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This thread was archived on 3 July 2008 by Skill.

I'd like to set up a community page that would be a question/answer type page (or even eventually a series of pages) with one fundamental rule:

No question is too stupid or out of place to ask... especially if it is related somehow to Runescape.

Eventually I'd like to turn this into a sort of FAQ page for questions about the game where they may even be sorted into questions about different skills or perhaps other kinds of categorization. The goal here is that a new player can check out to see if a similar question has been asked before, and to use the wiki interface to help sort through these FAQs. *NOTE* this is not a forum in the traditional sense, but rather a way that new players can ask a question in a non-threating environment.

Those of us who have been playing the game for a couple years or more can (hopefully) come up with a sound answer to the questions.

I'm thinking something like "Who is Andrew Gower?" or "What is the little cross swords that I see on the bottom right side of the screen?" (The multi-combat indicator, FYI)

Why I'm posting here is that I'm trying to come up with a good name for such a page. A few come to mind, but I'd like to find something as fitting as "Yew Grove" that captures the spirit of the game. "Lumbridge Tutor", "Noobs 'R' Us", or "Castle Chronicles" are some suggestions, but I'm fairly certain some better names for such a FAQ page could be suggested. Any ideas? --Robert Horning 04:05, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Well, I constantly see the question "WTF is that?", but maybe it's not very appropriate lol. Noobs 'R' us sounds ok, or maybe "Help, I'm a noob". I'm sure in the end lots of people here will say noob is too negative, but I like it anyhow. I call myself a noob all the time. It's just a funny word to me.--Degenret01 06:08, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Good idea. I remember it took me forever to figure out what those little cross swords meant and why some NPCs stopped attacking me after a while. If you're looking for name suggestions, how about Mr. Mordaut's classroom? I mean, the dragon is already smart enough to pick out the featured articles in here.--Diberville 16:47, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Summer School at Tutorial Island, maybe? (no offense meant, at all) Diber's works too... Hmm... or maybe "Adventurer's Training Grounds?" There's alot of name potential...
Regardless of what the name turns out to be, I like the idea. --Pikaandpi 17:12, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
Wise Old Men? :P Nah I don't have any good ideas for the name, but I do like the idea of the page. Being probably the longest-playing player here, I could see myself being able to help out a bit with some answers, too. I have a couple of comments. First, I think that it's really important that this should be able to teach people how to search smartly for answers on the wiki. Even if we're answering FAQs, the answer is probably somewhere on this Wiki, and by providing links to where that information is stored on an FAQ, we should be helping newbies better use this site. Second, I think it's important to have a "post anything" page separate from an "FAQ" page. Basically, we should have a mechanism for "promoting" a question to a (or the) FAQ page. Endasil (Talk) @  22:13, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Would this sort of be like the Wikipedia Reference Desk? If I understand this right I think it's a good idea. I would like to consider having it in the forums, since that's where a lot of RuneScape-based questions, and it would help reduce the number of one question threads that are answered and then fall to the bottom of the forums. Sysop crown.svgTes FanSysop crown.svg 22:17, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

The reference desk is very close to what I was thinking about, but to also link it to a sort of FAQ list that would be built up over time based on the kinds of questions that would be asked. In other words, a genuine "Frequently asked questions" list. I'm not against linking this into the forums as well, although it should be noted that the forum community and the wiki to seem to be different communities even if they are both hosted by wikia. The overall goal here is to make it easier, not harder for somebody new to this community and website to ask a question. If the forums can help with that overall goal, I'm 100% for it. There will still be an article page that would help explain the forum and contain links to the FAQs. If the user is more into wiki editing, I don't think that should be discouraged. This doesn't have to be an either-or situation.
BTW, I completely agree with Endasil here in terms of linking to articles and encouraging answers that point to specific sub-sections. This could also help us out in terms of writing better articles, as occasionally I've even been a little bit puzzled by a particular quest or stumped about some game feature that simply wasn't clearly explained as well as it could have been. Often those of us who are veterans forget some of the details of this game that we take for granted that are bewildering to new players... or we've adapted to the changes over time. --Robert Horning 01:26, 30 May 2008 (UTC)