User talk:RAF Packington

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Spike the Dog (06b)

Spike is a grumpy old dog. You can stroke his fur, or you can be smitten by his stick. It is up to you.

Hello, RAF Packington, and welcome to Uncyclopedia. This is a wiki (a collection of pages anyone can edit). Words in blue are "links" and can be clicked to take you to another page. This wiki is for comedy. It pretends it's Wikipedia, but we make people laugh, not bore them. If you aren't interested in a fake encyclopedia but in writing fake news stories, we have UnNews, and there are other projects for scripts, lyrics, how-to guides, and so on.

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I hope you enjoy it here and write a lot of funny stuff! Spıke Ѧ 15:26 7-Mar-14

edit Your user page

Hello and welcome! It looks as though you are well on your way, and have even figured out our Special:Upload labyrinth! A few pro tips on your emerging article:

  • Don't make year numbers links; even Wikipedia doesn't do this anymore.
  • Please ditch the {{British}} template. It is obvious from the first line that your article is about Britain, so don't tell readers how to interpret a page before they even begin reading it.
  • You can see how your edits will look by clicking Preview and then continue editing. Click Save only when reaching a good stopping point. This will let you do the same thing but record it as fewer writes to the database. Have fun! Spıke Ѧ 15:30 7-Mar-14

PS--I have recoded one of your photos so it actually appears in the article rather than as an external link. Please do the others this way, and take care that their number doesn't overwhelm the text. Use |left| as well as |right| to make the page more visually attractive. Cheers! Spıke Ѧ 15:02 10-Mar-14

Can you ditch the "british" template for me? I really dont have a clue hoe to do it The preceding unsigned comment was added by RAF Packington (talk • contribs)

Huh? You put it in; you can take it out! See above regarding posting to talk pages. Please do the stuff I asked you to above. Spıke Ѧ 16:19 10-Mar-14

Thank you. please have a little patience with this complete noob / novice. sorry for additional saves, this is being done on a computer with about a million obstrucctive firewall thingies Th british template found its way in beacause of a shamless piece of copy/paste plagarism to try and give my efforts a more credible visual presence. I am, not an IT guru RAF Packington (talk) 16:26, March 10, 2014 (UTC)

Way-to-signature! I appreciate the explanation; the key thing to take away is that, whatever you have heard about What You See Is What You Get in computing, it never arrived here, and what you type into that edit box is code. We have recently debated the need for a good intro to coding that is less daunting than the one at Wikipedia, but at the moment, we don't have one. Spıke Ѧ 16:51 10-Mar-14
Oh Geez, you now have a History subsection underneath the History section! Also, the stuff you type inside [[double brackets]] must be the name of an Uncyclopedia article that actually exists. If it comes up red, take off the brackets. Spıke Ѧ 16:54 10-Mar-14

Out of my depth here.. could you possibly change "history" back to 1826 and somehow turn the unlink "packington controversy" into something other than an unlink. If you could magic the station badge somewhere visible up near the top of the article I might just consiser having your babies. just off to do battle with the infamous london orbital motorway, the m25. wish me luck. Loving your work. RAF Packington (talk) 17:05, March 10, 2014 (UTC)

I have moved the station badge to the first position, but recommend that you crop it (remove the white on the sides) and upload a new version. I deleted your two aerial photos from the website as unalterably unfunny; also, the article already has enough photos unless you add a lot of text.
The photos are not all in their optimal place, and it is vital for you to learn how to use the cut/copy/paste features of your text editor to rearrange them. Several still lack captions, and a couple others I did not yet convert into "thumbnail" format. Please study what is inside the double brackets; it rarely has to be a full Internet URL.
Recommend you delete the sentence from the Intro on the current base commander — No matter how you may crack wise, it remains an inside joke of no interest to the general Uncyclopedia reader — and also get rid of the final when-pigs-fly joke, as it retells the joke of the station badge. Spıke Ѧ 19:15 10-Mar-14
PS--I solved this last problem by moving the final joke to be the initial caption. It looks as though you have several other aerial views. I don't see how to make these funny either and recommend you delete them from the page. Spıke Ѧ 22:52 10-Mar-14

Spike you are a hard task master. I know that "in Jokes" are funny to only a few, but the Royal air force community is huge and will appreciate that the Station Commander,s name is comprised entirely of hugely expensive and unsuccessful aircraft. as for the arial photography, RAF Welford IS a secret nuclear warhead storage and distribution facility, but looks like a pig farm. Packington, conversely has absolutely no RAF or missile history, but looks like something suspicious from the air.

I love what you have done with the badge and page layout but please don't over-edit what is meant to be a fun project for everyone. the background idea was to poke a gentle bit of fun at the project where Britain's Defence Medical Services are being centralized at DMS (W)as a world centre of excellence, surrounded by piggy poo.

hoping you are well.RAF Packington (talk) 10:11, March 11, 2014 (UTC)

I understand your point RAF Packington about the name of the commander. I am presuming you are working on your article on the base you work at? Hence all the firewalls?? Keep up the good work, you have made an excellent start! --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 11:28, March 11, 2014 (UTC)
Congratulations on mastering the art of adding captions to photos! Now, the RAF community may be huge, but the Uncyclopedia community is huger than the piece of the RAF community that will be reading Uncyclopedia, and your article should explain the joke behind the aerial views (hint: with more captions!) just as you had to explain it to me just now. Being a fun project is important, but my focus is always producing pages that will be fun to read, even for the midwestern USA. ("I'm a paramedic, not a coder?" Isn't that a line from the original Star Trek?) Cheers. Spıke Ѧ 11:36 11-Mar-14

edit RAF Packington

Are you still editing your user page? This article is good enough to go in the main encyclopedia. Shall I move it there? Spıke Ѧ 12:21 19-Mar-14

I should be most flattered if my/our works went onto the main encyclopedia. Can I add to it once it is unleashed? 15:49, March 19, 2014 (UTC)

Of course. Unfortunately, so can other editors, so you may occasionally find yourself deciding on the merits of new contributions (and undoing anonymous vandalism, if the Patrollers don't get to it first).

The move is complete. Your user page now redirects to the same article. Ultimately, you should write an actual user page — whatever sort of introduction to other Uncyclopedians you are inclined to write. Spıke Ѧ 15:56 19-Mar-14

edit Images in RAF Packington

Hi, RAF! I am not sure what you intended to do with many of files. The double square brackets [[ ]] are for making a link to other Uncyclopedia articles or inserting a file, but they don't work when you insert an entire link. (There are the normal square brackets [ ] for external links or just entire URLs). I tried replacing all of the URLs with files ([[File:Name of the file, etc., etc.]], the same thing you did with captioned images) but that produced a lot of images that just filled the page.

So do you want to use the actual pictures or just links to them? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 16:10, April 3, 2014 (UTC)

Anton199 Yep there are a lot of images, but each one represents a carefuly crafted piece of uninformation. I think following a link to find some pictures adds a little intrigue. A bit like an e-unadvent calendar. I dont want the page to be filled with pictures either. Lord Spike The Great moved RAF Packington into the public domain when it had pubes but no stubble. I consider it still to be a work in progress, and if I am honest, the whole coding business scares me to death. Anything you can do to help would be appreciatedRAF Packington (talk) 11:24, April 4, 2014 (UTC)

Ok, I'll try but don't expect anything too quickly. Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 12:21, April 4, 2014 (UTC)
"Lord Spike The Great," I like that, must work on my signature. Most everything here is a work in progress. This sprawling article might avail itself of subpages, or even the dreaded Personal Story Arc. It would also be nice, RAF, if you eventually found additional parts of the encyclopedia to improve, rather than shooting your entire comedy Wad on this one project. Cheers! Spıke Ѧ 13:09 4-Apr-14
I've fixed all the links! That's what I meant by "Don't expect anything too soon". Some just needed to be turned into simple internal links, some I turned into references (even more suspense guaranteed for the reader that way - he'll first follow the link to the bottom of the page to see the reference, and after that the actual link to see the image). You can look at what I did, if you want to learn how to do these things in future! Great job all in all! Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 07:53, April 7, 2014 (UTC)

Looks good Anton. Thank you. I think this wobbly thing works RAF Packington (talk) 09:00, April 7, 2014 (UTC)

edit RAF Packington

This has been queued to be featured on Friday 18th April. If there are any last minute 'tweaks' you need to do, that is fine. Some of the jokes you have there I didn't get the context which is why I added a few notes of my own. Otherwise, a very good story. Hope it will be the first of many. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 08:24, April 17, 2014 (UTC)


Can you undo the connection between Shodexo-com and Bungle. Also the final reference to Essex turning orange is all about fake tan, and nothing to do with Ulster unionism. Slightly awkward if that link stays. Thank youRAF Packington (talk) 11:50, April 17, 2014 (UTC)

OK done. I googled the Shodexo-com joke but couldn't work that one out. I am guessing it is a spoof on the real name? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 12:15, April 17, 2014 (UTC)

I have uploaded a picture of a submarine heading up the coventry canal. Can one of you lovely geniouses embed it into the story near "HMRNB Packington" or a reference to the Coventry Canal. I am 16 firewalls away from civilisation and it just isnt happening from my Paradigm satfone. Thank you for all your tweakery. RAF Packington (talk) 18:09, April 18, 2014 (UTC) Sodhexo are a major defence contractor with a bigger legal team than my mortgage.RAF Packington (talk) 22:04, April 18, 2014 (UTC)

Is it possible to link something in the public domain ( youtube) as media / a media link that does not direct the viewer away? RAF Packington (talk) 16:08, April 23, 2014 (UTC)

Gives full on-screen credit to the owner but really needs to feature in this article in relation to the secret railway. Help please. RAF Packington (talk) 16:08, April 23, 2014 (UTC)

I prefer that our emphasis be original comedy rather than assembling lore and other people's humor, as this is a writing project and not a catalog. But if you must, YouTubes are brought on-site for efficiency and no longer actually send readers off-site. You would code <youtube>VZu1lVZzES4</youtube> and the chimpanzees would do the rest. Spıke Ѧ 00:55 24-Apr-14

edit Here's a late Noob of the Moment badge

Hip hip hooray!

Noobaward Noob of the Moment April-May 2014

Have fun trying to figure out how to use it! (And if you come back to edit more, than more badges are to come...) Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 13:32, June 23, 2014 (UTC)

Why, thank you kind sirs. RAF Packington (talk) 07:59, June 25, 2014 (UTC)

Uploaded a picture "convicts" and it is the wrong way round. Can you kill it off or turn it round for this noob simpleton please? RAF Packington (talk) 09:00, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

Works now. Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 09:12, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

Cheers, Anton RAF Packington (talk) 15:11, June 26, 2014 (UTC)

I think I got vandalized with a picture of a botty hole. and I believe Romartus fixed it- such is my e-ni eev ity. ( tried and failed to spell naivety, again) Thank you sage people RAF Packington (talk) 14:20, August 7, 2014 (UTC)

You got vandalized? So you are not a human? Anton (talk) Uncyclopedia United 08:55, August 8, 2014 (UTC)

edit Rollbacker

You can now revert a bunch of edits in one go - especially handy if you spot some vandal at work. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 22:02, September 10, 2014 (UTC)

edit Sidebar

I was playing around with re-coding your advisory as a sidebar; feel free to continue playing. Also tried to avoid large runs of capital letters. The {{-}} coding ensures that everything following is rendered strictly below everything preceding, so that illustrations and sidebars don't invade other sections.

Please take care to press Enter following every [[File:...]] code. Ideally, place the illustrations just prior to the relevant paragraph. Otherwise, Uncyclopedia doesn't render the surrounding paragraph correctly. Cheers! Spıke Ѧ 16:23 17-Mar-15

Flattered that anyone even noticed. Lots of people must google RAF Packington as it comes back as the first hit. I plan to regularly update the "latest news from RAFp" and plan to experiment with RSS feeds. Keen to drive traffic towards Uncyclopedia xx RAFp

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