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  • I know this is the third message lol, this is just to make sure that when you get back you’ll be up to date on the stuff I’ve changed, there’s no rush or urgency or anything. Anyway, era icons are one of the very few modifications we are legally allowed to make the the Header area via JS/CSS & after seeing them employed on many other Wikis I thought they might turn out very useful. Basically what they are is small icons placed on the top-right of a page which display a small image which does three things; A) it serves as a link to the general page about whatever a particular page covers, B) it produces a small dropdown on hover which can be used to provide further information, & C) it helps to associate characters or places with symbolism that can be easily recognized when used elsewhere throughout the Wiki.

    So, I’ve made two new templates for them: {{Icon}} & {{WPI}}. The first is used to generate any of the regular symbols I used in the War Infobox only as Era Icons, an example can be seen at Ebenezar McCoy. The second stands for “Wikipedia Icon,” which is used to link to the Wikipedia article about a particular concept we have (such as Karrin Murphy). Both can be used at the same time such as in the Harry Dresden page, but they should always be placed at the very top of the page or else they come out weirdly in Mercury. The templates are fully customizable so I can replace the icons if you have better imagery in mind, add more icons for different organizations, or create a whole new template such as when linking to equivalent articles on external sites. There’s a lot of options available, so if you have any suggestions for improvements or if you think the idea is bad/should be trashed then please let me know.
    Lastly, I might be creating the Battle of the Deeps page soon, so by the time you get back I may or may not be done with it. I also got invited to Vanguard so if I pass all the tests n such then I might become busier, but this way I’ll be able to spend more of the time I do have here on this Wiki.

    Cheers.
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  • The Mercury (Mobile) skin hates <references group=""/> Tags when they’re in a Template. It quite literally breaks (read; vanishes) a large section of the page & then throws a massive error for all our readers to view. I figured out a fix, but it involves replacing all of the {{Footnotes}} Templates with the raw <references group="Footnote"/> Tags, but at least they then work properly in Mercury & it no longer throws an error.

    So, I’ll be replacing them all. Just letting you know, since it’s the only way I’ve found that won’t cause issues on Mobile.

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  • The War, there’s references for all of it, they just don’t show up because in Infoboxes they take up too much space. They’re still in the usual reflist at the bottom of the page though.

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  • I’m 90% certain Deathstone is just a moniker for Mordite. In chapter 29 of Death Masks Ortega & Harry both refer to the same object, only Harry calls it Deathstone & Ortega calls it Mordite. I went ahead & just redirected it to the Mordite page, if that’s alright with you.

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  • Clear your cache & then czech out the Category Box on the Harry Dresden page. Do you approve? It’s a sitewide change, once the category box gets too long it’ll do that.

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    • Ok, after beating the stupid parser function thoroughly across the head repeatedly, I got the thing to work lol. As you can see here & here, when you make the reflist columned, it will transform into a box. Once said box reaches a certain maximum height, it will stop lengthening & turn into a scrollbox instead. Look neat?

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    • VERY neat! Thanks!

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  • Question, how are the word of butcher & short story refs organized? <ref name="DF01ch01">''[[Storm Front]]'', ch. 1</ref> is a pretty predictable system, but I’m not sure what the difference between <ref name="JBO">URL</ref> & <ref name="WS">URL</ref> is or what should be between the ref tags as far as format. Should it be just a URL or a wikitext link? If the latter, what should it say?

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    • Not as self-explanatory as I thought, but fairly easy nonetheless.

      Novels: "DF??ch??" is book number+chapter.

      Stories: "DF-???" where ??? are the first letters of the title. "DF-LH" -> "Love Hurts", "DF-IMBT" -> "It's My Birthday Too".

      Wikipedia: same as stories, except it's "WP-??" rather than "DF-??"

      Other sites: "???" the first letters of each word making up the URL.

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    • Oh ok, I’ll bookmark that. But what about the text? You just do “Heorot” for shorts stories, as in <ref name="DF-H">[[Heorot]]</ref>, but what about word of Butcher refs? Do you just put the full URL, or something else?

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    • Longer pieces such as the warrior are to be written as

      <ref name="DF-TW">''[[The Warriro]]''</ref>

      while shorter pieces ("Heorot") as

      <ref name="DF-H">"[[Heorot]]"</ref>

      External links, such as reddit:

      <ref name="RD">[https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/3lye65/i_am_jim_butcher_author_of_the_dresden_files_and/cval9ok/ reddit]</ref>

      External links are going to be a real pain in the future. They should be checked for integrity, but who's gonna do it?

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  • I’m sure you noticed. Do you like the colors? If not, then you can go to Special:ThemeDesigner & change it if you like. You can also upload a graphic on the right side which will make it less solid, if you wish.

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  • How does it look? Do you have any suggestions for changes, or perhaps move it up a few inches, or maybe you want a complete redo? I think it looks good, but I’m not sure about the order of the links. Maybe Guidelines should be swapped with Wiki Stuff.

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    • The feed would be splendid, I think. :)

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    • alrighty

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  • I was writing some CSS for the new Discussions Feed that I’ll replace the Blogs with, when low & behold a pertinent question showed up in preview. Thoughts?

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    • I always thought that the Silmarillion was all about lore, rather than action. But then it was published as a support book, some 25 years after LotR.

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    • Well it is, but there’s so much that happens, & with battles so titanic that it makes the War of the Ring sound like a minor dispute, it’s an impressive read. The only problem with it is that Tolkien doesn’t follow any set of main characters, he just narrates the events dispassionately from a distance & it makes the battles seem less impressive than they are, even when you compare the scale. For example, the War of Wrath was so massive that it literally sunk continents & raised new ones, & yet that is considered one of the lesser battles between the Valar & Morgoth.

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  • Hey, yknow how in Grave Peril, they talk about Leonid Kravos & his demon in the past tense? Harry gets flashes of the actual event where he & Murphy kill Leonid in some warehouse? Do you know if there’s an actual short story or other book where the full event, along with the occurrences preceding it, are documented? I’d like to get the full story, cuz it feels like I’ve skipped over something important.

    Also, another thing I noticed while rereading Grave Peril was mention of “Guardian Spells” which are supposed to warn if any of the Old Ones become active. Are they ever mentioned again?

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    • Aye that it would. If you do decide to use it officially, I would move it out of her namespace & into the Project Namespace; makes it more official-like.

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    • Meanwhile it is in mine.

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