Re: Admins vs. "normal" contributors

Continuing from Talk:Romulan system. There you said "If it is the wish of the admins i'll remove that". I think it is important to point out that admins don't have any special rights regarding the control of content on MA (see: Memory Alpha:Administrators) - they are bound to the content policy (see: content and resource policies) like any other user.

If I'm criticizing non-canon content, I am doing this not as one of the administrators, but as a user who wants a resource that can be trusted. This site has a specific content policy, so anyone should adhere to that. -- Cid Highwind 19:48, 1 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Background color of sidebars

Why do you constantly edit background colors into the HTML code of sidebars? It doesn't make any visible difference (the image defines the width of the table anyway in most cases), might confuse other contributors, could lead to problems in case of future changes to the CSS of this site, and simply isn't the standard of MA. Also, you are not using the correct syntax ("000000" instead of "#000000"). Please don't do this. -- Cid Highwind 00:24, 3 Jun 2004 (CEST)

INPUT: This might be necessary if an image is a gif with a transparent color that needs to be black, but i think it would be more efficacious to edit the image, not the table. --Captainmike 00:37, 3 Jun 2004 (CEST)
I didn't think about that, but you are right - the 'correct' way would be to edit the image. This is not the case here, however. (See: Bajor, Cardassia Prime) -- Cid Highwind 00:41, 3 Jun 2004 (CEST)
in numerous cases (most tables in planet-articles) the table is wider than the picture, creating a grey frame around the picture, since images should be implemented with a width of 200 pixels. usually screenshots of planets have black backgrounds themselves, so switching the background color of the upper box to black solved the problem for me. --BlueMars 00:44, Jun 3, 2004 (CEST)
I moved your comment here, because it's too complicated to follow this discussion otherwise. I don't think that it is really necessary to avoid the grey frame, although this should be discussed, of course. Anyway, this (HTML code) is not the way this should be handled. If a black background is deemed necessary, a new td class should be added to the CSS. More HTML markup is not the way to go for the reasons stated above. (See also Keep it simple at the Manual of Style) -- Cid Highwind 01:01, 3 Jun 2004 (CEST)
Yet another reminder. Don't do this because of the various reasons stated above. Otherwise suggest it to be added to the guidelines on the talk page of Manual of Style. Simply reverting my edits will not solve this in the long run. -- Cid Highwind 14:38, 4 Jun 2004 (CEST)
I agree that this practice is unnecessary. The presentation of images should be kept simple, and the sidebar tables are only there for organization. Keep it simple! That's why we have the wiki markup. Plus, there's a reason why it's best to stick with the CSS styles -- you never know when the style of the site might change. (There's actually going to be a change coming up in the next few weeks or so.) -- Dan Carlson 18:30, 4 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Too many images?

Hi BlueMars -- this is a personal observation and opinion, not an official policy or anything. But I think that you've been uploading too many images lately, and adding too many images to individual articles. Take for example your latest changes to the LCARS article... IMO there's no reason why we need to see four different views of different computer displays when they don't provide any useful information. One image is more than enough!

In addition, could you please try to use the wiki syntax a bit more when it comes to image markup, rather than using the table templates to frame the images? I know that I created the table frames, but those were intended for use solely in cases where tabular data is to be presented. Images don't fit that criteria. Thanks! -- Dan Carlson 16:44, 8 Jun 2004 (CEST)

We don't need 1800s in the timeline!

Hey BlueMars, could you please stop adding extra years to the timeline? I really don't think we need to add many pages for individual years beyond 1900, which is already pretty early considering the relatively infrequent references to events in the 20th century. In addition, most of the references to events in the 1800s that you've put in so far are vague enough that they need to be more general. See the discussion in Ten Forward about vague references to past events: [1]. Thanks! -- Dan Carlson 14:36, 9 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Moved from User talk:Cid Highwind

I moved the following sections here from my talk page (mostly answers to discussions started elsewhere). Feel free to move them to a more appropriate place or delete them after you read everything:

Re-numerous small entries

i'm's just that i always find another small error after saving the page. it's illogical..."Perhaps a mind-meld could help to alleviate my problem."

No big deal if it happens once in a while, I guess we all know that problem. Thanks for trying to keep it in mind, though. -- Cid Highwind 00:41, 22 May 2004 (CEST)

Re:Too many Pictures

I do not intend to add a picture to every single character, but i think it's ok to give the admirals one. Furthermore, i plan to complete my articles on shanthi, nechayef and brackett.

In that case it might be a good idea to first write the article and then add an image. Reagrding images, please add your opinion to the running discussion on Memory Alpha:Ten Forward. -- Cid Highwind 16:17, 23 May 2004 (CEST)

Notes <-> Events

I put birthdays, promotions etc. under "notes" to sepereate theam from crucial Events like the Battle of Wolf 359, the Battle of Maxia etc., which were all defining evetns in the ST-universe. --BlueMars 15:43, Jun 4, 2004 (CEST)

But being promoted etc. is an event. The section Notes should be used to note any deviation from generally accepted chronology (See: Memory Alpha:Template for Year). -- Cid Highwind 15:47, 4 Jun 2004 (CEST)

BlueMars, why the heck do you keep changing back the UFP logo for United Federation of Planets that I've put up? No offense, but the one you've picked is very ugly and poorly colored! If you've got a specific problem with the one I'm using (artwork by Kris Trigwell [2]), please tell me. But I absolutely hate this other logo you're using! -- Dan Carlson 17:14, 15 Jun 2004 (CEST)

NCC-1701 Article

  • Hello, I don't want stick my nose where it doesn't belong...

But from the looks of it you're using the text from Mister Scott's Guide of the Enterprise as a basis. The problem is, I'm not sure if that's canon. And if it is, I'm not sure if this falls in or outside the range of the Copyright Policy. I'm just saying you should watch your step It would be a shame if you put in a lot of work and it end of being deleted because of the things mentioned above. (User: (23 June, 16:50 Hours)

You've got the wrong guy, i didnt write the article, i just fixed a small error some minutes ago... --BlueMars 16:52, Jun 23, 2004 (CEST)

Oeps, Sorry (User:, 23 June, 17:145 Hours)

So, thanks for having me waste almost an hour of my time screencapping Star Trek: First Contact so I could complete my work on Battle of Sector 001, only to come back and find you'd gone and done it yourself. >:( -- Michael Warren 23:29, 27 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Re: Sidebars

Hey again BlueMars... The reason I removed the sidebar from the Shinzon article is because all of that information is completely superfluous. The fact that he's Human is explicitly stated in the first sentence of the article. His affiliation is covered in the first paragraph. The fact that he's male is really stretching it as far as necessary information goes, considering that it's easily implied by the use of the male pronoun. Therefore, I decided that the sidebar was unnecessary. (This could easily apply to many other biographical articles, too.) -- Dan Carlson 02:17, 28 Jun 2004 (CEST)

Personal images

Hey BlueMars, just a quick note to let you know that we really don't want to allow personal images to be hosted on Memory Alpha -- it's better to save the disk space for all the images that go with normal articles. Could you host your image on a different website, please? You can still link to it and have it appear on your user page -- check my user page to see how I did it as an example. Thanks! -- Dan Carlson 16:14, 28 Jun 2004 (CEST)


Please don't add spoilers for upcoming episodes to articles (see: Memory Alpha:Spoiler policy). I reverted Nazi and Second World War. -- Cid Highwind 14:37, 18 Aug 2004 (CEST)

I just had to remove some spoilers you added, again (this time: Surak). Please, do not add spoilers for unaired episodes to articles! -- Cid Highwind 21:26, 22 Nov 2004 (CET)
Again, I had to remove spoilers, this time added to Section 31. Stick to the spoiler policy, please - this is the third time I have to remind you of this. -- Cid Highwind 02:48, 2004 Dec 31 (CET)
Removed a small one from Mirror universe. Stop it... -- Cid Highwind 13:39, 2005 Jan 14 (CET)

Featured article candidates

Hi. I moved Seven of Nine back to the candidate list for the moment - that suggestion has not been seconded yet. -- Cid Highwind 13:15, 8 Oct 2004 (CEST)


Please do not add the deletion notice to pages unless you intend to submit them for deletion on Memory Alpha:Votes for deletion. -- Captain Mike K. Bartel 04:14, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Saurian Brandy

Hey, thanks for the help with the Saurian brandy page, I was having difficulty re-sizing the picture on the main page to the right size so it didn't look huge! zsingaya 16:45, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Can I ask your opinion about something? Can you look at some of my contributions... I've not done any major pages yet, but I'm starting small and filling in some of the dead links. Tell me what you think of what I've done sofar, please. zsingaya 17:15, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Argo Buggy

I just noticed that no-one has done an article on the Argo buggy from Nemesis. Since I've got the DVD, I could do some good screen-caps from the desert scene to make a good article. What do you think? zsingaya 17:24, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Sorry to bother you again... I wanted to know, what size pictures are usually used on memory-alpha? zsingaya 18:25, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Hey there... would you have a look at the Argo page for me, and fix the bottom bit...I can't get the Other Information title to move to the left hand side of the screen... zsingaya 21:09, 13 Jan 2005 (CET)

Thanks for helping with the page (re-sizing the images, and making it look better), but I would like to keep the images, because I think it shows lots more information than text. Thanks for your advice. zsingaya 07:44, 14 Jan 2005 (CET)

Equinox featured nominations

I noticed that you moved "Equinox" and "Equinox, Part II" from Nominations without objections to Nominations with objections on the nominations page on 12/24. Was this because you objected to the nomination, or was it by accident? I wasn't sure so I didn't want to remove it. Thanks! -- SmokeDetector47 02:16, 2005 Jan 16 (CET)


Hey, FYI. You dont need to type {{msg:imageparamount}} just {{imageparamount)). AmdrBoltz 17:09, 25 May 2005 (UTC)

Image sources

Hi. I've been going through the image archive and noticed several dozen images that you uploaded that have no source cited, including File:Janeway2379.jpg, which was just uploaded today. Several of these images come from sources other than episode/video caps, which I (and others) cannot necessarily identify and therefore cite. Many of the images in question can be found among the following content: Category:Memory Alpha pages needing citation. Otherwise, please keep this in mind when and if you upload any more images. Thanks in advance! --Gvsualan 21:25, 3 Jun 2005 (UTC)

On the subject of images, just a little FYI that NASA images are public domain. I noticed a bunch of NASA images were marked as being subject to copyright, I've already changed a few.-- 23:52, 7 Nov 2005 (UTC)

USS Leeds

Way back in 2004, you added a bit to the USS Leeds article to the effect that "In 2374, the Leeds was part of the Federation fleet, involved in Operation Return." What was your basis for making that claim? The question has arisen as to whether the Leeds was part of the effort or not. The script didn't call for it, and no one seems to have a screencap showing it. I figured since you were the first to make the claim, you might be able to help. Thanks! Aholland 16:33, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

Federation Membership

No, the Kes (government) were being considered for membership, and it was known that it was not a unified government. If that was the reason, then they would never have even been considered. Riker recommended against membership because of the paranoid behaviour of the Kes, and how they interacted with the Prytt, not just because they were not united. --OuroborosCobra talk 21:30, 18 August 2006 (UTC)

Signing talk pages and forums

Please finish your comments talk pages and forum posts with --~~~~. This will automatically put in the code that says who made the comment (you), and puts on a date/time stamp, so we know when the comment was left. --OuroborosCobra talk 21:49, 18 August 2006 (UTC)


Hello. As others have mentioned on this page before, {{msg:imageparamount}} can just be {{imageparamount}} now, and this way is preferred. Also, please cite the source of the image, write a short description for it, and put it in the Category:Memory Alpha images. Thanks. --Bp 13:31, 25 August 2006 (UTC)

Promo pics

Hi BlueMars. We've just more or less come to a consensus to use less promo pics on MA, so I don't think it is necessary to upload all those individual crew images and add them to the series sidebars. Additionally, does this one really have a "better quality" than the previous version? It seems just resized badly while distorting the faces and making existing compression artifacts more obvious. Thanks. -- Cid Highwind 14:51, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Remastered images

Hi. Community consensus over at Ten Forward was to not replace the Original Series images with the remastered, but to suppliment them, thereby uploading them under new filenames. See Talk:Star Trek: The Original Series#TOS-Remastered discussions. --OuroborosCobra talk 17:55, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Quite frankly, the older ones were better quality. In most cases they were higher resolution and less blurry than the current "remastered" stuff. Maybe this will be different when we have DVDs to take screencaps from. --OuroborosCobra talk 18:02, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
Many of the new ones were also badly cropped, with black edges, etc. --OuroborosCobra talk 18:05, 27 September 2006 (UTC)


FYI, there's a response on my page about your semi-revert and comments. -- Sulfur 18:16, 1 October 2006 (UTC)

Mars Defense Perimeter

Oh, you're going to throw logical and evidence at me?! Well guess what! It worked. :-P I am restoring your note. --OuroborosCobra talk 05:52, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Porco news

Hey, BlueMars. I've added the news about Carolyn Porco to the news panel. I could have sworn I added it when it was first announced, but I apparently didn't. Sorry about that. Anyway, it's there now, marked under 11 February (when it was announced). I'll try to keep it up there at least for a few days. :) --From Andoria with Love 00:21, 17 February 2008 (UTC)

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