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[Press Request] Being The Master of The Star Trek Universe Edit
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I need an image renamedEdit
Hi. So I've uploaded "this image" from the Enterprise opening credits, and in my defense, I wasn't exactly completely reckless: I hadn't found a nasa source image, but I found tree different sites describing the booth as Armstrong's and so I decided to move ahead. However, as it turns out it is in fact a Buzz Aldrin photo the animation was adapted from. I'll take care of changing all info, but I need an admin to rename the pics. Thanks in advance. -- Capricorn (talk) 06:32, January 18, 2016 (UTC)
- It's best to simply update the image with the correct information in these cases, and then ask for the rename. And to actually indicate your recommended name. Haha. -- sulfur (talk) 13:30, January 18, 2016 (UTC)
I suppose "Buzz Aldrin's first step on the moon" would be my proposed new name then. I guess I was waiting to update the description because it felt weird to have the image say Armstrong while the description said Aldrin - which I admit on second thought makes little sense. By "and then ask for the rename", do you mean I should have put a template up instead of going to an admin directly? -- Capricorn (talk) 13:57, January 18, 2016 (UTC)
- It's best to have the "content" as correct as possible. Image names are "easy" to fix (grand scheme of things) and we have more incorrect than correct (in terms of both content and style) to be honest.
- But in short, if there's an issue with the content, fix that, then ask for a rename, whether by template or throwing it at an admin that's around regularly (include the recommended name on it too, and why... you did the latter above). -- sulfur (talk) 14:06, January 18, 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Edit
Alec Peters Edit
Someone with the necessary credentials needs to go into the Alec Peters page and update it regarding the copyright infringement suit against him by CBS over his fanfilm project and Ares Studios. Since you were the last one to edit his page, I thought I would give you a heads up.188.8.131.52 20:21, January 24, 2016 (UTC)
- Find some citations to reputable articles, and those can be added. -- sulfur (talk) 20:42, January 24, 2016 (UTC)
- Variety: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/star-trek-crowdfunded-movie-axanar-sued-1201669522/ 184.108.40.206 09:16, January 25, 2016 (UTC)
English/viewer's language Edit
Hi, sulfur. I really like your edits to the new subtitle page. However, I noticed you changed "English language" into "viewer's language". Can you please explain to me why you did that? I figured, since this is an English language wiki, it would be fine to state that. I'm not as keen on "viewer's language", as subtitles can be in languages native or foreign to each viewer. --Defiant (talk) 00:19, February 20, 2016 (UTC)
- It's not the preferred wording I want, but I was trying to generalize it. Perhaps putting something like "a different language"? I'm not sure. Typically, subtitles are in "the viewer's language", so... not sure. Maybe the Wikipedia page has some wording that might be more useful. -- sulfur (talk) 00:47, February 20, 2016 (UTC)
I don't think it needs generalizing for that sentence; what I was referring to was the cases where extraterrestrial (such as Klingonese, Vulcan, etc.) languages are subtitled. I'm not sure if you're aware of that intent for the sentence in question or not(?) --Defiant (talk) 01:04, February 20, 2016 (UTC)
- It is an English language wiki, but we are part of a bigger family so I was trying to generalize a bit... and I know that some of the German guys on here sometimes watch with German subtitles on... so... take that as you will :) -- sulfur (talk) 01:21, February 20, 2016 (UTC)
"Title cards"? Edit
- A screenshot with the episode name on it. I looked through TrekCore, and those are the only Enterprise episodes that don't seem to have the title in a screenshot. -- sulfur (talk) 21:49, February 21, 2016 (UTC)
Link fixes Edit
Hi, sulfur. Thank you very much for your help with the D. Chang link fixes. Any chance you could similarly help with fixing the links to Species 8472 bio-ship, please? They seem rather a lot! --Defiant (talk) 20:08, February 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Yup. I'm working through a number of bot-run fixes right now. The current task is cleaning up all links to ST Minutiae, updating all of the old URLs to the new ones as per their new layout from ~2 years ago.
- Going to see if I can get through some of the other bot tasks today too. TBD. -- sulfur (talk) 20:13, February 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Also, when you move pages, please take the time to go to the other language versions and MB to update their links too. -- sulfur (talk) 20:14, February 27, 2016 (UTC)
Possessive "Dax" Edit
Can you please explain to me why you've been deliberately contradicting what it says on this page, where it clearly states, "Names that end in "s" or an "s"-sound should not have an "apostrophe s" ('s) added in the possessive form. Names that end in "x" or "z" should have an "apostrophe s" unless they are either silent or sound like an "s". For example, "Dax" and "Neelix" should be "Dax's" and "Neelix's" when using the possessive but "Sanchez" should be "Sanchez'" for the possessive." Why have you recently been purposely writing "Dax'", over and over again? --Defiant (talk) 20:47, February 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Yah, my bad. I've been working in Chicago Style at work lately, and that has all X'S -> X'. Brain freeze moment. :) -- sulfur (talk) 20:49, February 27, 2016 (UTC)
Disturbance merge Edit
Hi. Any chance you could merge "spatial disturbance" with trans-dimensional disturbance? The spatial disturbance article's just sitting dormant, though a consensus for moving the info to the trans-dimensional disturbance page has been reached. --Defiant (talk) 23:01, February 28, 2016 (UTC)
- Post kids abed/etc I'll look at it. -- sulfur (talk) 23:03, February 28, 2016 (UTC)
- Sorted. I think. Might need to be verified to ensure I didn't screw any of the information combining up too badly. -- sulfur (talk) 20:14, February 29, 2016 (UTC)
Data driven birth/death lists Edit
Not done by a long shot, but two sets of eyes are better than one, and you know your way around dpl as good as, if not better, than I do. Thoughts and tweaks would be appreciated, since I don't have much time to look at this as I used too. - Archduk3 20:57, February 29, 2016 (UTC)
Linking to episodes Edit
Yeah, sorry. I'm used to that for the citations at the end of paragraphs, but I had forgot that you can do that for normal links within in a paragraph as well. Thanks! ProfessorTofty (talk) 16:53, March 6, 2016 (UTC)
Are you seeing this as well? Edit
I'm starting to increasingly see Google scroll bars directly under the TOC within the main texts...Is it just me, in other words is it just a question of settings, or is this imposed? Now I do not mind having these on the side, buy it just looks plain awful within the main body of text...---Sennim (talk) 13:02, March 21, 2016 (UTC)
- Can you screenshot that for me? I'm not 100% clear as to what you're meaning... -- sulfur (talk) 13:19, March 21, 2016 (UTC)
- Investigating. Going to move this to a forum for the time being. -- sulfur (talk) 13:51, March 21, 2016 (UTC)
"Subspace vortex generator"?! Edit
I've noticed you've recently added red links to subspace vortex generator. The creation of that article would be entirely speculative, as the generators used to open subspace vortices are only ever referred to as "generators" and there's no reason whatsoever to suggest that they're only ever used for creating subspace vortices. Sometimes a "generator" is just a generator, rather than a "TECH generator". So, it's the disambiguation page that needs to change, not the link. --Defiant (talk) 10:36, March 22, 2016 (UTC)
- Power generator seems much better. Having said that, "generator" is still a very generic term that means nothing without some descriptors. Power works well for that. I'll be honest though, I was almost leaning toward something about the deflector pulse part.
- Oh, and we should make sure that the generator is a) linked from the episode page, and b) has the incident/what-have-you mentioned on its own page. -- sulfur (talk) 11:54, March 22, 2016 (UTC)
Aldebaron colony Edit
- I'm not sure that issue was ever resolved... was it? -- Renegade54 (talk) 17:50, March 22, 2016 (UTC)
You recently edited a contribution I made for "Metamorphosis" to add links and "grammar." There was nothing wrong with the grammar, but you moved the commas outside of the quotation marks. I'm a professional editor. Please know that American standard punctuation usage is to put commas and periods inside the quotation marks; colons and semicolons outside the quotation marks; and the placement of question marks and exclamation points depends on the context. (British usage is different: in addition to single quotation marks, they prefer to put the punctuation outside of the marks). I just want to be clear that my grammar was standard and proper usage. --Mole2 (talk) 07:01, April 1, 2016 (UTC)
- Please note our style when it comes to episode titles. Your edit to put the commas/etc inside just broke the lot of them. For 90% of things, yes, commas, periods, etc inside the marks. For episode titles, ALWAYS outside. Part of that style limitation comes from technical drawbacks. -- sulfur (talk) 10:12, April 1, 2016 (UTC)
-- I found the style guide. Thank you. I didn't realize the punctuation could screw up the links. Can you please try to not be impatient with me. I'm still learning my way around wiki editing.--Mole2 (talk) 20:52, April 1, 2016 (UTC)
A question re: categorizing Edit
- If nothing on the subject was used in a production, then nothing gets added. If there was material used in a different episode (for example), then you can treat that portion of the article as "in universe", so it can be categorized appropriately.
- In short, if the article is "real world", then no in universe categorization. -- sulfur (talk) 18:47, April 4, 2016 (UTC)
2K12 Kub File Edit
Thanks for merging the content on that move. I'd have done that myself, but non-admins can't. It had sat for quite awhile with the decision to move and no one acting (I'm sure just forgotten, since it is a very minor article), so I decided to move things along. Hope life is treating you well. It's been quite awhile since we've talked. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:35, April 6, 2016 (UTC)
- Typically if an article is moved, and a "rename" is put onto the file, I'm actually somewhat vaguely on the ball with those. Ha ha. Sortof. :D -- sulfur (talk) 03:47, April 6, 2016 (UTC)
You've just removed the redlink of Trekyards...While you are right in your assessment that it started out as a fan production, I like to point out that it has made a huge jump in professionalism, as a slew of former and current Trek production staffers, like Drexler, Probert, Sternbach, Eaves etc, etc, etc, and often repeatedly, chime in through video and talk at length about their ship designs and builds for official (and yes, some fan trek as well) live-action Trek. As such, Yards currently resembles a live version of Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection. Personally, I think that warrants an entry eventually, but I like to fathom your position on that first...--Sennim (talk) 13:28, April 6, 2016 (UTC)
- I'm still leaning toward the fact that it's a "fan production". The Official Starships Collection is a licensed production, but Trekyards (as best I can tell) isn't. Similar to us not having articles on things like the DrexFiles, OrionPress, EavesDropping, Roddenberry's Mission Log podcast, etc... I'm leaning toward the same thing on the Trekyards.
- While it may be an excellent source of information and interview a number of the designers, etc... I'm not certain that it's suited for MA. -- sulfur (talk) 13:30, April 6, 2016 (UTC)
Antenna (biology) Edit
- It still had incoming links at the time, and I didn't have the time to clean those up. If they're all gone, then I will do so. -- sulfur (talk) 15:34, April 19, 2016 (UTC)
A task for your bot? Edit
Talk page responseEdit
Hey sulfur. What happened on the Court Martial talk page was a total, unintentional blunder. I was editing the page on an iPad, I left the page for a couple minutes to get some further information, I came back, saved my changes, and saw a few minutes later that somehow I took out your comment. Sorry this happened, I've been editing here almost continuously for nine years, I would never take out a comment on a talk page for no reason. Apologies. --Delta2373 (talk) 19:19, April 23, 2016 (UTC)
...for doing the heavy lifting with the unnamed link fixes. I've been pretty swamped in RL, so things that take a couple of hours to do are taking me days to get done online. I was hoping to get through these this weekend, and before too many more were redirected, since lots of the Unnamed Bajorans should be moved to Deep Space 9 residents, and alternate reality inhabitants pages are probably a good thing to get set up before the next film. - Archduk3 19:58, May 6, 2016 (UTC)
- Despite the close relationship between Ongoing and the films' creators, it's only been established in non-canon. Until she is called by that name in the credits or a script, no can do. Am I right? --LauraCC (talk) 16:51, May 18, 2016 (UTC)
- Correct. -- sulfur (talk) 17:25, May 18, 2016 (UTC)
Re: stem bolts Edit
- Moved to Talk:Stem bolt.
Categories with one entryEdit
You recently deleted a few categories (for Coverian/Lyridians) with the reasoning there shouldn't be a cat for 1 entry. There are actually quite a few of those, like Category:Gaspar VII natives. And, then there are those with 1 entry plus 1 image subcat like Category:Ankari. Should those also be deleted? Kennelly (talk) 19:44, May 27, 2016 (UTC)
- There's two Ankari images potentially if the Tsunkatse Unnamed Ankari can be confirmed. --LauraCC (talk) 19:48, May 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Just looking I found Category:Kaitlen and Category:Lactrans too. --LauraCC (talk) 20:06, May 27, 2016 (UTC)
- Yes, if there's only one entry, they should likely be removed. The point of a category is to have MULTIPLE entries so that you can find "like" things easily. -- sulfur (talk) 23:16, May 27, 2016 (UTC)
- tbh? Damned good question. -- sulfur (talk) 03:45, June 7, 2016 (UTC)
- I threw this at Wikia and they responded as follows (and fixed the underlying issue):
- The "retrieved from" notice generally happens because there are unclosed tags somewhere on a page. In this case, it was a transcluded template.
- I had to go a few levels deep on template transclusion but I ultimately found that the issue was on Portal:Main/Panels/Where to watch. There was an unclosed div tag in the ==== Canada ==== section.
- It originated from this edit, where the </div> was removed: http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Main/Panels/Where_to_watch?diff=prev&oldid=1820878
- So... now we know for the future. -- sulfur (talk) 14:36, June 7, 2016 (UTC)
Farmer's daughter Edit
So why are the Unnamed illusory people not in the category "Holograms"? And why was the farmer's daughter moved from "Unnamed holograms" to "Unnamed illusory people"? Tom (talk) 20:56, June 19, 2016 (UTC)
- It wasn't clear from when she was moved as to why, and I couldn't find any history.
- In addition to that, nobody bothered updating any of the links to her. They were all still to the illusory page. That's why I thought that she was in the wrong place. -- sulfur (talk) 23:09, June 19, 2016 (UTC)
I'm not sure if you can help me with this, but this page is me too. User:220.127.116.11. The latest one is because I deliberately logged out and fixed one of my own posts to find what my IP address was so that these could be attributed to me. What would be involved in adding these to my account? --LauraCC (talk) 21:32, June 22, 2016 (UTC)
- You can't tie one to the other. -- sulfur (talk) 22:20, June 22, 2016 (UTC)
I use the library computers at my local library. I have no Internet access at home. I realize that anybody could access this site from here and likewise produce posts from this IP, but I have checked these specific posts and I know they are mine. If nothing can be done about it, okay. I just wondered if it could. Thanks for letting me know. --LauraCC (talk) 14:42, June 23, 2016 (UTC)
Edit conflicts Edit
Please don't do that. I've started the rename process and will also work on the articles and links and it is really disapponting when I've worked on an article and receive the message "edit conflict" immediatly. Tom (talk) 15:43, June 28, 2016 (UTC)
- Sorry about that -- I was fixing interwiki links (don't forget to do those along the way too on the other MA versions), and spotted the rename tag still on there. -- sulfur (talk) 15:55, June 28, 2016 (UTC)
File requests Edit
- Awesome. Much appreciated. I've been trying to put together a thing with all of the title cards for episodes, as I believe that it'll (long term) be something nice to present on the episode pages to show precisely what the title was as shown on screen, etc. -- sulfur (talk) 22:26, July 1, 2016 (UTC)
- Is there a rational behind the naming scheme for these files? It would seem to me that the series abbreviation should be in there somewhere, and that "card" might be redundant.
- Also, ENT titles aren't in all caps, the font just looks like that. The cap letters are slightly bigger than the others. You can see the "I", "A", "M", and "D" in "In a Mirror, Darkly" are slightly larger, for example. - Archduk3 02:47, July 7, 2016 (UTC)
- Naming scheme doesn't include series, because they're going into a series relevant category instead.
- And yes, they're not in all caps, but that's going to be the second pass, when I finish actually going through DS9 and VOY. That's what the "notes" field is for. -- sulfur (talk) 10:36, July 7, 2016 (UTC)
Source question Edit
Just a question. As I understand, our policy says "What is seen on screen supersedes what is written in production material", correct? For my specific question, Shannon Cochran's character was recently moved and you've deleted the previous spelling. While it was "Tal'Aura" in the first draft script, it was "Tal'aura" in the end credits of the film. Have I missed something? Tom (talk) 17:24, July 12, 2016 (UTC)
- Crap, that I missed. I thought it was TAL'AURA in the credits. Shoot. May have to zip that one back over then... -- sulfur (talk) 17:33, July 12, 2016 (UTC)
I need the parts of this Wikipedia gadget that aren't part of the standard mediawiki instalation table class "mw-collapsible" to be added to the js so collapsible tables can be "defaulted" to the collapsed state. That, or someone could explain the bit I'm missing on my sandbox to get it to do that.
If I remeber correctly, all js changes need wikia approval because their security blows, so I figured letting you run this past the cogs should result in a working version of this faster than me poking the js code with a stick and then waiting for approval every time to see if that worked. - Archduk3 06:05, July 17, 2016 (UTC)
...has a broken history. The parts that still aren't restored are because there is an error if you try, or they don't need to be. I'm not sure which file/revision is the problem exactly, but we need to find a way to purge it so this isn't a problem the next time this file needs to be merged with something. The only thing I can think of though is to use a different file name for the bits we want to keep, which is undesirable. - Archduk3 03:53, July 26, 2016 (UTC)
I apologize for any misunderstanding regarding my post of the picture of the Enterprise A from the alternate reality (Enterprise_A.jpg) which you recently deleted due to "piracy."
I did not pirate this image - if found it here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/25/1551815/--Star-Trek-Beyond-is-formulaic-but-closer-in-spirit-to-its-source-material. It appeared to me that the image was from a magazine, and the site did list paramount as the source. You are correct that I failed to properly cite the image - this is my real error for that am sorry and admit this was my first edit to Memory Alpha.
I noticed you locked the page for editing. I hope that you will investigate the weblink I just provided, and if you determine it to be a valid image, consider uploading it again. If not, I understand, and apologize again
- The source of that image is rather grainy, and sadly looks to be taken from a pirated version of the film (ie, a handy-cam or something in the theatre). A magazine image would be sharp, the blacks would be black, and there wouldn't be such high levels of grain visible.
- It appears to be an online magazine, and it's the only place that picture can be found online at all. Something like that would be appearing in multiple places if it were a properly released image. -- sulfur (talk) 19:40, July 26, 2016 (UTC)