Welcome! Feel free to leave me a message -- Alec Usticke


Web host[edit source]

Your web host is killer! Followed the link to it that you left in BT's talk. I think I may change my websites over to it when I can save up enough cash to take advantage of the special pricing. Email me so I can make sure you get referral credit (I think they pay like $97 per referral or something like that...]. Thanks for the heads up on this great host! Klingon Mage 17:22, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)

Thanks, Klingon Mage. Yeah, I've used DreamHost for a few years and have been very happy with them. That link has my referral, so that should do it. My email is alec@usticke.org though. -- Austicke 18:36, 9 Oct 2005 (PDT)

I copy Austicke's link to DreamHost with his referral reward here for others. I think I might be using it as well! :) Brick Thrower 02:45, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)

Thanks, I appreciate it! -- Austicke 15:23, 11 Oct 2005 (PDT)

I was just thinking a couple days ago that we've been getting some pretty good traffic, so I might need to upgrade my web host plan. Today I get a message saying they've quadrupled disk space and octupled bandwidth. I love DreamHost.

We can now handle over 2 terabytes per month in traffic. I think it'll be a long time before we hit that. -- Alec Usticke 18:29, 4 January 2006 (PST)

  • I just signed up with dreamhost. what a great deal! i followed the referal link above and put your email in in the refer window when i signed up. ive never had a host before, i usualy have just hosted a website on a school computer or something. Im really excited about having something with such great storage and bandwith. My family will be very happy with this. thanks for sharing the info alec. :) Directrealist 10:14, 4 July 2006 (PDT)
Thanks, directrealist. That's great. I've had nothing but good experiences with DreamHost. I was getting worried they were getting too big and it would degrade performance, but so far so good. -- Alec Usticke 10:31, 4 July 2006 (PDT)

BTW, DreamHost uses a wiki for their support site. :) -- Alec Usticke 10:35, 4 July 2006 (PDT)

Grimoire status[edit source]

I think I'm done with any major updates for the time being. If you still want to do that news announcement, feel free. SSB Syrus Greycloak 17:36, 29 December 2005 (PST)

Thanks, Syrus. I'll reply on your talk page. -- Alec Usticke 06:32, 30 December 2005 (PST)

Things to look into[edit source]

I've noticed that your ECL page says that Neverwinter Nights does not use an ECL system however that is false.

Neverwinter Nights actually uses a Class-based ECL system. For example, a level 5 Wizard/level 5 Cleric has a -6 ECL modifier and is treated as a level 4 character when receiving experience from enemies.

Each class has its own ECL pace from the Fighter-type's (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6...) standard pace to the Wizard's (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9...) slow-start pace. Perhaps, under each class along with all the other information, an ECL section could be put in.

I've also noticed that there is no information in the Armor sections as to specific types of Armor; perhaps the Wiki would benefit from these additions.

I wouldn't mind making them however the ECL section/explainer is a fairly large addition so I thought it best to ask first.

Countess Terra 13:05, 2 January 2006 (PST)

Good point about ECL. I think that's defined in classes.2da, EffCRLvlXX columns.
Armor info is in Category:Armor -- or am I misunderstanding what you mean? -- Alec Usticke 13:32, 2 January 2006 (PST)

Ah, I've found your sections. I was going from the Armor Class page to Maximum Dexterity Bonus and it takes a bit of linking clicking to get from there to the individual types of armor and their impact on Dexterity. Having the information related to Armor-type/Max Dexterity Bonus right there on the Maximum Dexterity Bonus page would be much simpler IMO.

You are correct with the location of the ECL values.

--Countess Terra 14:02, 2 January 2006 (PST)

Having a table in the maximum dexterity bonus article is a very good idea. If you don't have the time to do it, let me know, and I'd be happy to do it. -- Alec Usticke 14:19, 2 January 2006 (PST)

I put one in. ^_^ --Countess Terra 14:54, 2 January 2006 (PST)

Looks great. Thanks! -- Alec Usticke 15:30, 2 January 2006 (PST)

Page Names[edit source]

I got your message about my page names for the spells. I can change them. I was just following the same naming conventions used in the Spells section. I am also updating my formatting to match as well. SSB Syrus Greycloak 17:58, 4 January 2006 (PST)

Apparently I was editing a page when you changed the name. I recall seeing something about not blanking out a page to delete it but to instead do something else, which I cannot seem to locate at the moment. How should I go about deleting the page? SSB Syrus Greycloak 18:05, 4 January 2006 (PST)

Yeah, I took care of it. I moved your edit to the new page and deleted the old.
FYI, only admins can delete pages. If you need a page deleted, just add {delete} to it, and an admin will take care of it. Thanks! -- Alec Usticke 18:12, 4 January 2006 (PST)

Spammers Suck[edit source]

Well... they do. --Countess Terra 18:17, 5 January 2006 (PST)

How do I report a page that has been spammed? Harleyquin 15:22, 17 April 2006 (PDT)

Alec, is there anyway to make the Blacklist for the spammer work again? This 201.??? is really starting to be a pest. -- Pstarky 12:36, 21 May 2006 (PDT)

Sorry about that. I gotta find some time to work on it. -- Alec Usticke 13:36, 21 May 2006 (PDT)

As I was just doing some research for an essay using wikipedia, I noticed they got this to take care of spammers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:AmiDaniel/VandalProof . Figure its any good for nwnwiki? GhostNWN 14:12, 2 June 2006 (PDT)

Thanks for the tip, GhostNWN. -- Alec Usticke 06:22, 4 June 2006 (PDT)

If anyone's looked at Recent Changes lately, there's some weirdness appearing there (some long numbers in NWNWiki talk:Community Portal/NWN 2 News). I don't know what it means, but I assume it's not desired. -- Mister Pickles 02:53, 20 November 2006 (PST)

Yeah, that's weird. It looks like some kind of spam test. -- Alec Usticke 20:16, 20 November 2006 (PST)
And again... Main Page this time. -- Mister Pickles 11:06, 22 November 2006 (PST)

More spam and vandalism the past two days or so... Alec, you want to double-check the cleanup when you get a chance? --The Krit 01:50, 29 January 2007 (PST)

One other thing... there's one page I came across that seems odd. I think it should be deleted as spam, but it's not that blatant, so I'd like a second opinion. (Right now, a lot looks like spam to me.) The page: click here. It consists of a couple of external links, and is under a user that hasn't contributed. --The Krit 06:39, 29 January 2007 (PST)

Some more vandals struck, and again they targeted this odd page. I think the two are connected. Some of the new links makes it look like AzerRed is using NWNWiki to store links to pages that feature our vandals. --The Krit 19:49, 29 January 2007 (PST)
It is a collection of evidence for an attempt to get Encyclopedia Dramatica (ED) shut down, either by notifying the ISP of where that abusive wiki is hosted, or to file a lawsuit over invasion of privacy. ED has many pages that are trying to ruin the lives of many notable Wikipedians, which I will not link to because they are so disgusting. See this Wikipedia user subpage for evidence. 14:33, 30 January 2007 (PST)
If you check out this Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Dramatica_%283rd_nomination%29 you'll notice some account names are the same or similar to those that vandalized our NWNWiki Kail Pendragon 11:15, 29 January 2007 (PST)
Yeesh, what a pain. Of course, it has to happen when I go out of town for a few days. I'll try to review what happened tomorrow. -- Alec Usticke 21:09, 29 January 2007 (PST)

Bonus Spells per day[edit source]

I was unable to find such a page which outlines the bonus spells you gain per day for having a certainamount in a certain ability score as a caster. At least the search function gave me every class name instead :P Does the NWNWiki have it or need it?GhostNWN 08:26, 9 January 2006 (PST)

Try Ability modifier. ^_^ --Countess Terra 08:39, 9 January 2006 (PST)

Aha, thanks Terra (ye evil name remover ;) ), i didn't try it that way :D Would suggest though that "bonus spells" should link to this page too as I'm certain users would type that first when thinking about that table GhostNWN 08:49, 9 January 2006 (PST)

I added bonus spells per day and bonus spells as redirects to ability modifier. That should help people find their way to it. There is also a Wiki-link in ability score that will lead you to it. --Countess Terra 08:57, 9 January 2006 (PST)

Thanks for answering, Terra. There's also links in the Int, Wis & Cha articles. -- Alec Usticke 09:48, 9 January 2006 (PST)

Presence on Wikipedia[edit source]

Added a small section to the discussion on the main page about the presence of NWscripters on Wikipedia. Not sure where it could be placed but for anyone who uses Wikipedia there are many references available to associate yourself with NWN.

Features you can add to your userpage:

{{User Neverwinter Nights}} = Indicates you play Neverwinter nights
{{user nwscript}}           = Indicates you know NWscript
{{user nwscript-1}}         = Indicates you are a beginner with NWscript
{{user nwscript-2}}         = Indicates you are intermediate with NWscript
{{user nwscript-3}}         = Indicates you are advanced with NWscript
{{user nwscript-4}}         = Indicates you are an expert with NWscript

Will leave it up to you to decide if it deserves a feature on the main page somewhere. Enigmatic 19:26, 17 April 2006 (PDT)

Script running[edit source]

  • While I didn't test using the premium module, I was doing some tests with "runscript" as opposed to "dm_runscript" and it really does the same. In that case, unless you object, I'll add the "dm_runscript" to the Infinite Dungeons as well. GhostNWN 08:16, 6 June 2006 (PDT)
I see. You might as well note that either should work. -- Alec Usticke 15:41, 6 June 2006 (PDT)

Renaming[edit source]

  • Is that actually still going on or has it been given up upon? I've renamed a few today but I just want to be sure I'm not doing that for nothing. GhostNWN 16:19, 6 June 2006 (PDT)
  • Seems to still be going on. Some hardworker named GhostNWN is etching away at it while everyone else seems to be slacking off at the moment. Hopefully that'll change... but it's a lower priority than ensuring that information is correct. I'd say any contributions made are appreciated though. ^_~ --Countess Terra 17:44, 6 June 2006 (PDT)
All I've been doing is slacking off. Can I use the excuse that I'm saving my energy for the NWN2 mania that's soon to come? Not buying it? Darn. -- Alec Usticke 18:10, 6 June 2006 (PDT)

It might be a good idea to delete the redirects created by the renaming. It would encourage authors to use the lowercase versions when writing and updating articles. (One example I noticed: Pixie is a newer article, and it linked to "Disable Traps" and "Move Silently", even though those pages had been renamed to "Disable traps" and "Move silently" a while ago.) Perhaps once someone renames a page and updates all links to that page, that person should (or maybe just could) mark the redirect page for deletion? --The Krit 21:08, 26 June 2006 (PDT)

The only problem with that is external links. There have been a lot of links posted to the BioWare forums and other web sites. If someone linked to http://www.nwnwiki.org/Disable_Traps, it'll give a blank page if the redirect is deleted. (I made that link plural, so you can see what happens.) My preference is to keep the old links. It's a good point that it's a disincentive for people to do it properly, but I still think we need to keep the old ones for continuity. -- Alec Usticke 22:26, 26 June 2006 (PDT)
Oh right. External links are one reason there are redirects in the first place. I'll let you know if I get any other ideas. Maybe the next one will be better. :) --The Krit 00:40, 27 June 2006 (PDT)

Quick revert[edit source]

Any chance you could be adding some kind of quick revert button? Its kinda tedious to fix the main page back. I kinda screwed up some of the format trying to heh. GhostNWN 14:40, 12 June 2006 (PDT)

That's a sysop ability. You've been active, so I'll make you a sysop.
I'll ask you and the other sysops: Are there any other active editors who should be made sysops? It's nice to have people watching for spam and vandalism. -- Alec Usticke 15:58, 12 June 2006 (PDT)
Hm...is there some overview over those new buttons I see now (I have yet to find a quick revert btw)? I am unsure whether I should just press them randomly while on the sandbox to check them out since I might not be able to change it back :) Also, I think anyone (who is not a spammer) would attempt to fix spam when they see it, as I would like to think everyone wants to keep the space clean. GhostNWN 16:32, 12 June 2006 (PDT)
Err nvm I found the quick revert (rollback) button :) GhostNWN 16:38, 12 June 2006 (PDT)

Protection[edit source]

What do you think, is it worth setting Main Page onto the protection list? Seems to be the most spammed page after the sandbox and does not usually need to be updated (and if it has to be, one of us can do the necessary amends). GhostNWN 14:33, 15 June 2006 (PDT)

It's probably a good idea until I can find some time to work on the site software. -- Alec Usticke 15:11, 15 June 2006 (PDT)

NWN2 Wiki and the Script Directory[edit source]

I'm planning On Purchasing NWN2 As soon as it is released and I was wondering about the possibility of continuing The Script Directory Project with the NWN2 Wiki. I think in the beginning it would be a great help to us all to have somthing like it available to all members of the nwn2 community. Please let me know what you think.


WynterArwynRose 01:09, 13 September 2006 (PDT)

Great idea, Angel. Much of the scripting will be the same, so you've probably already done 90% of the work to get started. -- Alec Usticke 04:53, 13 September 2006 (PDT)

Awsome, (stoked about the scripting then if it's as similar as you say then it's just matter of learning the change's with the toolset) so let me know what I should do and when to get started, I'm here pretty much 24/7...(the computer is my life aparently ...lol)

I was thinking as per the nwn script directory, that the project should be titled Neverwinter 2 script directory, let me know what you think

WynterArwynRose 12:10, 13 September 2006 (PDT)

BioWare Website[edit source]

Have you noticed the "Essential Links" on BioWare's NWN website? --The Krit 16:16, 29 September 2006 (PDT)

Yeah. We're listed there: [1]. -- Alec Usticke 18:44, 29 September 2006 (PDT)

Nice WynterArwynRose 03:51, 30 September 2006 (PDT)

Acceptable?[edit source]

Two pages caught my eye: [[Demon X]] and [[Evil Ufo]]. I think it's a very bad idea to keep pages like these since they are negative and easily become slanderous. Should they be deleted? --The Krit 18:44, 18 April 2007 (PDT) (Dead links dewikified. --The Krit 15:56, 13 June 2008 (UTC))

Hmm, I'm not sure that's content we want here. I don't want to be too quick with the censor button though. Any other opinions? Perhaps a post to the community portal discussion page? -- Alec Usticke 13:24, 24 April 2007 (PDT)
I got sidetracked, but have now posted on the discussion page: NWNWiki talk:Community Portal#Player Pages. Hopefully there will be some responses. --The Krit 02:35, 1 May 2007 (PDT)

Corrupt unicode characters[edit source]

It looks like some Unicode characters have got corrupted (during the move to Wikia, I assume). See, for example, the apostrophes in Metamagic and the dashes in [2]. It looks like the UTF-8 representation is being incorrectly interpreted as Latin-1 or something similar. Is this something that you can fix easily (by changing some sort of global setting), or will we just have to fix it manually wherever we notice that it's happened?

DropZone3k 16:21, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Good question. I'll inquire with Wikia. -- Alec Usticke 17:14, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

BTW, another character affected is the times sign. I've already fixed a bunch in the weapon articles (used in the critical ratings), but there might be a few more out there somewhere. --The Krit 00:44, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

  • Found a page with major character corruption: Ilimar - Północne Krainy. Even the page name got messed up. Have you found a way to globally fix this? --The Krit 21:53, 5 September 2007 (UTC) (The page title is fixed now, but there are still a lot of corrupt characters in the article that I don't know how to fix. --The Krit 15:39, 5 April 2008 (UTC))
TOR from Wikia said he'd work on it. -- Alec Usticke 22:00, 5 September 2007 (UTC)
Cool. --The Krit 22:12, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Recent changes[edit source]

My preference for not seeing the enhanced recent changes is no longer used. I can go into my preferences, and deselect "enhanced recent changes", and it seems to stick in the sense that I can look at articles, come back, and the option is still unselected. However, if I take a look at the recent changes, I get the enhanced version, and if I go back to my preferences after that, the "enhanced recent changes" option is selected again. I think this started a few days ago. Any ideas why? (Thinking this might be skin-related, I tried with both the "Standard" and "MonoBook" skins, but there was no difference.) --The Krit 10:24, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Same case with me. It's no longer honoring the preference. There is an option at the top of the page to "hide enhanced recent changes" that works, but you have to select it each time. Wikia must have implemented an upgrade that borked that preference. -- Alec Usticke 13:19, 23 January 2008 (UTC)

Universal style sheet[edit source]

I was thinking that it would be nice to have one or more pre-defined styles for tables so editors can easily make tables look nicer than the default. Do you know anything about this? From what I've learned, it looks like the place to define this would be in MediaWiki:common.css, but that page appears to have been deleted by a software update at some point as "no longer required". Links to it make it look like the page exists, but it has no history. Is there someplace else I should be looking? Adding to the oddity is that when I go to edit that page, it has content, but I am told that I am "recreating a page that was previously deleted." Anyway, it looks like some of my info might be outdated — or maybe not applicable for wikia.com — so I figured I should start asking questions. Eventually I might even find someone with the answer. :) --The Krit 00:15, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Unfortunately, I don't know. I believe Pain on NWN2Wiki has been working on style sheet changes, so perhaps he can help. Kirkburn might also be a resource. Good luck! -- Alec Usticke 15:24, 15 April 2008 (UTC)

Main Page[edit source]

Hey, would you guys mind if I switch around the main page so that the Advertisement fits in better? I won't change any content, just the look and organization. Let me know.  PORTERFIELD  01:11, October 7, 2011 (UTC)

Go for it! -- Alec Usticke 01:51, October 7, 2011 (UTC)

[edit source]

hi there!

i was wondering if there's any way to get rid of the 'sponsored links', as well as the little blue message that's started to appear lately? [the one that says things like 'join our webinar!' or 'Do you love adventure and fantasy? Join Wikia's Fantasy Fellowship!']. they're both highly annoying... the sponsored links especially so, because they appear after the page is loaded, which causes the page to 'jump up' -- often just as you're about to click a link, which results in clicking the wrong link.

if this isn't possible, i suppose i could just disable javascript for the site.

thanks much, and also thanks for maintaining this site!



Xorbaxian (talk) 05:32, September 16, 2012 (UTC)

  • Alec hasn't bee around much, so I'll answer in his stead. First off, I think Wikia changed the skin a bit since you posted this, so maybe it's better now? (They claim it's an improvement at least.) If not, elements in the page can be hidden via your personal style sheet (located at User:Xorbaxian/wikia.css). You probably need just one line for the sponsored links:
.ASLcontainer { display:hide }
I have not tested that, but it looks good in theory. --The Krit (talk) 18:21, October 8, 2012 (UTC)
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