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Darth Duranium

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User archive is located here. Darth Duranium (talk) 05:36, August 7, 2013 (UTC)

Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection Edit

Hey Darth,

I was wondering if the last edit I made can meet with your approval...I think adding the magazine contents adds to the overall usefulness of the article...As you can see it doesn't require very much adjustment...But, since this article is very much your baby, I've limited it for now to the "Special issues" section, awaiting your verdict...Regards--Sennim (talk) 02:09, September 19, 2014 (UTC)

Hey Sennim,
Cheers for the heads up, much appreciated. I've already corrected the 3-nacelled Ent-D paragraph to reflect the Shadyprise's (unofficial name for the unofficial Ent-D) shady heritage. Please note I already have a shot of it in the Gallery. Maybe we can find a sharper comparison photo, I may have one on my HD somewhere. I'll see what I can dig up. :)
I'm totally cool with the contents of the mags being added to the page (perhaps without the "Contents pg 2" and actual page numbers?) if someone wants to add the info to all of the issues. I can't contribute to that 'cuz I give my mags away to a pal in NZ! Anyhoo, lemme know what you think and we'll roll from there. :)
Quick question for you: Is there any way to get the page to display the thumbnail pics of the LATEST version of the photos? I often see that the thumbs show older versions of the pics. Cheers, mate. Darth Duranium (talk) 19:44, September 19, 2014 (UTC)

Hey Darth, Thanks for the reply. Yeah sorry, for the quality of the photo, I myself took the photo of my models, and I don't have a better camera. I'll see if I can take a better one in broad daylight, to at least get rid of the glare, which brings me right away to your question. The latest pic will be shown eventually, but I've noticed that sometimes it does take a couple of days before it has "settled" for want of a better word. I don't know why this is, since at other times a replacement loads directly, perhaps it has something to do with server load or with the size of a replacement, but ultimately it will be shown, just a matter of patience. Great, I've just received my first lot of 20 (cost me a arm and a leg, but I can not take out a subscription here in my stumping grounds, Holland, so I'm stuck with the expensive option, eBay) and I will over time add the content, thanks for the permit...I think though that "contents and page numbering" should be included, as it is in line with the style used elsewhere for print publications such as The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture or the mag Cinefantastique. Including page count for example informs the reader, where exactly specific info can be found, and that while the structure of the mag contents remains largely the same, that the size of the chapters may differ so a researcher might decide for himself if it is worthwhile to go after some info...This may sound trivial to you, but as you might know, I'm a largely bginfo editor and do a lot of literature research on my production pieces for MA and for people like me, it can be useful. But like I said, this piece is largely your baby, so if you are not fine with it, I'll abide. Have a nice one --Sennim (talk) 09:26, September 20, 2014 (UTC)

Cheers for your reply, Sennim. Yeah, it's weird how the photos take a while to update, sometimes it seems to revert to earlier shots rather than show the new ones. I dunno why, either... hopefully it'll eventually show the new ones. Ah, I now see that "Contents" and page numbers are correct in style as you say, please go ahead as you see fit. Sorry to hear that you have to go through eBay to get your issues, I get mine through comic shops here in Canada; they're on the US schedule (a couple of months behind the UK) but that's better than the Canadian subs which are 6+ months behind the US subs. Hope that Holland gets subs soon, Germany begins in January. A French pal of mine gets his models in France but they sell them without magazines, I'm told. OK mate, I'll now add the scaling info that my Belgian pal Dennis provides. It's truly an international effort! Darth Duranium (talk) 14:39, September 27, 2014 (UTC)

Great, I'll start when I get back from holidays; Very unlikely Holland will get subs, too small a language area, still, I prefer my Star Trek readings in English, I've always associated SF with that language...Have a nice one!--Sennim (talk) 06:57, September 28, 2014 (UTC)

Hehe, you spoke too soon, Sennim. Subs for Holland are slated to begin in March 2015. This info came via my Belgian pal Dennis Mosselmans who's at the London con. Cool, huh? :) Darth Duranium (talk) 08:10, October 4, 2014 (UTC)

Whoppaah, let's see if this will work out then...we have a saying over here which loosely translated says something like this, "first we see it, than we'll believe it", but it is nice that we are considered at all...Anyways, I've tackled the contents of the firs 15 issues, looks nice if I might say so my self...Sennim (talk) 00:08, October 5, 2014 (UTC)

Looks good, I just tweaked it a little bit to make the titles a little clearer. Hehe, I hope that EM makes good on their promise to Holland. :) Darth Duranium (talk) 00:33, October 6, 2014 (UTC)

Images with incorrect suffixesEdit

Next time, just throw a PNA on the image with a talk page noting that the file needs renaming to the appropriate suffix. :) -- sulfur (talk) 18:32, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the info, Sulfur. Could you point me to the right PNA? :) Darth Duranium (talk) 19:22, October 22, 2014 (UTC)

If you can't figure out which one to use, just use {{pna}}. Nice "catchall" -- sulfur (talk) 12:02, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Cool, cheers.Darth Duranium (talk) 14:43, October 23, 2014 (UTC)

Star Trek maps project Edit

Hi Darth Duranium. I'm Brandon, Senior Community Manager at Wikia. We're working on a new Star Trek project as part of the Wikia Fan Studio. To give a bit of context, Fan Studio is a program where fans on Wikia can be connected with brands from the entertainment and video gaming industries. Fans get to interact with brands and share opinions that could impact final products and releases, or whatever it may be that a partner brand is working on. This project doesn't have a partner brand involved, but it will let you be part of Fan Studio and other future projects.

This Star Trek project is based around Wikia Maps, and participants will be mapping different parts of the Star Trek universe. Participants will get to help decide what we should map as well. It could be the layout of the Enterprise, or Voyager's journey through the Delta Quadrant, or even more light-hearted subjects like Captain Kirk's romantic liaisons throughout the galaxy. Whatever the participants end up deciding. The maps that the project participants create will live on Trek Initiative, plus any other community that wants to can embed them.

As an active Memory Alpha contributor, we think you'd be great for this project. Would you like to join? Let me know on my talk page. Thanks! - Brandon Rhea@Wikia(talk) 07:17, November 16, 2014 (UTC)

Categories Edit

Darth, when a category is a subcat of another category, we don't add the parent category to articles that already are in the subcategory. The article is considered to be a member of the parent via inheritance. All of those pages you added to Category:Companies were already a member of one or more cats that were in turn members of Category:Companies, so shouldn't also be a member of the parent. Thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 14:08, April 10, 2015 (UTC)

Hmmm, didn't realize Collectibles was a subset of Companies, that's odd. I think there are a few more pages marked as both that I didn't edit. Still, I think that categorizing a lot of these companies as Collectibles only does them a disservice, tbh. Obviously, they're Companies, too. Darth Duranium (talk) 17:47, April 10, 2015 (UTC)
There's been a discussion as to whether they should be split to have companies on one page, the actual collectibles on another. This would make the most sense. -- sulfur (talk) 18:03, April 10, 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, and the text for the companies cat reads "List of all companies that are involved with the broadcast or distribution of Star Trek, unless belonging to one of the subcategories", which doesn't apply to half of the companies in the category, much less the subcategories under companies. I think that whole tree needs reorganized. -- Renegade54 (talk) 20:13, April 10, 2015 (UTC)

Yep, that category tree needs some work! Oh man, that Collectibles/Companies discussion's been going for eons. I still come down on the side of listing collectibles under their manufacturer, as 90%+ of collectibles presently are. To me, it just doesn't make sense to create a new page for every collectible line that comes out. It'd be an insane amount of work, a nightmare to subdivide all the products, and for collectors like me it's much more useful to find all of a company's Trek products listed together on a single page. A concise reference source for Trek collectibles doesn't really exist anywhere else on the net. -- Darth Duranium (talk) 20:40, April 10, 2015 (UTC)
I like the collectibles all being on one page, but would prefer the company information split off from it. That would allow the collectible companies to fall into a category (named something like that) and the collectible items to be separated in the category tree. -- sulfur (talk) 00:05, April 11, 2015 (UTC)
Sure, I could live with that, Sulfur. Something like "Galoob Star Trek collectibles", "Hot Wheels Star Trek collectibles", etc. would be fine. -- Darth Duranium (talk) 09:40, April 14, 2015 (UTC)

File source Edit

Hey. Could you please add the source for the recently uploaded File:Ben Robinson.jpg. This is important and leaving the source empty could result in a deletion. Thanks. Tom (talk) 17:45, June 14, 2015 (UTC)

Hey Thomas. No worries, source added. It's a PR shot provided by Eaglemoss at the Destination London con. There are more on Eaglemoss' FB site, too. Darth Duranium (talk) 04:09, June 16, 2015 (UTC)

Great. Tom (talk) 06:27, June 16, 2015 (UTC)

Star Trek: Light-and-Sound Communicator Edit

Are you sure the Star Trek: Light-and-Sound Communicator has a 32-page book? Amazon has it listed as a 48-page book, which is why I wrote it up that way... thanks! -- Renegade54 (talk) 15:03, December 10, 2015 (UTC)

Hiya. Pretty sure that's a typo as it also says 32 pages on the Running Press site. The other 3 in the series are also 32 pages. Cheers! Darth Duranium (talk) 22:47, December 10, 2015 (UTC)

Brackets in Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection Edit

Hi, Darth Duranium. It doesn't seem right to me that the issue for the Phoenix, as presented on the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection page, has the spacecraft's name in brackets, yet none of the other ship names have that. Is the only reason for the brackets that the ship name is absent from the front cover image we currently have? If so, that's clearly true of all the other covers of future issues. Shouldn't they, in that case, also have their ship name bracketed on that page? In other words, the formatting in that article is currently inconsistent. --Defiant (talk) 21:48, January 20, 2016 (UTC)

Hi Defiant. Yep, they didn't put the ship's name on the Phoenix's final cover, a first. If that continues going forward (btw, those future issue covers are temporary and frequently have no text or text that later changes) I guess we can discuss removing the brackets for this one, if that makes sense. At the moment, the titles are spelled out exactly as they're published on the cover. Info inside white brackets is only added to clarify an entry, when necessary. Should be 100% consistent, hopefully. Hope that 'splains things. Darth Duranium (talk) 22:06, January 20, 2016 (UTC)
You should probably also know that the next issue (65) has the title (ship name) printed on the final cover but I haven't found a copy of that yet. Should be available in a week or so. Darth Duranium (talk) 22:16, January 20, 2016 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks for explaining. Btw, thanks also for the extra info (as a huge fan of the Xindi, I'm definitely looking forward to that issue). --Defiant (talk) 22:23, January 20, 2016 (UTC)

No worries, mate. So there ya go: Ben Robinson just confirmed that the lack of a title on the Phoenix's cover was a "bizarre" oversight. Oops.[1] Darth Duranium (talk) 11:04, January 21, 2016 (UTC)

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