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Quasar

Wikia using GDPR as a laughable excuse to finally kill Monobook

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http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:1456214

 

For those not in the know, Monobook is the old default MediaWiki skin that debuted on Wikipedia originally. It has been the sole remaining alternative (configurable in registered users' preferences) to the hideous ad delivery vehicle they call "Oasis" or "Wikia" at the wikia site since 2011 (the same time DoomWiki.org separated from the beast). Somehow, despite the fact that Oasis is built ground-up to track users with thousands of external references to almost every ad provider that exists on the Internet, and the fact that looking at their source repo on GitHub does not reveal a whole, separate system of ad delivery for MonoBook, they're trying to get away with claiming this as a reason to kill off that skin finally.

 

Being SEO-grubbing, ad-pushing bastards is one thing, but having the gall to straight up lie about it to a sea of people without the technical knowledge to distinguish the truth is another entirely.

 

Dear hold outs, MonoBook will remain available and fully supported indefinitely at DoomWiki.org :)

https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Entryway?useskin=monobook

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Right off the bat when I see the email about the change, I see a big fat BS that doesn't make any sense.

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6 hours ago, Quasar said:

http://community.wikia.com/wiki/Thread:1456214

 

For those not in the know, Monobook is the old default MediaWiki skin that debuted on Wikipedia originally. It has been the sole remaining alternative (configurable in registered users' preferences) to the hideous ad delivery vehicle they call "Oasis" or "Wikia" at the wikia site since 2011 (the same time DoomWiki.org separated from the beast). Somehow, despite the fact that Oasis is built ground-up to track users with thousands of external references to almost every ad provider that exists on the Internet, and the fact that looking at their source repo on GitHub does not reveal a whole, separate system of ad delivery for MonoBook, they're trying to get away with claiming this as a reason to kill off that skin finally.

 

Being SEO-grubbing, ad-pushing bastards is one thing, but having the gall to straight up lie about it to a sea of people without the technical knowledge to distinguish the truth is another entirely.

 

Dear hold outs, MonoBook will remain available and fully supported indefinitely at DoomWiki.org :)

https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Entryway?useskin=monobook

I'm sorry but how does this relate to DoomWiki.org? Isn't it independent?

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Just now, mun said:

I'm sorry but how does this relate to DoomWiki.org? Isn't it independent?

Yes it is. It relates in that if you've for some reason still been using the old site and liked Monobook, we still have it and will always have it. Otherwise there's no relationship; I am just posting about what is going on over there.

 

It's relevant historically speaking since the availability of Monobook at wikia was a major arguing point of those not in favor of forking back then - "Monobook is still available and there is no sign that it will go away" was the general attitude at that time with regard to those dissatisfied with the then-new Oasis skin.

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But Quasar, they need us to click on those ads because they are providing a service that has great value! At least once a week, an admin has to log in and create a new subdomain so that the public can put tons of that pesky resource/bandwidth hogging data known as "text". The overhead required to have such a wizard must be beyond comprehension.

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