Malton Danger Updaters/Tools
The maps linked to on the suburb page are very useful — but they're not the only ones out there! Particularly useful maps include:
NecroTech - Police Department - Power Station - Pub - Railway Station - School - Stadium - Tower - Warehouse
The basic primer on how to update Danger Reports is the Danger Reports Guide — it covers how the DR system works and how to update the reports. Note that updating a building's status affects how that building is displayed throughout the wiki: on its wiki page, the suburb-level danger maps, the Danger Center, Building Information Centers, and any other maps (see the above section).
One thing the guide fails to note in depth is what kinds of situations mean what statuses. A simplified listing is below.
One of the most useful ways to keep information on Malton updated is through the External Military Report system. The system was long used to update wiki statuses of suburbs, buildings, etc. with the assistance of a bot; however, this was discontinued a few years ago. That means that keeping the system updated is up to dedicated volunteers like us!
Below are the basic steps to becoming an EMR updater. They may seem long/confusing at first, but soon (once you've memorized the codes in step five especially) the process will become very simple.
1. Have your character carry a radio and set it to the External Military frequency, 25.96 MHz. The radio can only be acquired & retuned while a survivor, but will continue to play messages while a zombie (or a dead body etc.).
2. When this character logs in, pause. Don't take any actions. Open the EMR Page (or equivalent map) on the wiki, and do all of the EMR updates. If you take an action with the character, you'll no longer be able to see the EMRs.
For the next steps, let's say you see a single EMR, for the suburb of Miltown. The message will read something like:
3. Navigate to the relevant EMR page by (on the EMRP or EMRM) clicking on the date in the box for the relevant suburb. This will bring you to a page entitled, e.g., EMRP: Miltown. Leave this page open, but in another tab, open its talk page, in this case Talk:EMRP: Miltown.
4. Add the report to the talk page. The talk page acts as an archive of past reports, and lets other users know that a given broadcast has already been updated. To do this, at the top of the page (below the "Logged Reports" title) type five tildes in italic markers (should look like: ''~~~~~''), which will paste the italicized timestamp — not your full signature! (This means you can't use the button if you normally do.) After that, paste the full report, including the "25.96 MHz:" and the "time ago" (the text in parentheses). When you save the page, the result should look like this:
5. Edit the EMR page. Back on the suburb's EMR page (in this case, EMRP: Miltown), edit the page and update the information. The information is in a coded form, to keep the form small: the key can be found at either EMRP: Format and Meaning of Report Summaries or Talk:External Military Report Page. The basics are:
In the case of our example report, "... minimal activity in Miltown ..." translates to z=10-; "... a lot of buildings with lights on ..." means p=B; and "... only a few buildings damaged ..." means i=**-.
6. Update the date. To know the date the EMR was broadcast, take the current game time (easy to see as the timestamp from step 4!) and subtract the "time ago" from the end of the broadcast. In our case, the timestamp we got was on February 16, and the report says (yesterday), so we would mark the EMR page as d=Feb 15. In all, our report should look like this:
Once we have that, just save the page!
7. Update the Danger Reports of any listed buildings. See the Danger Reports section of this page for the basics on how to update Danger Reports. In general, most EMRs will list the status of 1-2 strategic buildings (NTs, malls, or forts) at the end of the report. In our case, we have
So, we would navigate to the Fliney Building Danger Report and update it, leaving the "... lights are on in the Fliney Building ..." text as the comment. In general, it's ok to update a report as safe if it says "lights are on" or equivalent, and ruined if it says "out of action", "down" or equivalent. However, you may want to take into account other information, particularly the previous Danger Report update if it's recent. For example, if we visited the Fliney Building report and the prior status was rot revive, we would leave the report as rot revive as the EMR we got doesn't contradict that (rot revive buildings must have lights on).
Occasionally, early in the report text another building will be referred to, generally as "about (number) outside the (such-and-such) building". The procedure for updating the relevant Danger Report is as above, although generally under atack or under siege is the most common resulting status.
8. Update the suburb Danger Level. This is the least frequent, and most subjective, part of the process.
First, determine what the EMR implies the suburb Danger Level is. This is an approximate system, and EMRs don't always reflect 100% accurate numbers, so the boundaries can be fuzzy. In general, the tables below indicate what the relevant DL should be. Each box is an i: level, with the rows and columns as p: and z:.
Next, check the suburb's currently-listed Danger Level on the Suburb map or the suburb's individual page. If the current status contradicts the one implied by the EMR, you can change it. Let's say that before our EMR, Miltown's Danger Level was listed as moderately dangerous. However, the EMR implies that it should be listed as safe. In that case, we can navigate to User:DangerReport/Miltown and replace "|Danger=moderately dangerous" with "|Danger=safe".
You may have noticed that a couple of these boxes have asterisks (*). This means the report is borderline between a safe and intact status. In this case, if a suburb is already listed with one of those statuses, it's best to leave the report unupdated. And if you're not sure about a status, you don't have to update the Danger Level! Another EMR checker, or an on-site reporter, will update the status with more accurate information.
9. Repeat this process for any other EMRs listed.
10. Rest happy in the knowledge your updates help keep the wiki active & informative for other players!