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The Town Hall is a place where users can meet and discuss larger changes to the wiki, such as policy proposals and new ways of displaying and organizing information. It serves as a way for users to be involved without having to find a relevant discussion page. Please be constructive and courteous when corresponding with fellow editors and add new discussion topics at the bottom of the page.

A Whole New Look, Maybe

Since it's 2018, I was wondering if we should do an update to how the wiki looks. I don't think it looks bad at all, but I think every once and a while we should make changes whether it be big or small to make the wiki better. One thing I would like to see is a dark mode, feel free to make your own suggestions, I'm not saying we have to but I just think some tweaks would be nice.Aioduck29 (talk) 18:40, 2 January 2018 (MST)

I'm fine with an overhaul as long as we can review it and vote if need be, I am very against a Dark Mode, as I don't see the need even on mobile view, at night, it's not like the wiki is a driving app. and there's no way to tell how all the various colors would look for infoboxes, sagaboxes, navboxes and userboxes on a dark grey or worse a very 90's black background. ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 05:21, 3 January 2018 (MST)

That’s fine we don’t have to have dark mode. Once we get some suggestions we could test things out and everything. I’m not even sure what the full capabilities are for a wiki as far as look and everything but we’ll just have to see. Aioduck29 (talk) 12:24, 3 January 2018 (MST)

I think that we should add the Q&A to the sidebar. Jason13579 (talk) 15:59, 5 January 2018 (MST)
Sorry that I've been absent this week; as I have said, school is priority. But along those lines, I've been thinking about a... secret... upgrade to AIOWiki, but I'll need Reddo's permission and help to do so. That upgrade alone should be enough to satisfy a 2018 change. For the final word on Dark Mode, I don't think that this version of MediaWiki supports it. As to Q and A, it's an AIOWiki feature so I don't think there's room on the sidebar.
If you have noticed, I have made some subtle changes to the wiki.
  1. Main Page:
    1. "Current Podcasts" box
    2. "Audio Player" link has been replaced with "Purchase/Download MP3"
    3. "Contents" has been changed
    4. "New Episodes" has been changed, too
  2. Episodes with parental warnings have a red Infobox instead of a yellow one
There may be more that I'm just not remembering right now. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  16:58, 5 January 2018 (MST)

Good ideas thus far. Why don't we bring this to the main page as a post and get suggestions that way and on the wiki's Facebook, get the most suggestions as possible. We compile a list and start experimenting. I don't have the permissions or don't know how to change the look or anything big on the wiki, so someone else will have to do that. Aioduck29 (talk) 17:24, 6 January 2018 (MST)

Write up the copy, I'll post it on facebook... ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 17:30, 6 January 2018 (MST)

I believe, if it's acceptable, that I would be the one to implement and have the final word on the changes. Can you consent to that, OdysseyFan? As to the post, would the post I made on Christmas suffice? I think that would say it all. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  08:08, 7 January 2018 (MST)

I don't have any issues with you implementing the changes, but as far as you having the final word about what changes we make, we were gonna vote on it. Also I would love to help you with the podcast as well BTW, I emailed you about it. Aioduck29 (talk) 20:17, 7 January 2018 (MST)

I already posted to facebook asking for input with help from Aioduck29. I'm good with looking at new design ideas. ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 13:05, 8 January 2018 (MST)

Probably will need something like this: ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 12:50, 10 January 2018 (MST)

I like this. Good idea. Unfortunately it's impossible to use without Reddo or Shadowpaw (sad face emoticon). Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  18:33, 10 January 2018 (MST)
So Reddo added that Extension but I had another thought instead of making images, what if we create a template with an IFRAME and a background image of the "Rays" then whatever text we type in would show up as that and then maybe we can just have it do a random one like the random quote but just random news box???~ OdysseyFan (talk) 11:51, 18 January 2018 (MST)
I saw your sandbox for it; the news section on the Main Page is already easily formatted to read, so maybe we could work this into something else, like New Releases...? Or are you looking into a new main page design altogether?Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  16:22, 18 January 2018 (MST)
I've put the <slideshow> in Template:New Episodes; are you okay with the changes I've made to the main page so far? Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  17:27, 18 January 2018 (MST)
So just need to figure out how to get this to work and we could shorten that section/combine with news like I was saying... News:New_Releases\sandbox ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 11:37, 19 January 2018 (MST)

I think we need to add a daily article. Each day we put up a random article on the main page. It might make it look more professional.(Conniekendall fan (talk) 23:18, 18 January 2018 (MST))

Conniekendall fan, that sounds like a good idea. Could you elaborate further? OdysseyFan, I figured out the sandbox you mentioned!! What I had to do was put <div style="width:???px"></div> around images themselves (replacing ??? with the px) in Template:New Product. It won't work unless the div is right up against the brackets of the image. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:29, 19 January 2018 (MST)

On the real wikipedia (not saying ours isn't real) they have a daily random article. If we have one, it will make it look more important, more professional, and it might make the site more popular.(Conniekendall fan (talk) 11:04, 20 January 2018 (MST))

Actually, we're a completely different entity from Wikipedia and the Wikipedia Foundation. Our only connection is that we both use MediaWiki software. On that note, what Wikipedia does is have an elite group of users summarize a featured article for every day of every year. That would be a bit tedious and maybe unnecessary; I'd have to see the details on how it would make us more important, professional, and popular besides just looking more like WP. We could look into something similar but simpler, though. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  12:28, 20 January 2018 (MST)

ok that would be nice(Conniekendall fan (talk) 15:57, 20 January 2018 (MST))

Character ratings

Could you tell me how the average user ratings for characters work? I always see those on the character pages right above the episodes they've been in, and I'd like to rate characters, but I don't know how. FlYiNg FiSh-YoShI SaN (talk) 17:09, 5 January 2018 (MST)

Those average user ratings are just what they say they are: the average rating of all of the episodes in which a character has appeared. For example, if a character appears in 3 episodes with ratings of 80, 90, and 100, his rating will be 90. There is no "systematized" way to rate a specific character. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:31, 5 January 2018 (MST)

Got it, thanks FlYiNg FiSh-YoShI SaN (talk) 12:42, 6 January 2018 (MST)

The AIOWiki Podcast "Casting Call"

(Originally posted on AIO forums The Town of Odyssey and The Soda Shop)

Hello, everyone! I am Lee, and along with Arista Maxwell, we host a small Odyssey fan podcast, the AIOWiki Podcast. I have been thinking up some new ideas in my mind about how to bring more members onto the podcast, and I just had an idea.

What if everyone joined the podcast?

Here's my plan: Podcast #15 should approximately be the next podcast without special sections (reviews, etc.), and so I might be able to let other fans (you all) have some lines on that one. It wouldn't be too much, just about one or two minutes of recording lines and that'd be it. If you're interested, feel free to add a comment or email me. Thanks, and I hope you join! Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:44, 5 January 2018 (MST)

I'm interested in doing it. Whenever you need me just shoot me an email and I'll do whatever. Aioduck29 (talk) 08:07, 6 January 2018 (MST)

i just listened to part of the preview. you guys are awesome!!!!!!!!(Conniekendall fan (talk) 16:02, 20 January 2018 (MST))

Thanks for everyone who's responded so far. I've sent out emails (and a PM to one of you) with the information. This will still be open for about two more weeks, when it will be time to actually record, so if you'd still like to join and haven't responded yet, please do so! Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  11:04, 18 February 2018 (MST)

Template:Episode Mentioned

I have designed this template to tell when characters are mentioned in an episode. There is not a comprehensive list yet, only categories that can be created. Please do not create these categories until we can decide on a system for them.

Here's how it works. For example, #831: “Crash Course”:

{{Cast and Mentioned
|{{Episode Cast
| Character1 = Eugene Meltsner
| Actor1 = Will Ryan
| Character2 = Buck Oliver
| Actor2 = Robby Bruce
| Character3 = Connie Kendall
| Actor3 = Katie Leigh
| Character4 = Jules Kendall
| Actor4 = Shona Kennedy
| Character5 = Katrina Meltsner
| Actor5 = Audrey Wasilewski
|{{Episode Mentioned
| Character1 = John Whittaker
| Speaker1 = Connie Kendall
| Character2 = Jebidiah Skint
| Speaker2 = Buck Oliver
| Character3 = Olivia Parker
| Speaker3 = Eugene Meltsner
| Character4 = Renee Carter
| Speaker4 = Eugene Meltsner
| Character5 = Mrs. Kramer
| Speaker5 = Eugene Meltsner

Which gives...

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Buck Oliver Robby Bruce
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Jules Kendall Shona Kennedy
Katrina Meltsner Audrey Wasilewski

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
John Whittaker Connie Kendall
Jebidiah Skint Buck Oliver
Olivia Parker Eugene Meltsner
Renee Carter Eugene Meltsner
Mrs. Kramer Eugene Meltsner

Template:Cast and Mentioned is needed to get the alignment side-by-side. I can figure out how to give the ability to list two "mentioners" of a character (for instance, Whit is mentioned by both Connie and Eugene) if you really want, but if not I'll be happy. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  14:12, 7 January 2018 (MST)

Spectacular! Thanks for this. Just applied the template to #429: “The YAK Problem” to see how it works.
Will character mentions be reflected in Character Appearances this way? Or would this require a separate region, a la Character Mentions? Crnel (talk)
Hopefully yes, it will be part of Appearances; it certainly wouldn't require an extra region. I'll implement it eventually. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  15:42, 7 January 2018 (MST)
I added {{-}} to the end of the template, so it can be removed from the episode pages. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:57, 12 January 2018 (MST)
What would you think of doing something similar for animals that appear or are mentioned? The animals (example: Ferguson) already have pages so it wouldn't require a lot of extra copy - however since they already have a category it might be doubling up? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 08:31, 25 January 2018 (MST)
Sorry, just saw this. My thought is that animals are mentioned and appear much, much less than characters, it would be better to just keep track on the animals' pages. With characters, it would not be efficient to do this, since they are mentioned much more. Would that be fine?
Also, Template:Character appearances has been updated with a "Mentioned" section. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  12:28, 4 February 2018 (MST)
I think you're probably right. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 14:44, 6 February 2018 (MST)


Since AIO has now release two audiobook versions of the Imagination Station Adventures I think it would be worth while to add them as a navigation option under the Books section. I also think it would be worth while to add the navigation bar to the top of each as well.
While I am talking about it the AIO Club has the audiobook specific covers that could be added. User:Mdb17 (talk)

Done Whoever you are... ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 11:44, 18 January 2018 (MST)
Ha, I have been using the wiki for years and following along with yalls discussions, just never felt the need to speak up. User:Mdb17 (talk)
That was my subtle way of saying please SIGN your edits ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 12:34, 18 January 2018 (MST)
I apologize, I have tried my best to follow the format but missed that detail. User:Mdb17 (talk)

Can we have another logo contest?

I wanted to know if we could have another AIOWiki logo contest. We haven't had one in 8 years so I think it would be good to have another. What does everyone think? Plus I want to know how to make one. Any ideas?(ConnieKendall fan!(talk) 23:02, 21 January 2018 (MST))

Actually we are voting on a new logo vs the old one on the Wiki Facebook page. It will end in a few days, right now the new one OdysseyFan made is winning. We'll just have to see. Aioduck29 (talk) 16:04, 23 January 2018 (MST)

I don't use facebook. ConnieKendall fan! talk 17:10, 23 January 2018 (MST)

Okay, I didn't want to publicly mention this, but I guess I have to to avoid problems later. I am currently hatching plans to make a new Logo with the previous logo designer, Eugene. Honestly, it feels like OdysseyFan's logo is more of a prototype, but the one I'm planning on having made is an upgraded version of the current one (updated Character images, etc.). If you will please stay patient with me, we can have a new, wonderful logo soon. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  18:49, 28 January 2018 (MST)

Standard Character Designation

What's standard now - designating multiple characters with the same name as a, b, etc, or as Mary (Biblical), John (apostle)? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 07:19, 24 January 2018 (MST)

Not sure. Will try to look into it though.ConnieKendall fan! talk 10:55, 24 January 2018 (MST)

OK, i looked into it and right now it's A,B,C,etc. We do that when there are multiple characters under that name. Hope that helps. ConnieKendall fan! talk 11:16, 24 January 2018 (MST)

So the Over the Airwaves designation for John is incorrect? Didn't want to go in and change it to a letter and be "fixing" it wrong. :) Rachel Maxwell (talk) 12:43, 24 January 2018 (MST)

i'll check it out and let you know.ConnieKendall fan! talk 14:27, 24 January 2018 (MST)

Ok, I checked and I believe it's correct. You could check with User:Scientific Guy to learn more. I was checking character disambiguation. But I think that the list you were looking at is already good enough. sorry if I'm so vague. ConnieKendall fan! talk 14:32, 24 January 2018 (MST)

It's just that there's John (apostle) and John (b), who is also the apostle John. So they need to be combined one way or the other. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 16:23, 24 January 2018 (MST)

Oh. Well I think that if you combine them, you should turn it to John (apostle). It's more descriptive, and easier to understand than letters. ConnieKendall fan! talk 00:06, 25 January 2018 (MST)

Organizations Template

Is there somewhere I'm supposed to update the Organizations template so it will auto-include new additions everywhere? I added a couple of stores and restaurants and added them in the individual organization's Navbox but didn't think about the overarching Organizations Navbox - where's the best place to add or do they just need to be added in each individual box? And how about on the pages themselves - where there's a list of all the bookstores, or all the restaurants. Is this still just a manual add? Thanks! Rachel Maxwell (talk) 13:37, 26 January 2018 (MST)

Can you add the links here to the new organizations you added? I'll take a look at them, it is probably the categories. I noticed you made the Papa_Luigi's page. Where is it not displaying? Aiow 07:33, 27 January 2018 (MST)
Organizations in Odyssey is where they aren't showing - I edited each individual template (ex:

) They do not seem to automatically feed into this template though - if I added them directly to the Organizations template would it feed down into the others? Or do we just have to edit each individual template?


Rachel Maxwell (talk) 08:01, 27 January 2018 (MST)

What's throwing me is that the organizations aren't uniform - Holstein's Books has different templates than Finneman's Market so I'm not sure which is the latest and best way - I didn't notice they were different until I was already neck deep in adds. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 08:07, 27 January 2018 (MST)
I just edited the Organizations in Odyssey page so it will be all automatic now. (It is building the list off of the pages in the category). I'll look in to the sub templates now Aiow 08:26, 27 January 2018 (MST)
Awesome - thank you! So in the future to add an organization which template do I need to add it to? And are there additional categorizations I need to include? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 18:04, 27 January 2018 (MST)
You will not have to edit any template. (just the Organizations in Odyssey page, because that is still manual). Just add a new place page (lets use whits end) Whit's End, be sure you use the {{Infobox Places}} template and set the proper "type" in this case because whit's end fits more then one you would use something like this: type=Ice Cream Parlor | type2 = Discovery Emporium | type3 = Restaurant. (just look at one of the other pages to see how it is done.) Anyway adding that type argument to the Infobox Places template will add the category, and the Template:Organizations_in_Odyssey plus all sub groups get the data from the categories.
Likewise if there is some organization that has a page but is not displaying in its display template, it is because the category is missing from the page. (I encountered a few of those when going through the templates.) Aiow 15:59, 28 January 2018 (MST)
OK look at The Silver Wind Restaurant. It has the Places infobox template but isn't updating Restaurants template or Organizations template. What did I do wrong? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 14:09, 29 January 2018 (MST)
Yeah Prisons is doing something similarly weird. ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 14:26, 29 January 2018 (MST)
Now it's on there - maybe it just takes a little time to update? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 15:01, 29 January 2018 (MST)
Indeed dpl uses caching so yes there will be some delay between when you add a place, and you see it in the infobox templates. However you can clear the cache and the info box page will update. Just add ?action=purge to the end of the url for example Template:Organizations_in_Odyssey?action=purge then press the big "OK" button when it ask if you want to clear the cache. (the categories, in this case Category:Restaurants will update without any caching) Aiow 20:17, 29 January 2018 (MST)
Do you think you could do the same thing for the other type of places infobox? TV shows is the same way, requires an edit of the template itself to add a new one. Thanks! Rachel Maxwell (talk) 19:59, 15 February 2018 (MST)
Check.svg Done Aiow 09:58, 17 February 2018 (MST)
Thanks!! Rachel Maxwell (talk) 09:58, 19 February 2018 (MST)


I can't figure out how to make a poll. Every time I try it doesn't show up. Can anyone help me? ConnieKendall fan! talk (Guestbook) 21:08, 27 January 2018 (MST)

Polls are actually quite difficult to make. I have trouble making them myself, which is partly why there is not a new Current Poll. I wouldn't suggest making one. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  13:25, 4 February 2018 (MST)

How do i. . .

How do i become an oversight and what is it exactly? ConnieKendall fan! talk (Guestbook) 21:18, 29 January 2018 (MST)

no idea what you are talking about. Aiow 07:32, 30 January 2018 (MST)

It is something that goes in your preferences when you become one. I think.ConnieKendall fan! talk (Guestbook) 11:49, 30 January 2018 (MST)

At this time there is no need for an oversight account. But build up more credibility and we might promote you in 3 years or so! Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  15:49, 1 February 2018 (MST)


hi I need help making a poll —Preceding unsigned comment added by Hambone392 (talkcontribs)

Who are you and why do you need help?ConnieKendall fan! talk (Guestbook) 18:35, 31 January 2018 (MST)

Hello, Hambone! What kind of poll do you mean? (an official AIOWiki Poll or a special user poll?) By the way, don't forget to sign your comments with ~~~~. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  15:47, 1 February 2018 (MST)


The Random quote generator is broken! Please Help! Jason13579 (talk) (Guestbook) 16:21, 6 February 2018 (MST)

Check.svg Done Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  14:24, 16 February 2018 (MST)

Umm, not to intrude but every time i try to load a quote, it keeps coming up with this message to purge page and clear cache. So i do it and it loads the quote. But if i push "load another quote" again, it comes up with the message again. Is it a minor glitch or something? I don't know. ConnieKendall fan! Conniekendall-2017.png talk (Guestbook) 16:34, 16 February 2018 (MST)

It's supposed to do this. It won't reload without the cache being purged. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  20:43, 16 February 2018 (MST)

Oh, ok.--ConnieKendall fan! Conniekendall-2017.png talk (Guestbook) 00:06, 17 February 2018 (MST)

Parental Warning template

Not sure if this is on the docket already, but could a template be made for Parental Warnings, similar to the one used for Version Differences? Crnel (talk)

I'm currently working on episodes with a parental warning intro; once I finish the list I can implement a template. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  14:24, 16 February 2018 (MST)

New Logo Mock-up

Option 1
Option 2

Nathan has sent me new character images, so I've gone ahead and uploaded the mock-up for the logo that I'm going ask Eugene to make. Let me know what you think! Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:34, 17 February 2018 (MST)

I'm still in the "getting use to the new character art" stage. (I like the old whit better). Any how I guess its ok. (I'm never a big fan of change just for the sake of change.) If eugene does not get back to you, I can probably make it for you. Aiow 20:31, 17 February 2018 (MST)
I realize that this is a minor issue and certainly not one that’s on you but it’s really bugging me that Eugene’s ring is on the wrong hand. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 21:55, 17 February 2018 (MST)
I hope i'm not speaking out of line here, but I like the new pictures and i think the mock-up is great. It looks cool and it looks more, shall we say modern? I hope we use it. ConnieKendall fan! Conniekendall-2017.png talk (Guestbook) 22:16, 17 February 2018 (MST)
HA! About his ring... the illustration Nathan gave me has his ring on the correct hand, but he's facing to the right. Maybe his hands could be hidden behind the logo or the ring Photoshopped out. Aiow, do you have Photoshop? You'd need to be able to make a carbon copy of the current logo (with Connie and Eugene blurred behind Whit, the same WIKI text, and the semi-transparent rays - all with transparency). Conniekendall fan, no, that's not out of line! Your opinion is very much valued for things like this! Thanks Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  07:08, 18 February 2018 (MST)
Yes I have photoshop (and know how to use it). The ring is easy to fix. The only thing I'd have to create is the yellowish sun beams. Just send me whatever files you have that are not already on the wiki. Aiow 08:48, 18 February 2018 (MST)
OK I have been looking through the pictures of the characters. Two changes I want to propose. 1 Make Eugene's vest a dark blue. (historically it was always black, then it went to a teal/blue around 2010) 2 Make Connie's shirt green, because its Connie. (Switching Eugene's vets will complement the green on Connie.) I still don't like the white short sleeve whit, but if that what everybody wants. Aiow 09:13, 18 February 2018 (MST)
For me, the point of creating a new logo is to use the newest character images from Focus. I wouldn't recommend changing them (although I can appreciate those changes). We could use this Whit image but would be awkward because of his outstretched arm. I don't have any files that aren't already on the wiki. Those files are:
  1. File:Aiologo-2010.png
  2. File:Whit with bible.png
  3. File:Conniekendall-2017.png
  4. File:Eugenemeltsner-2017.png
Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  10:57, 18 February 2018 (MST)
I FOUND THE FONT!! It's "Ravie". I've also uploaded a different idea, the only change being to use the Club logo instead and make the Text styled (shiny) white instead of styled/bordered yellow. (Or we could use the "AIO" official font, "HouseMovements-Custom".) Which logo looks better? Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  14:18, 18 February 2018 (MST)

I like the 2nd one the best.ConnieKendall fan! Conniekendall-2017.png talk (Guestbook) 14:26, 18 February 2018 (MST)

I don't think we should do the 2nd one, A) it's an obvious ripoff, but B) it's altering their logo vs our current logo which uses their logo but doesn't alter it. I also think we should YES use the AIO Font ~ OdysseyFan (talk) 16:00, 18 February 2018 (MST)
It's a lot of white - all three characters have white shirts on and the AIO logo itself is a lot of white space; I appreciate not modifying the actual Focus images, but this isn't going to look as dynamic for us as it will for them as they use character images (mostly) individually. Side note that when I'm logged in I can't see the logo at the top left corner of the screen at all, is that normal? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 11:51, 19 February 2018 (MST)
Maybe (as long as it doesn't LOOK too edited) Whit's shirt could be red-ish and Connie's could be green-ish. About the top left corner, could you upload a screenshot? It's not normal. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  13:37, 19 February 2018 (MST)

The space where the icon should be is still clickable - it'll take me to the homepage. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 13:56, 19 February 2018 (MST)

You have a custom CSS for Monobook (User:Rachel Maxwell/monobook.css); that's probably it. Normal Monobook works fine for me. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  13:57, 19 February 2018 (MST)
Completely forgot about that - haven't messed with that in years. Thanks! Rachel Maxwell (talk) 15:10, 19 February 2018 (MST)
Scientific Guy's near-finished logo

Check.svg Done I used to make the logo myself! What do you think? Does it need work? Would you like the AIO text instead of the Ravie text? Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  19:33, 19 February 2018 (MST)

I don’t really see a difference in it and Option 1 except that the box is pulled higher - if it’s just going to look like option 1 I think it looks better with the box dropped. Also since Wiki is yellow it blends a bit too much with the yellow border. Maybe a heavier edge to “wiki” or change the font color of wiki to the font color of Odyssey?? Rachel Maxwell (talk) 21:21, 19 February 2018 (MST)
You did a pretty good job polishing up the image. However I too prefer seeing more of the characters. I'd keep the "wiki" as it is in the current logo. Now that we have support for a not-all-white-image :) I can give that a go (@Scientific Guy if you still want me too). I'll upload a quick wip later today. Aiow 06:53, 20 February 2018 (MST)
OK I threw something together. Like I said still wip, there are a few things that still need to be finished, but at least you all can see it and let me know if this is even something you like. File:Logo-aiow-01.png and File:Logo-aiow-02.png (I just linked to them, because this is starting to get long.) I for one think connie and eugene are too blurry (maybe we don't need any blur on them). Aiow 09:24, 20 February 2018 (MST)
I didn't like the old apron on whit, so I tried Scientific Guy's idea - whit in a red shirt. It works, but why stop there? Have a look at this one. Aiow 09:48, 20 February 2018 (MST)

New Categories

I had a couple of ideas that need some steel-on-steel; Media Wiki has the capability of including clickable maps (or pictures) where, when you click on something within it you go to a different page based on what you click on (like if there's a picture of Mt. Rushmore you can click on each President to go to their Wiki page). What would y'all think about having a clickable map of the US (and/or globe since several episodes have taken place around the world) where you could go to see all the episodes that had taken place in that location? We'd just not include episodes that took place entirely in Odyssey (or maybe have a little icon specifically for within-fictional-AIO-surroundings for those). We all know there are a dozen episodes that take place in one way or another in Chicago, but there are a great deal of episodes around the country - several in Alaska, Hawaii, California, DC - it just seems like a really cool tool. The "easiest" way seems to me to make it auto-feed into a list from the episode page somehow, something in the infobox maybe? Coding is above my pay grade though so I defer to y'all on that.

Second, what about categorizing some episodes by season - there are several that are specifically season oriented (winter, summer, etc) but beyond that there are a lot that deal specifically with a particular sports. #282: “The Fundamentals” is a basketball episode, #228: “A Game of Compassion” is soccer. While this would take a bit of work it would be a really great tool for people who deal with kids involved in sports. Anyway, like any idea, if these will work at all they'll need some collaborative suggestions.

Rachel Maxwell (talk) 10:31, 19 February 2018 (MST)

First: I like this idea, although a manual method I think would be better than automatic. Is there a Wikipedia/MediaWiki page that you can give as a reference?
Second: See here: Category:Episodes by Genre. Notice that "Sports Episodes" is already a category; feel free to add "Winter Episodes", "Summer Episodes", "Basketball Episodes", or "Soccer Episodes", if you'd like. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  14:02, 19 February 2018 (MST)
Here's a MediaWiki page on it: Extension:ImageMap. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 14:22, 19 February 2018 (MST)
Yes, yes, I think this is great. Reddo seems to be busy right now but he can be asked later. Scientific Guy (talk) Episode DispersionAIOWiki Podcast  17:47, 19 February 2018 (MST)
My only issue with manual adds is that something always gets left off a list like that - if it’s plugged in somewhere else you’re less likely to miss it. Like Organizations in Odyssey - manualing editing the list means that things can be overlooked easily - it’s an extra step that’s easy to forget. Having the infobox feed the data into the template keeps that from happening to the template itself. I’m not opposed to manual adds, I just want it to be as easy to keep updated as possible. Rachel Maxwell (talk) 21:26, 19 February 2018 (MST)
I like the idea of a map where you can click on a state and see all the episodes the took place there. For something like a map, yes we can absolutely make that automatic. However why would we use an image map (that is the coding name for it), I would much rather see an actual map (, google maps, bing maps, etc), with markers for each episode in their corresponding location. That would make the interaction, much more natural. Plus it would elevate the multiples in same location problem. But other things like the album 50 image, would work wonderfully with the extension. I would be in support of getting that extension, if for no other reason then remaking the album 50 poster, all inter linked to the wiki. Aiow 06:44, 20 February 2018 (MST)