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Kind of interesting

if only because we're explicitly mentioned. [1] I've saved a screenshot of it if anybody wants to see it after they purge it. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 06:35, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

           This does not work anymore.

All Articles Page

For the first time, I clicked on the articles link on the Main Page, and the text that was displayed was

$11.01 to Keytar
Kick The Can to Strongbadia
Strongbadia's Seven Elemental Spirits to pom pom
pom pom (email) to your friends

I stared at the page for a few minutes, certain that this seemingly random collection of words was vandalism before I realized that they were names of mostly obscure articles.

So, I'm wondering if there's a better way to present this page. I understand that the object of the page is to divide up the articles into sections of the alphabet, but what if the page instead displayed (for example)

$ to K
L to R
S to o
p to y

(with appropriate links, of course)

I'm just thinking that if this page was confusing to me, it must be very confusing for newcomers to the Wiki. The above reformatting (or something like it) would make a lot more sense to the uninitiated, I think. Thanks! Trey56 15:21, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

I like the idea, though maybe it could say "$ to Ki", to be more accurate. Trelawney

It can't hurt to suggest that to the developers as an enhancement for future versions: http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 17:51, 5 May 2006 (UTC)
Oh—is this an immutable part of the software? Trey56 18:17, 5 May 2006 (UTC)
Well, nothing's immutable. In fact, anyone who wants to can suggest changes to the source file. I personally, however, don't see this as a pressing need at this time. — It's dot com 18:27, 5 May 2006 (UTC)
I see; thanks for your reply. Trey56 18:30, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

If it's worth anything, that confused me as well, the first time I looked at it. SaltyTalk! 20:45, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

The thing is, that page is automagically generated. It just happened, that, at the time, Keytar was the 1000th page, alphabetically (I think it's paged by the 1000, anyway... rough count gives around that number). Sure, it's possible to make it "$ to Ki", etc, but look at it, it'd need to make it something like "$ to Ki", "Ki to Strongbadia", "Strongbadia's to pom pom", "pom pom ( to z" or something like that, just because of how it happened to split that time – not really any help at all. What you'd have to do is get rid of the fixed-size pages, and just page by the first letter of the name or something similar, but good luck getting someone to actually bother to code it – on a large wiki like Wikipedia that would result in massive pages (have you seen Wikipedia:Special:Allpages?) so the people who code MediaWiki are unlikely to want to code this as standard. We could probably add it ourselves separately, but (1) we have stopped making any changes until we get 1.6 working and (B) even after that, as It's dot com said, it's not really a pressing need – even if it's a little confusing at first it shouldn't take too long to work out, and Special:Allpages isn't a particularly useful page here anyway (in my opinion). --phlip TC 13:28, 9 May 2006 (UTC)
I'm not particularly attached to having that articles link on the Main Page. Joey added it a while back, and seeing as that page isn't particularly useful to first-timers or regular users in its present unmodified state, I move that we remove it. -- Tom 16:43, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Page views

Deleting and then restoring pages seems to remove their page views... is there any way to fix that? - Joshua 12:51, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

You mean like on technology, the "This page has been accessed 7 times" thing? I don't know of anything, and I don't really think it's that important... --phlip TC 13:28, 9 May 2006 (UTC)
For one, you'd have to know what the number was before it was deleted in order to be able to reset it. The original figure is gone from the database. — It's dot com 16:07, 9 May 2006 (UTC)
A google cache I found dated May 5, 2006 06:41:10 GMT gives "This page has been accessed 38,417 times." -- Tom 16:32, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Episode V: The DOS strikes back!

About an hour ago, I had huge problems going to both here and the Fanstuff wiki. Nothing would load. Was that just my broken compy, or did it happen to the rest of you? — Seriously (Talk) 21:07, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

You're not alone. It was here too. Were we upgrading or anything? --DorianGray
Routine maintenance. -- Tom 21:36, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Anyone here a member of wikipedia as well?

If yes, go to Wikipedia:Templates for deletion/Log/2006 May 13, and scroll down to the userbox "THIS USER'S HEAD ASPLODE." Some guy, is planning to delete it, so if you can, go there and say, keep.

Nikolce Kocovski 23:53, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

This vote? The debate for that template has already finished, and the result was keep. -- Tom 00:01, 21 May 2006 (UTC)
It's too bad there's not a picture of Vector Strong Bad in that userbox. — It's dot com 00:31, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

Replacing the logo

Are we replacing the logo? Because here on User:Soapergem/Legal it says that we are. Is this true?--H*bad 03:43, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

No it doesn't. Read closer. It says "If you intend..." Keyword IF. --Soapergem Talk.png Contrib.png 03:46, 22 May 2006 (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that, as I currently use this logo for our Frappr group. So I'm going now to add those statements requasted there. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 06:35, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

4 million page views fast approaching

We must be doing something right if we're getting that many main page views that quickly. (Well, either that or someone is repeatedly clicking "Reload".) Three million was only three months ago. I think we'll get that 2,000,002 more. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 18:31, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

It's 4,001,240 views as of right now. -- Tom 04:14, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

CAPTCHA Codes: A new look at editing or a swan dive overboard?

Hey everybody, whadda ya think about the CAPTCHA codes? You can post if it's a good idea or a bad idea. I think it's a bad idea, because they're so hard to read! And I think HRWiki's been a little too overprotective since The Incident.

Create an account and you won't need to bother with the CAPTCHA to edit. Registering a free account takes only a few seconds, and has many benefits.  -- Tom 18:07, 27 May 2006 (UTC)
I agree that these captchas are really hard. It usually takes me 3 or 4 tries to get it right. Very annoying. 66.168.31.12 23:17, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
As I mentioned, if you create an account you won't need to bother with the CAPTCHA to edit. Registering a free account takes only a few seconds, and has many benefits. -- Tom 14:37, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Is Something Wrong?

When I go to the wiki homepage and mouse over my name, all those little prefrences and things go to the other side. Dactyl22 (Talk | contribs) 02:39, 30 May 2006 (UTC) (left unsigned)

I used to have it when i used IE6, it only happened half the time for me though. Maximizing your window helps, or if you want you can get firefox. It's your choice. - Volbeat A The Cheat 07:52, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

monobook.js and monobook.css

What are they? And what are they for? ApocalypX

See Meta → Help:User style. — It's dot com 15:12, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

H*R for lazy people!

I don't want to have to check the hrwiki.org front page for Homestar Runner site updates. I want the SITE to contact ME. I want to subscribe to a Homestar Runner mailing list, so that I get emailed every time there's a new cartoon, email or game. Somebody start doing this please and I'll definately sign up! --NERD42  email  talk   h²g²  pedia  uncyc  21:35, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

We are a knowledge base, not a message service. Heimstern Läufer 21:39, 1 June 2006 (UTC)
Actually, according to my understanding, the main H*R site used to do just that. Not anymore though, since for a very long time they were updating essentially weekly. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 22:24, 1 June 2006 (UTC)
Yeah, they did do that. I received their last update before they gave it up. Heimstern Läufer 22:25, 1 June 2006 (UTC)
What about using an RSS feed? This one polls the official site for updates, or you could subscribe to this one which polls the H*R.com updates 2006 article for updates. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 00:47, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

what going to happen?

Because Homestar runner wiki didn't reach its donation goal, whats going to happen to it?

Nikolce Kocovski 02:45, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

<pouf!> It's gone! Actually, we're only like $25 away. Can you help? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:56, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

You mean its like deleted?--H*bad 03:03, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

CHURCH: {sighs} Yes. The HRWiki is deleted. —AbdiViklas 03:24, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

And the fanstuff?--H*bad 03:28, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

I actually have a dictionary without the word "gullible". No, the wiki and the fanstuff wiki are in no IMMEDIATE risk of deltaco. But $25 short can mean the difference between meeting a monthly payment and failing to. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:39, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Then donate. I can't lose this wiki. I have gotten so many more friends on here. And I am sure so have som others.--H*bad 03:41, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Just so you know, even if that's what you're thinking in your head, you really shouldn't post that in this thread. It's a very selfish way to put it and disrespects those who actually do donate. I understand that your situation is probably such that you are not in a position to donate, but nevertheless that's how you come across. — It's dot com 03:54, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I redid it.

As it turns out, there were some donation stragglers, and we did end up meeting our goal. High fives! — It's dot com 19:14, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

How, much did we go over?--H*bad 20:04, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

A technical poem

On the main page boxes,where the recent updates and stuff art how'd they get the pics of the characters on em?


You mean that guy?
I believe it was JoeyDay.
He took the image,
changed The Colors on it,
and added it to some technical place
In the wiki software;
something that requires Developer rights to do.
Then he put it against a blue background,
to make it all look nice.
Hope that answers your question,
sufficently. Thunderbird 19:05, 3 June 2006 (UTC)








You just know there's dozens of people still out there who are going to ask sooner or later, regardless. --VolatileChemical 02:48, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
  • The CSS code on Monobook.css reads:
 .MainPageWhatsNewBox, .MainPageWikiStuffBox {
    background: url(/skins/common/images/strongbad-background.gif);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: bottom right;
 }
CSS is your friend! --AndrewNeo 17:13, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

New main page style

I tweaked the main page design. There seemed to be a pretty strong consensus that the pink and baby blue were due for a change. Tell what U think about the new design. — It's dot com 04:22, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

Slick! —FireBird|Talk 04:26, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Nice new style as we progress and change. —BazookaJoe 04:27, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
It's really, really nice. o_o I keep goin' back to look at it. Every time I look at it, I can't believe how awesome it is. It's just plain amazing. --DorianGray
Very nice! Me liky. How about a section on HRWiki:A History about the design changes? Elcool (talk)(contribs) 04:40, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Shiny! I like how Strong Bad is popping in like the side, as if he's saying "Hey, don't forget to get me too!" - Joshua 04:47, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Ugh. I don't like it. I dunno. Looks like its trying to be all futuristic and such. It just doesn't seem like the Wiki's style. Codejkoolguy 05:05, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
just kinda... shiney and such.
I like it, but I don't like the gray backgrounds and the poster-SB/Homestar. SaltyTalk! 05:25, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Meh, I like it pretty well. Though it is a just teeny bit too, umm, modern (for lack of a better word). But it's still pretty good, says I. Heimstern Läufer 05:24, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Too modern? That's un-possible. I say we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom! — It's dot com 05:33, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Concept is good, but Homestar image is too hard to make out. SB is OK, but I wonder if there more text if that would be so. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 05:34, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I love the bars, but I'd like the slightly red and blue backgrounds for the tables to return- maybe in less pinky and baby blue colors. The Homestar is obscured as well, but overall, it's very stylish. Trelawney 05:36, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Qermaq: We had the same spacing problems with the old design, depending on the size of your browser window. I didn't attempt to even address that. This design is simply to move away from the pastel colors. — It's dot com 05:38, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Actually, spacing wasn't a problem here. Just the overall look is less in-your-face than it could be, more subtle than optimal. Mind you, a little red/blue wasn't so bad. A touch of those colors in the background might tie the whole page together better. But the images should be a little more bold. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 05:43, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I have implemented both of those suggestions. Remember, though, that subtle is good... we still have to be able to read text over the images. — It's dot com 06:05, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
As is, the background might be a little too bold. Is there a middle ground? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 06:11, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I went back to the gray on the left. The red was just a little much and made Homestar look kinda weird, and if we go to a lighter red then we're right back to pink. I think the gray helps him stand out a little, and I really like the blue on the right and how Strong Bad looks against it. I also reduced the size of the characters to match what we had before. — It's dot com 06:33, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I love it! Do you think we should change the HRWiki:The Stick background as well? --Dacheatbot · Communicate 13:26, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
More of an artistic comment than a technical one, but I have a problem with the contrast of the main page style with the rest of the style. Basically, the reason that I liked the old style was that it's cartoony and soft-colors blended well with the rest of the site's design. I think that if the main page were just viewed alone, it would look very good. However, if we want to continue with a "modern metal" style, I think that we'd need a new background and a logo redesign, because the rest of the site is still very cartoony looking. -AtionSong 14:32, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
I agree about the contrast. The two three color bars seem really "in your face." Sure, it's cool to use gradients once in awhile, but these particular ones are very sharp colors that just jump out at you in an unwarranted sort of way. Maybe fade them a little bit. --Soapergem Talk.png Contrib.png 14:46, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. They look awesome, but they just don't fit with the rest oif the wiki. --Ju Ju Master 15:04, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for all the work you put into it Dot com, it looks awsome. The bars do kind of stand out in relation to the rest of the page though, what about instead of fading from red/blue to black, what about fading to the background of the page? I'm not sure how that would look, but I'll just throw that out there. But it does look pretty darn snazzy. Thunderbird 15:35, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
It is pretty slick, though I think I liked the old one better. Is there a way to keep it available?— Bassbone (TALK Strong Mad Has a Posse CONT) 15:43, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
You can override the CSS code. Copy the contents of User:AndrewNeo/monobook.css into yours (User:Bassbone/monobook.css) and it should look more-correct. I liked the older one better, too. --AndrewNeo 17:10, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
A lot of people are making the comments that it looks slick, snazzy, sharp, modern, and so on. This is 100-percent intentional. I strongly believe that the main page should be as interesting as possible, and with all due respect to the designer of the previous version, I have for a long time found it to be too flat, too cutesy. This is a site about a cartoon, but that doesn't mean we have to be strictly cartoony. My Simpsons quote above ("forward, not backward...") was kind of silly, but I meant it. We should be doing everything to keep this site as up-to-date as possible. It's the first thing people see. As for whether it fits with the rest of the site, I think hardly any the rest of the site is or has been affected by what the main page looks like, and this one fits in as well as the previous one. But if updating the main page means we should update some other pages, then so be it (although I don't see the need for this). The other item that we should look at is whether we should update the logo (and I don't think the two suggestions based on the official H*R logo and Wikipedia's logo are viable candidates, simply because they are based on others' official logos). Last (this reply turned out to be a novel), look closely: the chrome effect does not fade to black, just a dark color. — It's dot com 17:17, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
Good stuff, I like it. — 71.131.249.78 (Talk | contribs) (left unsigned)
PWN-erific! --Dongolev 17:24, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
As I mentioned in the forum, the chrome effect (whether it's a fade to black or just fade-to-darker isn't relevant—we're all talking about the same thing) is a step back to the Clinton-era web design, not a step forward. I really appreciate the effort you put into this, It's dot com, and it's pretty clear that other aspects of the design are very popular, but you seem to be taking critiques of this one particular feature personally, which isn't helping to move this process forward. Why not try a few other things with it and see how people like them? When you're working for a client (and sure you're not getting paid, but you still have a client—the HRWiki community) design is an iterative process with lots of push and pull, and I think we have a few more iterations to go before we'll have somethinge everyone is happy with. — InterruptorJones 17:35, 4 June 2006 (UTC) (Edit 17:48, 4 June 2006 (UTC))
Although "pink" and "baby blue" weren't exactly the greatest colors in the opinion of many, I feel that this design is a bit... robotic. If anything, I'd rather we turn to Wikipedia's Main Page design, than these harsh, metallic gradients. — Lapper (talk) 17:54, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
For those of you reverting to the old style by manually changing your monobook.css file to reflect the contents of User:AndrewNeo/monobook.css, take a look at my version real quick, Andrew missed a couple of borders. Obviously you don't need to copy the very first item in mine, which changes the logo, but I quickly patched up everything else in mine. --Soapergem Talk.png Contrib.png 18:22, 4 June 2006 (UTC)
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