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About the On Wiki Of Gold project

Hi,

The On Wiki Of Gold is a player-run project supported by ArenaNet on the official #GuildWars2 wiki. Any player from the Guild Wars 2 community can receive in-game gold and gems for editing specific articles (a wiki account is required, see the Contribution Terms). If you’re interested in contributing, simply login or create a wiki account, read the rules and create an edit that is “accurate, clear, coherent, relevant to the topic”. You can read more information on the project is here: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Guild_Wars_2_Wiki:Projects/On_Wiki_of_Gold

If you're not comfortable editing the wiki yourself, you can still contribute by using the "Leave article feedback" tab that is available for all articles, allowing you to give any missing information to the community of wiki editors. The community editors will then work on its formatting and finding the best place for it.

The wiki is made by editors like you! Big thanks to all the wiki editors for their edits and to Delsea for their work on the On Wiki of Gold project


Stéphane Lo Presti
Content Marketing Manager, French

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  • Ardid.7203Ardid.7203 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Great initiative. Lets hope people don't misbehave editing things without good reason just for the chance to get gold.

  • @Ardid.7203 said:
    Great initiative. Lets hope people don't misbehave editing things without good reason just for the chance to get gold.

    Even if we'd love for this to not happen (and it hasn't over the past few months), the more experienced wiki editor have a few tools to check and then prevent anything like this from happening. The goal is to get more editors (so we hope that a few of you here are interested) but not at the expense of the quality of this wiki.


    Stéphane Lo Presti
    Content Marketing Manager, French

  • FOX.3582FOX.3582 Member ✭✭✭

    Another attempt to get free employees, no thanks. For gold, I just play the game. Give me Euro’s if you want me to work for the game.

  • FOX.3582FOX.3582 Member ✭✭✭

    @Greener.6204 said:

    @FOX.3582 said:
    Another attempt to get free employees, no thanks. For gold, I just play the game. Give me Euro’s if you want me to work for the game.

    We contribute solely for altruistic reasons. We also have a strong desire to thank others for taking their time to help others.

    So, keep doing that then, lol...

  • @Zushada.6108 said:

    @Greener.6204 said:
    None of the people who contribute to the wiki are employees of Anet, nor do we see ourselves as such, nor do we wish to be. We contribute solely for altruistic reasons. We also have a strong desire to thank others for taking their time to help others. This project was originally started and funded by players for players; Anet has since generously offered to help on the funding side of things (they have deeper pockets than us ;) ).

    Personally, I have made corrections for no other reason than the fact that the wiki has been my map and compass to this game and I want to pay it forward. When I find an error, I correct it so the next person does not run into the same issues I did. To be honest, I am glad that the wiki allows general public contributions and I am happy to do so without the gold incentive. I have played games with no equivalent to the wiki, and we have been left at the mercy of a dev fitting the corrections into their long list of helpdesk tickets.

    Well said, Greener,

    Zushada

    Thanks for your contributions Zushada! This project is NOT meant to change the way the wiki works, just provide a little bit of help. It's an idea that was created by Delsea, a player, and not by us. I've actually heard feedback about a similar idea years ago, but wiki editors were worried that it would attract players that had low motivation to improve the wiki and it could add a lot of work to sanitize the edits. This project is striking a delicate balance (and credits to Delsea for designing it that way) to encourage editing the wiki without sacrificing to the quality of edits.


    Stéphane Lo Presti
    Content Marketing Manager, French

  • I hope this will encourage people to take the time to upload images of weapons, armor, and other items which still have no images posted!

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I always forget about this initiative. I'm happy just to be of some help.
    (I wish the Devs would post their position in their signature [the old forums gave that information when they posted]; that was really helpful for updating the 'ArenaNet' page.) =)

  • @Inculpatus cedo.9234 said:
    I always forget about this initiative. I'm happy just to be of some help.
    (I wish the Devs would post their position in their signature [the old forums gave that information when they posted]; that was really helpful for updating the 'ArenaNet' page.) =)

    It could take a certain amount of time to gather the list of employee titles at any given time, and then these could change (as employee change job titles, or move teams). But if you have specific needs, I'm happy to help as our Wiki Liaison :)


    Stéphane Lo Presti
    Content Marketing Manager, French

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Thank you for the offer; it was more just a suggestion for the Devs (that post) that would be helpful. (I know they move around, so we were trying to keep it somewhat updated.) I kind of gave up on that particular project when the new forums started. /shrug

  • ozzeh.7398ozzeh.7398 Member ✭✭

    When creating pages, do we have to complete the page entirely before submitting it? It's obviously preferred, but is it mandatory? If we don't have time to finish it can we post it anyway and either finish it later or let someone else finish it?

  • @ozzeh.7398 said:
    When creating pages, do we have to complete the page entirely before submitting it? It's obviously preferred, but is it mandatory? If we don't have time to finish it can we post it anyway and either finish it later or let someone else finish it?

    There are a couple of strategies. One is that you can start in your user space: create the page there until you think it's ready for prime time. Then open the new article, and copy your edits there.

    Another possibility is to put enough info that someone else can add to it, including a {{stub}} or {{section-stub}} mark on the page, so folks know it's incomplete. (Ideally, use {{stub|reason}}, so that people know when it's okay to remove that 'tag'.)

    Another thing you can do is to create the discussion page first and include the info you have so far.

    The worst thing that happens is that someone takes a look and realizes that there's some wiki convention that didn't get proper attention, e.g. using an "item info box" instead of an "armor info box" or no info box at all. 99% of the time, a wiki veteran can edit that easily. (And hopefully with a brief note explaining why they changed it, so you can do the same next time.)

    "With great power comes not-so-great utility bills."

  • Greener.6204Greener.6204 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 28, 2018

    @ozzeh.7398 said:
    When creating pages, do we have to complete the page entirely before submitting it? It's obviously preferred, but is it mandatory? If we don't have time to finish it can we post it anyway and either finish it later or let someone else finish it?

    To follow up on IWN's words, we simply ask that you do what you can, and then press submit. We know that time constraints or knowledge of wiki code are things that can get in the way. Every page is seen as a work-in-progress, and is built through iteration. So if you helped the community by just starting a page, then we'd like to say thanks, and absolutely encourage you to put your name on the project page :) .

  • ozzeh.7398ozzeh.7398 Member ✭✭

    @Illconceived Was Na.9781 said:

    @ozzeh.7398 said:
    When creating pages, do we have to complete the page entirely before submitting it? It's obviously preferred, but is it mandatory? If we don't have time to finish it can we post it anyway and either finish it later or let someone else finish it?

    There are a couple of strategies. One is that you can start in your user space: create the page there until you think it's ready for prime time. Then open the new article, and copy your edits there.

    Another possibility is to put enough info that someone else can add to it, including a {{stub}} or {{section-stub}} mark on the page, so folks know it's incomplete. (Ideally, use {{stub|reason}}, so that people know when it's okay to remove that 'tag'.)

    Another thing you can do is to create the discussion page first and include the info you have so far.

    The worst thing that happens is that someone takes a look and realizes that there's some wiki convention that didn't get proper attention, e.g. using an "item info box" instead of an "armor info box" or no info box at all. 99% of the time, a wiki veteran can edit that easily. (And hopefully with a brief note explaining why they changed it, so you can do the same next time.)

    I see, well I wrote up a rough draft for "War Chest" in set 419. I'm not very wiki-savvy (at all), so I'll just copy/paste my draft in to a new discussion for the would-be page. Hopefully it will be useful and I'll get some form of credit for it lol

  • ozzeh.7398ozzeh.7398 Member ✭✭

    Well kitten, I posted it as a page instead of as discussion. Oh well, I'll leave it to the wiki gods to fix that :P Thanks @Greener.6204 @Illconceived Was Na.9781

  • Greener.6204Greener.6204 Member ✭✭✭

    @ozzeh.7398 said:
    Well kitten, I posted it as a page instead of as discussion. Oh well, I'll leave it to the wiki gods to fix that :P Thanks @Greener.6204 @Illconceived Was Na.9781

    @ozzeh.7398 (and others who are wondering) this edit you made is an incredible start for a page, thank you! It's absolutely what we're looking for =) .

  • @Greener.6204 said:

    @ozzeh.7398 said:
    Well kitten, I posted it as a page instead of as discussion. Oh well, I'll leave it to the wiki gods to fix that :P Thanks @Greener.6204 @Illconceived Was Na.9781

    @ozzeh.7398 (and others who are wondering) this edit you made is an incredible start for a page, thank you! It's absolutely what we're looking for =) .

    I'd agree: that's a really good start. :+1:

    A rule of thumb I use: if I wasn't around to answer my friend's question, would this help them figure out what they wanted to know? I think your "stub" does that and more.

    In other words: well done, ozzeh. Looking forward to seeing more :)

    "With great power comes not-so-great utility bills."

  • vier.1327vier.1327 Member ✭✭

    I would like to know if it is a project just for the English Wiki. I am a spaniah speaker and would like to colaborate if there is a spanish wiki project.

  • Kamara.4187Kamara.4187 Member ✭✭✭

    This is great :). I just wish there was something like this for players that are 3D modeling enthusiast.

    "Love thy enemy, for without them there would be no WvW."

  • @vier.1327 said:
    I would like to know if it is a project just for the English Wiki. I am a spaniah speaker and would like to colaborate if there is a spanish wiki project.

    Hi @vier.1327, for the Spanish wiki, please see that discussion right here on the Spanish forum: https://es-forum.guildwars2.com/discussion/962/el-proyecto-wiki-de-oro

    Thank you for your interest!

    P.S.: thanks @ozzeh.7398 for your contribution to the wiki :)


    Stéphane Lo Presti
    Content Marketing Manager, French

  • @Kamara.4187 said:
    This is great :). I just wish there was something like this for players that are 3D modeling enthusiast.

    The wiki tends to have trouble filling out screenshots for the armor gallery, but OWOG doesn't delve into those all that often.

  • @Sariel V.7024 said:
    The wiki tends to have trouble filling out screenshots for the armor gallery, but OWOG doesn't delve into those all that often.

    That's my bad, since my computer started playing possum(or may actually be dying...=x), I've been unable to take pictures and am pretty backlogged on images I have to take once it's done pretending to be a dead duck.

  • MadLass.3821MadLass.3821 Member ✭✭
    edited May 21, 2018

    So all you have to do is help out the wiki by editing it right? What would you do about people who use a different name on the wiki? How would you get the gold they earned to them? I don't care about me not getting any because I edit anyway, but I do care about those putting time aside for the gold and not getting any.

  • Inculpatus cedo.9234Inculpatus cedo.9234 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @MadLass.3821 said:
    So all you have to do is help out the wiki by editing it right? What would you do about people who use a different name on the wiki? How would you get the gold they earned to them? I don't care about me not getting any because I edit anyway, but I do care about those putting time aside for the gold and not getting any.

    From the instructions for the Project:

    To participate, make your contribution to an article that is in a Set listed below on this project page and then sign this page you're reading right now with the account name or character name where you would like the gold to be sent.

  • Daddicus.6128Daddicus.6128 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I update the wiki simply because it's the right thing to do. I use other people's collected knowledge, so I feel like I should return the favor.

    Now, don't get me wrong: my edits are paltry compared to some writers. But, I try to do my share whenever I see something that needs work.

  • Greener.6204Greener.6204 Member ✭✭✭

    To celebrate the milestone of reaching 600 sets, the On Wiki of Gold project has opened up the doors to include improvements to any wiki article! Head to the project page, and scroll down to Set 600 =) .

    Thanks again to all those who have helped update and maintain the wiki over the years. Especial thanks to those who have helped run this project, allowing us to give back to those who keep giving to the community.

  • December 2018 is the month of this wiki project's first ever special event: Adventure Calendar!

    Each day in December will have a pair of articles to choose from. Improve one of these for at least 24 of the 31 pairs to qualify for a special thank you. (You can still join in on the previous days' article pairs, but be sure to get in before the whole event vanishes sometime in January!)

    The special thank you: Your choice of any gem store item up to an 800 gem value!

    @Stephane Lo Presti.7258 said:
    This project is striking a delicate balance (and credits to Delsea for designing it that way) to encourage editing the wiki without sacrificing to the quality of edits.

    I think there's a lot to be said for being careful when incentivising volunteer work. For one, we don't want to encourage a lot of low-effort edits from people who are more interested in gold and gems than they are in the quality of the wiki. A second aspect is that the act of contributing itself is the true reward, so none of us want only incentivised contributions to feel rewarding. And thirdly, sometimes incentives (and even penalties in some studies) can themselves give people a self-excuse not to participate.

    However, with the quantities we have here, I think we're in a reasonably safe place: 2 gold is something spendable but not excessive, and 20 gems saves nicely to purchase bigger things. When someone redeems 1200 gems all at once, I usually add a note to thank that player for the large body of work that this represents - improvements to at least 60 articles! And even with this limited time event on top of everything, 24 articles divided by 800 gems is an increase of 33 gems.

    I see the project as beneficial for a few groups: people who would like to help the wiki but are looking for articles that aren't finished yet, people who like to be part of a team that focuses on topics together, and people who were going to edit a wide variety of articles anyway and wouldn't say no a few gems here and there. I also write a short note when I check each contribution, and sometimes it's just nice to know that somebody actually saw and appreciated what you added.

    If this event sounds like fun to you, give it a try!

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