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100,000 Edits · Episodes Project

Featured Articles

Now that we have a "Featured Articles" feature, are we going to link it from the home page? I would assume we will eventually have a Featured Article section similar to the one on wikipedia, but perhaps we could at the very least make a "Click Here for our Featured Article!" link while we wait? --Dot.the.i 13:19, 29 October 2007 (PDT)

Yes, I totally agree with you. This is just the outer shell...as time goes by and availability allows I try to add more policies and templates and such to make the Wiki more manageable. If you have any ideas, suggestions, comments...by all means feel free to implement them or to ask me about them. The only difference I as an admin have from other users is the ability to ban Vandals and to edit protected articles, otherwise the site belongs to the users, do with it as you see fit, so long as it is reasonable and responsible. blipadouzi 14:05, 29 October 2007 (PDT)

Quotes

Anybody got a good idea for arranging the quotes? I tried putting lines between them here but that really doesn't look that great. However it's the best I can come up w/ right now... any other ideas? --Rachel Maxwell 04:08, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I agree that we need to have something between the quotes but I'm not sure that's it, how about <hr width=50%/>, I modified The Very Best of Friends quotes for a preview.Reddo 05:31, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
I really like that! Um, any chance of u putting that into a button like the horizontal line is? Please? Rachel Maxwell 14:18, 6 June 2008 (UTC)
K just added it to the edit buttons, it's the one that looks like a quote bubble Reddo 14:34, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Preloaded Templates

I figured out how to get the preloaded templates to appear when creating a new page. To use it go to a new page and a button should appear right above the editing box, click whatever type of page it is, (currently there is only episodes) and it will load the proper text. Any suggestions for more things to have besides episodes?Reddo 06:40, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

(P.S. I also figured out how to change/add things to the navigation box on the left hand side of the screen, let me know if there is anything you think that should be added)

Side bar

I added some things to the side bar, and removed some others to try and make the wiki a bit easier to navigate and find what you want quicker. any comments/suggestions for further changes? Reddo 20:36, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

It's looking awesome Mark, but how did you do it? Did Corey give you access to the source code? Jaguar 18:44, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
No I just created the page Mediawiki:Sidebar and changed a few things from the default Reddo 23:36, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

New Album Covers

On the episode pages, where we have the pic of the album, should we put the old album or the new album cover? Or both? Rachel Maxwell 03:32, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Personally I think that we should just include the current version of the album art, but it's a wiki, it's not just up to me. Reddo 14:44, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. And we can always go back and change it if we change our minds. Rachel Maxwell 14:45, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
I think we should put both personally, but it looks like that's how it's being done anyway. Wikinewbie 03:04, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
I think u r talking about the album pages...all versions are up on them. Rachel Maxwell 05:05, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
So far all the episode pages just have the one album art being displayed, unless it's available in a couple albums like a classics album. If you want to see the history of the way it looked you have to click on the album link Reddo 05:31, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Question about Tamika Washington

I'm pretty sure Tamika isn't the oldest child right? I mean I know Antoine is older, but what about Marvin? I always thought he was older than her. Somebody said Tamika was the oldest on her page. I corrected it, but I want to make sure I'm correct. Wikinewbie 03:03, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm almost positive that Marvin is older. *runs to check*. Rachel Maxwell 05:06, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
I always thought that Marvin was older but now that you mention it I'm not sure if he is or isn't, I've checked around a bit but so far I can't find a definite answer to it. Reddo 05:32, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
Still haven't found any episode that says for sure who is older of the two but I'll continue to look into it
Hope I'm not causing any stress, high blood pressure, frustration etc.! Don't feel obligated to find out for me.Wikinewbie 03:57, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Ooooh! Yes, I found it. On the soda fountain it says that Tamika is younger than Marvin! All my theories now confirmed (well one of many theories has finally been confirmed) Wikinewbie 22:19, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Search bar location

I got this idea from wikipedia but what are your thoughts on moving the search section on the left hand side further up the page to right underneath our logo?Reddo 06:41, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Sounds alright to me! Rachel Maxwell 04:18, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
K I moved somethings around on the side, any comments/suggestions?Reddo 06:37, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Looks very cool. Rachel Maxwell 14:17, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
I moved the search bar down to just below the the box with the adventures in odyssey links in it, I'm still experimenting with things, again let me know any suggestions and I'll see what I can do.Reddo 05:35, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Connellsville or Connelsville?

Odyssey's neighboring town is being spelled two different ways, but there's so many mistakes I can't fix it by myself! Please fix any mistakes!

on the official site I've seen it spelled Connellsville so I think that we should use that Reddo 05:20, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
My opinion is that the official AIO website (whitsend.org) is the final authority on how things are spelt. So like Mark said, it's spelt Connellsville.  :D blipadouzi 13:32, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Bots

Does any know how to program a bot for Wikis? I have a couple of ideas for bots that would make certain tasks a lot easier, but have no idea how to write the script for them. blipadouzi 10:00, 29 August 2007 (PDT)

I have a bit of knowledge of computer programming and now that it's summer I have some more time i might be able to write one, what kind of ideas were you thinking of for them? Reddo 06:00, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
(blushes) I don't remember the bots I wanted to create. LOL blipadouzi 13:33, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Character pages

Once again this is more of a public announcement than a message directly to you

I made a new blank template for characters to add to the list of preloaded templates (describe in #15 Preloaded templates above) it can be seen here, I also added a character infobox to Whit's page. I took out the list of all the episodes that there character has been in however, using the new cast infobox i created (described in # 8 new way to display cast in episodes) we can create categories of episodes that the character has been in, with sub categories of who they were voiced by. To see this category you'd have to click on the number of episodes that they were in.

eg. for whit's page: you'd click on the number 395 in the infobox and see a category with all 395 episode that whit has been in, at the top would be the 4 sub-categories Episodes with John Whittaker voiced by Joseph Cammarato, Episodes with John Whittaker voiced by Jim Custer, ect. for all the different actors.

Just a reminder that all of the entries in these categories and sub-categories would generate themselves from the information that we put into the episode pages.

The only problem that I could see with this is to keep the number of episodes accurate, however in mediawiki 1.13 (currently in alpha testing) there is a new function to say how many pages are in a category, once we are upgraded to the newer version the changes could be made entirely characters infobox eliminating the need to go back and re-edit the pages.

I was also thinking about what else I can add the the characters infobox, like nickname, birhtday ect.

I'd like some input on this as it's a lot easier to change things now rather than later Reddo 02:47, 3 May 2008 (UTC) (I think my talk page posts are getting longer and longer)

I am in awe... I like the nickname and birthday idea-more of the characters have birthdays mentioned than I really realized. I really like what u did w/ the first and last episode thing! Is there any way we could deferentiate...differentiate...defferintiate. *goes to Word to spellcheck* deferentiate i was right...between minor and major characters, or between one time characters? (I promise I'm not attempting to sound important...this just rather excites me!) --Rachel Maxwell 14:15, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
We definitely can differentiate between characters, the only question is how should we differentiate them from each other? I was thinking we could put them into different categories, like 1 episode, 2-24, 25-99, 100+ or something like that, I'll think about it though and see what else I can think of Reddo 05:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm confused.Wikinewbie 03:51, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Campbell County Community College

OK, the listing for Odyssey Community College redirects to Campbell County Community College, and they are not the same at all. The page is for Odyssey Community College. I have noo idea how to 'undirect' a page. Help? Rachel Maxwell 16:46, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

to undirect a page go to a page like OCC and it will redirect to CCCC, then on the CCCC page right under the title it will day redirected from OCC, then click on OCC and it will take you to the actuall OCC page and you are free to edit it as you please, hope this makes some sense, I'll leave it for you to do so you can practice it.Reddo 16:59, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
O goody (not being sarcastic) thank you thank you! Rachel Maxwell 04:12, 12 June 2008 (UTC) Edit: K, this is getting fun...if complicated. I've been making pages for places around Odyssey (Hal's Diner, Hillingdale Haven, you know) and they're pretty much stubs now, but they'll grow, but I'm thinking we need some sort of way to categorize them better. I have a couple of ideas floating around (residences, businesses) but, anybody else have ideas? Rachel Maxwell 04:59, 12 June 2008 (UTC) EDIT AGAIN-See heading further down on categorizing written after further thought.
When are you going to do Pete's Gas and Chow? Lol! Wikinewbie 02:49, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
Hm..now what would that go under? WE need a Gas Station category!! I think I'm going a little far with this, but I'm excited...DUDE DUDE. Never ever use the & sign. It strikes fear in our hearts. The wiki cuts off at the & sign, so instead of sending it to Pete's gas and chow, it would send it to a page titled pete's gas. Don't even bring up 'Lost and Found'. Rachel Maxwell 04:40, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
You will never have to fear the evil & sign again, it has been defeated by the admins of the wiki, (P.S. check out the lost & found page, it's gone :) ) Reddo 05:07, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
YAY! Three cheers for the wiki admins!! Rachel Maxwell 05:12, 16 June 2008 (UTC) :D

Character Template

Redekop, did u say that the infoboxes on character pages would automatically update now when we put someone in as a character in an episode? Rachel Maxwell 04:17, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

The infoboxes will self update after we get mediawiki 1.13 installed, the new version is supposed to be released sometime this month. I've been testing out the new templates on preview versions of 1.13 and as far as I can tell the new versions of the templates all work using only what we've been typing in so far, and will add new things like the self updating the number of episodes and a few other little things, ex. on the book pages most of the release dates are blank, with the new version we can hide the entire released line if nothing has been entered Reddo 13:09, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
EDIT: If you want to see the code for the self updating recently aired episode on the left hand side, it can be viewed here

Wooton

Ok, I have a controversial question. Do you think they'll ever make a drawing of Wooton? I think that so many people have different ideas of what he looks like, so many people will be disappointed. He IS becoming a main character, so... just thinking. Wikinewbie 20:47, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

I hope not. My idea of him is waaay different than their perception seems to be. Rachel Maxwell 21:38, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Strange

I suppose I'm strange...but we have to put this on here somewhere!! Or not... Rachel Maxwell 21:03, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

I agree we should put this somewhere but the question is where? Reddo 03:39, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
We need to put an album up titled 'Not Available' or something for the eps that aren't available anyways, I guess we could put it in there. Rachel Maxwell 20:21, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
I have a question! How do you find those easter eggs? I saw that whole thing on Album 43 at the website, you know with the article and stuff? Anyway how do you get to those from the homepage? Wikinewbie 20:39, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Um...what thing about album 43? Rachel Maxwell 21:39, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
Hard to explain, but it has an "interview" with Marvin about his band, and I think there are some coloring pages or something. Wikinewbie 02:50, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
O yeah I have seen that. Amazing what you can find with url bar editing, isn't it! Rachel Maxwell 04:41, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Characters

I'm thinking we oughta have a category for book-only characters. Rachel Maxwell 05:00, 13 June 2008 (UTC) EDIT-OK, I just realized this ties in to the whole categorizing characters thing. *cries for help*. I'm thinking thinking...Real, Fictional. (Fictional being inside a skit) Under real, Dead or Alive. Under Alive, Active or Dormant. (We can fuss over what 'dormant' means exactly later). Is that as far down as we should go? And maybe a sub-category for book characters. That could get slightly messy in the Kidsboro series since they show up in the eps too. Maybe the book character category thing isn't gonna work...*cries louder* Rachel Maxwell 21:09, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Connellsville or Connelsville?

on the official site I've seen it spelled Connellsville so I think that we should use that Reddo 05:20, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
My opinion is that the official AIO website (whitsend.org) is the final authority on how things are spelt. So like Mark said, it's spelt Connellsville. :D blipadouzi 13:32, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
I just created the Connellsville page. The official site spells it both ways (sometimes in the same article) but more often with the double "L". I put in a redirect page for the alternate spelling and a note on the Connellsville page. Feel free to add to it! --BrianFennell 00:18, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
thanks for creating it, and thanks for all your other edits today, feel free to make an account here, you'd make a great addition to the wiki. Reddo 01:53, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

The Official Guide

Is the Official Guide coming out in July or August? I've heard august 1st, but on the page it says July. Wikinewbie 18:49, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm seeing both June and August, and one September. I'm also seeing 'age range 4-8 and 6. What's wrong with these people!!Rachel Maxwell 04:26, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm seeing that too. These people need to get it together! Dr. Bluegaard 16:55, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
according to Chris on the unofficial podcast it's coming out in august Reddo 06:18, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
Yep i posted that on their website review thing, and he said it was in august, but when I went to preorder it at my local christian bookstore, the lady said it comes out in July. Wikinewbie 15:05, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

LCD

Should we put the Last Chance Detectives CDs on here? They're not strictly Odyssey, but Jason Whittaker was in one of them. --Rachel Maxwell 04:20, 1 May 2008 (UTC) On that note, what about the Kidsboro? --Rachel Maxwell 05:01, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure about LCD, but for the Kidsboro shows and books I think we should wait and see if they count them as official AIO episodes, if so then definitely include them, if not then the same as we end up doing for the LCD, but then again I'm not really then person to ask, I do more the behind the scenes stuff like templates.Reddo 05:15, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
We might could do some sort of 'spin-off' category, with subcategories for LCD and Kidsboro. Or something...--Rachel Maxwell 02:54, 7 May 2008 (UTC)
I personally am sad that they put Kidsboro in Odyssey, because now they've introduced all these brand new characters which makes me fear that the old/current ones will be phased out. It would have been nice if they had used some of the old characters and intertwined them into the town.Wikinewbie 03:55, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Yah, but usually the books don't intertwine with the radio episodes-take Passages for example. There was one tie-in episode and we never heard about it again, but we got an awesome book series out of it! That's probably how Kidsboro will be. On that note I reeeeally think we oughta put the books on here somewhere. Rachel Maxwell 15:15, 9 June 2008 (UTC)
Since the Kidsboro episodes were counted as official episodes we should defiantly include them in our site Reddo 03:38, 10 June 2008 (UTC)
I personally wasn't listening to Odyssey when Passages came out. I had a personal "hiatus" of sorts. something about being too mature *shrugs*. I don't recall the whole ordeal, nor do I wish to. Wikinewbie 02:52, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
Who is too mature for Odyssey! Rachel Maxwell 04:43, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
NO ONE is too mature for Odyssey!Peachey Keen 01:46, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

New Side Bar (again)

I added a few things to the side bar and made them into collapsible boxes, you may need to purge the cache to view it properly. Like it? Can't stand it? want something else added? any comments on it are more than welcome. Reddo 01:44, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

How do u purge a cache? Rachel Maxwell 04:13, 12 June 2008 (UTC) EDIT-Dude! I just clicked on one of them and that is terribly awesome! I think maybe tho instead of just picking out the most prominent cast and crew for the list u could bring down a list saying 'writers' 'sound designers' etc. and for characters maybe the same thing, (except maybe categorize them by number of appearances, which we've been needing to do anyways...) in any case it's definitely looking good!
You spelled "aired" wrong. Wikinewbie 18:40, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Oh and you spelled "today" wrong too. Wikinewbie 22:29, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
No comment, I guess that's what happens when you try and do something like this a 1 in the morning Reddo 02:44, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
Dude, why does it not collapse anymore? Rachel Maxwell 22:34, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
Not sure why that happened, I was playing around a bit with the commons.js file this morning but it shouldn't have been anything to make it non collapsible, anyways, i reverted the edit and it now collapses again. Reddo 01:13, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I just changed the cast and crew part of it (sorry it took so long I though I did that a while ago, and could you be a little clearer on your idea for the characters? Reddo 18:42, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, I get very confusing sometimes! Essentially, they're grouped by number of appearances. Like instead of coming down with 'writers, directors', etc, it comes down with 1-25, 26-100 101-200, 201-301, you know. But now I"m thinking about it and I don't think that will work too well, since we don't have the new templates up for all the characters. So I don't know. Rachel Maxwell 19:28, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for my absence and lack of response to these questions...I love the new look of the sidebar, it's truly ingenious. blipadouzi 13:59, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

External Links

I recently found some code that will allow us to open any external links in a new tab/window, any thoughts on this? Reddo 19:07, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Sounds alright to me. Rachel Maxwell 19:32, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
Very good idea. I often find it annoying to have to navigate back to the page I was on if I want to look something up on whitsend.org or the Soda Fountain. blipadouzi 14:30, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
K thanks for the input, it should work now. Reddo 01:20, 25 June 2008 (UTC)


Category Table of Contents

I added a table of contents to the category pages, an example of on can be seen here any thoughts on this? Reddo 23:21, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Not bad...not bad at all. It certainly helps to reduce search time. blipadouzi 14:31, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Categorizing

I've been thinking about it and have some preliminary ideas for categorizing people: Fictional or Real (fictional meaning character on KYDS radio or something) Dead or alive, under that dormant or active (active meaning appeared in past 50 or 25 shows or so) , then kid or adult, Christian, not, or presumed not, and somewhere else we can do frequency of appearance or something.

Now about the places, I was thinking a restaurant category, one for stores, government facilities (like a police station), schools, residences (the Haven, nursing home, Le Hotel Odyssey, etc.) Areas (like McAlister Park) and Camps (or something like that) for Camp What-a-Nut and Timothy Center...

This is all very rough, and I'd appreciate any ideas anybody else has. Rachel Maxwell 06:03, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Sounds fine. I think the categories that you've come up with for places are maybe too narrowed down, and there would only be two or three of each in some of the categories, but I'd have to agree, you have something here.Wikinewbie 20:07, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
I agree it's very narrow...but that's where I need help. I'm thinking broad categories, then more narrowed down (think books, then Passages, then Draven's Defiance). So, maybe businesses, stores, Greenblatts. Mainly, I can't think of names for the categories, like what would Hillingdale or the Times go under? Maybe we should have a whole other section for newspapers? Times, Owl, Tattler... My widdew brain hurts...
What's a better name than 'camps'? Retreats? Rachel Maxwell 21:05, 13 June 2008 (UTC)
How about-"extra-curricular activities"? i under stand the category idea, but for say, government facilities. How many can you think of off of the top of your head? I'm just afraid that vstors might get a little, overwhelmed, possibly? Wikinewbie 04:25, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
I agree that we should try to keep the level of categorizing to only 2 or 3 levels, for the characters categorizing the active/dormant and frequency of appearance can be done very easily using a parser function and the current values enter into the character templates (after mediawiki 1.13 is installed), the other ways of categorizing them we would have to to ourselves, all sounds good to me though. Reddo 12:59, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
Yah Wikinewbie, I agree that I have waaay too many categories thrown out, but I can't think what to put things like 'Police station' or whatever in. Rachel Maxwell 15:09, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
Well, I don't think it NEEDS to be categorized at all, I mean people kind of take for granted that a town would have a police station, fire station, etc. Nevertheless there is that episode about the cowboy driving the purple firetruck. What would we put the firestation for exclusively purple firetrucks under?! Wikinewbie 16:48, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
That was primer! Soooomebody needs to re-listen to their AIO collection.... JK

Hey Redekop, when u get a chance, can u make a template for Cast Infobox 4 up to 19 people? B-TV: Envy has 19. Thx! Rachel Maxwell 17:15, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Hey! I only heard it on oneplace onetime! Wikinewbie 18:53, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
It's all looking good...keep up with the awesome ideas. blipadouzi 14:24, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Vandalized

How come some pages get vandalized all the time and others never get touched? I mean, why are people drawn to the Novacom saga page??? B-TV: Compassion was hit all the time for awhile? Rachel Maxwell 17:26, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

I'm not sure, I'll take a guess as to the reason though. I'm guessing that somewhere there is a company that pays people to spam websites, now this company couldn't possible check every page of every wiki for spam so they probably have a list of the pages that they will check for spam when they are paying their spammers. they'll most likely publish this list on a website somewhere and then spammers will follow those links to end up on pages like BTV: Compassion and then proceed to spam them. Anyways that's why I think some pages are vandalized more than others, but you never know i could be wrong Reddo 03:42, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
Edit:I'm guessing you figured out that if you link to the page that your on that you will only end up with a bolded word instead of a link Reddo 03:46, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
That makes sense. What a lowlife company. Luckily, our friendly wiki admins are vigilantly on the job. *applauds*
And yes, thank you. *feels very small and slightly stupid, though also rather proud for figuring it out herself*
Why does all the vandalism seem to happen at the same time?? Rachel Maxwell 03:58, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
EDIT-76.20.79.223 had a good idea...I changed it so it wasn't lying. Redekop u can take it off if you'd like. Rachel Maxwell 22:05, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
EDIT AGAIN-OK so that didn't work so well. Redekop?? Rachel Maxwell 01:52, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Sorry it took so long to get to that vandalism, I'm on vacation right now, if vandalism keeps happening blanking is the best idea so that people won't find it unless their looking for it and I 'll try to clean it all up sometime next week. I'll also contact Blipadouzi and ask him if he has any ideas of how to better combat the recent surge in vandalism. The one plus side to all of this vandalism (yes there is a plus side) is that it means our wiki is becoming more popular. right now we're receiving about 400 page views a day. Reddo 02:11, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Sorry to bother u when u r on vacation! O yeh, 400 a day we are soooo making a success of this. Rachel Maxwell 03:50, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Unfortunately, that is one of the drawbacks of an open-source website. Anyone and everyone can post. The best defense against these vandals is persistence and vigilance. Yes, we can block the user's and clean-up the pages...if one particular page is getting vandalised more than others, the it might be a good idea to partially protect it. Partial protection makes it so that only registered members and not IP addresses can edit the page, but even that isn't fool-proof. The vandal can just create a member ID for themselves and vandalise until they get banned. blipadouzi 14:28, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure advertisement people aren't going to want to take the time to create an account. That's too much effort don't you think? They want to spam as many places as they can in a day, so it seems like that's too much to just put one little plug about xxx. Dr. Bluegaard 16:39, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
You are correct, the ones that take the time to create an account are not the advertisers and such. But there are some true vandals that do create accounts now and then just to SPAM certain pages. blipadouzi 13:55, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Templates

How do you use templates? Do you just fill in the blanks, or copy them and paste them into the character/episode's page that you want to use them in? Just fill me in. Dr. Bluegaard 21:58, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Which templates would you be referring to? I hand a part in designing most of them so I can probably answer your questions. Reddo 23:32, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
The episode templates, or the character templates. Dr. Bluegaard 03:32, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
for creating a new page you should see a couple of buttons come up asking what type or article you want to create, click on it and it should preload all of the different fields for you, a guide to creating episode pages can be found here. The character pages I believe are fairly self explanatory, again there are a few fields that won't show up in the info box for now. If you have any more questions just let me know. Reddo 06:44, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Buttons? Where? Sorry, I don't know anything about this stuff. So for the character page you just fill in the blanks? or copy the format and paste it under, for example, Isaac Morton (that is, if he was a character without a page)? Sorry, I wish I knew more! The tutorial doesn't really cover templates, as far as I know. Dr. Bluegaard 15:25, 29 June 2008 (UTC)EDIT-Okay I get it. The, it, I should, ohhhhhh. That link helped! thanks! Dr. Bluegaard 15:27, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
the buttons I was referring to can be seen on this page. there is 4 of them they say, episode, book, character, and episode preview. Reddo 17:40, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
so um, is there an actor template or can I just write the characters that they played? Dr. Bluegaard 18:14, 1 July 2008 (UTC)
We are planning on using the Fotf staff infobox for the actors, however this is a very complicated template and will not work until after our server has been upgraded, if you want to your welcome to go ahead and make a list of all the appearances that actors have made, however once our server has been upgraded the templates I wrote will be able to self generate the list of appearances for all the characters. Reddo 13:01, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
Seriously?! It will automatically pick out which episodes the character is in? Will it pick also appearances that are mentioned, or just appearances with speaking parts Dr. Bluegaard 16:09, 2 July 2008 (UTC)
It will just pick out the ones with speaking parts, and it can also group together episodes where characters are played by with different actors.Reddo 13:38, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Aaaah I get it-it gets it from where we type in the cast, right?Rachel Maxwell 14:25, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Do you know when the server will be upgraded? Spiderman 15:34, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
Right it does generate the list from the cast boxes on the episode pages, and I'm not sure when the server will be upgraded, I've sent shadowpaw an email asking him to but he hasn't responded to it. Reddo 01:59, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Albums 1- 8

It seems like the descriptions albums 1 through 8, I believe, are less of facts and more opinion based. Do you think they should be changed? Dr. Bluegaard 22:06, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

I have also seen this and think that should be changed, I would do it myself except I'm not the best person with words. If you feel like it, by all means go ahead and correct them. Reddo 23:34, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
I agree too. The reason it's like that tho is because they were copied off the aiohq. Rachel Maxwell 02:18, 29 June 2008 (UTC)
Problem is, I don't own any of those albums. Saving 7, 8, and 9. Dr. Bluegaard 03:31, 29 June 2008 (UTC)

Pictures

So um, how do you load pictures onto this website from outside websites? I've tried to upload pictures of actors onto their page and just do a quick runthrough of the characters that they play. What are you supposed to copy? I haven't seen any codes or anything to copy... Dr. Bluegaard 00:02, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

to upload pictures
  1. click on upload file in the left hand bar under toolbox
  2. click browse beside source file name and find the file on your computer that you want to upload
  3. fill in the destination name with what you want the file to be called
  4. enter in short description of the file (optional)
  5. click upload file
hope this helps Reddo 13:35, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
It ah, says that there was in internal error and the webserver something. I think it is a .gif image. Is that a problem? Dr. Bluegaard 18:23, 3 July 2008 (UTC)
yeah a .gif files are fine, it might be a problem with the destination name that you entered, you have to put filename.filetype for it to work properly, let me know if you get it to work or not. Reddo 05:01, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

poll extension

the poll extension has been installed on our server, with this we can put a little box on every episode, book and movie page to let users rank episodes and get a general idea of other users opinion of the episode. There is also a comment box to leave short comment of what you thought of the episode.

here is the what the poll box will look like:

<poll> What did you think of Not One of Us? 5 stars 4 stars 3 stars 2 stars 1 star </poll>

We need to decide where on the episode page this should go, in the meantime I'll do a little bit of experimenting to see what is he easiest and quickest way to implement this. Reddo 23:49, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Hey it looks awesome! I think it should go right next to the um, box where the episode number, release date, etc. go. Only problem is that people are probably going to rate it even though they havent't heard it. They might just read the description and make an assumption from there. Should there be a few test questions about the episode to ask before one is granted permission to vote on that episode? Also it just looks like a playground for spammers. they might rate 1 star 500 times or so. sorry about the negativity, but this kind of makes me uneasy. Dr. Bluegaard 03:55, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
As far as I know there is no way to put in a few test questions before allowing somebody to vote, about the spamming thing, there is a limit of 1 vote per account/ip address, if you try to click the same vote again it will do nothing and if you click a different rating you just end up taking one away from your original choice and adding a vote to your new choice. go ahead play around with it. Reddo 04:22, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
I love it! And on the placement, I kinda think it oughta go at the bottom, above 'Notes' next to 'Reviews'. Rachel Maxwell 12:12, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
I was also thinking somewhere on the bottom, i put in underneath reviews in this page as it's the user reviewing the episode this weekend I'll probably go through and put in polls for all episodes. Reddo 06:17, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
I'll be glad to help if you'd like! How come my name is in the messages box? Hey don't 4get to add that to the episode template!!Rachel Maxwell 14:27, 11 July 2008 (UTC)
Sure any help you can give would be great just keep going through the episodes and doing what you've been doing, as for why your name appears in the message box I'm not sure I think that it might just be there as a quick way to sign your comment. Reddo 23:40, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Passport to Adventure (and other album art we want to discuss)

So uh, when is the new and improved album art being released for Passport to adventure? I was going to order it but you guys put that up just in time! Also, are they going to redo all the "old" looking cover art, I mean i know that they probably won't redo the Gold Audio series, but are they going to redo the cover art for the rest, so like albums 15-42? Dr. Bluegaard 20:30, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

The new version of cover art is supposed to be available sometime in august but depends on how mush old stock they have left. They are slowly redoing most of the cover art, 1-15, 47-50 and the lost episodes are staying the same, 16-35 are getting completely new cover are and 36-45 are keeping the same cover art but being re-framed to keep inline with the new style, I've started making a bit of a guide which can be found here Reddo 22:08, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Next Month!? Great! Thats good to know. Are they going to have them all done by August? Gary's gonna be a busy man! Dr. Bluegaard 00:01, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
they started re-releasing them last fall, they usually do one every 1-2 months so it will be quite a while before every album has been given it's new cover art Reddo 02:08, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
So only this one is going to be released in August? Oh, the new ones are out already? Dr. Bluegaard 03:11, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
that's right this month the new version of album 17 was released, next month is 19, sept. there will probably only be album 50 (don't know for sure, they may re-release another album), I've been meaning to fill in the dates on this page, it's just I keep getting ideas for smaller/more powerful templates and I'm trying to get them all coded while I'm thinking of them, where as for content like the dates, it can be filled in anyting. Reddo 03:42, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
I really hope that they redo album 16 or 18 next. Those ones need it badly. Does anybody know which ones they're going to redo and in what order? Dr. Bluegaard 22:37, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
Check out [The Odyssey Scoop] home page for a list of upcoming album art.From what I gather the next one is going to be #25.Peachey Keen 22:47, 14 July 2008 (UTC)
I guess album 50 is coming out in august not September, (makes sense to have it at the live event), that makes 19 come out in September, 30 is in October and 25 in is November, 16 and 18 should be sometime next year, and The Truth Chronicles with episodes 645-657 is coming out in late September. Reddo 07:41, 15 July 2008 (UTC)