Personally I still think that's faster and less prone to error than using the old template, of course your mileage may vary, but just posting this incase you weren't aware of the possibilities of this new template :).
I don't want to answer this question, because I will end up writing a 500-word essay =p but let me try to be brief:
On policy: I tend to defer to Drocket, who is the only active admin to my knowledge. As far as I'm aware, wiki editors in general accept that "clutter" will be added--it's better to have it than not (otherwise, how are we that different from Steam Card Exchange).
On my adding those backgrounds: I actually try to avoid updating the Sales pages because they always have extra stuff, but lots of those images were sitting in Special:UncategorizedFiles for a LONG time, so I just finished up the page as best I could to have those finished. The other obscured backgrounds were already added, and I dislike deleting any work other people have done, because it clearly means something to THEM (what if someone turned an obscured background into gems, then wondered afterward what it turned out to be?).
My general opinion tends to be - I dunno. I can't imagine any real use for them either. At the same time, what if someday we DO want them for some insane reason - I don't think we could get them back, since they're a limited time sort of thing. I guess it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them? Of course, that's the sort of hoarder mentality that's the reason my house is a mess :P
That's GOT to be the most lazy trading card implementation of a re-release I've ever seen. Never have I seen pure recyclage.
Considering everything is the same (bar a few cards) I don't see why we simply can't use the same images, rather than duplicates. For the badge didn't notice that but we can just use #4 twice. I don't see any need to upload the same image twice just cause a developer is lazy.
Having said that the 'Remastered' badges are still modified to appear as marked for deletion and I modified the artwork and original badges to have original and remastered categories (for which 5 would need to be revoked then). Or should they all be restored to their original?
I put off finishing that game for precisely these reasons, but in the meantime I decided that (in my opinion--can't speak for anyone else) uploading duplicate images that have been reused on Steam are fine, where the ones I've been marking for deletion are duplicates of what's intended to be one unique image. There are literally tens or hundreds of thousands of images just on this wiki, so an extra 22 otherwise identical to others won't make a big difference.
What the filename structure does is unambiguously tag a specific image as, say, No Time To Explain Remastered Badge Level 1, instead if 5000 copies of "01.png" (besides that Wikia tries to say 01.png is also used on 5000 other wikis). It also makes it easier to link to an image for the Emoticon and Profile Background galleries. Furthermore, how would one decide which file is the "original"? Would NTTE Remastered Badge 4 be it because it's number is lower? Or 5, because it's the "correct" one? Less clear-cut, there's one game that uses literally the same image for two different cards (it's uploaded once and linked to both)... I believe I uploaded it only once, but that the two different cards share one filename makes it confusing to anyone who doesn't realize the designer did that intentionally, and might assume I made a mistake if they don't bother to or know how to read the update comments.
Mostly, I feel it's simpler to just leave what's done done and move on to the next WIP, even if it gets on my nerves that someone uploaded a 01.png again. I don't remember which game had the shared artwork for two cards, or I'd fix it, but almost no one is going to care that it looks like an error, so long as what the page displays is technically accurate.
(Also, the Millennium game series emotes are a perfect example of not even bothering with comparing the images across games, since they're all just slightly different from each other.)
I think you mean Incoming Forces? Yeah, definitely a headscratcher (that's not a tank!) I think it's an error on the developers side rather than intended behavior though. Or another one entirely?
And my opinion is because we indeed have so many files, it's only more clutter everywhere to have 2 of the same. We can easily solve it for emoticons by giving it two lines, one the original name, other the remastered, rather than having 2 entries).
... removing the category "detailed animal faces", moving (what isn't already cloned) to it's animal-type subcategory. It's hard to keep up as is without having to do double the work. Or should the effort be done to get it up-to-date again?
Eh, fine with me. I think that one dude just went nuts making pages and didn't really think about what people would actively search for. I don't really even like the division of faces vs. whole bodies, etc. without narrowing it down a bit... but then, who has time to fix that up? =p (hint: not me, anymore)
It was spam. Talk pages can be generated by anyone (much like regular pages) so there is no explicit requirement to have one pre-made either. If anyone felt the need for one with actual content, they could/can just remake it.
Not sure if that's needed, but... fair enough.
But do we really need Digital Homicide Studios LLC. and Digital Homicide Studios seeing it's exactly the same company? I'm pretty sure the other 'devs' and 'publishers' are too, but this one is definitely not up for question.
Generally we try to match whatever the developer/publisher is on Steam. Why these companies can't get things together enough to make sure that their games are listed under one name, I don't understand.
Well, first instinct is I don't like the specific background choice. Second, the dark orange highlights are a bit weird, and I'd gotten used to the more neutral grey scheme. Layout-wise, I guess it's fine.
Yeah, I'm not entirely certain about the background choice myself. It's easy enough to change - I just don't know what would be better. I was considering trying out making an image with a bunch of different trading cards (shrunk down to like 50% size) tiled. That might be a look a bit crowded, though.
In terms of colors - that's not really something I'm good at. It does, at least, stand out and make things less bland than they were, which is good. It seems to be changable, but I haven't the faintest notion to what to change it to that would be better, other than blue. But I always wind up making everything blue, when I'm in charge of picking colors :P
I think blue would be fine, to kind of match Steam itself... backgrounds, though--since the layout has that semi-transparent look, I would pick something fairly plain, like a space scene or other, if some kind of slide show/rotation isn't possible.