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[edit] Pull API data into GW2W?

The wiki seems at least minimally capable of pulling some API event data (example: the "Worlds Active on" field from event infoboxes like this one), but I can't figure out how to wikicode it outside of the infobox. I know there are loads of third-party sites and apps available, but why go external for that information when the wiki can apparently already pull the kind of data I want? Isn't this where we're supposed to come for game info?

I looked at the event infobox code on its edit page but couldn't decipher it, tried looking through the available templates and had no luck, then I dug through the API forums and didn't find anything useful either. There doesn't even seem to be a readily-accessible list of ID codes used by the API so I don't know what code I'd be using for any given event. What I want to do is put a simple, homeworld-specific STDT table with columns for Event | Location | State | Timer in my user space. For an obvious example, here's a quick-reference dragon events table:

Event Location State (Kaineng) Timer (Kaineng)
Event boss (map icon).png
[Group Event] Slay the Shatterer (50)
Lowland Burns inactive-active time to start
Red Boss.png
[Group Event] Defeat Tequatl the Sunless (65)
Splintered Coast success-fail time to start
Event boss (map icon).png
[Group Event] Defeat the Claw of Jormag (80)
Frostwalk Tundra warmup-preparation time to start

The Event and Location columns are just basic wikicode, but I don't see any way to plug in the State and Timer data. I realize that some fancy live-countdown script isn't happening with wikicode, but something static that simply returns the current countdown time on page load/refresh should be possible. If not that's disappointing but not essential. However, at minimum I want to pull the world-specific event State on page load and display the result inside the STDT, since it seems clear that event infoboxes can already do this to some degree. I'm sure I'd have to create a user template and then pull the data into the STDT from that, but I just can't see how to make such a template. -- Teknomancer (talk) 09:02, 22 October 2013 (UTC)

Unfortunately it’s all not that easy. First of all, timers are complicated. The API itself does not provide any timer; when an event starts or something else. Sites like gw2stuff do this by looking at when the event last run and by estimating when it should run again based on a spawn time. If they are doing it even better they look at how long each phase of the event took to estimate this even better. In the end, to do this here, we would need to store the previous event times somewhere. We can’t do that, so timers are not possible.
Next, we don’t have any server-side support for API requests (yet). Everything we have that comes from the API involves additional client-side requests to the API every time the page is loaded. This is the reason why our event state sits behind a “fetch” link btw., so we don’t unnecessarily query the API on every load. Furthermore there is no way to directly do that from wiki code, especially not some static solution that just works on page load. What we have done for the event state is written a widget we can use to create such a fetch link. Filtering for single servers, or fetching multiple events at a time is currently not possible. That’s why Scarlet's Invastions/tracking looks and works the way it does.
So no, what you want to do is not really possible like that; at least not right now. Right now, you could do something similar like the invastion tracking page, but each event still would require an additional “fetch” click. So you might be better of to some other site to manage this. poke | talk 10:18, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
OK I kind of figured the level of detail I was going for wasn't going to be easy (didn't realize the time wasn't part of it either), but it never hurts to ask. TBH I started looking at all those other resources and got greedy. :P It doesn't need to be server-specific, so using the fetch link exactly as it currently exists in the event infoboxes would be just fine since copy-pasting that code was the basic idea in the first place. That at least tells you whether or not the event is live, and if so where. Is there a way to plug just the event fetch into the basic STDT above, without all the other infobox code? My current workaround is a bit...inelegant. -- Teknomancer (talk) 11:07, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
Just to be clear, the format for Scarlet's_Minions_Invade!/tracking is fine, so I guess what I'm after now is the list of event ID's? -- Teknomancer (talk) 11:47, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
You can get the event id from the source of an event article. In the event infobox transclusion there is a parameter “event id”. poke | talk 11:59, 22 October 2013 (UTC)
OK one more question on this and then I'll give it a rest. I've added some of these that I want to watch, mainly for meta events and such that have certain types of mob spawns (for the Slayer achievements). They work fine on their own event pages, and the event codes were just copy-pasted so those are identical, but for whatever reason they won't actually pull the data from my page. Is there something else I need to add in for non-dragon events to function? If you take a look, you'll see that the dragon events work as expected, but clicking on the fetch links for the others doesn't do anything at all. What have I missed, because I'm not seeing it...? -- Teknomancer (talk) 13:26, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
The eventId isn't the first param, it needs to explicitly be prefix'd with "eventId=" --JonTheMon (talk) 14:04, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
Derp, I went and fixed it without noticing Jon's comment here. Yep, gotta name your parameters. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 14:17, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
(facepalm) I can't believe I didn't see that. Oh well, working now. Thanks! Teknomancer (talk) 07:34, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

[edit] The Flameseeker Prophecies footprint effects

Excuse me,when can The Flameseeker Prophecies have its own footprient,please. i really like that

Can you see that enormous notice at the top of the page? You just asked a game question, or rather a hopeful suggestion phrased as a question, which would be much better placed on the forums where it might get noticed, and if enough people support your suggestion then ArenaNet might implement it!
Us editors are just regular plebs like yourself and have no input over what goes into the game in the future - but good effort for creating an account anyway... -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 23:48, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

[edit] how do i add stat to th legendary weapon

it has unused slots ,which peice will add stat?

This page is for wiki questions. This is a game question, not a wiki question. 69.177.225.236 17:54, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

[edit] icons for app

Can I use some of the icon and pictures here in the wiki for my app? Possibly just a few like dungeon icon and other event icons

There's an API endpoint for those: API:1/files. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 13:30, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
Yes I've seen this but it does not have the icons I needed like the world event icon which is available here in the wiki. So can I get those images here and look for permission? Thanks. Also I just noticed other websites got those official icons for skills, traits etc. and wondered if they got it all here.
Oh, I missed the bit about event icons. Our icons are ripped from Gw2.dat - we can't give you permission to use them because we don't own them, ArenaNet does. However, Anet is very nice about letting fans use game assets in their websites/apps, as long as you don't make money off of it or imply that they're original work. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 14:16, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

[edit] flame armor (light)

Can anyone explain why there is no light armor for sale in the trading post for the flame armor that has been out about 2 weeks now have seen players with it on but its not listed in the gem store have checked with friends that also play and they say its not there either . any help would be appreciated. thanks for your time 67.142.175.20 20:25, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

I believe you're talking about Flamekissed Light Armor Skin and if that's the case, it was removed from the gem store when players complained that it looked nearly identical to Tier 3 Light Human Cultural Armor, and they believed that that armor skin should remain exclusive to humans, as is the case with all other cultural armor. Anet agreed, and removed it from the gem store until such time that they rework it to give it a unique appearance. Once the updated look is released, it will be back on the gem store and all players who bought the old set will have their replaced with the new set. If they don't like the new set, they can get a refund. Psycho Robot (talk) 20:31, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

[edit] Map Completion Table

I notice the Grove is not on this table, is the Grove not included in the World Completion achievement?

That is an oversight if its true. Where is the table you're referring to? Psycho Robot (talk) 23:26, 20 December 2013 (UTC)
too many zones meant that the grove was pushed down further than entry 1500.. and it was filtering for cities, which means it ignores 99% of the values found. fixed. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 09:38, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

[edit] Surprise emote

Good morning, I dont speak (write) well english so I excuse me if this is not the right place for my purpose.

I see in GW2 Wiki Emotes and use that. I see the emote SURPRISE dont work in game. I have done a little film posted on Youtube that I think maybe usefull in the page of the emotes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhi_96FHCAY). But for many reasons - best for my bad english - I dont want to edit the page. So if you believe that this link maybe usefull for explain emotes, link to it. If not... well.

Thats all. Thanks for attemption and sorry again to have disturbed you.

Greetings

Antonio Riccobon

Howdy, welcome to the wiki. We don't promote specific videos on articles, but we could add a generic youtube search link to the emote page. As to your question, the emote is "surprised" with the "d" at the end. Annoying, yes, but that's life. --JonTheMon (talk) 13:45, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

[edit] recipe: zealot's orichalcum inbued insciption

I picked this up during the Marionette. double clicked to learn but it did not go into my list so I'm trying to find the recipe sheet again... It is blank under Aquistion. can some-one enlighten me on this PLEASE!!!!

I can't help you with how to get it, I don't know how, but have you checked all your characters? Maybe you used it on a different character than you thought you did, and if you use it on one character, the recipe won't be avaliable on the other characters. Psycho Robot (talk) 01:17, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
Inscription recipes are only for artificer, huntsman, and weaponsmith disciplines. Make sure you're checking the recipes under the correct discipline. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 03:57, 3 March 2014 (UTC)
Something else I have noticed on my crafting characters, if you are not a high enough crafting level yet to know the range of recipes that specific one is yet, it will not show in your list at all, even though you know it. 69.177.225.236 17:52, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Redirect on (future) release pages

Best way to explain what I mean is by linking things. Release has a link to the april feature pack. The block with the info contains two links. The first is to the non existing update page Game updates/2014-04-15 and the second is to the release page: April 2014 Feature Pack. What I want to do is making a redirect on Game updates/2014-04-15 that redirects this page to April 2014 Feature Pack. till the actual update notes are published. The issue is that I don't know how the update notes arte being published here and if I screw up things when I add the redirect template on it. So is it safe to do so??195.240.63.18 19:00, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

The link on the main page is generated automatically with DPL and will update appropriately if you create the redirect page. The result will very likely confuse people into thinking the release has already come out. They will be even more confused when they are redirected to the release page instead of the expected game update page.--Relyk ~ talk < 19:20, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Creating a redirect just because something doesn't exist yet is a bad reason to create a redirect. If it doesn't exist yet but will in the future, then it needs to remain that way until it exists. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 19:37, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
I understand what you are saying but disagree with you. The current consensus is to have a dead link on the release page, this is causing a lot of mis clicks on the release page. the addition off the daily releasing of info will make this subject hot. This is not the place to discuss consensus bout this. I would appreciate advice on where to do that. My opinion, reading your comments, is that in that case the date on the release page shouldnt be a link till the page actually exist. Thanks Relyk for answering my question. so next question is: where to reach consensus?? 195.240.63.18 21:35, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Hello, original {{Release table row}} editor here. I've just made a change such that it doesn't wiki-link releases that occur in the future. Does this solve your issue? -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 21:47, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
I don't understand how you deduced that it is "causing a lot of mis clicks on the release page," do you have some way to access Anet's webserver logs to know where people are clicking? Red links on a wiki mean "this article doesn't exist yet," which is something most people either already know (from using other wikis) or will figure out after doing it once, so I doubt it's really inconveniencing very many people. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 22:14, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
He's referring more to the release page, where the link in the release table isn't red, Alex's change helps there. The design doesn't make it obvious that clicking the date will give you the game updates page. The release should be listed before date along with using the larger, colored font to indicate that's the primary content (which is done on the official releases page). In addition, the links are close together and you can't tell which one you are moused over as the blue doesn't contrast with a lot of the backgrounds. The fact image itself also links to the release makes it hard to tell what you're clicking as well.--Relyk ~ talk < 19:25, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Why guild pages are needed

When was the decision made to not have GW2 guild pages, who made it, and why did they fail at having them? I think it would be a good idea to have specific guild pages, other than having them in someone's user space. Reasoning for this, what if the guild leader isn't the one that is making the page?, What if the current guild leader has the *guild* page in their user space, but leaves the guild?, and other issues like this.(copied from FAQ page) 69.177.225.236 17:49, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

The only discussion I could find was here, although I'm sure there was a larger one somewhere else. Simply put, the guild namespace on GWW was large and unwieldy, offered very little appreciable benefit, and was massively time-consuming to maintain. There are other websites (and even other wikis, I believe) for documenting that sort of information. --Santax (talk · contribs) 17:59, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Please don't cross-post the same comment in different places. Let's continue this at Guild Wars 2 Wiki talk:FAQ since there are already 2 replies there to the 1 here. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 18:54, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Run Query for Legendary base ingredients?

I've noticed that we can get the list of base ingredients for ascended armor and weapons. However, there's no such list for Legendaries. Is it a format issue? If so, how can I help? I'd love to be able to get a list of base ingredients for Legendaries. Zahra (talk) 13:19, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Hello there. We disabled the {{Base ingredients}} query for anything that comes from the Mystic Forge (dicussion / example) because basically it'll find a material promotion recipe like Iron Ingot and get stuck and go around in loops >.>
If we edited the material promotion recipes to just say "Material Promotion" rather than "Ingot/Cloth/etc Promotion" then we would be able to tell the query to ignore those and it might work.
e.g. rather than finding both ({{#ask:[[Has item data object::Iron Ingot]]}}: Iron Ingot#recipe1/ Iron Ingot#recipe2)
it would only find only one ({{#ask:[[Has item data object::Iron Ingot]][[Has recipe type::!Ingot Promotion]]}}: Iron Ingot#recipe1)
we can do that fairly easily and have a shot at doing that. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 13:37, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
edit, I've just run a bot to simplify all of the promotion/demotion types. to either "Promotion" or "Demotion". There is still a problem however; Mystic Clovers. Working on that. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 14:17, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
SMW can't account for the random outputs. You'd have to have a method of halting the recursion when it encounters something like that. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 14:18, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Think I hit that on the head before I read yours. With any luck it'll work when the properties filter through the job queue. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 14:33, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Completed the required updates to templates. Link now displaying for mystic forge items such as legendary weapons. Items with random chance recipes won't be further examined.
Items where links to the template are deliberately not showing: {{#ask: [[Can be queried for base ingredients::N]] | limit = 250 }}. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 22:00, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
Great! I checked Quip and there were just a few things that I needed to check further (Gift of Battle, for example). Much better than before. Thank you all!Zahra (talk) 16:32, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Update Formatting Guidelines.

I noticed that some of the formatting articles may be out of date as they do not take advantage of Guild_Wars_2_Wiki:Semantic_MediaWiki templates like Template:Vendor_list. I found the following articles may need to be updated. Normally I would just go ahead and edit however as it is a standards article I wanted to ask if I should to that first. Anzenketh (talk) 17:31, 14 May 2014 (UTC)

They are only guidelines, so feel free to change and update any formatting you feel is needed. The articles rarely get updated and it would be appreciated.--Relyk ~ talk < 19:43, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

[edit] Recently thieves rampant hacking

Recent hacking thieves take advantage of loopholes in Guild Wars 2 with a software-mail sent directly to our letters and does not require us to change the password of password protected me several friends have stolen the technology department hopes to reduce this vulnerability immediately repair the loss of our players The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.234.28.69 (talkcontribs).

This page is purely for wiki-related questions. Problems with hacking thieves should be directed to support, via software-mail. Sorry for the loss of your players - I hope they are repaired swiftly. — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 12:47, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
pretty sure thats spam snog. -86.154.221.242 14:32, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Pretty sure I was not being entirely serious ^____^ — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 15:02, 31 May 2014 (UTC)
Reading the official forum, and what wild theory's go around there, I', afraid the person means it pretty serious. As mentioned by others, this does not belong here. If your account got hacked, then pls contact support for help. If you (think) to know how hackers work and know a vulnerability, then sent it to exploits@arena.net 195.240.63.18 15:09, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

[edit] email problem

Hello.I want ask you,can I would like to change my email in guild wars 2 account?I can't log on my email(someone removed my emai), I cant play the game because I need do the authentication but I cant do this.Can you help me please?

Please read the title of this page: "Help:Ask a wiki question" Your question is a game account question, not a wiki question. Use the "SUPPORT" link at the top of the page to access ArenaNet's official support, who will help you recover your account. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 19:48, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

[edit] iron marches

is there a problem in Iron Marches? 2 of my characters are there, and I get an error message when I try to log in with them, the character in Lions Arch seems ok.

Would people please stop using this page to ask game questions? Just read the frakkin' giant notice box at the top of the page. —Dr Ishmael User Dr ishmael Diablo the chicken.png 23:30, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
bluntly, why didn't we create a Help:Ask a game question page. >.> -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 07:09, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Looks like that was addressed here. Though it wasn't a large discussion, it looks like the official forums are meant to override the need for a game-related page. --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Traveler (talk) 07:52, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
The main problem seems to be support questions, which always need to be answered with a link to support. In the absence of the appropriate help page, most of the other how-do-I questions could be moved to the appropriate page and answered there - the above one would be "moved to talk:Iron Marches" for example. Not ideal, but better than a terse "don't post here."
When it comes down to it, this is a wiki for information. If a question is asked and one of us knows the answer, why not just answer it? It always saddens me to see people turned away for asking questions in the wrong place, giant-sized blurbs notwithstanding. — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 14:38, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
This isn't a "how-do-I" question, it's a question we really can't answer. There isn't an appropriate wiki page for anon's question. This isn't a good place to discuss the issue; I don't want to confuse the anon with a tangential discussion.--Relyk ~ talk < 15:00, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Right, that was a sort-of support question, or rather an is-it-only-me-getting-this-problem question. You're also right that this isn't the right place to discuss the proper place (if any) for this sort of question. Where is, Guild Wars 2 Wiki talk:Community portal? — snogratUser Snograt signature.png 15:54, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
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