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• 4/26/2015

Future of the Omniverse Nexus

Lately, there’s been some interest in the possibility of moving to another domain. Here’s some of my own ideas as to how we could go back about this. (New site is now located here: http://www.omniversenexus.net)

Why move to another domain?

As some of you know, activity in wikia has been slowing down, and I’ve been looking for ways to rejuvenate it with new life. The crossover idea has definitely been something new to work with, but I believe that we can do more. About six years worth of effort have been put into this project, and I think it’s time for us to evolve and try out newer, bigger things by stepping outside of our boundaries. We should definitely get our content prepped for the possibility of being adapted into other mediums such as web comics, video games, short movies, you name it.

However, to have better control over future adaptations of Omniverse Nexus, we should move to our own domain so that we’re not reliant on wikia anymore. We’ll be able to choose whatever creative license we want, and we’ll be able to add site features that would otherwise be impossible with wikia.

Licensing

For those who don’t know, wikia uses CC-BY-SA. Basically, what that is that anyone is free to share, remix or adapt our work so long as we’re given credit. However, said people could also use our work for commercial purposes. We’ve already tried to change the license in the past, but wikia did not allow it. The only way to change the license is to break away from wikia altogether.

I have to double check to see if we have to do any mass deletions, or just declare the wikias as fansites or something like that. If we are allowed to keep all of our wikia articles as they are now, we might even consider just making all new continuities exclusive to the site, and just providing hyperlinks to the wikia.

Structure

The writings throughout Omniverse Nexus (including Erudite Tales and Infinite Histories) that we pick and choose would be moved to a new domain powered by Wordpress which is normally intended for blogs, but it has enough versatility to be used for virtually anything. While users will be able to create accounts and discuss content in a public forum, only a select few will be able to make edits to the stories. New authors would be chosen on a case by case basis.

Hosting

The actual site will be powered by Wordpress, and preferably, one of us should buy a domain name so that "wordpress" is not in the URL. We could call the domain omniversenexus.net or something similar.

For the time being, the site will be ad free. Making money off of this is something way later down the line, and we’re not quite there yet. Baby steps.

Editing

There are a few ways to go about this. Wordpress does have a wiki-style plugin, but an additional fee has to be paid to make it so that it comes anywhere close to the level of features Wikia has. It might be wise to consider just using HTML and CSS instead to make our own style, but this is something we can vote on.

The Content

With our creations seeing so many different iterations and retcons, we’re definitely going to have to make all our stories set within a shared multiverse. As TROTK put it best, it would sort of be like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Same characters and settings but in different universes. For example, Suppy’s Tapestry of Stars is considered its own separate universe from Omni 01.

In regards to specifics, the main feature of the site would be the novels and short stories, so the front page would direct focus on them. As a time saver, we could take some of the best stories we have and put them up as they are.

Feedback

I would like to hear any and all of your comments, questions and concerns. This may seem like a massive undertaking, but if there’s enough interest and support, I believe we could bring something as ambitious in scale as this to life.

Lastly, if in the end, we don't move to another domain and keep the wikia as it is now, what could we do differently to ensure it thrives in the future?

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• 11/22/2015

I agree with the idea of moving to Wikispaces. Honestly, I never liked the new Wordpress site anyway, it just didn't have the flexibility of Wikia and I felt like there was too much of a learning curve to make much of an impact editing, not to mention it was harder to follow discussions and the like without a comprehensive Recent Activity monitor.

As for the status of the original Wikia sites, I like the idea of keeping them as testing grounds. I don't feel like any decisions need to be finalized yet on what we're doing with them, just as long as we can continue the move.

Btw, if we're adding a Myth Galaxy template, what about a Tapestry of Stars one? Or is Suppy too busy with firefighting school and the like to work on ToS right now? (Totally understand if he is too busy, of course)

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• 11/26/2015

I'm definitely starting to agree about the Wordpress site. I've grown to dislike it as many of the good plugins have started to become neglected as the authors haven't updated them to fit with the current Wordpress version.

Oh also, ToS has its own wiki here, but Suppy told me that he no longer plans to update it. Instead, he's been updating all the ToS stuff on offline documents, although he hasn't said anything about when they'll be released to the public. From what he has told me about it, there's a ton of content including an enormous map (a whopping 94 MB) of the Orion Arm. It's pretty incredible to look at with all the detail and effort put into it.

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• 11/26/2015

Krayfish wrote: I'm definitely starting to agree about the Wordpress site. I've grown to dislike it as many of the good plugins have started to become neglected as the authors haven't updated them to fit with the current Wordpress version.

Oh also, ToS has its own wiki here, but Suppy told me that he no longer plans to update it. Instead, he's been updating all the ToS stuff on offline documents, although he hasn't said anything about when they'll be released to the public. From what he has told me about it, there's a ton of content including an enormous map (a whopping 94 MB) of the Orion Arm. It's pretty incredible to look at with all the detail and effort put into it.

94 MB sounds amazing...how does he manage?

If you want to set up a MediaWiki site, I could possibly help. I've experience with setting them up, so I might be of some use.

I also need to work on the Mivar, so this alert served as a sort of reminder ;)

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• 11/26/2015
Krayfish wrote:
I'm definitely starting to agree about the Wordpress site. I've grown to dislike it as many of the good plugins have started to become neglected as the authors haven't updated them to fit with the current Wordpress version.

Oh also, ToS has its own wiki here, but Suppy told me that he no longer plans to update it. Instead, he's been updating all the ToS stuff on offline documents, although he hasn't said anything about when they'll be released to the public. From what he has told me about it, there's a ton of content including an enormous map (a whopping 94 MB) of the Orion Arm. It's pretty incredible to look at with all the detail and effort put into it.

Knew about the other wiki, I just thought it might be a good idea to move it here. I dunno, it's Supp's call anyway.

The file size is probably too big for sharing, but I still really want to see that map...

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• 11/27/2015

@The Darkwolf,

Alright. I can probably see the site being structured a little like the SCP Foundation. I'll just need to do a bit of research first as well as make backups of all the Wordpress content. Specifically, I need to figure out how to actually remove Wordpress and replace it with MediaWiki.

@TheReturnOfTheKing

I do have a copy of the map on my computer although he only shared it with me. Perhaps when making it public, he could make a version that's split into smaller segments.

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• 11/27/2015

So, I guess it's decided, then? We're giving up on the Wordpress site and switching over to MediaWiki?

Krayfish wrote:

@TheReturnOfTheKing

I do have a copy of the map on my computer although he only shared it with me. Perhaps when making it public, he could make a version that's split into smaller segments.

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• 11/27/2015

If there's no opposition, then yes. On my end, it will just be a matter of me actually figuring out how to do it. Basically, to either port Wordpress to MediaWiki or more indirectly, to disable Wordpress and start from scratch with MediaWiki. There doesn't seem to be any definitive how-to guides so I'm trying to get a hold of Wordpress support.

UPDATE: Gah, I was hoping they would help me more than just telling me to do a Google Search. Looks like I'm on my own. Oh well, it's not like we're in a big rush. I think it would be a suitable time to move once we have at least a few more stories.

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• 11/27/2015

Krayfish wrote: If there's no opposition, then yes. On my end, it will just be a matter of me actually figuring out how to do it. Basically, to either port Wordpress to MediaWiki or more indirectly, to disable Wordpress and start from scratch with MediaWiki. There doesn't seem to be any definitive how-to guides so I'm trying to get a hold of Wordpress support.

UPDATE: Gah, I was hoping they would help me more than just telling me to do a Google Search. Looks like I'm on my own. Oh well, it's not like we're in a big rush. I think it would be a suitable time to move once we have at least a few more stories.

Unfortunately, I doubt that there is a direct way to do it. Copy-paste seems to be the easiest, from what I can see. And definitely agree about not being in a rush. Setting up MW is quite a lot more labour intensive than Wordpress, as it requires quite a bit of PHP fiddling to install themes and plugins. Nothing that the manuals won't guide you through, but be prepared for the occasional error.

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• 12/7/2015

Ooook, I've been gone WAY to long...

Any chance I can be directed to the most direct planning blog to get myself up to speed, pls? Recent Activity can only do sooo much. xp

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• 12/7/2015

There hasn't been a recent blog as of late, but I'll see if I can put one up.

UPDATE: Here it is

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