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  • Here's the survey. Have a look and tell me if it's ready to go live.

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    • I'll have to carefully decide who I personally want to win. I don't personally think of these in terms of "best scene" or "best character" especially if the goal is simply to determine a single supreme winner. I guess there's a lot of conditions and gray areas for me just like the authors like to imply there are no true "good guys" or true "bad guys" but a lot of nuance and plausible justifications. It was also why I'd hoped you'd allow something like a top three or a top five or categories. Each each action influences an ebb and flow of thoughts/emotion.

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    • Actually, there is a podium - the first three characters/scenes are awarded esteemed distinctions, while the next 15% are awarded Honorable Mentions (i.e. they were good, but not good enough to be among the three winners).

      No, Avasarala explains that Mars is doomed in the epilogue of CB. Other than that, your suggestions will be taken into consideration and implemented. That's the beauty of Google Forms - I can edit the survey without the votes being reset.

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  • Hey! Thanks you for all the great contributions you've made to this wiki. As we previously have discussed, I'm not around as much nowadays. Therefore, I've made some additions to the admin team: I've made you and Fandyllic admins. You don't have to use your privileges if you don't want to, but feel free to improve any area of the site as you see fit, preferably by continuing the already excellent communication that seems to be present between you, Fandyllic and MysticalArchAngel. I hope this will help resolve some of the conflicts on the wiki, and I have the utmost trust that you will do so splendidly!

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  • What's kind of shameful is that I know I should not be using apostrophes like that. I'm sure that bugs a lot of people, my ma included (she's a court proofreader and an English literary teacher.) Keep up the good work, and, hopefully, I can curb my odd writing habits.

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    • LOL.

      You keep putting in technical content for the show.  I'd love to help in that department but, I'm lousy about documenting that kind of stuff.

      As far as grammar rules, it's hard if many contemporary school systems and probably home schools won't emphasize that stuff.  I have challenges with commas in some of the complex sentence structures.  It seems the rules I was taught aren't what's taught anymore.  Then again, my education emphasized avoidance of run-on sentence structures which many of the examples would fall into.

      I was just looking at some of the more peculiar examples too.  The word "its" is the possessive form and it's an exception where the apostrophe is omitted probably because it's so commonly needed and the pronoun itself should never seldom require pluralization with "s" as a suffix.

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    • I say it's shameful in my case because I was taught these simple rules. Not in public school, but in my early homeschool years (because my ma is a very astute teacher). I just sink into habits. I used to be far too liberal with commas.

      I love adding content to wikis like this, being the nerd that I am I love science fictions shows and games. I'm quite grateful for the sharper pairs of eyes to add the last touches to the sculpture.

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  • DEV:WIP? What does this mean? Why do links in {{Roles}} default to this?

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    • Fandyllic wrote:
      So, are you worried that the number of #switch options would get too big?


      I think we might be talking about different things on that. I don't worry about the length of the switch. Unless I'm forgetting something, the only time I expressed concern was with the number of input parameters and I read something in glancing about the MediaWiki platform limiting the length of arguments passed as parameters to a template or the length of characters total passed. I think rows in the output table is probably sufficient for most purposes but, there might be an occasion someone is tempted to have a taller table. there are just over 52 weeks in a year. If most scripted TV series have one episode a week and the season runs for half a year, that's twenty-six episodes but, it has been a very long time since TV shows had that many episodes in a season. The only issue would be if anyone wants a separate row for each role a staff member takes each episode in a long season  (or all seasons in a single combined table) but In that case, I'd suggest/recommend/encourage splitting the table up into shorter tables.

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      I guess I'm also wondering why you need to output an error anyway when you could just output some CSS that would indicate a problem, like strikethrough or something like that.


      This is actually a good idea but, I fear it'd be confusing. someone could accidentally misspell the function but it wouldn't be the function that has the strikethrough styling applied. I'm not convinced that's sufficient error handling and probably imprecise. For now, I've breached the notion of modularity and output code that actually closes the style attribute value and the span it's applied to then starts a new html tag. From a programmer's perspective, it's a big "no-no" but it gives the novice a better idea why their imput didn't act "normally"

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    • Well, if the table height is your issue, you could make it scroll if it gets over certain height.

      Your reasoning for error handling is flawed in that it is based on an unnecessary constraint (having the switch only output CSS), but I guess the answer is: don't mess up.

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  • The dagger symbol does mean deceased in any piece of literature I ahve ever touched. And that its looks like a religious symbol is no surprise either. So what form of "political correctness" would suggest to break with tradition and convention here?

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  • Is there a particular reason you use PNGs over JPGs? I know that PNGs are usually higher quality, but their file size can also get huge. Unless the image has transparency, JPGs usually look just as good, load faster, and have smaller file sizes.

    It's no big deal. My screenshots usually start as PNGs, but I save them as JPG to save space.

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    • yup. only use GIF when I want a cute little animation and I don't care about image quality

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    • I suggest using "IrfanView"  no hassle in doing conversions, as batch conversion is available. IrfanView also allows full control over the JPG compression settings, so there should be no need to compromise over quality, just a bit of inital experimentation what compression settings matches the detail levels in the screenshots.

      Default PNG as of a screenshoot software are a poor choice for publishing on a webpage as they will be saved with minimal compression enabled.

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  • Since you have declared that you have a degree of expertise on the Sino-Japanese languages, what is your opinion on the following:

    The ideogram 毛 , as in Mao,  according to Google translate means either hair, or wool. Moreover, since Chinese is a language where a "word" has multiple meanings it can also mean rude , careless, or rash

    I read someplace, that authors are very selective with respect to name choices of characters, and allusions to events, concepts, and other literary works.

    Do you think it is a coincidence the authors chose the name Mao ?

    PS:  Mao Zedong, the founder and premier of the People's Republic  of China

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  • The other day you told be that I should not impose real-world facts, if it is not part of the in-line story content.

    By the same token are you not doing the same given the size of the photos? You believe it should be that large because you find it interesting?

    Is it not appropriate just to make it part of the usual photo gallery, that way if you are really interested, a person is free to click on it for further review.

    It sort of seems like your forcing the subject matter, whether a person wants to look at it or not.

    Your thoughts?

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    • I've already had the discussion with MysticArchAngel about why the photos are there and why they aren't with the other photos. I put a note in the submission comments for a reason.

      You have a spot for other photos in a separate gallery.  I used this size because it was a size I had seen Mystic use in the past on slideshows. I chose the size for no other reason.  It looks good.

      You seem to impose some of the most ridiculous capitalization rules and the most ridiculous rules for when things need to be spelled out or when they need to have a separate line or when they need to not have bullets. Against my better judgment, I don't change them. they're among many other cases where you impose rules that are poorly founded.

      Stop with the accusations. I really don't think you have an adequate grasp of online community etiquette or how to work in groups. The next time you want to talk about anyone forcing anybody, if you feel you are being singled-out, just take it directly to the admin. I feel sorry for the guy.

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    • I did not say not to put it there, I actually read the discussion, I was talking about the size

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    • Mystic actually commended me on the use of line breaks, he said I should do it more often

      I agree with captitalizations, it is a valid point for the table you made, it was just a question of style.

      The infoboxes, I was trying to make the entries flush, it just seems some people allow the entries to spill over into multiple lines. 

      I  like to examine the infobox by sight.

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