User talk:Dave Vanderburg
- Hi, I'd just like to confirm whether or not you're a MouseHunt staff or a player volunteering Sysop. Thanks! Eepeng 14:06, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
- If you go to Lore then Game Credits, you will find that Dave Vanderburg appears under game development as a coder/designer of HitGrab. So yes, it is confirmed that Dave is part of MouseHunt's staff. --Peter888 20:32, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
Wondering if you wouldn't mind if I setup a page where people can report vandals? It's quite non-wiki skilled people friendly too.
What I'll use looks like this ... well, it IS this, I'll just copy/reword to MHWiki and adapt for the images until image uploads are available.
Daworm 03:42, 6 November 2008 (UTC)
Page deletion, etc.
Dave, I'm wondering if any of the sysops are actively monitoring Category:Pages_proposed_for_deletion and/or if there's any system in place for getting rid of trash pages, making decisions on what's appropriate for inclusion, establishing policies, etc. There's a growing amount of what I consider to be garbage on MHWiki and I can see it getting exponentially worse as time goes on. I've done quite a bit of cleanup already and would love to help out further, but I'm feeling a bit frustrated that there's no visible admin presence and it kinda feels like the Old West to an extent. A bit of law and order would be a real help. Thanks! --Brossow 02:34, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
- Just re-read my entry above and really didn't mean it to sound as whiny and demanding as it seems when I look at it again. Sorry if it came across that way to you! -- B.Rossow talkcontr 18:00, 17 December 2008 (UTC)
Images and copyright
The more I've been working on infoboxes, the more I've become aware of how much copyright violation is going on with regard to MH images. Maybe you're not concerned about the posting/hosting of the high-res images of the mice, traps, etc. on other sites, but I am. Wonder if HitGrab would be willing to make the "official" images available for linking from this site. After thinking about it, I'm not sure you'd want to upload them directly here because that would effectively release them into the public domain (I believe -- haven't really read the terms & conditions here) but hosting them on your own server and linking to them would work nicely. Just a thought -- it's your intellectual property, not mine. :-) -- B.Rossow talkcontr 19:56, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
- Given your reply on my Talk page, I wonder if I can ask a favor. We are missing high-resolution images of just three mice: Leprechaun, Mobster, and Master Burglar. Inquiries have been made and requests posted in various places, but no success. Is there any chance of getting those three images directly from you kind folks at HitGrab? I can provide an email address privately or you can find me on Facebook at this link. (Don't want to post it because then it's here forever in the page history.) Thanks! -- B.Rossow talkcontr 04:27, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
I recently found out that the tools page has listed or has had listed some abusive tools, which is why it's not linked to from the main page or links page. What is considered abusive, and can we get rid of them and maintain links to useful, non-abusive tools? Thanks --Navarr 20:50, 22 December 2008 (UTC)
Lycan + cheddar
Dave, can you comment on the recent attraction of Lycan mice to cheddar cheese? I've seen nothing from a developer regarding whether this is temporary or permanent, whether it's limited to the Mousouleum, etc. Another user continues to recklessly (IMHO) post speculation as fact on the Lycan Mouse page and I'd like some closure on this. If what he has said about the devs announcing info about cheddar is true, that's great, but I've seen no evidence of such and this guy ignores all requests to simply support his claims. Thanks in advance! -- B.Rossow talkcontr 14:23, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
- Disregard -- someone finally pointed out Bryan's post. -- B.Rossow talkcontr 19:36, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Repeated vandalism by user - please ban
- Please also consider the edits by Madrocker to the Mole Mouse page (see page history) This user continues to remove blocks of legitimate information from the page despite requests to stop or at least discuss the changes. Attempts to contact the user via his Talk page have been met with silence and deletion of said requests. Thanks. -- B.Rossow talkcontr 16:42, 23 January 2009 (UTC)
On a couple of occasions I've tried to contribute to this Wiki in order to improve it, but the user Brossrow has seen fit to admonish me for my changes, even though they were a clear improvement. For example, my first edit was changing the title of a page from "Pages", which was quite enigmatic, to "Plankrun's Pages", a clear improvement. But minutes later he changed it, telling me "They are NOT called Plankrun's Pages in-game!" I don't believe that is an appropriate tone for an editor to be taking, and I was quite offended by it.
I then asked him, "Was Plankrun's Pages not a thousand times better than just Pages? If it was so critical to have it exactly right, why didn't you do it before instead of waiting to jump all over the next person who tried to improve it? Editing is one thing, but this is something else entirely. I've made many changes to wikipedia and of course revisions are made on top of mine, but not once have I encountered something like this. Enjoy your little wiki." Brossrow is so clearly possessive of this wiki that I just assumed it was his!
His response to me was, "Yeesh. I can't quantify how much 'better' your page name change was (10x? 100x? 1000x?), but I can tell you it was 100% incorrect. I changed it soon after your move because it showed up at the top of the Recent Changes page, which I check once in awhile [sic] to see what changes are being made. If I see something wrong, I fix it as quickly as possible. Would you have preferred I let it sit for 24 hours so I didn't tread on your toes? You're clearly taking it personally, so maybe it is time you take a break from editing; stress over a game is silly. And by the way, it's not my wiki."
I'm writing to you not to whinge about being wronged or anything like that. But if you look over the history of his talk page, as well as the history of various pages all over the wiki, you will see that this is indicative of a pattern. My concern is that if he is constantly berating people for honestly trying to help, and in fact improving the site (even if the improvement isn't quantifiable), then he will be discouraging other users from ever trying to make contributions. And it is my understanding that wikis are set up so that all members of the community may contribute, and of course improve with time as one user corrects or revises another. But to have a bully who sets himself up as the law of the land is in my opinion highly counterproductive.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I do hope you consider it in the community spirit in which it is offered.
--robodok 06:38, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
- I agree, he lives on the wiki and seems to remove any edits by other people. his attitude does not seem friendly to other users.
- he had a go at me for adding a speechmark (") because there was one missing and it was very confusing to read. He is a self proclaimed "King of the wiki" lol. this wiki should be editable by anybody, and i don't see why one person can make himself the boss.
- Fair enough, he has done a nice job of tidying up some of the wiki, but things have gone a bit far now, as people are getting really angry about being patronised and having Brossow's "degrees" pushed in their face if they make a slight mistake or an edit that brossow does not like.
- This wiki should be free for anybody who wants to use it.
- --Chong McBong 13:25, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
- I'll admit I've had difficulty relating with Brossow at times in the past, but I've never taken our disagreements personally because we're all here to maintain and improve this place. He's done more than anybody else for it and usually knows what he's talking about. If you're thinking about making significant edits like relocating articles, use discussion pages first. Revengeance 13:58, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
- Let's be a little more objective here. Robodok has made 2 substantial edits to the wiki so far. First edit was to move Pages to Plankrun's Pages on 13 January. This was ultimately moved to Torn Pages of Plankrun's Journal by Brossow. At no point during this period did Robodok bring up any objection to the changes. 22 January, an edit was made to Mole Mouse. Unfortunately, the edit was made over a very poorly worded edit by Madrocker which overwrote proper text by Brossow. It was subsequently rolled back, and Robodok mistook it as a personal attack, and which started off this chain of events.
- Firstly, this issue should never have been brought up to the Admins because it was never properly discussed on the respective Talk pages. If every editor started running to the Admins because they couldn't spend the time to defend or explain the rationale behind their edits, the Admins are really going to have their hands full.
- Secondly, some editors need to spend more time learning the tools available in the wiki. A quick browse through the recent history would have revealed that Madrocker's edit to the Mole Mouse page made little sense compared to the previous version. Pointless editing would have been avoided.
- Thirdly, Brossow is far from being a bully, but perhaps more willing than the most of us to spend the time and effort to keep the wiki in good shape, and to push his point across. Neither did he make himself the boss, nor is he stopping other editors from making legitimate changes. Of course some might recall the "" incident, which provided some laughs and a reminder to wiki contributors that we sometimes spend too much time over trivial issues.
- Lastly, while Brossow might not get an award for the most friendly MH wiki editor, his replies have usually been straight and to the (sometimes wordy) point, and are not directed at the user but rather at the edit. People really, really need to stop taking edits personally. -- Grexx 19:22, 24 January 2009 (UTC)
- I've not had any real problems. Perhaps "over enthusiastic" is one way to put it, but you could just say they are being close to OCD/perfectionist on grammar, consistency, or whatever. This is no real problem, a bit invasive when you feel pride in making the last legitimate edit, but nothing striking. -AzureOwl 08:26, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
- Agreed, end of discussion. --Dave Vanderburg 05:04, 27 January 2009 (UTC)