User talk:GreenReaper/Technical4

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This is an archive page, covering technical/howto issues discussed on my user talk page from 19 February to 5 April 2006. Please do not edit this page - if you wish to bring up a topic, copy the relevant portion into a new section on the current page. Thanks! --GreenReaper(talk)


Yea, I noticed. I had to go to the sand box to make a new red link. I did however just finish a new article. Chainroaker. Thanks for the greeting! I've lurked this wiki for quite some time and thought I might just as well get myself an account. :)


Actually, if you change the link at the top of the page to "", you're presented a blank page, and can click the appropriate links from there to create the new article. -- Siege 21:56, 19 February 2006 (UTC)


Shouldn't that be トランスフア?

Result of IRC discussion: Apparently not, as it is a Japanese word and not a foreign one (so is in hiragana and not katakana). --GreenReaper(talk) 07:39, 5 March 2006 (UTC)

Hey Green[edit]

I noticed your note to me. I am still really green to this so to speak (heheh) can you let me know how to move it to person; people category? thanks, anjel

To put your page in the People category, you put [[Category:People]] at the bottom of it - have a look at other people's pages to see how it works. Also, to sign your name easily at the end of talk page edits, just put ~~~~ which will turn into your name and the date. Make sure you're logged in first! :-) --GreenReaper(talk) 03:56, 6 March 2006 (UTC)


Hi, thanks for commenting on my entry. I really have no idea what I'm doing... I thought I was making a general pedia entry, but guess not. How do I make an entry?

You're welcome! And don't worry, you're doing the right thing by trying things out. *grins*
You were editing on your user page - the bit where by convention you "talk" to people on a personal basis. This is usually used to talk about your wiki work and plans for the future, or whatever - but either way, it's from you (in the first person), not about you (in the third person). It's pretty much exactly the same in terms of editing, but the content is different by convention - compare User:GreenReaper and GreenReaper to see what I mean. It means that people can edit the pages about other people without feeling that they are editing personal words - because that is what the User: page is for.
You can turn it into a entry in the main namespace very easily - click the Move tab at the top while on User:Growly and select to move it to just Growly. Untick the checkbox offered for moving talk pages, otherwise it will copy this text as well (normally you want it to when moving pages, but not in this case).
To link the two pages, you can use the {{Contributor}} and (optionately) {{ContributorU}} tags. You can see the first one in use on the GreenReaper page above. Oh, and another tip - if you type ~~~~ then it will turn into a signature that you can use on Talk: pages, like this: --GreenReaper(talk) 01:13, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
To clarify: You'd put {{Contributor|Growly}} to get the right result. And let's pretend I didn't just make up the word "optionately" in the above sentence. ;-) --GreenReaper(talk) 01:21, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

"User" vs "normal" pages[edit]

I'm afraid I'm still too wiki-newb to understand the difference. What is supposed to go on a 'normal' vs. 'user' page, such as my own (Chibiabos vs. User:Chibiabos)? I've been doing my user page to talk about all my projects and characters and things, and the 'normal' (non-user) Chibiabos page to just talk about the Chibiabos character as it appeared in my MUSH I ran a few years back. --Chibiabos 21:17, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

I should probably have taken the opportunity to explain after my earlier edits. :-) Our current convention is to use the page in the main namespace for both the person and their character, if under the same name. This is partially due to the integration of many people's characters with their personality, but also because by convention a User: page is a personal message from a user (first-person), while the other page is about the person (third-person). Compare GreenReaper and User:GreenReaper. This distinction is considered more important than that between a player and their fursona. Moreover, most of the time people will be referring to people not their characters, and it gets annoying to remember to type User: all over the place - normal articles should link to other normal articles.
This policy makes a bit more sense on Wikipedia, where most users will not have pages about themselves because they are non-notable individuals (under their definition). However, it seems to work OK here, and it helps separate the personal message on the User page (which is controlled by you) from the description of yourself (which others should feel free to edit). Hope that clears things up for you! --GreenReaper(talk) 00:33, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
Another thing to note: An awful lot of people that we write about do not have accounts under their names, and so we might well write about someone and find that their account was owned by another (or that they'd used a different account name). Again, this relates to the difference between the idea of a person and the user that is editing the wiki that just happens to be that person as well. --GreenReaper(talk) 00:37, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

ASCII banner failing to show properly[edit]

GreenReaper wrote:

Umm, I'm using Firefox myself, and the ascii logos work fine here. What platform and version are you on? What do they look like for you? Do you have any ideas as to what might improve the rendering? --GreenReaper(talk) 02:04, 26 February 2006 (UTC)


Here is the sceen shot:

As you can see, there is a problem in characters alignement on my 1280x1024 screen (using Firefox v1.0.7), but this problem does not show on my laptop (1680x1050, same version of Firefox) where more room exists horizontally.

That screen looks to me as if your browser isn't rendering the ASCII title in a fixed-width font. -- Sine 21:17, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
It does !
How does it work on a more recent build of Firefox? --GreenReaper(talk) 00:03, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
This is not a build issue, as it shows fine with v1.0.7 on a larger screen... In any case, I can't test it with v1.5.0.1 as the latter won't work when compiled without anti-aliased font support (anti-aliased fonts are ugly and fuzzy in my opinion, not to mention they slow down things to a crawl on "old" computers, so I don't use them).
Well, all I can say is that it seems to be working fine for other people using current browsers. You could try using 1.5 but turning off antialiased fonts. The root of the problem appears to be that your system is failing to honour the size of the font and possibly other settings applied to it. That screenshot shows the font as far larger than it is here. It may work on your laptop with the wider screen, but that might just be because the extra width allows the error to go unnoticed. --GreenReaper(talk) 01:12, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

More Double Redirect Weirdness[edit]

OK, this one has me mystified. Take a look at Special:DoubleRedirects; I can't figure out what the deal is with the Big Tig article, and why it's showing up as a double redirect. Maybe there's some control characters in there that I'm missing?--Duncan da Husky 14:35, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

I re-typed the text and re-saved the page, and it seems to be okay now. Maybe it was a Unicode or cache issue? -- Siege 17:54, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
This sometimes happens when pages get moved around. As Siege found, it tends to clear up once you edit the page. --GreenReaper(talk) 18:00, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

GFDL links[edit]

I've noticed that the GFDL link image has been missing since the DNS change. Is that a problem with our links, or with Wikia? -- Siege 18:55, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

As far as I know, it's Wikia. It's been noted on their page for discussion of problems, just not fixed yet! --GreenReaper(talk) 09:27, 31 March 2006 (UTC)