Forum:Guild directory entries

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I'm thinking we need to start limiting the entries to our guild directories to the specific type of responses indicated in the instructions on those pages for adding a new entry. Right now, for example, rather than a simple "Open" or "Closed" in the recruitment status field, we're seeing individuals type an entire url. Rather than simply labeling their focus in the appropriate field, some are adding their guild's entire mission statement or history. This is distorting the tables and making them more difficult to navigate and read. I think this kind of information should be added to guild articles themselves, not the general directory.

I also have doubts about the "Leader" column. It's certainly pertinent information to include in the guild article itself, but is it really needed in the general directory? The name listed may not even have any relevance to the game itself, and really serves no purpose to someone browsing the listed guilds. -- Heaven's Agent 19:50, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

I'm for tweaking the guild directories. I do think "Open" recruitment should have an embedded link for potential guild members to quickly click on, but nothing beyond that. Focus should be narrowed down to a few different options like "Casual", "RP", "PVP", "Raiding", etc., not a whole paragraph. Leader is something that can be removed as well, imo. Those changes should make the entries easier to read. The only other change I can think of is making the server names into links which will give players info on timezones, server types, and languages. --Icon class jediknight.png Alianin T C 20:19, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
Speaking from experience, you are never going to get everyone to enter guild info the same way. Enforcement of any "rules" put in place will simply take time and effort away from the greater purpose of documenting the game. The Guild namespace in general is a "courtesy" to the community rather than a primary purpose of the wiki. -- Wynthyst 19px talk 20:51, 12 January 2012 (UTC)
Granted, in many cases we'd have to step in to alter the entries ourselves. That's simply part of contributing to a wiki, and one of those things that should fall to a wiki project's staff to oversee. Once we get all the entries normalized, however, we should see fewer instances of people making non-standard entries.
We should not view these directories as nothing more than a "courtesy". Our purpose is to document SWTOR in its entirety, and player guilds are a major part of the game; guild documentation is part of this project, and as such we need to apply the same standards and attitudes to them that we do elsewhere. If someone were to enter non-standard information into an infobox, a member of our community would correct it in order to maintain the project's appearance and professionalism. The guild directories should not be perceived any differently. -- Heaven's Agent 04:32, 13 January 2012 (UTC)