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edit Colloquialism

Hi Spike, if you could take a look at Ebonics I would be most grateful. It doesn't read as well as I would like and I am getting a bit cross-eyed trying to work it. Perhaps it is ok, but I have been staring at it too long. A second opinion or a run through by your good self would help. Intend leaving that section for a bit and come back, if you think it is better to leave me to it for now. Thank you. --EStop (talk) 18:08, July 2, 2015 (UTC)

Want me to try to get User:Spark23 going?--EStop (talk) 18:45, July 2, 2015 (UTC)

You are welcome to, whether I want it or not. You've seen what I would do with him; if you have a better idea, go wild. Spıke Radiomicrophone18:55 2-Jul-15
I asked for that very reason. I have not been here long enough to be able to tell whether it is a waste of time or not. Clearly it is so I'll not bother.--EStop (talk) 18:59, July 2, 2015 (UTC)
I don't know that for sure, but in any case give him the next move. If you see a spark of something, feel free to get him going.
The Ebonics section is a mish-mosh of Ebonics as spoken by the Ebonic, Ebonics as spoken by Geordies who have watched Trading Places once only, and English as few Americans at all would speak it (conjugation, diaspora, vernacular). Especially, you need to decide whether this is a ridiculous imitation of American blacks or whether it is play-it-straight humor ridiculing them, in which case you should stay in "encyclopedia" character. You can't ridicule Da Hood writing in Shuck-and-jive, because it is too obvious that the speaker is saying things he would never say. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:05 2-Jul-15
Agree. I can't write it well enough because I can't hear that voice in my head, unlike the East Anglia patois, which my Grandfather used to speak. This piece has been written and researched almost word-by-word and I think Ebonics is a test too far. I'll get rid of it and come up with something else. Thanks for looking. --EStop (talk) 19:35, July 2, 2015 (UTC)
Gday! Do you think this is far off the mark for VFH Spike? P.S. that last UnNews on Greece was very funny. --EStop (talk) 13:13, July 7, 2015 (UTC)

edit 2013 secession

As I was elsewhere in the Wikiverse, and it is mentioned on your page, what happened? Jackiespeel (talk) 14:36, July 3, 2015 (UTC)

It is described adequately there: A small group of Uncyclopedians split the project in half so that they could own it. The only consequence for the present day is that we are sensitive to newbies recommending to users that they switch from editing this site to editing other sites, even other Wikia sites, as you advised Puncherofbears today. In fact, you might break off from adding cryptic comments to high-traffic talk pages and actually sit down and write funny stuff here. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:47 3-Jul-15
I understand recommending other users elsewhere if you think their story ideas/themes/memes are not suitable for this site. I would suggest they just go to the main Wikia portal and have a look round there. Users can advertise their presence elsewhere on the web through their own user page if they so choose. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 17:48, July 3, 2015 (UTC)
I wasn't here at the time, so asking was quicker (and I am mostly harmless).

It takes a little time to work back into Uncyclopedia - and sometimes it is appropriate to post an idea for others to 'persuade to become Uncyclopedia-worthy.

Till we meet elsewhere. Jackiespeel (talk) 21:13, July 3, 2015 (UTC)

edit UnNews:New game "Where's Charlie Hebdo" launched

Sorry about the very late answer, I just have been released by Daech. To be honest, I'm not sure about this translation. Not sure if you are aware of that but the famous books "where is Waldo" has been translated in France under the title "Where is Charlie" ("Où est Charlie" in French). So the title "Where is Charlie-Hedbo" in English is pretty meaningless because it doesn't match the almost only thing funny in that article. Thank you anyway for the effort. Allahu fucking Akbar. User:WiiKend/sig 20:43, July 5, 2015 (UTC)

Thank you; the English version is funny enough, in a whimsical way, even if it doesn't align exactly with the French reality. I had tried to find you on the French Uncyclopedia, as you are on a list of Uncyclopedians that have a name in common with a user elsewhere at Wikia, Inc. but it seems your account has not been renamed. May you find your 86 virgins! Spıke Radiomicrophone14:31 6-Jul-15

edit Fartsalot

Memo: Lucifuge scolds the newbie on his talk page just after he was perma-banned.

Yes, I only noticed that after I'd posted to the vandal's page. Tell Romartus I said "Good work." --Lucifuge Rofacale (talk) 14:26, July 6, 2015 (UTC)

I swatted him for 3 months for vandalism with a touch of trolling. Romartus got him when he returned to the exact scene-of-the-crime. Spıke Radiomicrophone14:31 6-Jul-15
Like a serial killer. One things for sure, he's never going to be a Hannibal Lecter! --Lucifuge Rofacale (talk) 11:29, July 7, 2015 (UTC)
Some vandals can be so dumb. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 15:56, July 7, 2015 (UTC)
The difference between Wikipedia and Uncyclopedia is that the vandals on Wikipedia are the writers on Uncyclopedia. The vandals on Uncyclopedia are the admins on Wikipedia. --Lucifuge Rofacale (talk) 14:23, July 9, 2015 (UTC)
A process referred to as "cross-pollination." Spıke Radiomicrophone15:05 9-Jul-15

That it be, that it be. --Lucifuge Rofacale (talk) 22:13, July 9, 2015 (UTC)

edit BEJR2000

Should be give a wiki of {genitive form of alphanumeric pronoun] own so (ANP) and the rest of us on Uncycopedia can be happy. 16:18, July 9, 2015 (UTC)

edit UnNews article

Hi Spike,

you deleted my UnNews article. Could you move the content to my userspace, then, so that I can recover the text? And if it's "not an UnNews", what is it, then? Where could I put it? TIA --NaturalBornKieler (talk) Germany Flag 1 17:23, July 9, 2015 (UTC)

Indeed, an Instagram post is not Current Events. You have not been here in two years and the only conceivable reason to build an UnNews around a provocative photo is to provoke: to fan the flames that have gone out while you were gone. Sorry for your wasted effort. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:36 9-Jul-15
Hm, I'm still an active user and admin of German Uncyclopedia (which is still hosted by Wikia, btw), and here in Germany the Facebook nipple policy controversy is in the news (see [1]). Maybe I misjudged the hard feelings here and the touchiness or whatever, but from a European perspective the whole thing is rather hilarious. And I always thought that provocation is part of satire (or art, in general). Have a nice life, then. --NaturalBornKieler (talk) Germany Flag 1 18:20, July 9, 2015 (UTC)
I have restored it but moved it to your user space for now NaturalBornKieler. I wanted to see what the article was about. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 10:56, July 10, 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for that, Romartus. If there are no objections, I'll keep it there and drop the matter. --NaturalBornKieler (talk) Germany Flag 1 12:17, July 10, 2015 (UTC)

edit Fraid I must dash...

...could you possibly centre the picture in Template:2015 Greek financial crisis? Thanks. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 14:46, July 11, 2015 (UTC)

Never mind, I see where I went wrong. I'll stick around to fix it quickly. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 14:52, July 11, 2015 (UTC)

edit The encyclical

Hi Spike! I was checking the Dump after my absence and stumbled upon your forum on the Pope's letter, which unfortunately didn't receive any constructive responses. I saw your UnNews and, even though it's very funny and well-written (as always), I think your idea of responding to Pope's letter with an uncyclical has not gotten the attention it deserved. I thought of reading the letter itself for inspiration, but apprently it's 184 pages long, so I read some news articles instead and it seems like there is a lot to be made fun of in the encyclical. Abortion is the most obvious point, but the thing all in all looks like some kind of Modern Christian's Guide to Living in a Changing World, which is a funny idea in itself.

And I definitely think this should be a collboration, with as many writers as possible. The delay is not important: the Pope took a year to write his letter, so he'll forgive us for spending more than a few weeks to write ours. So I think we could reopen the forum and advertise it in the notice bar. Do you have any ideas about what the Uncyclical should look like? Anton (talk) 21:23, July 11, 2015 (UTC)

I don't have any strategy; only that Encyclical sounds like Uncyclical and that the Pope waded in on so many political issues that he is now entitled to the treatment we give to any hack politician (in addition to the treatment we give any cleric)! To recruit collaborators, I suggest you repost on the Forum page. If you like, I can delete and re-create that thread to bump it to the top (as we now sort by creation date, in the wake of that vandal whose 'bot posted to hundreds of old Forums), but it is only four down from the top now, and the other cataclysm (the user-name-merge fiasco) also deserves top billing. Perhaps a Site Message if you get an actual project going? Spıke Radiomicrophone23:58 11-Jul-15

edit Greek crisis page hyperlink on main page?

As with the British GE, do you want to turn the words "Greek Economic Meltdown '15" in Template:RecentUnNews into a link to UnNews:2015 Greek financial crisis? SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 20:02, July 12, 2015 (UTC)

Well, we now have permanent links to all the Second Front Pages below the list of headlines. Spıke Radiomicrophone20:24 12-Jul-15
Oh yes. So we do. Well there's no harm in having another link. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 10:09, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

edit UnNews:Tories propose BBC reforms

Great news piece. The level of UK knowledge in this made me question whether you'd originally written the article but checking the history, I saw that you had. I liked the Jimmy Savile joke at the end as well. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 20:20, July 19, 2015 (UTC)

edit Wikia "merger glitches"

edit Singeing in

Why can't I sign in/keep being signed in from elsewhere in Wikia (when I have the same handle and passkey in both?) 12:59, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, I think you asked me this on my talk page too. I just tried it myself. Our own user name database is currently being merged with the Wikia user name database and that won't be ready till 21st July. At the moment, you cannot create an account on Uncyclopedia till that is done. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 13:35, July 13, 2015 (UTC)
Unsame person - and 'not Wikia/Uncyclopedia newbie neither.' So how come some people can sign in?

I am mostly 'harmless and armless' (& willing to let other Uncyclopediate my mildly amusing (at least to me) prose) - but those who wish to intermittently disconnect from the tubes and tumble through the IPs might choose to indulge their inner troll and indulge in a few raspberries. 16:08, July 13, 2015 (UTC)

Please help us write jokes, not riddles. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:47 14-Jul-15
Hi, as you are not a new user here I have created you a talk page with the usual links. It is the standard welcome mat. Would be good to get another writer underway proper! --EStop (talk) 16:14, July 14, 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I have made him go away for a week (third ban) as none of his new and appended talk pages were germane to the article and most seemed to draw off writers toward the discussion of riddles. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:16 14-Jul-15
You are making assumptions.

As I said I am mostly harmless - and there are many forms of humour (including riddles and cryptic).

Signing in still a problem - and I could be 'doing' Finnegans-Wake-ish or IP hopping to confuse the issue further. 15:55, July 27, 2015 (UTC)

edit I can't log in

For one thing, it's changed my name and for another, it's forced me to change my password but it still won't let me in. What do I do??? --User:Lucifuge Rofacale

This has just happened to me and has also happened to Spike. Wikia are on the case, I believe. (ScottPat) 19:30, July 20, 2015 (UTC)
It's a Wikia glitch. I have only stayed in because I had ticked the 'stay logged in' on a couple of computers at home and the office. Looks like it could just be me and Chunkles till this gets sorted. So no need to change user names/passwords but perhaps when making big IP edits, put that in the page history as an extra ID. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 19:35, July 20, 2015 (UTC)
Did you have a Wikia account Lucifuge? The user names/passwords had to match. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 19:36, July 20, 2015 (UTC)
Yes I did and my usernames and passwords matched. -- 20:52, July 20, 2015 (UTC)
So you can log into Wikia but not Uncyclopedia? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 20:55, July 20, 2015 (UTC)

(reset) Ditto here. 16:12, July 21, 2015 (UTC)

edit New Look?

I must have missed the memo during one of my really long hiatuses, why is Uncyclopedia looking different now? Can you link me to something that will elaborate for me? TTMsigTTMsig2 (Profile) (SPEAK!) 21:54, July 21, 2015 (UTC)

actually, i can tell you that. wikia merged with uncyclopedia's database. and if you want to know how to make it look like it did before, go to your preferences, under appearance, and under layout select "monobook". --HM (T) 01:13, July 22, 2015 (UTC)

edit In case you asked

Somehow my user name got transliterated into 'AceHacker' on the logs last few days. I hope this was just a 'merger glitch'!! --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 15:27, July 27, 2015 (UTC)

I don't see anything at Special:Contributions/AceHacker right now, so they might have changed it back. From my experience having my own name un-capitalized, it seems we are in the system as user numbers, independent of the strings used from time to time to portray them. I do think this was just a glitch. By the way, this morning I was logged out, and when I logged back in, I had been changed to Monobook (which looks similar but of course Uncyclopedia.js doesn't take effect). Sannse mentioned on the other side that they may be doing things like moving us to a different server. I also noticed a "Notifications" button on the top line notifying us of events of alleged interest on other Wikia servers. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:32 27-Jul-15
Actually, it's HackerAce, apologies. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 15:37, July 27, 2015 (UTC)
But the buttons to get to user page, talk page, privilege management (he is an Admin) all link to you. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:02 27-Jul-15
Yes, if I block 'him', I block me! I just hope that was some name glitch. I have edited since, without a problem. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 16:12, July 27, 2015 (UTC)

edit Uncyclopedia:Talk pages

So I'm borrowing a friend's computer today, and after noticing an IP deleted someone else's comments, I realized we don't have an official policy document related to deleting others' comments. So I started making one. Your input and help on this page would be most welcome. Simsilikesims (talk) 22:06, July 27, 2015 (UTC)

I am editing this today to start with the basics/mechanics and finish with your lesson on civility and discipline. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:04 1-Aug-15

edit Poopsmith/Patroller leave

Hi Spike, I may be offline for a couple of days as in Czech Republic at a crew member's wedding. Not sure about wi-fi access at the venue hotel. --EStop (talk) 07:54, July 31, 2015 (UTC)

I appreciate the notice! Condolences on your vacation in an offline place. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:03 1-Aug-15

edit New material on old politicians

Thanks for the recent edits to a couple of my UnNews stories. Do you think the Donald Trump article requires an update paragraph as regards his recent political activity? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 12:51, August 1, 2015 (UTC)

His recent political activity is of a piece with his past political activity; but yes, the article would be better if it tracked the news for the 2016 campaign, and that falls under bringing it up-to-date.
Despite their FA status, there is also funny new material on Hillary Clinton (She finally answered, regarding her "accomplishments," that she helped bring modern technology to the Third World — I am thinking more precise clitoridectomies) and on Jeb Bush (He finally got a campaign theme: 4% economic growth, as a result of unspecified policies that are different from Obama's in unspecified ways).
On your UnNews:Lion killing dentist goes to earth, I listened in to Rush Limbaugh yesterday and heard about chanting gadflies on his front lawn and a search for him by law enforcement (for hunting? for breaking the law of Zimbabwe?) that unfortunately suggests that reality is funnier than the satire. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:03 1-Aug-15
Well Cecil was a lion with a tracker! Do you listen to Rush Limbaugh for amusement, source material or affirmation? Anyway, there is now a dentist on the run in the USA. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 18:23, August 1, 2015 (UTC)
All of the above — everything but hope and inspiration, as I am certain the Republican Party will put the same froth on my 2016 ballot as it did in 2014. Spıke Radiomicrophone18:38 1-Aug-15

edit Ukrainian Nazi Party

Hi Spike! I remember when Rei wrote it and the conversation we all had around it, and as far as I remember it was a funny piece of satire if you know what it was about (it was mocking Russian war-time propaganda, which is still very relevant, by the way). I admit that the average reader might be well unaware of it and the VFD vote was legitimate, so I am not asking for it to be restored in the mainspace, but I'd still like to request a copy in my userspace. In the best case, I'll find what can be amended so that the joke can be better seen and exploited and maybe then the article can return, but for now I'd just really like to reread it. Thanks in advance! Anton (talk) 14:21, August 4, 2015 (UTC)

It is a regrettable side-effect of Votes For Deletion that, once deleted, articles are not generally readable. The article might have been in the style of war-time propaganda, but the gist was to catalog offsite evidence against current Ukrainians. Spıke Radiomicrophone15:41 4-Aug-15
You mean, not even in userspace? I remember you gave me User:Anton199/Vladimir Popovicovipskievinikyoff and User:Anton199/Vasily Tolstoy. It's just that I missed that VFD nomination, otherwise I wouldn't have requested that. Sorry. And I'll also delete all external links if I can see this page. I stopped receiving almost all emails from wikia (about changes to the pages I followed), so I presumed there wasn't much going on, which partly explains my late absence. Anton (talk) 22:07, August 4, 2015 (UTC)
Email silence will be another effect of Wikia silently changing our preferences — They seem not only to have merged our user name database but have changed the design of their global database and perhaps even the servers it runs on; see Forum:Database merge part 2. Happily, this article's external links are already deleted, as is everything else. Starting over would produce a better result, but it would be better to write an article that anyone will be inclined to look up. Separately, thank you for nursing the newbies. Spıke Radiomicrophone14:34 5-Aug-15
I have been receiving emails as regards page changes Anton199. Have you checked your prefs as regards Unc? --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 14:51, August 5, 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I did. I receive some emails, but they don't cover all the changes, it seems. Anton (talk) 15:14, August 5, 2015 (UTC)

edit Owning articles

You do not own articles. You don't get to automatically change every edit that other people make. 23:36, August 6, 2015 (UTC)

In fact, on a wiki, anyone gets to change another editor's edit. I, in addition, try to explain my reverts, specifically using the Change History, and generally, with guidance such as at How To Be Funny And Not Just Stupid. I presume you are referring to your edits of last 23-Apr.
  • At Mikhail Gorbachev, you added a section consisting of exactly two sentences that were not funny. The second sentence began "Gorbachev tour [sic] down the wall".
  • At Saddam Hussein, you appended to a paragraph: "His boyfriend is Satan. They always share a bed together."
  • At Peter Pan, you again add a section, again revolving around coming out of the closet.
I did not feel it necessary to explain any of these reverts and probably used the Rollback All button.
Today, at Rugrats, you have changed "Chuckie is also Tommy's sidekick or best friend. The two are probably not gay, not yet." (text about gayness that is somewhat clever) to "Chuckie is also Tommy's gay partner." (text about gayness that is not clever at all). It is going away too. In fact, the only reason I am wasting time replying to an editor who doesn't know English, doesn't know humor, and wants only to talk about homosexuality as though it were an instant joke, is to ensure that your comment above isn't a casualty when I press Rollback All again. Don't do any of the above again. Spıke Radiomicrophone03:28 7-Aug-15

... and why revert 'can't' to 'cant' - which has a different meaning?

My taste in humour seem to be different to yours. 13:47, August 7, 2015 (UTC)

I have not detected any taste in humor, only a tendency to deposit conundrums in several talk pages to get people to talk to you (at the expense of writing funny stuff). If I were the only Admin here, I would make you go away. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:53 7-Aug-15
Conundrums, Brit humour and word games are better than what you are complaining about above - and I put my witticisms on the talk page so that they can be converted to Uncyclopedian-lingo by people who wish to look at talk pages. 15:58, August 10, 2015 (UTC)
Well you're wasting your time adding stuff to talk pages on articles here Anon IP. BTW, I am Brit too I.P. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 16:20, August 10, 2015 (UTC)
My entries get deleted - but the above remarks which are not funny by any standard remain. 17:48, August 10, 2015 (UTC)

edit File:Denny's "Screaming Chicken" Super Bowl Ad 2010 Commercial

I didn't even upload that file. Why is the Recent Changes saying TotalCuddles02 uploaded it? --TotalCuddles02 (talk) 00:57, August 11, 2015 (UTC)

Wikia for a year has been in a process of replacing coded links to YouTube with copies of content on Wikia servers "to render faster." I was told there are too many of these on the site to just run a batch; so as an Uncyclopedian edits an article, the convertor runs and they forge an entry that you uploaded something.
However, with this and a dozen videos "uploaded" by EpicWinner, I have examined it, and the File: page reports that no page links to it. So I have been deleting them. Do you know what page you were editing that included this? Should it be restored? Spıke Radiomicrophone02:25 11-Aug-15

edit Sex change

Hi Spike, I think I'm just about done. A bit more to all this than I first thought! Would you be so kind as to cast your eye over it for me sir (please feel free to kibitz as always if you feel inclined)? Enjoyed your latest un-news, really funny. Do you think Trump may have swung it on this? He'd get my vote if he managed to sleep with her afterwards. --EStop (talk) 19:06, August 15, 2015 (UTC)

That is a panoramic tour-de-force! The language could be tightened up a little; I will be in later. The quotes are barely related but not really funny and certainly not an invitation to read further. 17beta-HSD-3 et al. might be true but detract from humor. The container Section 4.1 wants to go away and have its subsections promoted.
Trump's issue (like Ross Perot) is suitability for government. Businessmen achieve wonders in places where they sign everyone's paycheck; less so in a city where half the population is scheming to make them fail. Trump's forte is a refreshing bluntness, but there is a reason why this is chronically absent in Washington: because you need to be sleazy enough to wrest deals from lying sleazes on the other side of an issue — as Trump himself concedes when admitting to contributing to Hillary's campaign though he would say that makes her a sleaze that he is not. Moreover, Trump is not necessarily fully on the side of the people he is depending on; he sees the problem with health care but his solution has always been whole-hog single-payer. Mexico won't "pay for the border fence," and his rhetoric has aroused all of Latin America into one of its anti-U.S. moves; that is, his style has given him a new problem to solve before he does anything real. Christie has been ahead of the pack in noting the bankruptcy of Social Security, but his only "solution" is to "means-test" it: strand those who have followed the rules in favor of those who have eaten themselves into a wheelchair. Right now, it is an infatuation we will grow out of. However, happening at the same time is the permanent bureaucracy scheming to ruin anyone who motivates Republicans, just as they ruined Herman Cain and Sarah Palin. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:46 15-Aug-15

Thank you Spike! I've done the bits you asked for hopefully. Trump's "best friend" Alan Sugar managed to dodge that bullet. He was a Labour backer and donator and made peer in the House of Lords as Labour's "Enterprise Champion". At one time there was rumour that he'd even run for Mayor of London. He was adamant it was not a political role and had an embarrassing temper tantrum when asked a perfectly reasonable political question about his core business (I wish I could find the clip an remember what the question specifically was). This clip, of course was played every week religiously on Have I got News for You (do you know this show? I think you would enjoy it). He quit this year because Labour have become too Labour and therefore probably too anti-wealth. Wonder if it is something to do with his public profile too, as the party are having such a terrible time finding someone to take charge; even the Scottish Labour Party has managed to find a new sucker leader recently. They can't keep extending the ballot date just because Jeremy Corbyn is winning, it could be months before he falls out of favor enough to risk a vote.--EStop (talk) 22:09, August 15, 2015 (UTC)

Apologies for VFD, I've just realized! I'll be more careful from now on. --EStop (talk) 23:21, August 15, 2015 (UTC)

Yes, depending on the dimensions of the edit window, it may have been impossible to tell you pressed Enter in the middle of someone else's signature. However, any such edit breaks the numbered-list format; famously, list items therefore cannot grow to multiple paragraphs.
I went back into Sex change and copy-edited a few individual sections. Am done for the evening, but the discussion of the amygdala and of legal issues are two other places where it struck me that you are doing too much informing and need a new infusion of goofy. Rendering hormone treatment as lawn treatment was delightful.
Now take a look at my Federal Emergency Management Agency and tell me what you think. Spıke Radiomicrophone03:55 16-Aug-15

Fantastic article, I would have been all over that too (but glad you got there first)! Great mix of informative political ineptitude across the spectrum with a Keystone Cops style reaction. It's like when the MOD are planning and procuring for the next war in twenty years! The mascot at the Eagles game had me imagining them trying to run across a pitch in clown shoes, fantastic. Wondered initially whether is it worth highlighting FEMA's role to ensure the correct training certification of personnel before assistance is rendered in the pre-amble. That is a super line in Katrina and a great piece of satire about govt bureaucracy over "real life". But I made it too wordy (which won't come as a surprise). I took the liberty of adding "from the window" though (from the broken window even?) to the disaster reporting, to give a bit more sense of hopelessness to their situation (although that could be implied). I'll sort out the sections of mine as requested. Thanks for that Spike! --EStop (talk) 10:52, August 16, 2015 (UTC)

Uh oh, looks like one of your Bronies is back! --EStop (talk) 11:11, August 16, 2015 (UTC)

Shortened both paragraphs and tried to make them less wordy. Added another funny to law too. Do you think I should try to take them further out of the box?--EStop (talk) 16:12, August 16, 2015 (UTC)

I think you are making a couple of digressions to Wry Social Commentary that are not nearly as much fun as your zany approach overall. Spıke Radiomicrophone21:55 16-Aug-15

Yes I am. It has been part of the process of writing this piece, not necessarily intended for the end result but more of an idea on paper to work from, then see if anything sparks. The original LBGT paragraph I wrote was awful, I was imagining Jeremy Clarkson or Katie Hopkins talking while I wrote it, returning when there was an idea to make it funny, straighten it out or delete it. The problem with law section is nothing is coming to mind at the minute. The work related section was a bit wry on purpose because I was winding up the deck superintendent with the article (he has now volunteered some pictures of the riggers posing topless believe it or not! I'll spare the site that one). That joke is past and I'll have a think about that section. If you have any ideas.... otherwise I'll sleep on it and have a stab tomorrow. --EStop (talk) 22:25, August 16, 2015 (UTC)

The "alternate narrator" gimmick is supremely hard to pull off — to make the reader follow you through the realization that you are not writing about Sex Change at all but about what Jeremy Clarkson is like. (If the reader even cares.)
I was about to edit the section formerly about amygdala to describe what stuff each sex puts in what hemisphere, but then saw that you had told some of my jokes (Everyone's Birthday) further down. (Also: What metric wrench sizes are closest to, who in the office has the best rack-of-ribs, what she really hopes to achieve with that gorilla she's going out with.) I might kick it back to you with the suggestion that, embedded in Section 1's list of types of transition is information on exactly what happens to the body during a transition, and that this might be a more introductory section which, if organized that way, would be a holding pot for more humor. Spıke Radiomicrophone23:19 16-Aug-15

Evening Spike, righto, I see what you are getting at. Been guilty of looking at individual paragraphs again, not the article as a whole. Great idea using the day-to-day goings on in the male/female heads, rather than the biological, there must be a funny paragraph or three off the bat. I'll have a look at that, please dive in if you want to play though. Not bothered about keeping the riggers dominant role in the paragraph or anything, especially if it will boost the article. The riggers do provide one of the article's threads, so mixing the site with the office etc. may open things up further.I'll go ahead with your suggestion for section 1 if you like. Can't quite see the final set-up you are thinking about yet, but long day, it'll get a fresh set of eyes tomorrow! Are you thinking just a re-format + tweaks (reduce titles and condense) or a re-write? I'll keep thinking about the legal section tomorrow, if I can't make it goofier, perhaps ditch it or condense and include as part of another paragraph? --EStop (talk) 02:17, August 18, 2015 (UTC)

Don't ditch Legal just yet; I've gone in, rearranged a bit, added a recent anecdote from American football, and spiced up the wording in several places. Spıke Radiomicrophone03:01 18-Aug-15

That's the ticket on Legal! Thanks Spike. I took your ideas and tried to make the Employment sex change more like the rest. Do you think this approach is works or should I look at a re-shuffle?--EStop (talk) 14:56, August 18, 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for using my ideas. In this case, the text on cerebral contents is pretty tight and we are no longer desperate for a reorganization to create a repository for new material. In general, however, a reshuffle toward a better organization helps focus the writer and the reader, and moving text around is hardly revolutionary. We may still be distracting him by a digression to what is in each hemisphere in the middle of a discussion on the workplace, and a reorg may be a solution. I was in after you trying to boil down your points and avoid getting bogged down in technobabble. "We are not paid by page count." Spıke Radiomicrophone15:30 18-Aug-15

Concur. I had done one paragraph change and shared your concern. I'll see what can be done. Thanks! --EStop (talk) 15:48, August 18, 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the further work on Sex change Spike, and the copy-edit on emoji. Feel like I am giving you work at the minute, my apologies. Do you want me to pull Sex change from VFH until you think it is good to go? I disagree that you have just copy-edited the article; you have improved every paragraph, vastly improved work I was on the cusp of deleting, and brought lashings of your humor in too. You are very generous with crediting other's work, so credit where it is due. --EStop (talk) 16:10, August 20, 2015 (UTC)

No one here does anything except what they want to, even me. And you perform a turnabout today, taking a new idea I had (Michael Sam and screwing up) and doing the first bit of thinking about what would be a good choice of words for it! This has cost some time working on original stuff; but I don't happen to have any original ideas today, so it's best to pursue improvement no matter "whose" the article is. Spıke Radiomicrophone16:32 20-Aug-15

That reminds me of a question that I have been meaning to ask for a while. If looking for something to write, what is your preference for the site, to populate with new material or seek to improve cruft? --EStop (talk) 16:46, August 20, 2015 (UTC)

But what I am saying above is that it's all the same to me. Some days I edit the encyclopedia, some days I do an UnNews, and some days I edit other people's stuff. Whatever results in the most comedy improvement in the least time! Some days, like yesterday before I got re-interested in Sex change, I was diverted to patrolling edits and scolding new users. Along with the complaint that I do this too harshly, it isn't writing funny stuff and in fact displaces it, although removing cruft is sometimes a dramatic improvement in its own right. So ideally, all these tasks should be done by lots of people. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:02 20-Aug-15

Okay, happy with that as sometimes one sees something in an article on VFD etc. Other than popping in for a bit of patrolling during a quiet fifteen minutes, I have a personal ignorable policy that I either produce an unnews or add to an article before I do anything else here, unless I am not feeling particularly inspired. I see we are now powerusers, I don't know what that means, except that we probably spend too much time here. Do we have to wear a cape while editing now? --EStop (talk) 18:14, August 20, 2015 (UTC)

I noticed that on mine, a couple days ago, and still don't know what it means. In fact I have significantly less power than in July; there seems to have been a pan-Wikia hacker attack and Wikia have responded with a lockdown of .CSS and .JS files, including a system file that has just been edited on my behalf (producing the new Site Message). Spıke Radiomicrophone18:33 20-Aug-15

edit Led Zeppelin (Christian Band)

Hi User: Spike this is an article that has been bothering me for a long time. It's just not funny, I think that it should be retitled to Led Zeppelin and redone. I would like to rewrite it as an article that is actually about the band, and not just a bunch of stupid bible jokes. Thanks Chrasandchaps72-4=68

(Answering for Spike here). What you do is create an article in your own user space - User:Chrasandchaps72-4=68/Led Zeppelin. Once it is finished, nominate the current place holder for deletion or we can change other article re-directs to the new one if it is good enough. We can have multiple articles about the same subject. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 09:41, August 18, 2015 (UTC)
I looked at that article once. I thought it was clever the way it used Led Zeppelin lyrics to make it seem that Led Zeppelin was all about Christianity; it didn't strike me as just "stupid Bible jokes." If the reason you think "It's just not funny" is that it makes fun of your religion, please let it be (oops, that's not Led Zeppelin). None of the world's major religions make it out of here with their pants on. Spıke Radiomicrophone10:32 18-Aug-15
Spike, this has given me an idea for a next article, Christian Rock. A potted history based loosely on the chequered history of rock music with a religious spin. The "Jack Murphy" sellout being BBC2's Songs of Praise (or the US equivalent), and, as an example, The Very Reverend Keith Moon's tragic death after his performance "Pinball Vicar", due to consuming too much communion wine in the vestibule. Fancy a collab?--EStop (talk) 16:21, August 19, 2015 (UTC)
Ooh, an idea! You are the pop-picker among us, so I'll let you start with the framing, but will be by to spill cans of paint, as at Sex change. Spıke Radiomicrophone17:21 19-Aug-15

edit Site notice

Is this true? I looked for the GoMakeNoise website, but I didn't find it. Anton (talk) 19:29, August 19, 2015 (UTC)

Of course not. (This is a humor wiki.) It is a take-off on GoFundMe and its role in converting a trivial amount of actual funding into a large amount of self-satisfaction and posturing. Unfortunately, you might be the only person who saw it, as I am somehow unable to edit the ID number to re-trigger the site notice for everyone who saw the previous one. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:53 19-Aug-15
Actually I initially thought it was a 'cross wikia' promotion when I first looked at it! But then I read it it. --LaurelsRomArtus*Imperator ITRA (Orate) ® 12:17, August 20, 2015 (UTC)
The keyword &&&Uncyclopedia was supposed to be a hint. But indeed, reading it would have been another. Spıke Radiomicrophone19:07 20-Aug-15
I thought it was an Uncyclopedia joke thanks to the hints and the image. However, when I viewed it through the Spanish filter at first, it had translated the text below into Spanish, making me question whether it was a Wikia cross-platform project as well. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 09:24, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

edit Autopatrol Chrasandchaps72-4=68?

Would you consider giving new rock-God User:Chrasandchaps72-4=68 autopatrolled rights? He did a fine job fixing up Roger Waters and is working on User:Chrasandchaps72-4=68/Led Zeppelin now. --EStop (talk) 08:18, August 22, 2015 (UTC)

This is now done. Spıke Radiomicrophone12:15 22-Aug-15

edit VFD vote blocked

Hey SPIKE, I tried to cast a delete vote for a certain article on VFD (it's about a certain something you can do with your friends' sister(s)) but I somehow managed to trigger a "Spam protection filter" error message saying it blocked the F-bomb part of the section title, with Block #13176 given. (So in case you're wondering, I'm dancing around the article name here to avoid triggering it again.) Can you give me a hand here with this? Thanks in advance! Chunkles talk ✏️ contribs 04:50, August 28, 2015 (UTC)

I had the same Chunks, it did work when I edited the whole page rather than just the section. --EStop (talk) 06:30, August 28, 2015 (UTC)
That is how I too evaded it (lest you think Admins are immune). It was not given by the Abuse Filter, and Special:SpamRegex seems to be missing entirely. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:05 28-Aug-15
Thanks to you both for the suggestion, which indeed works! It's weird to think that even admins can't do anything about it when the error message specifically said to contact one. Chunkles talk ✏️ contribs 15:11, August 28, 2015 (UTC)

edit UnNews articles dating system

(Deliberately misleading title)

Hi Spike. When the date appears next to the listed UnNews articles on the UnNews main page, is this date set to the time zone that you are viewing Uncyclopedia from or are the dates only relevant to one time zone? SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 12:16, August 28, 2015 (UTC)

Although certain personal reports come up in your personal time zone (set by My Privileges), signatures and all other data neutral to time zone is supposed to use UTC. I have noticed that, for example, the date listed in Recent Headlines on the UnNews Front Page is not necessarily that given by {{Date}} in the UnNews, and sometimes jumps around. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:05 28-Aug-15
Interesting. Cheers. SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 13:23, August 28, 2015 (UTC)
More interesting: The list of Recent Headlines is generated by the DPL extension to MediaWiki. Its manual states:

By default DPL uses "Y-m-d H:i:s" to display date and time. Note that MediaWiki stores all dates/times in UTC format. When displaying a time stamp DPL will translate it according to

  1. the timezone preference (difference to UTC/GMT) given by the user in his user settings
  2. if no preference is given and for all anonymous users the local time on the server will be used.

So you will either see a time based on your local time (browser based) or based on the timezone in which the wiki server is running.

The same kind of translation applies to dates you specify when selecting articles by revsion date/time.

So I would expect to see exactly the anomaly you seem to be referring to. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:34 28-Aug-15

edit UnNews collab

Hi Spike, just to let you know, User:ScottPat and I are going to have a bit of fun with a collab UnNews today, so he'll be in User:EStop/UnNews collab ScottPat/EStop.‎ --EStop (talk) 08:44, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

That's over now. The work resides in UnNews:Corbyn chosen to wrest in peace in the Middle East. Enjoy! SirScottPat VFH NotM WotM WotY UotM 12:39, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

edit AStranger195

Are you ok for me to mark the template work of User:AStranger195 as patrolled?. --EStop (talk) 13:12, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

I was poring over that right now. His coding corrections are sound, but he has created scads of userboxes and categories for a single personal use. I am ok for you to figure out how to deal with this. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:15 29-Aug-15

Okay, before I start, has he technically done anything wrong playing with the templates where they are? Should they be put into the userspace before field adjustment? --EStop (talk) 13:25, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

Nothing against the rules, just making a bit of a mess, expanding a set that already has no one minding it. What I would like to see happen is for him to QVFD the templates and put the code directly into his user page until we see if there are many other, for example, basketball-playing Uncyclopedians. Recommend you contact him and leave the stuff unpatrolled for now. Spıke Radiomicrophone13:28 29-Aug-15

Righto. --EStop (talk) 13:32, August 29, 2015 (UTC)

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