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The Golden Age is probably more correct than the Modern Age actually. Either way, we're not really using the apn anymore. It was an effort by mostly one editor working off a list that was incomplete. There isn't really going to be an effort to go through and remove every instance of it at the moment but it shouldn't be re-added either.
Nothing. As Kyle said, it was incomplete and incorrect. Also, may times, appearances is flashback were placed in the chronology purely arbitrarily. If you want a chronological order, look up everything by publishing date.
You know better then me that publication dates may confuse a reader. I'd consider better to fix incomplete and incorrect links (what I actually was trying to do) then just simply eliminate the thing.
For example, someone is up to read Madam Xanadu's books. He finds her first appearance in mini-series, then somehow he gets to her special aaand..that's it. What's the readers' next step? Searching through the list of her appearances for the next-to-date book? Or looking the list of the books that came out the same (or, to be more accurate, the next) month in an almost endless effort to find her in one or more books?
Former: first of the two options. Latter: second of the two options.
But that'll be pure madness, don't you think? Searching thorough all that amount of books instead of clicking one tiny button which leads a reader to the point of his interest.
Maybe we should delete the Previous/Next Issue section in the template so it would be harder to read? I mean, who needs it when we can just take the list of the books that came next month and find what we need. And, to go further, why do we need all that lists? pages can just exist without any lists and anybody can change a number of required book or volume in the address bar of his browser.
I thought DC Wikia (as every other Wikia project) was created to make process of getting information more interesting and easy to people.
upd: And to the second thought: do those arrows on the character names really harm anyone more then they help?
We do not have the resources to know which of those are correct and which aren't. We also have no way of knowing which are already fixed and which still need to be. Simple as that.
It was an experiment, and it failed to gain the desired effect.
Simple logic, observation and exception of odd can be the perfect resources in this subject. All questionable points can be discussed in the talk sections.
As for the experiment, I'm not so sure if it's failed, because this thing was the first one to make me register on the wikia site, so I could contribute and fix some obvious errors and missing spots.
The biggest obstacle to being sure of correct links is that we would first have to have read every single comic published by DC at that time. We would then have to sort out what constitutes a "next" appearance, as just because Detective Comics is published the week before Batman doesn't mean that Batman is his next appearance in story. The books don't use that kind of logic. They're separate stories.
I was indexing a book (I think it was Etrigan but I don't remember) and around issue 10 found his "next" linked to a book 4 or 5 years later instead of the next 8 or so issues of that run. So a person browsing those links would think he doesn't appear in the last issues of his own book but next appears years later.
I suppose this is the kind of thing that COULD be fixed but I am not going to sort through dozens, if not hundreds, of appearances to find which takes place next chronologically. Add to that, we have pages on THOUSANDS of characters and characters like Batman appear multiple times a week. I'm not going to figure that out to see where they take place because even DC doesn't do that. Frankly, if DC isn't going to create them in an absolute chronological order, I don't think the site should try to figure it out either.
That's what I'm talking about, Kyle. The reason I joined the project was to fix some of these mistakes or sometimes even loop holes (like when an issue leads us to the next one, then next one and at some point it returns to the first one).
My point is elimination of the feature is not a necessary option. Instead we can let it evolve to a better condition with efforts of other users. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's interested in it.
And I know it sounds like impossible thing to do this with the high rate of characters appearance, but some years ago idea of making a database like this seemed damn hard too.
Hi Nikita. The apn is used to show a character's next appearance when they jump from one comic series to another, like from Lobo Vol 2 to Lobo Unbound. You don't need to use it for multiple sequential issues in the same title such as Lobo Vol 2 like you've been doing.