This page is an archive of a community-wide discussion. This page is no longer live. Further comments or questions on this topic should be made in a new Senate Hall page rather than here so that this page is preserved as a historic record. Advanced Jedi Training Droid 6(Talk to my master) 01:05, March 8, 2015 (UTC)
Was just wondering how to proceed with the following issue:
I was editing some articles that used the Template:TCG from the Wizards of the CoastStar Wars Trading Card Game. The official website is down, but some pages can be accessed through the webarchive. However, the citation template requires a link to the image itself, which cannot be retrieved in all cases from the webarchive. The Phantom Menace (TCG) set for example only has 49 of the 90 card images, and that is one of the later expansions. Trade Cards Online.com however does have these images, and I have them all saved just in case. The issue is that not all subjects in the game can be listed as a source correctly since not all the images were saved by the web archive.
I thought of simply removing the "[http://web.archive.org/web/]" section from the template itself, going through all the articles that currently use the template and changing the links to the relevant link to the tradecardsonline.com image.
I have no idea if this will work, and if it was ok to link to tradecardsonline images.
Is it ok to link to the images hosted on the other site?
Would the removal of the link from the template work (Requiring the full url from tradecardsonline)?
Can I go ahead and simply make the changes, or does some sort of consensus need to be obtained or permission from a particular group of admins?
Thanks! Manoof (talk) 10:47, February 2, 2015 (UTC)
I do not know whether TCO would be acceptable, as I am not familiar with any of the card games, but I'll ask a question from a technical standpoint: Do all of the Internet Archive links point to an archive of wizards.com (i.e. is that string in every URL)? If so, I could whip up a technical solution in a few minutes that would permit linking to TCO with the same parameter without having to fix any existing links. (It would apply the archive.org prefix if and only if wizards.com is present in the URL.) As an additional note, the template does not require a link to the image; failure to provide a link will simply cause the card name to display without a link, and this is perfectly acceptable when an image cannot be found. —MJ—Training Room 01:15, February 3, 2015 (UTC)
I'm not 100% sure what your suggested fix means, if you're saying that, as the TCO links don't have wizards.com in the link, the code would not add the archive.org prefix, then yes that would work, only those images snapshot by the archive would have the wizards section of the url. I realise a link is not required (only because I noticed some others didn't have it), I just figured that having a source that can be accessed would be better than having a source which may not be available. The site itself has, for the most part, been removed, so the archive is the only real access to anything from wizards unless we go to alternate sites. I don't think TCO would remove the images, as they have heaps of old games (including the young knights and SWCCG), as well as current/new games (Magic, Pokemon). Manoof (talk) 04:31, February 4, 2015 (UTC)
OK, I've updated the template. The URL passed to the template will now be linked unmodified unless the string wizards.com is present in the URL, in which case http://web.archive.org/web/ will be prepended to it. —MJ—Training Room 23:58, February 4, 2015 (UTC)
Awesome, it seems to work, thanks mate! :D Manoof (talk) 06:30, February 5, 2015 (UTC)