User talk:PuppyOnTheRadio

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edit Talk page header

  • New stuff goes at the bottom
  • Be funny or stupid. I reserve the right to judge which one you are being.
  • Don't be a dick. Or if you have to be a dick, be funny
  • Dancing is only permitted on a day with a y in it's name
  • Don't edit this section

edit The UnSignpost is back from holiday

We have not forgotten about you (yet)! Anton (talk) 15:59, March 28, 2014 (UTC)

edit Paramedic

VFD does now have a Poopsmith for that sort of thing — He seems to have taken the day off — but if you're going to do it, do it all, including the {{Oldvfd}}. Spıke Ѧ 23:55 28-Mar-14

Only came up as a false positive when I was looking into something else, so I removed it while I was doing my experiment (which didn't go anywhere).
I've just been looking at {{Oldvfd}} - other than it actually going to the correct archive and locating the correct header, is there anything else that needs to be fixed?                               Puppy's talk page12:01 am 29 Mar 2014

See #VFDg above; did you ever look into that? Putting all those buttons in the section heading impedes not just {{Oldvfd}} but other attempts to point someone to a section of VFD or an archive. Perhaps put the buttons inside the ballot box? Spıke Ѧ 00:13 29-Mar-14

Problem with putting it inside the ballot box is that the ballot box has no link to the actual article. We could theoretically just have the header as a standard L2 header, and incorporate {{VFDn}} into the ballot box, but I couldn't work out an effective way to incorporate that into the preload.
The quick and easy solution is to add a behavioural tag to the header templates so they would only kick in when on VFD, and not on the archives. That would solve issues with archives, but not on VFD. There was an issue when this was being put into place with Wikia updates that limited a few things. I think that that Wikia issue has been resolved, so I may have another option.                               Puppy's talk page12:35 am 29 Mar 2014
Fixed nesting issue on {{VFDg}}. I think.                               Puppy's talk page12:58 am 29 Mar 2014

edit Great signature!

Great signature! Anton (talk) 09:50, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

I am impressed by the amount of things you can do with HTML tags! Anton (talk) 09:52, March 30, 2014 (UTC)

It's what happens when I get bored.                               Puppy's talk page10:16 am 30 Mar 2014
You should get bored more often! Anton (talk) 10:22, March 30, 2014 (UTC)
Just realised it didn't work on non-white background. Fixed                               Puppy's talk page10:33 am 30 Mar 2014

edit UnNews Template

I am going via this route: Is there a different way to it now? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 11:37, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

No - you just put the link = as No additional bodies found instead of UnNews:No additional bodies found.                               Puppy's talk page01:14 pm 02 Apr 2014

edit Template:LinearGradient‎‎

As you are adding this effect to templates, please use {{LinearGradient}} so it works on more browsers and has a fallback (Anton199 and ScottPat both recently told me they cannot see the effect in my signature). And you should probably add your -webkit- thing. Spıke Ѧ 13:12 30-Mar-14

The four different options cover MSIE v10+, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera. That template doesn't cover as much, so probably could be tweaked. The problem with a fallback option is it fails when using transparency, but fading to white will work in most cases. Have to admit that using Safari on iPhone I don't see the gradient in your sig. The only reason I didn't use the template is I didn't realise it was there.                               Puppy's talk page01:26 pm 30 Mar 2014

Well, if we (meaning you) get it to work right in all the usual cases, it will be better and more concise than hard-coding HTML; also easier to update. I mention it on my talk page (but without providing any additional information). Spıke Ѧ 13:28 30-Mar-14

Very nice, and well-documented! But your choice for the default is ugly. Spıke Ѧ 13:06 2-Apr-14

Cross browser still doesn't seem to want to work for MSIE. I'm still working on it. Default choice was just first two random colours to mind.                               Puppy's talk page01:16 pm 02 Apr 2014
Working on it tomorrow. My PC just shat itself having 5 browsers open at once.                               Puppy's talk page01:19 pm 02 Apr 2014

I added grammar to the documentation, but one of us broke it: examples are no longer displayed on the template page. It can wait until tomorrow. Spıke Ѧ 13:23 2-Apr-14

Hmmm… seems fine to me. May have just needed to be purged.                               Puppy's talk page01:25 pm 02 Apr 2014
I can now see the gradient in your signature though!                               Puppy's talk page01:27 pm 02 Apr 2014

I see what's happening: Long <CODE> examples plus two-column format no longer fit on my portrait-mode PC. Spıke Ѧ 13:35 2-Apr-14

Messing with the headers on MY talk page, are we? Fixed it. A comma that should have been taken out as part of the wiki parsing was still in. Other browsers ignored it, MSIE 10 crashed. Doesn't work on MSIE 9-, but will go to default. With the no default (no variables) it's going to a white background. Did we want to change it to #f8f8f8 in that case? (Not that it's likely to be used without variables, mind you.)                               Puppy's talk page02:17 pm 02 Apr 2014

If you really want the conversation in two places, you may revert me! I don't care what happens if an editor specifies {{LinearGradient}} and doesn't specify between what and what. Spıke Ѧ 14:21 2-Apr-14

edit Countries of the world

Mimo&maxus has nominated {{World Countries}} for deletion, then withdrawn it when I pointed out that Bizzeebeever and I once discussed structuring this plus the continent templates to auto-expand out on the user's click. However, BB has left the building and I am not capable of the job. Are you able to devise a template with hide/show subtemplates? Spıke Ѧ 14:53 11-Nov-13

Missed this earlier. Oddly came across a solution over at another site where BB is active. I'll see if I can steal that, as it seems pretty well crafted.                               Puppy's talk page02:30 pm 02 Apr 2014

edit Category:ICU versus Uncyclopedia/Maintenance/ICU

We have Category:ICU and we have Uncyclopedia:Maintenance/ICU. One requires purging for correct display and one does not. They both display DPL-driven lists of crappy articles, but one is by date of tagging and one is by date of last edit, and they are not necessarily sorted by the key column. The table heading seems to correctly describe the table, but the text above the table does not seem to. Would you please see if these two pages make sense — and if there is any reason for us to have two of them?

If you have other techie investigations on your list, this is not necessarily a higher priority; and indeed it is a lower priority in my book than finding out why it is still true that "Mw.Api is not a constructor" (re: my bug report at the end of UN:HAX). Spıke Ѧ 17:50 15-Nov-13

There was a reason why both of these were put together in different ways, but cannot for the life of me remember why it was done. I remember having a disagreement with a former admin about this, as it was during a time where {{fix}} was being used as a backdoor method of deleting articles, which is why the last edit date became important, as those that were 30+ days were ripe for deletion at that stage, but there was no listing that showed what was likely to be deleted in any form of priority. I don't know that they have any separate value any more though. (We should still have some list of “these articles need work” though that is linked to UN:WYCD.)                               Puppy's talk page09:25 pm 15 Nov 2013
I hadn't seen this page before! And I have been here for - like five years! --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 22:21, November 15, 2013 (UTC)

For the record, what I would like is a single page with a single table that has ICU articles with a column for date tagged and a column for last edit, perhaps using the technology that Wikipedia has for rosters of athletic teams that lets you pick the sort column by clicking on the column head. Spıke Ѧ 22:59 15-Nov-13

  1. Watchlist tool bug - haven't been able to replicate it, but also can't get it to work. My skill at API calls is non-existent, so this is well down my list.
  2. Date of tag - started playing with this, but kept coming up with a DPL bug that I can't get around easily. Given we only have half a dozen pages with ICU tags this probably isn't that important, but I'll work on it.                               Puppy's talk page02:36 pm 02 Apr 2014

A complaint about the "Mw.Api is not a constructor" appears in the history of the JavaScript page. BB may have solved this or changed to a different method. Spıke Ѧ 15:02 2-Apr-14

PS--As I mentioned, I found new code for this and got it to work, briefly, but now it doesn't. (User:SPIKE/watchgadget.js) Something suspicious is the way BB's code creates a "bb" sub-object of window and each of his projects creates its persistent stuff as a sub-object of "bb". This suggests that Watchgadget works for me and then stops working based on the fact that I ran another BB gadget. But at one point yesterday, I renamed "bb" to "spike" and everything quit. My JavaScript skill is surely worse than yours; I can write code to use documented interfaces, am less capable defining my own, and can barely read the looping constructs and the $() stuff. It doesn't help that there are few debugging tools and are often old versions stuck in the cache. Peek into my files any time, if you like. Spıke Ѧ 15:38 3-Apr-14

This is fixed. BB created separate code in my uncyclopedia.js after I had complained about some new animation on the site. Essentially, uncyclopedia.js called the watchgadget (which worked, one time) and then went on to break mw. Spıke Ѧ 10:50 10-Apr-14

Good news! Crosses item off list.                               Puppy's talk page01:04 pm 10 Apr 2014

edit VFDg

In the archive, this template produces a single right bracket floating by itself. I see what you are trying to do but don't seem to be able to move the right bracket to the right place and get the example to work (though this may have to do with the stickiness of the Preview window). Would you please put the right bracket in the right place? Additionally, the template's conditionality seems to be more than needed, unless you were trying to maximize the similarity to the regular ballot template. Spıke Ѧ 15:14 12-Jan-14

Fixed the bracket. Still working on the options, but I'm thinking I may just strip them completely if the page is other than VFD or the current archive.                               Puppy's talk page02:40 pm 02 Apr 2014

edit Masturbation against will

Otherwise known as self page rape.                               Puppy's talk page02:53 pm 02 Apr 2014

Are you a talkpage then? Anton (talk) 18:28, April 2, 2014 (UTC)

edit Poopsmithing

I was not meticulous about posting the disposition of the current batch of alumni at VFD. I'll poopsmith it myself in 12-24 hours if Nick123 doesn't stroll back in. And will put the Hiring sign back on the door.

Meanwhile, I have written a disambiguation page Agent as you requested. Please change your 0.5 vote into an opinion for or against this effort. Spıke Ѧ 12:40 3-Apr-14

edit VFS

Shabidoo has a valid point. VFS is a specific ritual involving special rules, as we decided last year, which continue to include double votes for Admins. Any innovations such as intern-Admins that you want to run up the flagpole ought not be attached to VFS for the vote (where most ordinary Uncyclopedians don't look for opportunities to vote at all) or they would be subject to the same rule.

On the specific innovation, my comment is on the page: It is a good idea, and the key reservation is that our requirement for Admins to act with "collegiality" would tend to inhibit us from ever deciding that the intern just didn't cut the mustard. Spıke Ѧ 00:09 4-Apr-14

Given it's a VFS vote, and we made/retained the double value in first round of voting last time, it logically follows that double value votes for admins in this round.
As for the score carding the intern admins - when we did this last nobody bothered to scorecard when it was over. The only feedback people have was they were unhappy with my banning of Dexter for dickishness when Lyrithya and I were trying to fix the broken VFD page - mainly because I put the ban on without a detailed rationale as to why I banned him for a day. My thinking is that changing VFD to something completely different when you can see two admins are trying to restore it is a pretty obvious reason to get banned.                               Puppy's talk page01:03 am 04 Apr 2014

Dexter, now there's a name from the past; my only thing approaching dealing with him is he once asked me to Skype to him regarding a several-person audio collab. I looked up Skype on Wikipedia and decided I did not want to give it a blank check over my PC. Yes, I think banning (or generally even reverting) a registered Uncyclopedian should be explained (though I cannot assure that I have been entirely consistent at this). But my comment on interns was independent on the results regarding any specific past intern, including you.

Now, separately, I've spent part of the evening studying mw.Api again. A marvelously useful interface, but I cannot tell whether it is current or not, nor why, at User:SPIKE/watchgadget.js, invoking it leads the interpreter to conclude that it isn't defined. Nor, by looking at the other JavaScript that is invoked on my behalf, if anyone else either invokes it or banishes it. I can't quite tell how in JavaScript to call the Unwatch URL, though I could compose it; but mw.Api obviates this, except that it doesn't work. Spıke Ѧ 01:31 4-Apr-14

As far as I recall mw.Api is current. As I said I was unable to get the script to work as it was. I'm wondering if you have several scripts that are conflicting - the same variable being used for different thingies.
I've been putting this down on my list of priorities, but I will get there. I'd suggest trying to use the different scripts one at a time - see if you can get it to work as a separate script, and then introduce other scripts until it breaks (assuming it does). That would be my first step.                               Puppy's talk page01:53 am 04 Apr 2014

edit Phil Osophy

I saw your comment on VFD and so could you please tell me what parts or what aspects need work? Anton (talk) 13:11, April 7, 2014 (UTC)

Another thing: concerning otMs, Phrank Psinatra got six votes at UN:WOTM and he was nominated in March. I think this is another exception, when you can be given an award, even if this is not the beginning of the month, right? Anton (talk) 14:10, April 7, 2014 (UTC)

edit A Watchgadget puzzle

User:SPIKE/watchgadget-v2.js still has a bug: It does not insert Unwatch buttons for pages where the page name is not the page title (because of things like ? being converted to %3F, such as the entire Why?: namespace). The offending code might be at linkMatchesCriteria(). The constructs this function operates on are out of my knowledge; all I know about them is that, when I try to put them in an alert() function to track this bug down precisely, they no longer even exist. Spıke Ѧ 23:36 12-Apr-14

Quick search shows me which tells me:
  • escape() will not encode: @*/+
  • encodeURI() will not encode: ~!@#$&*()=:/,;?+'
  • encodeURIComponent() will not encode: ~!*()'
What we would want to be not encoded is :/ but the rest we would - I think. Might have to experiment.
I'd suggest, as our needs aren't covered by any of the standard functions above, instead you may need to use nested replace statements to manually encode and compare and then decode, if you follow my meaning. Or you may be able to regexp replace, but I'm useless at regexp.                               Puppy's talk page12:30 am 13 Apr 2014

I am able to code regexps, but my eyes glaze over in this JavaScript world where, instead of specifying a sequence of actions, you pin tails on the tail of a tail. However, after further testing, it seems that this function of BB's that creates a regexp was the thing that was translating characters. I seem to have fixed the bug and simplified the code, woo-hoo. Spıke Ѧ 01:41 13-Apr-14

The Watchgadget has another bug: As it prepares (in double quotes) a JavaScript expression to link to an anchor, the string is terminated prematurely any time the target page title includes a double quote. I could easily go to single quotes in the container, but articles just as often contain apostrophes that would trip that up. You can take a look at this if you think you could help. I remember from my troff days that probably 9 or 12 backslashes will successfully escape the quote character (I don't see why 1 doesn't) but it is not worth the time playing trial-and-error. Spıke Ѧ 21:51 14-Apr-14

Bleargh. Replace with the URL encode equivalent as it grabs the title? Yep - I'll eventually get round to pulling a few of these scripts apart and putting them back together. There's a few js tricks I want to have and just haven't had the chance yet. By the time I get there you'll probably have fixed it anyway.                               Puppy's talk page10:00 pm 14 Apr 2014
VBS is so much simpler.                               Puppy's talk page10:01 pm 14 Apr 2014

Fixed with encodeURIComponent(), which you seem to have found first. If you find time on your hands, the tiny remaining bug is that the Watchgadget applies itself to links in Change Summaries, but I can probably exclude these cases through their CSS. 22:33 14-Apr-14 PS--Indeed, they are all children of a SPAN. jQuery has a way to do it. Spıke Ѧ 00:31 16-Apr-14

edit Section numbering on UN:HAX

PS--Forgive me if I've asked this before, but what sorcery is suppressing the section numbering of UN:HAX? Spıke Ѧ 00:22 14-Apr-14

New to me. May have been happening for a while and just haven't noticed. Nothing I can recall in our CSS about numbering or UN:HAX specifically, so my assumption is one of the HAX is having an unintended effect. If I have time I'll experiment by transclusion/subst elsewhere, and try and replicate, and then try and strip out half of the page, and then half again, to try and determine it. If there's a trick there we can use it may help on pages like UnNews instead of using {{h3}}.                               Puppy's talk page01:21 am 14 Apr 2014

It has been happening for a while. If that is how you'd attack it, here goes. Spıke Ѧ 21:53 14-Apr-14

It is caused by either of the two examples of <DynamicPageList>. What's odd is that none of the three pages in the list seem to be suppressing their own section numbering. Spıke Ѧ 22:06 14-Apr-14

Have never seen DPL do that before. And if that's the cause, why would Main page remain unaffected? Curiouser and curiouser.                               Puppy's talk page10:13 pm 14 Apr 2014

Does not happen when I set the namespace to UnNews to get a null listing. Does happen with the original even after tweaking the other parameters. Over to you, whenever you get time. Spıke Ѧ 22:40 14-Apr-14

2046 it is then. Does turning browser js off have an impact? (I doubt it, but want to eliminate variables.)                               Puppy's talk page10:48 pm 14 Apr 2014

edit VFS 2

I think in the past that new proposal was dealt with in another way. I looked at the forum, and I don't think they even voted for the idea. When four administrators agreed to temporarily abandon their status, the community just chose the four candidates it wanted to have as administrators. It seems more reasonable, as it is true that there is not much work to be done currently, and so if more people would be opped, it would be considered more of a help to the others, while if a few people agree to step down for a while, it will be a real experiment with the new candidates getting to do everyday work of administrators. What do you think about this? Anton (talk) 17:08, April 14, 2014 (UTC)

There wasn't really much need for them back then. I think I used my admin capacity about four times over that month. Each time I'd go to do something it would have been done. Did a lot more admin stuff at the mirror - I updated every single article by importing the current version. Voting is over for April anyway, so we can close VFS for the month. If you want to draft the proposal with more detail for May or June, be my guest.                               Puppy's talk page09:31 pm 14 Apr 2014
Sure, but not for May, it'll be too early. Anton (talk) 11:22, April 15, 2014 (UTC)

edit Template Nicequote

EpicWinner last night converted one of my FAs to use {{Nicequote}} instead of {{Q}} (reverted). Examining this template, you scolded him long ago not to unilaterally change a template that had undergone extensive discussion. If it were not for that, I would have made an edit of my own: Is it not a bug that the template uses style= to call for italics for the quotation marks and not for the quotation? As the documentation contains an example of using italics inside the quotation, the correct fix is to remove italics from the quotation marks.

In related news:

  • I made the documentation a little more complete, and removed the assertion that the "other" template uses <CODE> (which I only see used in its documentation).
  • On his specific edit to the template, I took his side, that em-dash is a more common character than tilde to introduce the attribution.
  • My default font has no italic font, so {{Nicequote}} with the above "bug" exaggerates the shift of the quotation marks and looks especially ugly to me. How {{Q}} looks to me is totally governed by CSS on my end.
  • Protect the template? Open a (sigh!) Forum? Spıke Ѧ 12:36 19-Apr-14
Forum, forum, forum. Never really understood the point of NiceQuote! Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 13:40, April 19, 2014 (UTC)
I'm trying to recall the history of this template. I have a feeling that the italics was actually an attempt to have a more “smart” than "straight" quote feel. Which given we could just change the quotes over makes little sense. Possible that it was me that made that change.
High use (say 100+) templates should always be at least semi-protected on principle. Someone once edited the headline template - used on almost every page - at Gagapedia to say "Gaggingpedia", regardless of what the text sent to the template was. Which I mention as an example of why we should protect these, as well as pride on my only bit of wiki-vandalism well done.
Have we forumised yet?                               Puppy's talk page09:17 pm 20 Apr 2014

Don't "try to recall the history." Just click on "extensive discussion" in the opening paragraph above. Spıke Ѧ 21:28 20-Apr-14

Nothing specific was said as to why we have {{Nicequote}} when we have {{Q}} - which is what I was trying to recall. Maybe we should just redirect the former to the latter. I can't see a reason why the minor differences in style will make a significant impact. (I hate quotes most of the time, tbh, so not fussed about the change one way or the other.)                               Puppy's talk page09:42 pm 20 Apr 2014

Mordillo's posture during that debate was, "Let a thousand quotation styles bloom." That's not my posture; I think authors should work their magic while supporting the cover story of an encyclopedia that takes itself so seriously as to have a single style. We'll see what EpicWinner brings to this discussion regarding the advantages of {{Nicequote}}, if he comes. I edited UNQUOTE today to bring it up to date and to further discourage use of options other than {{Q}}. Spıke Ѧ 21:51 20-Apr-14

The one thing I would suggest is for the rare multi-line quotes {{cquote}} or {{vquote}} have a usage separate to the standard. But I probably should revisit the coding on those.                               Puppy's talk page10:06 pm 20 Apr 2014

edit {Anchor}

It seems there is a template {{Anchor}} that could solve the problem that {{VFDn}} et al. create a section heading that no one will point to. {{Anchor}} creates a null <SPAN> with the ID given as the argument. This could be the page being VFD'd. Spıke Ѧ 02:47 25-Apr-14

It should be fixed now anyway. But yeah - creating anchors was another way I could have gone around this, but unless it's still broken probably not much point.                               Puppy's talk page07:23 am 25 Apr 2014

edit Template:RL

Thanks for creating this! However, there is a slight problem, as if you type {{RL|Something}} it displays as {{{2|Something}}}. Maybe just replace the then part of the if clause with just {{{1}}}? If a page to which a user wants to link some text does not exist, he won't need both the link and the text to be displayed, only the text itself. Anton (talk) 17:01, April 29, 2014 (UTC)

Something has been changed in the MW parsing, because I'm positive that used to work. There is another way to do this so it will take the 2nd argument, but I originally had it exactly the way you describe it. I'm getting annoyed with the latest MW updates, as certain things that used to work have vanished, and there's no back support. UnBooks:Where do babies come from? has been broken, and I'm assuming Game:Alone in the Dark and Microsoft Knowledge Base are likewise screwed up. Of course, they also chose to employ Lyrithya as an intern, so I don't credit them with any significant intelligence.                               Puppy's talk page09:49 pm 29 Apr 2014
OK. Microsoft Knowledge Base used to work perfectly only a few months ago, but when I look at it now, the error messages don't display and I thought that this was because of my browser. Also, who said that we've been lucky to have people like Lyrithya? Anton (talk) 19:10, April 30, 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I see the Knowledge Base works now (and I've just read your message on Simsie's talk page). Anton (talk) 19:13, April 30, 2014 (UTC)
Still needs fixing - the formatting is out with Vector skin, but to so it right I'll need to recreate it from ground up.
The other articles that were broken don't appear to be broken any more. I'm not sure if it has been update to fix update, or if there's cross browser issues, or what is happening.
I saw something the other day that I have no use for on here - except as a better way to do that UnBook mentioned above - but you might get some benefit from. I'm going to look into it a little more, but it'll probably be this weekend - which is when I'm going to pimp out fonts.wikia a tad more. Just don't let me forget.                               Puppy's talk page11:16 pm 30 Apr 2014

edit Scam letter

Could you please look at the changes I made to your article and say if they should or no? I explained everything in the change summary. Anton (talk) 14:52, May 2, 2014 (UTC)

It's somewhat of an abandoned work, tbh. I actually prefer this revision over the later ones, but there were a few similar articles, and I merged them all together, and the rendition that was in the latest version was a genuine(ish) letter.
There is a certain inside joke element to this. Someone asked "how do I wrote an article for USP" on the press room, so I started riffing off bollocks in a as an answer in a spam letter format, and then decided to try and create it as an article. The end result wasn't as good as I hoped, so I've left it alone. Feel free to do whatever you like to it.                               Puppy's talk page12:35 am 03 May 2014

edit Template:USP article

Hi! Do you know why some span and div tags, full URLs, external links and finally linear gradients don't work in USP articles? I've tried many times but the just doesn't display with them inside. Here's a recent example, when I've tried to add Spike's linear gradient - [1] in the "A Linear What?" article. I don't remember if I have already asked you this or no, so sorry if I have. Also, while I added a font family tag to the same template so the article's text could be displayed in the font as the heading and category, it doesn't seem to work with every article, even in the same UnSignpost. For instance, in the UnSignpost:UnSignpost/20140328 the fonts work only in the short right-column article "Free work force needed". Is there any connection between that and the article's length? Thank you beforehand. Anton (talk) 10:40, May 18, 2014 (UTC)

I had a chat with Spike on this offsite. I have a guess as to what the cause of the nested template issue is, which he's looking into.                               Puppy's talk page01:20 am 21 May 2014

edit Have you forgotten about the UnSignpost's anniversary?

Anton (talk) 17:31, May 20, 2014 (UTC)

edit New rollback toy

I've got a new version of Rollback All at User:SPIKE/RollbackAll.js. It uses jQuery for elegance and Ajax to avoid opening additional browser tabs. However, there remain cases where it fails silently, presumably because of a run-time error that makes RollbackAll() terminate, though my tools don't show me any such thing. Can you see any obvious coding errors? Spıke Ѧ 14:54 8-Jun-14

edit SFV

VFS is open again, in case you are interested! Anton (talk) 16:48, June 13, 2014 (UTC)

edit Judging

Okay Puppy. First thanks for judging!!! Everything is set to go judging. So just click on the scores and comments per article and fill out the results for each cirteria out of 10 and the final score out of 30 and any comment (even if its just a sentence). If you are extremely busy you can bypass all of this and just give the articles a score out of 10 with no comment. Its up to you. --ShabiDOO 14:34, June 18, 2014 (UTC)

If you are very busy, you don't have to read my article at all, just remember to put 30/30 in the final score section. Anton (talk) 16:19, June 18, 2014 (UTC)
Hi Puppy. It's been almost a week since the articles were written. I'd like to have the results in at the very latest by next Sunday. Would that be possible for you. I don't mind looking up an alternate judge if you're busy these days. Cheers --ShabiDOO 01:18, June 23, 2014 (UTC)
Probably better to grab an alternate. I was hoping to have these done weekend just passed, but time is not my friend. Sorry - I genuinely feel annoyed at not being able to contribute this time around.                               Puppy's talk page08:24 am 23 Jun 2014

edit Ruddy's Harry and the UnSignpost!

Sir ScottPat (converse) White Ensign Scotland Flag 1 Compassrose VFH UnS NotM WotM WotY 09:44, July 15, 2014 (UTC)

edit Scam

Hi Puppy! Scam letter is a feature! Do you have any other abandoned articles left? Anton (talk) 16:49, July 30, 2014 (UTC)

Well done! Not sure if I deserve any feature credit on that at all given you did a huge re-write. I'll let you make that call.
I had a plan back in 2011/2012 to have all the top 10, and the majority of top 100 vital articles turned into feature worthy material. I was stopped by being perma banned, which took a but of the wind out of my efforts. Philosophy should be a feature, given the getting to Philosophy phenomena, and it's relative importance.                               Puppy's talk page10:31 pm 30 Jul 2014
Wait, what? Of course, you do deserve feature credit. It's still your article: I haven't even rewritten a single one of your original letters and most of my edits concerned formatting (and who showed me these formatting tricks?!)! Anton (talk) 09:26, July 31, 2014 (UTC)

edit UnSignpost

Hi Pup! Hello Mr Administrator! I saw you on recent changes and would like to ask you to use your administrator's powers once again to move Uncyclopedia:UnSignpost/20110806 to UnSignpost:UnSignpost/20110806, please!

By the way, great work with images and, please, check out my answer on Romartus' talk page. Anton (talk) 15:47, August 14, 2014 (UTC)

Move done. Not sure if I should have left that redirect behind or not though. -- Simsilikesims(♀GUN) Talk here. 17:00, August 14, 2014 (UTC)
The fact that he is an Admin indeed doesn't mean he is the only one. But separately, that naming convention (UnSignpost:UnSignpost) can't be optimal! Spıke Ѧ 23:11 14-Aug-14
Well, it has some sense and it's easier to replace one namespace with the other than to change the name of a page entirely. Anton (talk) 10:50, August 15, 2014 (UTC)

edit MediaWiki:Newarticletext

It is not Sunday, but I see you have a new "temporary" Ring of Power! Would you please look at MediaWiki:Newarticletext and see if you can tell why my edit of 27-Jul doesn't translate to a suggested link to userspace in the case that the person tries to create an article in mainspace (NS:0)? For example, create a page in mainspace yourself and note that these instructions present the double-bracket code rather than just give you something to click on to create a page in userspace. Spıke Ѧ 23:09 14-Aug-14

Should be good. Only problem is that if not logged if if will give you [User: name|User:<insert name here>/Page name]. I have no way of working around that - can't determine is someone is logged in or not. you could use {{USERNAME|Create an account}} to at least change the look, but I don't have a workaround for the link, or a way to suppress display for logged in/unlogged in users.                               Puppy's talk page04:57 am 17 Aug 2014

Thanks, that fixes it! ({{USERNAME}} requires JavaScript but your code shows something instructive if JavaScript is off. JavaScript may have an mw variable it can test for. Spıke Ѧ 11:06 17-Aug-14

edit So you really are an admin now

Please accept my belated congratulations. I'm sorry to see that it's temporary, because I have a selfish belief that it should be permanent. (Am I brown nosing again?) -– Llwy-ar-lawr talkcontribs 00:28, August 23, 2014 (UTC)

Yeah - eventually one of us will get around to removing that status.
The sad truth is I'm here so rarely it makes no sense for me to be a permanent admin. It was handy for a particular purpose though.                               Puppy's talk page02:24 pm 28 Aug 2014
Lots of the permanent admins are here more rarely than you. -– Llwy-ar-lawr talkcontribs 16:49, August 28, 2014 (UTC)

edit Forum:I think I fixed the sprite

Llwy has JS code to deal with Wikia's new "info icon." She has code to deal with some of our nagging Table of Contents issues that doesn't do anything for me; I have code that does, only it isn't good, and she has tested in more environments than I have. Would you please visit there? Spıke Ѧ 22:52 30-Aug-14

edit Deletion survivor categories

Llwy and I concur at Uncyclopedia talk:Votes for deletion#Redlinked deletion survivor categories that categories for deletion survivors are unnecessary; and it is a continuing chore to create them. Please visit that page and concur or defend them. Spıke Ѧ 22:55 19-Sep-14

edit Here's a very special UnSignpost

Anton (talk) 17:48, November 9, 2014 (UTC)

edit Editing under the influence

Judging from your Change Summaries (and after a trip to Google), I recommend you get some sleep and not use your new ability to unblock yourself. Spıke Ѧ 15:30 3-Dec-14

edit Template:FA

Very well, though I don't understand your Change Summary. But it seems I had reverted Simsie, whose Summary said to look at her talk page (where there is nothing) or yours (except it isn't clear where any archives live). Spıke Ѧ 23:09 8-Dec-14

It came about due to my playing around with a couple of articles prior to them becoming FA, and as a result one of my "test" pages ended up on the front page as feature. The way that FA used to work was that if a featured article was transcluded into another page, it also transcluded the FA template, along with the links/categories that showed the article as a feature due to our DPL tricks. That change you were looking at stops the links/categories from being transcluded a second time, so that only the original article ends up as a feature, not any other pages that transclude it.
It was a conversation held ages ago. It's a little hacky in the way that it works, but it works without going through an even more complex FA process. it's also works well for dealing with nested templates that play with categories.                               Puppy's talk page11:36 pm 08 Dec 2014

Transcluding an entire article into another one? Countermanding side effects with deliberately miscoded tags? This is just unwise, but I don't insist. I don't know when the conversation was held, but the change I inadvertently reverted was made in Oct-13, and again, there should be some way to find your archives to learn the context. Spıke Ѧ 23:53 8-Dec-14

edit Liberal Party of Australia

Nice that you dropped by! Would you please review Anon's massive dump into this article from some other wiki that has templates we don't? Spıke Ѧ 01:35 8-Mar-15

The article prior to these edits has a lot of randumbo and cruft. While there's some randumbo here, it is actually a huge improvement on what was there prior. The editor is obviously wiki savvy - my guess is from Wikipedia based on those templates. I'm happy with the edits. Frosty previously did a lot of work on Tony Abbott, who is the leader of that party, so if he's around he may have another perspective.                               Puppy's talk page04:24 am 08 Mar 2015

OK, then I'll mark his edits Patrolled and invite him to register, thanks. Spıke Ѧ 04:48 8-Mar-15

edit Miss me?

Miss me? DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 03:42, April 2, 2015 (UTC)

My heart has been rent into a thousand pieces while you've been away.                               Puppy's talk page07:34 am 02 Apr 2015
Only a thousand? Hugs! My first article here in almost five years is UnNews:Obama plans to get millions of girls. But I'm adopter/admin/bureaucrat of DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 04:22, April 3, 2015 (UTC)
I'm rarely here at all any more. Too busy doing nothing of value in the real world.                               Puppy's talk page10:32, April 30, 2015 (UTC)
Time to get off the radio Pup? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 21:42, April 30, 2015 (UTC)
The real world sucks. That's why I plan to go to college until I retire. DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 04:22, May 2, 2015 (UTC)
PuppyOffTheRadio jyust doesn't have the same ring. Although I've handed in my notice at work, so I may be unemployed soon - which means more time on here.
And I didn't get no real education. The only reason I didn't drop out of high school is that just waiting out the time seemed like less effort.                               Puppy's talk page05:44 am 02 May 2015

edit Springtime Surprise! assignment

Your article to write (by 23:59 UTC 3-May) is Bedspring. Spıke Ѧ 13:28 28-Apr-15

edit Selfie vandal

If you don't stop vandalizing your own user page I'm going to report you to....I don't know. DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 05:02, May 4, 2015 (UTC)

Goddamn vandals! I'll deal with this!                               Puppy's talk page09:26 am 05 May 2015
Good! I see you banned the bad dog for 42 seconds. Good dog! DAP Dame Pleb Com. Miley Spears (talk) 01:20, May 6, 2015 (UTC)

edit Conjoined class selector

Thanks for commenting at Template talk:Recent. It was the linear gradient thing where my old browser needed the -moz prefix; for rounded borders, it doesn't.

In my version of MediaWiki:Common.css of 22:36 UTC 24-May (undone), I tried to select for all pages in the UnNews space that are being viewed (as opposed to edited or having their history viewed). I selected:

 body.ns-102.action-view H1.firstHeading { display: none !important } the new UnNews masthead takes the place of the Uncyclopedia page title that is normally the <H1>. ns-102 is the UnNews namespace, and action-view is a class of the BODY of any page you are simply viewing.

I've found a claim that specifying two classes was in CSS 2.1, which even my old browser has. But this edit seemed to disable the entire rule for me. It might be that one can combine multiple [class~=...] clauses, but it might also be that you have a simpler answer. Spıke Ѧ 00:17 25-May-15

Never mind, it's working now! My confusion seems to come from Wikia stickiness; there is a delayed effect when you edit the system CSS. Spıke Ѧ 10:04 25-May-15

I knew there was something CSS3 that Firefox 3.4/3.5 was funky with. As for the latter thingy, glad it sorted itself, as my very quick code read earlier didn't present any reason I could see for any issues. I wonder if purging after edit would be effective for CSS pages.                               Puppy's talk page03:59 am 26 May 2015

edit User:Caram/DiezelSun

This article looks like the product of Google Translate, but there is a lot of crap in userspace, and voters don't have the energy to get through the current VFD page, much less police userspace, even at the request of a new username who might or might not be the author. So I removed your {{VFD}} (as you didn't open a ballot anyway). 13:03 Must have missed that. Spıke Radiomicrophone20:57 21-Jun-15

edit Active Admin

Want to add yourself to the active admin list? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 17:46, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

Given I make about one edit a week, it'd be an overstatement to call me active. Especially if a newbie was asking me for help.                               Puppy's talk page09:10 pm 07 Jul 2015

edit Hall of shame

Hi Puppy, just to let you know I marked two amendments this morning to Uncyclopedia:Hall of Shame/PuppyOnTheRadio‎‎ as patrolled. Assumed it was your good self as an i.p. editing as it seemed to be updating the entry, not vandalism. --EStop (talk) 07:40, July 31, 2015 (UTC)

Yep - t'was me. I'm not a racist, but... is a creation of my short lived sock C2H6O, which is more annoying to type properly than PuppyOnTheRadio. And I really should log in when editing. Pup
And now C₂H₆O has 3 features under his (or her) name. Which means one feature for every 3.75 days of activity. Whereas I have one for every 56 days. (S)he's not getting any credit for it though! The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:48 am 31 Jul 2015

edit Things you can find


Hint. It is not a rubber dog collar. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 10:20, July 31, 2015 (UTC)

It's the tail that concerns me more. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:33 am 31 Jul 2015

edit Section numbering

Nice to see you checking back in. I followed your revert at your Featured Article with an explanation to the young vandal and a one-day ban.

Section numbering has been broken for about a week. (Just before it went away entirely, it started to work at UN:HAX, where we discussed that something about the DPL examples on that page had been breaking it.) I filed a bug report and Sannse stated: "The section numbering in articles preference was removed a while back, it was rarely used and so depreciated." Unfortunately, we are in the business of imitating Wikipedia and not tracking what Bronies wikis rarely use. It would take 15 lines of JavaScript/jQuery to put it back. I can do $("H1 H2 H3 H4 H5").each() from memory but would have to go back to the book to code the rest; it might come to you more quickly. At that point, of course, we now have to beg to Wikia to put the result into MediaWiki:Uncyclopedia.js. Care to try? Spıke Radiomicrophone14:12 28-Aug-15

I'm just about to fall asleep, as I've spent the last couple days moving house, and have more to do tomorrow. I'd probably have to go to book as well, tbh. Is it that it has been killed by Wikia, or has there been a change to global preferences that we can switch back on? The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 02:20 pm 28 Aug 2015
Also, I thought we had admin protect on features for the day of feature. That article was only autoconfirmed protect. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 02:21 pm 28 Aug 2015

Romartus does the featuring, but autoconfirmed is the protection I have noticed for FAs, during their featuring and afterward. We allow FAs to be edited to be "brought up-to-date" but Romartus has been especially active in reverting other edits. Spıke Radiomicrophone14:25 28-Aug-15

Do FAs need to be brought up-to-date on the day of feature? I'm asleep anyway. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 02:34 pm 28 Aug 2015

I think FAs are presumed to be exactly up-to-date on the day of feature (which now lasts a week or so). Regarding the JavaScript, screw it: I am prevented from even editing my own Uncyclopedia.js. Spıke Radiomicrophone14:36 28-Aug-15

I could not even do the above right from memory! But here is some code that works. Ideally it should be in a function so my variables don't interfere if other variables of the same name exist globally. Spıke Radiomicrophone22:24 28-Aug-15

/* JavaScript to prepend section numbers to every heading on the page. */
var hh2 = 0, hh3 = 0, hh4 = 0, hh5 = 0;
$("H2,H3,H4,H5").each(function(index, element) {
/* The page name is an H1.  Ignore user H1s in the article. */
/* Also ignore "From Uncyclopedia..." and the heading on the Table of Contents. */
  if (( == "siteSub")
    || (hh2 == 0 && $(this).text() == "Contents"))
    return true;
  switch (element.tagName) {
    case "H2": hh2 = hh2 + 1; hh3 = 0; hh4 = 0; hh5 = 0; s = hh2+" "; break;
    case "H3": hh3 = hh3 + 1; hh4 = 0; hh5 = 0; s = hh2+"."+hh3+" "; break;
    case "H4": hh4 = hh4 + 1; hh5 = 0; s = hh2+"."+hh3+"."+hh4+" "; break;
    case "H5": hh5 = hh5 + 1; s = hh2+"."+hh3+"."+hh4+"."+hh5+" "; break;
I'm glad I slept on it. Very clean coding, but would have taken me far too long to get to the same result. (Js has never been my forte.) The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 11:36 pm 28 Aug 2015

[Replace code above and my description of improvements, with improved code above.] And are you familiar with SQL? Spıke Radiomicrophone03:20 1-Sep-15

I haven't used SQL since 1991, so I'd have to say no. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 09:38 pm 01 Sep 2015

edit Uncyclopedia:At A Glance

This dashboard by Dr. Skullthumper has a component at {{Uncyclopedia:At A Glance/usertalk}} that tracks activity on user talk pages. There is a comment on the talk page that it would be cute to have a box that lists the most recently created talk pages (that is, new Uncyclopedians who have just been welcomed). Can you clone and modify the DPL in this template to do this? Spıke Radiomicrophone03:34 24-Nov-15

DPL list of user talk pages by creation date? Definitely do-able. Without looking, I'm assuming it's currently using modified date as a sortorder. Changing that to created date should be the ticket. Let me have a look this evening my time - should have something by tomorrow. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 05:56 am 24 Nov 2015
Odd. <forum> is similar but slightly different to <dpl>. So the change in ordermethod would work with DPL (I think), but not working with forum. Trying to change the tags though is stopping my edits saving, from what I can see. It may be a phone edit issue though, so I'll either get it fixed quickly when I'mon a PC, or I'll end up recreating the DPL from scratch. Hmmm… The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 08:43 am 24 Nov 2015
Okay - long story short. Technically it works. In practise, the servers die when they try to run the background SQL that (I think) is trying to sort all the user pages based on first edit date. So it may be possible, but I'm not sure how. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:37 am 24 Nov 2015

edit Request For Rename

Tim Quievryn wrote me today on whether to delay or proceed with restricting page-move to Rollbackers and Admins, and I said all active Admins reacted positively. (See Forum:Page-move restricted.) You might want to start toying with your project to automate such requests. Spıke Radiomicrophone04:19 19-Dec-15

edit Template:VFDr

That seems to have done it, thanks! I would have had to go back to the books for a couple hours to come up with that formulation. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:08 21-Jun-16

It's nice when the first attempted solution works. The previous edit was by PuppyOnTheRadio (Talk). 17:18, June 21, 2016 (UTC)

Indeed, more than a couple hours, as I would not have attacked the problem "Is there another way to generate {" but "How can this page be recoded to not have <nowiki> inside <inputbox>." Thanks. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:52 21-Jun-16

That'd be fairly easy. Once you remove the inputbox all you're left with is the need for a link to add section with preload. Add the topic header into the preload text, add ?preload= to your link, and Bob's your father's brother.
I did play with that as an option when rejigging VFD. I would probably have opted for a new page inputbox like VFH does if it had come to that though. That would add a few extra pre-populate options (so bringing it to a single template). It would have involved moving to individual pages per nomination, so DPL to have the VFD page have the same functionality, and a different archive system, which would effectively auto-archive. We decided against that when we had the inputbox option working though. The previous edit was by PuppyOnTheRadio (Talk). 23:39, June 21, 2016 (UTC)

edit OneRingworld Image

Is there a chance that there's a higher-res version of the One Ringworld picture you posted back in the day knocking around, and that you still have it? We wanted to print up a copy as a present for a friend. Properly attributed, of course. :) LisardggY

Not signed in. Sadly no. This was a quick and dirty chop done using MS paint, of all things. I stole two images and stuck them together, and added a gold colored ovoid. Can't recall where I got the source images. PuppyOnTheRadio
Alas! Thanks anyway. LisardggY

edit Mother Fucker

Thanks for trying to make something of this article. However, can you do nothing with my segue into Movies other than revert it? Spıke Radiomicrophone17:41 16-Aug-16

Sorry - that was unintentional. All I wanted to do was remove the Cosby line and change Blessed to Holy. I'm not sold on the movie concept - seems another concept added in without adding to the whole IMO - but was happy to see how it panned out. The Grandmotherfucker part doesn't fit with the main concept either. The only concept I can see really gaining ground is expanding to be a parody of Mother Theresa, but it's a one hit joke that I ca't see stretching - qv Big Butte Creek. The previous edit was by PuppyOnTheRadio (Talk). 21:12, August 16, 2016 (UTC)

edit Template:Title

Would you please look at this and the related JavaScript code in MediaWiki:Common.js? I may have broken the template when I edited Common to use jQuery. Expert3222 notes that it doesn't work if the desired title is italic (as we do all over the place with names of shows and songs). Spıke Radiomicrophone23:40 24-Aug-16

edit Return of the Pup

Good to see you are writing again Pup. I like Old Testament Law, I don't think it needs a Pee Review? Go for Feature! --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 11:15, September 10, 2016 (UTC)

Second positive review that has so far. thanks. Maybe I'm just expecting something more - maybe longer. I might leave it for a week or so and come back to it. 11:29, September 10, 2016 (UTC)
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