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edit Should UnNews:Archive be deleted?

This page links to a lot of categories that you emptied and deleted when you deleted the UnNews month, date, and year stamp. It is also a link on the UnNews masthead. Looking back, I think the UnNews month and year stamp was useful, but not the date stamp. Since there has not been an UnNews created every day, there were useless empty categories because of the date stamp, which I understand led to the change. But there have been UnNews for every month. Also, I would like to create a Recent UnNews category, but am not sure how to go about it. I am thinking adding something in the currently featured UnNews templates might do the trick. Alternatively, using CURRENTMONTHNAME in a template might select articles already in the category for the correct current month if they were categorized by month and year. -- Simsilikesims(♀GUN) Talk here. 04:40, April 12, 2016 (UTC)

How about just an automatically generated extension of the 'Latest Headlines' column? It gives the date of the article and the headline, which is what browsers would be interested in. That way it is easy to cross reference a historical event to see if it was covered.  EStop Easy button 06:12, April 12, 2016 (UTC)
Yes. The right way to get a list of recent UnNews articles is not through a new category that pages enter and exit implicitly, but to use DPL on Category:UnNews and with dates of interest, as {{Main headlines}} does to get the Latest Headlines on the Front Page. Spıke Radiomicrophone10:24 12-Apr-16
Unfortunately, I don't know how to set up/ use DPL. -- Simsilikesims(♀GUN) Talk here. 07:25, April 13, 2016 (UTC)
{{Main headlines}} puts it through many of its paces. But why don't we tackle first things first: What do you want to do with this new category? Spıke Radiomicrophone11:03 13-Apr-16
I was going to use it on the Curated Main Page for mobile since it seems that page cannot be deleted (see for more details on the Curated Main Page). Apparently, DPL doesn't work in mobile reader mode, since the UnNews main page cannot be featured (unsupported page type)on the Curated main page, nor can any other page (VFH, VFD) that uses DPL. Wikia has a strange idea of what mobile users want. Also, UnNews:Archive references a bunch of empty categories, and has no other content - this page should be redone by someone who knows what they are doing. -- Simsilikesims(♀GUN) Talk here. 15:57, April 14, 2016 (UTC)
When I type, I see a main page that has {{RecentUnNews}} that looks current. I update this manually with the 15 most recent UnNewses, excluding total crap. Likewise, {{Recent}} is the newest new articles, excluding total crap. I think the Featured Article system depends on DPL, but these two templates don't. So there is some "recent" material we could put on the mobile main page.
Looks like I broke UnNews:Archive with my category deletions. However, if the monthly categories were not deleted, their only contents would be the daily subcategories that no one is still interested in creating.
Separately, EStop has emailed me this morning that he is continually unable to save any edit; no response page comes up and RecentChanges does not show that the edit got in. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:33 14-Apr-16
PS--UN:AAG is another page in the style of a remote-control app, but it is chock-full of DPL. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:42 14-Apr-16

edit Edit conflict

Struggling a bit with edits tonight Spike, keep edit conflicting myself every time I hit save. It may be the internet here, once my chit runs out I'll hotspot my phone, hopefully it will go away.  EStop Easy button 19:17, April 13, 2016 (UTC)

Definitely get your chit together. I have seen the purge bug today about half the time editing pages in UnNews. This is the bug I mentioned on User talk:Romartus (now archived). Wikia seems to have upped our priority for a day or so, so that our edits don't just register but are immediately visible, but now it's back to normal. As you can see on his page (not archived), I was not impressed with "Long John Silver" but after I saw you were, I did up a graphic on the Front Page. Yes, you undid your post but I thought I would reply anyway; that's not a Wikia bug. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:23 13-Apr-16
It was worse, not only were some of my edits subject to self-conflict (and seemingly auto-revert, I only refreshed my edit after the conflict message. The revert was an attempt to bring the text back), but I was kicked out regularly and had to log in a couple of times to complete my edit. Long John Silver is Brit-centric, i.e. 'you had to be there' I guess. The article was in the style of an absolute genius Blackadder show of a medieval general election that was mashed with modern commentary, broadcast during a real election. One would need that background to see the angle and imagine the characterizations. The sketch itself would be right up your street! The pirate angle (he got there first, dammit!), hiding money offshore... as they do, and appropriate mud-slinging from the period was great.  EStop Easy button 21:24, April 13, 2016 (UTC)
Uncyclopedia logged me off once yesterday, but logged me back on with the next page I viewed.
A friend introduced me to Blackadder during my work at the client site, and I enjoyed both the comedy and the fact that it related to current events. This friend educated me on Spitting Image as well. Long John Silver mapped the Panama Papers onto a fable, which is all right, I guess, but it left me feeling that it needed something more to be more than an encoded retelling of the real news. Again, once I saw it got the job done with its target audience, I put it right up. Clearly, there are clever secondary linkages all over the place that I missed. Spıke Radiomicrophone21:36 13-Apr-16
It was a pity Spitting Image finished. It had run its course, and was replaced by a new trend in news satire. The long list of writers and impressionists became television stars in their own right afterwards, it was a moment in time. Apparently it was a lot of time and therefore cost making the puppets and animating them. Red Dwarf, Have I got News For You, Rory Bremner, Alan Partridge are all from that stable. There was an attempt to resurrect it using CGI but it did not work. I think the daft puppets really added to the characatures.  EStop Easy button 21:54, April 13, 2016 (UTC)
There was something on ITV that tried a different approach (name of the show escapes me) but it wasn't funny. Comedy shows work best with a roster of writers. Regards Long John Silver, I was inspired by Private Eye magazine as a source with their use of nursery stories to re-tell a current news story (i.e. Prince Charming in trouble again etc in a story relating to the Windsors). I might add Private Eye publishes next week so I will be interested if they have a funnier take on the story than I managed. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 20:14, April 14, 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I remember that vaguely. Private Eye is essential current affairs material, we insist joiners bring the latest edition, as well as Viz, as our Chief Engineer is a regular crossword winner (too much time on his hands... erm). I think Private Eye's Nick Newman and Ian Hislop were also writers for Spitting Image.  EStop Easy button 05:26, April 16, 2016 (UTC)
The spam filter is being activated by typing g*y at the minute Spike, so have not been able to vote for deletion one of the articles. Sorry I do not know how to fix that. Editing issue has been fixed though.  EStop Easy button 05:47, April 16, 2016 (UTC)

Welcome back! Yes, it was activated when I nominated it. Editing the entire page is a solution. Spıke Radiomicrophone12:46 16-Apr-16

Ah, of course, thank you.  EStop Easy button 13:10, April 16, 2016 (UTC)

edit UnNews:Czechia says "Ne" to Republic

And there I was thinking the majority may be Czech Democrats... Drawing on your analysis, surely we need to reconsider the limitations of the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’. Perhaps the ‘United Pending Scotland’s Next Referendum Result Kingdom Of Fair To Middling Britain Pending EU Referendum and Northern Ireland’ — you know, cover all bases.  EStop Easy button 11:07, April 17, 2016 (UTC)

Ooh! I shall add something to that effect, straight away. Spıke Radiomicrophone12:28 17-Apr-16

Haha! Excellent! I have the weight here for the rest of the day. Enjoy!  EStop Easy button 13:14, April 17, 2016 (UTC)

edit UnScripts:The West Wing Season 1 Episode 20: The Bridge Between Our Noses

I appreciate your feedback, but I'm a bit confused about your comment regarding the title. I picked episode 20 at random, and I came up with the name "The Bridge Between Our Noses" because it sounds just pretentiously metaphorical to be the name of an episode on the show. I'm not creating any joke in the title. Is there something you think I should change? Thanks! --Makefolkslaugh ([[User [The user FORMERLY known as Princelogo]:Makefolkslaugh|talk]]) 17:38, April 18, 2016 (UTC)

That doesn't mean it's not a good joke; it means it isn't a good title. As we are a satire of Wikipedia, page titles ought to be the real thing, both to maximize the number of people who look it up, and so that the page starts as though it were on the level. Once you get the reader inside the page, you can make the page call itself anything you like, with code like the following: Spıke Radiomicrophone18:11 18-Apr-16
{{Title|UnScripts:The West Wing Season 1 Episode 20: The Bridge Between Our Noses}}

edit Deletions

If you're going to delete all my contributions, then it's pointless me contributing. Pharmakeus (talk) 15:42, May 2, 2016 (UTC)

If this concerns your contribution at Ich Bin Ein Celebrity Juden, Get Me Out Of Here!, please read UN:LIST. You added a section with a list of the same joke told eight different ways. In addition, this was a Featured Article, voted to appear on our main page, and these are assumed not to need new help being funny (and especially new help being unfunny). In fact, your 1-May work was a rapid-fire sequence of vandal-quality edits with no Edit Summaries that were of uniformly low quality, ranging from additions that qualified as wisecracks to adding two large paragraphs of gibberish at Kenny McCormick, and I blocked you for 8 hours, indicating that it would be better if you sobered up before continuing. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:18 2-May-16
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