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Tullis August 15, 2009 User blog:Tullis

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Nemesis Specialisation Shot
Mass Effect Galaxy. ME2. A new comic. Rumours of new DLC. It's a good time to be a Mass Effect fan.

Overhauls

Our amazing new site skin and new front page, courtesy of JoePlay, have prompted a lot of revamping to bring everything up to a similar standard. The Races, Characters and Classes pages have all had a makeover to match. The biggest change was to the Characters page, because maintaining a full list of characters manually was getting increasingly impractical. Thankfully we have Category:Characters to give an alphabetical list, allowing us to focus on showcasing those who are most important.

The menu on the left has also been updated to point to assignments, systems and equipment.

I also broke out a new Walkthroughs page to accommodate the fact we now cover more than one game. It isn't very exciting at the moment, but hopefully it will eventually contain walkthroughs for not only the Mass Effect games, but DLC like Bring Down the Sky as well. Pages like Assignments will probably get similar treatment when ME2 comes out.

SpartHawg948 and I have also been combing the wiki to cut down on merge candidates and unnecessary short pages. There's a lot of new content on the way and we want to keep the wiki as clutter-free and user-friendly as possible. The next overhaul category will likely be merging the various short Alliance Navy pages -- Fifth Fleet, Second Fleet etc -- onto one page, then a clearout and tidy of the combat pages.

As part of our revamp, I'm trying to add screenshots to as many pages as possible, which leads me to...

Screenshots

Silverstrike, LLlaxmep, Gideon1000 and Carolccute all deserve thanks and a shout out for donating amazing screenshots. Silverstrike's PC Tweaks have allowed for some brilliant shots -- like this one -- and LLlaxmep's Ilos shots are stunning. Meanwhile, Gideon1000 and Carolccute have both quietly improved our armor pages significantly by taking shots of every single armor set.

See here for a gallery of new screenshots: it's currently Ilos-tastic.

An Alert

The Mass Effect 2 page is currently protected against edits by new and unregistered users. There's a long explanation on its talk page, but, briefly, it's intended to make people wait and think before adding information that might get reverted later. Don't panic: registered users can still edit it.

Interesting Statistics

(Caution: level of interest may vary.)

Finally...

I want to say thanks to everyone who contributes. Not just those who check for vandals and clean up misspellings, but to people who sit down and record every stat for all Mass Effect's weapons, armor, grenades and omni-tools; not to mention every Codex entry and, astonishingly, every single planet's vitals. It's our incredible dedication to detail which makes us such a good resource. A wiki is only as good as its editors, and I still think MEWiki has some of the best editors on Wikia.

Happy editing,

Tullis.

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