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Icons 2

I was just curious about icons. Is it possible to have icons to go along with our names like on You Tube or Habbo Hotel or something? I just thought that would be pretty cool, I've always wanted to have one of those. Thanks for reading my message!


I'd like to have an icon saying "Holy Crap" in my signature... hey, wait! I do! Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 23:02, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

To answer the question, see this page. Be forewarned; there's a limit to how large you can make the image. --Jay (Gobble) 23:10, 9 October 2006 (UTC)

I have tried to cut and paste an image to make a signature, but when I paste in the "signature" box, it just creates a space. Please help me here.

Dripping yella 16:14, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Little box things

How do you get those little box things that are on everyones pages that say stuff like "This user has a hstarr T-shirt"?

See HRWiki:Userbox. — It's dot com 16:21, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

New content RSS

I've written a Flash scraper in Perl that detects new content added to It runs each day at 6:50 AM America/Chicago time and creates an RSS feed that I post to my website. Would this be a valuable addition to If so, where would be a good place to post it? ChrisDolan 14:45, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, Chris, but a once-a-day automatic check is unnecessary given the hundreds of users and anonnies from a vast number of time zones who check each day and post here what they find. — It's dot com 16:18, 28 October 2006 (UTC)
Actually, I meant FOR the users, not for HRWiki. I use that feed to tell me when new content is on so I don't have to go there manually or go to manually. Does have a feed I can subscribe to that has links to any new content? ChrisDolan 21:26, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
There's this feed, provided and hosted by More information can be found in this livejournal post, the livejournal feed page, and the livejournal feed info page. For feeds provided by the wiki itself, see HRWiki:Feeds. -- Tom 22:30, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Summary editing

I made my first contribution (oooh, how exciting!) but forgot to put something in the summary box, is there a way i can still add a summary to explain the contribution i made? I tried to go back and leave a Summary (without editing anything else) but it didn't work. Thanks in advance. — Adaman (Talk | contribs) 15:43, 29 October 2006 (UTC) (left unsigned)

Nope, there's no way to change the edit summary of a past edit. What you did is pretty much the standard if you want to clarify a summary... just make another minor edit and put the summary there. You have to make some change... if the wiki text is exactly the same, it won't save... just adding or removing a space somewhere is enough if you can't find some minor punctuation to fix (see Meta:Help:Dummy_edit). If you want, there is an option in your preferences, at the bottom of the "Editing" section, that'll warn you if you're about to save an edit without a summary. --phlip TC 16:42, 29 October 2006 (UTC)


I feel stupid asking this, but how do I get the arrows in the edit summary that link to the part of the article I just edited? I looked around, but I couldn't see it mentioned anywhere. Shwoo 12:32, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Do this: /* (Header) */ (Edit Summary). Replace "(Header)" with the header, and "(Edit summary)" with your edit summary. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif, as (not logged in), 12:57, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
If you click the "edit" link next to a header, it'll automatically fill in the /* Header */ bit. --phlip TC 13:01, 3 November 2006 (UTC)
Thank you! Shwoo 00:26, 4 November 2006 (UTC)


are downloads free?? — (Talk | contribs) 15:41, 4 November 2006 (UTC) (left unsigned)

Nope. Please make checks payable to: It's dot com, c/o Homestar Runner Wiki. Seriously, what are you talking about? — It's dot com 20:18, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
He's clearly referring to the underground wares server we have running. Just let me show him around back.... — Lapper (talk) 19:03, 6 November 2006 (UTC)

custom nav?

I've been wanting to add some custom navigation links for things I frequently go to on the wiki. I understand in theory how I would do this, and I'm sure if I sat down for a few hours someday I could set it up with a custom monobook.cs and monobook.js to insert what I want and style it appropriately.

But I'd rather not re-invent the wheel. I can see (mostly from looking at the "admin" style customizations on the wikipedia) many examples, but there doesn't seem to be any documentation. (It's all "look at the source luke!"-style documentation).

Any pointers? (That don't involve digging through spaghetti to try and reverse engineer?)

Perhaps the watchlist would be a good start...? --DorianGray
Or possibly Help:Quickbar? — Lapper (talk) 14:51, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

Personal Logo Change

I was reading the talk page for Logo Redesign 2006 and I read that it's possible to make the logo look like what you want and it will only for your account. If it's possible how would I do it? - Flamer(talk) 06:00, 12 December 2006 (UTC)

Add this to your monobook.css file:

#p-logo a { background: url( 35% 50% no-repeat !important; }

Replace "" with the URL of the logo you want to use. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 06:36, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
Speaking of which, how do you get it to alternate between logos?--H*Bad 00:07, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Dag, yo! That'sa pretty nice!

Hey, check out the Cast section for A Decemberween Pageant... Discussion moved to HRWiki talk:Standards → Cast list formatting.

How to get an icon or catch phrase.

I sometimes see users at the forum have catch phrases or icons. How do I get one for myself?

These are easily changed under your Profile on the forum (though you need a separate account there). --DorianGray
That would actually be a question for the Forum; this is pretty much an entirely separate community. In any case, I see this must be your first time on an Internet forum (or at least phpBB). The "catch phrases" (signatures), and "icons" (avatars) can both be set in your preferences, accessible at the top of the page. — Lapper (talk) 00:45, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Pictures (Yes, I am new here)

How to people get great pictues to upload? Do they pause the flash file? And if so, how do they capture the picure?

There should be a "Print Screen" button on your keyboard next to insert, scroll lock, home, and the like. Press that button, paste it on a program, and upload it. That button takes a screenshot of your computer screen. TheYellowDart(t/c)
See also Help:Image. --DorianGray

I have tried to press print screen (Prt Sc) several times on the flash file and at a page for a test. Neither worked. What gives?

That just pastes it to the clipboard. Did you try pasting it into an image editing program? - link_icon.gifThe Joe(Talk) 23:59, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, it worked but now... my picture is a bmp. How do I avoid this?

Under save as, select "PNG" under the "Save as type" menu. Also, remember to sign your username with four tildes (~~~~). - link_icon.gifThe Joe(Talk) 17:18, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Monobook Change Background

Can you change the background for yourself in your monobook and if so how? - Austio talk 00:05, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Oh, look here It explaines how to change the logo, background and another thing I havn't tested yet.--X66x66 00:16, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

The userpages

People have these little boxes on thier userpages that say things like "this user is right handed" or "the cheat is this users favorite character" how do i get these? And also how do you get the little pictures of things on your name? — Fhqwgad (Talk | contribs) 15:06, 28 January 2007 (UTC) (left unsigned)

The little boxes are userboxes, follow that link for more info. And the signature images are explained pretty fully at Help:Signature. Read those and feel free to ask any questions on those articles' talk pages. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 15:11, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Homepage & Talk

What things should I put in my homepage? Also, how do I put a "talk" icon over my signature? Dripping yella 16:11, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

See Help:Signature. And, you could make some userboxes! TheYellowDart(t/c) 16:14, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
That worked like a charm. I was just wondering how to make the talk text above (as well as to the right of) my signature like "the joe" does. Dripping yella (talk) 19:38, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
That's clever use of the <sup></sup> tags. --DorianGray
w00t! That works great. One last thing: I found how to add color to my signature on the help:signature page, I just don't know how to fill it it for my own signature (particularly hexcode, font-family, font, and Username. I hope you can help out! Dripping yella (talk) 20:16, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Dunno how to help ya there, sorry. Also, don't forget the closing tag. --DorianGray
Can someone ask "the yellow dart" about this? He seems to have it down. Dripping yella (talk) 20:40, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Here, let me paste parts of my signature down, so you can learn off of that... [[User:Theyellowdart|<span style="font-family:Courier New; color:darkorange">'''TheYellowDart'''</span>]]. enter your username, find a font (mine was Courier New), and put a color down (like darkorange). TheYellowDart(t/c) 21:47, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

That, my friend, is jumbo/large. Drippingyellowmadness (talk)

  • Ouch, your sig hurts my eyes. Try a darker color. I mean, my name has "yellow" in it, but I picked orange! TheYellowDart(t/c) 22:19, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

How is this?: Drippingyellowmadness (talk) Also, where do I insert ([[User talk:Drippingyellowmadness|talk]]) if i want to add color to my talk icon?

Looks grood. Okay, take Bubsty's sig for example: <small><sup>[[User talk:Bubsty|<font color="#0000FF">'''''My'''''</font> <font color="#FFCC00">'''''talk'''''</font>]]</sup></small>, but of course, that's changing it into two colors. --TheYellowDart(t/c) 22:58, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

I swear that this is my LAST QUESTION ON THIS TOPIC!!! how do I put my signature code in my signature box so that when I type 3 or 4 tidles, Drippingyellowmadness (talk) comes up. So far I have just copied and pasted the sig code onto the FAQs page. Drippingyellowmadness (talk)

  • Okay, I fixed it for you. Now, all you have to type in is {{User:Drippingyellowmadness/sig}} and there you go. Don't worry, you can ask all the questions you want. I'm glad to help you. TheYellowDart(t/c) 23:17, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Thanks! Finished product: Drippingyellowmadness CoolS.png talk

New Recuit

hey everybody! My name is hrfreak. I'm looking very forward to posting new pages! So, there you go!


Hi, hrfreak! I appreciate your eagerness. Be aware that what we need more than new pages is maintenance and update of current pages. If you really want to contribute, I recommend you read all the documents found through the Help link at the top left. Observe the more prolific editors and see what they do right and what they don't do right. And as someone wisely said, "Whenever I do something, I think 'Would an idiot do that?' and if they would, I do not do that thing." :) Look for opportunities to help which are really helpful, and don't be so eager that you do unnecessary things. And by all means, have fun exploring the resource; after all, that's the main reason why we're here. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:50, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

How to get a gif

I may never use it in my life, but I was curious on how to get a gif and if it is possible to get a gif off of a screenshot.


Drippingyellowmadness CoolS.png talk 21:59, 25 February 2007 (UTC)

GIF is just an image file format, most every image editing program (even MSPaint) can save to GIF, but we tend not to prefer it on the wiki, as PNG is a far-superior format. Unless of course you're talking about animated GIFs, which are a whole different beast entirely. You can't make an animated GIF from "a screenshot", since the screenshot loses all the animation... you'd have to take lots of screenshots, one for each frame, and then manipulate them in some program that'll create the GIF for you... which is rarely worth the effort. But since you're curious, The_GIMP is a free image-editing program that's capable of making animated GIFs... just put each frame on its own layer, and save to GIF – you'll have the option of making it an animation. There's other things available, like optimisation and such, but that's the basics. --phlip TC 01:43, 26 February 2007 (UTC)


For the downloads on, do you really have to pay for them? I was wondering because the ATM machine shows a "balance" and the page title includes "$2:00" service charge.

Drippingyellowmadness CoolS.png talk 14:30, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Nope. They're free as a bird. -Brightstar Shiner 14:48, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
Nope, they are not. Please make checks payable to: Theyellowdart, Effingham IL. P.O. Box # 234. --TheYellowDart(t/c) 14:52, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
Rather funny Theyellowdart B-(. Jking!!! Drippingyellowmadness CoolS.png talk 15:27, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
What programs should I use to open the SB clock and Windows 2000 icons? Drippingyellowmadness CoolS.png talk 15:47, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
The clock is a program in itself. Although, I can't help you with the icons. Maybe right-click properties? Bluebry 15:51, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
For the icons, just click "download the set." The clock is just like any other flash movie. - link_icon.gifThe Joe(Talk) 15:56, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
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