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Capricorn

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July 14, 2007
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Formats, etcEdit

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Mike SussmanEdit

Just an FYI, Mike was a writer and had no involvement with the special effects or ship images and designs, so he really wont have an answer for your rather long post. As he stated here on a similar question, "You know, I really have no idea. This would probably be a question for our visual effects team." --Alan 03:06, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

crap, I figured that since he was for example involved with the writeups for the defiant computers in IAMD, he might know this as well, but you're probably right, its just a minor note, most likely inserted by the art department without writer involvement. Oh well then, I suppose its just going to be one of those great star trek mysteries then, right along with Odan's look and the relation between guinan and Q :( Capricorn 18:12, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Re:Antede system Edit

Hi Capricorn. On Talk:Antede system, you asked if there's a way to tag or list articles that may contain inaccurate information. There is... ;)

We have lists for "pages needing attention", both for general purpose and for specific issues, and message templates corresponding to those lists. Just follow the instructions on Memory Alpha:Pages needing attention, and everything's fine. On Antede system, I already added the message template {{pna-inaccurate}} for you. -- Cid Highwind 10:35, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll use that in the future. Still learning I guess :) Capricorn 07:51, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Removing information from articlesEdit

When removing information from articles, such as Nausicaa, it's recommended and suggested that you put the information on the talk page with a note as to why you removed it. It's also recommended that, when possible, you try to reword stuff to keep the useful information. I've done that for that article, but I do agree that the lack of constellation just isn't that interesting. -- Sulfur 19:36, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

Sorry for that, I certainly see the usefulness in preserving stuff like that and will do so in the future. That being said, I considered the rewording but still found it trivial, as it seems clear that Nausicaa is simply named after the Nausicaans, of which in turn its firmly established that they are named both after the greek mythology figure and the anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind. Nonetheless, it seems way to unimportant to press the issue so I'll just keep it the way it is. Anyway thanks for the suggestion, it is appreciated. Capricorn 07:51, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

termites discussion Edit

At User:Capricorn/schematics and okudagrams#Biology_and_medical_sciences, the link caption for Image:Termites_of_Loracus_Prime.jpg says "don't forget to check out the transcript in the discussion page, it's brilliant", but the discussion page for the image, termite and Loracus Prime are all unused. Was the discussion deleted, or am I looking in the wrong place?

By the way, I love the subpage. Lots of interesting images and links there I've been perusing. Setacourse 17:21, 19 April 2008 (UTC)

I think he's referring to Talk:Handbook of Exobiology.– Cleanse 23:16, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
Thanks Cleanse. :) Setacourse 16:47, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
Cleanse is right, the text must have moved or something. Anyway, nice to hear you love the page, for exactly the same reason I loved to have it. - Capricorn 05:59, 21 April 2008 (UTC)

Please Edit

Do not edit Memory Alpha if you are stoned. --OuroborosCobra talk 01:22, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Technicaly, I should wait a few hours before answering this. But in reality, I can answer right now; fair enough, it won't happen again. -- Capricorn 01:40, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

re: category deletion suggestion Edit

Actually, you created that category page when you added the deletion template - it didn't exist before. If a category link on a page is a "red link", the destination page doesn't yet exist. Instead of placing a deletion template there, please check whether a category link on the source page needs to be edited. -- Cid Highwind 16:41, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Hmm not sure exactly how this stuff works, and how I should have handled it. But while I might have created the category page, there was already "something" there; the category kept comming up in category suggestions, and when I checked it out there was a page, without text (I agree, I added that), but with a single image already in it. What has happened here and how I don't know, and I guess I handled it rather poorly too. But there was something that wasn't right and I tried to fix it as best as I could. Appologies. -- Capricorn 16:54, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Ah, yes. The way categories work, an automatic list is created as soon as the first page is categorized. However, the category page is only "virtual" unless it is manually edited later. For example, if I add a category "Bla" to the end of my comment, this talk page will be categorized as "Bla", and clicking on that link will open a category list containing this page. However, no article for this has been created... Feel free to remove the category link after you've seen that. :) -- Cid Highwind 17:17, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Neat. So what I should have done was go to the image, and correct the typo there, is that correct? -- Capricorn 17:23, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes, exactly. -- Cid Highwind 18:48, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Another lesson learned :) Thanks for the tip, and sorry for the trouble I caused. -- Capricorn 19:44, 13 June 2009 (UTC)

Image uploadsEdit

When uploading images, can you make sure that the extensions are all in small letters (such as "Checkers.jpg" rather than "Checkers.JPG")? Also, the preferred image format for screenshots is JPEG files rather than PNG files. Just fyi. That's not as important, the first is. Thanks! -- sulfur 13:24, December 11, 2009 (UTC)

Ok -- Capricorn 20:19, December 11, 2009 (UTC)
Just because sulfur thinks it's not important doesn't mean it is, so please stick to .jpgs for screenshots. ;) Also, try to keep the file names somewhat on topic/as descriptions, since it's suppose to be easy to find a image by the tile. - Archduk3 02:43, November 10, 2010 (UTC)
Ah, I seem to remember that png was allowed, and jpg merely preferred. which given my own strong preference for png (it being lossless, and storage space costs increasingly cheap), I used as an excuse for using png. But I've just reread the image use policy, and frankly I must have dreamed up that bit. Rest assured that now that that's cleared up I intend to use jpeg.
Also, as for the second point, I'm guessing you're referring to this (all my other recent image uploads are pretty descriptive imo). It's not really a habit, but I was having a little bit of fun there. 'cause face it, there is no way that there's a cooler moon in that system. just look at it. Use common sense. :p. Seriously though, despite all that I'm still square enough that I've made sure that it wouldn't impact the searchability of the page. If I hadn't gone this road it would just have been called "Vintaak system moon", all words of that name being in the current name also. -- Capricorn 12:47, November 10, 2010 (UTC)
Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm all for having fun with the images, I did upload this after all. All I'm saying you should have it on the image description page instead of the file name, since those should be encyclopedic what with them actually being in the articles. - Archduk3 03:26, November 11, 2010 (UTC)

Linking to episodes and filmsEdit

FYI, Help:Linking to episodes and films. -- sulfur 19:56, December 12, 2009 (UTC)

Sorry... I actualy know that, I must have forgoten it this once. On a sidenote, I'm aware that I have a bit of a tendency towards such slip-ups, and I've noticed that it has often been you that ended up noticing and correcting them. I like to think that I'm still a net asset to this project, but I'm hoping that I'm not causing you too much frustration. In any case, thanks. -- Capricorn 20:14, December 12, 2009 (UTC)

Unnamed VulcansEdit

FYI, I moved the "Unnamed Vulcans (distant past)" article to the correct naming. -- sulfur 14:07, August 31, 2010 (UTC)

ah ~damn sorry for messing up there -- Capricorn 14:21, August 31, 2010 (UTC)

No problem. I was more worried, after moving it, that you were in the middle of editing it. Feeling a bit slow this morning. -- sulfur 15:09, August 31, 2010 (UTC)

Don't worry, I was working at the article, but in Photoshop preparing screenshots rather then on MA, so you haven't caused any harm. :) -- Capricorn 15:12, August 31, 2010 (UTC)

ImagesEdit

I am not sure what you are seeing but it seems like you think there is something "horribly wrong" with images and I am guessing there is something up with the way your screen or settings are seeing this. Could some of them use a clean up? probably. The appropriate tag would then be {{pna-file cleanup}} – Distantlycharmed 00:49, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

sorry for the colorful language, for while as a former professional image editor I can tell you that "horribly wrong" is pretty much the correct jargon for at least this image, I have to admit there was no reason to be rude. However, I am going to be blunt with you; I'm pretty sure my screen settings aren't at fault (for one, ultra-paranoid as I am I've actually taken the time to compare them with other images from the same eps, on the same screen). Sorry for the template confusion though, I'm not really experienced in dealing with this kind of problems. Incidentally, if you are seeing no problem with these images, particularly the Risa ones, I STRONGLY suggest that you check your own screen settings for problems before you upload more images. For the record, I am going to bring this to the attention of an admin, for I'm not interested in starting some kind of edit war, but I do believe the problems I've highlighted are valid, and just reverting my bringing of this image (again) to the attention of the community is just plain wrong. -- Capricorn 01:21, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

Oh feel free to go whining to the admins. I am sure that will put you in good standing with everyone in the community. Not being able to work out your own issues is always a good thing. I have no problem adding an image clean up tag to the pics, but the picture of Risa's beach looked very colorful and just like you see it on my screen. Thats the whole point of Risa. Personally I try to add image clean up tags where I feel I couldnt do good enough of a job myself but if i missed something, feel free to add. Also, if you can provide a better screen cap or editing feel free to do so. There is also nothing wrong with the Phlox picture, but you seem to think it is. Maybe I'm seeing what you dont and vice versa. – Distantlycharmed 01:43, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

This isn't personal for me, I just don't like seeing this site polluted with images that I feel are sub-par by site consensus. Hence why I will bring this to the attention of an administrator, not because I'm a whiner, but because I feel policy is on my side and I'm not interested in just picking a fight with you. As for the problem with the Phlox image, and so many of your other images, is that it seems to be taken from a source of significantly lesser quality then dvd. Given that better quality images are always preferable, and the ease with which a better quality screenshot could be taken by the probably many dozens of contributers which own the dvd, your image is simply sub-optimal. (Even to the point that it stands out as noticeably worse then the average image on this site). That's why it's tagged, not because the colours are screwed up or there is some abnormal artifact in it, but because it should be easy to replace with something dramatically better, if only people would have a way of finding such images. -- Capricorn 02:05, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

I have no problem with you or anyone uploading or improving on an image. That's fine by me. In some cases I can see why an image might need attention, in other cases I dont. If you wanna tag it for improvement, by all means. But note that there are a myriad of pictures on this site (past uploads etc) and they are not all superb quality and untagged. If you want to make it a point of tagging them for improvement, feel free. This is a wiki. At this point I dont really see what the issue really is. You tagged a picture, and i responded saying that the correct tag needs to be {{pna-file cleanup}}. I didnt argue with you that the images are perfect or that you shouldnt add tags to them. The only one really was the beach thing which looks like that from my screen (and no its not a you tube video - not that you tube has Star Trek - or some other cheap source). As to taking the issue up with an admin: I am not really sure what you think you are going to accomplish with that. I am not saying anything to you here I havent told Morder and I was cool with having pictures that need attention tagged appropriately. And some people were nice and competent enough to do the improvement when needed without starting a principals debate about it or instigating animosity - which is exactly what you are doing and....ehh...ironically enough tried to prevent in the first place. – Distantlycharmed 03:06, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

At this point you don't even seem to make sense anymore. (also you're going in circles) - Some points though. First of all, the fact that there are other untagged bad images on the site doesn't make it somehow right. all of those images will need to tagged when found, and eventually be replaced, even if right now I've only stumbled upon yours. All such images need a tag, and all I'm basically saying here is that if you have been made aware that some of your images could be better, then by now you should also know to tag them as such, in accordance with policy. Secondly, if those Risa pictures are indeed from a source even approaching dvd quality (and I'm not saying you're lying here)-then there is something seriously wrong with your computer's graphical ability. Those images might look here just like they look on your screen, but just take my word for it, that's not how they are supposed to look. I'm aware they aren't taken from youtube, they don't look like that. They look like a crappy Photoshop filter was applied to them, which initialy made me think that the problem may have lied with your image processing software. But I don't know, I don't have acces to your computer. All I know is that something has (objectively) gone wrong while extracting those images from your decent quality source. As for the whole admin thing, I don't have any specific plan there either. I don't have a personal grudge against you, my only concern is quality. I see a problem there (and one that I'm pretty sure everyone except you will agree is real), and I happen to have traced it back to you. I'd d like that problem solved, but short of starting an edit war (which while nasty can be effective) I have no idea how to solve this. So the best I could come up with is making people more experienced with stuff like this aware of it. I have no idea what Mordor would do with it, I just hope that this issue can be solved. An issue which, if I might remind you, isn't about your person at all, but about bad images creaping in without being marked as such, incidently through you. -- Capricorn 03:49, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

And i said feel free to add the tags if you believe they need improvement. Personally I do not see some of the images you tagged as being of lower quality but just the same. Anyway I dont know what your elaborate explanation is trying to accomplish as I believe you are blowing the issue out of proportion frankly. Again, I never said dont add those tags or that I would not add them if I could see how they could use improvement. – Distantlycharmed 04:31, September 25, 2010 (UTC)

Kira Nerys talkEdit

Just so you know, I think some of us have come to the conclusion that we might have a troll at our hands here and as you can see, this debate over this questionable contributor insisting that Kira's name is Neris Kira "NO MATTER WHAT OR ELSE IT'S WAR", despite all evidence to the contrary, has turned ridiculous. Duke has already protected the page and any more debate will lead to even more absurd posts and bickering. As Duke advised me the other day, dont feed the troll. Peace. – Distantlycharmed 08:52, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

this person doesn't strike me as a troll, just someone not experienced in matters like these. And with even the strongest of our rebuttals essentially consisting of "no you're definatly wrong", he was bound to get frustrated. Hence why I coudn't resit pointing to the bio. Now, as for everything I typed after that, you totaly have a point. :D -- Capricorn 10:44, October 21, 2010 (UTC)

it's v itsEdit

Please be careful in your usage of "it's" and "its". "It's" on ever means "it is" or "it has", while "its" is the possessive form of "it". Thanks. -- sulfur 19:18, October 25, 2010 (UTC)

I'm aware of this and I'm sorry. Guess it's due to not being a native English speaker. But the good news is, I do understand the grammatical rules and most of the time I'm making sure I follow them, at least I'm only erring when in a hurry or something. But sorry for the trouble. -- Capricorn 15:40, October 26, 2010 (UTC)

Image categoriesEdit

Btw, when removing a category from an image, make sure that it is still in an "in-universe" style image category, and if not, then put the Category:Memory Alpha images one onto it, since that allows us to figure out what is not appropriately categorized. Thanks. -- sulfur 12:58, November 8, 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't know that. But now that I do, it won't happen again. -- Capricorn 15:18, November 8, 2010 (UTC)

Not a problem -- just makes the life of the image sorting people easier, otherwise things happen to fall through cracks (as I'm sure that you can understand). -- sulfur 15:33, November 8, 2010 (UTC)

Birth joke Edit

I see you spotted my birth/age bit on Thomas Small's page. (Well, it's not *mine,* I stole it from Steve Irwin.) I just felt like being a bit goofy. I felt the same way while writing another page recently, so the same joke is in one more article. You just have to find it. ;) Happy hunting! :) --From Andoria with Love 10:07, November 9, 2010 (UTC)

Andrea Martin :p - Haven't removed it though, when I found the other one it never even occurred to me that it was intentional (must have been seriously absent-minded), but it's pretty funny and I guess it's harmless. Keep or lose, it's up to you :) -- Capricorn 17:44, November 9, 2010 (UTC)

Well, we do have a policy which says Inform and entertain. :) It's kind of fitting on that page, too (Martin being a comedienne), and I'm sure she would find it amusing if she read it (she's on Twitter and I've sent her the link, so it's possible). I won't remove it myself, but if someone else does I won't fight it or revert it. As you said, it's harmless. :) --From Andoria with Love 07:13, November 10, 2010 (UTC)

I agree, I'm sure she would find it amusing. -- Capricorn 12:49, November 10, 2010 (UTC)

Citations Edit

When adding background information (such as information from the DVD commentary), please make sure you cite your sources on the page, not just in the edit history. Thanks. – Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 06:06, January 14, 2011 (UTC)

Well, frankly I don't often add info from that kind of sources, and I don't quite know how to deal with it. Most other facts in the bg section aren't cited, so I decided to follow that lead (for lack of a better idea), yet adding the info to my edit summary seemed better then nothing. The link you gave has clarified the matter for me though, I should definably check out our help section more often! It won't happen again. -- Capricorn 06:27, January 14, 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. :-) There is still a lot of background information without citations on MA, and one of my primary goals is to cite these, or remove them if no evidence shows up. If you see any such statements, you can help out by adding an {{incite}} tag or a {{pna-cite}} as appropriate. – Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 07:44, January 14, 2011 (UTC)

Kassidy Edit

Just so you know, the information on "The Way of the Warrior" was recently added by an anonymous user who is posting lots of uncited info. That user has refused to answer their talk page, and may just be posting internet rumours as fact. Until/if that is resolved, that information shouldn't be copied over to other pages as it is a bit suspect.–Cleanse ( talk | contribs ) 23:17, June 8, 2011 (UTC)

sorry, should have checked I guess -- Capricorn 23:26, June 8, 2011 (UTC)

Vissian warp capability Edit

Hey there. Please look up the quote on when the Vissians invented warp drive: Cogenitor (episode)#Memorable Quotes. --> "The man who invented warp drive on my world lived nearly a thousand years ago." That would put the dear man's lifetime around 1153, a time which may also be referenced to as the "12th century" in Human terms :p --36ophiuchi 20:17, August 20, 2011 (UTC)

I know the quote, it was what motivated my edit in the first place! ;) And you're right, it most probably places the invention in the 12th century. But I don't think we can say that with absolute certainty, and that was what I was trying to reflect.
Here's my thinking: "nearly a thousand years ago" is a very vague statement, inherently murky. It could very well mean 980 years ago, though it probably doesn't mean 600 years ago. No absolute cutoff points exists in these cases of course, but to me at least, 952 years ago or less doesn't seem unreasonable. Which means we cannot without a reasonable doubt say it didn't happen in the 13th century.
(Unrelated: I did make a mistake in thinking that "Cogenitor" was set in 2152 rather then 2153, thanks for correcting that!) -- Capricorn 21:35, August 20, 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I see your point. What about "around the 12th century"? That would still give a proper timeframe people can more easily relate to. And we definitily leave the respective remark on the century-article as a note. --36ophiuchi 15:48, August 21, 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's exactly what we should be going for :) -- Capricorn 19:11, August 23, 2011 (UTC)

"Inter Arma..." FA Nomination Edit

Hello Capricorn, I was hoping you might be able to spare a few minutes to read through "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" and perhaps consider voting for it as an FA? Regardless, any comments you may have on the article would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. :) --| TrekFan Open a channel 22:00, August 20, 2011 (UTC)

I hate to say no to such a nice request, but FA's are just one aspect of the site that I can't get myself to care about much (not that I have anything against it, just a personal thing). And as such it seems like me casting a vote would devaluate the process. But I'll still read the article and see if I can contribute something else though :) -- Capricorn 22:23, August 20, 2011 (UTC)

I can understand that, that's fine. I'd still appreciate any comments or suggestions for improvement, though, if you have any? Thanks for getting back to me! :) --| TrekFan Open a channel 22:27, August 20, 2011 (UTC)

Adding new articlesEdit

When adding new articles, please make sure that you actually add links to them. For the books you've been recently adding, the best place to start is the references section in the episode page. If these are not added, the articles tend to be orphans and have to be cleaned up by someone else. -- sulfur (talk) 13:03, August 28, 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, when adding a bunch of articles all from one episode, I tend to wait until I'm done so I can add them all in one edit. -- Capricorn (talk) 13:12, August 28, 2012 (UTC)

Lazarus' species Edit

Spock initially identified the species as essentially Human. However, Lazarus identified the person he is chasing as a humanoid. Kirk accepts what is told and begins identifying the illusive Lazarus as humanoid. Throwback (talk) 03:57, September 18, 2012 (UTC)

Uhm, I'm not sure what point you are making. Sure I've made that edit purely based on memory and I've just scanned a transcript and what you're saying seems to be true, and I've probably done something wrong and you are probably right whatever right is; but I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to say, what your issue is. Could you clafify please? -- Capricorn (talk) 05:29, September 18, 2012 (UTC)

Star Trek IV buildingsEdit

As you create these articles, please make sure that you add links to them from the Star Trek IV article. -- sulfur (talk) 23:55, September 20, 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, sorry, I noticed you beating me to that a few times... In fact I have been adding them, but I usually didn't immediately, rather waiting until I had a few to add before making an edit. I can understand your frustration though; I've never exactly completely been above overlooking to do that kind of thing, and of course there's no way for you to see if I've forgotten or was just planning to do it later. Then again, just making 20 edits to add one little thing also seems excessive. Well, in any case, sorry for that, and for all the other corrections you've had to do on my articles. -- Capricorn (talk) 01:56, September 21, 2013 (UTC)

Qo'noS' Moon Edit

There is a planetary codex for Qo'noS seen in Star Trek: Into Darkness. A line in that codex identified Praxis as the moon and listed its current status. So, the idea that the moon seen in ST: ID could be anything else contradicts what was stated on-screen.Throwback (talk) 21:59, September 22, 2013 (UTC)

You're right; I didn't consider that the fact that just one moon was listed implied that Qo'nos in fact only had a single moon, and therefore that any moon seen would have to be Praxis. (well, there's still the theoretical possibility that this was some kind of other planitary companion, a la the whole Vulcan kerfuffle or Romulus. But that's never been taken into consideration in these kinds of things). I'll remove the unnamed moons entry again. Ugh, still getting used to the confirmation that Praxis was really a moon of Qo'noS specifically I guess. I've gotten so attached to the theory that it was not, it would have made a lot more sense as far as realism goes... :D -- Capricorn (talk) 03:23, September 23, 2013 (UTC)

DisambiguationsEdit

When creating disambiguation pages, please ensure that you clean up all incoming links to what was there originally and also ensure that you add it to the magic list of them. Thanks. -- sulfur (talk) 12:58, October 8, 2013 (UTC)

ok, but how do I do the latter? -- Capricorn (talk) 16:39, October 8, 2013 (UTC)

Simply edit the list and add the link to the page. :) -- sulfur (talk) 17:26, October 8, 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll try to make sure I'll do all this in the future. And again, thanks for your patience when I make mistakes like that. -- Capricorn (talk) 17:31, October 8, 2013 (UTC)

Cid HIghwind Edit

I had to leave the discussion because I couldn't understand what was being said. I was getting lost in the twists and turns. I am concerned as well about Cid Highwind. According to Wikipedia, an administrator has discretionary power on deleting pages. He can delete a page if it has less than 5,000 revisions. [1] In the discussion, in his frustration, he stated that he would delete pages out of spite. He didn't do it this time, but what about next time?Throwback (talk) 18:31, October 19, 2013 (UTC)

It was a very complicated and ugly discussion, so I don't blame you. In fact, I noticed your confusion and I really regret that I just didn't end up having the mental bandwidth to maybe at least give you a few more pointers on your talk page now and then about how to deal with those things. I do think you did a few things wrong (the deletion discussions and such) by misunderstanding what was going on, and that added to the collective frustration, but be assured, with a discussion like that you are only partially to blame. Although, for clarity, I would like to make sure that you understand that right now we neither have a clear policy, nor is the discussion still going. I understand that for you that might be hard, but unfortunately it just is the situation right now, things are just unclear. For what it's worth, I don't expect that Cid has any immediate plans for suddenly deleting large amounts of articles. (and also, Wikipedia policies aren't law here) I'd like to repeat the advice that I or someone else gave you last week, if you feel the need to make lots of changes on something, and you're unsure what the right course of action is, maybe you should quickly run it past a friendly admin first for now, just to make sure there's not another problem like the mass deletion nominations.
As for Cid, he himself has today suggested that if I have a problem with him, I should take it up with a neutral moderator. I've been planning to do exactly that, but with all the different places this was discussed I'm still working on a summary so that someone not familiar with the history can even understand what to read, and right now it's time for me to go to bed, so that will be for tomorrow. I'll be sure to mention that you have concerns about Cid too. In the meantime, take care. -- Capricorn (talk) 19:03, October 19, 2013 (UTC)

William Ross FA nomination Edit

Hey Capricorn. I was hoping you might take a few minutes to read through William Ross and possibly consider casting your vote in the featured article nomination? Alternatively, any comments you might have would be greatly appreciated. --| TrekFan Open a channel 17:28, March 20, 2014 (UTC)

I have just recalled our similar discussion on this nearly three years ago so if you don't want to vote, that's completely fine. I apologise for disturbing your talk page with this again! :) --| TrekFan Open a channel 17:33, March 20, 2014 (UTC)

Hi!Edit

Um..Hi I'm new to Memory Alpha and a annon and you seem to know what you are doing so could you do me a small favor? I don't think it would take too long...Could you please up load this image: http://www.stevethomasart.com/home/digital/Star_Trek_Redshirt_Recruitment_web.jpg you have to have a account to upload photos...--98.67.109.83 19:44, May 26, 2014 (UTC)

Can I ask what and what it's for? That looks a lot like fan art, which we don't really cover. By the way, making an account is real easy, and free. :) -- Capricorn (talk) 19:58, May 26, 2014 (UTC)

I know but: 1:I am a minor and my parents won't let me 2: This is their computer so it is their E-mail address. It was for my profile but someone deleted it so I guess it doesn't matter anymore. I was making one because i often edit a wiki where I am allowed to have a profile. (It is a small wiki only 10 members or so They often forget i am a annon because i lead a team of editor there lol) Also next edit i will have a very different IP, Because i will be changing computers in a few hours.--98.67.109.83 16:00, May 27, 2014 (UTC)

Can I add to the Federation page that this power is in both quadrants? Edit

Voyager flight path Astrometrics

Flight path of the Voyager

There is this map from Star Trek Voyager. At Star Trek Dimensions, there is a higher resolution image of the same map. [2] On this map, the location of the UFP is depicted as the destination of the Voyager. UFP space is oval in shape. Based on the map, the UFP has territory in both quadrants. As this is a canonical map, as it was seen in Season 7 episodes, can I in the table for the Federation add the information that the UFP is located in both quadrants?Throwback (talk) 00:33, June 14, 2014 (UTC)

I've already given my opinion on the talk page (which I quickly saw because it's on my wachlist, but apparently I now officially don't notice the messages that someone has posted on my talk page anymore, damn wikia and all their spammy promotions). To summarize my view, I don't think you can be sure that the dot represents the volume and shape of Federation space, rather then it's location. And given that the dot seems at least 4000 light years wide, I doubt that it does. In fact, it may not even be associated with the UFP label, but rather represent Voyager's more specific destination, Earth. In any case, I'm not a special arbiter on that kind of stuff, this discussion should be had on the article talk page imo. -- Capricorn (talk) 01:04, June 14, 2014 (UTC)

Norcadia Prime Edit

We have a map that was seen in Season 7. It's a map of the galaxy. Look here. [3]

On the bottom of the map, there is Voyager's flight path marked out by stardates. Now, look to the map. There is a red rectangle. One of the stardates is marked in red - 48315.8. These two, the rectangle and the stardate are the beginning of the journey. There are eight rectangles in all. It can be confusing, as they overlap. Each rectangle matches up to a stardate. The last stardate, in yellow, has a corresponding yellow rectangle. There is a white line that goes through the rectangles and the galaxy; this is the flight path of Voyager. For Norcadia Prime, I checked the stardate for the episode, then I did a cross check on where Voyager would be. Norcadia Prime was visited on stardate 53447. Where would this place Voyager, according to the map? According to the Voyager flight path, the last two stardates are 52970.2 and 53061.4. So, Norcadia Prime was visited after stardate 53061. Based on the information provided, and using the map as a guideline, Voyager is in the 3 kpc arm and so is Norcadia Prime.

I have run into trouble with this map before. Pseudohuman removed a statement I had made about the Alpha Quadrant for he called it speculative. For me, the squares are charted and/or explored space. We know from the canon material that the Federation has made it to the edge of the galaxy and to the galactic core. I see this in the map of the Alpha Quadrant, where the squares run from the core to the edge. I feel there needs to be a little leeway in what we provide as fact on this website. I don't believe in absolutes. Saying that something has to be explicitly said is the only truth seems a little absolutist to me. I lean more towards the middle approach. I like to work this way, but buttinng heads with Pseudohuman is tiresome for I don't feel anything is gained by it. So, I let it slide. If you are in the same camp as Pseudohuman, let me know and I will remove what I said about Norcadia Prime.Throwback (talk) 13:19, July 9, 2014 (UTC)

Where to start... it's hard to answer that second paragraph in a way that doesn't sound like an intervention. And as much as you may have added that paragraph as an afterthought to the first, it is the only paragraph really relevant here. This isn't about camps or letting things slide. What facts we want to add isn't something we agree on based on our personal tastes like this is some kind of collective worldbuilding project. I'd like to draw your attention to the "for me" statement you make. That's not a thing that belongs here. For me as an atheist there is clearly no god, while for my neighbor there may be three. But on Memory Alpha there are exactly the gods mentioned, and while I can make an eloquent argument that they must not really exist, that shouldn't be noted because this just isn't the place. As soon as there is the least bit of ambiguity it is not our job to figure out to find a valid solution, but rather to leave it alone as much as possible. And there is definitely ambiguity here, I could give you a list of at least 10 assumptions you've made in deducting that location if you want, each of them more then reasonable, but none of them absolutely certain, and each of them capable of invalidating the outcome.
Another phrase that is spectacularly besides the point : you say you don't believe in absolutes. Well, that's all fine and dandy, but you can't just edit the wiki according to your personal philosophy, you have to edit according to the existing guidelines. Your leanings just don't play into it. You could of course start a debate, make a proposal to change the way we do things at the forum. But currently things don't go that way, and until the community as a whole decides to change that, you have to either follow guidelines or not edit at all. As for personal beliefs: personally I really don't think TAS is/should be canon, but I don't expect a she sites I go to to bend to my will, and I sure as hell am not changing Memory Alpha to remove TAS info.
So yeah, ultimately I agree with Pseudohuman I suppose, and I'm actually suspecting you're pretty much alone in your "camp". But it's not about taking sides, it is about what conforms to the side chosen when the rules of this wiki were thought out. And it's not about this map specifically either, to be perfectly clear, and neither is it about some specific flaw I see in those two kilobytes of reasoning you've just posted. You can motivate your reasons very well, and it's actually pretty smart how you've solved that puzzle. But I'm sure there's other ways to interpret that map, even if maybe there's none that makes as much sense, and maybe there's even a map out there somewhere that can be solved in a way just as smart but which will then show that the planetoid couldn't possibly be anywhere near the 3kpc arm. Things like that do happen, there's articles out there that contain mutually contradictory statements about a subject because the eps they source did. Some puzzle pieces just weren't designed to fully fit into everyone else ever. That in itself is also a good enough reason to stick to only the most basic facts, actually.
If I may give you a bit of personal advice; maybe you should really start a site or a blog or something. That's a cool analysis you did there, and I certainly enjoy reading it. But its just too much for this particular place. To be clear, I'm not saying you should leave the wiki, I'm sure there's still all kinds of stuff you'd like doing here. I'm just saying, there's the art of documenting, and it is absolutist, We are absolutist so that the thinkers have the most correct possible basis on which to build. And then there's the art of drawing conclusions from observations. You're pretty good at the latter, but it goes beyond our mission. I thoroughly enjoy reading that stuff at Ex Astris Scientia, but I don't enjoy seeing it here.
Furthermore, if you really insist in adding those kinds of notes, I think you should really consider incorporating your "proof" in the article itself, explain the reasoning in the background note. Or if it's too much for a background note at least leave an explanation on the talk page. The way it stands there is absolutely no transparency regarding those elaborately derived deductions, you are Fermatting this entire wiki by putting bold statements in the margins and then not providing the extremely hard to reconstruct proof. Please, at least do that, so that people can peer review those facts. Without it there's no way to figure out which users are adding facts and which assertions. -- Capricorn (talk) 15:02, July 9, 2014 (UTC)

NCC-2541 Edit

I would like your opinion. I value your opinion highly.

For the episode "Encounter at Farpoint", the registry of the Excelsior-class starship was changed to NCC-2541. The nacelles bore this registry, as seen in this shot from "The Child". [4] There were many stock shots of this ship that were seen through TNG, for named and unnamed ships. I was thinking about combining the unnamed Excelsior-class starships from the series into one article, titled NCC-2541. What do you think?Throwback (talk) 10:31, July 10, 2014 (UTC)

Ah, I'm flattered that you would ask me, and I'd gladly give you my opinion if I could, but this whole topic of which ship is which is really not something I'm good at. In fact, I went to the relevant pages and spent some time reading through the background sections just to understand the basics of the debate, and I just came away very confused. I imagine I'd sooner get a headache then a full understanding of the issue, which is what always happens when I try to follow the long discussions in the same vein that from time to time rage over talk pages. I would advise you to contact someone who regulary participates in that kind of discussions, they no doubt will have a better answer then me. Or better yet, you could start a topic on this on the forum, so that anyone may weight in on what sounds to me like a pretty major change to make. I'm sure there's going to be people who would like to weigh in. Sorry I can't be of more help. -- Capricorn (talk) 11:34, July 10, 2014 (UTC)

Causing damage to the wiki? Edit

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What makes you think, a maximum degree of fragmentation is what any wiki-article should aim for? Go look at any random featured article in Wikipedia (e.g., ::Virginia, Mauna Loa, Istanbul), and understand that a string of a dozen 5-8 word mini-sentences is much less comfortable to read than 3-4 sentences with ~20 words each. Anyhow, by now it would be a mammoth-undertaking to reverse/improve those 1000s of edits you've done so far... I've been an active member of the MA-community for 10 years or so, and I certainly do not feel up for the task. I cannot be the first one addressing this. Can I? --36ophiuchi (talk) 12:08, July 12, 2014 (UTC)

I would like your opinion on this matter. Am I causing damage to the wiki? I will be frank - I know my communication skills are not say at the level of other writers. I have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, with high levels of anxiety/depression and agoraphobia. I have been rated as having a Global Assessment of Functioning of 45. ([5]) A range between 40 and 50 is, 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). I have never shoplifted; however, my severe obsessional ritual could be considered what I do on this wiki. I have trouble concentrating, so for me, I write like I think or say in dialog. I use short sentences. For instance, I was working on material from "Whispers". For this paragraph, the area in bold is what I wrote.

The ITA Elmira was a starship that was registered for Federation travel in the late 24th century. In 2370, the captain of this ship was G. Gulliver. The starship's point of departure was Carinae Delta V. The starship arrived at Deep Space 9 on stardate 47552.9. The ITA Elmira was listed on the space station's arrival roster. (DS9: "Whispers", production art)

So, do you think I am causing damage to this wiki? I would like to hear your opinion and any advice you can give. Throwback (talk) 21:06, July 12, 2014 (UTC)

Not sure why you're coming to me for a second opinion, rather then work things out with 36ophiuchi. I am inclined to agree that the format of "This planet was A. This planet was in B. This planet had C. This planet was D" is not particulary pleasent to read. Something like "This A planet in B was C. It was D" feels a lot more natural. Still, I wouldn't call that damage to the wiki, it's less then optimal writing at the worst, and then stylistic changes ultimately all boil down to opinion. On the other hand, you do have a tendency to settle on some action to do, and then very quickly go through a vast number of articles, making the same change to each of them. That's not a problem in itself, but of course if the initial thing you decide to do is problematic or even just controversial, then you will indeed end up changing a lot of stuff people don't agree with in a very short time. I guess some might frustratingly call that damage, if you have changed half the wiki before anyone can chip in with a second opinion. (also due to the vast amount of articles you edit, I suspect your actions become very noticeable on a lot of people's watchlist, which may contribute to the whole thing. And without you using edit summaries, it can be really confusing what you're doing with their precious watched pages). I do remember it being a problem with the minor buildings discussion a while back, you would take some comment and then unilaterally start making a lot of changes, which then turned out to be not what anyone in the discussion wanted at all. Waiting until you can be sure what to do is always the better option. (by the way, is susceptibility to peer pressure something you have issues with? That might explain some things).
Maybe if you have an idea that will affect a lot of pages, maybe you should suggest it on the forum first. It's not that unusual a step to take before setting about a big project, and it will give people a change to air any concerns they might have before you start changing things. They might even come up with suggestions as to how to go about it better. In any case, I think whatever the solution is, it will definitely involve better communication, and explaining what you're doing/will be doing, and why.
p.s. I expect to probably be too busy to be active on the wiki for this week, so I'm sorry but I may not be able to follow this up further. I'm actually taking time that I really should be working instead right now ;-) -- Capricorn (talk) 14:48, July 14, 2014 (UTC)

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