Since launching the wiki at the end of 2011, the paxcommunity.net site has grown as a community resource. Thanks to the help of some dedicated contributors, the wiki has a growing wealth of PAX information. However, paxcommunity.net is a portal site that contains more resources than just the wiki. This thread is here to familiarize you with all the features of the community portal.
If you have any questions about how to use any of the features, please PM @Zerzhul
Common issues/questions will get posted to this thread.
It's worth reiterating here that all of these resources are unofficial, community-run resources. Penny Arcade/Reed Expo have no connection with paxcommunity.net nor the resources contained within. We will NEVER put any ads or revenue generating items on the paxcommunity site.
As some have realized via targeted topic wikis in the past, the forums are not a good method to archive or detail a significant information about PAX. On-topic threads can cover a lot of things but inevitably information gets lost as time moves on. This has prompted a group of folks (including some that worked on the Hitchhiker's Guide to PAX East wiki) to create a general community wiki project to house collective PAX knowledge.
It is now open to the PAX Forum community at large for absorbing and creating content.
When reading the wiki, if there's an absence of a page that you think should be there, and you want to write it, use the application to sign up for an account and create it.
When writing for the wiki, use an available boilerplate so that common article types stay stylistically similar. If there's a boilerplate category that doesn't exist yet, create a stub for it from the default if you know how, and if you don't, ask. Try to be as informative as possible without being too subjective. Perfect objectivity isn't expected, but it should be a goal of every article to be a knowledge base and not a guide. Obviously all the articles are slanted in a PAX perspective. A decent way to think of this is: is this an "about" article? or a "how-to" article?. Try to stick to "about" as much as possible.
If you want to contribute to the PAX Community Wiki Project, read the front page of the wiki for the application link.
If you have any technical problems with the wiki, contact @Zerzhul via PM. If certain issues become common, They will be posted here.
The global MediaWiki user's guide resides here.
There exists a Sandbox page with which to try out things before posting them to a specific page.
Previously relegated to its own thread, IRC information is now available on the PAXcommunity.net IRC page. There is also a wiki page dedicated to more robust information on how to get connected and authorized.
IMPORTANT: Some cell providers (such as Verizon) block SlashNET (and many other IRC networks) via non-wifi data connections (3g, 4g, edge, etc). Please read the bnc section on the wiki for more information about setting up a bouncer to get around this issue.
If you already know what you're doing, here's the basic info. Remember that you need to be registered to get voice.
The PAX community minecraft is currently under construction (haha). If there's demand, it will be reopened.
Upon joining the server, you will have ask for permissions in order to build. You can request permissions either directly from Contre or Moe Fwacky in IRC/Minecraft Chat or by e-mailing [email protected] with your minecraft username.
Also, please be sure to review the server rules and objectives.
Long live #pax
Minecraft is nothing but resources.
(I know, I'm all take take take, right?!) : P
Thanks again to all the folks that contribute on a regular basis to the pages they maintain
long story short, there's a bug in mediawiki that was exposed by upgrading php. They have a fix, but I need to do the mediawiki upgrade to fix it, and that will take some time to do properly.
A new resource has risen! A collaborative effort between /r/pax and these forums, we have the unofficial pax discord!
If you're familiar with discord, the invite link is here: http://discord.gg/pax
If you're not familiar with discord, discord is a text and voice chat platform, sort of a combination between irc/slack and teamspeak/ventrilo. It's a pretty good way to implement an easy to administrate chat platform for a large community, especially a gaming centric community. Many gamers already use discord for various games, and so adding on something for PAX is a no-brainer!
Discord has a web app one can use without installing any software, and also mobile and desktop apps for major platforms.
PAX IRC has gone the way of the dodo because who the hell even uses IRC anymore anyway? There is a public GroupMe available here that is active year-round if you'd like to hang out and chat about random crap with other nerds
*looks at the hexchat install on his machines*
Groupme room huh? Might poke my virtual head in there Soon (tm).
As cabsy posted above, we have an unofficial community GroupMe chat as well!
If you're familiar with GroupMe, the invite link is here: https://groupme.com/join_group/29119174/L0FJfy
If you're not familiar with GroupMe, it is a text chat platform that integrates web/mobile apps and legacy SMS text messages. For folks who don't have a smartphone, or those who simply prefer only text comms, it's a solid resource for chatting with other PAX community members.
GroupMe has a web app one can use without installing any software, and also mobile apps for major platforms. From the web app, you can learn how to turn on SMS forwarding to interact with GroupMe via SMS.
Thanks to @Solanales for the design!