Prehistoric Earth Wiki

Pigmanpower Pigmanpower 2 November 2015

Random joke

"a wiki 4.6 million years in the making", Troodon would have made it earlier if the asteriod hacker hadn't messed it all up

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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 29 January 2012

Categories for fauna

I've been thinking about this issue, and I believe that a more specific category system would be better for the wiki. 

I'll use Deinonychus as an example. Using the old system, the page's categories would be something like this:

  • Animals
  • Dinosaurs
  • Theropods
  • Dromaeosaurids
  • Carnivores
  • Cloverly Formation
  • Antlers Formation
  • Cretaceous
  • Aptian
  • Albian
  • Fossil taxa described in 1969

Instead of listing every single animal under the Animals category, every single Cretaceous species under the Cretaceous category, I think this can easily be remedied using subcategories. An example: the Albian category page can have a Cretaceous category, creating an Albian subcategory that is contained within Cretaceous. That way the same information can be represented in less space,…

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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 2 November 2011

Advanced posts up for grabs!

Because we've rebooted, we need new admins and bureaucrats. So I'm reposting the guidelines needed for the ranks:

Rollbacks are users that can:

  • can revert vandalism with a single click using the rollback button (without the detours of the undo button)

If you wish to become one of these, you should:

  • Have contributed to the wiki for at least a week, this shows that you're here to stay
  • Cleaned up 2 vandalous edits (although right now this isn't as applicable)
  • You have to ask a bureaucrat, otherwise we wouldn't know!

Once you are experienced in the art of rollbacking (or you make really good edits), you might consider an admin post...

Administrators, also known as sysops, can do everything a rollback can, and:

  • can delete pages if need be
  • can lock a page…

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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 1 November 2011


So far I've been talking about redesigns and templates and main page revamps. But there's still a vitally important factor to consider: the look of the wiki.

I think the colors are fine, but it's possible we may need a new wordmark. More pressing is the background. I played with it a while back, choosing fern pictures. Eventually I settled on a plain old green background. Although it's fine for now, I just don't think it cuts it. It should be customized in some way, perhaps with various dinosaurs and fossils.


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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 31 October 2011

Open for business

Every article now has at least one reference. So, in my book, that's good enough. All the other improvements can wait---the best results will be achieved only by input from others. So let's reopen this wiki now. Have fun editing to your merry will!

In other news, I've activated a few more features. The Category Exhibition and Achievements are now online. The badges are customized! So happy editing!

Styracosaurus Rider (Speak to the Rider, your Lord and Master) {Look upon my servants} 20:58, October 31, 2011 (UTC)

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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 17 January 2011

The Renovation

I know no-one will read this except me. This is my table for redesigning the wiki.

  • Customize welcome messages Check, but need moar cutsomization
  • Renovate the Ranks page to be more serious (we now will be more like Wikipedia for prehistory) Check-ish
  • Modify rules Check, although might need some more versions
  • Introduce a referencing system---very important (so far, so good. let's keep it going)
  • Create an article for useful/recommended sources
  • Make templates to show we are redesigning, needs references, etc. (half done)
  • GET MORE USERS!!! I don't wanna be alone Promotion powers activate
  • Main-page renovation. I'm thinking of possibly a collab effort, with users like JoePlay (who did an uber-awesome job with the Jurassic Park Wiki main page) and MontagnaMagi…
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Styracosaurus Rider Styracosaurus Rider 18 November 2010

Article structure

Just an idea on how we can structure our articles.

For a basic article:

  • 1 Title
  • 2 Features (or Description for animals/plants)
  • 3 History
  • 4 Paleobiology (for life only, which we will likely be focusing on a lot)
  • 5 Appearances in popular culture
  • 6 Gallery (if there are lots of photos)

Little intro about what "it" is Infobox here (could we create infoboxes for geological subjects such as volcanoes and meteors?) 

What makes the subject distinct (like igneous vs sedimentary vs metamorphic rocks) and how they work (volcanoes=boom!). Or if it's a life form, "Hylonomus grew to about a foot long, and" so on.

How the subject came to be recognized (Alfred Russel Wallace first proposed the theory of continental drift), like discovery, naming, important finds (Ovira…

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Toothless99 Toothless99 18 November 2010

Articles I think we need to make

Tethys Sea, Dunkleosteus, Coelophysis, Gastornis, Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Neogene, Quarternary, everything on here.

In short, a page about a prehistoric sea, to go with Category:Seas, Dunkleosteus, Coelophysis and Gastornis to make sure every time period has an animal page, and a page for each period of the Earth's history. Tell me what you think. Toothless99 07:52, November 18, 2010 (UTC)

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