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edit Shah Abbas I the Great

Well, what is a constructive edit, and what is not on this sarcastic/satirical wiki? Everything is made to look funny, and well, that's what I did. ~utkar22 15:38, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

The following are not constructive edits: (1) Replacing "Great" in the article's initial definition with "n00b"; and (2) vandalizing the subject's lifespan so that it reads from 492 to 2942. That is everything you did. In short, you stopped the page from looking like a Wikipedia article--which makes the setting so that we can start to tell jokes--and just typed in some random crap. I hope that answers your question. Random is not funny because random is not clever. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:47 18-Nov-15

edit User:Runouw

I think she deserves rollback rights. I saw her today on RecentChanges and she has undid a few vandalisms (you can check deleted contributions), and is an admin on Nonsensopedia, which guarantees enough Wiki mechanics knowledge. Of course entire decision is up to you, that's just a suggestion. Expert 3222 17:44, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

This is now done. Despite recently editing Polish language, I did not recognize -ouw as the feminine suffix. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:29 18-Nov-15

You are completely excused; as far as I know -ouw doesn't indicate gender, and even if it would, I'd rather think of it as a masculine suffix. I got to know that she is she by hanging out on Nonsensopedia's IRC channel. Expert 3222 19:45, November 18, 2015 (UTC)

Yes. One thing I learned, learning about the Polish language to edit Polish language, is not to try to learn about the Polish language. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:47 18-Nov-15

edit Recover text from a deleted page

Dear Spike,

I created a page on Uncyclopedia at It got deleted by you without being put on vote. I would like to say that it was a page I made for my friend on her birthday and it was not meant as bullying. However I understand that this page might be deleted as it might not be following the Uncyclopedia's norms I have a little request to make. Can I atleast recover the text from the deleted page if not recover the page. I again impress that it was meant for good intentions with no one reporting it.

Thanks Harishrewari

Unfortunately, Uncyclopedia is provided to provide comedy content of likely interest to our readers and not as a free public word processor to write birthday greetings. These do not require a vote to be deleted. Spıke Radiomicrophone10:45 19-Nov-15

edit Hurricane

Hi Spike, just to let you know User:EpicWinner has asked if he can edit Hurricane for a copy-edit, I said that is fine.  EStop Easy button 20:31, November 19, 2015 (UTC)

edit Vandal alert (TalkContribs (del)Block (rem-lst-all)WhoisCityProxy?WP Edits)

Here we go again... Expert 3222 18:31, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

Jeez, can't I even step out to play with the neighbor's dog? Deleted with Special:Nuke. Didn't even have to read them. Spıke Radiomicrophone18:48 20-Nov-15

edit VFH

I would like to vote here (seeing as, although I heard legends of its existence, I never looked for it), but it is protected. The error message says something to do with Uncyclopedia:At A Glance. - ConCass2 (talk) 22:06, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

That is remarkable! VFH is "semi-protected," meaning against anonymous and "new" (96 hours, I think). There is no reason you should not be able to edit it. I'll investigate. Spıke Radiomicrophone22:44 20-Nov-15
You are listed as "Implicit member of: Autoconfirmed users and emailconfirmed." You have also been given autopatrolled and rollback. That is, you are not a new user. Mind you, what you need to do is edit a ballot, not edit VFH itself, that is Admin-protected. The ballots are shown at VFHS. Spıke Radiomicrophone22:47 20-Nov-15
Yes, click on "(nomination)" or "(vote)", not at the top of the page. However, when I click on "View source" I don't get the error message you got. Spike sockpuppet (talk) 23:21, November 20, 2015 (UTC)

Strike that. I am seeing the same message (though as Admin, I am allowed to edit). You began your voting with Fahrenheit 451, which is one of the website's "At A Glance" set. That page has "cascaded protection," so that all the articles it references are protected, a protection extending to VFH ballots on those issues. I don't know what the right solution to this is. For the time being, please vote for or against other nominees. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:22 22-Nov-15

Actually, the only article I tried voting for was the bass guitar article. I clicked the "vote" button on that section and the error message came up anyway. Nonetheless that particular problem has been solved now. - ConCass2 (talk) 16:53, November 22, 2015 (UTC)

Yup, I just removed cascading protection. Uncyclopedia:At A Glance is not some category of Vital Articles but just a dashboard of wiki activity, including open ballots, and it was absurd to extend Admin protection to everything it referenced, including three VFH ballots at any time. You should now be able to vote on anything on VFH or VFP. Wonder how many Uncyclopedians have been scared off in the past five years. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:56 22-Nov-15

edit UnNews:The news of the century: Ranma and Sonic are gay

Hey! Why did you erase my article? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs)

As I stated in the Summary: The article is not based on news and didn't look like news. Its only comedy concept was "He's gay!" which is not quite clever enough for this website. As I didn't state: it read like a comic book, and no one should write an UnNews whose headline states how important it is. I even wrote a user talk page that invited you to pick a user name, in which case I could have saved the text in userspace for further work. You can thank Expert3222 for signing your post, which is the only way I knew what you were talking about. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:43 21-Nov-15

How could I redo it in a funny way? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs)

Some advice: firstly, drop the "news of the century" out of the title. Secondly, read HTBFANJS. Thirdly, consider whether the whole concept is actually something a reader would find funny. - ConCass2 (talk) 18:48, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

I don't know, for me the concept was funny. I'll think about it tomorrow, okay? -- 20:38, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

Okay. The above advice is all you need. Consider the "concept" or comic strategy as just being part of the end result, you have to use your concept to full effect to tell a news story that works too. Think about getting a username tomorrow also, having an "identity" rather than IP address makes it much easier to get help.  EStop Easy button 21:58, November 21, 2015 (UTC)

edit Calais

Hi, Spike. I recently created an article about Calais. This you moved to my User Space.

However, I've now got stuck on the article. How do I add it to the stuck section?


Thanks for selecting a user name. The first thing you need is a comedy concept--something you want to say about Calais that will hold the article together. I think you are onto it: Calais must be a French town that has nothing going for it except a sudden relationship to Folkestone thanks to the Chunnel. So the article might try to tell the story of Calais but keep getting tugged toward saying things about Folkestone. You can read How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid for advice on how to write comedy and make it look like an encyclopedia article; also Choice of Words for tips on picking entertaining phrasings.
Unfortunately, most of the writers here have their own projects underway. There is a collaboration underway at Vatican City, which had been nominated to be deleted. There is no good way to ask everyone to drop what they are doing and help you do what you want to do. (There are several ways to ask, but it will annoy everyone.) But it is fine to post to other Uncyclopedians' talk pages, and as you get to know them, invite them to help with the article in your userspace. (We discourage editing in someone else's userspace without invitation.) Spıke Radiomicrophone15:22 22-Nov-15

edit Deleting old edits

Hi there. I was wondering if you could do me a favor. Can you delete the following articles and restore them with only the most recent edit?

I want it done for privacy reasons. I hope this isn't too much trouble to ask for. --Insineratehymn (talk) 22:27, November 23, 2015 (UTC)

This is a wiki, and the consequences on privacy of involvement are disclosed at the start. You appear to be in the process of clearing out your locker, which you are welcome to do. You are not entitled to pretend you were never here. We have just had this out with Master Chocochew. Spıke Radiomicrophone23:15 23-Nov-15

edit Whitespace around images

I just noticed the images seem to have very little whitespace to the left and right of the box. (I always confuse padding and margins, but it's one of them.) From my perspective it's only a few pixels, or half an em. Aesthetically I think it should be doubled. Any thoughts? The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:59 pm 23 Nov 2015

My thoughts are that such parameters should strictly imitate those of Wikipedia, and I will do whatever you ask to get Uncyclopedia to do so better. I once asked you to help me identify what was making a page element display in a certain way; it turns out that, by Firefox 10, there is "Tools/Web Developer/Inspector" that does a good job of this, provided you can wade through all the crap it spits out. If you can identify a piece of style that we do differently from the Wikipedia skin we have targeted, I'll make the change, though these days, Wikia staff have to vet it before it goes live site-wide. Spıke Radiomicrophone23:15 23-Nov-15
A cursory use of my computer with Firefox Web Console suggests that Wikia now has a thumbnails .css file, whereas I did not notice any of our style files in the MediaWiki: space being loaded, and the Firefox Inspector suggests that none of the style was dictated by this website. I imagine Wikia has again taken control of this, that a new generation needs to be told we have special needs because of our goal to imitate Wikipedia, and that they will throw up endless obstacles why this isn't feasible, such as that it was all announced at some point and I was supposed to be studying their Community website. Verify my observations if possible, and let me know how you would like to proceed. Spıke Radiomicrophone02:09 24-Nov-15
I'll give it a kick, but hazard a guess to say you're correct. Question is - in the cascading which style sheet would take preference? I'll see what pops up. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 03:15 am 24 Nov 2015
I don't know whether it is first encountered or last encountered. At any case, however, we will never be able to control the load order. Meanwhile, more specific CSS orders override less specific ones, so a standing order for style for P is overridden by P.thumb which is overridden by P#TheCaptionOnTheNudePhoto and any order can end with !important as I have on most of my PC-resident orders to override anything Wikia dishes out. Spıke Radiomicrophone03:20 24-Nov-15
Cursory search of community Central doesn't give me specifics on thumbnail.css, by the way. It talks about other style sheets, but hard to locate anything more up to date than 2010. There is a good article on importing google fonts though - which makes fonts.wikia rather useless now - even after I abandoned it. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 03:24 am 24 Nov 2015
Bugger. Got so frustrated with that DPL not working forgot about this. Hopefully be able to have a crack later today. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:58 pm 24 Nov 2015
Best I can tell - the change came about from [], and the cascade order has this lower priority than site prefs. the element is tright (and I assume tleft). the margin involved is 1ex, which looks far better IMO as 1em or 2ex. Some justification there about uniformity of mobile vs desktop layout, but mobile layout with Wikia is completely different, so not relevant here. n short. we can override it. Haven't looked at Wikipedia to see what their margins are. For a minor aesthetic change, probably not worth going through a request, but can add it to a later request if needed. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 11:39 am 25 Nov 2015
This is specified at "THUMBNAILS" in MediaWiki:Common.css, which is indeed taking effect in other areas, though Wikia will have to look at it before it goes site-wide. But please first verify that that's the way Wikipedia does it. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:29 25-Nov-15

edit Whoopi Goldberg

I'd like to clarify my edits. With this article, I did not intend to preserve Mrs. Goldberg's good name; in fact, I've never even seen any of her movies (though I am aware of them). As you said, something closer to truth is funnier, and saying she played Donkey in Shrek is neither true nor funny, imo (I don't understand the point. Is it because Eddie Murphy's a black actor and she's a black actress, so all black people have played the same characters?).

Mentioning the character she played in How Stella Got Her Groove Back is funny, imo, because the movie title is so ridiculous-sounding that it's worked its way into pop culture (similar to "Electric Boogaloo" or "Honey, I..."), and stating it in a professional way ("She played Stella's friend who assisted her in reclaiming her groove") is even funnier.--EpicWinner (talk) 22:16, November 24, 2015 (UTC)

I have to concur about the Shrek reference. I'm under the assumption that it's more relating to the over the top character styles that both she and Murphy portray, but the initial thought was it was an "…all you people sound the same" reference, which diluted any potential giggles - especially so early in the article. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:25 pm 24 Nov 2015
I'd also make a reference to Ghost in here, as I think that got her a nomination for supporting actress at the time, and is largely forgotten about now because she wasn't in the classic pottery scene. (I could be wrong about the nomination though). The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 10:29 pm 24 Nov 2015
The donkey reference is from the VFD version; I don't know the original author's motives. I recalled the donkey and laughed, and thought a little randomness fit. Now reworked. Spıke Radiomicrophone04:55 25-Nov-15

Maybe I'm missing the punchline, but the MacGyver reference also seems random as well (she never starred in that show).--EpicWinner (talk) 05:20, November 25, 2015 (UTC)

Tweaked a little further re early life and acting career. I know little of her political stance and have only watched the view once, so beyond her being so left-wing that environmental terrorists call her opinions "a bit much", I have nothing to add. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 08:27 am 25 Nov 2015
I just realised that the three of us had been making Whoopi. I feel dirty. The previous edit was signed by PuppyOnTheRadio, but he is too lazy to create a signature yet. 08:32 am 25 Nov 2015
MacGyver was supposed to be "sounds like Guinan" but it came off looking like another item in the list. Citing Whoopi's birth name is not necessary and not funny, but Whoopi is indeed not her "given" name. Ghost I had covered with the bit about "movies with a Goldberg cameo," and on getting the groove back, I preferred parallelism to the academic tone. The bit about the eyebrows I dropped entirely. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:35 25-Nov-15
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