the sidebar menu. :)

I'll go through each item in an orderly fashion.

  • Dragon Age Wiki -- This is just a link to the main wiki page, and is rather redundant, as clicking on the big logo above it performs the exact same function. Personally, I always use such image links to get back to the root page of any site. Perhaps I'm in the minority? :)
  • Dragon Age -- This is the real root menu, and works fine as it is, but will need to be improved in the future as more pages are linked from it.
  • Top Content -- Very useful. I like it!
  • Community -- Having a forum is rather confusing to me. With all the discussion, talk, and user pages, I'm totally at a loss where I should post commentary anymore! It's bad enough trying to decide: Your user page, or mine? Argh!

Thanks for reading! :D

XavierGrimwand 00:24, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Haha, yea there are several places/methods to communicate with others. The forum is useful for topics meant for anyone (or multiple specific users) to respond to that aren't specific to a certain article (article talk pages are best for that). Whereas private one-on-one discussions are best done on user talk pages. But ultimately, I guess it comes down to a user's (or community's) preference as to which method to use to discuss things. For instance, if the DA Wiki community decided not to use a forum, it could be deleted and the link to it removed from the Community sidebar menu. Personally, I think all methods of communication on the wiki each have their own usefulness, depending on the topic and how many people are intended to be involved in the discussion of the topic.
As for the Dragon Age Wiki link on the sidebar, it's up to you, the community. If you decide you don't want it, simply remove it.
I'll take this oppurtunity to respond to a question Xavier asked me on my talk page since it ties in with this forum topic. To add advanced classes to the sidebar, simply add them as submenu items of whatever class they belong to. For example, to add Templar as an advanced class of Warrior, you would make the following edit to MediaWiki:Monaco-sidebar:
**Category:Classes|Classes
***Mage
***Rogue
***Warrior
****Templar
To create a submenu of any existing menu item, just add one asterisk to the number of asterisks of the 'parent' menu item. In this case, Warrior has 3 asterisks, so to make a submenu of it, use 4 asterisks for Templar.
Keep using this topic to discuss any issues or suggestions regarding the sidebar menus. JoePlay (talk) 17:53, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

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