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SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 8th 2012 at 10:16:01 AM

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edited 6th Feb '16 5:26:27 AM by SeptimusHeap

SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 8th 2012 at 10:17:39 AM

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.

Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Feb 8th 2012 at 11:06:16 AM

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.

Resize || Upgrades || My dA page
Ozbourne Mulder, it's me. from if it fits, I sits Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Mulder, it's me.
Feb 8th 2012 at 12:57:34 PM

"tot he" should be "to the" at the top.

Stupid doomed timeline...
SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Feb 8th 2012 at 4:30:21 PM

If it's a work page that is the problem, use

I think you forgot to finish this.

Fight smart, not fair.
Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Feb 9th 2012 at 5:52:26 AM

The third entry in the "bans" section needs to change from "tying" to "trying".

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robster2001 Very Occasional Editor from Richmond, VA Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Very Occasional Editor
Feb 9th 2012 at 6:25:09 AM

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.
SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 9th 2012 at 12:42:45 PM

Not "edits", but "changes". Fixed that.

EDIT: Added several more fixes.

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

Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Feb 17th 2012 at 9:20:53 AM

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

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SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Feb 17th 2012 at 9:32:25 AM

I really don't know. You'll have to ask Eddie for this and what his opinions are on this subject matter.

Willbyr Anime-ted from North Little Rock, AR Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Feb 17th 2012 at 9:36:19 AM

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.

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SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Mar 10th 2012 at 11:12:10 AM

Should this be pinned?

SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:08:06 PM

Added a section concerning the content policy and summarized the SE threads in the new directory.

Telcontar In uffish thought from England
In uffish thought
Aug 17th 2012 at 12:33:23 PM

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!

That was the amazing part. Things just keep going.
SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 17th 2012 at 1:30:59 PM

Did some fixes there.

Aug 17th 2012 at 3:58:26 PM

{{5P}} still needs changing to FiveP.

TheImaginatrix Reader, Writer, Imaginator from A world of my creation. Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Reader, Writer, Imaginator
Nov 18th 2014 at 1:46:50 PM

I just created a Works page for a fanfic I believe should be represented on this site. I've put it in the Sandbox namespace for the moment, but I'm hoping it can still be edited by others. It doesn't have a comprehensive trope list (although I feel like I've made a good start on one), and I'm hoping some people can help me by editing it and adding tropes, although they'll obviously need to be familiar with the fic and its fandom first. I wasn't sure if I should move it into the Fan Fic namespace yet, given how uninformative the page is right now, though if someone disagrees, they're welcome to do it. The fanfic has been linked at the top of the page, so if anyone likes Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters fanfiction and has the time to read nearly 300,000 words of incomplete but very good story, your help would be sincerely appreciated! I'm currently doing Na No Wri Mo, and I tend to get caught up in so many things that some of my projects fall by the wayside, so I'm glad there are many tropers to help out!

If there is somewhere more appropriate this can go, just tell me and I'll repost it there! :)

Here's the page if anyone's interested.

edited 18th Nov '14 1:51:21 PM by Deadbeatloser22

As if I needed another site to procrastinate on...
SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Nov 18th 2014 at 3:15:33 PM

~The Imaginatrix: My take would be to bring your fic to YKTTW if you want help on it. I can't guarantee anything, though.

Aug 4th 2015 at 7:16:30 AM

Hello? No one added Carol Tea and Milla Basset are not in the Patheon Database

SeptimusHeap from Southern Italy Relationship Status: Mu
Aug 4th 2015 at 7:23:27 AM

Locking this, since it's getting too much sideconversations. If an update is needed, please click the yellow holler button. I'll address that question in Edit Requests.

edited 4th Aug '15 7:24:05 AM by SeptimusHeap

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