Doing More and Better in 2017
Shorah, D'ni history fans and supporters.

So, as I'm sure you all know, 2016 ended up being a pretty rough year, and the Guild of Archivists sort of fell by the wayside more than I had hoped or intended. That's my fault, and I readily own up to it. I really am very sorry. The good news is that neither I nor the website are dead! I'm blowing the dust off of this Patreon to give you some updates on what's happened since last February (ack!), and what to expect going forward.

2016 Recap

As of December 31, 2016, The new MediaWiki-powered Archive was host to 895 articles. That number sounds pretty good, and a lot of that number is thanks to the hard work of BladeLakem, who convinced me to let him set up a wiki-powered D'ni dictionary, based on the work that had previously been done on the old MystLore wiki. Getting the dictionary set up required writing some new bits of plugin code and putting together some new wiki templates, but everything is in place, and the result is pretty awesome. It's also nice to see more than just myself in the "Recent changes" log :). Thank you, Blade!

In addition to the Dictionary, I put in a lot of work to create necessary templates  for sidebars and footers, and plowed a ton of effort into making the Archive into a visually distinct site, rather than just "Generic MediaWiki installation with custom logo #8267364". The Archive now has a beautiful, responsive, and mobile-friendly design, and a unique set of Guild-themed page components. Check out all of the available table colors!

Finally, in 2016 I updated both the main Guild of Archivists site and the new MediaWiki Archive to use HTTPS, thanks to my host's support for Let's Encrypt SSL certificates. I know a tiny little fandom wiki isn't the highest-priority snooping target, but it's still vitally important to secure login forms in this day and age, and if I'm already doing that, why not go the rest of the way and secure the whole site while I'm at it?

D'ni Date Converter

A couple months ago, I built a new, web-based D'ni date converter, based on the awesome work done by BrettM and RIUM+ . With it, you can convert any date in our calendar (the Gregorian calendar) to its equivalent date in D'ni, and vice versa! I've also put the code for the site, including documentation for how to use the underlying JavaScript object, up on GitHub. I'd like to expand this utility to other languages besides JavaScript in the future, but for now, there is once again a functional date converter available for people to mess around with. (Did you know the Fall of D'ni was on a Saturday? Bummer.)

Moving Forward

There are still a lot of articles in need of relocation from the current IP.Content pseudo-wiki, and a lot of those still need a lot of attention to bring them up to my current standards. It is my goal to move at least one article a week, every week, from here on out. Most weeks I expect to get a lot more than that done, but at least one per week is the bare minimum. I'll be posting weekly updates to this patreon detailing what's been done - expect those on Sundays.

In addition to the essential work of relocating and rewriting existing articles, I'm also going to be creating new articles as needed to further flesh out the Archive for those searching for specific subjects. Just today, I was looking for information on the stone extrusion technology developed by the Guild of Miners, but there's no article about it (yet)! I had to dig through the articles on several D'ni Kings to find what I was looking for. Stone extrusion tech is now on the top of my list of new articles to create, so that all of that information is in one easy-to-find place.

Extending our Reach

For a while now, I've wanted the Guild of Archivists to serve as a place for more than just the dry recounting of canon, but wasn't exactly sure how to go about it. There's a lot of analysis, research, and - honestly - creative writing that can be done using D'ni as a foundation. I wanted to give that more speculative, "extended universe" stuff a place to live, but I also didn't want it to get in the way of official canon, and I certainly didn't want it to be mistaken as such. I think I've found a solution for this, though: a new namespace. This namespace will host things like articles about Ages created by members of the community's Guild of Writers, the Lara Documents, and more collaborative, research-based content such as my recent rough draft detailing the history of D'ni architectural design.

I haven't decided on the specific terminology for this new namespace yet, but I intend to do so by the end of this month. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, or add it to the discussion page for the project on the Archive.

Spread the Word

I am absolutely committed to maintaining and improving the Archive for the forseeable future. I know there are other wikis out there - much to my legitimate consternation, honestly - but I think it's essential to provide a free, ad-free platform for this material, and frankly, I was here first. If you or someone you know is interested in helping, please do so! Even if you can't contribute to this Patreon, lending a hand with moving articles from the IP.Content repository, proofreading material, or filling in an obvious gap will never go unappreciated.

Thank you for your continued support. With your help, the Guild of Archivists will be better than ever this year.

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