Talk:Strong Bad Email

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Is the legend really needed anymore? It was put up so we would know what was transcribed and what wasn't, and that was way back in early March. Everything is done now. I think it kind of clutters the layout. -- Tom 12:01, 20 Jul 2004 (MST)

I kindof like being able to see what's there. Should we add an "F" code for Fun Facts? -- JoeyDay 12:02, 20 Jul 2004 (MST)
I don't like the "F" idea either. I guess I like the idea of a simple list. The table of contents in each email shows what's in it... But that's after you click on the individual email. Maybe we could use catagories? Each toon with an easter egg gets added to a catagory called "Easter Eggs". Then there would be a list of the toons that just have Easter Eggs... Hmm... Yeah, this is all so complicated. -- Tom 12:09, 20 Jul 2004 (MST)
For now I delorted the legend. I don't think we really need to "see what's there" because nine times out of ten we already do (transcript, easter eggs, and fun facts for the majority of the e-mails) - furrykef 01:13, 14 Aug 2004 (MST)

How to Move an Email

This is mainly for my own benefit. I keep forgetting one or two of these steps. Hopefully, a checklist will be helpful.

Copying the email

  1. Using InterruptorJones' Convertulator.php, copy the summary page, the transcript page, and the easter eggs page.
  2. Add "Screenshot" and "Transcript" headers, and change "Additional Information" to "External Links".
  3. Put any emails in the transcript in "pre" blocks.
  4. Change "See the email" to "watch {title}" and "See the forum thread" to "forum thread re: {title}" in external links.
  5. Don't forget CamelCase words that don't have partheses. Add spaces where appropriate. (e.g. "StrongBadEmail" to "Strong Bad Email".)
  6. Update link destinations so they are compatible with new organization methods (e.g. sbemails that are sub-paged on the old wiki).
  7. Add any appropriate category declarations to the bottom.
  8. Update the transcript (might as well while you're at it) to the latest standard format.

Copying user comments

  1. Copy the User Comments page (if one exists) to the discussion page for the email.
  2. Convert links from (()) to [[]].
  3. Don't forget CamelCase words that don't have parentheses. Add spaces where appropriate. (e.g. "StrongBadEmail" to "Strong Bad Email".)
  4. Update link destinations so they are compatible with new organization methods (e.g. sbemails that are sub-paged on the old wiki).
  5. Make sure usernames are in the correct form (i.e. User:JoeyDay|JoeyDay)


I think we should scrap the old User Comments pages. Most of them don't contain anything useful or relevant, and with all the usernames we wind up making links to a lot of userspaces that may not exist. What do you guys think? -- InterruptorJones 08:50, 23 Aug 2004 (MST)

I agree. -- Tom 09:10, 23 Aug 2004 (MST)

Original Discussion

Let me know if I'm missing something. -- JoeyDay 12:37, 27 Jul 2004 (MST)

Okay, I haven't been copying the User Comments. I think we might want to put them under a certain defined section heading in the "discussion page" if we are going to copy them. I also haven't been converting usernames. (Actually, I don't think I've come across any...) I mean, we haven't heard from some of these people in a long time... Should we create pages for them? I don't really know how we are going to copy over the userspaces of people that aren't really that active. I mean, they are going to have to register, right? What if they choose "Joey Day" instead of "JoeyDay"? Redirects? Hmm... another thing. They sure better get their aliases and "old usernames" straightened out before they come over here. I don't want them to abuse the redirects. I know it's a solution to the problem that they are all having, but I just don't like the quick fix. It makes it too easy for them to change their username. Bah.
I was thinking we should just copy the informational pages, then let them copy their own userspace and let them figure out how to fit them on one page. This is another good reason (when this happens) to lock the 'Tavi database and stick it somewhere so when somebody shows up in a month and a half, they can still go back and copy something.
Does any of this make sense? -- Tom 07:38, 28 Jul 2004 (MST)
Yeah, this makes sense, but have you realized that sub-pages are allowed in the User namespace? Should we turn that off? -- JoeyDay 10:03, 28 Jul 2004 (MST)
Yeah, I noticed. I saw your note in User talk:JoeyDay/subpages and continued the discussion on them there. Turn 'em off. -- Tom 10:12, 28 Jul 2004 (MST)
I think subpages should be allowed in userspace. On Wikipedia this feature is usually used to store drafts and the like. While I'm sure most of our users would never use it or care about it, I think somebody out there might want it. - furrykef 01:06, 14 Aug 2004 (MST)

I think perhaps we should create an ad-hoc namespace for sbemails. For instance, instead of [[pom pom (email)]] we would type [[sbemail:pom pom|]], which the software will convert to [[sbemail:pom pom|pom pom]] and display like this: pom pom. That way we won't have name conflicts with Pom Pom (character), which could then be renamed Pom Pom. - furrykef 01:11, 14 Aug 2004 (MST)

SBEmails by state

Is this a good idea? Is there a better way (e.g. categories)? Does this violate Once-and-Only-Once? I got the idea from a [forum thread]. -- 19:35, 21 Aug 2004 (MST)

Holy moly. Just realized I wasn't logged in. I'm the one that posted the above comment. --JoeyDay 19:36, 21 Aug 2004 (MST)
Hm. dangeresque 3 is from Ontario. This isn't going to work very well. I think it was a good idea while it lasted, but it needs to be implemented differently. It's too much work. --JoeyDay 19:39, 21 Aug 2004 (MST)
I know you got this idea from the forum just now, but does HRWiki:Once And Only Once apply? But hey, I'm thinking if someone wants to make a page with all the locations each email was sent from, that's cool. Or a page with what the most common words in emails are. (the:157, a:97, crap:37) Or a page of email sender's names. Ya know. But keep them on seperate pages. I wouldn't want 50-something locations listed on the Strong Bad Email main page. -- Tom 20:17, 21 Aug 2004 (MST)


Okay, I got a question. On items that need updating or things that simply need to be added, old comics for example, do we do that ourselves, or let the people do that when we open the wiki back up? I'd give em something to do right off the bat, right? Also, don't we have a page stating things that need to be updated and added? Like, I think Sketchbook needs updating, and Weekly Fanstuff too. Whatchoo guys think? -- AgentSeethroo 08:32, 1 Sep 2004 (MST)

Things that are going to stick around I figure we can leave to the users. Things that disappear after a week (like Sketchbook and Fanstuff) should be POSTERITY'D ASAP. -- InterruptorJones 09:07, 1 Sep 2004 (MST)

Strong Bad Email template

We need some kind of navigation on the individual Strong Bad Email pages. Check out the Wikipedia 2004 Olympics page for an idea of what I'm talking about.

I'm not sure how feasible this is, but it should at least have a link back to the Strong Bad Email page, along with links to the previous and next emails. I'm working on reverse engineering the Template:Olympic_Games on Wikipedia. Let me know if you figure anything out. --JoeyDay 11:32, 13 Sep 2004 (MST)

And for those who missed it... behold: Template:Strong Bad Email. -- Tom 11:36, 21 Sep 2004 (MST)

Most Recent SBEmail

Is this really necessary? I suppose having the date is nice, but isn't that already on the H* updates page? The most recent email is listed at the top of the list. It's not that hard to figure out, is it? --JoeyDay 09:31, 7 Oct 2004 (MST)

I agree. FireBird

Edit concerning current rap

I changed "My name is not normal, but still I rock well!" to "My name is not Norman, but still I rock well!" because he obviously says Norman, because Norman Rockwell was a famous artist. Is this edit okay? Does it make sense? I think it does.

Homsar999 14:40, 8 Nov 2004 (CST)

Me too. --FireBird|Talk

Ditto. And I'm the one that put the misquoted rap there, my bad ;) --Southpaw018 19:35, 8 Nov 2004 (MST)

I've had to fix this several times today. I just added a note in the wikicode to help explain the point: Attention editors that may think that "Norman" should be changed to "normal": Norman Rockwell was an early 20th century American painter. Get it? It's a play on words. See the talk page for details. I hope this helps. -- Tom 20:09, 11 Nov 2004 (MST)

That helps a ton, Tom. I hope that stops the hundreds of edits (not literally, of course) that change Norman back to "normal", while Norman is actually normal! (bad pun) Anyway, like I said before, that helps a lot. Thanks. --Homsar999 00:43, 14 Nov 2004 (CST)

And I just put Strong Bad Email on watch so if it gets changed back to Normal again, I can revert it back.

Homsar999 00:47, 14 Nov 2004 (CST)


Do you think we should have the emails by computer eras as well as name, location etc... By eras i mean like when the 2 computers are destroyed/replaced but i'll have to wait until compy is replaced. Anyways I could easily do it- lemme know what you think -- Asploder

I don't think it's necessary. It would be a bit pointless, since it would essentially be all the e-mails in chronological order. Also, we only have two eras thus far (soon to be three), which really isn't enough. --Upsilon

Ok, good point... -- Asploder

New Email Fun Facts

Notice how new e-mails are just being flooded with new fun facts? It's kind of annoying, since they ususally have already been posted or are just plain stupid. I think we need a standard, but what? I know one thing, and that is that all new fun facts should go at the bottom of the list, so it's easier to check for trolling. But I can't really come up with anything else. Two cents? -- FireBird|Talk

I think it's a good idea, but I don't know if it would combat trolling, because trolls mostly (always) don't follow the rules. They'd probably put their junk in the middle of the fun facts. But I digress. I think it's a good idea. --Homsar999 My Talk Page

My Computer Sucks

Does it mean there's something seriously wrong with my computer if when I go to "sb emails" it still takes to me to the compy menu that went with montage? -Miss Free Country USA

Nope, it usually means you need to hard refresh the page. In both Internet Explorer and Firefox you do that by pressing Ctrl+F5 while you're looking at the sb emails page. If that doesn't work, you may need to clear out your tempoarary internet files. JoeyDay (Talk) 13:42, 30 Nov 2004 (MST)

Hey it worked! Thanks! ^_^

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