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Welcome to the Kingdom Hearts Community Portal. This is where the community, small as it currently is, can come to discuss the wiki.

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Revival[edit]

Hey guys, I'm Scottch and I've invited all editors here to address some stuff for reviving this wiki. Please chime in however you like. I'll break it into headings. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Expansion[edit]

I'm getting together a list of ideas on a user subpage for expansion of the wiki; mostly it's ideas for articles, but there are some other things as well. You can look at it at User:Scottch/Revive, and feel free to edit the page to add something you think the wiki should have an article on. If everyone is ok with the general idea of the list (and of course we can always add/remove stuff later), I'll move it to a page that's not in my userspace. To create an article, just click a red link and start typing the content. Articles don't have to be perfect right away. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Images[edit]

A bunch of images are going to get deleted. Remember that images of copyrighted characters, like the organization members and whatnot, can't just be used on a whim. They have to be fair use, which if my impressions are right, basically means this:

  1. Source info.
  2. Only one picture per idea or concept; three different similar pictures of a character wouldn't be ok.
  3. Doesn't limit the copyright holder from making money off of it (you usually won't have to worry about this with pictures).

I think promotional photos, like the pictures found on Wikipedia's Organization XIII article are okay because they're used to promote the game.

A number of images lack sourcing info of any kind and are excessive in use - being used for decoration, rather than informative. Unfortunately, Wikia doesn't really allow this :-( I've tagged several for deletion and they'll probably get deleted soon by a staff member, but if you think one that was deleted was really fair use, don't panic; I saved all the pictures on my hard drive in case that happened. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Update, they're deleted. I'll save them temporarily in case someone disagrees. Scottch 05:09, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Titles[edit]

I'm wondering about titles for the Organization members; should the page titles be just the name, or the full name and "title" they carry? Here's screenshots of both possibilites for the Axel article:

Images have since been deleted

What does everyone think? Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

JUST THE NAMES IN THE TITLES PLEASE! whats in the name goes into the URL, URLs should be kept short

Captain Obvious saves teh Day again!! - unsigned anonymous comment


  • I was originally advocating the full title, but I'm starting to think you're right. Those would be long titles. Of course, Axel's is the longest, os it's not really representative of the length (I just used it becausae it's the only article on the XIII we've got right now), but still, short names might be better. Scottch 19:16, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
  • Now we have some more XIII members I think that their names are all moderately short, but putting a title in as well could be a little unnecessary... just redirect. Not everybody knows the full title anyway so the article would be difficult to find. - Flurryofdancingflame 16:31, 13 January 2007
  • Put the names in then the titles in brackets. Just make it so that if someone searches the title, the will be brought the organisation member's page.- Bond-of-flame 21:26, 04 October 2007

Administrators[edit]

I have no idea who is going to even be here for editing, but eventually, if we have any growth at all, especially in membership, we're going to get vandals and spammers. Staff members can help out (Look at Special:Listusers/staff and go talk to them on their Central Wikia talk page) if you see any of that happening in recent changes. They can also be reached in IRC on the irc.freenode.net network, in #wikia (to join, type "/server irc.freenode.net" and then "/join #wikia").

It may get to the point where it is no longer convenient to rely on staff members for vandal/spam cleanup, so eventually we'll have to find a way to come to a consensus and appoint ourselves an admin (I'm guessing we discuss it amongst ourselves and then inform a staff member who would make that person a sysop). Any ideas on how we can do this are welcome, as I've got none. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

  • Well, I can help on spam and vandalism... I'm cleaning the Heartless page as I speak... Making them into articles and whatnot.--Dreyfus 05:08, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
OK, looks like two good admin candidates here, unless there are any objections I will set Scottch and Dreyfus as admins when I return from my week being Christmassy -- sannse (talk) 10:47, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
I volunteer also, I guess. I've been a large editor of Kingdom Hearts articles at Wikipedia, as seen here. Interrobang 06:36, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
The last thing I want to do is sow early hostilities, but I'm not sure we need more than two, and it seems like you're already editing very aggressively. It's not something I would want in an admin of a very small wiki, but then again, I'm only one voice. Scottch 08:18, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
=/ Interrobang 08:21, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

If we're still going to show suspicion for admin volunteers, I wouldn't be confident in Dreyfus, with his apparent knack for speculation and bizarre contributions. Things like Template:Maleficent2, Category:Magic Heartless, or [1], all of which have no place in actual canon, don't exactly make me brim with respect for Dreyfus. I'd prefer he learned to separate his own ideas from what the games actually say before becoming a judge. Interrobang 13:24, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

More on this in a bit, but I just want to point out that admins are not content judges. As I understand, they are around to assist new people, prevent disruption, and facilitate collaborative editing. Dreyfus has been more than responsive to concerns I've brought up in the past. Perhaps you'd have similar luck if you brought your article concerns to him. Scottch 13:27, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
I'd still prefer it if admins didn't violate basic content policy. Otherwise sets a bad example, as admins are supposed to be the models for users to aspire to. Even if they're theoretically only supposed to do what you say, they're realistically more than that. Interrobang 13:43, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
Thing is, he's made far more helpful edits than poor ones, and has been pretty open about things like that. No one has to be perfect; none of the three of us are, by far. As far as "content policy" goes, we only really have a loose aim here, nothing concrete. You keep trying to drag policy, practice and standards from Wikipedia to here, and it just doesn't work that way. You should take a look at wikia:Forum:Building_a_community at the first heading, it's what I've been trying to convey tonight. Scottch 13:51, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
I'll add a few thoughts here if I may :)
It's sensible for an admin to have enough knowledge of the subject of a wiki to tell what is vandalism and what isn't, but it's certainly true that an admins role should not be to decide what route the community takes in terms of content. Whether non-canon information is included is a matter for the community to decide. And so are questions of what related material should be included. It's important to remember that this isn't Wikipedia, and you could go in all sorts of directions away from the "neutral-point-of-view encyclopaedia". For example, you could allow comment and opinion in a way that Wikipedia can't. That's what makes Wikia different from Wikipedia.
But all this is questions for the community. An admins role is to help keep the site tidy, maintained, and running smoothly. I think Scottch makes a very good point above actually, one of the best skills an admin can have is in communication. Someone willing to talk, and to listen, and to encourage the rest of the community to do the same, will really have an advantage in being a good admin.
Let me know when you are ready for me to push the admin buttons -- sannse (talk) 15:15, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
Scottch most definitely should be an administrator, that's for sure. I guess it isn't quite my place on the subject, but I do nominate him if I can, unless he already is one.
On other terms, I would like to remind you all that I am just a kid! I can't determine one thing from another! I try my best, but seriously! Hurtful comments don't help at all. They just make me feel bad and degrade any work I do. And think about other video game Wikis, like the Super Mario Wiki. How many times have you seen 100% fact? You can never have 100% fact directly from a video game, or else almost all articles will be short, and the result will be the exact same articles as Wikipedia. The Heartless, for example. With many small 100% fact articles on each Heartless, the tons and tons of articles produced by each individual one would make tons of stubs, resulting in a simple list of all Heartless and no benefit. But this isn't exactly the right place to be discussing this, is it?
Anyway, in terms of an administrator, I don't want to appreciate or depreciate the generous nomination for myself (though I have had experience in administrating thingimabober wikistuff). I would like to point out that a friendly (but efficient) administrator, be it myself, Scottch, or anybody out there, would be much more beneficial than a stingy one. I won't say any names on that part. That was just a word from me, no offense meant to anybody. And sorry if I've been any bother, I just want to help the community and this fine, fine Wikia which I'm guessing had just gotten off its feet. So sorry if I've been any trouble; I'll see what I can do to make things better.
Such is the trouble with us poor ADDers, eh?--Dreyfus 20:43, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
All's good Dreyfus, and your contributions are certainly appreciated :)
How's this for a solution?... I'm male Scottch admin and bureaucrat, then in a month or so, he can look again at the situation and see who else should be added as admin. I certainly think you should have more than one eventually, several is better for continuity, but one is a start and will mean that you don't need to ask staff when you want to add more. -- sannse (talk) 09:44, 1 January 2007 (UTC)
I'd hoped someone else would reply first, but maybe they'll see mine in my contribs or recent changes and offer their opinion. That seems like a good solution to me, but for obvious reasons others should voice whether or not they're ok with it. Specifically, no one's said anything about my adminship except Dreyfus, and while I'm thankful for your confidence, if anyone has any objections to this, they'd be best heard now rather than later. Don't worry, I won't take it personally :-) Scottch 11:47, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Well I take lack of "noooooo..." to be full agreement ;) So I've set Scottch as admin and bureaucrat. Thanks for taking this on Scottch, and let me know if you need any help -- sannse (talk) 09:29, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Yay! I agree; that is a good idea.--Dreyfus 01:01, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Editing Help[edit]

For editing help, see Help:Editing. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

This Page[edit]

Community Portals are places to bring up issues to everyone on the wiki, so if you have something that you'd like everyone's attention or need help or whatever, you can edit here. To reply to any section, just click the "edit" button in the right margin or the edit button at the top of the page to edit the entire page. I've added a "__NEWSECTIONLINK__" bit to the top of the page; as long as that's there, you can start a new heading by clicking the "+" button on top of the page, so please don't remove the "__NEWSECTIONLINK__".

One more thing: it's a good idea to sign comments you make with 4 tildaes: ~~~~. This will put your username as a link to your userpage and also put a date and timestamp on it. This can help us keep track of who says what. Scottch 09:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

{{SITENAME}} change[edit]

I've asked if the SITENAME (which appears when you type {{SITENAME}} and is the heading for all project namespace pages) can be changed from "Kingdom Hearts Wiki" to "Kingdom Hearts", since it's shorter and more manageable, and more standard to other Wikia wikis. However, I told them I'd see if anyone has any objections. So, anyone? Scottch 04:32, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Huge thanks[edit]

Huge thanks to everyone who is helping expand the wiki! It's coming along great. Scottch 00:18, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

IRC[edit]

I've set up an IRC channel for us at freenode (irc.freenode.net). There's the main Wikia channel at #wikia, but now we have #khwiki. If we oculd get together here and there, it'd be great! Scottch 10:46, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Images in context?[edit]

Hey, what do any editors think about the images being in context of the game? I think it might be better to have them from the game wherever possible, rather than just from a Disney movie, but we can't have it both ways due to fair use rules. So, can I get some opinions? Scottch 11:59, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

  • Oh another thing, can people who uploaded images have actual links to the websites where they got them? Without a source, it's not really fair use. I hate to be a nag, but it's important that the wiki remains free content. Scottch 12:40, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

Stuff to delete[edit]

Commented out, see Kingdom Hearts Wiki:Pages for Deletion.

Overategorization[edit]

I'm concerned over articles becoming massively overcategorized. Characters don't have to be categorized by every location they appear in. Most of the Organization has nothing to do with Hollow Bastion - at best, you've got Saix for his role in the war of 1000 Heartless, but even that is a stretch. And not every enemy needs to be in the Olympic Coliseum category just because they appear in a tournament - if that happens, every enemy will be there, and the category will be almost useless. There has to be more than just a passing association. Am I the only one who feels this way? Scottch 15:24, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

You mean, like the majority of "See also"s? Not that I'm doing the categories in retaliation for that, mind. I do it because it's a nice "this character has appeared in this world" checklist and perhaps because you clearly stated "For now, let's get as many as possible, and we can prune later." Interrobang 15:35, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
See alsos can have relations established by category or comment - the relationship is closer than that of these categories. See also sections also invite improvement, while categories on their own don't - the two are not really comparable. It devalues categories to make them simple correlations - X and Y were involved/intertwined in some Z fashion once in the game, so it gets categorized that way? When I think "Radiant Garden" I think "1000 Heartless, the big mace ball heartless, Merlin, Leon, Sephiroth". I certainly don't think "Xaldin". He did nothing but laugh facelessly. Scottch 15:40, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
I strongly agree with Scottch, a character should only be in a world's category if that character only is in that world.--Painocus
That's the format I was using. If it is unique to that world, or is heavily focused on that world (i.e. Strafer being in the Space Paranoids category as opposed to Behemoth being in the Olympus Coliseum category). Most Heartless, at least, don't belong in any world category, except maybe the Coliseum-only ones, the bosses, and maybe the Invisibles and Angel Stars (I don't know why; I just feel like they deserve being in End of the World's category). Heartless that have a specific theme, though (i.e. Strafers to Space Paranoids or Defenders to Hollow Bastion) could be in a World category, in my terms. Also, some more smaller groups, such as the Mushroom Heartless, can be handled with categories if there is mass See Alsos (i.e. it is better than having a link to each other Mushroom on the See Also section).--Dreyfus 01:47, 5 January 2007 (UTC)
Ok, I'm gonna decategorize then. Scottch 02:40, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Heartless Categorization[edit]

This is at least the way I use, that seems to be most effective. Any Heartless that does not bear Ansem's emblem (in other words, a "natural" Heartless not created by a third-person source like Xehanort's Heartless) goes in the Pure Heartless category. All Heartless bearing Ansem's emblem (in other words, "artificially made" Heartless that, if left alone, would not normally exist and were created by third-person sources) go in the Artificial Heartless category. Any Boss or Mini-Boss Heartless goes in the Boss category as well. ALL Heartless with the exceptions of the White Mushroom and Rare Truffle go in the Enemies category. ALL Heartless go in the Heartless category. Unless world-themed or world-unique, avoid giving a Heartless a World category.--Dreyfus 01:55, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, it may be helpful to only categorize as the "least" category, meaning not including cateogries. What do you think of that? Scottch 02:40, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Spoilers[edit]

For information regarding the story directly, with non-minor spoilers, please put Template:Spoiler before the concerning text, and Template:Spoilerend at the end of the text.--Dreyfus 01:55, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Deletion[edit]

I've started a page to propose things for deletion, like templates, categories and actual pages if need be. It can be found at Kingdom Hearts Wiki:Pages for Deletion, so feel free to start listing things or commenting on other entries. Scottch 22:51, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Deleting copyright violations[edit]

We've chosen a great subject to wiki about, but there's one drawback: copyright. Pretty much everything on here is copyrighted by the people who made the game. We already have a massive number of images with NO sourcing info whatsoever. Copyright violations can easily get out of hand on a media-oriented wiki like this. Here's what I propose we do, and what I will start doing if I hear no objections:

I'm going to go through every image and tag the ones without sources with a template. I'm also going to go through the ones that don't credit the copyright holder and tag those (those will be easier to fix). Anyone is free to help me tag them. I'll notify the uploader of any such images of this thread and of this activity. Anything whose tag stays up for more than one month gets deleted. What do you guys say? Scottch 23:25, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Plowing ahead with this[edit]

I haven't heard any objections, so I'm going to start tagging unsourced images with Template:unsourcedpic and notifying uploaders. Scottch 05:34, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Images revisited[edit]

I hate to start griping again, but here goes anyhow.

Images in context[edit]

I didn't get any responses to #Images in Context, so does that mean it would be better to have pics from the games, rather than from movies and stuff?

Concept Art[edit]

When higher quality game screenshots/sprites are available, would it be better to use them or concept art? I'm personally of the opinion actual in-game components would be better. I thought of this because of Image:RIKU2.jpg; I have an image of Riku's model used in the game that I think would be better, but since that might set a precedent I figured I'd better get some feedback beforehand. Scottch 05:39, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Well, you could include both as an image gallery. Put the official artwork as the image at the top of the article. Then, if you don't use the screenshot or so later in the article, put it on the bottom in an image gallery.--Dreyfus 01:43, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Ugh, didn't realize you had replied. Well, we can't really have two pictures of a single game element in an article, since its copyrighted. Only one is allowed under fair use. Scottch 21:01, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

KHII: FM+ Additions[edit]

Retrieved from http://www.kingdomhearts3.net/

KHII: Final Mix+ Extra Area Names

Apostrophe of KHV has been using Action Replay to access areas that we haven't previously known the names of. They were accessed through hidden savepoints that can only be accessed through cheat codes.

Station of Remembrance - Area where you fight Larxene and Lexaeus Station of Oblivion - Area where you fight Marluxia Destiny Island - Area where you fight Zexion Memory's Contortion - Area where you fight Xemnas for the first time World of Nothing - Area where you fight Roxas and Xemnas' Final Form Gathering Place - Area where you fight Terra (Lingering Spirit / Enigmatic Soldier) - - - - - (This is also where “The Gathering” and “Birth By Sleep” are set)

Admin notes[edit]

I've taken a couple steps that I'd like feedback on, since as admin actions they can't be simply reverted:

  1. I've protected some templates and pages due to their being copyright info - most are semi-protection, so registered users may still edit them. My reasoning is that compliance with the GFDL requires a lot of attribution and such, so these should really not be subject to casual vandalism. On that note, if you ever copy a template or something from Wikipedia or Central Wikia, please put either {{wikipedia}} or {{wikia}} on it (noincluded).
  2. I also changed the Recentchanges text so it gives quick links to all namespaces. Any disagreement or ideas for other changes can be posted here (only sysops can edit MediaWiki namespace pages).

Scottch 08:51, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Final Fantasy Characters[edit]

It's almost sad, looking at Cloud Strife's page, all it sais is "Cloud is a character in kingdom hearts, from final fantasy vii." Why doesn't some one just "adopt" the pages from final fantasy wiki or regular Wikipedia, with permission. I would, but i don't remember how. Please add below, if you have any thoughts on the subject. -- Parad0x

  • Well, it's still very much a growing wiki. Ideally all content will be original eventually, but stuff can legally be copypasted if {{wikipedia}} is added, however, adding original content would be far better. Scottch 03:08, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Speaking of which, how detailed should the "background" of the FF characters (e.g.: their original games). Like the Leon article, less than half of it is about his Kingdom Hearts version?SithPower 14:07, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Ranked[edit]

We've been ranked #237 as of now in the wikia:wikis:List of Wikia wikis, which lists the 250 biggest wikis (out of over 2000 wikis in Wikia). Two months back, we had about 20 articles and were not much more than a start-up project. Great going, guys! Scottch 22:42, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Naming conventions[edit]

Hey, just wanted to bring up a naming conventions issue, like with the Final Fantasy characters. Specifically Squall, which has been moved to Squall Leonheart. Wouldn't it make more sense to name him as "Leon", as he's called in game, instead of by what he's called in Final Fantasy games? It seems like Kingdom Hearts info on him is far more relevant than Final Fantasy stuff. Scottch 02:09, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

  • I agree, I think... Maybe the whole name is better, maybe not. I mean, Cloud Strife sounds better to me than Cloud, but Squall Leonheart sounds worse than Leon... I guess I'm neutral.--Dreyfus 05:01, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Well, my experience with video game enthusiasts tells me I'll probably get outvoted on whether to include last names, so I'm not gonna push for that, but the Squall/Leon thing is a distinct quality of his character in KH as opposed to FF. Scottch 09:46, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
      • Go with what the games say. If there's no last name, don't include them. This is Kingdom Hearts Wiki, not Final Fantasy Wiki, and thus should be based on information from the games. Interrobang 07:53, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

First block[edit]

Our first real block: I've blocked Bacon (talkcontribs) for 24 hours, he's taken the disagreements over the fates of Larxene, Marluxia and others killed in Chain of Memories to a disruptive level, consistently adding "death" headers (after being reverted after changing one to "loss" and being reverted) and vandalizing the Larxene article. If there's a lot of opposition to it I'll unblock. Scottch 05:50, 4 March 2007 (UTC)

Sign up for the Daily Edit[edit]

Want to know what the news is with wikis and Wikia? Sign up for the daily edit, a user-written newsletter, here: Wikia:The Daily Edit/Delivery. Scottch 01:29, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Popular pages[edit]

Has anyone noticed that the "most popular" pages on the new skin are just random articles? I recently found out that sysops can program in what articles will show up; the idea being that we as a community decide which 5 articles we want to draw readers' attention to. So what does everyone think we should put up there?

It's my opinion that we should go for some variety; a mixture of articles from different games, perhaps, and maybe some good and bad guys, a location, something. I'm not sure what exact articles I'd say we should put up, but I'd welcome any degree of specificity for suggestions. Scottch 02:10, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Gaming wiki chat this Sunday![edit]

Hi all,

On Sunday October 14th there is going to be an IRC chat for gaming wikis at the #wikia-gaming channel. Contributors, admins, and foudners of all/all gaming-related wiki on Wikia are invited to discuss common issues that we might have, sharing our experiences, and helping each other out. The time of the chat will be:

California New York London
1pm 4pm 9pm

Please help to spread the word, and hope to see you there!

-User:PanSola 16:31, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Job List?[edit]

Hey fellow KH peoples. I've been working on Lostpedia for quite some time and have just discovered the KH Wiki. I'd love to contribute, but where is your job list? PkmnTrainerJ 01:29, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Help from your friendly neighbour[edit]

Hi, I'm from the Final Fantasy Wiki. We've recently adopted the policy of Only FF Content Allowed, and one of the moderators had the idea of transferring our KH content to the KH Wiki; thus, over the next few days (maybe even less) we'll be transferring some of the content from the FF Wiki to this Wiki. If you're okay with it, I think I'll even add in a few templates. Of course, we're only going to transfer the necessary content, that is, we're only going to transfer the content were needed. Cheers! Faethin 22:07, 18 December 2007 (UTC)