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continuing adventures in wikki-ing
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Okay, I would kill for Fanlore to be a little more clear on where to ask what kind of questions. No, I have no clue how they'd do it either; I love the talk pages. Just sometimes, I'm not sure which talk page to use.

Anyway, for those playing Whee Wiki (my drug, it is fanlore), question. I figured out how to create a template to insert Accessed Date Here, but is there something that you can use to insert date already somewhere? It's for the external links or reference links last accessed thing. Yes, I tried the triple tilde mentioned on wikipedia.

Things Accomplished

1.) Added common categories to Template:ArchiveProfile, Template:FanProfile, and Template:CommunityProfile. So now if someone uses the template, they don't have to manually add unless they need to sort (such as, by last name or not by "The" or "A", etc). This pleases me, as I am lazy and having it done automatically when I use the template is happiness. Also, if there are subcategories created for say, Archives or something, then I can just add it there and boom, all the pages using that template get it.

It's like Christmas, really.

2.) Added more people. Yay! There is dancing involved.

3.) Added a page for sv_inquiry, Dead Letters Challenge, overheardfandom, and several archives.

4.) Did not figure out how to add a second extended CommunityProfile template yet to a page. It throws the whole page off, but I don't want to dramatically change the original template, as that way leads to a.) unhappy people who already used it and have to go back and edit or b.) I have to go back and hand edit the changes in to the entries that are using them and they may not want the extension. I'd go with divs, but that's really customizing it and I want these really easy to use as I am lazy and like to cut/paste quickly.

Remember to come join and add your bit! The Stargate: Atlantis pages and character subpages are awesome. apple_pi, ratcreature, anatsuno, some_stars, and okay, a ton of other people are doing a fantastic job filling it in.

I feel like I'm forgetting something obvious.

ETA: On my user profile, I added quick links to some of the most commonly used templates with short explanations. You can find them here. This explanation is not official--I am not on the wiki committee--but what has worked for me. YMMV.


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So you haven't found fanlore:chat then.

...so I never sleep again? *GLEE*

My happiness is a bit muted because I first signed up via openid (figuring it might be easier than having to keep track of yet another account and password, hah, had I only known!), but the wiki will forget your email in regular intervalls of a few hours if you signed in via openid, more often even than I actually log out or close by browser, so whenever I want to do anything, I need to reenter and revalidate my email address. :(

And I had trouble where to put that bug report as well. At first I sent an email, and then I saw someone else having problem on an "issues" page, but really technical support and bug report places could be clearer, especially as it is still in beta, which you'd think was meant to find and report these things.

Gah! I couldn't make open ID work (probably do to non-familiarity) so I ended up creating an account there.

They do have a chat now, so you can ask there.

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Fanlore:Chat

I mentioned it there too now. (I suspect I'm starting to come across as obnoxious, harping on this in several places...)

sorry, rat - you're not being obnoxious at all - we know about the issue, and we're trying to fix it. We've been trying to fix it since before the beta, so it's not lack of trying - so far it's jsut lack of success in the debugging. *hugs*

In that case, maybe a temporary note or something could be added to the page where you first sign in with OpenID to create an account, a warning that's prominent that it is not working right yet? And that warning can be removed once the complicated technical issue is solved. I mean, I signed up with OpenID because I just wanted to try a Wiki for the first time, and thought it would be easier than regular signup and remembering yet another password, but had I known about the email issues, I'd have signed up for a regular account.

It's a very good suggestion, and I will pass it on: I tried to do just that but the openID log in page is a spacial page that I am able to edit myself at the mo. Thanks.

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I literally was cut/pasteing until I saw someone mention it in the log changes. I hope it helps!

not sure you wanted that, but for you and others, I revamped the portal page to be more immediately helpful.

Oh, you are marvelous. Thank you!

how extensive does this thing go? are there any limits i should know about before i dive in? fandom wise, i mean, or does it all go?

YMMV, but--just go in, read around, and jump in. The worst that will happen is that someone will revise what you just revised, which is what everyone does anyway. It's fun! I promise!

Cool :)

This is going to be addictive. I can tell :D? D:? IDEK.

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