Appearances descriptors

Why not shorten the description for generic devil/persona classifications to just the unique class name and link them like I've done on this page after feeling some frustration? --Yksehtniycul 19:12, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

Mostly because that involves going back and editing hundreds of pages just because you decided you didn't want to type an extra word or two. A second reason is because it links to a ton of non-existent pages. A third reason is, in an optimal situation that those pages did exist, they'd look like the Kishin page, which does absolutely nothing for the user other than say some generic crap and then link to different Kishin demons. A user would be much better off scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Category:Kishin Race. It definitely makes the page look worse. At least, that's my humble opinion. SeventhEvening 20:27, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
I always thought links to non-existent pages are extremely important for a new wiki. They help users know when a new page is needed more or less. Not linking to non-existent pages is patently crazy, because like you said, you'd have to go back and make non-links into links. But I think it's a false idea that the best practices policy can change and for some reason you must go and edit every old page. That's nuts. You just follow the practice when you see something that needs fixing (and feel like doing it) or obviously when entering new content.
PS: How can a Megaten wiki not have a Kishin page? Or many of them for that matter? --Yksehtniycul 20:33, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
Btw, just because a page sucks is not an argument to not link to it. It's an argument to improve it. But yeah that Kishin page sucks. And technically, if not deleted, it should be titled List of Kishin (wikipedia practice) --Yksehtniycul 20:37, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
I'm not against linking to non-existent pages, but I'm not in favor of linking to unnecessary, non-existent pages. What is Category:Kishin Race? It's a list of demons who were or are Kishin. Making lists of races and arcana is rather pointless when these categories exist. In Kishin's case, it won't be that bad, but in the case of ANY arcana, it's going to be a confusing bloody mess of a list. After all, very few persona can manage to stay in one arcana for more than one or two titles. Additionally, categories can interlock much easier, allowing for some semblance of organization. Furthermore, I still stand by it looking absolutely hideous. Changing policy frequently and midstream causes things to be very disorganized and inconsistent, and in this case, I think it detracts from the page rather than adds to it. The change would cause increased editing for about 90% of the pages just to decrease the editing on about 10% of them. All for something that doesn't really add anything constructive. SeventhEvening 21:31, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
I edit "Appearances" sections all the time. No big deal to snip out some unnecessary words while at it. The page for Kishin shouldn't be a list. The categories pseudo pages however can be a nightmare to navigate and misleading, so a list page is always nice... on wikipedia those are the pages people actually use (not the categories, if wikipedia even really deploys categories) ...but anyway there is a ton to say about Kishin other than listing them.... starting with what a Kishin is in the first place, and how Atlus USA might use a different name, and so on. Kishin also play a major role in most of the SMT games, so... afaik it's a very important page, that should exist, but doesn't because no one has gotten to it. If there was a way for flagging pages for priority, the devil types would be very high ranking pages in my book.--Yksehtniycul 22:25, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
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