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EStillwell's pic Edit

Thanks for updating that. I thought that it would update from the comments I added, and then forgot to check since the "re-upload" process doesn't take you to the File: page.

Again, thanks a bunch for fixing that. -- Sulfur 20:09, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

No problem... :) -- Cid Highwind 20:25, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

Wiki problem? Edit

Cid, I don't know if you've noticed or not, but there seems to be an issue with some internal variable in the wiki (or something like that). See Special:Log/rights for one example... there are $2 and $3 placeholders all over the page. The same thing occurs at the top of Special:Recentchanges, where there's a $3 in the line "Below are the last 50 changes in the last 7 days, as of $3." I think it should be a date there, if I remember correctly. -- Renegade54 20:48, 22 June 2006 (UTC)

pna-episode specialization Edit

Since no one objected, should we move forward with the template specialization? I would need the help of a bot to replace the {{pna-episode}} with {{pna-episode | SERIES}}, do you have the time? I would take care of the rest (putting it on "pages needing attention", etc). Rcog 02:10, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Here is the discussion: Forum:Duty_Roster_and_pna-episode. Separating the incomplete episodes from the other articles and sorting them by series should not bring new maintenance cost and the classification will still improve a bit (we could change the message about incomplete summary to a more generic one on the article's quality in the future if needed). Rcog 23:41, 30 June 2006 (UTC)

protected page Edit

Since I'm being accused personally (another user is sending various messages about "Captainmike is wrong" rather than "add my viewpoint into the article differently", i protected Shelby. I'm bowing out to allow others to work on it, this is called for by the protection policy. I shouldn't be involved anymore now thats its gone personal and i stopped the situation. The user in question has also made edits making accusations of impropriety against another user, I'm not sure what the source of his complaint is. -- Captain M.K.B. 05:13, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Requesting help from a bot Edit

Hi there. Yesterday I took a look at "Category: Memory Alpha images (Klingons)" and noticed that there were only about 20 images. I started to go through all of the other klingon pages I could find, and recategorize them to "Category: Memory Alpha images (Klingons)". At some point, I realized I had been spending way to long on this.

I got through about 150 of them manually (yeah, I'm persistant). I think I only got through about a third of them. I was talking with Shran about this, and he suggested I get in contact with someone who has a bot so they can finish the task.

Any chance your bot could do that? --OuroborosCobra talk 10:09, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Question from IRC Edit

The question from IRC wasn't related to MA, but another wiki, so I'll email it to you. --OuroborosCobra talk 20:36, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Ah, looks like your not configured for that. Oh well. I have adopted another wiki, which is currently using the GNU FDL. While I plan on reading both the GNU FDL and the CCL, I am was wondering if you could tell me what the advantages of CCL are, since MA has chosen to use that. Thanks in advance. --OuroborosCobra talk 20:47, 15 July 2006 (UTC)

Vandal/Not VandalEdit

When I looked at Forum:Excellent source for TOS screencaps initially, it struck me as vandalism, since the guy turfed everything else. On further thought, I was going to try to readd his note (and maybe even a link to make the note useful), but got distracted by a brief non-planned meeting here at work. Doh. And by the time I got back, you'd already made the change. -- Sulfur 19:35, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Tarik Ergin Edit

The shot that is here at the moment is the best you can get so I removed the pna-message. Thanks for alerting me about that one, had completely forgotten about the pic. --Jörg 16:22, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Re:Red alert Edit

I know, I won't be doing that again. It was basically an experiment of sorts, seeing how it would go or how it looked or something. I'm not entirely too sure what I was thinking; I was tired as all hell, so I guess I just figured "eh, why not?" But after about 10 minutes, I figured it wasn't a good idea. So, yeah... that definitely won't be happening again. ;) --From Andoria with Love 12:42, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Template:TV series Edit

At first, I was trying to better organize the template, but then saw that the ST film articles use a "previous/next" system, so I decided to use them on the series articles as well. I guess I shouldn't have put the template up for deletion, but I felt it was obseleted and no longer needed. Adamwankenobi 00:36, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Unwrittentopics formatting Edit

Hiya, Cid. Just thought I'd let you know that, with the help of Splarka, I have changed the format of the unwrittentopics template so that written, crossed-out links don't appear in the template. I did this by updating the css. Splarka said I should let you know, so there you go. ;) --From Andoria with Love 06:27, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Oh, and he also did some work on the CSS for the recent changes table (MediaWiki:Recentchangestext). Something about making so the text expands to the point of a person's screen...? Like, if you decreased the text in your browser, more wanted topics show up. Yeah... um, you'll have to ask Splarka for a clearer explanation than that if you need one. ;) --From Andoria with Love 20:24, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Shran, got it. :) It's a nice change, I just enhanced it a bit to make the double "," disappear. -- Cid Highwind 10:58, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
It looks like the double comma is still there after each entry, but one is invisible (same color as background?) Also, there's an extra space between the first and second entry of the list... -- Renegade54 12:37, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
Yes, you're right. What I did was to make all commas have the same color as the background, then add additional ones in white. It is a hack, but the only way to avoid having a double comma in case of hidden links. These hidden links also are the reason for the extra space. -- Cid Highwind 12:56, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Woo-hoo! Now... how do we fix it to where the last link shows in its entirety? Currently, it just says "John" instead of "John Costanzo" or whatever... --From Andoria with Love 02:47, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Impersonator accountsEdit

Thanks for that, Cid. Shran already got the bad pages. This now appears to be a persistent vandal. You blocked User:AJ HalIiwell on Sunday, I blocked User:Smoke Detector 47 yesterday - it is obvious that this is a deliberate attempt to impersonate MA admins for some unknown purpose. They only seem to be creating one a day, but we should keep an eye out for more. -- Michael Warren | Talk 13:26, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

And what about usernames containing non-Latin "characters?" Цолстий

Deleted pics Edit

I've suffered the loss of a couple of pics lately. I haven't been on MA much in the last week, as opposed to the previous month. You'll see one pic missing on my user page, and someone killed a logo pic I was using on my signature-- pretty low class. I thought there was a set procedure on doing this, and that it wasn't arbitrary. --Sheliakcorp talk 18:33, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

Will reply on User Talk:Sheliakcorp, let's keep the discussion in one place. Thanks. -- Cid Highwind 18:35, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

Math markup Edit

Cid, I'm getting a 403 Forbidden error when trying to view math markup. Check out warp factor and see if you get the same error. Thanks! -- Renegade54 16:56, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Oops! Edit

Looks like we had the same idea at the same time... sorry about that! -- Renegade54 14:11, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

No problem - in fact, it's good to see that others are active doing the same job. :) -- Cid Highwind 14:23, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Question Edit

Cid, do you know if there's a particular reason why the Portal namespace doesn't show up in the dropdown lists of namespaces? Like, say, on Special:Allpages? -- Renegade54 20:38, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes. "Portal:" is not a namespace yet (I was going to request this in a few days), so the existing portal pages are in main namespace. -- Cid Highwind 10:50, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
Ahhh, ok, that explains it. It's only a pseudo-namespace right now. ;) -- Renegade54 13:48, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

Briar Patch Edit

Highwind, your "contributions" to the discussion both on the Briar Patch talk page and Sussman's talk page were nothing more than snide remarks and heckling based on your own fallacious reasoning. My points were clear and limited to one case, and yet you repeatedly employed a ridiculous slippery-slope fallacy that only tangentially had anything to do with the topic, and even had it done so it wouldn't have been a thought of any value. I was astonished to learn from CaptainMike's last posting in the conversation that you're an administrator. His tone in his reply was less than civil, but at least he addressed the points. You failed to do so, and your poor behavior has alienated this contributor. You'll get nothing more from me, thank you. - DSG2k 23:24, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

Answered via IRC. -- Cid Highwind 09:47, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Old policy issues Edit

I see that our friend Mike Nobody returned last week to make a modification to his user page. This is one of his first contributions to that page since our spat last January, and it has become quite clear that he is simply using his user page as a blog page to post his political viewpoints and personal interests, and has no true intention to contribute to the website providing him his free webspace. Aside from his formerly linking copyrighted songs to his page (which were removed), I recall that there was also a concern about "User pages are not storage space, so even if this not considered a copyvio for whatever reasons, I think it still needs to be removed." Text content aside, at last count (including his talk page) he is posting approximately 25 images on MA, which, I may add are being hotlinked from what appears to be his own hotbucket account, but nevertheless. I bring this up, somewhat mirroring our IRC discussion about 'where do we draw the line in creating new articles on background images/etc' (re: pluto/sol system map discussions) as we are now facing contributions that were not considered at the inception of this site. I think the same may apply with his page, as user page abuse was clearly not a concern when this site was originally created as well. I personally don't have a problem using one to three images from your own personal image storage space, but where do we draw the line, 5, 10, 25? What, if anything, can we do to nullify this issue and update our policies? --Alan del Beccio 17:58, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

People Portal Edit

Hey, Cid, what happened to the People Portal? Did it get deleted? The subpage is still there... -- Renegade54 17:33, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm not sure, but it could be related to the recent creation of the Portal: namespace. I'll ask about it, perhaps that page can be recreated. Update: It is related to that, and already on the todo-list. :)-- Cid Highwind 20:37, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

CSS help Edit

Thanks for replying, I'm basically trying to put the finishing touches to the design of the The X-Files Wiki, but (even with your reply) I can't figure out how to get rid of the white from the preferences and login pages. Maybe you could take a look at the CSS page for me? Any help you can provide would be much appreciated. --Defiant 12:32, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Added some comments to that css file. Any further conversation should be possible via my new x-files user page :) -- Cid Highwind 17:16, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Prome pics Edit

I just added pics, when they are intended to show, how the cast changed (costumes, changing cast members). I think two to three pics per series isn't too much. perhaps ds9 could be reduced to two, however, that should be discussed on its talp page. --BlueMars 14:56, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Kur? Edit

htanuang gadara kur lakis Keinar e comzidach sha'yn? K'wanto harara eksun diaq. Nye gallush.

A.. enko. Tukulti pshach. --<unsigned>

what language is this? 89.32.1.82 11:18, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but to answer the question, I would need to understand the language. At the moment, I don't even recognize it... :) -- Cid Highwind 13:32, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

zasim? Youka Keinar ergushun. Naigah Angalisu mej... :( Kerj hakka wattary, eikash nikusun lakis sha'yna, eksargh mauni. empshu, autak :((

Kadir beneath Mo Moteh. :( -- Cid Highwind 14:30, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
the language should be korean. 89.32.1.82 17:36, 2 October 2006 (UTC)

Re: DPLForum Edit

Hi Cid,

The addfirstcategorydate feature you referred to is one of the few features I left totally unchanged when adapting DPLForum from DynamicPageList. I was aware that feature didn't appear to work, but since DPL was a widely accepted extension I figured it was just a weird interaction with something else. Anyway, I never worked out what was wrong with it, but since it was incidental to the forum and only kept for backwards compatibility I didn't worry about it.

Sorry I can't be of more assistance. --Algorithm 08:04, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

Foreign language versions of MA Edit

Cid, what's happening with the non-English versions of MA? If you click on the Spanish one, it says it doesn't exist. The CSS seems to have disappeared totally from the Swedish and Polish versions. The MA logo on the Esperanto and French versions have been replaced by the generic Wikia logo. Any idea what's up? -- Renegade54 22:30, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Forum:Other_MA_versions_(October_2006_issues) :) -- Cid Highwind 22:37, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Oh. Ahem. Well... at least I asked the right person! :P -- Renegade54 22:53, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Clerzkey's talk page Edit

You do know that Clerzkey is already blocked, right? Threatening to block him after Jorg slapped an infinite block probably won't do much. --OuroborosCobra talk 11:00, 17 October 2006 (PDT)

Thanks for telling me that - his talk page is now protected. -- Cid Highwind 11:28, 17 October 2006 (PDT)

tree script Edit

There is a new revision at User:Bp/interactive tree script. Just copy the Source/JS part to Mediawiki:monobook.js - replacing the old one. Anyway, why aren't you on IRC, hmmmm? There are hot girls there, and beer, and darts. Ok, thats a lie. --Bp 09:36, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Mmh, hot girls - you nearly had me there. I'm not at my own PC right now, so that'll have to wait for about an hour or two... -- ;)

my star wreck page Edit

hey! i noticed you put up my star wreck page up for deletion, but please dont! the one i made is not the same star wreck as the one you are reffering to!! i am talking about a different fanfiction series, which happens to have the same name as the other star wreck book series! please dont delete my post! and why cant we give detailed info? ive worked really hard on the page...

You worked really hard on a non-canon article. This is the canon star trek wiki, therefore hard work or not, it does not belong here. --OuroborosCobra talk 15:08, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

where can i put the article then? must be somewhere a wiki or MA place to put it...

As has been said on the deletion discussion page, it can get a short mention on the parodies pages here. If you want something longer, I'd go to the Star Trek Expanded Universe wiki. MA is not the place for this. Also, please sign your post with --~~~~ --OuroborosCobra talk 15:24, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

StringFunctions Edit

Hey, Cid, any chance we could get the StringFunctions extensions to the ParserFunctions installed on MA? Seems like a pretty straight-forward installation... I could do some cool things with these functions! :) -- Renegade54 23:38, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Not at the moment, sorry. There are still open question, for example regarding possible DoS-attacks using this extension, so it won't be installed just now. -- Cid Highwind 07:58, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
Oh... bummer. :( -- Renegade54 12:32, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Edit

I really don't know where else to post this... but since i installed Firefox 2, there has been a serious bug with the Google ads on this page. I don't think its a bug directly with Firefox and Google, but the implantation in the page. i may be wrong, but i don't have this problem anywhere else --Sdamon 03:37, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

I'm just going to throw this out there, but my guess is that the bug is the constant refreshing on Memory Alpha every two or three seconds. It is not a Firefox 2 bug, I had it earlier today on FF 1.5.0.7 (in fact, I updated to 2.0 hoping it would go away). I informed Wikia on the IRC channel about the problem. It is javascript related, and I have confirmed this by disabling javascript. When I did that, the bug went away. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:43, 27 October 2006 (UTC)
I installed noscript in FF2 and forbid it from this site, and that works for now. though that is similarly annoying, as it puts a banner on the bottom of the page. hope this gets fixed. --Sdamon 04:19, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

Do Bots Delete Pages? Edit

Hiya, Cid. I was wondering, can bots delete pages? If so, could you have your's delete all these pages here? Pleeease. :D --From Andoria with Love 20:31, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

I think that's a no-no, at least on wikipedia. Bots are only supposed to be run under an account specific to a given bot, and bot accounts aren't supposed to have admin privs, so they wouldn't be able to do a delete. I just read a thread on wikipedia where someone had their admin privs revoked for running a bot under his own, admin-enabled account. Doesn't mean that applies here, though, I guess... -- Renegade54 02:32, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, doesn't apply here, and if we would decide that it is OK for a specific bot to perform a specific deletion task such as this (and then get its admin rights removed again right after that), it shouldn't be a problem. It only becomes a problem if we have an admin bot running around unchecked. :)
However, I don't think the standard pywikipedia bot even offers a delete functionality - I would have to check that first. -- Cid Highwind 11:05, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Ah, I never even thought about the whole account/admin privelages issue. Totally slipped my mind. As Cid said, though, if it's requested and for a specific purpose, it should be okay... assuming it even has deletion capabilities. Anyways, I've been deleting the pages slowly (and Renegade has been helping -- thanks! :)), mainly to prevent the recent changes from being bombarded by deletions (granted, they would still appear when bots delete them, but those are normally hidden). We've gotten through March now. So, if you can get a bot to delete the pages, that would be awesome, but if not, it's no problem. They'll all get deleted one way or another... except one way will be a lot slower. ;) --From Andoria with Love 18:47, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Wanted pages Edit

Cid, instead of the list of the top 12 wanted pages, I'm getting the string UNIQ174dc4b24a593ed-item77243e981fef9e6a in the box where the wanted pages should be. It looks fine on the template itself, but by the time it gets to the recent changes page, something gets scrambled. I'm seeing this on both Firefox and IE7. -- Renegade54 19:44, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, Wikia has turned on something called "Tidy" to find problems with the HTML code. In the mean time, as these problems are found, some things (like this) are broken. We should probably put up one of those status messages, like we did back when the images were screwed up. --OuroborosCobra talk 20:11, 7 November 2006 (UTC)
Although it would be nice to actually be able to answer questions directed at me myself...yeah, what he said. ;) -- Cid Highwind 14:15, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Image in spanish edition of memory-alpha Edit

Hi Cid,I´m Al.I´m a newcomer,so i don´t know if this is the right place to write you about uploading.I read your message and i tried again.When appears the window to upload the language is spanish,but when i press the button "Upload the archive" the next window is in english and speak me about the size of the image. I tried some combinations of names and images but i not have any solution.You tell me that could be a bug of the software.I´ll try again in a few days,meanwhile i can work in other articles. If you resolve it or have any other idea,please write me in the same place that today, because i don´t know if i will be warned in the spanish edition if you put your message here.And thanks for your help!

Sortable Tables Edit

Is there some way you could include the (freely-licensed) javascript code at:

http://www.kryogenix.org/code/browser/sorttable/

to make tables sortable by headings? This kind of feature is really nice for tables like:

http://www.memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Federation_starship_classes

where sorting the table allows, for instance, grouping vessels by timeline, function, etc. I locally modified this page and found the sortable table worked well, and provided extensive utility for a minimum investment of effort, but I'm unfamiliar with how to add the sorting code to the wiki (and I suspect that I wouldn't have priviledges to include arbitrary javascript anyway). Thanks!

--74.140.251.32 05:41, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Answered on User talk:74.140.251.32, will look into the script later. -- Cid Highwind 08:57, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Cid... its been a while, but I've got a question... Edit

Hey, I was doing a search online, and I found this site: http://encyclopedia.wizards.pro/index.php/Main_Page

It seems to have duplicated alot of our pages, from a while back, including even userpages! Any thoughts? Zsingaya 10:06, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Hi Zsingaya. Yes, we found this page before. According to the Creative Commons License, anyone is allowed to reproduce MA content under specific circumstances (basically, "attribution" and "non-commercial"), and this seems to be the case here (see disclaimer at the bottom of that page). I checked several articles, even minor ones, and all of them seem to have a link back to MA. -- Cid Highwind 10:17, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

I just thought it was a bit odd that someone would copy almost the entire database from here, and just stick it on their wiki... its not the up-to-date version anyway. Even the userpages... Zsingaya 10:24, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Actually, there is a problem with that site. They are taking our materials and claiming it under the GNU FDL. Therefore, it actually does constitute a copyright violation, as we are CCL, not GNU FDL. --OuroborosCobra talk 21:23, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
There website states at the bottom of 'Trek related pages: "This text is available under the Creative Commons License and may have been adapted from the Memory Alpha article about Star Trek." - To me that means the page and any future edits are CCbyNC-SA; either way though to my knowledge they could take the content from here and dual license any future revision after the one they copied from here under the GFDL as well as the CreativeCommons. Mafe 23:05, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
Oh, they updated it. Last time I had accessed the site, it didn't include CCL. Guess Wikia finally got them to do it. --OuroborosCobra talk 04:35, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

div class="appear" Edit

Hi there. I was looking at some of your code, and was hoping to copy what you're using to define the above function. I checked out Monobook and Common, but it's not there -- could you tell me where you're defining that? Thanks. — Scott (talk) 18:48, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Pretty much everything about it can be found on User:Bp/interactive tree script. If you plan to use it on another wiki, you probably should contact User:Bp about it, first. -- Cid Highwind 19:43, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
I see. Thank you! — Scott (talk) 19:58, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Filmstrip IconEdit

I'm sorry to tell you this, but I was attempting to clean-up the old File:Ma icon filmstrip.png, and I accidentally deleted the first version. I didn't even get a chance to see it if it was valuable, and you were the one who uploaded it, and apparently there was some discussion over it.

Anyway, I'm sorry for deleting it, pure accident (no, are you sure? messages).--Tim Thomason 00:47, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

Sehr persönliche FrageEdit

Ich trau mich fast garnich, hier auf deutsch zu fragen :) aber naja. Wie ich schon sagte: SEHR persönliche Frage (wenn dir das zu privat ist, dann brauchst du natürlich nicht zu antworten. Also: du bist deutscher Muttersprachler, bist aber "native english speaker". Wie kommts, lebst du in USA oder England? Hast du leider nich auf deiner Benutzerseite geschrieben. Warum bist du hauptsächlich in der MA/en tätig. Wie schonmal gesagt: brauchst nich zu antworten. Danke im Voraus. -- [Roggan] -- [Meldung] (externe Links wegen deutscher MA!)

Ach, bloß keine Hemmungen... ;)
Ne, ich lebe in Deutschland - das EN-4 auf meiner Benutzerseite war damals eine relativ spontane Wahl. Ich denke, ich liege irgendwo zwischen "3/Advanced" und "4/Native level", und habe mich dann halt für das eine und nicht das andere entschieden. Mehr steckt da nicht hinter.
Genauso "einfach" ist auch die Erklärung, warum ich hauptsächlich hier bin, und nicht bei MA/de. Als ich angefangen habe hier mitzuarbeiten, war Memory Alpha gerade mal einen Monat alt. Damals hat an deutsche oder andere Versionen noch niemand gedacht. Auch nachdem die dann irgendwann hinzukamen bin ich hiergeblieben, weil ich zu dem Zeitpunkt hier schon Admin war, und mir auch ganz ehrlich die Originalfassungen besser gefallen als die teilweise schlecht synchronisierten deutschen Episoden. -- Cid Highwind 12:18, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Danke, dass du geantwortet hast. Hat mich wirklich interessiert. Kennst du einen Deutschen MA "Mitarbeiter", der in USA oder England lebt. Ich würd gern wissen, ob Star Trek in Amerika oder GB noch n aktuelles Thema ist. Zur Zeit von den ersten ST Filmen war das ja ne richtige Manie da. Ob das heute immer noch so ist. Ich hab ja schon mit Austauschschülern vom Gymmi (ich mach ja Abi) geredet, die sagen, dass das kaum noch n Thema ist. Nur eine von sechs hatte nen Vater, der Trekkie war (hat sich auch selbst so genannt). Es gab ja "früher" in (fast) jeder Stadt n Geschäft mit Star Trek Sachen. Nochmal danke, dass du geantwortet hast. -- [Roggan] -- [Meldung] (externe Links wegen deutscher MA!)

Wikilinks Edit

I wanted to bounce something off you, if you don't mind. For some time now, I've been bothered (perhaps unnecessarily so) by what seems to me to be the increasing tendency to wikilink all nouns in an article (see Burgerland for a very recent example). First off, I don't know that it's really necessary (again, I could be wrong), and second, it seems to lead to the creation of many dictionary-type articles (such as those created by anon 64.53.12.59). I'm also somewhat confused as to what we consider a dictionary entry and what we don't... just because something has a Trek reference doesn't mean it has a Trek relevance. Do we really want pages that have a listing of every episode where, say, 'ketchup' was mentioned (unless it happens to be something like 'Klingon ketchup')? Anyway, I just wanted to hear someone else's take on this; if it's worth pursuing, we can always move the discussion to Ten Forward. Thanks! -- Renegade54 18:00, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Bump. -- Renegade54 19:24, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

I think you are completely right about that. Unless there is immediately visible and/or obvious Trek relevance regarding some topic, or already an article about it, we don't need links to virtually everything. That only leads to even more dictionary type articles that get deleted quickly. I don't know if that needs to be made yet another policy, but I think it would at least be a good idea to remove such links in a copyedit step. -- Cid Highwind 18:01, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
While we're at it - I also don't like those "out-of-context" links that seem to appear more and more. On the Burgerland page, for example, there's a link to food - the lemma in that case is "fast food", though - "fast food" looks strange. There are even worse examples than this one... -- Cid Highwind 18:04, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Missing Argument error Edit

Hi, CID. I don't know if this appears on your computer, but the Memory-Alpha site appears to be missing an argument in one of the PHP files. A banner appears across the top of every page, and it says:

Warning:  Missing argument 2 for getAllAds(), called in
/usr/wikia/source/wiki16svn/skins/MonoBook.php on
line 103 and defined in /usr/wikia/source/wiki16svn/extensions/AdServer.php on line 74

Can this be fixed? It appears to break the skin, pushing the page away from the tabs. Just thought I should tell someone about this. --Tuvok^Talk|Contribs 19:06, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

I'm getting this as well. --OuroborosCobra talk 19:07, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I think this may be a Wikia wide problem. I am experiencing it on Wookieepedia and Aircraft Wiki. --OuroborosCobra talk 19:28, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
It's been fixed. Yay Wikia developers! --Tuvok^Talk|Contribs 19:29, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

Martin Madden Edit

Please see Talk:Martin Madden and comment when you get the chance. Thanks. :)--From Andoria with Love 11:25, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Nuclear weapons platform Edit

Could you take a look at Talk:Nuclear weapons platform and see if this would work as an article (after it is properly edited, of couse). Thanks. --GNDN 06:42, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

Answered on the talk page. -- Cid Highwind 11:34, 24 December 2006 (UTC)

re: re: personal attacks Edit

I have responded on my talk page. --OuroborosCobra talk 11:28, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

Thomas Riker FA nom Edit

Hi there, I've finally been able to acquire better screenshots for the Thomas Riker article, and have addressed those items that you brought up. Would you now be willing to provide your support for the nomination? If not, I welcome further comments on either the FA nomination page or the peer review page. -Humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpuaʻa 21:54, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

The Thomas Riker article has unfortunately been removed from the FA nominations page due to lack of support. However, I would still like to improve this article and get it to FA status. If you have time to look at the corrections I've made with regards to your Oppose vote, I would appreciate it. Please see the peer review discussion. Cheers. -Humu­humu­nuku­nuku­āpuaʻa 14:52, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks Edit

For the help in directing me to the proper names for the MU wikipage. I left a couple commnets on that page already, getting some idea of what to do. Editing is hard though, I've probably already added way to much to the timeline for IAMD I >< Ah, well, that's what future edits are for (Which I intend to do when I have all seven episodes timlined up there... Thanks again, --Terran Officer 08:57, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

firstHeading on Portal:MainEdit

Cid, would you be a nice guy and tell me how you hid the h1 firstHeading on the main page? I see you moved the MP to Portal:Main, and changed the text wording for the link on MediaWiki:Sidebar. What else? And how do you eliminate the redirect when you click "Main Page" twice? I'm trying to do the same on another wiki; I've been banging my head against the monitor for days trying to get it, and no luck. I'd be ever so grateful. --Sasoriza 22:17, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi Sasoriza. Have a look at Mediawiki:Common.css and search for the comment: "Hiding .firstHeading, #siteSub, #contentSub on pages in ns:Portal". -- Cid Highwind 08:26, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

How did you get ns-102? Did you create a custom namespace, or simply move the main page to Portal:Main? --Sasoriza 08:36, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

"ns-XX" is just the way used to tag pages from differente namespaces. Main is "ns-0", Talk: is "ns-1", and so on - "ns-102" is our Portal namespace (which might differ on other wikias), and I moved the main page there to make use of the fact that h1 was already diabled there. You can find out which namespace corresponds to which number by, for example, using Special:Allpages (set to the namespace you want to use, then have a look at the URL), or by having a look at the source code of a page - the namespace value appears as a value in the <body>-element. -- Cid Highwind 09:03, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
Okay. Thanks much! :) --Sasoriza 16:34, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Bot battle Edit

DYKBot injects his invasive program into HighwindBot for 9845 points of damage.

HighwindBot has been destroyed.


--DYKBot 10:29, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Using Bots Edit

Is there anywhere I can learn how to create/use a "bot"? I know absolutely nothing about them, but would like to learn. --Defiant 17:49, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Hmm, using a bot basically consists of two things:
  1. The "bot program" that you run to change things here or on any other wiki. The one most often used around here is the "pywikipediabot" that can be found here. You might find others through this article on Meta.
  2. Getting the account you run your bot from "approved" as a bot. Our local bot policy is pretty lax at the moment, and probably needs to be changed at some point, seeing what all is done through a bot - including completely cryptic comments on user talk pages... To see how Wikipedia handles things, see Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Bot policy. There might be additional interesting links on that page. -- Cid Highwind 18:10, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Wiki-Sidebar Question Edit

Hi, I'm a sysop over at The Lost Wikia, and must say I really admire the sidebars used on the articles here. Over at the Lost wikia, we have been trying to create a similar template for all of our articles. We'd like to have one template, then just use the class="wiki-sidebar" to create a great template. We've noticed Wikia 24 also uses this sidebar.

We were just wondering if you could help us, or at least point us in the right direction of being able to create a great sidebar for our site, while still maintaining the appearance of our current one (Example: Jack's entry).

The reason I asked you, is because I noticed you edited most of the .css in the mediawiki for the site. So I thought you might have some insight into it.

Let me know, thanks alot.

--Scott?steve? 11:34, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Thank you very much, we really appreciate it.

--Scott?steve? 12:50, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi, I pasted the info into Mediawiki talk:Monobook.css, however, I'm still encountering issues, it doesn't seem to be working correctly. Any tips? Thanks

--Scott?steve? 14:48, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Hi, sorry to keep bothering you, seems like we've got it up and running. But, I'm not sure how to configure it to replicate the appearance of the templates we currently have, would you be able to offer any assistance for this?

Thank You --Scott?steve? 22:09, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

Yo Edit

What's up? Why don't you hang out on #ma anymore? --Bp 22:59, 4 February 2007 (UTC)

Hey Bp. Thanks for noticing, but no need to be alarmed, really. :)
There's just so much to do elsewhere at the moment that I don't really have the time to follow any discussions on IRC. I could be logged in, but that alone wouldn't help much... -- Cid Highwind 13:27, 5 February 2007 (UTC)

Oops Edit

I think the damage is already done... take a look at the job queue length on the statistics page. Sorry. :( I was thinking that since the changes were within <noinclude> tags, they wouldn't ripple through all the articles. Apparently, I thought wrong. -- Renegade54 20:54, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I think 88k is a pretty high number there, and the fact that I had to change the template a second time probably didn't help... Most probably the servers can handle that once in a while, but it shows that we shouldn't make changes to high-use templates too often. ;) -- Cid Highwind 21:03, 15 February 2007 (UTC)

IRC Edit

Hey, could you please spare a sec and join, ehm, me? ;-) --Jörg 16:22, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Serbian Wiki Edit

Hello I know I haven't been active for some time but I've come back. And I should be able to finish work I've started with interface and to do some editing.

Memory-alpha sisters CSS synch? Edit

Hi, I've had to modify the monobook.css here once in a while (like when we introduce a new extension that doesn't work well in this skin), and was wondering if there was any type of project to merge and synchronize the styles of the 12 or so sister projects.

I recently added this to make the editcount extension readable:

/* editcount table */
#editcount table { background-color:transparent !important }

Are there any non-staff MA users who have sysop access to all the projects? Eg: cs de en eo es fr mu nl pl ru sr sv. If not, would it be worthwhile to set up something? --Splarka (talk) 01:22, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Cid, I'd be willing to work on a project like this if everyone agreed to it. The lack of a standard look and feel across the various language versions has bothered me for some time, especially the differences in colors. Just call me Monk. ;) -- Renegade54 15:25, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
Well... "if everyone agreed to it" will become the main problem very quickly. ;) I tried a project just for style changes on MA/en once, and suggestions were either discussed to death, or not at all. I also participated in discussions on MA/de, where just suggesting a style that already is in use here would often be answered with "we don't need to do it that way JUST BECAUSE MA/en does it that way". The less active language versions are just a minor problem in that regard. I have admin access to some of them, although not all, and was able to easily fix some problems by copying "our" CSS there once in a while. So, in short:
  • Synchronizing the various styles is a very good idea.
  • This project will work best if only a handful people are involved...
  • ...which will lead to other problems in the long run.
-- Cid Highwind 18:19, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

my cid cant learn highwind Edit

why cant my cid lean highwind, he has all his other limits

Try this: [1]. Sorry, can't help you any more than that, it has been years since I last played that game. -- Cid Highwind 18:27, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

nobots patch Edit

I installed that patch that is linked from {{nobots}} to the pywikibot, it didn't work as expected. I don't think that is going to work out, which sucks. Some people's bots consistently screw up the data pages for the "project", and if that patch doesn't work as expected, I dont think we will be able to convince anyone to go out of their way to make sure {{nobots}} is honored. So... I dont think the episode talk page data sources box thing will ever work without {{nobots}} protection. The data will just get "fixed" in a completely inconsistent way, just as it was before. --Bp 05:00, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Un-blocking Edit

Thanks for unblocking me :) 194.176.105.40 22:40, 5 April 2007 (UTC) Sorry this was by me, forgot to sign on... Commodore 22:42, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Commodore Edit

Hey Cid, just letting you know that Commodore is having another ban-related problem. - Admiral Enzo Aquarius 14:56, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I'm a bit confused by this one. The IP address he used to leave a comment on your user page has never been blocked. Even if his IP wa blocked, I'm pretty sure he would still be able to edit under his username. I think this may have been a new thing that came with MW 1.9, cause several months ago my IP was blocked as a joke, and I couldn't edit logged in. Then, on April 1st, my IP was blocked for 5 years (another joke thing), and I was able to make edits logged in. In fact, just about the only useful thing I could not do was account creation. So yeah, even if his IP is blocked, it shouldn't be stopping him from editing while logged in, as far as I know. --OuroborosCobra talk 15:04, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Could this be due to the Sparta vandal using multiple user names to vandalise? - V. Adm. Enzo Aquarius 15:09, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

There isn't any real evidence to say that. Thus far Commodore's contributions have mostly been to revert damage done by the Sparta vandal, or to leave talk page comments related to his blocking. Commodore left a comment on this talk page not logged in (which is how I got his IP address), and as you can see, 194.176.105.40's contributions aren't related to Sparta vandalism either. We have no reason, at this time, to believe he is the vandal. I'm still trying to figure out why this guy thinks his IP has been blocked. There is nothing in his block log. --OuroborosCobra talk 15:21, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I was referring to the Sparta vandal using multiple user names (yet would most likely have one IP address [I know, he uses proxies]), and thus any user name with said Sparta vandal's IP would be ban. Perhaps Commodore's IP is related to a previous ban, but not related to (perhaps an expanded ban like '***.**.**.0). It's a pickle indeed. - V. Adm. Enzo Aquarius 15:23, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Blocks work in a few ways:
  1. Block by user
  2. Block by IP entirely
  3. Block anon by IP
  4. Block account creation by IP, but allow edits
The default when blocking a user are 1, 2, and 4. Why? Couldn't tell you. -- Sulfur 15:44, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

Hiya, Commodore here. Don't know what happened but I kept getting user is blocked pages. Anyway sorted now, and have started creating some pages which are red links, starting with medicine....must be the nurse inside me...! Thanks for sorting it out -- Commodore 16:14, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

There is no Cid, just like there is no Jesus. If you have seen him, you were halucinating. Edit

So what do you have to do that is so damn important you can't hang out on #ma? God I hate you so very very much. The only excuses are that you recently got married, you are near death, you finally were sent to prison for all your heinous crimes, or you are fighting in some foreign land. No other excuse will be accepted, certainly not "work". Eveyone else works and also visits #ma. --Bp 15:36, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

I suggest we start taking bets on which one. 3 bar of gold-pressed latinum on "finally were sent to prison for all your heinous crimes"! --OuroborosCobra talk 15:38, 22 May 2007 (UTC)
There is no Cid, only Zuul. --Whom You Gonna Call? 15:47, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

Evolution protection Edit

Hey, Cid. Just thought I'd let you know that the reason Evolution was protected was because of constant vandal moves. I just neglected to state the reason in the edit summary when I protected it... a year ago. Should have added it to the protected page list, too. Sorry about that. :/ --From Andoria with Love 22:02, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

re: Your comments on Forum:Image tagging Edit

I would post this there, but I dont want it to get off-topic:

Ok, it was a bit harsh, but there is a history of Wikia adding un-announced new features that cause major problems or at least major annoyance: starting with "enhanced recent changes", to the "a wikia wiki" added to revisions in the database dumps and the bot problems that followed, to the template limits, to changing the template limits, to the ifexist/wantepages problem, to this awful new skin which is itself a list of problems. And how many have been resolved? None. And how many times has the response been that it is not possible to reverse, or that Wikia refuses to reverse. All. If you are making the case that I have no reason to be frustrated, you are incorrect. Anyway, you have really defused the possibility of any kind of resolution other than Wikia just does what it wants to do in this situation, as before. So congrats on that. --Bp 14:32, 15 July 2007 (UTC)
I found out that, by actually talking to someone from Wikia (Sannse, in most cases), things can be done. Big surprise... :)
And guess what, I am talking to Sannse, not only about problems I personally see, but more often about problems a majority of the community here seems to have. Judging by your comments re:me and re:Wikia, that's probably an even bigger surprise...
Just yesterday, I made Sannse aware about a specific problem of the tagging implementation that I found mentioned on MA/de, before this was even a topic here. Many of your complaints about the tagging function are very valid, and I would have done the same in that case. By reading up on the recent IRC chat log, I just found out that, by talking to Sannse, you achieved the same yourself. Congrats back. :)
In the past, I forwarded some community complaints about the new skin (though not everything that just you but not a major part of the community seem to have issues with), including the fact that, yes, there's too much wasted space at the top of pages. I was told that this will be fixed in a new version of that skin - I told you that this is the information I got - today, Sannse told you the same herself. Perhaps we can remove that complaint from your list for the moment. Generally, there doesn't seem to be that much of a general aversion against that new skin as you make it out to be.
I could go on and talk about many of the other issues you brought up (some of which simply aren't "Wikia's fault"), but what it boils down to is: Yes, there are problems with Wikia, and yes, some people are bringing them up where possible, and you can do the same, although this would better be done without rude and unfair remarks. Other than that, please also keep in mind that a Wiki like this probably wouldn't even exist any longer if it wasn't hosted by a "big player" like Wikia, with all its pros and cons. -- Cid Highwind 16:59, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

Saratoga as Miranda class Edit

Please go the Saratoga talk page immediately.

64.230.120.123 14:06, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

saratoga pic Edit

here ya go

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/scans/other/miranda-christies.jpg

Linking images Edit

Hi, Cid. Is it going to be a problem if trekmovie.com linked to images on Memory Alpha for a page we're working on? It would save time on having to re-upload images on trekmovie's server. Let me know. Thanks! :) --From Andoria with Love 03:25, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

"real" Ezri Tigan Edit

hi. i stopped by your userpage and i found one thing that is interresting. you say that Ezri Tigan (mirror) has no counterpart. that is true, but she is known as Ezri Dax in the "real" universe. I think so anyway. and on the thing with jadzia dax (mirror), maybe the symbiont died with her? do you think any of it makes sense? -- Örlogskapten... My channel... 21:45, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Maintenance reminder Edit

When patrolling recently created stub/sub-stub articles, remember to always add {{realworld}} to the page. Newspeak 11:22, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Mediation required Edit

I feel that mediation may be required regarding Talk:Great Britain, Samoa, and User talk:Gvsualan#WP:POINT. This is spiraling out of control, with accusations of harassment, edit waring on other articles, and carrying out of actions that you yourself have said not to do when regarding an ordinary user, let alone an administrator, behaviour that at this point can only be said to not be acting as a proper "role model" (as you also said administrators should behave as). --OuroborosCobra talk 19:43, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Re: Viewer Edit

Hi, Cid! Could you please comment on my suggestion at Talk:Viewer? --Defiant 06:54, 22 September 2007 (UTC)


Using Ep Link TemplateEdit

Hi, I was wondering about a couple things. I copied the code of the Ep Link (And related templates) for use on my wiki site (A Fan fiction involving Star Trek, naturally). To the point, as I am babbling now, is there a way to...adapt this template, so that when I cite episodes to a canon source, I wouldn't need to make a template title, and have to use a tool tip for the episode title? I've tried to do this myself, and had semi success, only, now the (episode) tag, does notwork. (I had made a test page for "Broken Bow (Episode)" on my site, unaltered, the link(s) work, altered,it does not). I hope I was clear, :P.

Oh, One more thing, I copied the Galaxy Class page (Sans images) and at the main engineering section, the templates stop working, it simply does "Template:TNG" instead of "TNG: Episode name, etc...", did Memory Alpha encounter anything like this? Thanks for your time.--Terran Officer 09:37, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Regarding your second problem, the maximum size of any article is restricted. When templates get transcluded (content of the Template: page gets copied to the wikitext of the page), they take up some of that limited space, and if the limit is reached, further template calls will not be resolved: your option #1 would be to reduce the wikitext of any template to an absolute minimum (by not including wordy explanations there, for example). Option #2 would be to change the size limit, if you can: $wgMaxArticleSize is the variable you need to change, apparently.
Regarding your first problem - I'm not sure I really understand what you're trying to achieve, and which part doesn't work, sorry. Perhaps if you explain it again? -- Cid Highwind 10:29, 2 October 2007 (UTC)

Where would one find the $wgMaxArticleSize field? Then, what would be entered into the field?--Terran Officer 06:47, 4 October 2007 (UTC)

Assuming you are running your own Mediawiki installation on your own servers somewhere, you'd find that somewhere in the code. Sorry, can't be more specific, never had a look at the code myself. Anyway, you'd enter a larger size limit (in KB, apparently). This was also discussed here: Forum:Film and show template bugs. -- Cid Highwind 09:58, 4 October 2007 (UTC)
If I may... Terran, if you have access to the mediawiki folders on your server (for example, w/ or wiki/), I believe you can add this to your localSettings.php file. Simply place, at the bottom of the file, $wgMaxArticleSize = whatever value you wish to enter;. This page at Mediawiki may be of some help; although they don't have $wgMaxArticleSize listed there, it should still work. You should visit the MW IRC channel; someone there can help you with this kind of stuff. If you have other questions, I might be able to help. --Sasoriza 00:52, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for that, Sasoriza, and Cid, I'll look deeper into this, and try and fix things on my end. Back to my first problem, what I had meant was, is there a way I can use this code, and cut out the "Template:Titles/" and the linktip part? I wouldn't really need that, I don't think, and my question was could I get that done and still have the code optional for the "(Episode)" should that be part of a page title?--Terran Officer 08:28, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Re:File:Bob Picardo.jpg Edit

See here.Watching... listening... 21:43, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Re2:Remastered images Edit

As I already stated on the user's talk page, I was refering to the specific image replacement on that article. I had no intention of replacing every image with a modern counterpart. Again, I am terribly sorry I was unclear, but this was my true intentions behind the statement. I am well aware of the project to upload new images for comparison shots, haveing uploaded some myself. If you could please tell me a better manner in which to phrase my comment, I would be glad to know, as I don't want this to happen again. I always hope to be a good contributer. :) Again, Sorry so much for my confucsing statement.--Nmajmani 20:53, 11 October 2007 (UTC)

Dude Edit

moved from the user page

Chill. I apologized to Susie Stillwell. I treated her with open respect. If you have a problem with that, its on you. And if you look, not only didn't I make any implication that I was a spokesmen for MA, the way I phrased "I just wanted to apologize for the guys over at the Memory Alpha Wiki" pretty implicitly says that I don't represent MA. Why you would feel the need to have a problem with a polite apology, I'll never understand. Don't you have anything better to do?Hossrex 22:24, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

I do apologize for putting this reply in the wrong place. Seriously. I have tried to make another post on Susie Stillwells guestbook, to let her know that my polite, respectful apology is in no way representative of MA, or its administrators, but her guestbook is too full. I'll be happy to retract my apology, but it'll have to wait.Hossrex 22:30, 16 October 2007 (UTC)


Starships in the Dominion War Edit

The issue on that page is a user adding non-canon information from the Encyclopedia to ship classes on that list, as canon rather than background information. Before you protected the article (and on the second revert, as I saw there must be a misunderstanding going on regarding policy) I left a note explaining the policy regarding Encyclopedia information on that user's talk page. I don't think we need the protection. As an aside, even Wikipedia would not consider this an "edit war", as this had not gotten to the three revert rule. --OuroborosCobra talk 00:45, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

When I checked the seven consecutive edits with 0 bytes change, I saw two reverts of non-vandalistic entries without any hint about what was going on in the edit summary of the page itself, or its talk page. With no other admin in sight, I decided to protect before things got out of hand. Protection will automatically be lifted in less than two hours - do you need access to the page earlier than that? -- Cid Highwind 10:46, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Nope, I'm all set. You put up the protection after the non-canon info had been removed. There is some discussion going on about moving the article to "Federation Alliance starships in the Dominion War", but I don't think that needs to happen in the next two hours. --OuroborosCobra talk 11:08, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

Cool, thanks. :) -- Cid Highwind 11:21, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

article of the week Edit

Hi, It's a new week, and i have proposed a new Aotw. Nobody said anything against it. so could you do me the favor of changing it? the old one is Way of the warrior, and the new one that i nominated is Dominion War. I can't do the change myself because the template is protected, and a non-admin-user, like I, can't edit that page. Thanks!-- Örlogskapten. Qapl'a! 08:49, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Yes, there's currently an issue with page protection not working exactly as it should. Have you prepared the text snippet to be placed on the main page somewhere? -- Cid Highwind 13:44, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

yes, of course. it is on the nomination-page. here (don't know how to link to a sub-headline).-- Örlogskapten. Qapl'a! 13:59, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

202.174.137.29 Edit

I believe (although it is hard to tell since I cannot see the activity for deleted articles) that this IP address has now three times this week created an article in the "forum talk" namespace with the contents of "oops" or "oups". Just wanted to give you a heads up. --GO RED SOX 20:25, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

Quartz skins Edit

Hi Cid -- A couple weeks ago, Wikia added some more Quartz skins, and created a "skin chooser" system that allows admins to create custom skins.

As part of that, they created MediaWiki:Quartz.css, which is the Quartz version of MediaWiki:Monobook.css. But it didn't automatically copy your Monobook.css over to Quartz.css, so readers who are looking at your site with a Quartz skin don't see the white text. So on the main page, it's black text on a black background, which is basically unreadable.

Here are a couple screenshots of what the main page looks like for a reader using Quartz.

I think all you have to do is copy everything on Monobook.css, and add it to the Quartz.css page. (Don't replace what's on Quartz.css; just add it at the bottom. It's a redlink right now, but there's default stuff there.)

Anyway, I thought you'd want to know about that. Please let me know if I can help with anything. -- Danny (talk) 13:49, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Danny, thanks for the info. Coincidentally, I just started playing around with the Quartz themes and customization on MA/eo (where, due to inactivity, all the temporary changes won't hurt anyone). I'm basing my customization there on the "gaming" theme of Quartz, which already has the light text on dark background appearance. I guess I'm going to copy that to MA/en later, although the community might still want to keep Monobook as the standard skin as long as possible. Feel free to join me over there for further suggestions. :) -- Cid Highwind 14:11, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Cid - I'm Christian, Wikia's designer. When I was developing the Quartz layout, one of the first custom themes I put together was for Memory Alpha. It's just in Photoshop right now, but I could cut it, upload it, and start putting it together in MediaWiki:Quartz.css. The only thing that won't work right away is the light-on-dark styles. I took a close look at it this morning and found that the styles seem to be divided between inline styles and the MediaWiki:Monobook.css. For your custom styles to work across different skins, the styles should live in the same place (all inline or all in a stylesheet). The best bet, to start, might be to copy what's in MediaWiki:Monobook.css into MediaWiki:Common.css. Then, as time allows, it might be best to start removing inline styles and adding them to the stylesheet as well. -- BladeBronson 22:48, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Hi Christian. I just activated the custom Quartz modification I had already uploaded on MA/eo earlier. So far, most of it seems to work out, because the bigger part of our CSS already resides in Common.css. Thanks for your offer to help, though - I'm having some problems opening the provided .psd file for the Gel buttons. Maybe you could update those to match the background color the custom style now has? Thanks. -- Cid Highwind 00:19, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Comic strip template Edit

Heya Cid. Why'd you shrink the size of the comic strip thumbnails?  :'-( It's bad enough we have to live with this new Wikia skin, and shrinking the pictures do not enhance MA's visual appeal, IMO. -- Connor Cabal 12:38, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Because 200px is the standard size for all other sidebar images - having some image take up half of the horizontal space of a page isn't really "visually appealing", either. -- Cid Highwind 12:44, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

My screen res is 1600x1200, so everything looks pretty small to me now. Oh, well. -- Connor Cabal 13:52, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

MA/de managed to tie the size of sidebar images to the (user-definable) size of thumbnail images... that might be a solution working for both of us. :) -- Cid Highwind 13:57, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Sounds fantastic, but I'm afraid I'm clueless on implementation. -- Connor Cabal 18:36, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Just wondering what the status is of being able to "tie the size of sidebar images to the (user-definable) size of thumbnail images". I'd do it myself if I knew how, but hopefully someone on the English edition knows? -- Connor Cabal 16:06, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

I'm working on that here: eo:Vikipediisto:Cid Highwind/test. Not perfect, yet, but getting there :) -- Cid Highwind 23:27, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Renaming Edit

Do you have the power to change one's username? If so, I would like my new username to be "JustPhil".- B-101 15:43, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't. However, what you could do is just create a new user account, then move your user/user talk pages to the new name (using your old account, preferably), and eventually add a note stating that you are now using a new name. With the resulting redirects, everything should be fine. -- Cid Highwind 15:50, 21 November 2007 (UTC)

Forum talk:Appearances section - suggestion/ Edit

hi, could you please delete that article? It was just created, and it is nothing but just pure vandalism (if you ask me).--myÖrlogstalkkaptenpage 22:29, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

Done. For the record, there's also Memory Alpha:Pages for immediate deletion, where every admin can see and resolve deletion suggestions. Thanks, Cid Highwind 22:37, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

Tnx for the tip.

deletion of an account Edit

hi. i don't want to use this account anymore, as i have created a new account with a new user-name. is it possible for you to delete this account? if so, please do it. :-D --Örlogskapten 15:57, 26 November 2007 (UTC)
ps. my new account is user:Rom Ulan

No, it isn't possible. Please create redirects from your old to your new account. -- Cid Highwind 16:42, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Footnotes Edit

I've noticed that there seems to be an aversion to footnotes on MA. Personally, I find the way that source citations are done in MA kind of jarring and interruptive of the overall flow of the article. Not to mention how it yanks one right out of the ST-universe POV. I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that 26,688 articles in the English version should be changed to reflect my opinion (besides, nobody else seems to be bugged by it), but since the Esperanto one is still new, is it presumptuous of me or totally kosher to use REF tags instead? I don't want to be labeled as a jerk or "that maverick Esperanto guy who plays by his own reguloj". --Hoogamagoo 20:50, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

I'd say, reference things how you want on the different languages. Each language has a few "quirks" of its own in their version of Memory Alpha, and that's perfectly fine by me, and I'm sure that nobody else really minds either. -- Sulfur 20:52, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
Hey, you, maverick Esperanto guy! :) Definitely, go for it if you prefer a different citation style. There's no better time than now, with not too many articles that would need to be changed. When we started the english version, we didn't even have the possibility to use ref tags... ;) -- Cid Highwind 22:48, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Excellent. Hmmm... I can think of a few more "quirks" that I might just have to kick in early, then. Being a monopoly has it's advantages... Thanks! --Hoogamagoo 22:59, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Section 31Edit

I have brought up your removal of "These are the Voyages" for debate as I feel its pretty clearly implied that this "Secret Section of Starfleet Security" references Section 31. I also want to politely add (no offense here) its a pet peeve of mine when people use anti-vandalism tools against my edits as you did on Star Trek VI "reverted to last edits by so-and-so" as it conveys to others that the edit was not taken seriously. An edit summary is a bit more professional. I'm sure though you didn't do that on purpose. -FleetCaptain 17:54, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

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