Doghouse, Gamepedia's very own search database
One of the search options when you add a new game is Doghouse
, the Pedia programs' own database. Doghouse is built for and by Pedia users and can hold game data in all languages and for all countries.
Contributing to Doghouse
Any user with Gamepedia 5.0 or higher can register to contribute data to the Doghouse.
- Go into Gamepedia's Doghouse menu.
- Select "Settings" and register a username and password to bring up further menu options under Doghouse.
- Choose "Contribute Collection" to upload the entire selected collection or choose "Contribute Selection" to upload only selected entries.
- The little busy wheel next to the collection lets you know when the upload has finished and you can also see the number of entries being uploaded at the bottom-right of the main window. In the meantime, you can use the program as usual.
Contributions to Doghouse never include personal fields such as Comments or custom fields. The only personal data uploaded is your 'My Rating' info to add to the cumulative Doghouse rating of an entry. Below you'll find a full list of fields uploaded to Doghouse when you contribute data:
Artist, ASIN, Awards, Developer, Difficulty, Edition, Features, Format, Gameplay, Genre, Number of Players, Platform, Price, Publisher, Rated, Region, Release Date, Requirements, Series, Summary, Title, UPC
Your Pedia Library in Doghouse
You can access your contributed entries online any time; a great option for sharing your database with friends without the hassle of exporting information first. For a full description of how it works, check out this how to page
Becoming a moderator
As with any website or forum, some inaccurate or inadequate information might slip in. To avoid this, we invite users to become moderators and help us check the incoming data on a regular basis. If you're interested in becoming a moderator for Doghouse, click here
Moderators should have good attention to detail and a reasonably fast internet connection. :)
After we have confirmed you as a moderator and you have followed the instructions on resetting your program to moderator status, you have two different ways of moderating entries. You can either do it online at doghouse.bruji.com
or directly within Gamepedia using the special collections explained below. Check out both options and see which one suits your style better. (The online one is much more powerful and lets you do batch updates of fields and values as well as duplicates while the in-app option is more straight-forward work on one entry at a time.)
The changes for Doghouse moderation include:
- two new collections, marked with a Doghouse icon: "Doghouse: New" and "Doghouse: Updated"
- one new column option for the list view: "Locale Language"
- two new menu commands under the Doghouse menu: "Mirror Selection" and "Delete Selection"
Every entry that's added to Doghouse will go through this collection at some point so the moderators can check for errors, missing images or information. To avoid overload, 50 entries are shown at a time. Moderators will only see those entries that correspond to their computer's language, i.e. if your computer is set to English then you will only see Doghouse entries that are listed as 'en' in the new Locale Language column.
If you see an entry with information that doesn't fit your locale, change the fields to match. For example, if you are in the US and the entry "Super Mario Bros." lists the price in British Pounds (£), change it to US Dollars ($). Doghouse will save this information in a separate locale table so that it can then display whatever data is pertinent, depending on the locale a search is made from.
This collection holds entries that have either been updated in the Doghouse: New collection, were edited and contributed by a regular user or were mirrored by a moderator. It's basically a double-check to make sure that the data is now correct.
Pro Tip: By default the Doghouse collections will only show you the latest 50 entries. If you'd like to expand that to 100, for example, run the application Terminal found in Application/Utilities and copy paste the following into the window, followed by a return:
defaults write com.bruji.gamepedia "Doghouse Items" -int 100
This moderator-only column displays the language of the computer from which the entry was uploaded. Locale Languages are always two letters and lowercase. For example, if your computer's language is set to German then the language shown in the Locale Language column would be "de".
If the locale language column for an entry does not match the information, i.e. the information is clearly in German but the language is set to 'en', change it to 'de'. If you do not know what language the entry is in, leave it as is and another moderator will take care of it.
Here is a short list of common languages and their locale abbreviations:
English = en
German = de
French = fr
Italian = it
Spanish = es
Dutch = nl
Portuguese = pt
You can find a full list of language codes here
(use the 639-1 column).
This moderator-only menu command found under the Doghouse menu lets you edit any entry in your database that's already part of Doghouse (i.e. it has a DogTag number assigned already) and upload it exactly as it is shown in your database. This is especially important for updating cover images.
This moderator-only menu command found under the Doghouse menu lets you delete any entry from the Doghouse. Please use this command sparingly and only as a last resort when an entry simply cannot be fixed through editing.
This moderator-only menu command found under the Doghouse menu lets you mark an entry as approved. Editing the entry will also mark an entry as approved.