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  1. Unless someone knocks on our door with a team of consultants and an endowment, nothing that's hard to imagine. (See posts by Quasar in this thread.) All access from the EU would be blocked, and that's assuming MancuNET's hosting provider doesn't respond even more drastically.
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    Rule 666: If it exists, someone made it in Doom

    Infinite Imp Theorem: every possible vanilla trick, no matter how brilliant, was already done by accident in a shovelware map.
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    Doom Wiki Month in Review (Issue #4 - Late Edition)

    FWIW I agree, and by the same reasoning, I hope you aren't actually considering List of notable WADs fair game for article creation (as your earlier post comes close to implying). That list is a wiki page like any other -- anyone can add anything, and if it's related to Doom and matches the existing table formatting, it will be approved. It might help to remember that the title used to be "List of WADs" (per our archaic written rule that says anything publicly available is notable), and it was renamed in advance of a planned discussion to hammer out a notability guideline, which fizzled out with no definite conclusions.
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    Site and/or forum bugs or things not working

    Well, the text file later turned up here, if that helps.
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    Does anyone know a awesome wad?

    I think this should be a sticky because it comes up multiple times per month. (Examples found in 10 minutes with my scrollwheel: 1 2 3 4 5). Of course the answers given would be broad; someone could still start a thread about E2-themed slaughter minisodes with Halo-style shields and TNT textures. Best Doom mods is a very common search term on the wiki, also, though our current article is only a beginning.
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    What does your Doom folder contain???

    TNT31.WAD and scripts for quick -recordfromto launching. :>
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    "Wanted pages" on the Doom Wiki

    Thanks to @Xymph and @Eris Falling for patching my sloppy language. (Anyone who reads the bot threads on the wiki knows this isn't a new thing...) #7 says "appear" because I hadn't clicked every single link to check the WAD formats, so I suspected I might miss something. In the time it took me to post, Eris and others then added a mass of new DM content. DM content makes me very happy, FWIW, because it's been the single biggest hole in the wiki since ever. Even red links are rare, which is why it's not a category above. Yes, I understand that actual DMing is more fun than researching and writing about it. :> Xymph is totally correct about the custom things, and I do intend to help with them -- it seems wrong that the more creative a mapper was in the 1990s, the less likely the map is to have data! (I swear I understood all that frame table stuff at some point, even though I only used it to document id's contributions.)
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    "Wanted pages" on the Doom Wiki

    This has been mentioned repeatedly, so I made a thread. What follows is mostly my opinion, but if anyone wants to pitch in and help, I hope I can save you some confusion and redundant effort. First, for clarity, this is a machine-generated document with no human input. (You don't submit topics for approval on the wiki; you can just start a page, even without an account.) Like any automatic list, it can be immensely labor-saving, but you also have to think a bit before bum-rushing it; the database server has no common sense. :> Things that people should do 1. Newfangled Doom gameplay/universe Examples: Kinetic mine; Automap; Argent Breach; Demon Destruction 2. Person articles (modern) Examples: Getsu Fune; joe-ilya; gaspe; Looper Mappers have been near the top lately, owing to the flood of megawad writeups (two links per person per slot). In fairness, the caveat for WADs also applies: there is no standing agreement that everyone on every high-profile release is automatically notable. OTOH someone might map only occasionally, yet deserve an article for other community contributions (port developer, musician, stream/podcast host, ...). 3. WADs and mods (overview pages) Examples: RTC-3057; Skulldash; Blade of Agony; Rip It, Tear It, Smash It!; Strife: Absolute Order If you include links to individual maps, please ensure the names are exactly right (including capitalization) so that XymphBot can detect them easily. Things that people should do, but only if they have tons of patience and access to offline sources 4. Person articles (historical) Examples: Haggay Niv; Daniel Lindgren; Phoebus; Rand Phares Crowdsourcing is most important here. Primary material is almost gone (old forums, Usenet, personal websites) and even Quasar is not an expert across all time periods and community divisions, so we can only proceed by pooling everyone's memory. COMPET-N runners are an especially tough case, some having numerous links (one per record) yet a largely private existence due to the more competitive atmosphere back then. 5. General community history/expanded universe Examples: doom2.net; Totally Unauthorized Guide to Doom II; cdrom.com 6. Technical history Examples: RMB; LMPC; AmigaDoom; GetWAD; Savegame slots 5 and 6 corrupt other files This is separate because the research is highly specialized. You often have to read through code to understand what's going on, documentation and context being quite sparse after all these years. Some knowledge of 1990s network architecture (yikes) is occasionally helpful as well. Things that people should probably not do I say "probably" because this is an all-volunteer project. No one, including moderators, should tell you not to do something if it improves the site and you enjoy it. You can even create map pages if you strongly desire them; the bot operator is also a volunteer, and as awesome as he is, he doesn't have unlimited resources for us. Be warned however that it requires punishing attention to detail, a bargeload of time, and that you can feel satisfied by the act of pasting and saving all by itself (because you normally get no feedback whatsoever, especially on older maps). I thought I had those things, and I was wrong, wrong, wrong. Anyway. 7. WADs and mods (individual maps) These appear to be non-vanilla formats that XymphBot can't handle yet. It is gradually learning to do so. While I never wish to take Xymph's hard work for granted, we have seen that once tested, the bot can process maps with incredible accuracy, even more so than previous editors who used scripts. Development is intentionally a slow, careful process because we want to avoid ever dragooning humans into a large cleanup (which is extremely demoralizing, as Wikipedia editors can tell you). All that said, heavily scripted mods may be an exception. It's hard to imagine any bot able to parse arbitrary control structures across all known executable versions! Please feel free to expand Community Is Falling 3 or Urban Brawl, for example. 8. Names linked once from a talk page or noticeboard IME these are almost always brainstorming and speculation, not serious to-dos. A few turn out to be important, but at first glance it's difficult to tell the blue goo from the gray, especially with historical topics. I don't think it harms us to leave them on the list pending a more complete discussion thread. The exception to this and #9 is a page that once existed, but was deleted. It is so difficult to delete anything that you can assume it was complete garbage, and shouldn't be linked. (Even then it makes me anxious, because I'm editing other people's signed posts.) 9. Non-mainspace pages Linking to hypothetical discussions seems like overkill to me, but it's true that newbies have difficulty finding them, and sometimes don't even realize that a template or image can have a talk page. MediaWiki has open bugs to filter maintenance lists by namespace, like the search feature does, which would avoid all this clutter. 10. Typos and sabotage Some are obvious, yes, but some are actually a bit tricky without experience of MediaWiki's infrastructure -- it's easy to accidentally replace one typo with another. Unless you know what you're doing, please spare yourself the stress. I personally have yet to see blatant vandalism in the link list itself (per the IRC conversation), so I guess the last round was already cleaned up by the time I returned. Yay!
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    Khorne's Demise

    1.5/5 Not actually broken, just the usual shovelware gumbo: cyberdemon in a cramped room, invisible maze at light level 0, packs of melee enemies without a chainsaw or berserk, 90% of walls the same texture. Wait, actually it is broken for max (the yellow key is missing). I was entertained only by the new sound effects, even more schlocky and slapstick than the originals, but that's only in retrospect from 2018.
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    Weirdest/Rarest games that you own?

    Rarest is probably a complete boxed copy of Spelljammer in near mint condition. The guy on Ebay had no idea what it was (neither did I to be honest), only that it was taking up space in his attic. I'll mention Crusader of Centy for the Genesis, which isn't super-rare but is notorious for replicas being sold as original. I always ask for a closeup photo of the cartridge label, to check for VCR heat damage. :D Dragon Warrior 2 and Faria both had working batteries last I looked; this hasn't happened to me yet, but while there's life there's hope. The well of weirdness never runs dry with old Mac shareware. Doom scripting still hasn't caught up.
  11. Per this discussion those early sources are gone, or perhaps existing in non-public backups. Maybe start here (the entries labeled "BOOM"). There's also this, which is more detailed but states that it's incomplete. EDIT: of course, anyone other than me would have remembered it was maintained by professionals. This has highly detailed changelogs as well.
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    Why the lack of live-action Doom fan films?

    Please don't consider the wiki lists authoritative. They were all written by one person to promote their clan.
  13. IMO suggestions like this, even well-intentioned, are incompatible with the all-volunteer nature of the Doom community. There is no CEO to force everyone's contributions into a particular structure. The overall pattern develops incrementally over time, according to what people are motivated to do. Gez is correct that a few, but not all, specialized topics are separate from doomwiki.org. Personally I wouldn't have designed it that way, but I can see that it serves the community. There is this horde of people who desperately yearn for one copypasted function or one flag at a time, and to learn nothing else in the process. For them, a well-referenced history article is just noise. (See here for a counterargument however.) Also on a practical level, this would be a large amount of programming and coordination without adding or improving any actual content as a result, just to organize link targets better. Somehow I can't see any power users coming out of the woodwork to add that to a to-do list. (It has occasionally been done to avert permanent information loss, e.g. when the Chex Quest wiki was abandoned.) If doomwiki.org stays operational long enough, it will eventually have so much additional documentation (as Eris says above), and so little trolling and malware (remember who is the supermoderator at Wikia?), that 99.9% of search terms simply won't exist on older sites. That's more the 60-year plan though. :> Again speaking only for myself, I would actually apply this statement to broad-based wikis with a handful of Doom pages (like TCRF) and non-wiki specialist sites (like classicdoom.com), for two reasons: [1] doomwiki.org is better at fitting their individual facts into an overall narrative, as a permanent historical record. [2] Such sites seem to live off corporate goodwill and/or one maintainer having copious hobby time, and either of those can change overnight.
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    Does /idgames Ever Check For WAD Legality?

    The answer to the general question is "lolwut". Half the modding community never even considers using /idgames, because they heard somewhere that if one pixel looks ripped, it's rejected. P.S. this thread should be in the WAD forum.
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    Doom Wiki Month in Review (Issue #2)

    IMO contemporary tactical approaches absolutely belong on the wiki, especially differences between corporate and crowdsourced viewpoints (Usenet, BBSes, lanparties, ...). Naturally we would note how DWF later settled all conflicts via neuromotor pluralism. :>
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