History Main / ThePtitleReplacementSystem

11th Jul '13 8:45:45 PM Willbyr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


On Friday, February 18, 2011, a replacement for the much maligned ptitles system was put into place on ThisWiki. This article will detail the changes in both layman's terms and in detail, to use as a reference to explain the transition.

'''NOTE:''' If you were redirected to this page when you tried to use a link with the [ = ~ markup, it means that the ptitle in question can no longer be created. Make a page with a custom title instead.

! The Short, Short Version
* All articles now store a Custom Title that can be changed with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request Form]].
* The Custom Title, if one exists, will display in place of the link when you use a WikiWord or {{ }} markup -- but not a PotHole.
* No new ptitles will be created.
* All existing ptitled pages and redirects to them automatically received a Custom Title in the transition.

* '''IMPORTANT NOTE:''' No page [=URLs=] changed; all articles are still at the same locations they were before. Some people got confused thinking existing ptitles would magically disappear. They did not.

! Summary of Changes
'''Old System'''\\
Any page title that could not be created as a WikiWord or bracketed with {{ }} had to be created using the ptitle markup: [ = ~ ~ = ]. This created an ugly URL looking like "ptitleXXXXX". Referring to these names in {{Pot Hole}}s required either copying the ptitle or using a WikiWord redirect.

Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" was stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". You referred to it with a redirect: [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=], by {{Pot Hol|e}}ing it to the ptitle: [=[[{{ptitlemvm5d9py}} Everything's Worse With Snowclones]]=], or by using the special markup [ = ~ Everything's Worse With Snowclones ~ = ].

'''New System'''\\
All page names (that is, the URL you follow) will be {{Wiki Word}}s or alphanumerics. Each page will store, as a separate attribute, a Custom Title that is automatically substituted when you see that name in any {{Wick}}, other than a PotHole. Users may request changes to the custom title with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form but they must be approved by a moderator. The forced ptitle markup [ = ~ will no longer work to create new pages.

Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" is still stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". It also has a redirect, [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=]. Regardless of which name you use, it will display as EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones. If you want it to display as something else, you can still use a PotHole: [=[[EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones Yep, snowclones are awful]]=] ==> [[EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones Yep, snowclones are awful]].

'''NOTE:''' Please do not use the Custom Title system to perform a rename. The article must still be moved to the new plain text title. Custom Titles are for adding punctuation and special characters only.

! Ptitle Replacement System FAQ
'''Q:''' ''So, what exactly happens to existing ptitled pages?''\\
'''A:''' The [=URLs=] of existing pages are not changing. However, all such pages will be updated to show the proper custom title. Moreover, you can use a redirect to a ptitle page and it will also display the custom title. Example: [={{Airplane}}=] redirects to [={{ptitlesuqqsfypos4b}}=]. Using [={{Airplane}}=] on a page will display {{Airplane}}, as will [={{ptitlesuqqsfypos4b}}=] just as if you'd {{Pot Hole}}d to the ptitle or used the ptitle markup.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to existing {{wick}}s?''\\
'''A:''' Nothing will happen to existing wicks. They will simply begin displaying the custom title of the linked page.

'''Q:''' ''How do we create new articles with punctuation under this system? ''\\
'''A:''' Create the article with a plaintext URL. You can then submit a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] to have its custom title changed to the desired text. The plaintext URL doesn't matter but should be analogous to the real title so it can index properly.

'''Q:''' ''How do we change the custom title? ''\\
'''A:''' Use the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form. Please note that you will be submitting a request which must be approved or denied by a moderator or admin (see KnowTheStaff). Moderators will be notified automatically when there are pending requests.

'''Q:''' ''How can we avoid flooding the system with frivolous custom title requests? ''\\
'''A:''' Any title which has already been denied by a moderator will be rejected and a notice will be displayed to that effect. Note that moderators may always override the custom title for any page.

'''Q:''' ''Does this meant that foreign language titles will work? ''\\
'''A:''' As long as it can be expressed in the character set employed by the wiki (which means no Unicode yet, sorry), it can be used in the custom title. Not only that, but it'll always display that way so you don't have to remember how to type it, except in the case of a PotHole.

'''Q:''' ''Does this mean that slashes will work in titles now?''\\
'''A:''' Yep. But only for display -- the underlying URL can't contain extraneous slashes.

'''Q:''' ''So {{Pot Hole}}s aren't affected by this? ''\\
'''A:''' The appearance and underlying links of existing {{Pot Hole}}s won't change at all.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to the {{ }} markup? ''\\
'''A:''' You can still use that markup to link to pages that are not {{Wiki Word}}s. If the page has a custom title, then it will appear in place of the text of your link. For example, to get {{Spider-Man}} to display properly in all cases, set its custom title.

'''Q:''' ''Wait, this means no more tricks with using the {{ }} markup to pluralize wicks or hide parts of the name?''\\
'''A:''' If the article has a custom title it will override those tricks. To change the displayed name of such an article, you need to use a PotHole.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to the [ = ~ markup? Will all those wicks be broken?''\\
'''A:''' No. However, the markup will no longer work to create new articles and you should replace the wicks when you come across them (Hint: search for the [ = ~ code in the page source.)

'''Q:''' ''Does the custom title apply to a specific namespace, or all of them? ''\\
'''A:''' The substitution is per namespace. Each namespace can have its own custom title.

'''Q:''' ''How do redirects work in the new system? ''\\
'''A:''' Each redirect is a separate page with a separate custom title. All existing redirects to ptitled pages received the same custom title in the transition, but from this point forward they will also need to have their custom title set via the request form.

'''Q:''' ''How do indexes work with the new system? ''\\
'''A:''' The index needs the URL of the page, or a redirect to it. You should alphabetize the index according to the URL, not the displayed title.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to Discussion pages for ptitled articles?''\\
'''A:''' Nothing. Since the URL won't change, Discussion pages will remain exactly where they are.

'''Q:''' ''How does this work with [[{{Namespace}} subpages]]?''\\
'''A:''' The same as always. To be shown in the main article's subpage bar, the subpage must have the same base URL as the main article. Redirects may be used to accomplish this, if needed.

'''Q:''' ''How do we rename articles in the new system?''\\
'''A:''' The same as always. Create the new page, copy the markup over, make the old page a redirect, and fix all the wicks. Do not use the Custom Title system to rename an article.

'''Q:''' ''How do we report problems with the feature?''\\
'''A:''' Try to repeat the custom title input. If it doesn't work, make a thread in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=000000000000000000000000 Tech Wishlist & Bug Reports]]. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting an issue there.


'''Q:''' ''How quickly do custom titles update after being requested?''\\
'''A:''' First, the mods have to see the requests and act on them. Once that happens, the main wiki should update almost instantly. The forums and other areas may take a few minutes. Sometimes changing an existing Custom Title to a different one takes longer or may fail -- in that case, see the previous question for how to report it.

'''Q:''' ''Is there a problem with CamelCase namespaces? Custom titles for these don't seem to work?''\\
'''A:''' This is a known issue. Applying a Custom Title to an article with a CamelCase namespace (example: VideoGame.AssassinsCreedBrotherhood) will cause the title to fail to display except on that article. Eddie is aware of it and will hopefully get a fix in place.

'''Q:''' ''What does this do to TheProblemWithPenIsland?''\\
'''A:''' If an article has a custom title, you can no longer play games with CamelCase, so PenIsland will go the way of the dodo. You have our profound condolences. ''Requiescat in pace''. (You can still use a PotHole, but that's less fun.)

! Brief history of the issue
For most of the history of the wiki, only alphanumeric characters were allowed in {{Wiki Word}}s. This means no punctuation (except for hyphens), no accented characters, and no customized capitalization unless you use the {{ }} markup to force it. To get around this, a kludge (techspeak for "clumsy workaround") was used to convert punctuated titles (hence "ptitle") into a functional URL, but this left the page title unreadable to people and required either a PotHole or special markup to be properly displayed. The confusion caused by this system resulted in a number of issues, including: the requirement for a WikiWord redirect for all ptitled pages, cluttering the wiki; the inability to perform a Related To search on many ptitles; confusion as to how to insert a ptitled page on an index; and creation of unnecessary ptitles by people unfamiliar with the system.

The problem has been on the wiki To-Do list for some time, but @/FastEddie buckled down and polished it off in February 2011.

!Transition notes, copied from the forum thread.
Step 1: In the evening of Thursday 17 Feb (GMT-8), article editing will no longer process the \[\=\~ markup. In other words, no new ptitles will be accepted from then on.

Step 2: A script will be run that replaces 'ptitlexxxxxxx' with the title of its un-punctuated redirect. For example, if [=ThisLinksOnDrugs=] redirects to ptitle1234567 which is "This Link's on Drugs", ptitle123456 will be replaced with [=ThisLinksOnDrugs=].

Step 3: The new page-viewing code will be installed.

Step 4: There will be joy across all lands.

Additional notes:

Ptitles that don't have a redirect will still be serviced. The new system doesn't really care about the replaced item. It's arbitrary. If we tell it to say 'Morton's Left Foot' when it sees 'ptitle098765', that's what it does. Same deal if we tell it to say 'Morton's Left Foot' when it sees '[=MortonsLeftFoot=].'

'''Starting a new page:''' New pages will need an un-punctuated title to translate into a punctuated form. What the un-punctuated title ''is'' makes no difference to the system at all, as long as all the letters in it can be used in a URL.

'''Making a link to a "punctuated" page:''' Yes, the "link name" (the name used in the URL) can be different from the displayed title of the page. The link name has to be used, when you want to link the page from another page. To make it easy, it makes sense to make the link name the un-punctuated version.

However, if you type [={{ptitle1234567}}=] for those existent pages with a ptitle, the substitution will work.

'''Slashes in custom titles?''' Yup. F/X and //sign at will.

'''Search-n-destroy questions:''' When we decide to change the name of a page, we just change the title that displays. The URL will stay the same. A new redirect will be useful for those people who want to use the new name as the "link name", but existent links using the old name will display the new one automagically. No text moving or cutting required.

The substitution is per namespace. So, yes is your answer. A custom request will have to be made for pages that have the same title in multiple namespaces.

Yeah, I'm going to make it so that saving a page containing links with [ = ~ markup will swap in the redirect title, if it has one, or the ptitle if it doesn't. That's what the extra day is about.

Page URL's are not changing in any way. There are no 'URL swaps'.

All [=URLs=] that work today will work on Saturday. Bookmarks will not be impacted.

Associations with sub-pages are discovered by using the URL name, just like with ptitles today, where the same ptitle has to be used in each namespace in order to get the namespace 'tabs' to show up.

Character limits: The link title limit is 64 characters, as it always has been. We're picking up a new capability in that the custom title can be up to 255 characters.

'''NOTE''': As of June 2012, the vast majority of ptitle markups have been removed from the wiki; only 24 pages still contain the markup per Fast Eddie. If you happen to come across one of these pages, please remove the markup.

----

to:

On Friday, February 18, 2011, a replacement for the much maligned ptitles system was put into place on ThisWiki. This article will detail the changes in both layman's terms and in detail, to use as a reference to explain the transition.

'''NOTE:''' If you were redirected to this page when you tried to use a link with the [ = ~ markup, it means that the ptitle in question can no longer be created. Make a page with a custom title instead.

! The Short, Short Version
* All articles now store a Custom Title that can be changed with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request Form]].
* The Custom Title, if one exists, will display in place of the link when you use a WikiWord or {{ }} markup -- but not a PotHole.
* No new ptitles will be created.
* All existing ptitled pages and redirects to them automatically received a Custom Title in the transition.

* '''IMPORTANT NOTE:''' No page [=URLs=] changed; all articles are still at the same locations they were before. Some people got confused thinking existing ptitles would magically disappear. They did not.

! Summary of Changes
'''Old System'''\\
Any page title that could not be created as a WikiWord or bracketed with {{ }} had to be created using the ptitle markup: [ = ~ ~ = ]. This created an ugly URL looking like "ptitleXXXXX". Referring to these names in {{Pot Hole}}s required either copying the ptitle or using a WikiWord redirect.

Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" was stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". You referred to it with a redirect: [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=], by {{Pot Hol|e}}ing it to the ptitle: [=[[{{ptitlemvm5d9py}} Everything's Worse With Snowclones]]=], or by using the special markup [ = ~ Everything's Worse With Snowclones ~ = ].

'''New System'''\\
All page names (that is, the URL you follow) will be {{Wiki Word}}s or alphanumerics. Each page will store, as a separate attribute, a Custom Title that is automatically substituted when you see that name in any {{Wick}}, other than a PotHole. Users may request changes to the custom title with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form but they must be approved by a moderator. The forced ptitle markup [ = ~ will no longer work to create new pages.

Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" is still stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". It also has a redirect, [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=]. Regardless of which name you use, it will display as EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones. If you want it to display as something else, you can still use a PotHole: [=[[EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones Yep, snowclones are awful]]=] ==> [[EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones Yep, snowclones are awful]].

'''NOTE:''' Please do not use the Custom Title system to perform a rename. The article must still be moved to the new plain text title. Custom Titles are for adding punctuation and special characters only.

! Ptitle Replacement System FAQ
'''Q:''' ''So, what exactly happens to existing ptitled pages?''\\
'''A:''' The [=URLs=] of existing pages are not changing. However, all such pages will be updated to show the proper custom title. Moreover, you can use a redirect to a ptitle page and it will also display the custom title. Example: [={{Airplane}}=] redirects to [={{ptitlesuqqsfypos4b}}=]. Using [={{Airplane}}=] on a page will display {{Airplane}}, as will [={{ptitlesuqqsfypos4b}}=] just as if you'd {{Pot Hole}}d to the ptitle or used the ptitle markup.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to existing {{wick}}s?''\\
'''A:''' Nothing will happen to existing wicks. They will simply begin displaying the custom title of the linked page.

'''Q:''' ''How do we create new articles with punctuation under this system? ''\\
'''A:''' Create the article with a plaintext URL. You can then submit a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] to have its custom title changed to the desired text. The plaintext URL doesn't matter but should be analogous to the real title so it can index properly.

'''Q:''' ''How do we change the custom title? ''\\
'''A:''' Use the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form. Please note that you will be submitting a request which must be approved or denied by a moderator or admin (see KnowTheStaff). Moderators will be notified automatically when there are pending requests.

'''Q:''' ''How can we avoid flooding the system with frivolous custom title requests? ''\\
'''A:''' Any title which has already been denied by a moderator will be rejected and a notice will be displayed to that effect. Note that moderators may always override the custom title for any page.

'''Q:''' ''Does this meant that foreign language titles will work? ''\\
'''A:''' As long as it can be expressed in the character set employed by the wiki (which means no Unicode yet, sorry), it can be used in the custom title. Not only that, but it'll always display that way so you don't have to remember how to type it, except in the case of a PotHole.

'''Q:''' ''Does this mean that slashes will work in titles now?''\\
'''A:''' Yep. But only for display -- the underlying URL can't contain extraneous slashes.

'''Q:''' ''So {{Pot Hole}}s aren't affected by this? ''\\
'''A:''' The appearance and underlying links of existing {{Pot Hole}}s won't change at all.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to the {{ }} markup? ''\\
'''A:''' You can still use that markup to link to pages that are not {{Wiki Word}}s. If the page has a custom title, then it will appear in place of the text of your link. For example, to get {{Spider-Man}} to display properly in all cases, set its custom title.

'''Q:''' ''Wait, this means no more tricks with using the {{ }} markup to pluralize wicks or hide parts of the name?''\\
'''A:''' If the article has a custom title it will override those tricks. To change the displayed name of such an article, you need to use a PotHole.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to the [ = ~ markup? Will all those wicks be broken?''\\
'''A:''' No. However, the markup will no longer work to create new articles and you should replace the wicks when you come across them (Hint: search for the [ = ~ code in the page source.)

'''Q:''' ''Does the custom title apply to a specific namespace, or all of them? ''\\
'''A:''' The substitution is per namespace. Each namespace can have its own custom title.

'''Q:''' ''How do redirects work in the new system? ''\\
'''A:''' Each redirect is a separate page with a separate custom title. All existing redirects to ptitled pages received the same custom title in the transition, but from this point forward they will also need to have their custom title set via the request form.

'''Q:''' ''How do indexes work with the new system? ''\\
'''A:''' The index needs the URL of the page, or a redirect to it. You should alphabetize the index according to the URL, not the displayed title.

'''Q:''' ''What happens to Discussion pages for ptitled articles?''\\
'''A:''' Nothing. Since the URL won't change, Discussion pages will remain exactly where they are.

'''Q:''' ''How does this work with [[{{Namespace}} subpages]]?''\\
'''A:''' The same as always. To be shown in the main article's subpage bar, the subpage must have the same base URL as the main article. Redirects may be used to accomplish this, if needed.

'''Q:''' ''How do we rename articles in the new system?''\\
'''A:''' The same as always. Create the new page, copy the markup over, make the old page a redirect, and fix all the wicks. Do not use the Custom Title system to rename an article.

'''Q:''' ''How do we report problems with the feature?''\\
'''A:''' Try to repeat the custom title input. If it doesn't work, make a thread in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=000000000000000000000000 Tech Wishlist & Bug Reports]]. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting an issue there.


'''Q:''' ''How quickly do custom titles update after being requested?''\\
'''A:''' First, the mods have to see the requests and act on them. Once that happens, the main wiki should update almost instantly. The forums and other areas may take a few minutes. Sometimes changing an existing Custom Title to a different one takes longer or may fail -- in that case, see the previous question for how to report it.

'''Q:''' ''Is there a problem with CamelCase namespaces? Custom titles for these don't seem to work?''\\
'''A:''' This is a known issue. Applying a Custom Title to an article with a CamelCase namespace (example: VideoGame.AssassinsCreedBrotherhood) will cause the title to fail to display except on that article. Eddie is aware of it and will hopefully get a fix in place.

'''Q:''' ''What does this do to TheProblemWithPenIsland?''\\
'''A:''' If an article has a custom title, you can no longer play games with CamelCase, so PenIsland will go the way of the dodo. You have our profound condolences. ''Requiescat in pace''. (You can still use a PotHole, but that's less fun.)

! Brief history of the issue
For most of the history of the wiki, only alphanumeric characters were allowed in {{Wiki Word}}s. This means no punctuation (except for hyphens), no accented characters, and no customized capitalization unless you use the {{ }} markup to force it. To get around this, a kludge (techspeak for "clumsy workaround") was used to convert punctuated titles (hence "ptitle") into a functional URL, but this left the page title unreadable to people and required either a PotHole or special markup to be properly displayed. The confusion caused by this system resulted in a number of issues, including: the requirement for a WikiWord redirect for all ptitled pages, cluttering the wiki; the inability to perform a Related To search on many ptitles; confusion as to how to insert a ptitled page on an index; and creation of unnecessary ptitles by people unfamiliar with the system.

The problem has been on the wiki To-Do list for some time, but @/FastEddie buckled down and polished it off in February 2011.

!Transition notes, copied from the forum thread.
Step 1: In the evening of Thursday 17 Feb (GMT-8), article editing will no longer process the \[\=\~ markup. In other words, no new ptitles will be accepted from then on.

Step 2: A script will be run that replaces 'ptitlexxxxxxx' with the title of its un-punctuated redirect. For example, if [=ThisLinksOnDrugs=] redirects to ptitle1234567 which is "This Link's on Drugs", ptitle123456 will be replaced with [=ThisLinksOnDrugs=].

Step 3: The new page-viewing code will be installed.

Step 4: There will be joy across all lands.

Additional notes:

Ptitles that don't have a redirect will still be serviced. The new system doesn't really care about the replaced item. It's arbitrary. If we tell it to say 'Morton's Left Foot' when it sees 'ptitle098765', that's what it does. Same deal if we tell it to say 'Morton's Left Foot' when it sees '[=MortonsLeftFoot=].'

'''Starting a new page:''' New pages will need an un-punctuated title to translate into a punctuated form. What the un-punctuated title ''is'' makes no difference to the system at all, as long as all the letters in it can be used in a URL.

'''Making a link to a "punctuated" page:''' Yes, the "link name" (the name used in the URL) can be different from the displayed title of the page. The link name has to be used, when you want to link the page from another page. To make it easy, it makes sense to make the link name the un-punctuated version.

However, if you type [={{ptitle1234567}}=] for those existent pages with a ptitle, the substitution will work.

'''Slashes in custom titles?''' Yup. F/X and //sign at will.

'''Search-n-destroy questions:''' When we decide to change the name of a page, we just change the title that displays. The URL will stay the same. A new redirect will be useful for those people who want to use the new name as the "link name", but existent links using the old name will display the new one automagically. No text moving or cutting required.

The substitution is per namespace. So, yes is your answer. A custom request will have to be made for pages that have the same title in multiple namespaces.

Yeah, I'm going to make it so that saving a page containing links with [ = ~ markup will swap in the redirect title, if it has one, or the ptitle if it doesn't. That's what the extra day is about.

Page URL's are not changing in any way. There are no 'URL swaps'.

All [=URLs=] that work today will work on Saturday. Bookmarks will not be impacted.

Associations with sub-pages are discovered by using the URL name, just like with ptitles today, where the same ptitle has to be used in each namespace in order to get the namespace 'tabs' to show up.

Character limits: The link title limit is 64 characters, as it always has been. We're picking up a new capability in that the custom title can be up to 255 characters.

'''NOTE''': As of June 2012, the vast majority of ptitle markups have been removed from the wiki; only 24 pages still contain the markup per Fast Eddie. If you happen to come across one of these pages, please remove the markup.

----
[[redirect:Administrivia/ThePtitleReplacementSystem]]
23rd Mar '13 5:36:03 AM lu127
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''A:''' Post in the Wiki Talk forum, specifically [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13070700630A98660100 this thread]]. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.

to:

'''A:''' Post in Try to repeat the Wiki Talk forum, specifically custom title input. If it doesn't work, make a thread in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13070700630A98660100 this thread]]. org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=000000000000000000000000 Tech Wishlist & Bug Reports]]. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.
an issue there.

6th Jul '12 6:09:10 AM Willbyr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Custom Title Requests made now will just sit there until the new system is turned on. Doesn't hurt anything to make the requests now. They just won't have any effect until at least Saturday.

to:

Custom Title Requests made now will just sit there until '''NOTE''': As of June 2012, the new system is turned on. Doesn't hurt anything to make the requests now. They just won't vast majority of ptitle markups have any effect until at least Saturday.been removed from the wiki; only 24 pages still contain the markup per Fast Eddie. If you happen to come across one of these pages, please remove the markup.
13th Feb '12 6:39:12 AM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

'''Q:''' ''Is there a problem with CamelCase namespaces? Custom titles for these don't seem to work?''\\
'''A:''' This is a known issue. Applying a Custom Title to an article with a CamelCase namespace (example: VideoGame.AssassinsCreedBrotherhood) will cause the title to fail to display except on that article. Eddie is aware of it and will hopefully get a fix in place.
13th Feb '12 6:36:41 AM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" is stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". You refer to it with a redirect: [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=], by {{Pot Hol|e}}ing it to the ptitle: [=[[{{ptitlemvm5d9py}} Everything's Worse With Snowclones]]=], or by using the special markup [ = ~ Everything's Worse With Snowclones ~ = ].

to:

Example: "Everything's Worse With Snowclones" is was stored as "ptitlemvm5d9py". You refer referred to it with a redirect: [=EverythingsWorseWithSnowclones=], by {{Pot Hol|e}}ing it to the ptitle: [=[[{{ptitlemvm5d9py}} Everything's Worse With Snowclones]]=], or by using the special markup [ = ~ Everything's Worse With Snowclones ~ = ].



All page names (that is, the URL you follow) will be {{Wiki Word}}s or alphanumerics. Each page will store, as a separate attribute, a Custom Title that is automatically substituted when you see that name on any page. Users may request changes to the custom title with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form but they must be approved by a moderator. The forced ptitle markup [ = ~ will no longer work.

to:

All page names (that is, the URL you follow) will be {{Wiki Word}}s or alphanumerics. Each page will store, as a separate attribute, a Custom Title that is automatically substituted when you see that name on in any page.{{Wick}}, other than a PotHole. Users may request changes to the custom title with the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/custom_title_request.php Custom Title Request]] form but they must be approved by a moderator. The forced ptitle markup [ = ~ will no longer work.
work to create new pages.



Further, instead of renaming articles by creating a new URL and pasting all the text into it, making new redirects, and changing all of the wicks, renaming an article will now be as simple as changing its displayed title. For ease of linking, a redirect from the new plaintext title can easily be made.

to:

Further, instead of renaming articles by creating a new URL and pasting all '''NOTE:''' Please do not use the text into it, making new redirects, and changing all of the wicks, renaming an Custom Title system to perform a rename. The article will now must still be as simple as changing its displayed title. For ease of linking, a redirect from moved to the new plaintext title can easily be made.
plain text title. Custom Titles are for adding punctuation and special characters only.



'''A:''' The substitution is per namespace. Each namespace can have its own custom title. Custom requests may be made to have an article display the same title across all namespaces.

to:

'''A:''' The substitution is per namespace. Each namespace can have its own custom title. Custom requests may be made to have an article display the same title across all namespaces.
title.



'''A:''' The index needs the URL of the page, or a redirect to it. You should alphabetize the index according to the URL, not the displayed title. If a page title changes, it is a good idea to create a redirect using the new plaintext name and add that to the index. Index bars will show the custom title.

to:

'''A:''' The index needs the URL of the page, or a redirect to it. You should alphabetize the index according to the URL, not the displayed title. If a page title changes, it is a good idea to create a redirect using the new plaintext name and add that to the index. Index bars will show the custom title.



'''A:''' The simplest way is to change the custom title, which will cause all wicks to the article to appear with the new name, just like magic! You should add a plaintext redirect using the new name, to aid in linking and searching. Of course, the old renaming methods will still be available.

to:

'''A:''' The simplest way is to change the custom title, which will cause all wicks to the article to appear with same as always. Create the new name, just like magic! You should add a plaintext redirect using page, copy the new name, to aid in linking and searching. Of course, markup over, make the old renaming methods will still be available.
page a redirect, and fix all the wicks. Do not use the Custom Title system to rename an article.



'''A:''' Post in the Wiki Talk forum. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.

to:

'''A:''' Post in the Wiki Talk forum.forum, specifically [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13070700630A98660100 this thread]]. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.



'''A:''' First, the mods have to see the requests and act on them. Once that happens, the main wiki should update almost instantly. The forums and other areas may take a few minutes.

to:

'''A:''' First, the mods have to see the requests and act on them. Once that happens, the main wiki should update almost instantly. The forums and other areas may take a few minutes.
minutes. Sometimes changing an existing Custom Title to a different one takes longer or may fail -- in that case, see the previous question for how to report it.
13th Feb '12 6:30:15 AM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''NOTE:''' If you were redirected to this page when you tried to use a link with the \[\=\~ markup, it means that the ptitle in question can no longer be created. Make a page with a custom title instead.

to:

'''NOTE:''' If you were redirected to this page when you tried to use a link with the \[\=\~ [ = ~ markup, it means that the ptitle in question can no longer be created. Make a page with a custom title instead.
13th Feb '12 6:30:06 AM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

'''NOTE:''' If you were redirected to this page when you tried to use a link with the \[\=\~ markup, it means that the ptitle in question can no longer be created. Make a page with a custom title instead.
22nd Mar '11 11:34:03 AM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


On Friday, February 18, 2011, a replacement for the much maligned ptitles system was put into place on ThisWiki. This article will detail the changes in both layman's terms and in detail, to use as a reference to explain the transition. The primary reference is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12979187400A65160100&page=1 this forum thread.]]

to:

On Friday, February 18, 2011, a replacement for the much maligned ptitles system was put into place on ThisWiki. This article will detail the changes in both layman's terms and in detail, to use as a reference to explain the transition. The primary reference is [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12979187400A65160100&page=1 this forum thread.]]
transition.



'''Q:''' ''How do we report problems with the new feature?''\\
'''A:''' Use [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12979771480A78100100 this forum thread.]] Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.

to:

'''Q:''' ''How do we report problems with the new feature?''\\
'''A:''' Use [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=12979771480A78100100 this forum thread.]] Post in the Wiki Talk forum. Please make sure you've read this FAQ before reporting a page there.
24th Feb '11 4:43:40 PM Fighteer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''A:''' Yes. On page save, any links constructed with [ = ~ will be broken and will no longer work. You will need to manually edit them to the correct link.

to:

'''A:''' Yes. On page save, any links constructed with [ = ~ will be broken and No. However, the markup will no longer work. You will need work to manually edit create new articles and you should replace the wicks when you come across them to (Hint: search for the correct link.
[ = ~ code in the page source.)
23rd Feb '11 9:35:46 PM FastEddie
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* No new ptitles will be created and the [ = ~ markup is now broken on page save.

to:

* No new ptitles will be created and the [ = ~ markup is now broken on page save.created.
This list shows the last 10 events of 39. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ThePtitleReplacementSystem