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Will do, and thanks for the edits. Cyfa 23:56, July 2, 2011 (UTC)
Cyfa, i want to thank you for your new articles in the database regarding current topics like new releases and reference books as well. I feel that the formatting and linkages in your articles have been beneficial for the database, and have given us a lot of avenues to cross-reference topics. Thanks for generating so much new content without requiring a lot of counseling regarding the use of the database, it really is one of the things that makes this database great in that we have strong users like you generating content. -- Captain MKB 21:53, August 28, 2012 (UTC)
- Thank you, Captain MKB, that means a lot. It's really thoughtful of you to mention it, and very encouraging, too. I try hard to adhere to the guidelines, and use templates & featured articles for assistance, but inevitably, some mistakes are made - such is the folly of being human! I'll try and keep up the good work.
- Thanks again. -- Cyfa (talk) 12:44, August 29, 2012 (UTC)
User CC-1990 imagesEdit
- Hi TJV (I hope you don't mind me shortening your name?). As a rule, no, we shouldn't use original images from websites that haven't come from a Star Trek episode, film, book or other licensed source. Where the image is clearly (and noted to be) from a licensed source, I guess it's OK to use it as it belongs to CBS/Paramount (or whoever) as long as we acknowledge the original episode/film/book etc. In this instance, the SI website is NOT a licensed source, but some of the images do appear to be from episodes. I would imagine that as long as the image is cited to the original episode, it would be OK to use it here. -- Cyfa (talk) 19:14, February 1, 2013 (UTC)
- Oops, yeah, I was rather slow to update the Shane Samson image - I forgot about it after I'd uploaded it and worked on the article instead. Luckily, I remembered afterwards (and have just seen this reminder, too). Thanks ;) -- Cyfa (talk) 21:37, April 1, 2013 (UTC)
Hey Cyfa, I noticed you've created articles from the recently released Enterprise novel (such as the Colombia-class page). When you create articles from or add info to already existing articles from media released in the last 6 months could you use Template:Spoiler or Template:Majorspoiler on those pages? This warns people who haven't been able to view the source yet that they may want to avoid reading an article or section.--Long Live the United Earth (talk) 01:55, June 27, 2013 (UTC)
- Hi, and thanks for the reminder. I haven't read a new novel in several months and had forgotten all about the spoilers in my excitement of creating new articles Oops! Consider me reminded :) -- Cyfa (talk) 05:37, June 27, 2013 (UTC)
I would certainly be willing to contribute and assist you with your project! Sounds very interesting, by the way. Are there sources I can help you find online? Please tell me what approach you want me to take and I will try my best! Just FYI, I do not possess any print sources, so, I'm afraid that my assistance will be rather limited.
- Hey there, Captain Jean-Luc Picard alpha tengo. Thanks for your offer of assistance, but the Location of Ferenginar project is not mine. User:18.104.22.168 posted the Forum thread back in March, to which I was the second user to reply. It doesn't look like that user has contributed to the wiki again, at least not from that IP address, anyway, but you could leave a message on his or her Talk page to see if they'd like your help? Good luck! -- Cyfa (talk) 08:28, October 5, 2013 (UTC)
Anovos images can be used provided they can be verified as being licensed by CBS/Paramount to produce Star Trek materials/images .. "are their products officially licensed?" is the question and if so, we cite their site and include them as part of our in-universe image database. - Captain MKB 13:17, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
- Hey Captain Mike. Yep, Anovos are officially licensed - From their website: "Founded in 2009, ANOVOS was awarded the Star Trek uniform replica license covering the design, prototyping, manufacturing and distribution of not only Star Trek 2009 but also the movie and television line, including The Original Series." I don't know how best to cite them though. Like this: ST website: Anovos Productions ? Thanks, Cyfa (talk) 13:46, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
- i just uploaded the file:United Earth Starfleet emblem.png and created a basic citation, i think it works as being concise and informative. we don't see a lot of applicable database material from collectibles/merchandise licensees as compared say to publishers, so there hasn't been a lot of work done designing a specific cite for them, but feel keeping them uniform is the first step. see also, i dont really think these are 'realworld' articles - they are the patches seen in the show (in universe POV, not realworld), but illustrated and published by Anovos IRL - Captain MKB 14:02, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
- also, note the use of .png file format. for logos and patches, it creates less distortion when images are stored by the wiki, because they have solid colors and minimal photographic gradients, so the indexed color format works better. the .jpg format works better for photographic images with full color spectrums because it encodes more colors than an indexed format. -- Captain MKB 14:05, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
- I agree, a specific cite is probably not warranted at this point as there's very little information that can be gathered from this type of licensee. Thanks for reformatting the patch images - They look much better with a white background. And thanks for the tip about .png vs .jpg - I had no idea about such technical jiggery-pokery ;) -- Cyfa (talk) 14:28, December 14, 2013 (UTC)
Hi, you seem to have disregarded part of our last talk page conversation about controlling the sizes of symbols in sidebars. Generally 40px is the accepted size, you've disregarded that and have been persisting in adding larger symbols, please stop. - Captain MKB 16:09, February 9, 2014 (UTC)
- Hi Captain MKB. Actually, I haven't disregarded it. The Grala Tem article's symbol that you've just downsized was created by me back in November 2013 - before our conversation at the end of December. Admittedly, I did make a change to the article today but it didn't cross my mind to change to symbol size while was there. Oops! I'll try and remember for any future articles that I edit. -- Cyfa (talk) 17:10, February 9, 2014 (UTC)
- Blast! I've just noticed that my recent Trill articles have symbol sizes of 50px. I must be more careful when copy & pasting ;) -- Cyfa (talk) 17:25, February 9, 2014 (UTC)
- OK, just making sure. i didnt really get to explain myself either - the sidebars have become a layout problem because people persist in filling them with too much data -- they become a problem when an article has no text (where the main info should be) and then misguided users place all info in the article in the sidebar rather than filling out the article
- to keep the height of the sidebar manageable, we need to use small symbols and to limit how verbose the entries are. there's no need for wallpapering them with large symbols, and when we fill out relatives we dont need to identify the gender and birthdate of every sibling and uncle in the sidebar --it all gets kind of pedantic and it hasnt made any sense how people persist in doing so. thanks for taking heed with your newer articles -- Captain MKB 17:26, February 9, 2014 (UTC)