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Example topic[edit]

Post new topics below! Drago (talk) Drago PC Villager Icon.png 11:03, January 1, 2019 (EST)

Error[edit]

I have a question.On my phone when I look at a article, it doesn't load correctly and leaves it blank. Does anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it? - unsigned comment from 73.123.12.116 (talkcontribs)

Hi there - can you list the articles you're seeing this issue, or is it all articles? What phone + version of mobile OS are you using? ~SuperHamster Talk 18:28, June 8, 2020 (EDT)

It is every article that has a picture. But if it is a villager or special character It shows the first picture but everything else is a blank white box and doesn't fix when I refresh the page - unsigned comment from 73.123.12.116 (talkcontribs) And I'm using a lg. It seems to be just this website. I'm not sure what's going on.

What browser do you use? Do you have anything on your phone that could filter web pages (e.g. ad blocking)? --Shark HHD Icon.png Dorsal Axe (talk) 14:25, June 14, 2020 (EDT)

I use Google and I'm not sure... This doesn't happen with other wikis like super Mario wiki - unsigned comment from 73.123.12.116 (talkcontribs)

Happened to me too, using Chrome on Android. Enabling desktop view fixed it though. PinkYoshiFan (talk) 11:46, July 26, 2020 (EDT)

Links to the talk page on notice templates[edit]

Hey, I noticed that on notice templates, such as Template:Update, it links to the talk page like this: '''[[{{TALKPAGENAME:{{{2|{{FULLPAGENAME}}}}}}}|talk page]]'''. However, this is formatted as an internal link, so it creates a red link if the talk page doesn't exist. On WiKirby, this is dealt with by formatting it as an external link (see here). Should that be done with the notice templates? 216.30.159.93 08:49, July 26, 2020 (EDT)

Sounds like good idea, thanks for suggesting it. I'd certainly be all for implementing it into the notice templates. --Shark HHD Icon.png Dorsal Axe (talk) 18:22, July 26, 2020 (EDT)

Resident services[edit]

I noticed that this page was going to be deleted but never happened. This page had 3 of those little reminders with character icons like isabelle, blanka, etc. But those were removed. Can someone explain why it was marked for deletion? (Also sorry if there are spelling errors typing on a phone is hard) Koopadude99 (talk) 23:37, July 29, 2020 (EDT)

Looking at the page history, it never was marked with any notice tags, including the delete one... ---PinkYoshiFan 08:12, July 30, 2020 (EDT)

Oh yeah the tune one. The regular one was deemed to be fine but the tune had multiple tags, it was a stub and the talk page didn't exist.Koopadude99 (talk) 10:33, July 30, 2020 (EDT)

Proposing deletion, redirection or recategorisation for numerous deprecated templates[edit]

In the past few months we've overhauled a number of templates, and marked many older ones as deprecated. I think it's time to go through and decide what to do with these. Personally I think we're in a position where many of them can be safely deleted or redirected now (a few need the last remaining uses swapped out for replacements, but that should be trivial to resolve), however some of them might be more suited to being moved to Category:Personal templates if users still wish to make use of them for their own user pages. As there's so many of these templates, I figure it would be best to centralise discussion here.

The deprecated templates I'm putting forward here are as follows:

  • Miscellaneous
    • Template:Tab (this one is both obsolete and non-functional)
    • Template:SpHdr (not sure what this was for but it's definitely not needed anymore)
    • Template:Spoiler (completely unused as we don't have spoiler warnings)

There's also some deprecated templates which are being phased out, but are still too heavily used to consider their removal at the present time. I'm not proposing we delete or the following templates yet:

Let me know your thoughts below. --Shark HHD Icon.png Dorsal Axe (talk) 07:28, August 9, 2020 (EDT)

If every template were to be deleted, then the Template:Deprecated would be pointless, the template could just be marked for deletion or deleted. It would be a notice of discontinuation, not deprecation, to use Template:Deprecated for these reasons. For what reason should these templates be deleted? It doesn't save any space to delete them since deleted revisions are still stored, and it doesn't clutter up maintained categories since the templates should be removed to discourage use. The reasons seem to stem purely from personal preference ("It seems disorganized to me for these pages to exist", etc.). However, there are some reasons why I am against it:
  • It would make history accessible only to admins, and inaccessible to the public.
    • Also, old code might still be useful to reference.
  • Old page revisions of pages that used the template would still work or work better than if the templates were deleted.
  • A point you also mentioned, it would break user pages that use these. If you wanted to edit someone's page to replace the broken template and the deprecated template and its replacement differ non-trivially we would be changing another person's user page.
It also wouldn't be harmful to keep them around since in the case that anyone that lands on the page, they know that the template is deprecated because of the notice and won't try to use it. On the contrary, its existence is actually helpful. If the deprecation notice specifies a replacement template, it helps people find what they're looking for even more easily, especially if it is not straightforward to them that the replacement can be used like that (for an HTML example <center> is deprecated, but for a new person looking to center text it is easier to find and more immediately obvious than <div align="center">, and they might not even know you could use div for that). Now there is an additional path someone can take to find what they want. At the very least the template would be more useful to someone visiting it than a "This page has been deleted." message. ShadeTempest (talk) 00:54, August 10, 2020 (EDT)
You make some good points. As I said, some of these might be more suited to be marked as Personal Templates, or even redirected to others. I'm going to alter the title to reflect that, since it's not strictly meant to be a discussion about deletion and I shouldn't have lead with that.
We don't have to delete all or (any) of them, but I don't think there's any value left in, say, keeping the numerous table cell templates around for example since they've all been merged into one. I think there is a benefit to keeping others for personal use, e.g. the Navbox templates, so that's why I want to open the discussion to decide what to do with each one.
Some of these templates use names that would be good to repurpose in future (e.g. Tab, e+), so moving them to a different page title is another consideration to make as well. --Shark HHD Icon.png Dorsal Axe (talk) 02:08, August 10, 2020 (EDT)
I agree that the decision to keep or delete unused pages of any kind is fairly arbitrary, given that they are never truly deleted and can be recovered if necessary. But while true, I don't find your arguments particularly convincing with the exception of "Old page revisions of pages that used the template would still work or work better than if the templates were deleted."
The templates in question here are not particularly novel or complex. Furthermore the fact that they have been superseded would imply that a more suitable coding solution has been found for a given application. While it's true that their page history would no longer be accessible to the public, records of all page deletions can be found at Special:Log/delete and Nookipedia staff would be happy to restore or provide access to a page's history upon request, as appropriate.
I think the biggest argument in favor of deletion is that the Visual Editor will still suggest these templates when users begin to type them, even though they shouldn't be used.
That said, I think it would be good to discuss whether it makes sense to archive templates that meet both of the following conditions:
  • Are used on a large amount of pages (25+) AND
  • Their removal would make a significant portion of a page's edit history illegible Sunmarshsignature.png (talk) 20:50, August 20, 2020 (EDT)

Establishing goals and priorities for Nookipedia[edit]

Given the increased interest and activity on the wiki I thought it might be helpful to start a discussion about Nookipedia's current goals and priorities. The intention here is to develop a current list of projects and/or priorities that the wiki can actively work towards as a collective group, and that are in the best interest of its editors and the wiki as a whole. The outcomes of this discussion could inform things like: the prioritization or implementation of Nookipedia:Projects, a revamp of the 'Things to Do' list here on the Community Fountain, establishing new categories at Nookipedia:Maintenance, setting new tasks on the Nookipedia Task Board, or the creation of new channels on Discord for the discussion and coordination of wiki projects and initiatives.

I've identified the following areas of interest for Nookipedia, and would love to hear the community's thoughts on them, as well as hear your own ideas on what Nookipedia should focus on in the coming months:


  • Nookipedia x data: Establishing the wiki as the primary source of queryable data on the Animal Crossing series not only distinguishes it from other AC wikis, but exposes the wiki to a larger audience through different creative applications.
Proposed goals: Continuing to add data via Cargo as outlined in Project Database, updating and expanding our API to make this data accessible to developers, and encouraging the end-users of these applications to become editors through link-backs to the wiki.

  • Nookipedia x search: Traffic and exposure is largely based on how well we rank in search. Focusing on topics that users are looking for will help us rank better and will ensure that our most popular topics are also our most well-developed topics.
Proposed goals: Identify current topic trends and work on improving relevant pages, make sure that these pages also link to other relevant pages to encourage readers to visit other parts of the wiki, and consider utilizing the Guide namespace for more 'how-to' information outside of the scope of general article pages.

  • Nookipedia x social: A social media presence and partnerships with key members of the AC community allow us expand our reach independent of our rank in search.
Proposed goals: Partner with members of the AC community outside of the wikisphere (YouTubers, streamers, bloggers etc.), encourage link-backs to the wiki, and explore new opportunities for the the Community namespace including hosting documentation from our API partners.

These are just the things I've been thinking about and would love to hear your thoughts on this, as well as hear more specific ideas or proposals as I understand these are very broad topics at this stage. Sunmarshsignature.png (talk) 13:58, August 22, 2020 (EDT)

I agree that it is a good time for the Nookipedia community to come to a general consensus on what the wiki should aim to achieve. Regarding partnering with other members of the Animal Crossing community, we have done that before, I believe. We had a partnership with Chuggaaconroy, a YouTuber, when he did a Let's Play of New Leaf a few years ago, but it was limited. I will see if I can compile a list of prominent members of the Animal Crossing community sometime this week. BladeofEvilsBane (talk) 01:22, August 24, 2020 (EDT)

Project stub[edit]

This is a project I'm working on to expand stubs. Not sure if anyone noticed but I have been working on expanding stubs lately. But I'm not sure if this is a thing yet,(you may end it if it there is one.) But I'm creating a stub fixing project. This can be anything, from fish bugs, etc. This does not have a section, just in general. What do you guys think?Koopadude99 00:00, August 23, 2020 (EDT)

Clearly we have too many stubs, but I don't think a project stub is needed. Stubs are neatly categorized so it isn't difficult to keep track of them all. Maybe stubs could be incorporated into Project Cleanup if Trig agrees, though. Drago (talk) Drago PC Villager Icon.png 13:03, August 23, 2020 (EDT)

Ok. Thanks for your input, Drago!Koopadude99 16:35, August 23, 2020 (EDT)

I can start integrating stubs into Clean-Up. I will progressively add them when I can. Trig - 08:24, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

A New Page for Villagers' Pings[edit]

I was thinking... since villagers pinging players has been mentioned many times on this wiki, do you think we should make a page about it to specify to readers what "pinging" actually is? Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png

I think that is a good idea, but don't we have a page for that already?Koopadude99 18:34, August 23, 2020 (EDT)

I don't think we have such a page. But it's not a notable enough subject to have one, in my opinion. Drago (talk) Drago PC Villager Icon.png 05:34, August 24, 2020 (EDT)
Well, I'll wait a bit and see if anyone else replies. Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 09:27, August 24, 2020 (EDT)
I think we can do a kind of page that lists all the reasons a Villager can try to get your attention. It can range from asking to move out, asking a few random questions like how spicy you like food, showing you the letter you sent, asking for a Public Works Project, and so on. Mario Signature.png 19:31, August 30, 2020 (EDT)
Yeah, that could work. How could we do that? Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 19:37, August 30, 2020 (EDT)
Well, first we have to document what kind of interactions take place, and then we'll see how a hypothetical article turns out. Mario Signature.png 19:40, August 30, 2020 (EDT)

We could also make separate pages for each personality, OR we group them together. I think personality makes sense because they act different depending on what personality that are. Also we can do by game. Like this: Animal Crossing Wild World Pings That page can lead to the personalities in wild world. Example: "Animal Crossing Wild World Pings" This is a list of all the villager pings in wild world. Animal Crossing Wild World Normal Villager Pings Animal Crossing Wild World Snooty Villager Pings Then it would list the rest. So that's my idea. If it helps I can even create the page for real so we can work on it. Koopadude99 00:44, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

Well, first, is there a good way to see all ping scenarios? Mario Signature.png 02:18, August 31, 2020 (EDT)
I think I know most of them. I could probably write down a list of them all at some point. Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 10:01, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

Forgot to note: pings vary on friendship levels. I can work on new leaf because it's the one I played the most. Here is the page that I'm working on: Animal Crossing New Leaf Villager pings So it would start explaining what pings are, and a list of all of them. I'll organize them so it will be easier to add on to them while I work on the new leaf ones. Koopadude99 17:09, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

Just want to point out that we have various dialog pages that need expanding, and ping conversations would fit well into there. I think that would be better than the ping pages you're proposing above. Drago (talk) Drago PC Villager Icon.png 12:19, September 1, 2020 (EDT)
Ah, alright then. I'll see what I can do with that. Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 17:12, September 1, 2020 (EDT)

Proposal for an expanded image use policy[edit]

As our site continues to grow with new users, I feel an image policy should be put in place in order for consistency between images and consensus on how we should handle images moving forward. Our upload policy outlines a few practices, but mainly focuses on the upload process. Below is a drafted image policy, somewhat based on Super Mario Wiki's image use policy. It currently covers proposed policies for image formats, screenshots, and artwork. Note that this is a proposed policy and depending on user consensus, not everything here may make it in the finalized policy; the ultimate goal here to come up with a standardized policy, with the one below being just one possible direction to go in. Please leave feedback or suggestions below. After learning the general opinions on whether or not we should have an image policy in the first place, I will hold a vote on whether or not we should adopt this policy.

Proposed image use policy (separate page due to its length) ~ AlexBot2004 (Talk) 18:54, August 30, 2020 (EDT)

I think an image use policy can work. Did we have any problems with users uploading low-quality images? Mario Signature.png 19:24, August 30, 2020 (EDT)
No specific problems, but there's always cases of new users not knowing specifically how we want our images, and it's good to have a policy to point them to so they can learn from it. While I doubt most casual editors would go out of their way to read this policy (or any policy for that matter), it's good to have so the staff and other experienced users can follow a standard and enforce it, too. ~ AlexBot2004 (Talk) 01:16, August 31, 2020 (EDT)
I like the idea of it, but would prefer to both expand it to all media and would really suggest expanding the 'why' use of images and native image types per console. For example, while the switch natively takes JPG images, most emulation or pre-Wii console captures are PNG. I too would emphasize NOT converting between the file types, especially for the sake of the other. See the following DIV for some suggested changes.

Image formats[edit]

The following three image formats are used on Nookipedia:

  • PNG – This lossless file type supports transparency, and does not lose quality when generated. This file should be used for artwork, screenshots, sprites, and models.
  • JPG – This lossy and compressed format is only preferred for photographic material and some types of artwork. It is also to be used for 3DS and Switch screenshots.
  • GIF – A lossy format, only preferred for animated images and should not be used for static images as it has a low color-depth.
  • SVG – This vector-based type of artwork should only be used for simple line art, such as official Nintendo artwork.

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audio:

  • MP3 is a lossy...
  • FLAC is a lossless...
  • OGG/OGA is a lossy...

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video, if supported:

  • MP4 is a lossy...
  • OGG/OGV is a lossy...
Furthermore, feel free to canibalize anything from my FAQ page as they may be useful for the writing as well. Suggested sections include:
  • Why do we have different types of files?
  • Is there a difference between JPG and JPEG?
  • Why isn't this gif moving?
  • I thought PNGs were supposed to be transparent
  • Why do I keep seeing "Optimized" on files? What's PNG Monstrous?
  • What's Gamma Brightening?
  • Why should we use OGA and OGV instead of OGG?
  • Why can't I play this OGA/OGV file?
  • I thought we weren't allowed to use MP3
Hope this helps. I think this is a good start but would just like a few more details added along the way. Thank you very much! Trig - 08:48, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

Page for Blathers' Treasure Trek[edit]

Since Blathers' Treasure Trek is a pretty big part of Pocket Camp, why isn't there a page for it yet? It's even redlinked on the blathers page itself... Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 15:45, August 31, 2020 (EDT)

The simple answer is because no one has created it yet (we've got a pretty big gap of Pocket Camp coverage). A red link in an article usually means an article should exist, but just hasn't been made yet. If you're interested in giving it a start, you're welcome to! ~SuperHamster Talk 16:04, August 31, 2020 (EDT)
Okay. I don't play Pocket Camp that much but I'll see what I can find. Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 18:46, August 31, 2020 (EDT)
Page Created! It took me way longer than I want to admit, but you can find it at Blathers' Treasure Trek. Enjoy! Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 20:54, August 31, 2020 (EDT)
Nice job, thank you! ~SuperHamster Talk 17:41, September 1, 2020 (EDT)

Featured Fanart question[edit]

Why are there bye weeks and bye years? Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 17:10, September 1, 2020 (EDT)

For questions about specific topics, please use the page's talk page (e.g. Nookipedia_talk:Featured_Fanart). But to answer your question: it's because featured fanart takes time and effort, which we don't always have the capacity for. ~SuperHamster Talk 17:45, September 1, 2020 (EDT)
Thanks, I just wasn't sure where to post this. I'm a pretty big noob at this... Bones aF Villager Icon.png TDCbox.png TDCtalk.png 19:02, September 1, 2020 (EDT)

Separating gallery categories[edit]

Closing this discussion in favor to separating gallery categories. I created 6 separate gallery categories for this. For the galleries, see here. vmario97 (talk) 02:40, September 17, 2020 (EDT)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page.

We need to separate galleries for topics. The galleries are like:

If you have any other suggestions, I'm glad to take it. vmario97 (talk) 03:20, September 2, 2020 (EDT)

Support Support I think that will be good—we definitely have enough gallery pages to warrant the sub-categories. One suggestion I have is to split Category:Character galleries into Category:Villager galleries and Category:Special character galleries. ~ AlexBot2004 (Talk) 17:54, September 7, 2020 (EDT)
Support Support Maybe we could also create sub-cats for the different species (e.g. Alligator galleries, Duck galleries etc.) seeing as all of the villagers have a gallery page? Sunmarshsignature.png (talk) 21:29, September 7, 2020 (EDT)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page.

Regarding non-K.K. music pages[edit]

In addition to K.K. Slider songs, we have pages for location themes (i.e. Night in City Square, Tom Nook's Chain Jingles, etc.); however, are these pages really needed? Most of them are no more than a sentence long and could easily be merged with their respective location articles. Additionally, most of these songs don't even have official names and are really not noteworthy enough to warrant their own articles. ~ AlexBot2004 (Talk) 17:28, September 7, 2020 (EDT)

Support Support KK Songs that can't be played in a stereo aren't notable enough to have their own page, nor do they have an official title. I would suggest deleting the page and then if and when we can get song rips from older games we can insert the songs in the relevant infobox? That might not work though for locations or characters that have a lot of song variants or have special songs in multiple games. So maybe we include one song (most recent) in the infobox and then create some sort of section in the article with a template that allows you to play music from different games in the series? Anyway, cross that that bridge when we come to it. Sunmarshsignature.png (talk) 21:34, September 7, 2020 (EDT)
Support Support You've taken the words right out of my mouth Alex...music other than K.K. Slider's songs is just background music, it's not notable and the tracks have no official names. And they sometimes vary between games, making matters even more confusing. I don't think any other wiki writes about background music in this way. Drago (talk) Drago PC Villager Icon.png 12:07, September 8, 2020 (EDT)


New skin[edit]

Wow. Did someone make a new skin? Because it looks great!Koopadude99 23:15, September 10, 2020 (EDT)

Not actually new, it's from 2018, but with new logo in it. vmario97 (talk) 23:56, September 10, 2020 (EDT)