2019/2020 Improvement Mission

There is in database blu-ray for Pancho Villa (1971 Eugenio Martin) that is actually 1968 American film Villa rides.

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Pancho_Villa/BluRay

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Any other things that need or could see improvement?

We definitely need to improve the SWDb’s offering of images (good ones)

My suggestion is that when you click on a forum member’s alias you may see his current SW Top 30 or 40 or 50 or the like, naturally only if the member has posted such a list on the same personal area. That way you could get a better understanding of a review or short opinion about a certain SW and see what he or she thinks about a lot of other SWs and therefore see the input in a broader context. If someone writes convincingly positive of a SW and the Top 30 matches well with your own, then you maybe could predict that yourself would have similar opinoion. If the Top 30 seems quite different and you don’t like a lot of the SW, then your prediction could be more reluctant and wait with that movie.

well you can put a link in your profile, like @Phil_H has done, so if you click on his alias you’ll see this link

I want to revisit my two favorite things I want to improve: the way pages look in the SWDb and the way we put great information at peoples’ fingertips…

I previously tried different takes on displaying movie pages:
https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Grande_silenzio,_Il
and
https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Buono,_il_brutto,_il_cattivo,_Il

I stumbled across this (never mind the content):
https://dragonballwiki.de/wiki/Dragon_Ball_Z_–_Movie_12:_Fusion
and let me tell you what I liked about it

  • tons of facts in a sidebar
  • lots of sections on the main page with content that isn’t delegated to sub pages
  • gallery images on the main page of the film
  • a huge navigational section at the bottom (similar to Wikipedia)
  • premiere timelines
  • references
  • lots of text with knowledge

I still need to figure out technically to accomplish:

  • accomodating lots of info and images in a way that will also display nicely across (mobile) devices
  • not having pages look like the Almeria desert of words…

What I would love to see:

  • film pages should start with text (kind of like I tried with the GBU page)
  • bigger, high quality, poster
  • more context info, from premiere dates to box office returns, prequels/sequels, awards, etc.
  • we need more and better images (posters, lobby cards, stills…) - probably even on the film’s main page
  • good synopsis and character descriptions
  • facts/figures/trivia/context text has references/footnotes

Raise your hands if you use Slack

I have before. Also Discord.

I have a slack set up for the websites that I run, but since none of them have a sizeable fixed staff or anything, we might as well open it up and have a good time… since half the world is on semi lockdown, we can increase our options of exchange a bit… I just dont wanna take any attention away from the forum… so I am not yet sure… thoughts?

I’ll be honest and say I have no idea what Slack is

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I suspect you’d rather divert some of the conversations that would be held there to the forums (literally, you might occasionally say, “Hey, that’s great – you should post about that in the forum!”). But as a chat platform, I think it’d be fine.

Have recently discovered that a lot of the links on film’s pages in the DB to the relevant forum topics no longer work. instead of linking to the correct topic they just take you to the forum landing page.

Lots do still work but I suspect these are to the better known films which have been updated more recently. e.g. all the Top 20 and Alt Top 20 are fine. But I’ve checked and updated a hanful recently because the links weren’t working. Presume this was caused by an upgrade of some sort?

Anyway, if anyone who has editor status comes across any more as you browse throgh film’s pages please correct the link as you go.

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there should be an automatic forwarding to the correct topics, but it regularly gets lost during updates. Over time we should indeed manually fix those, thanks for pointing it out. Do you not have editor status? How the hell did that happen, hehe

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Respect to you guys who try to keep the ship afloat… :smiley:

we can always use a few more hands on deck :slight_smile:

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I do have editor status.
It’s just a job that is going to be impossible to do in one go so I was shouting out to others to bring it to their attention.

I was just checking the films of Sergio Garrone for example and found 3 with bad links but all the others were fine.

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alt top 20 is fine, too. Let me check if there is a working search key I can use to find all the incorrect ones

Let me know if you can.
Happy to set to work on them.
May as well use this furlough time wisely :wink:

wasnt able to find many more but do let me know if you do, I wonder if you might have accidentally stumbled across some outliers

Maybe.
But I just jumped around some random pages and already found these:

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Più_forte_sorelle

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Suo_nome_era_Pot,_Il

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Spacconata,_La

https://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Testa_o_croce

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fixed those. we’ll get them all eventually.

On a different note, today I realized once more how bad the SWDb is in terms of high quality pictures (posters, stills, lobby cards, etc.)… we need to mount an effort to do better on that front I think. I catch myself searching google for good pictures of spaghetti westerns, and I own the damn SWDb… that is a situation I want to change :slight_smile:

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