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[edit] Discusion of User Pages

I may have read it wrong, but I don't think that our discussion pages have to be about Homestar Runner-realated material. It's kind of defeats the purpose. -- FireBird

i kinda agree anonmis contributor

[edit] User image

I know you can only have 1 user image, but can you have a second image for your sig?-- Benol, aka Coach B 16:43, 4 December 2005 (UTC)

[edit] Easter eggs?

We cover secret pages here, but what about pages that are linked to from the userpage, but not visibly? Pages that serve no real use? What should be done with those? --smileyface.PNG11945 (Talk/Ctrbs) 22:26, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

I'm guessing the user space rules do not really permit "Easter egg" pages. Note that it says:
The following uses are NOT allowed, and will be deleted if created.
pages that do not serve the project
This means that unless such a page serves the project, its creation is against this policy. Making one's user page into a game of sorts isn't really "serving" the project in any real way. You can get a free webspace to do that sort of thing. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 01:02, 19 April 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Mixed messages

We've kind of got two conflicting messages being sent. In this edit, we say unequivocally, "You should not encourage to edit your user page, for any reason." Here on this page, we say, "In general, avoid editing another's user page without their permission, but feel free to correct any linking errors that might confuse readers. However, some users are fine with their user pages being edited, and may even have a note to that effect." ... and later, "Other users may edit pages in your user space, although in most cases it is done for a specific reason; casual editing of another's user page is discouraged." Now the context in the second sentence is elaborating the ways in which your page isn't your private, sovereign domain, but perhaps we can word these so that someone can't say "Well, it says here you can have a note encouraging people to edit, and there that you shouldn't!". The intent is that it's okay for people to correct typos here and there (and explicitly welcome that), but not okay to just say, "Hey everybody! This is the other Sandbox! Go nuts!" I'd suggest just removing the "However, some users..." sentence; if it's talking about typo correction it's redundant with the previous sentence, and if it's talking about anything bigger, it would seem our current POV doesn't really agree with such users. —AbdiViklas 00:00, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

I've moved and reworded those sections to bring them in line with our current practice, which could be summed up as "just don't unless you've got a compelling reason." — It's dot com 05:23, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

[edit] Casually editing userpages

The new rule regarding that S-U-C-K, sucks. I'm sorry if that sounds extremely rude, but the only reason that the guestbook law got accepted is because admins and sysops got everyone thinking that they would be able to invite users to edit their userpage (or something like that). This is a Homestar Runner wiki, so why must you guys relentlessly make it as legalistic as possible? Darth Katana X (discussionitem_icon.gif user.gif mail_icon.gif)

Users are invited and encouraged to utilize other users' user talk page for communication. -- Tom 06:06, 21 July 2006 (UTC)
Katana, the guestbook situation was dealt with because users (not necessarily sysops) recognized a problem and took care of it. Furthermore, we don't try to make the wiki as legalistic as possible. In fact, I hate that we have rules about user pages and signatures and personal images. The vast majority of users, if left to themselves, would never abuse the system. Unfortunately, there are enough people who would (and have) abused the system that we have had to put some rules in place. Therefore, one could say we are as legalistic as necessary. Given that user pages are not and should not be the focus of this wiki, I think that ultimately the rules we have make this a better project overall. (By the way, if you have any doubt whether what you have typed "sounds extremely rude", then why not try phrasing it differently.) — It's dot com 13:02, 21 July 2006 (UTC)
OK, dude, I understand now. Darth Katana X (discussionitem_icon.gif user.gif mail_icon.gif)

[edit] Username Policy

Do we have a page outlining user name selection policy? I thought we did but I don't see it here. It should be catted, linked here, and also from the intro/tour/stick, etc. --Stux 12:38, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

The username guidelines are at MediaWiki:Loginend, which is what you see when you're actually creating a username. — It's dot com 14:18, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Uploaded images subpages

I've noticed that several users have subpages featuring the images they've uploaded; in fact, I had one for a while. I'm now wondering if these pages should be removed in line with the user subpage guidelines, since they don't seem to directly serve the project. I understand that people want to keep track of the images they've uploaded as part of their contributions, but this information is already available (and automatically updated) in each user's upload log: [1]. Any thoughts on this? Trey56 01:17, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

Any user page which duplicates existing wiki functions is definitely unneeded. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 01:25, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
Even if those subpages don't fully duplicate the upload log, they should clearly be removed. I've been meaning to bring this up for a while now. Loafing 01:28, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
I've always felt they were unnecessary myself... --DorianGray 01:29, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
They aren't necessary, and they don't serve the project. Note that the latter is one of the criteria for subpages not to make. Heimstern Läufer 01:31, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
Not to mention they're pretty far outside what could be termed fair use. — User:ACupOfCoffee@ 05:28, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Welcomed users subpages

I noticed that some users have subpages listing the users they have welcomed. In my opinion, these pages aren't approved by our policy. Or does it actually help welcomers and welcomees to stay in touch? I kind of doubt it. What do you people think? Loafing 02:24, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

My welcome subpage has remained intact for a considerable amount of time, and it would bring me quite a bit of sadness to see it have to go. No, Loafing, my welcome page does not benefit the project. Nor does my thread template for my phpBB talk page I spent a good chunk of time crafting. So if this community sees fit for it to go, so be it. But if it's at all possible, I'd enjoy it if it could stay. I know I'm very biased in this sort of discussion, so I probably shouldn't muddy the waters with my opinion more than this. — Lapper (talk) 02:33, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
While I recognize the hardship it brings upon users, I have to support removal of vanity "users I have welcomed" pages. They simply do not serve the project. If the user wants to list such users on their user page, then that might be defensible, but a suibpage isn't. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:43, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
I don't like to overregulate things; still, these subpages don't seem to me to serve the project. One thing to be considered: about a year ago, we had a user who made sockpuppets solely to welcome them and bump his own "welcome count". Subpages like this could contribute to such an attitude. Heimstern Läufer 02:48, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes, the policy doesn't approve of it, but we have to think, "Would it really hurt to just keep it?" I mean, Lapper has had his for a long time, and there hasn't been no troubles with it. I think it wouldn't hurt anything if it stayed. --TheYellowDart(t/c) 02:52, 7 May 2007 (UTC) EDIT CONFLICT: Oh, there has been a problem with it. But still, I think there won't be many problems wit' dis.
While I welcome all sorts of ideas, I have to reject those that don't do any good. The idea of "welcomed users" pages seems to me to accomplish nothing beyond "vanity" accomplishment. When users are at all motivated to skirt the rules to boost their cred, when we at all resort to "I'm more helpful than you" to boost our cred - in fact, whenever a user feels the need to have "cred" at all here - we have a problem. The solution to the problem is to disallow vanity pages like "welcomed users" pages. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:57, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
I see your point now. Users will get too boastful. 'Nuff said. TheYellowDart(t/c) 02:59, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
I keep a list of people I welcome, but I do it offline. Online lists have always struck me as boasting and unnecessary, but I could see someone using them to keep track. But is this happening? I'm more a proponent of automatic links for new users anyway. — It's dot com 03:13, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
The only valid reason I'd see to keep that information would be to keep it all in one place and in a permanent history. But it'd be best if it was an invisicomment, and at worst, the information can be kept in the main page. Now, Dot com, are you trying to revive an old controversial topic? Maybe there's a way to get the best of both worlds? --Stux 05:08, 7 May 2007 (UTC)
I haven't re-read all the old discussions yet, but I don't recall it being too terribly controversial at the time. We didn't all absolutely agree, but I remember there being general support for the idea. In any case, yes, I'm bringing it up again. — It's dot com 16:57, 7 May 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Fake new message notifications

I don't know how many times i've seen a "You have new messages (last change)" message at the top of user pages with phony links. They look like the real thing and really bug me. Can we institute a policy against this? DeFender1031 00:34, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Good idea. I was just tricked into going to the whatsit page by one of those. There should be a policy agianst this type of thing. --Jangles5150 00:41, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
There's nothing wrong with being tricked into going to other pages. It's just something fun some users like to put on their user pages. Homestar-Winner (talk) 00:58, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes, fun for them, annoying for everyone else. If i go to your user page, i expect to learn something about you, not to have to go rushing back to my own page because i'm tricked into thinking someone was talking to me. DeFender1031 01:00, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Just as a note, see HRWiki:Da Basement/Archive 6#You have fake messages! for a previous discussion about this. Trey56 01:02, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

A consensus was never reached, and i think it should be revisited. DeFender1031 01:08, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
From a cursory glance, there was consensus: there were only four users at the time using the "usermessage" class, so rather than instituting a policy, it was recommended that if people had a problem with the messages, that they ask those particular users to take them down. Now, I'm not sure how many users are currently doing it, but if it's still a small number, I think the same solution is appropriate now. Trey56 01:13, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I say that even a small number is too much, that they won't necissarily take it down if i ask, and that they're annoying and disruptive enough to be worth outlawing. DeFender1031 01:15, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
You do have the right to ask them, and you further have the right to not visit their page. See, while I am against the idea of faking system messages exactly (which can only be for the intent of disrupting the usefulness of those messages) it remains that it's currently allowed, and we do have options available to avoid being fooled. I would support a ban on such copying of messages, but I am not petitioning for such a prohibition. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 01:22, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

My opinion: parodying or making fun of official wiki messages should be allowed, if not encouraged. However, exactly copying them isn't, in my mind, in the best interest of the wiki. Fun is fun, but fun stops when users mimic exactly wiki operations. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 01:11, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Couldn't have said it better myself, Qermaq. DeFender1031 01:12, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Agree with Qermaq. Maybe if it didn't exaxctly mimic the real thing, it would be fine. --Jangles5150 01:14, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Even though I don't use the messages thing anymore (and even when I did I never completely copied it) I still don't think anything is wrong with putting up an exact copy of the "You have new messages" message. Homestar-Winner (talk) 01:18, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I think we need to get rid of them. Especially the ones copying the actual message. I mean, think about it: you're a dial-up user, and it takes 30 seconds to load a page. You click a fake message box, and boom, there goes a minute of your time. Bluebry 01:22, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Very valid point about the dial-up. DeFender1031 01:23, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Personally, I think that there really annoying. I think they should be banned. --Jangles5150 01:24, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

We really don't need these things. Perhaps we could simply create a mirroring class that users could use, and some could make invisible through their Monobook.css? — Lapper (talk) 01:33, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

But that places the responsibility on each user to set that up, and there are some who are too lazy/computer illetarate to do so. Better to just have them outlawed from the start.
If I recall correctly, there was also a discussion on the Fanstuff Wiki about this very same issue. Most users voted not to ban them, as they were technically not breaking any rules. Personally, I agree with that vote. I can understand banning guestbooks, but I think this is getting a little too trivial. Has Matt? (talk) 01:38, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not a fan of over-policing everything either, even though I personally find the messages a little irritating. Trey56 01:40, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
The rules are whatever is on this page. things "technically not breaking any rules" doesn't have any bearing, as if we decide to ben these it would be against the rules. DeFender1031 01:42, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I've noticed that the new messages boxes on the fanstuff wiki are generally Difficult to mistake for the real thing. I think those are fine, but exact copies are kind of annoying. Shwoo 01:44, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, we're not being trivial. Guestbooks, to be honest, didn't slow someone's computer down as much as these things do (well, if said person has a slow connection). Look, I don't think you guys understand how slow these things take on dial-up. And I think we need to have our website easily available to all viewers. I think we need to get rid of the exact copies, but we should make those that are not misleading exempt. Meh. Bluebry 01:49, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
The way I see it, these new message boxes simply aren't disruptive enough to merit a ban of them. The guestbooks were disruptive. They clogged up recent changes and encouraged users to casually edit others' pages. What are these new message things doing? Wasting 60 seconds of your day? Being annoying? Like everyone else here, I think they are annoying, but it they really bother you that much, don't visit that user's page again. This problem isn't as widespread as guestbooks were, and unless it does become that widespread, I don't think a ban is necessary. Has Matt? (talk) 01:53, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
A ban would prevent them from becoming widespread. DeFender1031 01:55, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
While I appreciate the disruption factor, my main concern is the precedent it sets in copying system messages so as to confuse the user. While fun is fine, we're not a playground. It's not in the interest of the wiki for users to use their user space to intentionally disrupt wiki operations. In my opinion, putting up a fake system message indistinguishable from the real thing only serves to do that. THere's no reason to do it, and every reason not to. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 01:57, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Yes! Exactly! Thank you Qermaq! DeFender1031 01:58, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Can somebody list the pages that contain messages that are identical to the real system message? I'm curious to see exactly how widespread the problem is. Trey56 02:00, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

The issue here isn't how widespread it is, but how disruptive even one occurence can be. DeFender1031 02:02, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I disagree; if only a few users are using it, it's not as important an issue.
In reply to my own question, I count five users: Name, Sam the Man, Tampo, Not a Robot!, and Whatever your user name is there. Trey56 02:04, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Qermaq, why don't they get it that anything mimiking actual wiki operations is disruptive, widespread or not? DeFender1031 02:06, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
Look, to all of you who think dial-up users are no big deal, do something for me. Click a page. Load it. Count to five Mississippi. DON'T READ THE PAGE. DON'T DO ANYTHING. DON'T EVEN LOOK AT THE SCREEN. This is what dial-up is like. It's quite annoying. Load a page, wait five seconds. Click the edit tab, wait five seconds. Hit "Save changes" wait five seconds. Go to your next page, and it all starts over again. This will teach you that these things are FRUSTRATINGLY annoying when you have to wait a little while after every page. Bluebry 02:09, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
DeFender, patience. That comment was better suited for my user talk, but in this forum we allow others to respond freely and let the process unfold. Here is not the place to speculate on others' motivations, in any sense. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:12, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
In that case, since the last poll the trend has increased. And I disagree that a small number of users doing it makes it not a problem. If only four or five users made malevolent edits to the main namespace, we'd treat that as seriously as we do now. Any user misrepresenting wiki messages to confound a user is intentionally disrupting wiki operations, in effect, and I don't think we as a body want to support that. It's wasteful of user energy which is better put to improving the knowledge base, and it's treating one's user space as a playground where one is king, over the wishes of other wiki users, which it is decidedly not intended for. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:10, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I don't think it's fair to compare the users who currently have these on their pages to vandals who are malevolently deleting article content on the wiki — their motives are simply to momentarily confuse users, in contrast to whatever motivates people to destroy others' hard work.
That being said, four of the five users above (one of whom doesn't even have the message on his main user page) have pages that I have rarely if ever have gone to. In the one or two cases that I was actually duped by one of these, it was a minor annoyance, but I moved on ten seconds later. Okay, if you have dial-up, you move on 60 seconds later. But I'm not going to fall for the same trap on those users' pages again. So, yes, it's a minor annoyance, but the trend is not widespread right now, or even very problematic when one falls for one of these messages.
One more point: it is not true that the number of instances of a problem is irrelevant here. Guestbooks were not banned until many users started having them and the clogging in Recent Changes became noticeable. This is a minor annoyance on a few users' pages, not a widespread plague that is impossible to avoid. This, combined with the relatively harmless nature of them (you fall for it twice in your life and lose a fraction of a minute each time) make the formation of a policy to ban them unnecessary at this point, in my opinion. Trey56 02:34, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree with DeFender1031 and Shwoo, that an exact copy should be banned, but ones that are obviously fake are fine. But personally, I'm not on here as frequently as many, so...yeah. Falanalanel 02:11, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Please note that Shwoo did not support a ban in her post. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:17, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
She said they were annoying. DeFender1031 02:18, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
That's what I meant Falanalanel 02:27, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
I don't think an absolute ban is neccessary in this case. I know dial-up can be frustrating Blubry. Whenever my computer is clogged up with something, it can take up to 5 minutes to load a page. And I use broadband.
Like I said before I started ranting, an absolute ban is not neccessary. These might be annoying, but I take it if you're going to another user's page, you probably have time on your hands, anyway. Does it really matter if you waste a minute?
Lastly, this is a great way to advertise Firefox, or even IE. Reason? Tabbed browsing. It's like having multiple windows, except you would only have one program running still. And you can have a LOT of tabs. I try to keep it at four, but you can go up to 10, I believe.
Anyway, as you can see, we really don't need to ban this. I agree with Trey56 on all points. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 03:50, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

You get burned by this gag once. Maybe twice. Thereafter, whenever you're on a page in the user space, you mouse over the link to make sure it really points to your talk page. Even dialup users can avoid falling victim to this. And I really don't see how five users (six if you figure one of them would still have it if he hadn't been banned forever, and only one of whom is active) is enough of a blip to cause a disruption. Interesingly, the number of registered accounts who have the gag now compared to the last time we counted has actually decreased per the total number of accounts (from 0.08% to 0.07%). Even though I personally find the fake messages annoying (all of them, not just the ones that match the system wording), I don't see why they should be banned, because this is not a problem in and of itself (I'm avoiding the larger question of whether they should be disallowed because they're imitating a wiki process, because I don't think this is the right case to decide that issue). — It's dot com 17:47, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

A small correction: two of the five users listed above have "Special:Mytalk" which is a shortcut to one's own talk, so rolling over the link really won't help on those. One user has "Special:Userlogout" which if not noticed would be a huge nuisance. As I said earlier, I am not personally asking for a ban, but I think there's excellent arguments on a few levels why a ban wouldn't be a bad idea. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 19:34, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
In those two cases, I think "Special:Userlogout" definitely crosses the line, and boxes that look exactly like the real thing is at that line, but an outright ban I think is excessive. (Disclosure: My talk page has a message box that looks nothing like the original and is not clickable.) --Stux 19:40, 18 May 2007 (UTC)
"Common Law" should suffice instead of an outright ban. If someone is intentionally copying the real message and linking to something annoying/disruptive such as logout, they are either well aware that they are being jerks, or they are trying to be funny. It can be intended as a cute harmless joke, so the full implications should be explained to the people who do it. I'd bet they will understand, but inevitably in any group of people on or offline there are some jerks. Privately asking them to stop being jerks is a good first step, and dealing with them on a case by case basis is appropriate, but an outright ban on something that 2 or 5 users are exploiting seems overkill. If the users are inactive, I support changing the css on them to make the messages obviously not authentic. No matter how much time I have on my hands, I shouldn't have to mouseover a link like that and inspect it to determine if it's real.BryanCTC 19:58, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

It was Speckledorph's page that the whatsit link was on. --Jangles5150 17:52, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Whoops, I guess I missed that one in my above count. Trey56 18:08, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
No problem, Trey. --Jangles5150 18:12, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

I think parody ones (like the one about to be put on my page) are fine, but not ones that exactly copy actual messages. DNA Evidence 18:32, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

So, what are we going to do? Personally, I think ones that look exactly like the real ones and have links that point to places that could result in problems (like Special:Userlogout) should be discouraged, if not banned. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 00:56, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

I think the problem is such a policy is going to have to be either they are allowed or not allowed. If it's something in between, there will always be users that try to cross the line. However, having said that, banning them (as annoying as they are) is a bit much. If a fake notice is particularly malicious (such as the logout example cited above), that should be flagged and perhaps have a sysop notify the user or change it to something less disruptive. Fortunately, since it does seem like a minor issue, the burden won't be that much. wbwolf (t | ed) 01:38, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

I saw one too!BAN IT!!!!! HAJ

I just visited my page and noticed that I had new messages. Since I have a fake "You have new messages (last change)" snote (which linked to Special:mytalk and Special:Recentchanges), I noticed that the real note had less thick words. Did someone make it this way or am I the only one who noticed this? He can't say job. Don't say jorb 101 Seriously, he can't say job!

Speaking of which I was on a non-homestar runner-related wiki and fell for one of those..........TWICE!!!-- 02:35, 18 October 2009 (UTC)C-Son-L Sweaters and the Get Bored Crew

[edit] 2 sigs

Alright, I'm probably gonna get shot down. But I personally think that having two or more sigs would be cool. Agree? Disagree?--Super!SantanaDuper! 02:03, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

You need to present a reason why having just a single one isn't sufficient. Personally I see no reason why you should need more than one. — Defender1031*Talk 02:06, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Why would you need two sigs? You can have four sigs by changing your sig whenever a new season cometh around, that way you'll have a sig for every season! Or something like that, i don't know?--Kanjiro talk 02:11, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
One could create a dozen different signatures in one sig page, and simply revert to one or another as whim demands. Of course, it's in the best interest of the wiki for signatures to be somewhat stagnant—too much change in sigs means readers won't immediately at a glance know who posted, which is one of the best reasons for a signature. I'd have to say more than one sig subpage is not in the best interest of the wiki. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 02:44, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Not to mention the load that changing sigs places on the server. Changing your sig invalidates all the relevant talk pages, and thus they must be re-rendered. Constantly changing signatures or many people simultaneously changing signatures can cause problems. This is another reason to want to keep them somewhat stagnant. Also, there is a reason why it's called a "signature". When people sign checks and stuff, they only sign it one way, so that it can be identified. It's a similar idea here. --Stux 20:40, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Totally Style! (monobook man)

I've seen several users with subpages of CSS or JavaScript. Are these just to edit style and stuff on user pages? I've thumbed through a few of them, but haven't really been able to tell where they are used on the site, and I can't seem to find any information about them. I'm mainly just curious about them. Is there a policy somewhere on what you are and are not allowed to do with CSS and JS?--.Johnny Jupiter! talk cont 04:31, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Actually, they change how you view the entire site. --DorianGray 04:33, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
Well then why are they in users subpages?--.Johnny Jupiter! talk cont 04:36, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
That way it applies to the user who made it, and not to anyone else. --DorianGray 04:38, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
You mean it changes the way the individual user views the site, but doesn't affect it for anyone else? That's just strange.--.Johnny Jupiter! talk cont 04:43, 6 September 2007 (UTC)
It'd be really cool if there was a page somewhere on here with general info in this topic for people (like me) who want to experiment with it but aren't exactly CSS gurus. (Like, how you find out the names of the diffrent classes and ids and stuff?) Is this all on MediaWiki somewhere? If so, someone should totally point me in the right direction.--.Johnny Jupiter! talk cont 05:10, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

[edit] How do I delete an account?

This is probably in the wrong place, but how can I change my username (or change the account I created)? I had at one point created User: Sloshy4eva and User: LongLivCoachZ but I don't need either of them, as I've started a new one. LongLiveCoachZ 19:20, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

See HRWiki:Changing_username. The Goblin!! 19:54, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Userbox subpages

I count 22 users who are currently transcluding their userboxes onto their user page. Since userboxes have become a common feature of this wiki, and to a lesser extent because the code for a userbox is quite involved, I don't have a problem with their being an exception to the "could just as easily go on your main page" rule. If the wiki agrees, I don't know whether we would need to mention it on the project page (I certainly don't think we should encourage people to transclude them) or whether discussing it here is enough (to point to in case someone later objects). — It's dot com 18:06, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

I don't have a problem with them either — it's been our practice for a while to permit them, and I haven't seen any abuse of them, so it seems fair to either mention them briefly on this page as an exception or continue to tacitly permit them. Trey56 18:19, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

[edit] Subpages

Question open to all. On my user page a have a series of articles meant to inform users about wiki operations, special characters, etc, you name it. The page is getting long and I am considering making subpages (or one subpage) of these articles and simply linking to them from my main user page. As it is not fanstuff, and I believe they clearly serve the project, I think this might be acceptable, but they are actually almost easily kept on the main page as well. It simply is cluttered and hard to get through, and I'd like to make my userpage more usable for users to... use.

So, would this be an acceptable subpage situation? Would several or one be better? Again, open to all. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 23:43, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

I think having one subpage for everything linked to from some spot on your main page would be nice. Helping other users with wikicode is definitely serving the project (I learned how to use <span> from your page) and would be perfectly acceptable. Go for it. -Brightstar Shiner 01:15, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
Wouldn't simply re-enabling section editing make it easier to manage? — It's dot com 17:34, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
It's not the management, but the length and filesize for the reader, that makes me want to do this. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 21:23, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Can I create a fan club subpage? NinjaPmPom 1:35 2 December 2008 (UTC)

No, I'm afraid that's exactly the sort of thing we don't want on the wiki. We are a fansite, but not a site for fanclubs and such. Heimstern Läufer 01:51, 2 December 2008 (UTC)
ok. NinjaPmPom 01:55, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

[edit] Top Right Corner

Once I saw that a user was able to put a graphic on the same line as the title of his user page (but in the right corner). I'd like to do something similar but I don't remember who it was that did it so I can adjust his/her code for what I'm looking to do. Hope someone can help; there's a lot I don't know about wiki code, I have to admit. OptimisticFool 04:18, 15 June 2008 (UTC)

Off the top of my head, CSS positioning would be how I would go about that. Ask if it confuses you. Qermaq - (T/C) Image:Qermaqsigpic.png 08:06, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
It's me (or at least, I'm one of them), but I just borrowed the coding from Wikipedia's Featured article template (an old version of that template at that, I don't remember it being an imagemap before). It'd be probably better to copy off Wikipedia than me, since I could never get the title attribute working correctly, but if you still want to, the coding is located here. --videlectrix.pngENUSY discussionitem_icon.gif user.gifmail_icon.gif 09:52, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I have an example on my Wikipedia userpage. I'll get an example there. The Goblin!! 21:35, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, Venusy. I didn't see that anyone had replied to me here so I recruited The Goblin from Wikipedia. You were the person I was trying to remember, and your code has now helped me accomplish what I was looking to do, although I couldn't figure out how to indent(?) it, so I just used &nbsp;'s. It's close, but I'm a perfectionist, so if anyone can help me fix that part of it, that'd be good. Also, I think it would be even more helpful if any of you guys could modify my monobook pages to put the Google search link up the left of my UTC clock (as described here) so it's on every page I go to, not just my user page. I just don't get it. Anyone willing/able? Goblin? =] OptimisticFool 04:48, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

[edit] video

Can you put clips on your page, as well as music? NinjaPmPom

Sorry, no. — It's dot com 03:59, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

[edit] Sandboxes?

I've been seeing a lot of users with personal sandbox pages, and I was wondering, should we really allow these? They don't serve the project, and there's already a communal sandbox for such things. On the other hand, those pages could be useful for article-writing in a space that won't be cleared at some point. Thoughts? --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 02:26, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

"Won't be cleared at some point."? If it's an article in progress, people can understand that and probably won't clear the thing. Even then, we have the wonderful =header one= to separate the article in progress from the actual testing by other users. I agree with your comment. Really, we have one sandbox, and we can do anything with it, so really there's no need for sandboxes to be made by other users. -- 02:46, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
I disagree. If someone is experimenting with something that they want to later have easy reference to, it's much easier to search the history of a page that only they edited and has a small number of edits than it is to search the history of the main sandbox, which gets played with all the time and unless you save the history link, you'll probably never see it again. Also ongoing experimentation won't get cleared from personal sandboxes. I say allow them. — Defender1031*Talk 06:05, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
I don't have a problem with ad hoc sandboxes—pages of varying names created on the spot to test something particular. I don't even have a problem with a user having a page called "sandbox" in their user space. What's annoying, however, is when a user sets up a sandbox for no real reason except to have it, and then proceeds never to use it. Thus, I don't support a blanket ban on them, but they should be used judiciously. — It's dot com 07:05, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
On the BS01 Wiki (its a Bionicle one), they allow it, and I believe they should be allowed If used properly, like Its dot com said. Kid2255 Talk 23:57, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

[edit] Can I link to my blog on my userpage?

Not host it there, just link to it. Thy Not Dennis (t/c) 22:46, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

Yes. - 23:59, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
Well, if you get as passionate as I sometimes do if you know what I mean, I'd suggest putting a content warning template before the link. --Mario2.PNG Super Martyo boing! 00:10, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
No need of the content warning for me. Not yet, anyway. So I can link to any website I may have? Either way, that's good. I need to get my blog out to the people. In fact, you should go on it. Thy Not Dennis (t/c) 18:29, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
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