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 1 Septimus Heap, Wed, 8th Feb '12 10:16:01 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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edited 8th Feb '14 1:10:55 AM by SeptimusHeap

 2 Septimus Heap, Wed, 8th Feb '12 10:17:39 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Double posting to avoid cluttering up the OP:

  1. This is an attempt to create a guide to the fora, if anything's wrong you are free to say so.
  2. The staff may edit this OP as they see fit, as long as it stays usable.
  3. If it's good enough, please pin it.

 3 Willbyr, Wed, 8th Feb '12 11:06:16 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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The first line under the "locked pages" section is mis-formatted...that's all that jumps out right now, I may have time tonight to give it a more thorough look.
 4 Ozbourne, Wed, 8th Feb '12 12:57:34 PM from the x on a treasure map Relationship Status: I-It's not like I like you, or anything!
8luh 8luh.
"tot he" should be "to the" at the top.
The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.
 5 Septimus Heap, Wed, 8th Feb '12 12:59:37 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Fixed both.

 6 Deboss, Wed, 8th Feb '12 4:30:21 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
If it's a work page that is the problem, use

I think you forgot to finish this.
 7 Willbyr, Thu, 9th Feb '12 5:52:26 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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The third entry in the "bans" section needs to change from "tying" to "trying".
 8 robster 2001, Thu, 9th Feb '12 6:25:09 AM from Richmond, VA Relationship Status: One Is The Loneliest Number
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Second second-level bullet under "locked pages":

If you want to get a page unlocked, head over here - note that the thread, despite its name, deals with all unlocking requests. And also note that not all needs need an unlock.

Should that be "not all edits need an unlock"?

edited 9th Feb '12 6:26:08 AM by robster2001

I am not a mod, and I don't play one on TV.
 9 Septimus Heap, Thu, 9th Feb '12 12:42:45 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Not "edits", but "changes". Fixed that.

EDIT: Added several more fixes.

edited 11th Feb '12 6:47:25 AM by SeptimusHeap

 10 Willbyr, Fri, 17th Feb '12 9:20:53 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Per discussion in the crowner issues thread: My take —

"Tech Wishlist is, to my interpretation, just that — a "wish" list, a "Hey, I think it'd be cool if the wiki did _____". On the other hand, Wiki Talk is the place where how the wiki is run is discussed. IT issues would seem to fall into Wiki Talk more than Tech Wishlist since they involve a problem with something that's already on the website...maybe they should be split into their own dedicated subforum."

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of a subforum dedicated strictly to reporting problems with wiki functions. That way, we can keep them organized and keep Wiki Talk and Tech Wishlist free to pursue their unique functions. The "Advertising/Security issues" thread could then be moved to that forum.

edited 17th Feb '12 9:21:29 AM by Willbyr

 11 Septimus Heap, Fri, 17th Feb '12 9:32:25 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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I really don't know. You'll have to ask Eddie for this and what his opinions are on this subject matter.

 12 Willbyr, Fri, 17th Feb '12 9:36:19 AM from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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Definitely need mod/Eddie input. I made a Tech Wishlist thread here to start some dialogue on the IT issues forum and something else I was thinking about.
 13 Septimus Heap, Sat, 10th Mar '12 11:12:10 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Should this be pinned?

 14 Septimus Heap, Fri, 17th Aug '12 12:08:06 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Added a section concerning the content policy and summarized the SE threads in the new directory.

Terradorablyfying
Searching topics, first bullet: Could you add a note about searching through WikiWords for TRS and IP topics?

Where are the rules, second or third bullet: Could you add "Some subforums have specific rules or guidelines which are stickied. Please check for and read these before posting there."?

Bans and access problems, fourth bullet: It'd be helpful if you could add something to the effect of "Those can also be the result of suspensions from particular features, in which case the appeals thread is where to go.".

Porn and Pedo Pandering policy: It'd be more consistant if "Pedo Pandering" wasn't capitalised. First bullet: Links can't start with a number, so the page is at Administrivia/FiveP. Full URLs need the http:// bit.

Thanks for making the guide!
Merge those duplicates! Fix that factual error! Delete that shoehorned non-example! You have the power! Meta Four
 16 Septimus Heap, Fri, 17th Aug '12 1:30:59 PM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
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Did some fixes there.

 17 desdendelle, Fri, 17th Aug '12 3:58:26 PM from /dev/null Relationship Status: What is this thing you call love?
{{5P}} still needs changing to FiveP.
[17:27:48] Plummet: Stop being British damn you.
The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.
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