From Homestar Runner Wiki
- This article is about the terms regarding the wiki. For the terms regarding the Homestar Runner body of work, see Glossary.
- admin (n.): Short for "administrator". A member of the group of users with special privileges. See bureaucrat, developer, and sysop.
- anonny (n.; pl. anonnies): An anonymous contributor, identified only by an IP address. Less common: a user who forgets to sign his or her talk post. References Anonymous from rock opera. In other areas of the Internet, an anonny is called an anon.
- arg against (n.; abbrev.): "Argument against." An argument to reject a proposed STUFF item.
- arg for (n.; abbrev.): "Argument for." An argument in favor of keeping a proposed STUFF item.
- argument (n.): A persuasive statement used in the STUFF process. Arguments are not conversational, and may be merged or reworded so long as the overall meaning doesn't change.
- bandwidth (n.): The amount of data that can be (or is) transferred between the server and users' computers at a given time.
- block (v.): To prevent a user from editing, based either on the user name, the user's IP address, or both. See also: HRWiki:Blocking Policy
- bot (n.): Short for robot. An automated software program, usually designed to deface or spam; they can also be used beneficially, like GrapeNuts. For a list of HRWiki bots, see list.
- bureaucrat (n.): An admin with more privileges than a sysop. Has the ability to make other users sysops and change people's usernames. For a list of HRWiki bureaucrats, see list.
- cat (abbrev.): Short for category.
- category (n.) A collective group of articles that are organized by a common theme.
- collaborative project (n.) An occasional week-long project focused on cleaning up articles.
- compression artifact (n.) Usually refers to distortion or blur in a compressed image such as a JPEG (JPG).
- consensus (n.) Merriam-Webster defines this as "general agreement"—this need not require a majority of wiki editors, but simply evidence that editors who have chosen to voice an opinion on the matter overall agree that something is of good judgement. This overall agreement is mitigated by the experience and seniority those editors present—the opinion of someone with two years' experience at the wiki is necessarily weighted more heavily than a brand new editor.
- contribs (n.; abbrev.): "Contributions." A user's total edits to the wiki.
- Da Basement (prop n.): The sysop message board, used for major decisions on the wiki, located at HRWiki:Da Basement.
- developer (n.): An admin who can make direct changes to the MediaWiki software and database. For a list of HRWiki developers, see list.
- discussion page (n.; also discussion): See talk page.
- edit conflict (n.): A message that appears when users edit something at the same time.
- edit summary (n.; also edit comment): A summary that shows the user's intent for an edit.
- FA (abbrev.): Short for featured article.
- Fanstuff (prop. n.): fanstuff.hrwiki.org
- featured article (n.): An article that has been or is currently featured on the Main Page.
- Flash (prop. n.): See Macromedia Flash.
- Flash artifact (n.): An animation shortcut seen by viewing the Flash file directly, such as a character missing a limb.
- Flash file (n.): See Macromedia Flash.
- Forum (prop. n.): forum.hrwiki.org
- fun fact (n., oft cap. 'Fun Fact'): A piece of information that is included in a special section on articles, usually toons. The term fun is used even though it is somewhat subjective. Fun facts are further split into explanations, trivia, remarks, goofs, glitches, inside references, real-world references, and (if a subsequent toon has made a reference to the toon in question) fast forward. (There are also some ad hoc categories which are justified on an article-by-article basis; for example, Strong Bad's list of 3-letter words. Goofs and Glitches can also be followed up with Fixed Goofs and Fixed Glitches, respectively, if necessary.) Disputed fun facts are discussed on talk pages, and there is lots of advice for what makes a good fun fact.
- Gnome (n.): See: Wikignome.
- Gnoming (v.): Performing small edits and actions attributed to being a Wikignome.
- history (n.) A chronology of a page's edits.
- HRWiki (n.) 1. The Homestar Runner Wiki. 2. The namespace for pages that pertain to the maintenance of the wiki itself.
- invisi-comment (n.): An invisible comment put in the source code of the page put there by editors. Usually added after questionable information is added and removed several times from the article, or for keeping unused code or formatting on the page for easy reference without having to look for it in the page's history. Made by using
-->around the comment. Also called "HTML comment". See also: Help:Editing.
- IP number (n.): The number that shows the identity of an anonymous contributor. See also: IP address on Wikipedia
- IP range (n.): A collection of IP numbers that are grouped as a block.
- IRC chat channel (n.): The basic means of communication in an established IRC (Internet Relay Chat) session. See also: HRWiki:IRC channel
- KB (abbrev.): Short for Knowledge Base.
- Knowledge Base (n.): A collective term for all the main space articles on the Homestar Runner Wiki. Also used as a term for the entire Homestar Runner Wiki to differentiate from the Fanstuff.
- lurker mode (n.): A state of being when a user only reads and checks for updates on the wiki instead of contributing to it. Usually declared by known users to avoid the perception that they have left the Wiki.
- Macromedia Flash (n.): The animation software used by The Brothers Chaps to create homestarrunner.com. Also refers to the system used to play them over the Internet.
- MediaWiki (prop. n.): The software used by this wiki and many others.
- move (v.): To change the name of a page. Moving a page automatically creates a redirect from the old name to the new name.
- mprotect (v.): To protect an image because it is on the Main Page.
- namespace (n.): A grouping of articles based on their topic. Articles are in the main namespace. User pages are in the user namespace. See Help:Namespaces for a full list.
- [noun]'d (v. past ppl.; also [noun]'ing or [verb]'d; often with one or more exclamation points): An idiomatic verb construction referencing Teen Girl Squad, esp. Arrow'd Guy. For example, stub'd! means to have put a stub template on an article. Revert'd means to have reverted (something).
- NPOV (n. often used as a.): neutral point of view, a standard on this wiki. See HRWiki:Standards.
- orphaned (adj.): Applied to an article or an image not linked to from anywhere else. See also: Special:Lonelypages
- PI (abbrev.) Short for personal image.
- PIA (abbrev.) Short for personal image abandoned.
- PIS (abbrev.) Short for personal image signature.
- personal image (n.) An image that a user can upload and use on their user page. Currently the limit on personal images is two. See also: HRWiki:Personal images
- personal image abandoned (n.) An image that was used on a user page, but was removed and not deleted.
- personal image signature (n.) An image that is used an a user's signature.
- preferences (n.): Settings, for registered users only, that can control personal items such as your signature, theme, and timezone. Changing these does not affect anyone else on the wiki. See also: Special:Preferences
- protect (v.): To lock a page from editing so that only sysops can edit it. A variant of this only protects a page from being moved, but does not restrict editing. See also: HRWiki:Protected page
- RC (abbrev.): Short for Recent Changes.
- Recent Changes (prop. n.): Recent edits on the wiki, found at Special:Recentchanges.
- redirect (n.): A page name that redirects the user to an article. If an article is moved, a redirect will be left behind at its former name to point to the new one; another common use is to direct frequent misspellings or variants of a phrase to the correct article.
- revise (v.; inflected form: revision): To make a major change to the wording of a STUFF item, which is set apart from the original wording in its own section, with its own vote table.
- reword (v.): To make a minor change to the wording of a STUFF item. The wording of an item that is reworded may change significantly, but the overall meaning stays the same.
- rv (v.t.; abbrev.): "Reverted." Used in an edit summary to indicate that the page has been restored to a previous condition as though the next-to-last edit never occurred.
- rv/s (v.t.; abbrev.; also rvs): "Reverted spam." Similar to rv, but used when the edit in question is spamming.
- rv/v (v.t.; abbrev.; also rvv): "Reverted vandalism." Similar to rv, but used when the edit in question is vandalism.
- rm (v.t.; abbrev.): Short for "remove", typically followed by whatever was removed.
- scheduled chat (n.) A set time for people to join a specified channel, due to scarceness of users otherwise. The channel #hrwiki is scheduled on Mondays and Fridays at 2:00–6:00 pm Pacific / 5:00–9:00 pm Eastern.
- seek bar (n.): A bar that can be placed under the toons and used to quickly jump from one part of the toon to another. It also usually count the number of frames and have a pause, rewind and frame-by-frame features. A seek bar can be obtained with Phlip's Greasemonkey Homestar All-In-One script for Firefox users.
- sic: A notice, found often (but not solely) in the form of a comment tag in the transcript of cartoons, stating that there is a purposeful spelling error, and not an error of the transcriber's. This stops future editors from changing the text or word to its "correct spelling".
- sig (n.): A signature used by a user. It may be plain or colored via hexadecimal numbers and may have links to a user's talk page and/or contributions. Also, the subpage where the code for a specialized signature is stored, seen in the form "User:Username/sig".
- sidebar (n.): A frame found on the left side of most wikis. The sidebar may contain useful links such as Navigation, Search, Toolbox, and External. Articles about toons also have links to the subtitle source pages for different languages.
- speedy delete (n.) A notice that shows an article is pending deletion and it doesn't require a consensus.
- stub (n.): A notice that an article needs to be expanded. Also, an incomplete article. Note that a stub is not necessarily short, and a short article is not necessarily a stub.
- STUFF (n.; also the STUFF process or the STUFF page): No longer in use. Originally an acronym for "Select The Usable Fun Facts," HRWiki:STUFF was the place where STUFF items were voted upon for inclusion or exclusion from an article, based on whether a majority agrees they are notable. More often than not, the articles were for toons, usually recent toons.
- STUFF (v.t.; inflected forms: STUFF'd, STUFFing or STUFF'ing): When STUFF was active, to place a STUFF item into the STUFF process.
- STUFF item (n.; also item): A fun-fact candidate. When STUFF was active, a piece of information proposed for inclusion on an article, but whose accuracy or relevancy was in question. The term also refers to the specific section that an item took up on the STUFF page.
- subcategory (n.): A more exclusive category within a bigger one.
- subpage (n.): A separate page that is directly related to its parent page. Formatted as, Page Title/Subpage. Users can have these, depending on their purpose. See also: HRWiki:User space
- sysop (n.) Short for systems operator. An admin who can block and unblock users, delete and undelete pages, protect and unprotect pages, and directly edit protected pages. See also: HRWiki:Sysops. For a list of HRWiki sysops, see list.
- talk page (n.; also talk): A page used to discuss a particular article. Virtually every page in the wiki has a corresponding talk page; it can be found by clicking the "discussion" tab at the top. Instructions to view a talk page are often seen in edit summaries as "see talk." Talk pages are intended to assist in the upkeep of the wiki; conversational discussion should be directed to the Forum.
- TBD (n.): "To Be Discussed." A notice that shows that an article's status (deletion, merging, redirecting, keeping) is pending following discussion.
- TTBD (n.): "Talk To Be Discussed." A notice that the current talk page corresponds to an article whose status (deletion, merging, redirecting, keeping) is pending following discussion.
- template (n.): Some form of device to provide a separation of form or structure from content.
- The Stick (prop. n.): The community portal used by this wiki, found at HRWiki:The Stick. It includes links to committees and other helpful articles. See also the main namespace article on The Stick.
- TOC (n.): "Table Of Contents." Like the alphabetical one at the top of this page, a list of subsections within a page that you can jump directly to.
- transcript (n.): The script and actions of characters in a cartoon.
- troll (n.): One who trolls (see next entry). Also, a vandal (in this sense technically a misnomer).
- troll (v.; inflected form: trolling): To post comments in an Internet community intended to get a negative reaction or to disrupt or inflame a situation. Also, to vandalize (in this sense technically a misnomer).
- TTATOT (n.): "This That And The Other Thing." Applicable when a reference in a toon could refer to one of many similar things. The rule of thumb is that if it could apply to several things, it probably refers to nothing in particular, or to a genre in general.
- upload file (v): A feature that allows users to save files that pertain to the H*R, like images, onto the wiki.
- user (n.): the name for a contributor of a wiki. Users may be logged in or anonymous.
- userboxes (n.): See HRWiki:Userboxes
- user name (n.; also username): The identity of a registered user. See also IP address
- user page (n.; also userpage): A page for identifying a registered user, which often consists of a identifying bit, a brief summary of the user's involvement, and some of the user's favourites.
- user space (n.): A user's user page, user talk page, and subpages taken collectively. See also HRWiki:User space.
- user talk page (n.; also user talk): a member's talk page.
- vandalism (n.): the willful act of harming the wiki
- view source (n.): what non-admins see in place of edit on a protected page
- vote table (n.): The section of a STUFF item where votes are listed. Votes to accept are listed in the first column and votes to decline (reject) are listed in the second column.
- vprotect (v.): To protect a page due to recent vandalism.
- watch (v.): To add a page to your watchlist. This can be done while editing by checking the "Watch this page" box.
- watchlist (n.): A list of pages watched by a user.
- wiki (n.): A website that allows anyone to edit pages.
- Wiki gnome (prop n.): a user that mainly makes minor edits and works behind the scenes to help the wiki move more smoothly.
- wikilink (n.): An internal link to a page inside the wiki.
- Wikipedia (n.) A multilingual Web-based free-content encyclopedia.
- wiki way (n.): Refers to the general philosophies of a wiki taken as a whole, usually including ease of access and non-exclusive membership.
- XML (n.): Extensible Markup Language. XML is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language for creating special-purpose markup languages.