We’re reaching out to a few of our top communities, hoping to get you on board with the migration to the new infobox markup. And we have tools to help!
Why we’re doing this
Simply put: Most current infobox structure translates very poorly to mobile experiences, and indeed any device that doesn’t use desktop-style displays. On desktops and laptops, they often look amazing. The problem is that Wikia’s traffic is trending mobile.
We partnered with the Wikia community to create this new markup to make sure that your hard work can be displayed on mobile devices (as well as any future technologies) easily and without any new coding conventions. It’ll take some effort up front, to be sure, but we’re here to help, and the work you put in now will pay for itself tenfold in the future.
Tools we’ve designed to ease the process
We’ve enabled two new features on your community. One is a tool for migrating the “old” infobox code to the new markup. It identifies templates on your wikia that look like infobox templates and places a box on the right rail of the template page. When you click the “Generate draft markup” button in this box, it opens a new tab containing a draft of your infobox using the new markup.
The second is a new feature on Special:Insights that will highlight which infoboxes on your wikia have not been migrated to the new infobox markup. It’s fairly intuitive - you can click on the infobox title link itself to see the old markup, or simply click the “Convert!” button on the right, which performs the same action as the “Generate draft markup” button.
Looks like it improved its layout a lot, though. But, if you need a helping hand again, I could try to squeeze in a month of just stopping by and editing every day if you wish. I did used to be pretty good at making character profiles and show articles. And I assume that most of the work here was a copy and paste effort for show articles, as I remember seeing one that was literally straight out of Wikipedia and it saddened me. I made all of mine with mostly original descriptions during my later months of editing, if memory serves me right.
This Wiki has expanded so well the past year, and I am proud of whoever has been leading it. I believe The Fan of Wikihas been the one in charge due to my long absence with future planning and all, if so he has done a very good job; and has even gotten onto my level of edits. I am surprised he hasn't surpassed it yet, lol; but I did edit way too much during my active years on here, and only a select few are in the same thousand range as I am. However, perhaps someone else is ahead of me now, but I wouldn't know who ever since we changed the ranking system.
Anyway, I have still been looking at this wiki from time to time, and I finally got that beastly computer I was talking about so soon enough I will be able to edit often again! Though, since I touched up the wiki with a lot of good articles, all I could really do to help is refine the bad ones and continue my trademark of adding character images, well-written paragraphs and all that. Anyway, good luck editing! Especailly the head admin who is in charge, I hope you continue to do well, The Fan of Wiki, you're probably the only other one besides me who have given this wiki so much effort. -Notshane
Notshane, could you help me with expanding the Jim Samples article? I corrected a few statements regarding him, such as:
He was the SECOND manager of CN. Betty Cohen was the first.
He was the one who put live-action movies on the the network (not Snyder), and also green lit the infamous Re-Animated. Though, unlike Snyder's CN Real shows, those movies at least had SOMETHING to do with cartoons.
He was not the founder of CN, neither was Ted Turner. Cohen was the founder.
But Jim Samples is responsible for most of Cartoon Network's good content, right? Huh....so weird that this infomration is so scarce. I swear a website said he was the founder from 1993-2007...that's weird. And I already figured he funded Re-Animated cause that was released in 2006, and that means production probably begun in 2005.
Some people are under the impression that Jim Samples was the original founder of CN, but that's not true. There were several articles from 2007 (during the Boston bomb scare) that said Jim Samples he had been with CN/Turner for 14 years, and people took this to mean he was the president/manager/founder of CN.
However, if you read the Toonzone forums and look at news articles from around 2001, you'll see that Betty Cohen was the founder and manager of CN, NOT Jim Samples. She was fired because she disagreed with Jamie Kellner (head of AOL-Time Warner at the time), and Jim Samples replaced her because he ran CN's website.
As for him being responsible for CN's good content, he kept some of CN's older shows around (like Ed Edd n Eddy), but also canned several of the original Cartoon Cartoons (though, to be fair, many fans thought they were going downhill and getting unfunny; plus, there were still re-runs). He also green-lit shows that many fans thought of as "bad" (like Squirrel Boy), but also green-lit "modern classics" like Foster's Home, Ben 10 (original), and (maybe) Class of 3000.
His biggest blunder, I think, was putting live-action movies on the network to compete with Nick and Disney Channel. Also, according to a news article from 2006, he and Bob Higgins (Vice President of CN at the time) were spending money on live-action pilots for the network, none of which ever aired (thankfully). Though, you could argue this wasn't as bad as what Snyder did, because Re-Animated and some of the movies at least had SOMETHING to do with cartoons.
Even though Jim seems like a nice guy in interviews, maybe it's best he resigned when he did. If he continued, then he might've ended up like Michael Eisner and the fans would've hated him.
To edit the Wiki frequently, with good solid information; and to be a true contributor who will come back on every day. I did my part for roughly two years, but recently my future planning has gotten in the way and this is why I have not been active lately. But, once it clears up, I will be doing my part as an admin to better the Wiki's development.
Okay, first of all I am again very sorry for not committing as I promised in my previous talk page (which is now archived appparently) I really wanted to but as I approach 18, my life is getting more difficult. And remember: I started editing this site when I was 14 so that's a big step to go in terms of free time. Honestly, I am going to be inactive a lot over the next few months but I will actually try to step up my game this time and make some good edits like I used to. I noticed the site got a redesign on it's logo. I guess it made sense that it would've came to that eventually, since that is Cartoon Network....I mean: CN's current logo. So, yeah. In the near future I will try to edit more and be a better admin as I have not been doing a good job at all and I was near in losing my position as well. Being the top editor, it should be my job to keep watch of this place; especially since my grammar has improved so much over the coarse of the past few months. I really hope I will have time to edit more, because I owe the wiki that much.
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