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I'm not sure if the community is aware of this, or if they would even care to do so (for one reason or another), but it is now possible to manipulate an articles display title (such as italicizing a starship name, film title, etc...) without altering the page's address or manipulating the sites code. Thanks to some upgrades by the MediaWiki software (which I think Wikia has now employed), a magic word "{{DISPLAYTITLE:}}" can now be used to change article title displays. There's a catch (ah hah, gotcha! No, actually...), you cannot "change" the text by adding or subtracting "words" in other words, you need to copy whats written and add in wiki markup to italicize. Basically, you can make the page say USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E), but not Enterprise (NCC-1701-E), USS and I am pretty sure that you can't drop the "()" either. Anyway, I just wanted to make the community aware of this to see what everyone thought and if it should be employed (IMO, if it isn't going to screw with the address, or any other linking/archival system, why not?) (For clarification, it will have to be {{DISPLAYTITLE:USS ''Enterprise'' (NCC-1701-E)}} to make it work) (Terran Officer wrote this post) --Terran Officer 05:47, February 22, 2011 (UTC)

We've known about this for awhile, but the new wikia skin actually breaks this, see iTunes Store, so I doubt we would be adding this to pages until they can get this working again. Knowing wikia though, I expect the world to end before they actually spend resources to fix this; if it happens, it's most likely going to be an accident while they're breaking something else. - Archduk3 05:54, February 22, 2011 (UTC)

Oh, I see... I guess I see it all working because I am using Monobook, man Wikia just sucks more and more with the things they do. This is supposed to be something inherent to MediaWiki software and they frak it all up my creating skins to whore out more adds while making the sites less and less usable. Oh, well, it was worth a shot, although on a side note I think I did find a wiki somewhere that somehow manipulated div coding to do the same thing... but thats complicated and messy. --Terran Officer 06:13, February 22, 2011 (UTC)

This has been around and available for a while, and there are several articles we use it on. I'm not the biggest fan of italicizing ship names in article titles myself, and prefer to only use it on pages where a lowercase letter is needed as the first letter of the title. -- sulfur 11:08, February 22, 2011 (UTC)

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