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[edit] Video Thumbnails

It has been suggested before that there should be thumbnails for the videos. But how should we do that here? If we put them in the Thumbnail section, they could get mixed up with the actual posted images. Should we have some way to seperate posted images and video thumbnails? Thoughts? hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 23:47, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Ahem! I have an idea of what we could try. What happens if you add CSS borders to the images, and use that to distinguish the type of content? It could be something as simple as a border with an icon on the bottom corner (indicating picture or video for example)... or something more complex, like giving all video thumbnails a filmstrip border. -- ■■   PURPLE  WRENCH   ■■ 04:30, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
I like that. Sounds interesting. Although I'd like to see an example or something first. hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 05:53, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
Here you go. For Type 1 I had to use some generic icons from Wikipedia, so I can't put any alt-text such as "This tweet includes an image." or "a video." I did actually try some images from this wiki, but none of them really scaled down very well.
Type 2 might look really good or really awful depending on your computer/device, resolution, browser and magnification settings, but for a rough idea of what is possible it should suffice. (If we go with this, we might need a template with a huge CSS gradient that includes a needless number of copies of the same line over and over again... but it'll be more consistent across devices.) -- ■■   PURPLE  WRENCH   ■■ 20:58, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Type 1

Our hopes and dreams.
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A horrifying close-up of Strong Bad's ungodly puppet mug.
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[edit] Type 2

Our hopes and dreams.
A horrifying close-up of Strong Bad's ungodly puppet mug.
I think Type 2 would work best— it's easy to identify without having to look at a tiny icon in the corner. Also, I think it looks pretty good and consistent across devices and magnification. (On my phone, it shows squares instead of circles, but that's fine.) It might require a bit of editing before we use it, but probably not. hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 01:55, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
If it doesn't require editing I'll be surprised. (Also, I meant it to be squares, but circles also work.) -- ■■   PURPLE  WRENCH   ■■ 00:04, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, squares work a lot better, I think. Not sure how to do that, though. hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 20:27, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
Oh, dag! I updated Chrome and the squares became circles! I thought you had made that change! Anyway, some browsers show circles and some show squares. Dashed lines would work but the spacing is waaaay off. So this'll have to do unless the policy on using CSS image borders changes, since they don't seem to work. -- ■■   PURPLE  WRENCH   ■■ 00:13, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
'Kay. I guess this will do for now, but hopefully it can be fixed soon. hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 02:25, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

[edit] Possible Suggestions?

I have some four suggestions:

  1. Creating and using a template, like the one I've been working on at the bottom of the page. I'll probably create it eventually.
  2. There could be a Fun Facts section on some Tweets. (Not all of them, just the ones that have references and stuff in them.) Maybe we could even put the "this tweet is a reply to some guy, who did this" text there... maybe. I'm still neutral about that part.
  3. For convenience, there should be some quick, easy way to differentiate Tweets and replies (similar to how the filmstrip border makes it easy to recognize video thumbnails). Maybe the background color on the table could be different for replies or something similar?
  4. The link text (e.g. "Twitter" or "Instagram") isn't really necessary, since Tweets and Instagram posts will presumably be on seperate pages (at least, that would be the most convenient and organized option). So I'm thinking we could a) combine the Date column and the Link column, so that the date links to the page, saving space on the table, or b) change it to "View Tweet" or "View reply" for Tweets and replies, respectively, which would solve suggestion 3.

'Course, we don't necessarily have to do any of these— I just thought some of them might help make things better. Here's an example of what I'm teekenbot (condensed, so it won't take up too much space on this talk page):

Thumbnail Text / Video Transcript Date / Link
1

(no pic)

Tweet it out, y'alls! Septober '93, 20X6
1

(no pic)

@Gfdgsgxgzgdrc Maybe yes totally probably!

Fun Facts

  • This Tweet is a reply to Gfd, who said some cool thing.
  • Strong Bad's response is a reference to Joy of Painting.
Junuary -1, 1936

or...

Thumbnail Text / Video Transcript Date External Link
1

(no pic)

Tweet it out, y'alls! Septober '93, 20X6 View Tweet
1

(no pic)

@Gfdgsgxgzgdrc Maybe yes totally probably!

Fun Facts

  • This Tweet is a reply to Gfd, who said some cool thing.
  • Strong Bad's response is a reference to Joy of Painting.
Junuary -1, 1936 View reply

hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 00:07, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

Also, how do you download gifs from Twitter? What should we do for multi-image Tweets? Also, should Tweet be capitalized? hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 00:55, 9 September 2017 (UTC)
A template certainly would be more convenient than standard wikitable markup. Not sure about the some-tweets Fun Facts section, but it might be fine if used sparingly. I don't think the "this is a reply to…" info should be in Fun Facts, though. I'd be fine with background color differentiating replies, and considering that, it'd probably be better for dates and links to be combined. Multi-image tweets could just have one image on top of another. I believe I've seen that done in tables on this wiki before. DEI DAT VMdatvm center\super contra 12:52, 29 September 2017 (UTC)
I think the some-tweets Fun Facts would be a good idea. It's not that different from the Video/Image Transcript sections, and if a tweet references something, it should be noted somewhere. If every fun fact was documented at the bottom of the @StrongBadActual page, it would become long and unwieldy. And the images stacked on top of each other sounds fine. (I could write a song called stack 'em to the heavens.) hegtcX1.png Gfdgsgxgzgdrc 05:42, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
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