User Database Migration

Known Issues (and how to resolve them)

Issue: Usernames were renamed during the merge that should not have been, or you would like to rename an account or merge two accounts.
Resolution: Request a rename/merge by adding the request in a new sub-section to GuildWiki_talk:Wikia_Migration#Rename Requests. It has been several weeks, so we are no longer able to accept rename requests.

Issue: The subpages of your userpage were not moved to reflect your new username.
Resolution: Subpages will need to be moved manually. Currently bots are being used to move those pages in cases where there is a large number of them to be moved.

Issue: Your watchlist was lost.
Resolution: Watchlist recovery should be possible in most cases. Add your watchlist recovery request to GuildWiki_talk:Wikia_Migration.

Issue: Your preferences were reset.
Resolution: If you had both a Wikia account and a GuildWiki account, the Wikia preferences were applied to the resulting account. You will need to reapply your preferences manually.

Issue: Your signature is the same for all Wikia sites and you would prefer to have a different signature for GuildWiki.
Resolution: Follow the instructions here.

Issues: Redirects on image pages are not functioning properly.
Status: This issue is now resolved.


The database migration is now complete. It appears that the list of conflicting usernames was not complete, so a few of you may have been moved that were not on the list. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. We are, however, able to rename your account to any username that is not taken.

  • If you would like to request that your account be renamed, please do so in the section that I have set up on this article's talk page.
  • Please report any other problems, such as issues with contributions, edit counts, watchlists, and the like to the talk page as well.


Hey everyone!

As we mentioned before, the final stage of migrating GuildWiki over to the Wikia code is to migrate the GameWikis user database over to the main Wikia user database. This will allow you to use the same username and password to log in to any Wikia wiki, and will allow the Wikia staff, helpers, and janitors to better help you out whenever you need it. We recently moved WoWWiki's database and the process was relatively painless, so I believe it will be that way here as well. Here are a few things that you need to know:

  • The migration is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 5th Thursday, May 8th.
  • If your username conflicts with an existing Wikia user, your username will be prefixed with "GW-". For example, "KyleH" would become "GW-KyleH". A list of users with name conflicts can be found here.
  • If you signed your username on my username survey here, then there is a good chance you will be able to keep your username even if it conflicts with an existing user (provided that the existing Wikia user is inactive).
  • If your username is changed, your main User: and User_talk: pages will automatically be moved; however, this may happen at some point after the initial move. Subpages in the User: and User_talk: namespaces will not be automatically moved; however, if this becomes a significant problem, we may be able to figure out a way to bot the move for some users.
  • Links, such as those from signatures, will not be updated throughout the wiki if your username changes. I suggest that the community decide whether or not redirects would be appropriate to maintain consistency.
  • If you already have an account on Wikia with the same username as your GuildWiki username, make sure the email address is the same on both accounts. If the email addresses are the same, then the accounts will be merged, otherwise your GuildWiki account will be prefixed.
  • If your username ends up prefixed and you don't like being "GW-Bob", you will be able to request that your username be changed after the merge. We will post details on how to do so after the merge is complete.

Please let me know if you have any questions. --KyleH (talk) 21:29, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

How to have a different signature on GuildWiki vs the Rest of Wikia

  1. Go to Special:Preferences
  2. Within signature, copy-paste in:
    and remember to replace "GUILDWIKI SIGNATURE" and "STANDARD SIGNATURE" with actual signatures.
  3. Once you save, if you go back to your preferences, you'll see something like:
    That is fine and is the expected behavior.
  • It is generally recommended that your standard signature links to your talkpage, and perhaps your contributions.
  • If you want to ensure the links in your sig point back to GuildWiki instead of whatever Wikia wiki you are on, use

How to have several wiki-specific signatures on Wikia (including GuildWiki), and have a general one for the rest

  1. Go to Special:Mypage/~.js on GuildWiki
  2. Put in your GuildWiki signature in there
  3. Go to Special:Preferences
  4. Within signature, copy-paste in:
    {{#ifexist:User:USERNAME/~.js|{{User:Username/~.js}}|STANDARD SIGNATURE}}
    Remember to replace "USERNAME" with your actual username, and "STANDARD SIGNATURE" with actual signatures.
  5. Once you save, if you go back to your preferences, you'll see something like:
    {{subst:#ifexist:User:USERNAME/~.js|{{subst:User:Username/~.js}}|STANDARD SIGNATURE}}
    That is fine and is the expected behavior.
  • Only you and admins will be able to edit your own Special:Mypage/~.js, which prevents most people (but not admins) from vandalizing your signature.
  • The ".js" suffix at the end flags the page as only you can edit. It will also enclose the entire page inside a <pre> so you can't directly see how it renders. You should test your signature on a sandbox before putting it in there.

Code Migration (old information)

Hello, GuildWiki users. I wanted to give you a heads up that we are (finally) going to migrate guildwiki (along with the other gamewikis) to the Wikia MW 1.12 codebase. We plan to move and tomorrow and move oblivion and Guildwiki next Tuesday/Wednesday. The changes you will notice are:

  • the primary domain will be changed to will still work down to the article level but will redirect.
  • the skin will change to our version of Monobook (ad along the right side instead of along the bottom), although we will keep your CSS customizations
  • the Nav bar along the top with the different wikis will disappear
  • you will be able to use interwiki links to link to any other gamewikis or wikia wikis.
  • GuildWiki will have the option to enable our new skin Monaco (you can see it live on Full customization details


  • Guildwiki will have the the option to take advantage of new features and extensions such as You Tube video embeds, Dynamic Page Lists, Widgets, and more.. See full list at

I also wanted to ask your thoughts on what to do with the content on Is any of that content being actively used? Should we move it onto guildwiki?

Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions Angies 17:14, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

Just a quick update. The final migration will happen tomorrow, April 2nd around 7AM UTC. Angies 19:12, 1 April 2008 (UTC)
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