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Edit button missing Edit

First off, I hope your holidays went well and all that jazz.

To the matter at hand though, is wikia aware that there is no "non-new-section" edit button on forum like pages that are locked? See Forum:Overhaul of PR, FA, & AotW for an example. Even admins have to remove the "&section=new" from the address bar to access the wikitext already located on the page. The default new section button replacing the standard edit button really should be a user preference anyway. - Archduk3 05:17, January 5, 2014 (UTC)

Yes. Seems to be a very low priority though. I'll pester again. -- sulfur (talk) 12:51, January 5, 2014 (UTC)

Just so long as someone knows, though I can see there are still bigger problems afoot. In case that file is working by the time you see this though, at the time of this posting it is "oopsed" on the ESRB page. - Archduk3 07:34, January 6, 2014 (UTC)

Image galleriesEdit

Hey, I've got a question regarding a layout aspect on MemoryAlpha. I've noticed the image galleries (example) have a set width for each image in which the image automatically re-sizes to fit the box. How is this achieved? Because normally Wikia galleries don't do this. Kleaver (talk) 10:10, January 6, 2014 (UTC)
Wow, I still haven't had a response to this. Should I ask someone else? Kleaver (talk) 23:10, April 9, 2014 (UTC)

That's likely because I completely missed this along the way. Apologies. Memory Alpha has some pretty detailed CSS and JS in place that takes care of things like these. You might be better off asking Archduk3, as he's done a lot of the CSS work here. -- sulfur (talk) 00:33, April 10, 2014 (UTC)

Ok, I have done so. Thanks! Kleaver (talk) 18:12, April 10, 2014 (UTC)

Full stop issue Edit

Just going to talk here so we don't go through an editing war :). Just to say that it is not going by what wikipedia does but what is common practice in referencing. For example harvard referencing, the full stop goes outside the quotations. If it is practice for MA to have the full stop inside well I don't know where that has come from. --BorgKnight (talk) 20:27, January 7, 2014 (UTC)

Cards Edit

Seeing all the card image uploads, I was wondering if it is still fair use when an entire card set is uploaded? 31dot (talk) 22:00, January 7, 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure. The original discussion was to test it out on one or two pages and then take a look at things. Might be worth bringing Cid into it, since he was the one that was in that conversation. -- sulfur (talk) 01:00, January 8, 2014 (UTC)
In copyright terms, it's no more egregious than capturing every single still of every single episode, which sites like Wikipedia that do things "by the book" would never allow but which fan sites are given a pass on. Sure, the medium is different and there's a theoretical possibility of depriving CBS of income, but that's highly unlikely. You should be fine as long as the MA version is low resolution. If you're really looking for fair use-type rationale, I would argue you're encouraging borderline unhealthy consumption of CBS products. Who in their right mind -- other than those of us who've given them more money than we care to admit -- would care about the images? ;) Unhappy Trekker (talk) 12:09, January 9, 2014 (UTC)
Just because we're encouraging "unhealthy consumption" doesn't give us a pass. Also, in the eyes of the Star Trek licensors, we're a much higher profile than Wikipedia, and we don't really get a pass on such things. -- sulfur (talk) 13:01, January 9, 2014 (UTC)
I don't believe posting pictures of the card sets is the same as uploading an entire video. Only half the card is uploaded (front image for identification purposes) and not the entire card. Also, keep in mind that when you upload a video you deprive the copyright holders of income because you won't then go out and purchase the video. However, with collectable items, posting these pictures of what you can go buy, is exactly what they hope for. If sites didn't exist showing all the items you can collect, the hobby would go away because people wouldn't know what to look for. It's like saying, "Since I saw a picture of [fill in the blank] I don't want to collect those items anymore". You would be much more likely to say, "Since I saw a pictures of [fill in the blank] I really want to find those items for my collection now". I've never heard of a trading card site getting a request to remove their pictures. Even with which has front and back images of millions of cards from every manufacturer. Anyways, just my two cents. --Digitalhexcode (talk) 20:40, January 9, 2014 (UTC)
Alas, copyright doesn't work that way though, nor do the "fair use" laws. -- sulfur (talk) 20:56, January 9, 2014 (UTC)
A case could be made, and I should point out that I don't think it would ever have to be made outside of this, or similar discussions on site, that MA is only using these images for commentary, criticism, research, and library archiving. The only potential problem I see with these is the "the amount [...] of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole", but I think the "substantiality" I removed from the quote is in favor of fair use, since trading cards are far more than just the image on the cover. The other three factors in the balancing test more or less point to fair use as well. That said, I'm not sure if MA itself would, or even could, be ultimately liable in any case, as "we" would, of course, remove any and all images requested through the proper channels, and because I think either wikia or Digitalhexcode would be who any lawyer would go after. - Archduk3 21:54, January 9, 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Archduk3. The "Amount and substantiality" would be the questionable infraction for fair use. But it is the minimum amount of photo information required for identification of each item. Perhaps lower resolution would help ensure it passes the fair use test? I must not have been clear on what I was saying in my previous comment to Sulfur and Unhappy Trekker. I was arguing that there isn't any monetary harm by having photos in the trading card section because it isn't a substitute for purchasing a real one. That would be one of the four criteria for fair use and also important for determining restitution for damages in any lawsuit. It would also be applicable for a copyright holder in determining whether they would try to enforce their property rights. It doesn't make sense that CBS would spend money suing people to stop advertising their licensed products for sale. The net result would be spending upfront money so they can make even less money in the long run? --Digitalhexcode (talk) 22:54, January 9, 2014 (UTC)

Pre tag issue Edit

{{game ratings|ESRB=E}}
 ESRB Everyone            
{{video ratings|MPAA=G}}


The <pre> tag on Template:Game ratings/doc isn't working correctly for the first example, which is weird since the similar tags right on the page and at Template:Video ratings/doc are working just fine. Could this be similar to the {{clear}} issue awhile back? - Archduk3 19:38, February 1, 2014 (UTC)

Dev thingy Edit

What's your opinion on this? - Archduk3 20:58, February 5, 2014 (UTC)

Could've saved us a lot of pain on the image->file renaming project we did 3 months ago. :) -- sulfur (talk) 00:34, February 6, 2014 (UTC)

I take it it's worth testing here then? - Archduk3 00:50, February 6, 2014 (UTC)

It could be, but only I've got the bot flag ability... and it only really makes sense if we're doing a category rename. -- sulfur (talk) 01:03, February 6, 2014 (UTC)

The subcategories of the FA template category are a good place to test this then, since I got too fancy naming them, and now, for reasons only I most likely care about, need them to be named so the {{BASEPAGENAME}} magic word on the portals can be used in calling them. I figured the standard, but boring, format used for files would work best, e.g. "Memory Alpha featured article templates (People)". I can just do this by hand, but figured if you were game we might as well give this a shot. - Archduk3 13:35, March 5, 2014 (UTC)

I'll take a peek at it a bit later today if that's ok... work is going to be particularly busy this week for me. -- sulfur (talk) 13:37, March 5, 2014 (UTC)

That's cool, there's no rush. - Archduk3 14:02, March 5, 2014 (UTC)

I plan on renaming these categories in conjunction with making the FA page itself auto-updating, which will happen when the last few blurbs are created. I figured I could use Archbot to try this on the two "empty" categories, since I can't imagine that moving two pages at a time would flood the recent changes or anything. This is assuming that: everyone is cool with it, what with the automatic editing policy; that you haven't already tried this out by then; and, of course, that this actually works. - Archduk3 04:58, March 22, 2014 (UTC)

Tests with this return "internal_api_error_MWException" after creating the new category page. - Archduk3

DeForest Kelley fundEdit

FYI - DeForest Kelley Memorial Fund Reestablished

A few weeks ago, I contacted the North Shore Animal League (NY) because I wanted to make a donation in Mr. Kelley's memory. But I was disappointed to find that no one seemed to know about the Fund. So I followed up and sent them information about the memorial's original set up in 1999 after Mr. Kelley's death. The development person at the League said she would look into bringing the Fund back, and the first step would be to develop a new link so people could donate again.

I'm excited about this -- the new link has been approved and the DeForest and Carolyn Kelley Memorial Fund is offcially back in business! I've been calling/emailing websites, newsletters, fan clubs, etc. asking people to upload the new link or at least announce it. I've had a good response thus far. Here's the link:

Would you consider uploading the link to the Memory-Alpha website or posting an announcement that the Fund has been reestablished? I believe that a lot of Star Trek fans will be happy to know there's a way to honor DeForest Kelley's memory by supporting his favorite charity. Thanks for your help! 19:09, March 6, 2014 (UTC)

Sean in Wikia Support sent me a link to you as an administrator for Memory Alpha. I hope this message reaches you.

A few weeks ago, I contacted the North Shore Animal League (NY) because I wanted to make a donation in DeForest Kelley's memory. But I was disappointed to find that no one seemed to know about the Fund. So I followed up and sent them information about the memorial's start back in 1999 after Mr. Kelley's death. The development person at the League said she would look into bringing the Fund back, and the first step would be to develop a new link so people could donate again. I'm excited about this -- the new link has been approved and the DeForest and Carolyn Kelley Memorial Fund is officially back in business! I've been calling/emailing websites, newsletters, fan clubs, etc. asking people to upload the new link or at least announce it. I've had a good response thus far. Here's the link: Would you consider uploading the link to the Memory-Alpha website or posting an announcement that the Fund has been reestablished? I believe that a lot of Star Trek fans will be happy to know there's a way to honor DeForest Kelley's memory by supporting his favorite charity.

Thanks for your help! 00:16, March 13, 2014 (UTC)

A notice has been placed on the main page and in the external links on DeForest Kelley. - Archduk3 14:09, March 13, 2014 (UTC)

You commit destructive behaviour Edit

On the Warp Factor page you said you want the matter to be discussed, BUT you, before any discussion decided the outcome of the supposed discussion. This means you are biased in the matter. Therefor all your actions shall be immediately withdrawn, and your status be examined by other moderators. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Discussing and finding a solution does not automatically say that you're right. If you want to learn some things about Memory Alpha then you should read our policies and guidelines to keep this wiki consistent. And what sulfur did is what an admin is expected to do in this situation. So please keep the discussion at the talk page of the article instead of starting it at three different places. Thanks. Tom (talk) 14:06, April 9, 2014 (UTC)
You did not discuss, neither looked for solution. You did without consideration destroy the work of another. Therefor you are without doubt violated the rules you are pointing to, therefor you have no right in the case at all. Before I do anything, I demand you turn back every action of yours, and withdraw from the case, and give up all your authority until trial of your continuing authority. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).
You might actually try signing your posts and reviewing policies as ThomasHL suggested. Making demands and threats is not the way to promote any position you have. 31dot (talk) 22:29, April 9, 2014 (UTC)

Renaissance Edit

I was wondering if you might be able to help me with this article - Renaissance. Per what I posted at the talk page, a number of existing links to the page are referring to the Italian Renaissance, but the page itself is about the book Renaissance by Peter David. I can think at least a couple different solutions-- move the content on the existing page to "Renaissance (book)" and make the current Renaissance page about the Italian Renaissance, or there could be a new page called Italian Renaissance and the existing references could be fixed to point to there. Thoughts? ProfessorTofty (talk) 14:45, April 11, 2014 (UTC)

I would suggest "Italian Renaissance" for the Earth one. -- sulfur (talk) 17:25, April 11, 2014 (UTC)
If I may weight in for a moment; I don't think "Italian renaissance" would be correct. While mostly associated with Italy, it went on in all of Europe, a fact which Star Trek acknowledged by calling Shakespeare a renaissance figure in TNG:Emergence. The term "Italian renaissance" exists (as a subfield of renaissance scholarship), but was never used on screen. You'd be equating a term with the definition of a narrower related term (if that makes sense). -- Capricorn (talk) 20:32, April 11, 2014 (UTC)

That's certainly a fair point. The Wikipedia article is called simply "Renaissance." Perhaps then, it would be better to go with the original suggestion? The existing "Renaissance" page could be moved to "Renaissance (book)", with a new entry at "Renaissance" for the cultural movement. Or I suppose "Renaissance (movement)" could be created instead, but a large number of the existing Renaissance references are for the movement. ProfessorTofty (talk) 20:46, April 11, 2014 (UTC)

What about Earth Renaissance? -- sulfur (talk) 01:31, April 12, 2014 (UTC)
...Or Renaissance (Earth)?...--Sennim (talk) 05:28, April 12, 2014 (UTC)

I like this latter one-- Earth Renaissance makes it sound like it was referred to that way on-screen, whereas having it in parenthesis like that makes it seem more like it's just for informational purposes. ProfessorTofty (talk) 14:26, April 18, 2014 (UTC)

Sulfur, is it possible that the Renaissance talk page has gone AWOL during your move of the page? -- Capricorn (talk) 15:10, April 21, 2014 (UTC)
As the comments were all in support of the move, historically, housekeeping as part of the process has been to remove the talkpage if those are the only things on it. So, yes, it went away. :) -- sulfur (talk) 15:14, April 21, 2014 (UTC)
Meh, fair enough -- Capricorn (talk) 15:23, April 21, 2014 (UTC)

FA review candidates Edit

If you have some time could you participate in the FA review process? Thanks. Tom (talk) 19:28, April 15, 2014 (UTC)

UFP images Edit

Sulfur, as you're an admin, I wanted to make you aware of my suggestion on U F P 01's talk page. Thanks. --| TrekFan Open a channel 15:01, April 19, 2014 (UTC)

Not to step on your toes, but I've increased the block to be indefinite until s/he responds. I'm not very interested in every few days having to clean up after someone who apparently can't or won't figure out how talk pages work, and I doubt you are either. - Archduk3 17:13, April 19, 2014 (UTC)

Policies and Guidelines Edit

Hi, I am an admin at the Almost Human wiki and we were wondering if we could base the polices and guidelines for that wikia using the excellent ones here?

We would of course make amendments as required to fit our wiki and would provide credit to this wiki.

Thank you for your consideration, --Noo4 (talk) 06:08, April 22, 2014 (UTC)

Sitenotice Edit

This workaround may interest you. It's clunky, but people won't have to go to the stupid "wiki activity" page anymore. - Archduk3 02:57, April 30, 2014 (UTC)


Typing "Ziyal" into the search page brings up the following list:

  • Nane
  • Valonnan School
  • Ramufta
  • Tabalian glass
  • Cardassian Institute of Art
  • Hasperat souffle
  • Didactic Theater
  • Tora Naprem
  • Dukat
  • Ravinok
  • Cardassian sauna
  • Cox
  • Princess
  • Sons and Daughters (episode)
  • Melanie Smith
  • Call to Arms (episode)
  • Damar
  • Cyia Batten
  • Tracy Middendorf
  • Dukat's Bird-of-Prey
  • Groumall
  • Asparagus
  • Unnamed Breen
  • Director
  • Topek

... and that's the end of Page 1. Did you notice the absence of Tora Ziyal?

Why wouldn't we have a redirect page for "Ziyal" when that's the name by which she is always called? I just watched DS9 S05.26-S06.07 in rapid succession and heard no mention of her surname "Tora" anywhere. Going to look for the article is why I signed up and created the redirect in the first place.

Why wouldn't we keep it? Jsharpminor (talk) 23:13, May 24, 2014 (UTC)

It's a failing in the search engine. It has been addressed to Wikia. -- sulfur (talk) 00:16, May 25, 2014 (UTC)
So why delete the redirects that help users find the pages they're looking for? Is there a policy somewhere that can help me understand? Jsharpminor (talk) 05:07, May 25, 2014 (UTC)

User PageEdit

Sorry about creating a user page. I usually edit on a wiki that lets me have one. 13:18, May 27, 2014 (UTC)

Log in with a user name and you're welcome to have one. -- sulfur (talk) 14:01, May 27, 2014 (UTC)

"Must Watch Videos" Edit

For some reason, we now have this module active, when I'm pretty sure we had it disabled before. -- Michael Warren | Talk 20:11, May 30, 2014 (UTC)

Different module. This one can't be disabled. We can CSS it out in our "personal" one though. -- sulfur (talk) 01:09, May 31, 2014 (UTC)

Depression Edit

Thanks. I'll get to work pronto. --Admiral Divok (talk) 17:13, June 2, 2014 (UTC)


Thanks for moving the image name, I knew I forgot something! --Alientraveller (talk) 18:40, June 18, 2014 (UTC)

Deletion request Edit

I've messed up during a page move and as a result created an unnecessary talk page at Talk:There's a Hole in My Bucket. Could an admin clean this up this, please? -- Capricorn (talk) 06:50, June 22, 2014 (UTC)

Word of advice... don't blank those redirects. They become much harder to find when that's been done to them. -- sulfur (talk) 11:26, June 22, 2014 (UTC)

Sorry. It seemed like a good idea at the time... -- Capricorn (talk) 19:44, June 25, 2014 (UTC)

Reverts Edit

Hey, thanks for reverting that vandal's edits. I saw the whole thing unfolding, but with no admins around I could think of nothing effective to do, which is pretty horrible. In the aftermath, I'm having a problem with my talk page though : a number of edits were made, but you only reverted the last one. I'd fix it myself, but apparently that doesn't seem possible, to undo changes so far back. Or at least not in any obvious way. I'm affraid of experimenting too much in case I make the situation even more complicated.

Also, for similar reasons Throwback's user page isn't back to how it was either. Totally my fault, actually, I did the blanking thing you just recently advised me against doing again... just seemed better then leaving a swastika on the page of someone who had voiced reasons to be distressed about it being there. Now the revert leaves the page truly empty, instead of having the "This brief blurb was placed here to..." message like before. I suppose that message is there for a good reason, but again, I don't understand this stuff well enough to know how to best act, revert or manually re-add the text or whatever.

Anyway, thanks again. Now seems as good a time as any to say I think your work on this wiki is pretty awesome ;-) -- Capricorn (talk) 01:56, June 28, 2014 (UTC)

For things like that, simply go into your history and look for the last "clean" revision. That's what I just did for your talk page. I deleted and rebuilt Throwback's page because it was just easier to do. :) -- sulfur (talk) 11:16, June 28, 2014 (UTC)

That's weird, when I tried that it said "The edit could not be undone due to conflicting intermediate edits.". -- Capricorn (talk) 13:28, June 28, 2014 (UTC)

You can't "undo" it, you have to go into the history, load that revision, edit the page, and then save it. -- sulfur (talk) 14:07, June 28, 2014 (UTC)

thanks! Edit

I've noticed you've edited a few of the articles i've created and i just want to say thanks! i'm fairly new to ma so i appreciate the help! :--) without your edits i'd probably still have articles full of mistakes and links that shouldn't exist! Lolaef (talk) 16:06, July 2, 2014 (UTC)

Resource policy Edit

Moved to here...

Template request Edit

Hey Sulfur, I think a

is on it's place as there are a couple of them...-- Sennim (talk) 14:06, July 11, 2014 (UTC)

Great, thanks!--Sennim (talk) 10:10, September 11, 2014 (UTC)


Hi, Ryan is sorry for vandalizing the star trek wiki and he will not do it again, and can you also unban him?

I don't know this wiki at all, but he asked me for a favor, so i did it anyway. -- Posted by Cuddlefan

We do not discuss blocks with anyone but the person blocked. They should use Special:Contact to discuss it with staff. -- sulfur (talk) 09:55, July 14, 2014 (UTC)

Hello, I'm RyanBurnsEdit

Look, I'm sorry for vandalizing this wiki. Can you please unban me? I promise I will never vandalize another wiki again. So, please unban me.

We do not discuss blocks in public. You should use Special:Contact to discuss it with staff. -- sulfur (talk) 10:02, July 16, 2014 (UTC)

It did not work.

Formatting question Edit

Hi there. Can I ask, what is the story on the {{dis|term that refers to five different things|modifier}} formating that I've seen popping up recently? Is this now the one and only ok way to do links like that? I seem to have missed a memo somewhere :) -- Capricorn (talk) 18:21, August 6, 2014 (UTC)

It's not required, but it's a cleaner way of doing [[Bob (Smith)|Bob]] when you can simply do {{dis|Bob|Smith}}. Less confusion when reading it. It also allows a third term, so {{dis|Bob|Smith|Robert}} would be the same as [[Bob (Smith)|Robert]]. Also, note that it is well over two years old... :) -- sulfur (talk) 18:28, August 6, 2014 (UTC)

Yeah sorry, I can be bizarrely absent-minded about those formatting kinds of things sometimes. But its a cool way of handling things, and I'll start using this. Thanks. -- Capricorn (talk) 18:35, August 6, 2014 (UTC)

Lua Edit

Should we put in a request for Wikia to enable Lua for us? I'm thinking yes... -- Renegade54 (talk) 21:19, August 6, 2014 (UTC)

I'm interested in seeing over at the test wiki how much this could speed up some templates load times, since I don't want to "rewrite" every template onto two pages. - Archduk3 22:07, August 6, 2014 (UTC)
I'll request it for the test wiki. If we like it, we can request it here. -- sulfur (talk) 01:59, August 7, 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good. -- Renegade54 (talk) 14:03, August 7, 2014 (UTC)

I just got an email this morning about this. It's enabled on ma-test.
Here's the blurb they shared:
Our Lua documentation currently lives on our Wikia Developer's Wiki here: A good place to start would probably be working on an infobox, using the InfoboxBuilder tool bundled with Lua:
We have also set up a Lua-specific forum on the DEV Wiki here:
Go hog wild! :) -- sulfur (talk) 14:48, August 7, 2014 (UTC)

Are you around? Edit

If so, e-mail me... I have a concern I'd like to run by you. Thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 18:03, August 7, 2014 (UTC)

Bot Run Edit

I need a bot run to change the name V'Ger to V'ger. Thanks.Throwback (talk) 13:23, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

If you leave a message, like the last one, could you please give me instructions? And, I apologize for changing user pages. I have been reading up on bots. I am a little baffled by it. I am learning and getting better with this process.Throwback (talk) 13:35, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

I think I may have this working. I tried one page, and I didn't see it reflected on the recent activity page. I'll keep you informed.Throwback (talk) 13:55, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

I created a bot page and attempted to make it work. Nope. Is it an administrative thing?Throwback (talk) 14:32, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

I read the page about bots at Wikipedia. It says that the person has to have experience in computer programming. I haven't done computer programming since the 1990's, and that was BASIC DOS, so this ability is beyond my skillset. I am moving my bot page to the inactive list.Throwback (talk) 14:40, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

For a bot to run on MA, it has to be approved by community consensus, and it will reflect on the RC page until that happens. I'll do a bot-run on things later this evening, when I have some time. -- sulfur (talk) 19:22, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

Moving pages Edit

I'm going to have to insist you follow the guideline for moving pages from now on, in that you suggest the page be moved before actually doing it. A number of the "(Starfleet)" disambiguations you have changed to ranks were like that because their rank was never explicitly stated. Commanding officer is not always synonymous with the rank of Captain for instance. - Archduk3 17:17, August 9, 2014 (UTC)

This is the message I left on his talk page.

''I interpret what you wrote on my talk page as that I was abusing the moving of pages function. Am I right in my interpretation?

If so, I meant no abuse of the function. I acted in what I thought were good intentions. I recognize that on some articles that I used "fan interpretation-speculation" (a phrase that I credit Pseudohuman for) when changing the title. I should have left the title alone. For that, I apologize.

I would like to apologize for not asking about what were my limitations were in moving pages. I interpretated the comments left on my talk page as a permission for me to move pages and to fix links.

My communication skills are probably not as developed as yours. I have Asperger's Syndrome and I have been rated as having a Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) of 45. 41 - 50 Serious symptoms (e.g., suicidal ideation, severe obsessional rituals, frequent shoplifting) or any serious impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., no friends, unable to keep a job, cannot work). My interpretation skills are at a most basic level. This has created conflict at home and now here on the wiki.

I acknowledge your request and will refrain from what I was doing.Throwback (talk) 00:05, August 10, 2014 (UTC)

Replaced image Edit

I've tried to upload a new version of this image, showing the whole book instead of just the top. However, it doesn't show right. At first I thought I made a mistake, so I re-uploaded it, but euh, things got weirder and I'm very confused about what is going on now. Could you maybe advise where I went wrong/what's going on/how to fix this? Thanks -- Capricorn (talk) 02:32, August 11, 2014 (UTC)

Page move request Edit

Could you or another admin maybe move Kelemane's planet sport to Unnamed recreational activities, please? (In case you're interested in the rationale, it's on the associated talk page. I didn't get any objections , which I took as approval) -- Capricorn (talk) 11:38, August 18, 2014 (UTC)

Done. Tom (talk) 12:10, August 18, 2014 (UTC)

Thank you -- Capricorn (talk) 12:13, August 18, 2014 (UTC)

Moyerite Edit

Throwback recently moved moyerite to moyerite (Synthetic) with the reasoning that it was changed to that in the remastered version. I can't verify that, and even if it was, does that matter? Or does it imply a non-synthetic (natural?) version? Should it have stayed at moyerite with a note regarding the remastered version? And what about the problems in the Mid-East? -- Renegade54 (talk) 20:38, September 17, 2014 (UTC)

I'm feeling that it doesn't need the disambiguation. But not 100% convinced. Yes, the name may be "Moyerite (synthetic)", but... it strikes me as a disambiguation. Not sure. -- sulfur (talk) 02:59, September 18, 2014 (UTC)

Cecilia Conn Edit

Take a look at Cecilia Conn, if you would. An anon, perhaps her, perhaps her agency, recently made a number of edits on the article, including changing her name throughout to match what's currently at IMDb. Apparently she was credited as Cecilia Conn, so that's what the article name should be, but I'm not sure about the rest... it definitely needs some work, though. Thoughts? -- Renegade54 (talk) 17:32, September 23, 2014 (UTC)

I made a couple of change to meet our standards. Beyond that... yes. Lots of work needed there. :) -- sulfur (talk) 17:40, September 23, 2014 (UTC)

The most unused files Edit

There are a lot of deleted files still in the unused list; are you seeing the same thing? - Archduk3 23:08, September 26, 2014 (UTC)

I saw two. I went into the "file history" tab and did a "delete all" on them... not sure why the image itself wasn't deleted before. -- sulfur (talk) 01:46, September 27, 2014 (UTC)

I seem to remember this happening a few times before, so maybe there was a maintenance cycle happening with the image cache when they were deleted, or something plausible. ;) - Archduk3 02:49, September 27, 2014 (UTC)

Fixing links Edit

lol... well, I guess if nothing else I'm consistent. And persistent. :) -- Renegade54 (talk) 13:48, October 14, 2014 (UTC)

I put the note in to preemptively stop you in two years' time. ;) -- sulfur (talk) 14:05, October 14, 2014 (UTC)

Smart move! No guarantees, though... heh -- Renegade54 (talk) 17:29, October 14, 2014 (UTC)


I couldn't find anything when I searched the word "references" on this site. --LauraCC (talk) 15:11, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Star Trek parodies and pop culture references is a good place to bookmark for these things. Items are further broken down there based on what the source material is. -- sulfur (talk) 16:00, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Capitalization of Human Edit

Moved to Memory Alpha talk:Manual of Style#Human capitalized?...

Of bots and stuff Edit

You seem pretty busy, but do you have an idea when you could do a bot run, or even better, tell me what I'm going to do wrong with trying to create one myself? - Archduk3 22:58, November 13, 2014 (UTC)

I should have some time early next week to get on that stuff. If all goes as planned. Haha. -- sulfur (talk) 00:00, November 14, 2014 (UTC)

Personal imagesEdit

HEY. That skull was on my profile, and it deleted the pathway to my other place so, im putting it back, but only on my profile. Okay? --MilitaryGeneralXX (talk) 16:39, November 27, 2014 (UTC)MilitaryGeneralXX

MA:IMAGE. Personal images are not allowed here on MA. -- sulfur (talk) 16:45, November 27, 2014 (UTC)

Page deletionEdit

Regarding your deletion of my Shadow Play (episode) redirect: The whole reason I created it is that the search function does *not* return Shadowplay (episode) as a suggestion at all when I search for "shadow play".

I'm also uncertain as to what the harm is of having the page. It's not like Wikia will run out of capacity, nor is anyone ever going to see it unless they're searching like I did. I'll stop contributing to Memory Alpha now, as I can't waste my time on stuff like this. --User:HunterZ(talk) 18:33, November 30, 2014 (UTC)

Image rename request Edit

I've just moved learning pit to skill dome as that was what they were called in the script, but there's still an image using the old term : File:Learning pit creature.jpg. ~It would be neat if you or someone else could rename that picture to incorporate the correct term. Thanks in advance. -- Capricorn (talk) 05:48, December 20, 2014 (UTC)

Done. Tom (talk) 07:30, December 20, 2014 (UTC)

Memory Delta wiki Template:CharacterboxEdit

I made a Template:Characterbox on my wiki,, the Template:Characterbox won't go to the right. Like Template:Conflict infobox, Template:FederationMemberStateInfobox, Template:SmallcraftInfobox, Template:Armed force, Template:Starship, Template:Starship class, Template:Species, Template:State. Can you fix this.--Typhuss999 (talk) 23:05, December 21, 2014 (UTC)

Unprotection request Edit

Would it be possible to lift protection for Akira? It looks like the namespace was protected after repeated creations of duplicates of the Akira class article, but I'd rather like to create an article on the Japanese film Akira, which was mentioned on an okudagram in The Ensigns of Command. -- Capricorn (talk) 09:04, December 24, 2014 (UTC)
No? -- Capricorn (talk) 08:54, December 25, 2014 (UTC)

I think it is now unprotected and I created the article. Feel free to add information or expand it. Tom (talk) 10:45, December 25, 2014 (UTC)

Thanks -- Capricorn (talk) 06:13, December 26, 2014 (UTC)

BR tags Edit

What's the point with these "BR tags"? The appearance doesn't change, looks identical when they're not there! Tom (talk) 19:01, December 26, 2014 (UTC)

I seem to recall that they were required for formatting on one of the browsers, but I don't recall for certain. Just note that you should use "<br />" as it's proper "modern" HTML. -- sulfur (talk) 21:04, December 26, 2014 (UTC)

Kudos Edit

Good call. :) -- Renegade54 (talk) 17:39, December 29, 2014 (UTC)

Small capitalisation question Edit

I'm planning to move a bunch of pages to correct capitalization, from "xxx Colony" to "xxx colony", but there's two pages I'm not entirely sure should be moved. Martian Colony 3 and Earth Colony II. In both cases, "colony" isn't the last word, which got me confused about the question if they should be capitalised as part of a formal name, or not. I'd figured you'd know the answer. -- Capricorn (talk) 17:43, December 29, 2014 (UTC)

PotD Edit

Hey.... what gives? I'm trying to make a more appropriate change to a Picture of the Day and you keep changing it? What the heck... you think you're the only one allowed to make changes to pages? And then you LOCK IT OUT? What kind of dictator are you??? The preceding unsigned comment was added by TimDowling813 (talk • contribs).

Robert Metoyer Edit

"Robert Metoyer" is one you missed from the Starship Deploy Status Chart. Like the other two, this one needs fixing.Lakenheath72 (talk) 07:07, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I hadn't noticed. -- sulfur (talk) 11:17, January 20, 2015 (UTC)

Unsure if mistake should be addedEdit

Hey there, I'm not fairly active on this particular wiki, however, while watching The Begotten, I was able to see the chair mentioned here on the talk page (crappy screenshot here). No reply was ever given to the question asked there, and quite frankly, I'm not entirely sure what production mistakes qualify for inclusion on articles here. I'm personally for adding it in, and if it's not your decision to make, is there a forum where this can be decided upon? Me going "Yeah I saw it too and think it should be included" as a reply to a post from 2008 on the page doesn't seem like it'd be an effective method. Sgt_D_Grif.gif 09:02, January 25, 2015 (UTC)

Regarding T'Pel Edit

You say, "there are certain things we can speculate about without too much issue". But why have even the least bit of speculation when you can do with none at all? Or to look at it from a different side, you might not agree that the page needed to be moved, but I can't see a good reason why it needed to be moved back either; the new name was just as correct, and not really more cumbersome which is the only other reason I can think of to prefer the former name. -- Capricorn (talk) 22:19, January 31, 2015 (UTC)

Since the page move was cumbersome, "spouse" is more cumbersome than "wife", especially when "T'Pel" is female in Vulcan naming conventions and "Sasek" is male by all conventions. It was a move that just wasn't needed. -- sulfur (talk) 22:22, January 31, 2015 (UTC)

Meh, I don't see why you should bother with putting in the effort to counteract someone else making more cumbersome improvements then you would bother with making. I can't imagine you or anyone getting a multiple-edit itch to change the word spouse to wife in a newly created article for example. But in the end, this was as minor an issue as can be even for me, so I'll just let it go. Be assured there's no hard feelings or anything :) -- Capricorn (talk) 22:39, January 31, 2015 (UTC)

Amazon ads Edit

Wikia needs to be made aware, again, that ads inside the content space are not acceptable. There is no version of me doing this that doesn't result in my permanent banning and legal action that may result in the site being taken offline. Check longer pages (I recommend the uniform pages) signed out without ads blocked for reference if required. - Archduk3 04:37, February 4, 2015 (UTC)

Actor links Edit

What's our policy on links to other actors in an actor's article for a TV series with a long run... only link to actors that appeared in the same episode as the actor we're writing about, or in any episode in the series? See the changes I recently made to Susan Gibney for an example of what I'm talking about... I'm thinking I'll need to remove a bunch of those. Thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 16:28, February 4, 2015 (UTC)

Typically, it seems that if they appeared in the same episode, they're fair game. So, if a guest star was in 2 episodes, you wouldn't link them to another guest star in 2 other episodes, but you would link them to the main cast or other guest stars in either of their episodes. -- sulfur (talk) 19:29, February 4, 2015 (UTC)

Featured article nominations Edit

The FA nomination process is currently being discussed here. Just a FYI in case you missed it in the recent changes. - Archduk3 06:00, February 6, 2015 (UTC)

Comic covers Edit

Hey. You're more into comics than I am. Maybe you can have a look at this? Tom (talk) 19:40, February 23, 2015 (UTC)

Qwizards: Star TrekEdit

Hey, Sulfur! We're starting to get things ready for the Trek 50th Anniversary, and we're looking for fans of the franchise that might be interested in participating in a Star Trek-themed Qwizards, Wikia's original quiz show! As an active admin on this community, I was wondering if you had any interest in participating in Qwizards: Star Trek? If you're not sure what Qwizards is, this landing page will give you a bit more information. This would probably happen around August, so let me know what you think! Grace @Wikia (profile)•(talk) 21:25, March 4, 2015 (UTC)

Hello! Just checking in to make sure you saw this :) Grace @Wikia (profile)•(talk) 16:10, March 13, 2015 (UTC)

Edit conflict Edit

Hey. Would be nice if I can do a rename/move/merge completely without having edit conflicts immediatly. Thanks. Tom (talk) 00:54, March 8, 2015 (UTC)

Sorry -- it looked like you were done that one and moving along. -- sulfur (talk) 03:47, March 8, 2015 (UTC)

FYI Edit

Lots of activity this weekend, and I wanted to make sure you saw this. - Archduk3 18:58, March 8, 2015 (UTC)

Non-English publications Edit

Do we really want to start creating articles on foreign language publications, be they unique to the particular language, or translations from English (or another language)? See Upcoming productions. Personally, 1) I don't think we can do the articles justice if we're not fluent in the language, 2) blurbs and other publicity material are written in the foreign language, and so translation of that becomes an issue, 3) it's hard enough to keep track of English-language publications, without adding French, German, Spanish, etc... and if we do those "major" languages, where do we stop? Gah. My opinion is that we let deal with the French-language publications, with the German, etc. For translations, we can certainly add a foreign-language version's ISBN to the sidebar along with the other editions, but for ones unique to a specific language, I don't think we should have an article. Thoughts? -- Renegade54 (talk) 15:09, March 9, 2015 (UTC)

I thought that's what the other language MA instances were for (ie, German for German novels, etc), and we only document things that are _unique_ to that language (ie, the Japanese ship model books that are only in Japanese). We shouldn't be documenting every translation of a novel (for example) in my opinion. -- sulfur (talk) 15:50, March 9, 2015 (UTC)
While LaserDiscs are not quite the same as print publications, since the audio and menus in most cases are either still in English or just not that hard to figure out, a rather large amount of the total LaserDisc articles would have to be removed if we were to get rid of the ones that were only released in "non-English speaking" countries. I've always though of the "everything" in the mission statement to include things that are in other languages, though I agree that we don't need different articles for things that are the same for all intents and purposes, but I think we're better off by including things like Star Trek: The Bilingual Collection. - Archduk3 00:18, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

How about the one in French at the top of Upcoming productions? -- Renegade54 (talk) 00:58, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

If there is no English equivalent, then we should create an article for it. If translation is an issue, just include the original French blurb/text and add a note. The assumption with a wiki is that someone will come along that can translate it eventually. :) - Archduk3 01:06, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

That's what we'll do, then! :) -- Renegade54 (talk) 01:21, March 10, 2015 (UTC)

X's species redirects Edit

I've restored the redirects you deleted, mainly because they aid in searching for unnamed species from the category page. - Archduk3 00:06, March 12, 2015 (UTC)

Meh. Either/or. Most of them were useless redirects. I'm still pushing to get rid of all of those individually named ones like that... but again... meh. -- sulfur (talk) 04:50, March 12, 2015 (UTC)

SF EncyclopediaEdit

Thank you for setting up a template for this.

Got to disagree about Loren Coleman though. It's an extremely unusual and distinctive name, and I thought it was the cryptozoological author at first, it's not clear from the article.-RayBell (talk) 17:13, March 24, 2015 (UTC)

Quick question Edit

Are there guidelines for pages that have two different disambiguation thingies on top, regarding which has to come first? I can't seem to find anything regarding that. -- Capricorn (talk) 19:51, March 28, 2015 (UTC)

I prefer to put the specific first, then general (if one is the general disambig page). Otherwise, no. Use an order that makes sense to you. -- sulfur (talk) 20:41, March 28, 2015 (UTC)

What you in particular prefer is as solid as the rules to me ;-)
But I don't understand what you mean by specific and general. -- Capricorn (talk) 21:08, March 28, 2015 (UTC)

Also, could you or someone else delete Pentarus system, please? It's currently a redirect to the article about the star Pentarus. But the Pentarus system was mentioned while the Pentarus star was not. So I'd like to move Pentarus to Pentarus system (easiest to slightly rewrite that article) but the space is already occupied. -- Capricorn (talk) 22:47, March 28, 2015 (UTC)

So, uhm, no on the Pentarus thing? -- Capricorn (talk) 08:38, April 8, 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! -- Capricorn (talk) 04:44, April 10, 2015 (UTC)

lst extensionEdit


Archduk3 suggested I contact you regarding lst extension. Can you please contact wikia and ask them to active lst extension (lst parser) for Serbian Memory Alpha? Thanks. --Igor871 (talk) 23:19, March 28, 2015 (UTC)

Done and sorted. Should be up and running now. -- sulfur (talk) 12:59, April 8, 2015 (UTC)


Tapadh leibh (thanks) for setting up the gd template.-RayBell (talk) 14:03, April 17, 2015 (UTC)

MA international Edit

This requires dealing with the "host". - Archduk3 23:51, April 17, 2015 (UTC)

I'll take a peek and sort it out early next week. I'm essentially out of touch this entire weekend hosting a tournament. -- sulfur (talk) 17:49, April 18, 2015 (UTC)
I don't think we should request the interwiki creation until we see if he is serious and committed to the translation. Let him work on the required pages first, and see how he does. We don't need another abandoned half-started language version hanging around. -- Renegade54 (talk) 02:54, April 19, 2015 (UTC)

Linking guidelines Edit

Do you know where our policy of only linking to another page once, the first time it's referenced, is documented? For the life of me, I can't find it anywhere... thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 15:11, April 20, 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure that it's a policy vs a "best practice" that grew out of the way things were done. I'll take a peek and see if I can't dig up anything on that. -- sulfur (talk) 16:49, April 20, 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. And if you could, read through this to see if you disagree with anything I said. -- Renegade54 (talk) 18:00, April 20, 2015 (UTC)

Trek Initiative Alpha & Beta Quadrants Map ProjectEdit


I don't want to assume this is the case, but I presume that there is no chance of promoting this project here on the database in any way. If I'm wrong in that notion, by all means let me know, but what I was realistically hoping for was some help or direction from you as to Wikia 'Trek communities that would be interested in contributing to the map and/or be open to helping spread the word about it. I do realize there are inaccuracies involved with it, unfortunately. Trying to represent a three dimensional environment in only two dimensions - especially with such a vast amount of (sometimes contradictory) source material - is near impossible. It's more for the fun and entertainment of fans, which is why I'm reasonably sure there isn't a place for it here, even somewhere like in the forums. At any rate, whatever input you have on the matter would be greatly appreciated, even if negative. As a staff member, of course I value your input and the work you do here and elsewhere, but as a life-long fan (well over 30 years), I'm personally inclined to do so regardless.

Thank you for your time!

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