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A Bit of Technical Help[edit]

Maybe a page on (how to clear) the GW2 cache (or just a link to the Knowledge Base)? It comes up often on the forums, and might be nice for players to find a bit of information here on the Wiki. Inculpatus cedo (talk) 22:10, 6 February 2020 (UTC)

Could be added under Frequently Asked Questions#Troubleshooting. --BuffsEverywhere (talk) 20:50, 17 April 2020 (UTC)

Have I made a Error??[edit]

I destroyed some "keys" not knowing what they were good for...well I just found out they may have been good for opening sunken treasure boxes! eeek! is there any way to get them Back? also.. I know this may seem petty but I am going to lay it out there. I have several "bounty Notices, yet when I go after the "bounty" it says "Group Event" Kill the wanted bandit leader.. huh?

So, let's get this out of the way first: at the top of the page there's a big angry "This page is for questions about the Guild Wars 2 Wiki, NOT about the game." message. :)
To answer your first question, you could in theory email Official Support a request to restore the keys, however the keys are only worth about 50 silver each - you'd have to have destroyed a hell of a lot of keys in order to justify bothering support imo. I'd probably consider it a good lesson in "look up the item before deleting".
For the second question, the bandits can hit pretty hard for new players - I would probably request assistance from other players using /map chat if possible. See Encoded Orders for a list of relevant events. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 23:44, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
Here you go:
and Good luck. In the future, these kinds of questions belong on the forum, rather than this page Inculpatus cedo (talk) 00:27, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
There weren't any other comments when I posted; not sure why there's a comment about 'erasing'. Even used the 'preview' twice. Inculpatus cedo (talk) 07:21, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
I think you may have had the editing window open for a long time (I'm sure it wasn't intentional). If you look carefully it'll show you the sequence on the page history:
  1. 23:37, 24 February 2020‎‎ . . (35,179 bytes) (+408)‎ . . (→‎Have I made a Error??: new section)
  2. 23:44, 24 February 2020‎ Chieftain Alex m . . (36,130 bytes) (+951)‎ . .
  3. 00:27, 25 February 2020‎ Inculpatus cedo . . (35,561 bytes) (-569)‎ . .
  4. 07:06, 25 February 2020‎ Chieftain Alex m . . (36,513 bytes) (+952)‎ . . (@User:Inculpatus cedo - be careful erasing other people's comments)
  5. 07:21, 25 February 2020‎ Inculpatus cedo . . (36,752 bytes) (+239)‎ . . (→‎Have I made a Error??)
-Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 23:22, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
How odd. I did have it open long enough to get the two links, which isn't that long (1 or 2 minutes?), but sure...gotcha. Sorry. Inculpatus cedo (talk) 00:50, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

Would something catch fire if {{News}} would be made a widget?[edit]

I would assume so since it isn't a widget currently but i don't know for sure if this assumption of mine is correct or not which would however be beneficial so that i don't go about making it one with it ending up being nothing of help since it would make something catch fire. So.. would it make something catch fire or would it be fine? Nightsky (talk) 21:47, 3 March 2020 (UTC)

I'm sure it would be fine if you felt like making a working tool - Kvothe/BuffsEverywhere would be delighted I expect. From a quick look at the official news page, I think you could probably process with one of these methods. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:42, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
Something more cross-browser friendly better than this would be decent.
// Helper function: Date truncating -- not friendly for older browsers.
function truncateDate( d ) {
  const d1 = new Date(d);
  const d2 = new Intl.DateTimeFormat('en', { year: 'numeric', month: 'long', day: '2-digit' });
  const [{ value: mo },,{ value: da },,{ value: ye }] = d2.formatToParts(d1) ;
  return `${mo} ${da}, ${ye}`;

// Get request
$.get('', function (data) {
    // Define variables
    var limit = 6;
    var linksObj = {};
    var outputs = '';
    // Loop through items
    $(data).find('item').each(function(i, v) {
        var $v = $(v);
        if ( i+1 <= limit ) {
            var d = $v.find('pubDate').text();
            d = truncateDate(d);
            var l = $v.find('link').text();
            var t = $v.find('title').text();
            if ( !(d in linksObj) ) {
                linksObj[d] = [];
            var h = '<dd>▪ <a class="external text" rel="nofollow" href="'+l+'">'+t+'</a></dd>';
            linksObj[d].push({ href: l, title: t, html: h });
    // Assemble results
    var outputs = '<dl>\n';
    $.each(linksObj, function(dateKey, dateVal) {
      outputs += '<dt>' + dateKey + '<dt>\n';
      $.each(dateVal, function(i, item){
          outputs += '<dd>' + item.html + '<dd>\n';
    outputs += '</dl>'
    // Print to page
    $('#mainpagenews').html( outputs );
-Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:21, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
Point made when discussing with users elsewhere that sometimes there's news posted only on the forums which would be missed. Not sure how often that is. Effort of manually updating to include the forum posts versus laziness and missing a few? -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:30, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
Could accept manual user inputs for forum links + mash together at the "loop through items" stage. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 20:34, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
I'll put something up on Widget:Test some time later then. It will probably be far from ideal but we could go from there then (or completly redo it if it's really no good). It will not include jQuery though, because i would like to not have the waiting loop for it. Nightsky (talk) 22:18, 17 April 2020 (UTC)
Makes sense. What you've proposed in the test widget area looks great, has the features originally requested and is lightning fast. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 10:48, 18 April 2020 (UTC)
So should i go about putting it on a differently named widget page (like e.g. [[Widget:News]]) and setting it up for direct (figured it might not need a template wrapper since it will only be used in one place anyways?) use in {{News}} then? Nightsky (talk) 23:45, 19 April 2020 (UTC)
Absolutely go ahead and create the widget + update template:news. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 00:30, 20 April 2020 (UTC)
Done. Unfortunately thought to late about unchecking the minor edit checkbox though. :/ Nightsky (talk) 02:56, 20 April 2020 (UTC)

Switching storylines[edit]

Can I play living world's 4 for the first time after already starting path of fire without messing up my progress already achieved in path of fire

You'll lose any progress in the currently active story episode - e.g. if you were in Blazing a Trail and you had only completed the step "Defeat Archon Iberu's force", quitting that episode will reset you to "Catch up with Captain Rahim at the Amnoon Cavalier Station."
Usually the individual objective progress within a story is quick enough to be forgiving if you quit that episode and jump to LWS4. I'd change episode without a second thought! -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 19:28, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

linking a page through an unrelated image link[edit]

I'm trying to make something like this A, to link to another page. Having a hard time about it, any ideas?--BobbyT486 (talk) 01:41, 7 July 2020 (UTC)

You mean doing something like this? User Greener Tiger and bunny.jpg [[File:User Greener Tiger and bunny.jpg|link=Brill]]
More info on images can be found at . Greener (talk) 02:51, 7 July 2020 (UTC)

Couple of questions regarding appearance, readability[edit]

On all pages: 1. The logo looks like it lacks a "2" in it on my monitor. On close inspection, I can see part of a "2." almost. if I squint. Not sure who did that, but it makes it look as if it's the "guild wars" wiki, not the "Guild Wars 2" wiki. In act, I remember seeing that the first time and thinking I'd been misdirected by the DNS.

related to that...

On the main page (and pages using a similar NavBar): 2. The menu button only has readable contrast on mouseover. Otherwise, nearly invisible to my 60-year-old eyes. It didn't used to be like that, did it? Right now, trying to read that print is painful. Mouseover isn't much better.

Since I can't replicate the things mentioned above, could you please upload a screenshot that shows the issues either to the wiki or your imagehost of choice, then post a link to it here? That would be greatly appreciated as it would help us to replicate the issue and narrow it down. Another helpful piece of information would be the name and version of the browser you are using when encountering this issue. Almdudler (talk) 04:43, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
On (1) I think they're describing where the header image doesn't load, so only the white overlay icon with the shadow on the "guildwars" and "official wiki" appears. I've only rarely seen this myself, usually after we've just changed the image. On (2) no idea what they're describing. As Almdudler suggested, a screenshot [with arrows], and the browser name/version would help. -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 11:11, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Dungeon Armour/Weapon Skin Pages Functionality[edit]

This is perhaps a bit niche, but upon browsing the dungeon skins, I found that there were 2 different types of pages.

Dungeon Merchant Page (for citadel of flame, as an example) and Citadel of Flame Collection Page

The API key based greying-out on the second page is wonderful, but the listing of each skin's related item's price is not shown in any way. Is it at all possible to have the prices (in dungeon tokens) listed and a total calculated at the bottom of the table, whilst maintaining API-key usage? I investigated Template:Account unlocks table but as far as I can tell this only works with trading post prices and wouldn't work anyway as the Items are the things that have the prices associated with them, and the Skins don't actually have a price.

I appreciate that it's an odd request, but I think it would be a welcome addition to the page(s) for anybody who is actually working on these collections, and I'd like to be able to implement such a thing.

Apotheotic (talk) 09:57, 2 October 2020 (UTC)

While theoretically it would be possible to add total sum for any currency, I can't see a proper practical way to do it in general.
Note that the trading post (tp) price has several advantages over any other currency:
  1. It's unqiue, there is only tp price. An item may be sold by different vendors with different prices, there's no way to select the best price in an automatized template.
  2. With gold be the most common currency, the tp price indicates also the supply and demand of an item and allows the user to classify it.
Regarding the dungeon armors/weapons: currently they are sold by four different vendors, luckily they have only one price. Hence, there we would be able to select the best price (by selecting the "first" one, in general the "first" price might be exactly the wrong one). However, all dungeon collection pages already list the total cost in its notes section (e.g. see Citadel of Flame Collector#Notes), so I can't really see how having a total sum directly below the collection items would improve these pages.
Nevertheless, if you still insist on it, I can try it (no promises though). --Tolkyria (talk) 12:18, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
I hear you on the TP price being an easy/useful metric.
There's no need for you to do it, I'm more than happy to go through and make the edits myself, if you'd explain how.

As for the use case, I know the total price for the full collection is displayed, but I'm more talking about, once you've inserted your API key, it would be able to grey out already owned items and display the total Remaining price for the collection, which is a useful metric when you're working on said collections.
Of course, as I said, this might be a tad niche, but it does add usefulness to the small portion of the population that are interested in something like that. It would also be a unique functionality, as far as I can see, because gw2efficiency and the like also don't have a facilitation of this.
As far as generalising the implementation, I do hear you on it being a difficult generalisation.
For dungeons in particular, it may be best to use the Lion's Arch dungeon merchant as the "ground truth" price, as I expect Anet would never subvert this merchant's prices even if they did overhaul dungeons.
In any case, thanks for the input! If it's something I can help with please do let me know. Otherwise, all the best. Apotheotic (talk) 13:01, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
I'd advocate a hardcoded table with the skin ids roped in using smw so that we can use the widget on it, it wouldn't be difficult. I think Tolkyria is trying to think of a more general approach and understandably is trying to avoid pages with standalone pseudo templates. (edit, yeah total isn't easy enough to bother with) -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 17:16, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
Example -Chieftain AlexUser Chieftain Alex sig.png 17:40, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
First, please note that the API check and the trading post prices are purely cosmetical tools, they cannot be combined nor taken into account for any computation, e.g. selecting only the remaining (not unlocked) items for the total sum is not possible.
"[..] it may be best to use the Lion's Arch dungeon merchant as the "ground truth" price [..]", so you somehow imply passing a "reference vendor" to the template which prices are then considered... I like it, that might work...
Together with the reference vendor we can add this "sells item" query from the Example to the template {{account unlocks table}}, multiple currency might need some further thinking. --Tolkyria (talk) 17:57, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
Adding the parameter vendor in the template {{Account unlocks table}} will now display a vendor column based on the specified vendor. For an example, see here. --Tolkyria (talk) 19:18, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
Just seen the updated pages, and while it's unfortunate that the API check is just cosmetic, I'd argue that what you've done there certainly brings value to the pages. Cheers! Apotheotic (talk) 07:59, 5 October 2020 (UTC)