Reviving Maintenance and Clean-up
As discussed in Forum:Clean-up Needed (now archived), things in general are getting a bit cluttered and chaotic. As I have been having to sort out a fairly massive copyright issue on the Huntik Wiki lately, I'm more or less stuck just overseeing things as opposed to actively working to sort this out myself, apart from template-side coding. That's where the community of the MNW can hopefully chime in as well as help. I do understand that this will be a lot to reply to, so feel free to respond to as much or as little as you wish ; )
Contents[show] Conflicting Media
Probably one of the most confusing issues with Magi-Nation in general is that, however much may be held in common between the primary media (Gameboy games, TCG, and TV series, for example), much more seems to be different.
I can think of two primary ways to address getting information sorted. The first option is to have a character have a single page divided based upon media appearances. The second option is to fully divide the MNW into projects under namespaces such as GBC, TCG, and TV, where the main space would serve as a disambiguation between the projects. The second option would require an admin (Vellup or myself) sending a request to staff.
Probably one of the first issues after that has been point of view. Characters should be referred to in-universe. For instance, instead of saying "Agram is a fictional character in Magi-Nation who serves as the primary antagonist to to Tony, Edyn, and Stragg," it would be better to say "Agram is a Shadow Magi who serves as the primary antagonist to Tony, Edyn, and Stragg." (For this reason, the Fictional History sections all need to be changed.)
Page layouts will be pretty much determined by how we end up dividing articles. However, in both cases, a couple things are held in common.
Firstly, the introductory paragraph should be about as general as possible. Basically, this section serves to describe the topic and give a general, objective overview. Neither of the media should be favored here, and neither should be treated as more or less canon.
Secondly, some form of history-oriented section should follow based upon the specific media. Basically, follow the events from that media. This would primarily be for the GBC and TV sections. Some of these sections may be further divided for stats and whatever else is necessary.
Thirdly, it would seem to make more sense to include a card gallery where applicable instead of simply reciting the card text, verbatim, on the main article. This was done in the early days of the Wiki primarily for filler. A card gallery would also allow for the displaying of alternate-Moonland cards as well as alternate-text cards.
Fourthly, come sections such as Related Species (or "Alternates") and Trivia. Related species could either be mentioned towards the beginning, just after the intro, or towards the end of the article after the host of media appearances. Trivia should always come as the very last section of the article.
While I highly regret this on some level, it may be necessary to look into making certain infoboxes span the full width of the top of the page and include general info, and images, from the primary media sources. This could be used on the single-article format or on a disambiguation article in the multiple-article format.
As these would be fairly large changes, there's almost definitely something that hasn't been mentioned above. With 620 articles currently on the MNW, this will take some time but won't be as big an issue as wikis containing multiple-thousand articles. Once a plan of action is together, the easiest thing may be to work alphabetically through Magi, Dream Creature, and Spell / Relic pages first, and then deal with the remaining articles last.