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Username issue Edit

Please look at the discussion here and please advise- thanks in advance. 31dot (talk) 22:30, January 3, 2013 (UTC)

Friendship OneEdit

Moved to Talk:Friendship One#Cortical? Cordial?.

Torona IV merge Edit

Hi, I don't know much about merging, but is it possible something weird happened in your merge of Torona IV with Unnamed Alpha and Beta Quadrant planets? Looking through the revision history I only see the Torona IV history, which doesn't look right. -- Capricorn (talk) 12:26, January 8, 2013 (UTC)

Whoops. Thanks. I seem to have forgotten to restore all of the deleted versions. Fixed now. -- sulfur (talk) 14:35, January 8, 2013 (UTC)

bad image nameEdit

I've managed to put a typo in the name of an image I've uploaded, saw it too late. It's "File:Distress signal waltzl.jpg" (waltzl needs to be waltz, after the name of the ep) - any chance you or another admin could change it? thanks in advance. I really need to stop editing when I'm sleepless. -- Capricorn (talk) 21:16, January 11, 2013 (UTC)

Been renamed to File:Distress signal from USS Honshu.jpg as this avoids use of the episode title in the name. It's not 100% accurate, but close enough. :) -- sulfur (talk) 23:24, January 11, 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the rename. Though it's indeed not entire accurate. -- Capricorn (talk) 03:50, January 12, 2013 (UTC)

Image deletion discussion Edit

Just making sure you're aware of this. Carry on. :) - Archduk3 23:20, January 13, 2013 (UTC)

Hey thereEdit

I would like to contribute to this fine site, but all of the 'basic' usernames (something simple, ya' know; take yours for example) are taken. Could you help me come up with something? I'm not the most creative guy in the world, so coming up with a username is hard, and I don't really want anything with numbers. :/ 15:24, January 23, 2013 (UTC)

There are lots of options for usernames, I'd suggest just taking something you like and putting your own spin on it. Or, if you have a nickname, use that. -- sulfur (talk) 15:33, January 23, 2013 (UTC)

Chat Edit

Hey, can you jump on IRC for a sec? -- Renegade54 (talk) 18:09, January 30, 2013 (UTC)

Done. -- sulfur (talk) 18:34, January 30, 2013 (UTC)

Rape pageEdit

there's just an episode page link. there's no citation for the opinion. 12:00, February 8, 2013 (UTC)

Discuss this on the talk page. -- sulfur (talk) 20:52, February 10, 2013 (UTC)

Images Edit

I've not been informed of any attempt to talk "with Wikia content people" about uploading rules and whatnot, but that's not the question I had at any rate. If you've got rules, I'm happy to abide by them. My question only pertained to the drop-down licensing menu for future reference. Raylan13@fandom (talk) 03:27, March 1, 2013 (UTC)

I played with the dropdown license menu several times, but it was unable to cover what we needed it to cover (and screwed with the format we had been using for 5+ years on image/file pages), so we did our best to eliminate it. -- sulfur (talk) 03:38, March 1, 2013 (UTC)

Ah, good to know. Chances are I'll be the one to come over here on occasion to upload things (just started with this part of the team). I'll reference my talk page for the links to policy, but please don't hesitate to smack me upside the head if needed. Raylan13@fandom (talk) 04:03, March 1, 2013 (UTC)

I just came on and have read the talk page convo. I've already tagged all the images I uploaded with the fair use screenshot tag - did it immediately after I was informed of the policy last night and before I reverted the page. If you'd like, I can go back and pop them into the Star Trek category as well. Raylan13@fandom (talk) 01:12, March 2, 2013 (UTC)

Just to follow up on this, what was the actual final word (since it happened off site)? You made it seem like this is going to happen again, in some fashion or another, though it still seems to me that wikia's marketing team, no matter what they want to call themselves, can't directly edit or add things here at all. - Archduk3 (on an unsecure connection) 15:53, March 14, 2013 (UTC)
This may happen again, but if it does, they will be contacting me directly first, and we'll talk about what is acceptable, then take appropriate steps from there. -- sulfur (talk) 17:27, March 14, 2013 (UTC)

Taurus discussion Edit

Could you weigh in on this discussion? Thanks in advance 31dot (talk) 20:17, March 12, 2013 (UTC)

I would, but I'm really not sure what to think in this case. -- sulfur (talk) 17:27, March 14, 2013 (UTC)

Episode redirects Edit

Is there some technical issue with the current redirect system? I'd swear that past searches for episode titles without capitalizations ("vox sola", "the catwalk", etc.) would redirect to Vox Sola (episode), The Catwalk (episode)... I discovered that wasn't working yesterday; that's the only reason I made up those two redirect pages which you deleted. - Aatrek 15:44, March 21, 2013 (UTC)

If they're not being found with the search, it's a technical issue. I'd recommend reporting it with Special:Contact/bug. -- sulfur (talk) 15:45, March 21, 2013 (UTC)
Having said that, I'm seeing them show up just fine in the search box at the top right of the Wikia skin. -- sulfur (talk) 15:46, March 21, 2013 (UTC)

Fan fiction, or parody? Edit

This is priceless, at 60k, I just don't know where it should go. - Archduk3 20:20, March 25, 2013 (UTC)

I wouldn't say priceless, since it was definitely listed as 60k. ;)
Parody section. No question. -- sulfur (talk) 03:27, March 26, 2013 (UTC)

weird search thing Edit

Would you mind if I deposit a potential bug-like thing report here? I never know where else such things need to go, and somehow when I'm wanting to contact an admin you're always the first person I think of :D
When I search for "the child" I go to - even though that page doesn't exist. Other search terms still seem to behave as expected, for example "the" brings up a page of search results, while "child" leads to child. Only happens in monobook (and btw, I'm pretty sure I've added that bit of custom tweaking code that everyone was advised to add some years ago).
So, this isn't exactly a big problem for me, obviously, but it seemed weird, and therefore worthy of reporting. Though for all I know it's a well-known and longstanding thing haha. Anyway, I thought I'd point it out, do with it what you will, and have a nice day -- Capricorn (talk) 10:06, March 31, 2013 (UTC)

Visual Companies cat add. Edit

Dear Sulfur,

Would you consider creating a Category:Visual effects companies as sub under Category:Special and Visual effects companies. I've noticed that the dichotomy between "special effects" and "visual effects" still confuses many editors (though I can not fault them, the term "visual effects" didn't exit in literature prior to 1990 -To alleviate this issue I've written a explanatory paragraph in the main cat page) As a consequence two of the subs and the majority of the individually named companies are strictly speaking "miscategorized" in Category:Special effects companies..Sennim (talk) 12:58, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

A VFX category makes sense, but I'd ask that you please take that paragraph you wrote, simplify it, and put the relevant bits on the three sub-categories. In as simple a manner as possible. Categories should not be full-on articles. Merely overview introductions. -- sulfur (talk) 13:09, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the prompt reply and action taken. Have split up the paragraph and repositioned the relevant bits to their respective pages and changed categories of those subs and companies of whom I absolutely know that they are visual effects..Sennim (talk) 13:37, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

Proper editing with footnote Edit

Hello Sulfur. I would prefer to contact you via e-mail. I could not find a way to do this.

The reason for this communication is I have run into an editing problem. I wish to change an innacuracy, but want to leave a footnote with explanation. I have never done this before and wish to do it correctly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

--Trekbuff (talk) 14:12, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

If you just want to explain the reason for your edit, you can type it in the edit summary bar when you type your edit or post a note on the talk page with your explanation; if you want to type a note within the article, you type {{bginfo| put your comment here}} . 31dot (talk) 14:18, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

My goodness. Is there a chat function here? --Trekbuff (talk) 14:23, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

There is this if you wish, but you may use my talk page if you wish as well. 31dot (talk) 14:36, April 1, 2013 (UTC)
Thanks SO MUCH for your help. I believe I was able to do what I wanted. I am honored of my association with Memory Alpha and wanted to assure the accuracy of one of the entries and that I edited properly.
--Trekbuff (talk) 14:52, April 1, 2013 (UTC)

Template issue Edit

Can you take a look at this? I can't figure out why it isn't working correctly. - Archduk3 22:38, April 13, 2013 (UTC)

What specifically isn't working? -- sulfur (talk) 23:35, April 13, 2013 (UTC)

Are you seeing correctly formatted "broken" links to the way back machine, because I am not. - Archduk3 06:24, April 14, 2013 (UTC)

Right -- I wasn't 100% clear what you wanted to see. Now I am. Is it working as expected now? -- sulfur (talk) 13:11, April 14, 2013 (UTC)

Yes, thank you. :) Next time I guess I should try the standard template format first, even if I think the | in it would mess with the parser function. :p - Archduk3 20:27, April 14, 2013 (UTC)

Answers wiki issue Edit

Sorry to bring this over here but I wanted to make sure you saw it- I seem to have a persistent vandal over on the ST Answers wiki who seems interested in posting questions just to get mentions of bodily and sexual functions posted. They are using a floating IP so my blocks have not been effective; I have also range blocked (I think) but only the first two numbers of the IP address are the same with each one he uses so even that is not too effective. I was just wondering if you had any other suggestions on dealing with this. 31dot (talk) 20:53, April 15, 2013 (UTC)

Unfortunately, the answers wikis don't allow us many tools to protect them (they're a long since dead breed according to Wikia). If you tally up all of the IPs, then I can take a look to see if they are cross-Wikia idiots, or simply confined to the Trek answers wiki. If they're cross-Wikia ones, we have measures that can be put in place for that. -- sulfur (talk) 21:32, April 15, 2013 (UTC)

Here's some of them:,,,,,

If the answers wikis are a dying breed as they stated, do you think it would be worth requesting that it be shut down? There's a few good questions there but most postings there seem to either be very basic, people mistaking the question asking bar for the search bar, people seeking speculation about their own personal Trek theories, or vandalism- not questions about Trek itself as I thought it was intended. 31dot (talk) 21:49, April 15, 2013 (UTC)

It's worth inquiring, but to be honest, I'd be surprised if they do knowing the way that they do things.
I've taken a glance at those IPs, and they all seem to be unique to the Trek Answers one. Some people are just stupid I guess. -- sulfur (talk) 00:47, April 16, 2013 (UTC)

You might want to check and see if the 97 address you blocked here might be the same person I was having difficulty with over there; it's actually been quiet for a few days there, maybe they've decided to switch targets? 31dot (talk) 10:05, April 25, 2013 (UTC)

Updating canon links Edit

Assuming there is no last minute objection, and that your offer still stands to use sulfbot to update the links, when would be good for you to do this? - Archduk3 10:14, April 20, 2013 (UTC)

Harrison name in the Benidict profile Edit

Why has it been kept set to Harrison rather than changing it to Khan seeing as the information has been release from the film and a spoiler heading has been added to the profile? I don't see the term new info on any of the other pages that have information coming from the movie --BorgKnight (talk) 21:01, May 11, 2013 (UTC)

Consensus agreed that, despite it being an alias, it would continue to be used for the time being. -- sulfur (talk) 21:01, May 11, 2013 (UTC)
Alright I see but where is that discussion? I don't seen it in the talk page. Also I don't see the sense in it as it would mean that all information from the movie should be hidden right? Is it just because it's a twist in the film?--BorgKnight (talk) 21:37, May 11, 2013 (UTC)

Input? Edit

Do you have any insights or comments on this topic? -- Renegade54 (talk) 14:25, May 13, 2013 (UTC)

Sorry... I hadn't saved my comments to the discussion before I poked you. I'm a twit. Take another look? Thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 14:30, May 13, 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing that image. I haven't got the hang of things yet! Lemonscience33 (talk) 08:28, May 20, 2013 (UTC)

Presence requested Edit

Not sure if you saw this but I think your views would be helpful. Thanks in advance 31dot (talk) 11:58, May 22, 2013 (UTC)

Image license question Edit

This image is tagged as a public domain image, but it is from STO; shouldn't it be fair use? 31dot (talk) 12:54, June 3, 2013 (UTC)

Hard to say. It doesn't actually look like it's from STO, but looks like a personally rendered image to me. Maybe best to inquire to the user as to the exact source. -- sulfur (talk) 12:56, June 3, 2013 (UTC)

Will do. 31dot (talk) 12:59, June 3, 2013 (UTC)

Categories and help with Serbian Memory AlphaEdit

Don't you think categories looks nicer with image?

Also, can you help me with Serbian version of Memory Alpha? I have two issues, and if you can help with any, I would be grateful.

1. How to hide number as sorting key in category? For example in this category:

Sorting key are numbers, but it's not visible in category, like on Serbian version, where I'm an admin. Take a look:

As you can see, zero is visible, how can I hide it?

2. I have two pages which I can't delete. They look like deleted, but still appear in category here: Any idea how to get rid of it?

Thanks! Igor871 (talk) 20:18, June 3, 2013 (UTC)

Wanda Willis page Edit

Why did you delete the Wanda Willis page?

I was planning on adding items to this. I started with a picture of her uniform and I was going to follow up with bio information as it became available.

Rvwenger (talk) 21:20, June 3, 2013 (UTC)

Sulfur deleted it because there was no content on the page or any indication that it was forthcoming; the picture was of a uniform on a mannequin, not of a character from a permitted resource. 31dot (talk) 01:40, June 4, 2013 (UTC)

Karen -> Karin Baxter confirmation Edit

Hey there. Sorry if this is the wrong way to go about this, I don't normally get into messaging with wikis.

I saw the note questioning confirmation for Karen -> Karin. I am the daughter that was mentioned by anon. Her name was, indeed, spelled with an i. She almost constantly had her name misspelled by everyone. :)

I'm not sure what other confirmation you'd want which I'd be comfortable giving, but I hope this helps somehow.

--Eonidae (talk) 20:43, June 6, 2013 (UTC)

Memory Alpha:AdministratorsEdit


Please add me to the list of administrators/bureaucrats for Serbian wiki.

Also, please add Serbian interlink to Announcements. Interlink is:

Успомене Алфе:Обавјештења

Igor871 (talk) 00:11, June 9, 2013 (UTC)

For your attention Edit

Can you take a look at the license on this, I'm not sure it's correct. - Archduk3 06:38, June 15, 2013 (UTC)

I'm fairly certain that it's not correct, but I don't know what it should be just yet. -- sulfur (talk) 12:20, June 15, 2013 (UTC)

Ashley Judd image Edit

Howdy. Thank you for uploading a better sized version of this file. The reason I uploaded the size I did is because I was previously told that a file I uploaded was too big. In the future I will upload files that are closer to the dimensions of the version you uploaded.--Rockfang (talk) 16:43, June 28, 2013 (UTC)

Other wikia wikis using MA text Edit

Moved here...

Bad image on Phineas and Ferb Wiki Edit

This file is innapropriate for the show's audience and needs to be deleted. 02:06, July 9, 2013 (UTC)

Please report these on the VSTF wiki in future. Also, note that this image may not be appropriate or on topic for the wiki, but it is likely something for the local admins and community to deal with as per local policy. -- sulfur (talk) 02:24, July 9, 2013 (UTC)

Brick Price's Movie Miniatures Edit

I was wondering if this re-direct page Brick Price's Movie Miniatures could not be removed altogether. I moved it to a new one with the correct spelling, assuming (wrongly as it turned out) that the false one would "disappear". There are no links to the misspelled one, a matter of "housekeeping" I surmise--Sennim (talk) 10:45, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

The first time I came across this company (in an old magazine article), they were actually named "Brick Price's". So, I'm happy keeping it, even though it is incorrect, only because the name is "out there" (so to speak). It is also their name on IMDB, likely due to their credit on the movie Spacecamp. -- sulfur (talk) 11:41, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

Righto :)...By the way thanks for the link!--Sennim (talk) 11:56, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

I need to restate my last comment: THANK YOU!!!! This is Awesome!--Sennim (talk) 13:19, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

A new treasure trove of data to mine for BG information, Eh? :) -- sulfur (talk) 13:45, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

You've noticed, did you now? :);)--Sennim (talk) 15:01, July 19, 2013 (UTC)

Tsiolkovsky Edit

Can I get you interested in joining the discussion at Talk:SS K.E. Tsiolkovskiy#Rename? The article is a total mess with at least four different spelling variants begin used without rhyme or reason, and the discussion looks as if it will lead nowhere unless we get a few more opinions. Thanks. --Cid Highwind (talk) 21:31, July 20, 2013 (UTC)

Noicon Edit

I've banged my caveman head against noicon not working in oasis for awhile now, so can you take a look at it? - Archduk3 23:28, August 6, 2013 (UTC)

If you look back through the history, you'll see that I spent some time doing the same and never figured it out either. -- sulfur (talk) 00:26, August 7, 2013 (UTC)

Well, apparently I did and was just too impatient for it to trickle down to the main page. Go figure. The fix also seems to be really stupid (adding ":after" to what we already had), and I couldn't tell you why that works and what we already had didn't. - Archduk3 03:09, August 7, 2013 (UTC)

Fantasy Food Bracket TournamentEdit

Hey, Sulfur! Hope all is well :) I just wanted to let you know that we are having a really fun bracket tournament coming up specifically for fantasy foods, and we were hoping that you could help us promote it on Memory Alpha in some way! You can find more information here but we basically would love if every community on Wikia submitted their best fictional foods to compete in our Fantasy Food Fight to see what comes out on top! The submission period is underway so people can submit as many foods as they want in the main blog. It would be great if you could help us to promote, and we hope you'll participate too! Grace @fandom (profile)•(talk) 19:12, August 15, 2013 (UTC)

Memory Alpha image -> file renaming Edit

Update on progress: Image fairuse, video license, and image & audio paramount converted to {{Licensing}}. Other licensing shortcuts still need to be updated along with the actual links (there's a bot run in there most likely). Held off on full conversion so the site didn't slow/break down too badly. As far as the actual recreation of the category tree gos: the films, ENT, TOS, & TAS are done, with TNG, DS9, & VOY waiting on my requirement for sleep. The other image cats, at least the ones I could remember, that are being renamed to file are either tagged for conversion or already created. I'm trying to move all "maintenance" categories out of "image". Audio/Image/and Video licensing cats to be fully created and interlinked after Memory Alpha images is cleaned up a bit, but I think I created all the ones that would be needed for now. - Archduk3 10:38, August 26, 2013 (UTC)

Most of the links actually shouldn't need updating (says he who looked at a lot of the stuff). I did create some more of the licensing categories (and filed them under a single tree for ease of finding stuff) in the MA Files tree. I've also spent some time cleaning up the old (dead) categories (ENT, TOS, and TAS all removed thus far), and I've created (so far) the first couple of seasons of the Voyager categories.
All of the files are slowly flipping over -- I worked to speed the process a bit by updating the image licensing template to use the new license categories too. That should shift a bunch of stuff over there as we go too.
If we can get all of the TNG, DS9, and VOY new categories created before 11pm ET tonight, then a couple of the special pages will become useful for some cleanup stuff and citation corrections.
The final step will be going through the DB with a bot to find any links/categories that we missed along the way, but I'm not going to do that until we get all of the episode categories created and ensure that we have the tree settled. -- sulfur (talk) 16:21, August 26, 2013 (UTC)
(Moved from User talk:Archduk3)
FYI, see my talk page. Done up to halfway through VOY Season 6 now for categories. -- sulfur (talk) 19:04, August 26, 2013 (UTC)
BTW, Voyager categories are done. Also, I'll try to bot the discussions images tonight if I'm able. Move them from one category to the other. -- sulfur (talk) 20:07, August 26, 2013 (UTC)

Beat the 10pm deadline. I'll be working on the tree later tonight/this week. A few things could still be moved out of images to files IMO. Also, FYI, I didn't get a notice about your first post on my talk page, I assuming because of the bot flag. - Archduk3 02:58, August 27, 2013 (UTC)

Cool, they finally fixed that bot thing. Ha. All of the old image categories for episodes have been deleted too. FYI.
Note: I'm not convinced that the collages category should be in "files" rather than "images", since a collage (by our definition) can only be an image...
Anyhow, progress is being made, we should let things settle for a day or so (to let the BG processor catch up on moving things around with those templates). Once that's all caught up, I'm going to start the next bot runs on things. -- sulfur (talk) 03:02, August 27, 2013 (UTC)

I placed collages there because it's more of a "meta" category than an image one, so that's part of the whole removing site maintenance cats from images things. The whole image category tree still needs to be resorted at least, as some of those double spaced/"A" sort keys get weird. I'll be purposing some ideas on that later, since the current idea I'm playing with involves renaming every "production" images category, which would be a rather large bot run. I'm a little burnt out on categories though, so I really can't tell if that would be a good idea/worth it. - Archduk3 03:42, August 27, 2013 (UTC)

SVGs and PNGs Edit

Do you know the reason our SVG files need to be displayed on their own file description page. Apparently a PNG version needs to exist, I just don't know why it does. I would like to template those links, and being able to add the reason why would be nice. - Archduk3 17:54, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

Do you mean the flags, or...? -- sulfur (talk) 17:55, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

The flags, the amazon logo, etc. - Archduk3 18:21, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

I seem to recall that putting those on there forced the SVG to be automatically parsed to the correct sizing right off. So, make it a template, should be fairly simple. -- sulfur (talk) 18:22, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

In that case, is the displayed size of the image important? - Archduk3 18:47, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

It's forced to the 18px because that's the size of those images in other templates/etc that we use. -- sulfur (talk) 18:49, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

Common.css Edit

MediaWiki:Common.css seems to be broken. It apparently can be edited now by using the address bar, but it couldn't be the on Wed. I figure you may have a better line to report this than me putting in a bug report. - Archduk3 20:49, August 29, 2013 (UTC)

This is a bug with the cascading protection. I've tracked down what's going on and submitted the issue for them to fix. I hope. -- sulfur (talk) 11:58, August 30, 2013 (UTC)

Quick Question Edit

It's not really a big deal, but I'm just wondering why my profile was imported here? I just got a notification about the automated message today, even though it says it was sent on July 30. It's not a pressing issue or anything, but I'm just a little curious as to what's up with that. Lazy sig (talk to Grif) 17:04, September 8, 2013 (UTC)

Looks like they had the database of pages copied over or something. I don't know what this is, but I'm guessing a lot of people got such a notification. ~Bobogoobo (talk) 18:26, September 8, 2013 (UTC)
This is a testing wiki, and the notifications were not supposed to occur, but there appears to have been a bug with the import process that caused them to appear. -- sulfur (talk) 00:33, September 9, 2013 (UTC)

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