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  • Hi, Allison!  I've been working to gather permissions from artists before posting their artwork on the wiki, then including links to the permission.  I've also been going back through artwork that was previously uploaded to the wiki to obtain permission.

    This is partly about respect for the community artists, and partly about copyright issues.  (For example, many images on this wiki are full-res uploads claiming "fair use" due to using low-res images, which is simply not true.)  I think that we, as a wiki, should have permission for every image that isn't public domain or Creative Commons (both of which have license templates).

    I haven't created the relevant policy pages and lists of permissions yet, but they're in my tasklist.  In the meantime, I've just been keeping a personal list of blanket permissions:  User:VeganCritter/Desktop/Recent_Fan_Art_To_Add#Blanket_Permissions

    Please obtain permission before uploading artwork so we can add the permission on the image's page and in each reference.  If an artist provides blanket permission for using their art, then we should also add it to the artist's Category:Art by ArtistName page.

    Thanks!

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  • The name and group parameters now work for {{Ep ref}}.  My plan is to develop a data sheet that associates the YouTube URLs with the episode names, so that the URL is automatically incorporated into the reference if a timecode is supplied.  Right now I still have to manually dig up the URL.

    Also, I would like to change the {{ep}} template so that we could use any format of episode name, such that {{ep|4x01}}, {{ep|Omens}}, {{ep|Episode 39}}, and {{ep|39}} all yield "Omens" (4x01) (4x01).

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    • Allison, I just updated the {{ep ref}} template to automatically combine references when the user does not supply a reference name, but all the content is the same.  In other words, the following two references will be autocombined:

      {{ep ref|ep=4x09|1:23:45}}
      {{ep ref|1:23:45|ep=47}}
      [1][2]

      ...but the following will all be treated as separate:

      {{ep ref|ep=4x10|1:23:45|9:87:65}}
      {{ep ref|1:23:45|ep=48}}
      {{ep ref|ep=4x10|1:23:45|9:87:65|intro=This is intro text.}}
      {{ep ref|ep=4x10|1:23:45|9:87:65|more=This is more text.}}
      {{ep ref|ep=4x10|1:23:45|9:87:65|part=2}}
      
      [3][4][5][6][7]

      I've looked around the wiki, and it seems to be working properly, but please let me know if you notice anything weird.  Thanks!

      References:

      1. See "The Family Business" (4x09) at 1:23:45.
      2. See "The Family Business" (4x09) at 1:23:45.
      3. See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10) from 1:23:45 through 9:87:65.
      4. See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10) at 1:23:45.
      5. This is intro text.  See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10) from 1:23:45 through 9:87:65.
      6. See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10) from 1:23:45 through 9:87:65.  This is more text.
      7. See "Into the Frostweald" (4x10), part 2, from 1:23:45 through 9:87:65.
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    • I created Template:Ep/YTURLSwitcher, which will now automatically select the YouTube URL of an episode based on the episode name (and, where applicable, the episode part).  Template:Ep ref will now convert the starting timecode into a link to the YouTube video at that timecode.  As updated in the documentation, we no longer have to supply the {{{vod}}} parameter in {{ep ref}} unless it's a video not in our database (like a video from a Critter, or a random convention panel that isn't in the Specials chapter).  My previous comment in this thread has some references, and you can see that they are now automatically affected by this change, with the timecodes automatically linking straight to YouTube.

      If you notice any problems with this new feature, please let me know!  :-)

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  • Hi, Allison!  It's good to see you editing here again! I hope all is well.

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  • Hi, Allison!

    Regarding the wikification of the returning character lists on "Return to Vasselheim" (4x05), I went against wiki format because I strongly dislike the autoformat of Description Lists.  The default line-height is so huge that it wastes a lot of space, and the second Description Term is actually closer to the final Description from the previous list than to its first child Description.  For comparison:

    Description-List-Formats

    Wiki formatting problems.

    I tried to change CSS for the wiki so that this problem would be resolved site-wide, but I couldn't get it to work.  Do you have any suggestions for how to format this kind of thing with better spatial efficiency and visual aesthetic?  Thanks so much in advance!

    VeganCritter (talk) 00:41, March 4, 2016 (UTC)
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    • Actually, it just occurred to me that if the CSS style is unchangeable (or if I just can't figure out Wikia's custom class for it), then maybe a template would be appropriate.

      VeganCritter (talk) 00:47, March 4, 2016 (UTC)
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    • Hi, Allison!  Thanks for your patience while I messed around with CSS.

      I figured out (mostly?) how to make Wikia's automarkup for lists look less atrocious.  I've updated MediaWiki:Wikia.css to reduce the CSS margins for lists.  Now, contiguous lists and paragraphs should be right up against each other without extra whitespace.  Unfortunately, I can't figure out a way to avoid one problem, which is that new lists/paragraphs must be separated from previous lists by an extra blank line (so, two total).  For example:

      Sometimes you want a list with:
      * one,
      * two,
      * or even three
      ...items in it, but then continue the paragraph without an extra line break.  Other
      times, you want separate lists.
      <!-- blank line -->
      <!-- blank line -->
      ;Alive:
      * Vex
      * Grog
      <!-- blank line -->
      <!-- blank line -->
      ;Dead:
      * Grog's Beard
      * Vax
      <!-- blank line -->
      <!-- blank line -->
      Note how the separate Alive/Dead lists have to be separated from the previous lists
      with two blank lines, as does this paragraph.
      <!-- blank line -->
      Normal paragraphs, however, still work with just one blank line.  The only change
      is when lists are involved, and it will be obvious when using "Preview" that an
      extra line does or doesn't need to be added.
      Sometimes you want a list with:
      • one,
      • two,
      • or even three

      ...items in it, but then continue the paragraph without an extra line break.  Other times, you want separate lists.


      Alive
      • Vex
      • Grog


      Dead
      • Grog's Beard
      • Vax


      Note how the Alive/Dead lists have to be separated with blank lines, as does this paragraph.

      Normal paragraphs, however, still work with just one blank line.  The only change is when lists are involved, and it will be obvious when using "Preview" that an extra line does or doesn't need to be added.

      Maybe it's just me, but the list appearance was really annoying me, and although I had some great ideas for template solutions, CSS is just the easiest for editors.  If you have any thoughts on ways to improve the CSS handling of lists/paragraphs, please let me know!  Again, this is fairly new territory for me.

      VeganCritter (talk) 16:22, March 14, 2016 (UTC)
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    • Oh, irony of ironies.  My example above doesn't actually work here, because these messages are a different CSS class than .WikiaArticle.

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  • Hi, Allison!  Great work with Template:Main-slider and Template:Episodes-slider!  I've implemented Template:Main-slider on the front page, and it's a great desktop alternative to the rotating gallery I've been maintaining on the mobile version of this site.  Thank you for all your hard work!  :-D

    VeganCritter (talk) 04:41, February 25, 2016 (UTC)
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  • Hi, Allison!  Awesome job with your work on the chapter summary pages!  The way you turned Chapter 1 into a dual-purpose page—both as a template for List of episodes and as a standalone article—is really clever and makes things so much better!  Way to go!  :-D

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    • Thanks! That's how they do it on Wikipedia, so I can't take all the credit.
      
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    • A morris wrote:

      Thanks! That's how they do it on Wikipedia, so I can't take all the credit.
      

      Well, I'm impressed!  I'm still learning wiki techniques, and this is one I'm gonna have to remember.  :-)

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  • Just wanted to thank you for the work you're putting in to the wiki! It looks great!

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  • Hi, Allison!  Great work on updating the wiki!  Regarding Cassandra's status, I marked it as "Unknown" due to the widespread (and reasonable) speculation that, despite Archie's belief that Cassandra is alive (which is an ambiguous term in fantasy settings!), she may in fact still not be the normal Cassandra that Percy hopes she is.  This speculation is based on events, behaviors, and backstory from Episodes 30 and 33.  Would you mind reverting her status to Unknown until we have more than Archie's words to put doubts to rest?  :-)

    Examples of some speculation threads:

    https://twitter.com/Persnicketese/status/668950704887742464https://twitter.com/Persnicketese/status/667779841035472897
    
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    • Vampires are not considered alive.  Rather, they are Undead.

      In 5th Edition, player characters (and NPCs) transformed into vampires keep their game statistics (including racial traits) [source: 5e MM, p. 295].  Also, a human vampire would look different from an elven vampire, because vampirism doesn't change the racial appearance or origin.  Instead, vampirism is a curse that affects the character.

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    • Also, thank you for reverting Cassandra's status to "Unknown".  I'm sure we'll know more after tonight's episode, and I'm hoping her status will, indeed, be "Alive" when all is said and done!  :-)

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  • Hi, welcome to Critical Role Wiki! Thanks for your edit to the User blog:Dexcuracy/Critical Slack Team - A Collaboration Tool page.

    Please leave me a message if I can help with anything!

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