April 2019 Community News

Now that the fallout from yesterday is starting to die down, we can get down to business with some serious news. Welcome to April! Here's this month's community new blog, starting with:

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April Foolery the day before
All the new channels

Some of the "new" channels we "introduced".

We didn't have too many April Fools pranks on the wiki itself. User:K6ka was flipped around in random directions for the entire day. The bulk of our April Foolery was on our Discord server, where we had created an entire channel category of "Very Off Topic" channels ranging from topics like the weather to how I complain about everything. Look, the last one is not true, m'kay?

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Community discussion threads that need your input

We have a couple of community discussion threads open in our community discussion forum where we discuss community discussions about how to discuss improvements to the community in community discussions... okay, that was pretty loaded.

  • There is a formal request to disable Featured Videos on the wiki. Back in December I wrote about how we proposed a formal request to have the highly unpopular Featured Video feature disabled on the wiki. In the meantime I have created a template called {{Featured video notice}} which displays a notice below articles where a featured video is known to exist, telling readers that the video was not approved or created by the community of The Sims Wiki.
  • There is a thread to discuss how to separate and organize pages for Sims that appear in multiple games (since The Sims 4's deviation from the normal storyline has tripped us up since 2014).
  • There is a thread on potentially migrating The Sims Wiki off the Wikia platform to a new hosting service.
  • There is a proposal to close down Wikia Chat. Wikia Chat is our on-wiki chat feature that's no longer being developed and is sparsely used, as most people prefer Discord or IRC.

The wiki runs entirely on volunteer edits—ordinary people like you and me! Anyone is welcome to participate in these discussions to help reach a consensus on how we as a wiki can move forward.

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Featured article of April 2019!

Growing a dream garden in the Spring.

The Sims 4: Seasons is the featured article for April 2019! Featured articles represent the finest the wiki has to offer, and they're the result of many volunteer users working together to create an article that's informative, well organized, and well written! Featured articles are written and selected by the community—people like you! To nominate or vote for an article, read the instructions here, and then either make a nomination or vote for an existing one.

Updates to the Discord server

March saw the first new server moderator since the server went public in December of 2017. Please welcome TheMarmaliser to the server moderation team! TheMarmaliser has been around for a while and you may have seen him around the server. Among being a friendly face, he's also the reason why the #urban_planning and #planes-and-airlines channels exist. Not Sims related, sure, but we do talk about a lot more than The Sims on the server.

Additionally, the server rules have been rewritten; it should now be much easier to read and not sound like legalese. You can also view a copy of these rules on the #rules channel in the server.

If you have any other suggestions as to how we can improve the server, please let us know in the #server_feedback channel on the server! And if you're not in the server yet, well... you're missing out on a whole lot!

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April is a time for...

The poll was created at 20:18 on April 2, 2019, and so far 23 people voted.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave any comments or feedback in the Comments section below, and see you next month! —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:28, April 2, 2019 (UTC)

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