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[edit] More general "out of the frame" rule proposal

I've seen a lot of fun facts floating around that to me seem analogous to the outside-the-frame facts that we usually delete with a vengeance. Most of them involve a seek bar in some way, or using the right-click menu (by viewing the swf directly or on pages that don't have it disabled). I suggest that the standards for glitches be changed to include something like:
Glitches which occur in such a way that they cannot be seen during normal viewing (for example they happen outside the frame, or need a seek bar) are usually not notable. However if something happens that can only be accessed in this way, but is intentional, or otherwise adds something to the article, then it should be mentioned as a Remark.
Probably would need some rewording before (and if) becoming official, but it gets my point across... the idea is that this would remove all the facts like:
  • (The canonical) If you view the flash file, String Bad has no body, just a head!
  • If you use a seek bar to skip some initialisation, things aren't initalised properly (such as the "Undefined.Undefined" level in Stinkoman 20X6)
  • Anything involving RMB->Pause or RMB->Play
  • Anything involving the Stinkoman 20X6 Cheat Program, or any other tool that makes things happen in ways they weren't intended to.

However it would still allow facts like:

  • Moving the mouse over "Store" lots and then over "Downloads" doesn't work properly on Main Page 22 (uses only the controls avaliable in the flash file itself, so comes under "normal viewing")
  • The moustacioed Homestar in Senorial Day (clearly intentional)
  • The dancing headless Homestar in mile ("otherwise adds something to the article")

It probably needs rewording, such specifying what "normal viewing" and "adds something to the article" mean, but the spirit of the proposal is there, even if the letter is imperfect. Your thoughts? --phlip TC 13:16, 15 October 2005 (UTC)

If noone has any objections I'll take the axe to Stinkoman 20X6 Glitches, which is full of things like this... --phlip TC 09:15, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
Sounds pretty good Philip. -- Tom 17:52, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Standardize "The Cheat Noises"

My attention was drawn to Lookin at a Thing in a Bag by an anonny disagreeing with another over what it sounded like The Cheat was saying. Now I've seen in various transcript edits a trend to "not put words in The Cheat's mouth" and simply transcribe as "The Cheat noises." This is not universally implemented, though; there are lots and lots of instances of things like {The Cheat squeaks, it sounds like...}. I'm not sure I'd advocate reducing everything to "The Cheat noises;" in some instances his noise really sounds strikingly like some phrase, enough to note; also variations such as "The Cheat noises in the affirmative" or "The Cheat squeaks softly" (lady...ing) are good. But we seriously need to fix some.
Also, should they be:
THE CHEAT: {The Cheat noises} ... or simply insert it within the flow of other characters' dialogue?

Oh, and one other thing: the colon is bold along with the name, as above, right? That needs to be changed on Lookin at a Thing in a Bag too. —AbdiViklas 00:56, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

Almost all of the cases should be "The Cheat noises" or "The Cheat squeaks" or similar. I do believe that there does exist that tiny fraction where it actually sounds like he's saying something. But these cases are quite rare. Also notable are the instances where he was translated courtesy of the "Learn to Speak The Cheat" Easter egg. I like when we can add something to indicate his mood or tone of voice, as you mentioned. Finally, other characters get their own line of text when they speak. Why not The Cheat? — It's dot com 01:14, 16 October 2005 (UTC)
Cool. If no one objects, I'll make this my little project. —AbdiViklas 01:16, 16 October 2005 (UTC)
Also, when the colons aren't bold faced, that's an error of the transcriber. The colons need to be boldfaced. - Joshua
Thanks! I'm doing that too as I encounter them. —AbdiViklas 01:47, 16 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Ignored Rule

If a character does something while speaking a line of dialogue, or if more description is needed for their manner of speaking or inflection (e.g. if they're singing or whispering) the action (if it is not too long to describe in a few words) can be enclosed in curly braces — { } — and made italic, like this: {goes to the refrigerator}. Note that the curly braces themselves are also italic. Short actions like these do not need to be proper sentences.

The bold rule is probably one of the most ignored rules ever. Go through the various transcripts and you'll see tons of examples of long in-dialogue actions, some of which don't even relate to the speaker. This problem needs to be fixed, but it's way too big for me to do alone. (Here is an extreme example of this problem.) - Joshua 14:18, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

I put this in projects, because that's probably where it belongs. - Joshua 14:54, 17 October 2005 (UTC)
That's fine, but does anybody read that page? You should delete it from either here or there, to avoid duplicating the discussion. — It's dot com 15:04, 17 October 2005 (UTC)
I'm not sure. It belongs in Projects, but I don't think anyone reads that page either, because it is so outdated, and many of the projects aren't done. - Joshua 15:29, 17 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Sig standards

I realize it's partly my fault for teaching people how to use templates for their sigs and adding an icon to my own sig, but things are starting to really get out of hand. For starters, I propose we restrict images to one 16 x 16 image per sig. If enough people are against images altogether, I don't mind complying and removing my image. Secondly, I think we should prohibit sup and sub tags in sigs altogether. Third, should we have restrictions on the number of colors people are allowed to use in their sigs, or should we prohibit colors all together? Fourth, should we restrict length? I'm not sure how we could police this one since length depends mostly on a person's username. Just some ideas. Talk amongst yourselves. — wikisig.gif Joey (talk·edits) 23:13, 19 October 2005 (UTC)

Just for reference, I'd like to point out the Fanstuff Wiki encountered a similar problem a while back. Information can be found here, along with a link to the rules that were made regarding it. - Joshua 01:55, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
I'd just like to clarify, these sig standards don't apply to anything sig-like on user page/talk page/sub pages that aren't a sig template. A prime example of a possible conflict would be Wilbur's user sig. As a bonus, anybody who would like to showcase their denied sig could still do so on their userpage. Thunderbird 02:58, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Image

  • Don't mind them, as long as they're small. And even though I like H*C's cat, I think the images should be static, not animated. — It's dot com
  • A small one. one that do not highens the line above it in normal text. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 23:36, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Keep it to < 16px. Larger images get out of hand. — Lapper (talk) 23:54, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • I like a small image in a sig; it makes people quickly identifiable. I would propose a guideline of 20x20 instead of 16x16. JoeyDay's sig icon is 19px high and it looks just fine to me. Personally I don't mind animated images ;) but if they annoy other people then we could disallow them. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 18:53, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
  • 20 pixels is fine. Animated images, to me, are fine now, but may have a tendency to get out of hand in the future. I think that animated gifs should be turned into png versions, so that the image is preserved, but it doesn't get distracting. — Lapper (talk) 11:12, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Oh, I didn't realize my image was that big. I revise my original proposal. 20 x 20 should be good. — wikisig.gif Joey (talk·edits) 22:06, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
  • I think images are fine as long as they don't stretch the line of text too high and low. Animated ones don't bug me, as long as they aren't flashy. (For example, H*C's pic is fine to me.) - Joshua 02:00, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Animated ones are fine. Just limit one image per sig, and limit size (maybe something from 20 to 30 pixels). «Rob» 13:15, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Remove sup/sub

  • Agree. — It's dot com
  • Don't mind. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 23:36, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • They interfere with above/below text. Remove. — Lapper (talk) 23:54, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
    • What browser are you using? My sig doesn't affect line spacing for me... --phlip TC 00:46, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
      • It isn't necessarily that the line spacing is affected, just that they crowd the line above or below. At least, that's how they show up on mine. — It's dot com
        • Actually, on mine, Phlip, I use Safari, and to me the spacing in this <h3> is normal except for the line where your sig is. — Lapper (talk) 21:09, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
          • Could you look at this (permanant link to the current Sandbox, since it could very well change soon) to see which lines have the spacing messed up? Are the ones faked with <span> ok? If they are, I'll change my sig to use them instead... --phlip TC 22:29, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
            • I seriously don't see anything wrong with them. We should have a limit to the number of characters in the tags though. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 22:39, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
            • Every line in that example sandbox page has extra padding either above or below in Firefox. What browser are you using Phlip? — wikisig.gif Joey (talk·edits) 23:08, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
              • Firefox. And they all look fine to me (well, if you're being picky, there's maybe 1px here or there, but nothing that you'd notice in flowing text... and some of that is probably rounding errors anyway...[1]) --phlip TC 00:02, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
                • All the line spacing looks (mostly) uniform to me. My point earlier was not that the spacing is messed up by the sup/sub, but that the sub from one line often collides with the sup from another. — It's dot com
  • Sups and subs don't bother me at all. - Joshua 02:00, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Agreed. Allow sups and subs. «Rob» 10:39, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Colors

  • Do not prohibit. Neutral about whether there should be a limit on the number of colors. — It's dot com
  • Limit to 3 or 4 colors. differant tones of the same color (i.e. dark green and light green) count as one color. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 23:36, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Colors should clearly contrast with the white background. (i.e. Bright yellow should not be allowed) — Lapper (talk) 23:54, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • No limit on colors unless signature is unreadable on white. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 18:54, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Speaking of that, some people have tried using backgrounds other than white. We should insist on white backgrounds with no borders. — It's dot com
      • I agree. Before you (or someone) interfered, User:GWR 2004's signature was a bit out of hand with borders. — Lapper (talk) 21:09, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
    • No borders, no special backgrounds, no unreadable or otherwise annoying colors. Other than that, I'm fine with them. - Joshua 02:00, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Do not prohibit, but no annoying colours. If someone feels that the colours in someone's sig are annoying, they can advise that person on their user talk page. «Rob» 10:40, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Just what constitutes an annoying color? Out of the limited number of hex codes to create a color, how many of them are annoying? I R F 13:40, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
      • The most annoying color (really, the only one I've ever seen) is bright yellow, which is all but completely unreadable. — It's dot com
        • Heh, that used to be my color. But yea, I agree. It shouldn't be a problem too often, and I'm sure if it ever does come up that one user wants a near unreadable color, a comprimise can be reached. But I would limit it to no more than 3 color changes in a sig, regardless of whether it's the same or not. eg: red, blue, green would be allowed, but red, blue, red, blue, green, red, green, blue would not. The rainbow sigs are flashy and childish, IMO. Thunderbird 02:41, 26 October 2005 (UTC)

Allow any color so long as it does not pose a usability issue. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:37, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Length restrictions

  • Need to find a way to calculate how much is too much. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 23:36, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
  • No longer than the number of characters in the entire user name, plus a few. — Lapper (talk) 23:54, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
This is the problem. how many is a few? Elcool (talk)(contribs) 23:59, 19 October 2005 (UTC)
I personally think Lapper's is the perfect maximum length after the user name. — It's dot com
I'd say a good standard to use would be the length of a timestamp. I count 29 characters there. Maybe a little shorter would work. 20 or 25 maybe?. -- Tom 01:11, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
Also, see Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Sign your posts on talk pages#Customizing your signature for some ideas. -- Tom 01:13, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
There's also the problem with people using large fonts to make their sig much wider than it should be with only their name. Homestar Coderhomestar-coder-sig.gif 18:55, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
I agree with Tom on that one. 20 characters should be the absolute longest. Besides, usernames themselves longer than 20 characters are somewhat rediculous. — Lapper (talk) 21:09, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
I don't think we should measure any length restriction in characters, rather in pixels on a "normal" display. This is because (1) the fonts are proportional (2) someone can always use style="font-size:10000%" or something, (3) this will also take into acount the image icon thingies. --phlip TC 22:40, 20 October 2005 (UTC)
  • The fanstuff uses Username + 6 large characters or 12 small characters, images counting as large characters. That works for me. - Joshua 02:00, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
    • Yep, the rules regarding sig lengths (which was the main reason why those rules were introduced to the fanstuff wiki, because some sigs were a whole line) at the fanstuff wiki should work fine here. Also, text larger than "normal" size (the default size that the wiki uses) should be the limit of how big you can have the text in your sig. «Rob» 10:39, 21 October 2005 (UTC)
  • Some of these sigs are three and four times the length of the user's name. I propose that an entire signature—including the name, image, and links (if any)—should fit into a box 20 x 160 pixels under normal settings: suggested signature size (20 n's will fit in that box, but you can fit upwards of 25 normal-size letters, spaces, and other characters, depending on certain things). I started measuring signatures on the STUFF page, and nearly everybody's fits into it. I think if a name is so long that you can't put a talk link after it and still fit it in the box, then maybe you should omit the link. Or if someone's trying to fit "(talk about my stuff • all the things I did)," but it won't fit, reduce it to "(talk • edits)." Using <small> is also an option, as long as it's not too small. — It's dot com
    • No one has posted to this discussion in a little bit, so I thought I would bring it up again. Here is an image of all the current signatures. You probably will need to click on the image to enlarge it. The gray line is my suggested width of 160px. I don't think going over the line just a few pixels is that bad, but on the other hand some of them are quite long. Check out the one near the bottom. — It's dot com 22:36, 4 November 2005 (UTC)
      • Wow, thanks for the image, dot com. That's very helpful. I mentioned this in IRC yesterday, but I'll say it here so everyone else can hear it. I really think 25 n's would be better. Somewhere around 200px. That includes a few more people that are straying outside of 160px, while still giving no excuse for the really long folks. I just don't want anyone to accuse us of being unreasonable. — wikisig.gif Joey (talk·edits) 17:41, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Make it official?

So... is this debate ongoing, or can some official sig standards be written and added to the page now? Recently I was trying to find such standards for a user with a long sig and couldn't; Rogue Leader finally directed the user to this talk page. If we have "standards," they shouldn't be on a talk page, should they? And if we're delaying because it's still under discussion than... let's build a fire under it. —AbdiViklas 20:04, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

I got a fancy signature (User:Nerd42/sig I would like to be able to use. I've put it on all the wikis that I am a member of that allow signatures. I'd be for the No Images policy, but I don't see why colors should be a problem. Length - well, as you can see from mine, I'm not that concerned LOL but if it takes up more than one line on a page, that would be a huge problem. Other than that, I don't see why people think they have to regulate everything ... I think any such policy ought to be worded using phrases like "within reason" and if someone's signature actually becomes disruptive to the site, then admins could deal with that on a case-by-case basis, don't you think? --NERD42  email  talk   h²g²  pedia  uncyc  18:30, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

Even if we did have a "within reason" policy, I think your current sig would be one of the ones that we would deem disruptive and would deal with. Also, it looks like User:Thunderbird L17 is currently dealing with it on what I would call a case-by-case basis on your talk page. -- Tom 20:02, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
Alright, I think it's gone on long enough, that we can make a final version. I've left a rough suggested final version below, for anybody to edit, until it's ready to be put into motion. Should we explain how to template your sig? Also wording could be made more professional, and the size point should be clarified, as it seems as though the size was never decided upon. Should it perhaps be made a bit bigger? I also added a suggested point that wasn't really discussed at all, but specifically with pages like this, I think it could become a problem in the near future. So what does everybody think? Thunderbird 21:30, 6 January 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Signatures (Final Version)

See HRWiki:Signature for the current signature standards.

 
One thing I think we might want to do is put somewhere, maybe Help:Signature or whatever, is that using Special:Preferences and changing the "Nickname" field to what you want your sig to be is much more preferred than using the a template. Then again, I know many people do not want to look at three lines worth of code for someone's sig whenever they click "edit" on a talk page. I suppose we're a bit late for that though, with such widespread use.
Additionally, creating a template sig is not something a new user should be instructed to do as soon as they join. It most cases, it's not necessary to use a template. -- Tom 22:33, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
That's true. As long as it's a somewhat small code, you may as well stick to the usual box. The one problem with that is for users such as this one, who like their signature to be uniformed, and yet also changable, which is quite understandable. Thunderbird 22:41, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
Thanks, Tom; yes, we should make it clear that it's perfectly alright not to make a custom sig at all; that'll probably head off a lot of problems at the pass. A few thoughts:
  1. What's up with the limitation on sig changes? I can imagine it could get confusing, and hard to recognize people once you've gotten used to a certain sig configuration, but I can't really think of any other detrimental effects. At least, I can't think of any reason not to say "shouldn't be frequent" instead of "only once or twice a year".
  2. What constitutes a "distracting" but non-animated image? Might be good to spell out.
  3. There's already step-by-step directions for how to implement a custom sig at Help:Signature; this should link to there and—especially—vice versa! —AbdiViklas 22:48, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
  1. You pretty much spelled out the problems yourself. It became a big enough problem over at the Forum to require change locking. We don't want the same thing to happen here.
  2. We can't list every possible image that would apply, but it's safe to say that if such an image exists, a user will come up with it. By saying "no distracting images", it leaves it open to our judgement just what abuses the privilages. In general though, I'm sure most will be allowed.
  3. We're still discussing that, we'll most likely change that page and link to this, line them all up, etc, once these standards are done and ready to implement.
Hope that answers your questions, Abdi. Viklas. notstrongorbad. Watered down. Thunderbird 22:58, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
I changed it from "one or two" to "a couple", which is about the same except with a little more wiggle room. When I was talking about "distracting", I was actually trying to leave room for a non-distracting animated image while giving a justification for asking someone to remove their distracting animated image. But I suppose there could be a distracting static image, too. — It's dot com 23:41, 6 January 2006 (UTC)
One last thing: Should the examples with the arrows be reversed? Or is that just me? -- Tom 21:47, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
It's not just you. I think it makes more sense reversing them from what they are now. Thunderbird 21:51, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
These standards were implemented and moved to HRWiki:Signature at 22:09, 14 January 2006 (UTC) Thunderbird 22:09, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
The nicknames and usernames should not have been switched: "If you use a shortened or altered form of your official name, it must be something that suggests your username." Dot com must suggest It's dot com, not the other way around. — It's dot com 01:19, 15 January 2006 (UTC)

Please post any further discussion on this subject on HRWiki talk:Signature.

[edit] Transcript Question

Why do we script Homestar as 'Homestar Runner' in transcripts? I mean all the characters and the creators refer to him as just Homestar, shouldn't we treat 'Runner' as like a last name and just call him Homestar? The Pardack

Simply because Homestar Runner is his full name. It's just proper. Homestramy20|Talk 17:12, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
And quite a bit of the time in running text we will say "Homestar Runner" on first mention and then "Homestar" thereafter. The only place we spell it out every time is the label when he's speaking dialogue. — It's dot com 17:17, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Plus, TBC get kinda capricious about last names. By the above argument, Strong Bad should just be Strong, but we've never heard that. Marzipan has been referred to as "Miss Pan," but the Poopsmith has never (thankfully) been "Mr. Smith." This has helped lead to the current discrepency in The Ugly One's name; according to comic she'd have to be Joy, Jennifer, or Virginia, but a logical extension of Issue 10 would imply that it's "The." None of it's written in stone. —AbdiViklas 17:53, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Maybe the girls' names are Joy Cheerleader, Kristen So and So, Jennifer What's Her Face, and Virginia The Ugly One. Mrs. So and So-erson's maiden name was Erson, and she has chosen to hypenate upon marrying Mr. So and So. — It's dot com 18:29, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Also, I think Strong Bad's given name is Bad, and he would be rightly called Mr. Strong in that case. Since the Brothers Strong share the name Strong, it's only reasonable that Strong is their surname. — It's dot com 18:31, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Yup. (Maybe they're Asian!) But he doesn't correct the interviewer who calls him "Mr. Bad" in the Screen Savers Interview. —AbdiViklas 18:52, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Not all that different from a kid calling a camp counselor Mr. Joe (Dr. Joe), Mr. Smiley (ran our college cafeteria) or even Mr. Ed. :) Ok so college students count as kids, right? --Stux 19:15, 24 October 2005 (UTC)
Why do I fell like I opened a Pandora's Box? Anyway so what if it's his full name. In the DVD transcript we don't call the creators Mike Chapman and Matt Chapman we just call them Mike and Matt how is Homestar different The Pardack
By the way, we are inconsistent on this last point. — It's dot com 06:18, 26 October 2005 (UTC)
Also, it's a convention of Southern etiquette (with roots in slavery) that the "Mr./Miss [first name]" construction is perfectly polite. You run into it every now and then with the Ya-Ya Sisterhood types, Southern belles on Celebrex. As Georgians, the phenomenon is probably not foreign to TBC's experience. —AbdiViklas 00:39, 27 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Make decisions on the wiki

The following discussion was from a talk page for a now deleted template. It has been copied here because it illustrates an important point: namely, if you make an important decision outside the wiki (for example, in the IRC channel), you must have the same discussion on the wiki so that everyone may participate, and no formal action should be taken until that happens.

When was this article [the "Powered by The Cheat" template] voted on deletion? I tried looking around but found no discussion (and I don't remember voting for it in the Basement either (er where can I link to that too?) --Stux 17:41, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

It hasn't ever been voted for deletion, as it was created just recently. The question is, should it? —BazookaJoe 17:42, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Well, stux, the discussion was on the IRC channel of the wiki. It included: Lapper, BazookaJoe, Rogue Leader, FireBird and myself. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 17:44, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
We're thinking just like the Toons, Shorts, and OldTimey templates were deleted, so should this be. People can just navigate through the category and the article itself. —BazookaJoe 18:02, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Oh. Is it possible that you could post a transcript of said discussion? While I agree that the IRC channel is a great place for discussion, making decisions such as these should not be considered final in that medium for users (like me) that do not frequent the channel. (It also does not have the permanence that a talk page has which can be later referenced to.) That way the entire Wiki community is given a decent chance to contribute. As for deletion, I am not sure, this template is not as general as the other two. Like my opinion for old timey it could be cleaned up. I really have mixed feelings about it. In general, I think templates like these make navigating through themes a lot easier than going through categories (such as the main characters), provided they are not overboard. Newer, shorter templates that replace the deleted ones might prove to be useful. --Stux 19:30, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
That's why I haven't deleted it yet. —BazookaJoe 19:47, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Stux, the idea of deletion was agreed upon by 5 respected users. We have been using the categories for a long time. Why stop now. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 19:45, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

Here is the transcript form the chat:

<BazookaJoe`> I was going to fix {{PbtC}}
<BazookaJoe`> Crap, should we even keep {{PbtC}}?
<FireBird> Not if we've gotten rid of {{shorts}}.
<Elcool> and {{toons}} and {{Old-Timey))
<BazookaJoe`> sigh...
<BazookaJoe`> Then I won't fix it up.
<BazookaJoe`> We'll throw it onto the pile.
<FireBird> Aww.
<Lapper> how's that?
<Lapper> Guys?
<BazookaJoe`> I think I'm just going to delete {{pbtc}} outright.
<BazookaJoe`> But... eh, some people might like it.
<BazookaJoe`> no, they won't
<BazookaJoe`> here I am going back and forth on this one.
<Rogue_Leader> please delete Toons, old timey, and shorts though
<Elcool> just let me get the code first. ok?
<BazookaJoe`> Will do.
<FireBird>Elcool: If nobody likes the delete, we can always back it up.
<BazookaJoe`> are {{toons}}, {{shorts}}, and {{Old-Timey}} deleted yet? if not, can you tell me when you've put the code up on /templates?
<Rogue_Leader> they arent
<Rogue_Leader> I think Elcool already transfered the code
<Elcool> yeah.
<Elcool> everything is cool
<BazookaJoe`> Okay. No one needs the templates anymore, then?
<Lapper> So are all the templates declined in voting going down?
<Lapper> Yeah, Elcool just backed up {{pbtc}}.
<Rogue_Leader> yeah
<Rogue_Leader> Two temps still need voting on

Elcool (talk)(contribs) 19:55, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

One thing I seriously dislike about that conversation is that 4 people think that they represent the opinions of the entire wiki. One person saying that, "No they [the entire wiki] won't [like it]," is not considered a consensus. Also, why was every instance of this template removed, even when it is still pending deletion? - KookykmanImage:kookysig.gif(t)(c)(r)
For the same reason a fun fact is removed (even if it's a good one) if it's on STUFF. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 21:03, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
First of all, thank you for posting a copy of your transcript and for not deleting the template outright. However, with all due respect, I must agree with Kookyman's comment. The deletion was not voted inside the wiki, but rather in a forum outside the wiki. Not all of the usual contributors has chimed in on this deletion (even if it's similar to the previous deltions) -- this is not the same situation, in my opinion, as when STUFF'd items are closed and subsequently deleted. Moreover, Kookyman makes a good point: the template has been removed from all the articles it served before what I believe to be a proper consensus was reached. Not that creating the template in the first place was a consensus, but it was done in good faith, to serve a good purpose. I assume this deletion was also done in good faith, and to serve a good purpose, but I think this has to be finalized through the proper channels that have already been established in this wiki. --Stux 21:14, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
I agree that the IRC wasn't the best place to discuss this, but we wanted a consensus upon it before we put up the tags. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 21:24, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

Two noteworthy things here: First, anytime you have an extrawiki discussion where you make a decision—chat, email, phone call, wherever—you must go to the appropriate talk page and have the same discussion, to allow everyone to participate. And that's all I have to say about that. Second, I don't see what benefit this template would give that would justify keeping it. It's basically just a rehash of the category, and the pages it contains just share that one loose thread. — It's dot com 21:43, 22 October 2005 (UTC)

We are not denying that what we did is right. We were just discussing about the wiki and we believed that the template was useless. We were not going to out right delete it. We were simply going to put up the tags to see if anyone would mind. Please note that we do not have it put up for speedy delete. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 21:49, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
I'm not saying anybody's denying anything. Since most of this page has been about the procedure instead of whether this template should be deleted or not, I felt it important to comment first on that. That's all. — It's dot com 21:58, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Ok. Now, about the template. We have a category. We don't need an extention on that. We seriously need a standard on templates. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 21:59, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
A good guideline would be that templates are made to order lists in non-alphabetical order, while categories can do only that. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 22:02, 22 October 2005 (UTC)
Or to exclude parts of the category. The strongbad_email.exe template only needs the different discs, but the category includes much more than that. — It's dot com 00:20, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
I like that idea very much! Kind of what I was thinking (sorta) -- like have this template have "powered by the cheat" items only (a.k.a. those under the powered by the cheat button), and the old timey could've had only their main characters. That way people would be looking at, say old-timey homestar (or fhqwa.. oh I won't even try!) and then think "oh i wanna look at old timey strong bad!" and have to click once on the template to get there without having to go through the category or the old timey page itself. (We web surfers are a lazy bunch ain't we!?) For more involved things (a.k.a minor items/characters/details), they can use the category of course! I figured it would be defined as a convenient complement, not a replacement, to the category system (as it already has served itself to be). Not only that, it's good looking too! (Wow, my messages are only getting longer and longer.) --Stux 00:45, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
It would already be linked there. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 00:51, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
It would already be linked where? you mean the page, or the category? --Stux 00:54, 23 October 2005 (UTC).

The page. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 00:55, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

Oh, I checked it out and noticed that that may not always be the case. For example old timey Homestar doesn't link to old timey stwong baad. --Stux 01:10, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
That is sad. But I do not think that we need another template for old timey characters. Or am I reading this incorrectly? Rogue Leader / (my talk) 01:11, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
Maybe so, but it does link to Category:Old-Timey Characters, which links to way more information that you'd want to put on a template. Which is the point, I believe. --phlip TC 03:40, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
True. Very true. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 03:42, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
Rogue, What do you refer to by "that is sad"? And yes, it is the point, I am trying to play devil's advocate here a little. --Stux 04:09, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
That there is no link on the page to Strong Bad. Ok, this is not the place to discuss templates. Let us focus on this template. I doubt the usefulness of this. If this is kept, and I think that is a big if, this will need some huge cleaning. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 14:15, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
You could always just take off the "Somewhat PbtC" listing.
You really just have to look at the category and you will see all of these links. Even Somewhat PBTC. This is really not needed. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 14:22, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
I still have mixed feelings about the template. My question is: is Powered by the Cheat important enough to merit a table to facilitate navigation (much in the same way Main Characters, Limozeen and Decemberween do)? --Stux 18:14, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
I think the problam here, that there is no connection to all the toons, exept for the fact the The Cheat made them. not lie Cheat commandos or Strong Bad Emails. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 18:19, 23 October 2005 (UTC)
I beg to differ. They have their own section in the toons menu, and share many characteristics that reflect The Cheat's personality as presented in its description page. --Stux 18:24, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

No, Elcool is right. There is a huge differfence between New Boots and mile. The only thing that it shows that relates to the chorts personality is that he has a huge ego. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 18:37, 23 October 2005 (UTC)

That is fine. I don't see the differences as big as you do, and I seem to be the only one that thinks as such. They have been deemed big enough that this merits removal, so by all means, go ahead. --Stux 21:24, 24 October 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Guestbooks

Moved to HRWiki:Guestbooks

[edit] deletion policy?

Who decides what gets deleted and when around here? Most wikis have deletion policies. This one just seems to have a template ... but that's it. If admins are just going to DELETED stuff without votes, why have the template in the first place? --NERD42  email  talk   h²g²  pedia  uncyc  00:10, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

There is a vote. People post why or why not it should be kept on the talk page, if it's valid enough. --DorianGray
And then after around a week or two, a qualified admin will look at all of the arguments, see what the general consensus is, and take appropriate action, either by removing the tempate or deleting the page. these two are good examples of heated discussion between deletion and acceptance of a page, that was finally accepted. Thunderbird 00:20, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
seems pretty subjective to me. this is the most up-tight wiki I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few. --NERD42  email  talk   h²g²  pedia  uncyc  00:26, 5 February 2006 (UTC)
FYI, The Timeline article has been restored as dicussion has not yet concluded. It had been removed by accident. --Stux 02:51, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Cheat Noises

I'm not really sure where to put this, but here goes. There should be a standard term for Cheat noises. Are they squeaks? Cheat noises? The Cheat noises? I've seen these and maybe more on this site. What I'm basically saying is that is should be consistent. I'm against calling them squeaks (they're not shrill enough), though an onomatopoea would be helpful. Often, it's a "meh" or "nmeweh." The closest he gets to squeaking is when he blows up or flies (like when Strong Mad throws him in Happy Fireworks), though that's more like a "mweeeeeeeee...." Okay, I'm starting to feel like Clancy. I don't care, just get his noises a name. Uh...Cwapface 05:20, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

That's a good point. From what I've seen, "The Cheat noises" is the most common thing, and it seems like the best choice to me, because it covers the gamut of sounds he makes. That's what I would propose. Heimstern Läufer 05:23, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
The Manual of Style says to write {The Cheat noises}, and it also says "more can be added to the stage directions to indicate emotion or other actions" (so {angry The Cheat noises} is acceptable.) Granted, I wrote that rule, but it's still good to have a standard. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 05:32, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
PS. This very same discussion (dated in October) is seen above, although the Manual of Style had no such recommendation at the time. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 05:33, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
Ah, so we already have a standard for it. Then we can implement it. Oh, and by the way, I think this discussion's topic is slightly different from the one above, which seemed to concern the issue of putting words in The Cheat's mouth. Heimstern Läufer 05:42, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
Okay, fair point. But, yes, we do technically have a standard. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 05:44, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
However I have to point out that The Brothers Chaps have remarked that they always record new The Cheat noises in nearly every cartoon. Therefore in some special cases, what The Cheat is trying to say is understandable, in some cases obvious. When that happens then that can also be noted. one example is here, look at the last Easter Egg of the list. Thunderbird 06:22, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
In that case, yes, because it's a reference. But, for the most part, where does the line get drawn. I've seen cases where some people would hear The Cheat noises and thing Teh C. was saying one thing, while others would swear he was saying some other thing, while yet others wouldn't hear any English at all. --Jay o'Lantern (Haunt) 06:25, 21 February 2006 (UTC)
Perhaps create STCTCN (Select The Correct The Cheat Noise)? I dunno, I'm going to bed. When you start understanding The Cheat, you know you've been around H*R too much. Thunderbird 06:28, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Debuts

See, everyone's been telling me only Characters have Debut noted. What else goes on the list? What's off the list? Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 19:57, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

I don't see why places can't have debuts, and I've seen many articles that support this. Actually, however, I'm not sure why we list debuts at all. The lists are in chronological order. Wouldn't the first toon in the list be the debut by definition? — It's dot com 20:12, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
True, but by marking Debut, not only do we clearly show that it is a chronological list, but we show wheather it goes oldest to newest, or newest to oldest. Thunderbird 00:19, 15 March 2006 (UTC)
Adding that our Manual of Style currently says to indicate debut if it is "a character, place, or item". Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 00:39, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Other standards

This page of standards describe how should a toon be formatted, but what about other pages? We need a page instructing users to use mdashes on lists, how to caption an images correctly, how to format songs and visuals page, etc. This is so that if a user makes a mistake, we can reffer him or her to the right page for more info. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 08:52, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Good idea. It could probably be added to HRWiki:Manual of Style. (See Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Manual of Style for ideas on expanding.) -- Tom 09:03, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

[edit] When TBC fix things

I think we need to give TBC credit when they fix things. (And who knows, maybe they fix things by reading the wiki.) It seems petty to forever point something out as being wrong when they have taken the time to correct it. There are two test cases: candy product → Fixed Goofs and Podstar Runner → Fixed Glitches. — It's dot com 05:28, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, good point. And Random Toon also had some good fixes. -- Tom 10:22, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Notable Flash artifacts

See Talk:Luau Main Page

[edit] "Waiting eggs" Redux

It seems whenever this comes up that the issue usually gets glossed over... after seeing recent edits about this on Easter egg I thought I'd bring it up again...

Events that occur after a pause after The Paper comes down are considered Easter eggs by TBC. They call them "waiting eggs". They are every bit as hidden as the clicking eggs – I know I personally only found out about them by leaving the process running for a bit longer while I did other things, and heard Strong Bad start talking again. Just because they're hidden behind a pause instead of a mouseclick means nothing. I'd wager many people will click the "back" link as soon as it appears and the movement stops, and be none the wiser. Also, we consider Secret Song to be an Easter Egg, and few people would disagree – however it is arguably more noticable than other waiting eggs, because at least you can see the "Play" light is still lit on your CD player, whereas in an email it looks exactly like it has finished when it reaches the waiting egg.

As for what Strong Bad says in bottom 10, it can be taken either way – either he's saying that waiting eggs aren't real Easter eggs, or it's a joke of having him say there's no Easter eggs in an Easter egg.

As for how to transcribe them... I do believe that it reads better to have the waiting eggs at the bottom of the transcript, rather than in the ==Easter Eggs== section. However, for the purposes of fun facts (such as property of ones being the last egg-free email) they should be considered Easter eggs, and if moving the transcripts into the ==Easter Eggs== section would alleviate confusion then so be it.

If there's no real discussion, and no reasons why we shouldn't consider them Easter eggs, I'll go through and make the requisite changes myself... I'm sick of there being all talk and no action. --phlip TC 14:37, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

For it to be an egg, it would need to be a noticeable pause. For example, if Strong Bad says something immediately after the paper, with no pause or the slightest of pauses, that should not be considered hidden. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 14:59, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
So things like the IM conversation at the end of i she be would not be considered an Easter egg. I agree with that, because it's almost impossible not to notice the scene changing to The Cheat's computer room. However, I also think that things like the process, bottom 10, theme park and boring (really) should be considered Easter eggs, as for many people, they are just as hard to find as clicking Easter eggs, and possibly even harder. I mean, who leaves the toon on for 15 seconds, expecting something to happen while they wait? Before I knew about the Wiki, I know I sure didn't. To make a long story short, I agree with all of Phlip's points, and the fact that TBC themselves refer to them as Easter eggs should, in my mind, make this decision a no-brainer. Has Matt? (talk) 15:12, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
I have thought that waiting eggs should be considered true Easter eggs for over six months now. If we don't want to move the transcripts to the Easter egg sections, we should at least make a "see waiting egg above" note or something. — It's dot com 17:49, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
I also think that leaving the waiting eggs in the transcripts is a bit easier to read. I'd also support the "see waiting egg above" note if we decided to go with that. -- Tom 18:51, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
So, does this sound good?
Things that happen if you wait awhile after the toon has "ended" should be transcribed at the end of the transcript, with a brief mention in the Easter eggs section reading "This toon/email/etc has a "waiting egg", see the Transcript for details."
--phlip TC 18:08, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. -- Tom 20:29, 15 April 2006 (UTC)
It guess it's a decent compromise, but I'd personally prefer it to be treated like a normal egg. I'm not going to throw a fit or anything though. - Joshua 03:04, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
I'm fine with it. Bluebry 03:08, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
I added the following to anything.
  • Wait after The Paper comes down for more comments from Homestar (see transcript above).
Is this a good way (format-wise) to do it? — It's dot com 03:16, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
A great question no one's answered. An egg is something discovered by not doing the usual, right? So (as I said above) if the extra bit comes on the heels of the Paper, it's not an egg. But if there's a noticeable delay, it is an egg. If it's not an egg, put it in the transcript. proper. If it is an egg, add it to Easter eggs saying, for example, "If you wait after The Paper comes down, Strong Bad...." Keep it simple. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:33, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Email classes

So, if there's no class .lappy or class .compy, why are they routinely used in the toons? Thinking forward to the future (a point to which thinking forward is best), when a new computer arrives would we be better served keeping the classes "lappy" and "compy" in the mix, so that a vastly different email format will be more easily accomodated? I was going to add a note (a note!) saying "Note: while "compy email" and "lappy email" are commonly used in transcripts in place of "email", they currently do not affect the rendering of the page." but thought we should decide whether we want to discourage their use or encourage their use in transcripts, based on the thoughts above. The classes are useless, but may at some time be semantically relevant; and as most users are ignorant of CSS, it might be wise to encourage their inclusion, as there is no harm in it, and it may make future transitons easier. Should this note continue "They should be avoided" or "These should be used, however, to ensure forward ease in accomodating changes to the email format."?Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:20, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

How about something short and simple along the lines of "Please use the classes "compy email" and "lappy email" to ensure future compatibility". Loafing 03:03, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
My original wording is here. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:06, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
I like your original wording :-)  Loafing 03:09, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Camera moves in transcripts

I suggest we add to Standards for transcripts that "camera" moves are to be transcribed according to established standards.

Camera actually moves:

TRUCK - camera trucks left or right
BOOM - camera booms up or down
DOLLY - camera dollys toward or away

Camera does not move, but the angle or closeness of focus does:

PAN - camera pans left or right
TILT - camera tilts up or down
ZOOM - camera zooms toward or away

Sometimes (esp with dolly and zoom) it's hard to tell which is which. But we should be as precise as possible if we're going to describe the visual action. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:21, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes, it is hard to tell, and it would be the source of much heated (and moot) debate. Technically, there is no difference between scene or camera movement in a flash cartoon anyway. We should just go with pan, tilt, zoom. Loafing 03:07, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
I'm glad you agree there should be a standard, but there are distinctions. For example, in Sbemail 150?!? when the scene changes from the computer room to the basement,. that's clearly not a tilt, that's a boom. Similarly, a pan and a truck differ because the former shows us a circular path, the latter a straight path. It's really only dolly and zoom that are confusing. If the range is great, it's a dolly. (As when one goes from a tight shot to an extrem,ely long shot: that's probably a dolly.) My point is we should encourage accurate terminology in describing what happens, and use the terminology that exists in the film industry. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:13, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
I like this. I agree with being as precise as practical (not necessarily as precise as possible). That is, if we can tell it's a truck and not a pan, then of course we should note it as such, but we shouldn't fight over the close calls. — It's dot com 03:22, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
[edit conflict] Yes, in the meantime, I did notice that I got the terminology wrong. Part of my problem was that "panning" in a 2D environment (for example flash) is basically equivalent to truck/boom. Without the motion parallax of course. Somehow I doubt that it will be easy to apply conventional camera movement terms to Homestar Runner flash. The lack of perspective (is there any actual instance of PAN in any toon?), the artificial motion parallax... I'm not sure about this.  Loafing 03:23, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
Dot com: I agree, my "precise as possible" is the same as your "precise as practical". Loafing: if it's on the short range, as is normal, stationary camera moves are sufficient, as that's simpler. When it's a clear truck (over a large area, where a pan is not possible) then we say so. But yes, we'd assume the cameral is stationary unless it has to move, so pan, tilt and zoom are the default unless we have evidence it's a truck, boom or dolly. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:28, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
I see where you're coming from, but I'm not yet buying it. Your suggestion is basically to say "In real life, they would have used this camera transition in this case", while they obviously did not use that camera transition in the actual toon. For example, a real camera pan (even a short one) does not preserve horizontal lines. A short camera movement to the side in an H*R flash toon usually *does* preserve horizontal lines. On the other hand, a short camera movement in a toon might actually be a simulation of a real camera pan. Errrmmm... I'm'a gonna go ahead and sleep on it. Loafing 03:50, 23 August 2006 (UTC)
More precisely, what I'm saying is that when we're talking about a little move, it's not discernable whether it's a pan or dolly, or a tilt or boom. So we assume it's the simplest - a pan or a tilt. Only when we see evidence that it CANNOT be a pan or a tilt do we describe it as a truck or a boom. Again, Sbemail 150?!? is an example of where you cannot call it a tilt, so it must be a boom. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 03:59, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Cast list formatting

Hey, check out the Cast section for A Decemberween Pageant ! That's pretty spiffy lookin'! But... it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the Wiki style. I was thinking of reverting it to make it more uniform, but it's just so darn purty... and neat... and grood looking. So, um, do you think it'd be okay to endeavor to adopt this style for the entire Wiki? Or are we just too used to the original style? kai lyn 00:27, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

If you reverted it, you would be undoing a change that was made over two years ago, and the way it looked before was pretty shabby. Therefore I don't think you should change it back. As for changing the whole wiki to match, meh, I'm currently okay with it just being a special case. On the other hand, it might look good on other toons too. — It's dot com 01:31, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
Okay! That's fair enough! So, if I come across a page with a long cast list, I'ma go ahead and change it to this style... But I'll at least wait a while and see if anyone objects to this first. kai lyn 01:44, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
Awwiiiiight! I'm going to change up the Dangeresque 3 cast stuff riiiiight... abooooouuuuut...NOW! kai lyn 21:43, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
I agree with Dot Com, The way we do it works well for most toons, but I think any toon where a character is playing another role is an option for the bulleted style. - Ilko Skevüld's Teh C 21:52, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
Definitely! I won't touch anything else! But I did change up 2 Dangeresque cast lists. kai lyn 21:58, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
I concur with Ilko. Bluebry 21:59, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Split the Standards

The way I see this page now, it is divided to two large, unrelated sections: How to act on the wiki (Link once, be bold, etc.) and how to actually format a toon's page (what goes where, how to make fun facts, etc.). For the sake of argument, before any change is made, I will call these parts Standards A and Standards B, respectively.
What I propose is to make a new page called HRWiki:Policies which will have two sections with links. The first part will be with links to all the working-of-the-wiki policy pages (Guestbooks, Signature, User space, etc.) currently only found in Category:HRWiki Policy which linked from HRWiki:The Stick as well as Standards A.
The second part of the page will link to all the editing standards found is the policy category (Manual of Style, Once And Only Once, Cleanup, etc.) as well as Standards B. Another thing I want to see in this part is (new redlinked) a list on how to format a list, a table, a character page and so on. Now, every page creator takes liberty on the formating of his page and it is rarely changed to fit a common styling.
Please share your opinions. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 05:32, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

I agree with the gist of what you're saying. — It's dot com 17:26, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Me too. If I'm getting this correctly, you're pretty much proposing a big crossroads page where a confused user can look to find what they should do to solve whatever problem they're having. This page would really make Policy articles easier to find, such as this one. -Brightstar Shiner 17:33, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
You got my vote, I think it's a great idea! Also, I'd like to point out that this very page has elements of both parts (though mostly editing). --Stux 20:45, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Choice of screenshot

I think we should make the following an official standard: "Never place anything, especially a screenshot, on the main page that would be a spoiler for someone who hasn't seen the newest toon. When choosing a screenshot for the top of the toon article itself, choose a representative image that can be seen while watching the toon straight through (not from an Easter egg)." We can be a little more relaxed with the article than the main page because someone should be expected not to look at the article before watching the toon, but the main page itself should never contain spoilers. — It's dot com 06:38, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Yes, that's important. Sometimes it's tough to know what people would consider a spoiler (e.g., would people consider this to be a spoiler for unnatural?), but a general rule of thumb might be to pick something representative from the first few scenes (before the plot thickens). Trey56 06:50, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
As a matter of fact, I found that exact image to be a spoiler (at least as far as the main page goes) and replaced it accordingly. (Interestingly, TBC chose the same scene as I did for their preview image—which wasn't released until the following week.) — It's dot com 06:59, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
90% of the previews in the toons menu are non spoilers. How about we use them from now on? Elcool (talk)(contribs) 07:13, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I don't think we need to always match the preview image. Often what we choose works just fine. I'm just saying avoiding main page spoilers is something to put on the standards page, since it's already an unofficial policy. — It's dot com 07:25, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
Yeah — these things are good to have in writing, for us to refer back to when analyzing whether an image is too spoileriffic, as well as for new people that come along and upload images. I know I've uploaded at least a couple images for the main page that were in retrospect spoilers, just because I thought they were visually interesting. There are enough people that get upset or disappointed by having seen a revealing image that we should definitely make it official policy. Trey56 07:42, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
I was thinking, perhaps we should just have a default image for a certain update. By that I mean, for every new Strong Bad email, we would have a snippet of Strong Bad typing at his Lappy, for TGS, the cover page that reads "Teen Girl Squad!", etc. Rogue Leader / (my talk) 07:54, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
That sounds dull and boring. We already have those generic icons next to each update. An unpoileric image is good enough. Elcool (talk)(contribs) 08:06, 11 March 2007 (UTC)


[edit] What exactly is considered canon in the HR universe?

This discussion came up when I removed a bunch of items from the Inconsistencies within the Homestar Runner universe page. I contend that anything that's not canon should not affect or appear on that page. Which raises the point; What exactly is considered canon in the HR universe? Well, I searched the site for "canon[2]" and I got only three results. The only one relevant to this discussion was in Trogdor which said:

  • A 20X6 version of Trogdor, called Trogador, was revealed at the NYU Talk, but did not appear in the Homestar Runner canon until Happy Trogday was released on the third anniversary of Trogdor's debut.

This implies that interviews are non-canon. Even so, It's a far stretch from a declaration of standards. I think there should be an official talk and ruling (to be added as a category on this page) as to what is and is not considered canon. DeFender1031 18:30, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

I'd love to have some kind of well defined way like Holocron's method of determining Star Wars canon but we really don't need that. (We'd just have TBC-canon and N-canon.) Anything done by The Brothers Chaps relating to the Homestar Runner body of work is canon. So yes, any information or things revealed in interviews would be canon, as it's all official. I could be wrong, but I think a better word for "canon" in the quote you have there would be "continuity". Trogador clearly exists but at the time of the interview, he just wasn't in any kind of context, he was in the planning stages. -- Tom 19:13, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
I disagree. I think we would have the T(toon)-canon which is ultimate, the I(interview/commentary)-canon which can be thrown out if necessary, and the N-canon. DeFender1031 19:22, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
You clearly didn't read the article I linked to there. Anything directly provided by George Lucas including private notes and other sources is G-canon. Only things done by people other than Lucas is C, S, or N-canon. If you read the article, you'd know that G, C, S, and N stand for something; making up your own lettering system based on what you think is true doesn't really help your argument in this context.
I'm not aware of any Homestar Runner works that anyone would consider to be C or S canon, so thus my conclusion that there exists only TBC and N-canon. Any words uttered by TBC are gospel, no matter the context or if your interpretation of their state of mind.. -- Tom 19:34, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
Fair enough. DeFender1031 19:36, 8 April 2007 (UTC)
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